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Canon VC-C50i Instruction Manual

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  • Page 2 Product. Features of the VC-C50i/VC-C50iR Communication Camera ■ Genuine Canon 26× optical zoom and 12× digital zoom for high- magnification imaging ■ Capable of shooting at low light levels down to 1 lux ■...
  • Page 3 This product uses a microcomputer. External radio frequency energy, may cause picture interference, avoid using this product in such a location. If the Product is connected to a recording device (for example a VCR), Canon Inc. accepts no responsibility whatsoever for any financial losses that may be incurred as a result of the loss of recorded information or images, regardless of the internal or external cause of the loss.
  • Page 4: Safe Use Of Equipment

    When replacing the fuse only a correctly rated approved type should be used and be sure to re-fit the fuse cover. The AC adapter can be connected to the VC-C50i/VC-C50iR from a standard AC power outlet. Please check your instruction manual to make sure that your VC-C50i/VC-C50iR is compatible with this adapter.
  • Page 5: Important Operational Instructions

  • Page 6 If such changes or modifications should be made, you could be required to stop operation of the equipment. Canon U.S.A. Inc. One Canon Plaza, Lake Success, NY 11042, U.S.A. Tel No. (516) 328-5600 This product does not exceed the Class B limits for radio noise emissions from digital apparatus as set out in the Interference-causing equipment standard entitled ‘Digital Apparatus’, ICES-003 of the Industry Canada.
  • Page 7: Important Safety Instructions

    IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS In these safety instructions, the word “equipment” refers to the Canon communication camera VC-C50i/VC-C50iR and all its accessories. 1. Read Instructions - All the safety and operating instructions should be read before the equipment is operated.
  • Page 8 19. Replacement Parts - When replacement parts are required, be sure the service technician has used replacement parts that are specified by Canon or that have the same characteristics as the original part. Unauthorized substitutions may result in fire, electric shock or other hazards.
  • Page 9 22. When any of the following occurs, immediately switch OFF the equipment, unplug it from the main power supply and contact your nearest Canon supplier. Do not continue to use the equipment as this can cause a fire or electric shock.
  • Page 10: Maintenance

    a Safe Use of Equipment Maintenance Cleaning the Equipment 1. Unplug the AC adapter from the wall outlet. 2. Carefully wipe the equipment with a soft cloth that has been moistened with water or a mild detergent. WARNING Do not use flammable solvents such as alcohol, benzene or thinners. The use of such substances can cause a fire or electric shock.
  • Page 11: Table Of Contents

    CONTENTS a Safe Use of Equipment ... 4 a Important Warnings ... 4 a Important Operational Instructions ... 5 a IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS ... 7 Maintenance ... 10 Icons Used in This Instruction Manual ... 10 Before You Use the Product ... 12 Checking the Camera and Its Accessories ...
  • Page 12: Before You Use The Product

    Before You Use the Product Checking the Camera and Its Accessories Before you install the Product, check that all the items shown below are included in your product package. If any of these items is missing, contact your Canon dealer. Multiconnector Plug ●...
  • Page 13: Installing The Product

    WARNING Install the camera securely. ● When installing the camera on the ceiling, contact your Canon dealer. ● When installing the camera on the ceiling, check that the ceiling is strong enough to bear the weight of the camera including the installation bracket. Installation in a weak location could result in the camera falling and causing serious injury.
  • Page 14: Connecting The Components

    Connecting the Components AC cable AC Adapter (Rear of camera) DC IN 13V VIDEO OUT Multiconnector plug BNC connector To VIDEO IN terminal • PC • Another VC-C50i/ VC-C50iR • Network camera server • Sensor • Alarm • Monitor Monitor...
  • Page 15 Connecting to the Multiconnector Use the procedure below to plug leads (AWG No.28-18) into the multiconnector plug. 1. Insert a flat-bladed screwdriver all the way into the slot next to the lead fastening hole. ■ The inside of the lead fastening hole opens. 2.
  • Page 16 Before You Use the Product Multiconnector Pin Layout Item Pin No. S-video out RS-232C (connects to cascade- connection camera) RS-232C (connects to cascade- connection PCs) Y GND C GND RTS OUT TX OUT RTS IN TX IN Light_ON/OFF- Alarm_- Sensor_- Input/ Pin name Signal direction...
  • Page 17 Item Pin No. External lighting control signal Alarm control signal External sensor input External Device I/O Terminals External device input terminals These comprise 2 sensor terminals (positive (+) and negative (–)). The negative terminal is connected to the camera’s own internal ground and the positive terminal is pulled up to 5 volts at 10 kohm via a protection diode.
  • Page 18: Turning The Power On And Off

