Canon HD Broadcast Equipment to Be Used in NBCUniversal’s Coverage of Olympics

Canon HD Broadcast Equipment to Be Used in NBCUniversal’s Coverage of Olympics


Lake Success, NY—Canon USA will provide more than 75 HDTV lenses, two PTZ HD cameras and a Canobeam HD video transceiver system to NBCUniversal during its coverage of the 2012 London Olympics from London, England, July 27 – August 12, 2012.

The Canon HD lenses include: XJ95x8.6B and XJ86x9.3B long-zoom HD field lenses with Canon’s Optical Shift-IS image-stabilizer technology; XJ27x6.5B and XJ22x7.3B HD studio lenses; HJ22ex7.6B and HJ14ex4.3B portable ENG-style lenses; and HJ40x14B image-stabilized and HJ18x28B super-telephoto portable EFP-style lenses with full servo controls.

Additional Canon HDTV production technologies to be used by NBC include the XU-80 remote-control robotic pan-tilt-zoom HD point-of-view camera systems, and the Canobeam DT-150 HD free space optical bidirectional wireless video transceiver system to relay Full HD video without compression or delay across physical gaps where fiber cables or microwave links cannot be used.

“Canon is honored to once again be NBC’s choice for lens manufacturer,” said Larry Thorpe, senior fellow, Professional Engineering & Solutions, Canon USA. “Canon has supplied NBC with lenses for its Olympic coverage since 1992 and we look forward to working with them in the future as well. A wide variety of Canon’s most advanced field, studio, and portable HD lenses will be used by NBC Olympics to image the action at the many summer sports venues in London. Canon remote-control robotic HD cameras and a Canobeam free space optics HD video transceiver system will also be instrumental in this effort. A complete team of Canon service professionals will also be on-hand with NBC in London to ensure a positive production experience.”

“Canon HD lenses provide a wide selection of focal lengths that enhance our coverage of the Games,” noted Chip Adams, vice president, Venue Engineering, for NBC Olympics. “Canon delivers great telephoto and wide-angle performance with their 100x and 86x field lenses, which can zoom in on the faces of the athletes to capture those moments in time when you can see their emotions as they prepare for competition. The Canon wide-angle HD lenses are very good, in that you can get up close but still maintain a wide field of view and not lose the backgrounds when you’re in a challenging shooting situation.”

Canon USA is neither an Olympic sponsor nor a partner of any organization, including the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the London Organizing Committee for the 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (LOCOG).