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Canon VB-C500VD

Network Cameras


Canon VB-C500VD

Wide-area surveillance for harsh indoor environments.

Featuring a vandal-resistant body and a 2.4x wide zoom lens, the VB-C500VD is perfect for surveillance in harsh indoor environments. Colour imaging at 0.2 lux keeps your area covered, even in low light.


  • Tough vandal-resistant housing
  • Canon wide-angle 2.4x zoom lens with 82° field of view
  • Motion JPEG & MPEG-4 video up to 640 x 480 pixels
  • On-screen display
  • Colour video down to 0.2 lux
  • PoE compatible
  • Full-duplex audio
  • Bundled VK-Lite software

Detailed Features

Vandal-Resistant Design

The VB-C500VD is equipped with Canon’s unique vandal-resistant construction. The exterior housing is made of alloyed aluminium, while the strong polycarbonate dome is impact resistant. The camera mechanism floats on four built-in springs, which act as shock absorbers in the event of an impact.

Wide-Angle 2.4x Zoom Lens

With an ultra-wide 82° horizontal field of view and a 2.4x optical zoom, the VB-C500VD is ideal for every monitoring need. The wide-angle lens makes the camera perfect for narrow spaces like corridors, while the 2.4x zoom is useful for open areas such as large offices.

MPEG-4 and Motion JPEG video

With support for MPEG-4 and Motion JPEG video formats, the VB-C500VD can deliver high-quality VGA resolution video. Footage can be distributed to up to 30 simultaneous clients (max 10 clients with MPEG-4).

Progressive Scan

For a sharper view of moving subjects, the progressive scan CCD image sensor minimises the ‘comb’ effect often seen in interlaced video. The camera can deliver up to 30fps, subject to the available network bandwidth.

On-Screen Display

The VB-C500VD can overlay the date, time, camera name or any custom text (up to 15 characters) on top of the video. To ensure clear visibility of the information, the position of the text, character colour and outline colour can be easily changed.

Continuous Monitoring - Day and Night

With the help of DIGIC NET processing, the VB-C500VD can operate in a wide range of lighting conditions. Colour imaging is supported even in low light, down to 0.2 lux. Digital Night Mode increases the sensitivity to provide a clear monochrome image.

Power over Ethernet (PoE)

The VB-C500VD can be powered by the same Ethernet cable that is used to transfer data, without the need for a separate power source. This enables the camera to be installed without the hassle and expense of a separate mains power supply.

Two-way Audio

The VB-C500VD can transmit and receive full-duplex audio from the camera site. A microphone and active speaker can be connected via an optional interface cable, so live audio can be received from the camera, or a warning relayed to potential intruders.

Bundled VK-Lite Network Video Recording Software

The VB-C500VD comes bundled with Canon’s ‘VK-Lite’ Video Recording software, supporting up to four cameras. The camera is supplied with everything you need to start recording, straight out of the box.

Product Specification


Type ¼ inch CCD with primary colour filter
Number of Pixels 310,000 effective
Scanning System Progressive
Zoom Magnification and Control 2.4x powered zoom lens with Manual Focus
Focal Length 2.6mm (wide) – 6.2mm (telephoto)
Horizontal Field of View 82.0° (wide) – 34.0° (telephoto)
Lens F-Number f/1.1 – f/1.4
Minimum Subject Illumination Day Mode: 0.2 lux (Colour, f/1.1 at 1/30 sec, SSC on)¹
Night Mode: 0.1 lux (Mono, f/1.1 at 1/30 sec, SSC on)¹
Focus Control Manual
Focusing Region 0.7m – infinity
Shutter Speed 1/1 - 1/8000 sec
White Balance Auto / Preset (6 types) / Lock (One-Shot)
Imaging Modes Day Mode, Night Mode (Auto / Manual / Scheduled)
Metering Modes 3 options: Centre-Weighted / Average / Spot Metering
Exposure Compensation 7 levels
Shade Correction 7 levels
Image Stabilizer -


Video Compression Method JPEG (still images), Motion-JPEG (video), MPEG4
Video Output Size MJPEG: 640 x 480 / 320 x 240 / 160 x 120 (multicast)
MPEG4: 640 x 480 / 320 x 240 (fixed size)
Frame Rate MJPEG: 0.1 fps - 30 fps (max)
MPEG4: 10 / 15 / 30 fps (max)
Simultaneous Distribution MJPEG: 30 clients max / MPEG4: 10 clients max
Audio Compression Method G.711 µ-law (64Kbps), Full duplex
Supported Protocols IPv4 and IPv6: TCP/IP, UDP, HTTP, FTP, SNMP (MIB2), SMTP (client), DHCP (client - IPv4 only), DNS (client), ARP, ICMP, POP3, NDP (IPv6 only), NTP (IPv4 only), SMTP authentication, WV-HTTP (Canon)
Camera Access Levels Administrator, Authorised User, Guest User
Motion Detection Max 4 detection areas
Memory Buffer Max 4MB for JPEG image upload via FTP / HTTP / SMTP
Event Notification HTTP / SMTP


Network Interface RJ-45, 100Base-TX (Auto / Full duplex / Half duplex)
Audio Input (Mic In / Line In) 3.5mm mono mini-jack (via optional interface cable)
Audio Output (Line Out) 3.5mm mono mini-jack (via optional interface cable)
External Device I/O Terminals 2 x Inputs / 2 x Outputs


Pan Angle Range 350° (-175º to +175º) Manual
Tilt Angle Range 150° (-75° to +75°) Manual
Maximum Rotation Speed -
Infrared Cut Filter Manual Day / Night switching
Preset Positions -
Dimensions (W x H x D) 155mm x 118mm x 155mm
Weight 780g
Power Sources Power over Ethernet: 48V DC (Conforms to IEEE 802.3af)
100V – 240V AC, 50/60Hz (optional AC Adaptor PA-V17)
12V DC or 24V AC (via optional Power Interface Cable)
Power Consumption 3.3W Max (on PoE) / 3.6W Max (on AC Adaptor)
Operating Environment Temperature: -10°C to +50°C, Humidity: 20% to 85% RH
Minimum Subject Illumination ¹ SSC = Smart Shade Control. Disabling this function increases minimum illumination to 0.5 lux in Day Mode and 0.2 lux in Night mode.
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Accessories & Supplies

PA-V17 (E)

AC Power Supply (European plug)

PA-V17 (B)

AC Power Supply (UK plug)