First of all, this shootout already shown. One doesn't exclude the other.
The costs lay to much on a single piece of hardware. If that one dies (lighting e.g.) or needs to be replaced, you're in for a hefty dent.
Also, you don't really have much redundancy.
In case of the photo above. If one of the fixed camera's dies for whatever reason, you can always use the PTZ to take over its function while it gets replaced.
Lastly, as you already mentioned, the frame rate isn't all too shabby on a 29MP. And I'm quite intrested in how the light sensitivity is of that one, since I always only see daytime images of it, and never night time. The spec sheet says 0.01 lux in mono, but doesn't mention an IRE.
I agree this is a decent setup. The 29MP option is very compelling however among other things, using a single camera to do the duty that we traditionally have used multiples for injects a single point of failure. This could be a risk depending on the infrastructure that is in place. Use the fixed cameras for spotters, potentially with analytics enabled and use the PTZ for zoom and identify functions. Good setup, maybe only one fixed and a PTZ rather than two but that depends on what they are trying to capture and the FOV.
Wouldn't you have uneven focus points across the field with just one camera, though?
How can you criticize install without knowing anything about project or customers request?
There are a few scenarios where a 29MP camera could be utilized for a deployment. With that being said Avigilon's 29MP camera is mainly for marketing purposes, I'm sure that it makes up a trivial amount of their sales compared to their H.264 line. The pricing is high so it won't be utilized in most small to mid size project. Since it will only work with ACC, your limited to large projects running Avigilon. Most small to midsize products will go for a lower cost solution, you can run 3 Arectont Vision 10MP cameras at a fraction of the cost with a higher frame rate and in H.264 (SIDE NOTE: I will never personally buy an Arecont product, but thought it would be fair to note).
Does anyone know what the current dealer/list price is for their 29MP camera?
I have a new VsaaS idea... I'm going to build a 500 gigapixel camera, and float it on a weather-ballon. It will be able to monitor an entire state. Then, I'll sell access to a 1080p substream from it for $500/mo. No on-site equipment, no install, and it will replace a billion CIF cameras.
I agree with the install we use the same setup at our locations.....and I am in on the weather balloon idea too.