The new features are dual SD card slots, 60 IPS, and the wide/tele buttons. Panasonic has to have the motorized controls at the camera because they only support Internet Explorer and ActiveX. With Axis or Sony I can take my mobile device to the camera, connect via wifi to view, adjust and deal wtih the camera settings or adjust it manually.
Dual SD slots for RAID5 like recording - again a good idea but who is really demanding this? No one I know today.
60IPS is good for some applications but very limited for security.
The installation improvements are minor at best.
Similarly to big companies is their ability to drive big business and CISCO does that pretty well from the IT side back into their other divisions. If VSOM had dedicated R&D support, been developed faster and had a better sales team driving it, they would be an even heavier contender in the business today.
We all know the best companies are the ones that listen to their customers the closest.
From my time there, to me, it seems that they are referring to these new features, compared to their previous models (what they call a convential camera), not a competitor camera. They are fixing limitations they had with the mechanical or other design. Not much is new to the industry. Having a focus locked zoom button makes the camera easier to install, but is not revolutionary. Having dual SD cards - that is new, and can be a spec item to be used for longer recording OR redundant recording.