    Before You Use the Product Turning the Power ON and OFF The VC-C50i/VC-C50iR camera does not have a power switch. You can switch the camera on by plugging the AC adapter into a wall outlet. When power to the camera is switched on, the LED on the camera turns green.
  • Page 19: Controlling The Camera From The Wireless Controller

    Controlling the Camera from the Wireless Controller The Wireless Controller WL-V5 is optional. While the wireless controller buttons are being used, the LED on the camera blinks green (at 0.1-second intervals). Nomenclature BRIGHT button (→ P.24) Adjusts the brightness of the image on the monitor.
  • Page 20: Loading The Batteries Into The Wireless Controller

    Controlling the Camera from the Wireless Controller Loading the Batteries into the Wireless Controller The wireless controller requires two AA-type batteries. 1. Remove the battery cover. 2. Insert the batteries. ■ Taking care that the poles (+ and –) are correctly positioned.
  • Page 21: Changing The Camera Head Angle (Pan/Tilt/Home Position)

    Range of Camera Head Movement The figures below show the range of camera head movement from a horizontal position. The default range of upward movement for the VC-C50i is 30°, but the range can be set to 90° (→ P.31).
  • Page 22: Zooming In/Out (Tele/Wide)

    Controlling the Camera from the Wireless Controller Zooming In/Out The zoom function increases (zoom in) and decreases (zoom out) the size of the subject on the monitor screen. BRIGHT ZOOM HOME SET/OK CANCEL ∞ ON SCREEN MENU Focusing Range At some zoom settings, the camera may not be able to focus on the subject. MEMO Changes in the distance from the camera to the subject Wide end of zoom...
  • Page 23: Focusing (Focus)

    Focusing (FOCUS) This section describes how to focus on the subject. The VC-C50i/VC-C50iR has an auto-focus mode, in which the camera automatically focuses on the subject, and a manual focus mode, in which the operator can adjust the focus by hand. (The default setting is auto-focus.) To use autofocus mode Press the a button.
  • Page 24: Adjusting The Brightness (Bright)

    Controlling the Camera from the Wireless Controller BRIGHT ZOOM HOME SET/OK CANCEL ∞ ON SCREEN MENU Adjusting the Brightness This function brightens or darkens the image. When the camera is switched on, the brightness is set to the Normal level. BRIGHT ZOOM HOME...
  • Page 25: Storing A Preset Camera Position (Preset)

    To restore a preset position Press a button from 1 to 9. ■ The VC-C50i/VC-C50iR returns to the stored camera head ● During preset operations, the camera pans and tilts at the speeds set for pan/ tilt operation in the setting menu. When the [AUTO] setting is selected, the MEMO head moves at the maximum speed (→...
  • Page 26: Switching The Camera On And Off

    Controlling the Camera from the Wireless Controller Switching the Camera ON and OFF The camera is switched on and off by using the p (camera ON/OFF) button on the wireless controller. Even if you switch the camera OFF, the stored preset positions, the date, the time and the ID number are not cleared.
  • Page 27: Camera Settings

    Camera Settings Set and display the clock and text, and specify camera operation settings. Buttons Used to Specify the Settings The wireless controller buttons shown below are used for the setting. 58 buttons 6 button BRIGHT ZOOM 4 button HOME c button SET/OK CANCEL...
  • Page 28: Setting The Clock

    Camera Settings Setting the Clock Use the procedure below to set the date and time. You can also select your preferred TIME STYLE and DATE STYLE settings. MA I N SET MENU D I SP MENU CA E MENU NEXT SET D TE&...
  • Page 29: Entering Characters

