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  • Canon VB-M50B | PTZ Network Camera Image #1

Canon VB-M50B 5x Zoom (1280x960) PTZ Network Camera

Quick Overview

VB-M50B 1.3MP PTZ Network Camera 1/3" CMOS (RGB), Progressive Scan.

The high-sensitivity VB-M50B PTZ Network Camera captures video with remarkable color and clarity, even in very low-light environments. The camera's advanced lens with large aperture ratio ranging from F1.8 (W) to F2.4 (T) allows more light to reach its sophisticated CMOS image sensor, and Canon's powerful DIGIC DV III Image Processor helps to provide crisp images with remarkable color accuracy. The VB-M50B PTZ Network Camera can reproduce color video down to .04 lux* and black and white video down to .002** lux, making it ideal for many applications where lighting may be limited, ranging from security and surveillance to web casting. The VB-M50B is equipped with a considerable long-range optical zoom capability made possible by the camera's "Tele" focal length of 88.5mm, which is comparable to Canon's robust VB-H43 model which offers 20X optical zoom. That functionality is backed by an Enhanced Digital Zoom function that can stream a lower resolution crop of the original high-resolution video, thereby achieving a similar level of video quality as with digital zoom – but at a lower resolution to minimize costly bandwidth and storage space.

The VB-M50B offers a fast and precise Pan/Tilt mechanism which is particularly beneficial to users, as is the ability to establish up to 64 preset camera positions and schedule up to five preset tour routes, eliminating the need for repeated manual adjustment of the pan/tilt/zoom positions. With the Canon Camera Management Tool (CCMT), users can configure and manage Canon Network Cameras from a single screen. Configuration is also simplified via ONVIF Profile S and G conformance for maximum interoperability with many video management software (VMS) solutions. The simple setup and use offered by the VB-M50B is furthered by a Camera Viewer that provides easy access to the camera's features and functionality from a variety of different devices including PCs, mobile phones and tablets using iOS and Android operating systems. Additionally, the camera's Bit Rate Stabilization feature can assure a more reliable connection by automatically suppressing bandwidth spikes when transmitting over cellular data.

To further enhance usability the VB-M50B also includes two features, Motion Adaptive Noise Reduction and Area-Specific Data Size Reduction (ADSR), which are both designed to help reduce data size while maintaining high image quality in important areas. The VB-M50B also offers multiple image enhancement features including the new Clear IR Mode – which activates an Infrared Bandpass Filter that allows only infrared light to pass through to the image sensor – further contributing to this models capability to capture exceptional image quality even in challenging environments. Auto Gain Control allows users to determine the fine balance of video brightness and low noise, while Haze Compensation automatically enhances contrast and maximizes image quality when fog, haze, or smog are present. In addition, the VB-M50B also offers a selection of On-board Video Analytics including Moving Object Detection, Removed and Abandoned Object Detection.


  • Powerful DIGIC DV III Image Processor
  • Advanced Lens with large Aperture Ratio Range of F1.8 (W) - F2.4 (T) and Focal Length Range of 17.7mm - 88.5mm
  • High-Sensitivity CMOS Sensor
  • Fast and Precise Pan / Tilt Mechanism
  • 64 Preset Camera Positions with 5 Preset Tour Routes
  • Clear IR Mode with Infrared Bandpass Filter
  • Motion Adaptive Noise Reduction
  • Area-Specific Data Size Reduction (ADSR)
  • On-Board Video Analytics
  • Camera Viewer with Mobile Device Support
  • Built-in SD Card Slot
  • ONVIF Profile S and G Conformant
  • 24 VAC / 12 VDC / PoE

  • Applications:

  • Auditoriums
  • Plazas and Lobbies
  • Financial Institutions
  • Security 
  • Surveillance
  • Specifications

    Image Sensor

    1/3" CMOS (RGB)

    Number Of Effective Pixels

    Approx. 1.3 million pixels

    Analog Video Resolution


    Aanalog Video Standard


    Analog S/N Ratio


    Scanning Method

    Progressive Scan


    5x optical zoom lens with auto focus

    Focal Length

    F1.8 (W) – F2.4 (T)


    F1.6 (W) - F3.5 (T)

    Digital Zoom


    Horizontal Viewing Angle (16:9)

    15.6° (W) – 3.2° (T)

    Vertical Viewing Angle (16:9)

    8.8° (W) – 1.8° (T)

    Day/Night Mode


    I/R Cut Filter

    Automatically removable infrared-cut filter

    Min. Subject Illumination - Day (Color)

    (TBD) .045 lux (F1.8, shutter speed 1/30 sec., when smart shade control is off, 50IRE)

    Min. Subject Illumination - Night (Monochrome)

    (TBD) .0025 lux (F1.8, shutter speed 1/30 sec., when smart shade control is off, 50IRE)

    Focus Modes

    Auto/One-shot AF/Manual/Fixed at infinity

    Shooting Distance

    Day Mode: 3.0 m (9.8 ft.) – infinity (W), 5.0 m (16.4 ft.) – infinity (T)
    Night Mode: 3.0 m (9.8 ft.) – infinity (W), 5.0 m (16.4 ft.) – infinity (T)

    Shutter Speed

    1 – 1/16000 sec.

    Exposure Modes

    Auto/Auto (Flickerless)/Auto (Shutter-priority AE)/Auto (Aperture-priority AE)/Manual (Shutter Speed, Aperture, Gain)

    White Balance

    Auto/Light Source/Manual
    Light Source: Daylight Fluorescent/White Fluorescent/Warm Fluorescent/Mercury Lamp/Sodium Lamp/Halogen Lamp
    Manual: One-shot WB/R Gain/B Gain

    Metering Mode


    Exposure Compensation

    9 levels

    Smart Shade Control

    Auto: 3 levels
    Manual: 7 levels

    Haze Compensation

    Auto: 3 levels
    Manual: 7 levels

    AGC Limit

    6 levels

    Image Stabilizer

    Digital (2 levels)

    Pan Angle Range

    348° (±174°)

    Tilt Angle Range

     105° (ceiling-mounted position: -90° – +15°)

    Rotation Angle Range


    IR Illumination Range


    Moving Speed

    Pan: Max. 150°/sec., Tilt: Max. 150°/sec.

