We are looking at testing the Panasonic 9MP panoramic (actually 12MP cropped down to a square ratio) soon. Similar, but also lacking IR. Overall, though, interest in panoramic is pretty low, so we are hesitant to plan too many tests.
Love to see it, but no one returns phone calls over there.
We have a customer who would benefit from panoramic cameras in a number of instances, but mainly because of the cost, we haven't had occasion to test one on a site yet. Low light is a definite concern on their sites as well, and they've standardized on the Axis P3384 for those uses the last year or two. With lots of previous cameras we've tried having poor low-light performance, there will be little interest in using a pano unless it can match up in the department... but something with IR may just be worth of an on-site test at some point.
The Hik doesn't offer 2 warped streams, so it's not going to work with DW Spectrum. We need a sub stream under 700 horizontal lines for server side motion detection. It also had big issues with IR hotspots in your tests.
IIRC the Vivotek had poor image quality. That's why we've used the Samsung 7010 previously. It had the ability to do dual streams and had better image quality.
However, the Samsung lacks IR and the 7010 isn't true day/night. The 8010 fixes the day/night issue, but still needs external IR illuminators.
This is why we are pinning hopes on the Dahua. Higher res (12mp) and low res sub stream. Plenty of frame rate for us at 15fps. And it has integrated IR with ICR.
The Hik does offer 2 warped streams; however, the sub-stream is 720*720 currently. I'm not sure that Smart IR was turned on in the tests you refer to.