Canon's VC-C3 Camera Suits Videoconferencing and More

Canon has added many new features and refinements to the VC-C1 to create the VC-C3, a one-piece camera that suits videoconferencing, distance learning, telemedicine, Webcasting, teacher training and other forms of communication. At 4" wide and 3 1/4" tall, the VC-C3 is 20% narrower than its predeccesor.

The camera can be controlled via a handheld infrared remote or via a PC. The Control Software, designed with the look and feel of the remote, allows users to control up to four cameras from one PC, moving the camera head diagonally, color correcting the video, and programming the time and number cycles for the six presets.

"We've taken the 'de facto' industry standard videoconferencing camera, our VC-C1, and made it smaller, while improving mechanics and zoom capabilities," said a Canon technical staff member. "We've also enhanced the potential for new applications by detaching the Camera Control Unit, thereby allowing the camera to be mounted in smaller, tighter places not normally accessible with pan/tilt/zoom cameras."

Compared to other cameras in its class, the VC-C3 offers sharper images, faster transmission rates, better color reproduction and the ability to pan/tilt to multiple positions over a wider range at various speed settings. The Software Developer's Kit facilitates integration of the camera through custom software. Canon Visual Communications Systems, Lake Success, NY, (516) 328-5960, [email protected].

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This article originally appeared in the 11/01/1997 issue of THE Journal.