Canon XU-81


A cost-effective, versatile Pan and Tilt camera with 20x zoom lens and AF, the XU-81/XU-81W delivers high quality, high sensitivity images in HDTV format. Ideal for indoor or outdoor installation.


  • Robust, versatile 1/3" Pan and Tilt camera for a wide range of indoor and outdoor applications
  • High quality HDTV/SDTV images with single 1/3-inch CMOS sensor, 2.1 Megapixel, 20x HD zoom lens and AF
  • Fast, precise Pan & Tilt movements with wide angle of rotation
  • Quiet operation with a noise rating of NC<30
  • Smooth movements while zooming for broadcast applications using optional control unit (OP-300)
  • Easy upright, inverted or suspended installation with compact, lightweight design
  • Adaptable to new and existing multi-camera environments with 1080i or 720p HD output
  • Super-sensitivity Night Mode enables shooting in low light or at night

Detailed Features

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Robust, versatile 1/3" Pan and Tilt camera

The XU-81/XU-81W is a versatile, remote control, indoor/outdoor single 1/3" CMOS camera system, featuring a compact, highly waterproof and dustproof design which is ideal for challenging locations and environmental conditions. Applications include: Outdoor and Indoor Event Broadcasting, Weather POV, Traffic POV, Outdoor Monitoring, Education and Video Conferences. For outdoor applications, the XU-81W is equipped with a motorized ND filter and a wiper unit. An optional washer unit is also available.

High quality HDTV/SDTV video images

A single 1/3-inch CMOS imaging sensor with a 2.1 Megapixel, 20x HD zoom lens and Auto Focus captures exceptional, high-quality images in full-HDTV format with excellent colour reproduction.

Optimised for broadcast applications

An optional operation unit (OP-300) is available that enables smooth pan and tilt movements while zooming using a single pre-set button on the control panel. This allows for on-air movements similar to manually-operated cameras. For long distance operation the camera can also be controlled from a PC using an internet connection. HD-SDI output delivers beautiful images from a distance of up to 100m.

Fast, quiet, and precise Pan & Tilt movements

The XU-81/XU-81 W offers a wide angle of rotation (Pan +/- 180° and Tilt +220° to -40°) and precise 40° per second movement in Standard Mode. High Speed Mode accelerates movement by 50% to 60° per second. Operation is very quiet with a noise rating of NC<30 in Standard Mode, enabling use in areas such as libraries or conference rooms. An image flipping function automatically flips images so they are not upside down due to the angle tilt.

Easy to install

Compact and lightweight, the camera weighs only 6.6kg (XU-81) or 7kg (XU-81W) and includes a handle for easy portability. It can be mounted upright, inverted or suspended from a ceiling for shooting in all kinds of locations.

Locally switchable output/control

1080i or 720p HD output is available to match existing systems. Control can also be toggled between RS-232C and RS-422, making the XU-81/XU-81W extremely adaptable to new and existing multi-camera environments.

High sensitivity Night Mode

Super-sensitivity Night Mode enables shooting at a brightness level of just 0.2 lux- ideal for shooting in dark rooms or at night. Backlight compensation increases the visibility of backlit dark subjects.

Product Specification

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