    Entering Characters The characters that can be specified are uppercase letters (A to Z), numbers (0 to 9) and some symbols (<, >, -, /,., : and spaces). Text can be entered anywhere on the screen outside the character area. Repeat steps w and e in the procedure below for each character entered.
  • Page 30: Setting The Camera Head Movement Speed And Pan Operation

    Camera Settings Setting the Camera Head Movement Speed and Pan Operation Use the procedure below to set the speed at which the camera head pans and tilts and to select the DIRECTION MIRROR setting (direction of camera head panning). MA I N MENU SET MENU D I SP...
  • Page 31: Setting The Range Of Camera Head Movement

    SAVE SETT I NGS? The limits for the range of camera head movement are as follows: VC-C50i: ±100° left and right, 90° upward and 30° downward MEMO VC-C50iR: ±170° left and right, 10° upward and 90° downward...
  • Page 32: Setting The Ae

    Camera Settings Setting the AE Use the procedure below to specify the AE (brightness adjustment) setting. FLICKERLESS AE is unnecessary to set. MA I N MENU SET MENU D I SP MENU CA E MENU NEXT SET BACK CANCEL TT NG E REFERENCE FL I CKERLESS AE NEXT SET...
  • Page 33: Night Mode Settings

    Night Mode Settings Selecting night mode allows you to check the subject in the dark using black and white images provided by infrared photography. When you switch to night mode, the built-in infrared lighting (infrared LED) for night mode automatically switches on. This lighting automatically switches off after 30 minutes.
  • Page 34: Rs-232C Settings

    Camera Settings RS-232C Settings These settings are used for controlling the VC-C50i/VC-C50iR from a PC or other device. The DATA 8 BIT and NON PARITY settings are fixed, and the menu is used to check them only. DATA 8 BIT and NON PARITY are to be read only.
  • Page 35: Id Mode

    This is referred to as ID mode operation. Setting the ID Number Use the procedure below to assign an ID number (1 to 9) to each camera (VC-C50i/ VC-C50iR). If you do not want to assign an ID number to a camera, select [0] for that camera.
  • Page 36: Selecting The Camera To Be Controlled

    ID Mode Selecting the Camera to be Controlled <Example> As shown in the figure below, of 4 cameras (ID1 to ID3) only the cameras with ID number 2 (2 cameras) are selected for ID mode operation. In normal operation, the camera LEDs turn green. ●...
  • Page 37: Cancelling Id Mode

    Cancelling ID Mode <Example> In this example, the selection made in the previous section of the cameras with ID number 2 is cancelled. The camera LEDs are as shown below. Check the LEDs on all the adjacent connected cameras to ensure that all the cameras are receiving the signals from the wireless controller.
  • Page 38: Troubleshooting

    Troubleshooting Check the following before contacting your Canon supplier. The wireless controller does not work. Check 1: The LED is not lit. Response: Check that the plug is inserted into the main power outlet correctly and pushed in all the way. → P.18 Check 2: The LED is red.
  • Page 39 The camera will not move to a preset position. Check 1: The camera head will not move to the limit of its range of movement. Response: Something has directly moved the camera head. Press the h button on the wireless controller. → P.21 Check 2: The range of pan/tilt movement has been changed since the preset position was stored.
  • Page 40: Factory Default Settings

    Factory Default Settings When the Product is shipped from the factory or when RESTORE DEFAULT has been set to [YES] (→ P.34), the settings are set to the default values shown below. (Camera Default Settings) Item Focus Brightness (Setting Screen Default Settings) SET MENU DISPLAY MENU CAMERA MENU...
  • Page 41: Specifications

    Installation Angle ±20° from horizontal (±15° with optional wide-angle converter installed) VC-C50i: 100 × 117 × 96 mm (3.9 × 4.6 × 3.8 in.) (W × D × H) Dimensions (excluding attachments) VC-C50iR: 100 × 117 × 97.6 mm (3.9 × 4.6 × 3.8 in.) (W × D × H)
  • Page 42 Specifications Item Wireless Model Controller System (Optional) Power Supply 3 V DC (2 AA-type batteries) Dimensions Weight Model AC Adapter Input (PAL model optional) Output Polarity Dimensions Weight ● These specifications are subject to change without notice. ● For the AC adapter, use the PA-V16 dedicated unit. Also, do not use the PA-V16 AC adapter with any other product.

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