Camera Calculator V2 (OLD) - Need Help? Ask Here

We are making this a 'sticky' at the top of the discussions to help anyone using the Camera Calculator.

Just ask your question in the comments.

Related, here are 2 videos to help you use the Calculator.

This is the quick / short 2 minute intro, if you have never used it:

And here is the longer, more detailed, 10 minute version:

Questions? Need help? Ask below.

There doesnt appear to be any American Dynamics cameras in the calculator? Please advise.

Andrew, AD is listed under Illustra which is the brand name of the camera, see screenshot:

Also, we added a lot of Illustra cameras last month. Let us know if we can help.

How do I remove camera info from pdf or word so I can use this in proposals without giving away free consulting?

How do I remove camera info from pdf or word so I can use this in proposals without giving away free consulting?

I assume you mean specific manufacturer / model information. If so, we do not have a way to hide that on exports for individual cameras.

Hi guys,


What does the red immediately near the cameras in the field of view represent? 

#18, the red line on the calculator represents the IR range specified for that camera model. In your example, the subject is placed beyond the max IR range so you should not expect for the subject to be illuminated out there in the night / at dark.


Thank you for the quick reply :). 

I'm sorry, I was referring to the shaded area. what does that represent?

the shaded area

The shaded area represents the dead spot based on the downtilt / set up of the camera.

Thank you. that makes sense now.


When there IS a street image (in Scene), how do get back to it?  I was trying an imported image but did not like the result, so decided to use the street image but can't get back to it.

For am imported scene image, is there a way to rotate that image? The way I took the picture, it need a 90 deg rotation.

Hello Michael:

The street image is based on camera placement and the Google Street view integration. Does placing the camera again refresh that scene?

Any image rotation needs to happen before import.  The calculator does not support image editing controls.

Hope that helps!


This is more of a suggestion to you and manufacturers. The Calculator in conjunction with the Camera Finder has been extremely helpful in choosing cameras. However, my biggest frustration is old/discontinued cameras that are still in the system. Manufacturers should know that this tool is being used more and more. If integrators are having a problem finding current cameras, they will likely move to another brand.

Just my $.02 on a great tool.


David Coughlin

NOTICE: This comment has been moved to its own discussion: How To Handle Discontinued Cameras In IPVM Camera Finder And Calculator?


I need to put cordinates into the calculator.
How can I do this?

If I put this     30°16'26.35"N    97°44'24.44"W   

into google I need to klick the magnifier to get it.

There is no magnifierin the calculator.



I need to put cordinates into the calculator. 
How can I do this?

Add a camera anywhere. Edit the camera (right click and select edit or pick the camera from the list on the main navigation and select edit).

One the edit screen appears enter in your coordinates and the camera will move exactly there:

Running the camera calculator for the Panasonic WV-SUD638 which has an optical zoom of 30. Is there a way to adjust the zoom in the calculator?

Panasonic WV-SUD638 which has an optical zoom of 30. Is there a way to adjust the zoom in the calculator

Yes, you can pick the WV-SUD638 in the calculator and it includes / knows its optical zoom:

And then you can zoom it in or out across its 30x zoom using the slider or just grabing the sides of the triangle of the camera:

Hi, just a request to add the Axis P3227 and P3228 cameras to the database.

Robert - The P3227 and P3228 have been added.  Please let me know how else I can help.

Wonderful, thank you :-)

Is it possiable to adjust the template when it is exported to PDF.



Smaller camera icons

different icons depending on bullet dome ptz etz

different colour icons

I havent read through the comments on here, but I have 2 suggestions for your calculator.

I had issues with importing images I took from my phone of the estimated shot I was trying to accomplish with my camera.  When I import the image, the FOV of the camera distorts my image and makes it difficult.  Perhaps an option to have the imported image be independent of the degrees of the camera?


Second, and an even better feature that should be fairly easy to work in would be a exportable or printable list of materials based off what is on the calculator screen.


15 cameras:

(10) Samsung XVI29 (random part number)

(5) Arecont 5185  (or whatever)


Some sort of bill of materials based off what is on the calculator would be pretty valuable.

Sorry if this has been debated before, but, using search function I didn't find anything related. I would like to show the different coverage (about 360°) of a PTZ camera, respect a fixed one coverage, in a project developed using IPVM calculator. Is it possible?

NOTICE: This comment has been moved to its own discussion: How To Show The Different Coverage (About 360°) Of A PTZ In The IPVM Calculator?


I am trying to design a job and am having an issue. There is boxes all over the screen saying this:

James - I believe this may be a one time issue.  Can you save the project and then refresh the page?  Please let me know if this resolves the problem.

Is there a resource where we can send you a camera to be added to the camera list?  Some of the new AD illustra cameras are not on the list.

Steve - You can email me and I will have them added.  Let me know how else I can help.

It seems to me that the exported PDF does not respect the landscape/portrait camera orientation and defaults to landscape (ex: 16:9, when the camera is in 9:16 corridor mode).

Dennis - To verify you are selecting the Corridor mode in the scene preview window, correct?

I just added a few cameras then exported the project to PDF, and it worked as expected for me.  If you send me a permalink I will see if I can recreate /correct the problem.

For clarity, the calc shows:


the exported PDF shows:

The PDF should be showing "Angle of view 60" rather than 80.


After importing my site plan into the calculator, how do I make a blank page for all the camera views when exported? 

Page 1-Overview page shows a blank background behind the site plan - this is what is needed. 

Page 2- Camera 1 shows a google overview behind the site plan. (do not want the google view)

Page 3 - Camera 2 Shows a google overview behind the site plan. (do not want the google view)


Joe - Below the background controls are shown.  The gif shows how to change the background to map / satellite / blank.  After blank is selected the project is exported to a PDF and scrolled to show all pages are blank.    

If you are doing this, and not getting a blank background please email me a permalink so I can troubleshoot it - I am happy to help.

Is there a way to change the color of the camera views? We would like a way to differentiate between existing and proposed cameras.



Is there a way to change the color of the camera views?

There is not. However, soon there will be in the new V3 calculator. Related, you asked for and we enabled the new calculator for you. The new calculator does not have it today but this is already a feature we had plan and have done work towards so expect it in the next month or tow.


How often do the views get updated by Google? I wanted to use the calculator on an area of our campus but the view seems to be very old and does not include buildings that have been there at least a year.


Rob, it depends on the region. This Google page shows a list of where they are capturing when.

I would expect that the average street view age is at least a few years, just based on my experience.

Very useful, and keep it up.


great new features at the camera calculator. :-)

But I have two questions. Currently I have no possibility to scale a floor plan, like in the tutorial described.

Additional, is it not possible to turn the floorplan? Because sometimes my floor Plans are not made in the north direction.



I am not able to upload pdf floor plan. Anyone else having this issue?


Sorry to hear you are having an issue. Please email your PDF and project Permalink to and we will take a look.


In meantime, have you tried converting the PDF to JPG and uploading it in that format?