Avigilon 29MP Camera Examined

Author: John Honovich, Published on Sep 19, 2011

Avigilon has announced a 29MP camera, which becomes the highest resolution single imager surveillance camera on the market. Its launch comes on the heels of a number of related announcements in the "super megapixel" space - including Arecont's 20MP domeDallmeier's up to 51 MP Panomera camera and ipConfigure's Gigapixel solution. In this note, we examine the new Avigilon camera and contrast it to other "super megapixel" cameras.

Let's start with a review of the key details for Avigilon's 29 MP camera.

  • If you are familiar with Avigilon's current 16MP offering, the 29MP is fundamentally quite similiar. Both are part of their HD Professional Camera Series and have many similar properties.
  • They are SLR cameras featuring 35 mm sensors.
  • Two models are available for each resolution - a color only and b&w only models.
  • Lens options - Wide options available, both varifocal and fixed focal across wide range.
  • Frame rate: The new 29MP maximum frame rate is 2fps while the 16MP frame rate is 3fps. Basically, resolution has nearly been doubled but frame rate has been cut by a third.
  • CODEC: JPEG2000. No H.264 support.
  • Bandwidth: At default quality and 2fps, the 29MP camera consumes about 20-25 Mb/s.
  • 3rd Party Support: None. Avigilon's VMS only.
  • Pricing is not finalized but it is expected to be in the same range as existing offerings in the HD Professional Camera Series (approximately $10,000).

This is Avigilon's biggest increase in resolution since they introduced the 16MP line in 2007. The 16MP offering will remain and become essentially the mid tier in this series.

Analysis

In 2007, Avigilon's 16MP was fairly unique. There was nothing real close to it in the surveillance industry (maybe Lumenera but they've faded badly). Today, the situation is more complex with a number of 'super megapixel' camera options.

How Avigilon's 29MP compares to common options:

  • Multiple 5MP cameras: A number of 5MP cameras at $1,000 to $1,500 each could be installed. Depending on installation costs, total price would likely be similar to the Avigilon 29MP. On the plus side for multiple 5MP cameras is higher frame rate and lower bandwidth consumption (via H.264) plus aiming at speific areas of interest.  The downside would be having to set up more cameras. That noted, for most applications, multiple smaller resolution cameras looks to be more sensible.
  • Arecont 20MP dome: Arecont's 20MP SurroundView camera has an MSRP just less than $3,000. On the plus side, the camera is significantly cheaper and has broad 3rd party support. The downside is that the lens focal length is fixed so the target viewing area must be relatively close to the camera's positioning.
  • Dallmeier Panomera: Dallmeier's up to 51MP camera has an projected price of $50,000. It uses arrays of megapixel cameras to provide details at different depths. Like Avigilon, the camera is proprietary. One would really need testing to determine differences in visual quality.

4 reports cite this report:

Avigilon First to Demo 7K Cameras on Apr 06, 2015
While many manufacturers are announcing and showing 4K cameras, Avigilon has declared it will be the first to demo 7K cameras. In this note, we...
Multi-Megapixel Deployment Statistics on Jan 01, 2012
Megapixel camera resolution increases regularly, with manufacturers pushing higher and higher resolutions all the time. 2011 saw the introduction...
Winners and Losers Fall 2011 on Sep 25, 2011
Now that the dust has settled from the new announcements of the last month, we can better understand the impact on the overall video surveillance...
New Surveillance Products Directory Fall 2011 on Sep 21, 2011
This report provides a summary of key announcements and news being made related to or around the ASIS 2011 show.For each product or change, where...
Comments : PRO Members only. Login. or Join.

Most Recent Industry Reports

Integrator Credit Card Alternative Divvy on Nov 13, 2018
Most security integrators are small businesses but large enough that they have various employees that need to be able to expense various charges as...
Directory of Video Intercoms on Nov 13, 2018
Video Intercoms, also known as Video Door-Phones or Video Entry Systems, have been growing in the past decade as more and more IP camera...
Beware Amazon Go Store Hype (Tested) on Nov 13, 2018
IPVM's trip to and testing of Amazon Go's San Francisco store shows a number of significant operational and economic issues that undermine the...
Magos Radar Company Profile on Nov 12, 2018
Magos America General Manager Yaron Zussman admits when he first came across Magos, he asked himself: "What's innovative about radar?" Be that as...
Genetec Privacy Protector Tested on Nov 12, 2018
Genetec has built Kiwi Security's Privacy Protector into Security Center, an analytic which anonymizes individuals in cameras' fields of view...
Chinese Government Increases Hikvision Ownership on Nov 12, 2018
The Chinese government - Hikvision's controlling shareholder - is increasing its ownership of the video surveillance giant amid sharp stock price...
Axis: "No One Wants To Buy A Camera" on Nov 09, 2018
Axis has, in its own description, made a bold declaration: The industry is changing so rapidly that the following statement might seem bold but...
Video Surveillance Hard Drive Size Statistics 2018 on Nov 08, 2018
What is the most common hard drive size for video surveillance? 150+ integrators answered: What size hard drive do you most commonly use? What...
Axis 2N Intercom Tested on Nov 08, 2018
Axis expanded its video intercom business buying Czech-based 2N in 2016. Despite competing against owner Axis' intercoms, 2N recently registered as...
Haven Targets School Security with Lockdown Lineup on Nov 08, 2018
Haven, a US startup founded in 2014 as a residential-focused company, has now raised funding and is offering a lineup of commercial grade locks for...

The world's leading video surveillance information source, IPVM provides the best reporting, testing and training for 10,000+ members globally. Dedicated to independent and objective information, we uniquely refuse any and all advertisements, sponsorship and consulting from manufacturers.

About | FAQ | Contact