Aqueti 100MP Mantis Camera Profile

Author: Brian Karas, Published on Apr 14, 2017

One of the original gigapixel camera startups, Aqueti, which we first covered in 2012, is back.

This time, they have partnered with NVIDIA, radically dropping the camera's physical size, resolution, and pricing.

In this report, we analyze Aqueti's Mantis, its technical details, support, pricing and competitive comparison.

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Comments (21)

What about comparison with 200 MP Logipix camera?

We covered the Logipix cameras previously, you can read our Logipix profile report.

Overall, it would be similar to the Dallmeier: Aqueti camera is lower cost (both in terms of hardware, and storage costs since Logipix is all JPEG2000), and has the onboard NVIDIA processing capability, which is the main difference.

Overall, it would be similar to the Dallmeier:

Yes, maybe too similar.

Perhaps Aqueti is praying Mantis will not get them sued for patent infringement.

Perhaps Aqueti is praying Mantis will not get them sued for patent infringement.

The Dallmeier emphasizes multiple focal lengths and the combinations of them. Aqueti just has one overview lens and the rest of the imagers are covering parts.

For example, Dallmeier describes their offering as:

The multifocal sensor system convinces with its new lens and sensor concept: Panomera® works with several lenses, each of which has a different focal length.

Related, Dallmeier emphasizes the resultant 'effective resolution' which is most likely part of their patent and something that Aqueti is not claiming:

The Dallmeier emphasizes multiple focal lengths and the combinations of them. Aqueti just has one overview lens and the rest of the imagers are covering parts.

The Dallmeier also has one overview lens, although it typically has at least two more additional focal lengths instead of just one more in the Mantis.

For example, Dallmeier describes their offering as: The multifocal sensor system convinces with its new lens and sensor concept: Panomera® works with several lenses, each of which has a different focal length.

Just to be clear this doesn't mean each lens has a different focal length, just lens type, like in the S7 which has 7 lenses but just 3 different focal lengths.

I think alot would have to do with how the overview lens is used in the Mantis. Watching the video its not clear to me its function. Its either not switching in or its really smooth.

What and when does the overview lens do in the Mantis?

I'm interested in this camera in the same way that I'm interested in the cars for sale in Hemmings Motor News. I'm not really in the market for a $1m car, but they're cool to look at. That being said, this is only $1.8m....

The Mantis is significantly more expensive than deploying an equivalent number of 4MP or 5MP cameras, but offers the benefit of faster installation, and the ability to seamlessly view and analyze a large FOV, which may be valuable in their target market.

Aqeuti is primarily targeting customers that need to cover large areas - stadiums, municipalities, airports, etc.

It's quite a technical tour de force, though it certainly has a small market.

It also represents a single point of failure or a single point of vulnerability if someone wants to take it out.

I wonder what the physical dimensions and power demand are ...

That said, the 146 degree HFOV version would make the ultimate Dash Cam!

power requirement is 260 watts, weight is 11kg

This camera has amazing potential for Facial Recognition in the Public Safety vertical for the likes of NEC, Safran & Ayonix etc.

This camera has amazing potential for Facial Recognition in the Public Safety vertical

Rashid, that's a good point.

@Karas, what is the horizontal pixel count of the Mantis? I am estimating in the 10,000 range.

This could have the potential for fairly wide ranges.

I updated the specs in the post as well.

The Mantis 70 is 107MP / 19100x5600

The Mantis 146 is 98MP / 25100x3900

Interesting, those are extremely wide aspect ratios (though obviously not tall, in the ~20° VFoV). That could cover a few hundred feet wide area, which could be very helpful in public places.

i definetely think IPVM should buy one for testing!!!

But what is the Latency?

I added a link to a tech specs PDF in the report above (as well as this comment), which states the latency as 400ms.

Thanks Brian, missed it!

Car succesfully makes jump to lightspeed.

Because of apparently unavailable critical technical data, (e.g. function of overview sensor, latency specs), as well as the evidence from the asynchronous rendering of the final image (as shown above), I think there is a real possibility that this "solution" is little more than a PC running free multi-window viewer software being restreamed by VLC desktop capture, or similar.

2 unhelpfuls, 2 disagrees but 0 additional facts?

Hey, I still have an open mind about this camera, but there, as far as I can tell, a real lack of technical documentation on this product.

If anyone knows where the latency info is, or what the overview sensor does, please... <edit brian has answered the latency question above>

Maybe you can also explain why the demo clip was made using a camcorder and it's builtin zoom function.

Is that the best way to show it off?

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