Avigilon 32MP and 12MP H4 Multisensor Cameras Tested

By Rob Kilpatrick, Published Jun 11, 2019, 09:41am EDT

Avigilon has released their H4 Multi-Sensor line of cameras claiming "broad scene coverage and high image detail"

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  • *** ** *.*** *** H.265 *** *** ***** bitrates *******?
  • *** ********/********* ** ****** positioning?
  • *** **** ** ******* in **** ** ***** Multi-sensor *******?
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Size **********

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Size Comparison

Physical ********

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Strong *** ******* / ****** *** ***** *** **** *******

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12C-H4A-4MH-360 Image Detail Comparison

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32C-H4A-4MH-360 Image Detail Comparison 20

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32C-H4A-4MH-360 Image Detail Comparison 20

WDR *******

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WDR Test Field Of View

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WDR Performance

Sample ******

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NX Witness Two Channel Licenses Required

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Country ** ******

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Camera IR Ring made in USA Backplate Dome Made in China

Versions ****

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Comments (16)

Rob nice report but no mention of the analytics in the H4 MH which is one a major reasons to use these Avigilon cameras.  Do you plan to do a shoot out of analytics vs the other multiheads?

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We currently don't have any plans to test the analytics vs other multi-imager cameras. Like our other recent multi-imager reports, this was just a test of the cameras imaging/bandwidth/coverage.

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That noted, I do think we should do some video analytics testing for the multi-imagers. While most multi-imagers are likely going to be poor in analytics, if Avigilon's are strong, it is something we should consider.

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In fact, the analytics performance is the key feature of this camera.

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are the analytics different than the self-learning analytics on their other lines?  do these analytics composite the images from the sensors?

 

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No, it treats them as individual cameras.

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John

we injection mold the Toroid shaped dome for Avigilon. The info in this article notes the dome is made in China.

how can they say made in America when they are buying a large portion of the H4 product from Asia 

take care

Chris Mulvey

Criterion technology 

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For Network Optix, when there is an issue such as a multi-directional camera taking 2 licenses for 4 heads, they will fix that in a patch update.  The issue just needs to be brought to their attention.  They will happily give out temp licenses until the patch can be released so that you can record without needing additional paid licenses.

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Let me take a stab at guessing the "undisclosed" part of your "Undisclosed Manufacturer" name ......  Could it be Network Optix?  ;-)

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I am curious to see if the analytics integration works outside of ACC.

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That is in the works :)

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The word on the street is that Genetec and Milestone have already integrated the AVO VA in to their respective VMS or are in the process of finalizing this and with several others to follow.

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I thought this was confirmed in a recent driver pack for Milestone?  I recall seeing something about this a while back.

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Update:

We contacted Network Optix about the Avigilon camera requiring two licenses in NX Witness, they responded and said it was a software issue and all multi-imager cameras should require one license. If a customer comes across this issue, they can contact support and a patch will be shipped to them. Moving forward the model will be supported with just one license.

We added a section under the NX witness issue explaining this.

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Update:

Added a section explaining the performance of Avigilons self-learning analytics during testing. The analytics rejected false alarms from many common sources such as blinking lights, shadows, drastic light changes, swaying foliage, and small/large animals in the scene. Avigilon's self-learning analytics also did not miss any detections on people or vehicles in the scene.

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On the Avigilon 32C-H4A-4MH-360 Model did the 10fps limitation per sensor pose any noticeable issues?

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