    Video Compression Method

    JPEG, H.264

    Bit Rate Control

    Target Bit Rate: 64–16384 kbps

    Video Size

    JPEG, H.264: 1280 x 720, 640 x 360, 320 x 180, 1280 x 960, 640 x 480, 320 x 240

    Simultanious Video Streams


    Video Quality

    JPEG, H.264: 10 levels

    Frame Rate

    JPEG: 0.1 – 30 fps
    H.264: 1/2/3/5/6/10/15/30 fps

    Maximum Frame Rate

    1280 x 960 : 30fps

    ADSR: Area-Specific Data Size Reduction

    Number of Specified Areas: Max. 8 areas
    Data Size Reduction Level: 3 levels
    I-Frame Interval

    0.5/1/1.5/2/3/4/5 sec.

    Simultanious Client Access

    Max. 30 Clients + 1 Admin Client
    – H.264: Max. 10 Clients

    Camera Control

    Administrator, Authorized user, Guest user (level of control varies depending on user)

    Access Control

    User authority (user name and password), Host Access Restrictions (IPv4, IPv6)

    Encrypted Communications

    SSL/TLS, Ipsec

    IEEE 802.1X


    ONVIF Version

    Profile S, Profile G

    IPv4 Protocol

    TCP/IP, UDP, HTTP, FTP, SNMPv1/v2c/v3 (MIB2), DHCP, DNS, AutoIP, mDNS, ARP, ICMP, POP3, NTP, SMTP, RTP/RTCP, RTSP, SSL/TLS, IPsec, ONVIF, WV-HTTP (Canon proprietary)

    IPv6 Protocol

    TCP/IP, UDP, HTTP, FTP, SNMPv1/v2c/v3 (MIB2), DHCP, DNS, AutoIP, mDNS, ARP, ICMP, POP3, NTP, SMTP, RTP/RTCP, RTSP, SSL/TLS, IPsec, ONVIF, WV-HTTP (Canon proprietary)

    Auto IP (Link-Local)


    Audio Compression Method

    G.711 μ-law (64 kbps)

    Audio Communication Method

    Full-duplex (two-way) – Echo cancellation function compliant
    RTP, Sound Transfer Protocol by Canon

    Audio File Playback

    Available (audio files can be played back when an event is triggered by the intelligent function or external device input)

    Privacy Mask

    Number of registration: Max. 8 places, Number of mask colours: 1 (select from 9 colours)

    View Restrictions



    Number of registers: Max. 64 positions (+Home Position)
    Number of Preset Tour Route: Max. 5

    Intelligent Function - Video

    Moving Object Detection, Abandoned Object Detection, Removed Object Detection, Camera Tampering Detection, Passing Detection, and Intrusion Detection

    Intelligent Function - Audio

    Volume Detection, Scream Detection

    Intelligent Function - Detection Settings

    Max. 15

    Event Trigger Type

    External Device Input, Intelligent Function (Video), Intelligent Function (Audio), Timer, Day/Night Switch 

    Image Upload

    FTP/HTTP/SMTP (e-mail)

    Event Notification

    HTTP/SMTP (e-mail)

    On-Screen Display


    Image Cropping Function Digital PTZ
    Cropping sizes: 640 x 360/512 x 288/384 x 216/256 x 144/128 x 72
    640 x 480/512 x 384/384 x 288/256 x 192/128 x 96
    Daylight Saving Time


    Custom Settings


    Network Terminal

    LAN x 1 (RJ45, 100Base-TX (auto/full-duplex/half-duplex))

    Audio Input Terminal ϕ3.5 mm (ϕ0.14 in.) mini-jack connector (monaural)
    LINE IN (connect to an amplifier microphone) or MIC IN (connect to a microphone w/o amplifier)
    – Switch LINE IN/MIC IN in the setting page.
    Audio Output Terminal

    ϕ3.5 mm (ϕ0.14 in.) mini-jack connector (monaural)
    LINE OUT (connect to an amplifier speaker)

    External Device I/O Terminal

    Input x 2, Output x 2

    Analog Video Out

    Memory Card Type

    SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card, SDXC Memory Card Compatible. 
    Frame Rate: Max. 1 fps (JPEG), Max. 30fps (H.264)

    Memory Card Recorded Content  Log, Video (Event, Manual, ONVIF, Timer, Upload)
    Memory Card Recorded Frame Rate

    Max. 1 fps (JPEG)
    Max. 30 fps (H.264)


    (TBD) Temperature
    AC, DC, PoE: -10°C – +50°C (+14°F – +122°F)


    5% – 85% (without condensation)


    -30°C – +60°C (-22°F – +140°F)


    5% – 90% (without condensation)


    PoE power supply via LAN connector (IEEE802.3at Type1 compliant)

    AC Adapter

    PA-V18 (100 – 240 V AC) (sold separately)

    External Power Source

    24 V AC/12 V DC

    WITH PoE


    With AC Adapter


    With 12VDC


    With PoE +


    With 24VAC



    (ϕ x H) ϕ129 x 157 mm (ϕ5.08 x 6.18 in.)

    Mounting Position





    (TBD) Approx. 1160 g (2.56 lb.)

    Outdoor Ready


    IP Rating


    Vandal Resistant


    Impact Resistance


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