Multisensor, 180, 270, 360 Degree Outside Cameras, Have You Used Them?

We’ve got a new project that requires outside camera coverage on a building with a lot of corners. Primary focus of the surveillance is of the building and parking area close to it. Usually we’d use two ~90 degree FOV Cameras, one on each side of the corner. I’ve seen some manufactures have specialty cameras that could be useful for this scenario, are they too good to be true?

The cameras are either fisheye lenses ones with 360 degrees FOV or camera’s with multiple sensors inside that can cover 180 degrees or more. Our idea is that we could replace the two camera per corner setup with one camera and have greater coverage too. If you’ve ever used this type of camera before what has been your experiences?

  1. Is it actually cheaper in the end? (one specialty camera and mount versus two cameras and mounts, VMS licensing, etc)
  2. How was the quality of the daytime and nighttime footage?
  3. How was the compatibility with your VMS? (we’d most likely be using ExaqcVision)
  4. If you’ve tried them in the past and it didn’t work out, what were the issues that you experienced?

Any insights or experiences on this topic would be appreciated. Thanks.

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