Axis Goes Panoramic (M3007-P)

Author: Ethan Ace, Published on Oct 22, 2012

While fisheye panoramic cameras have been around for more than a decade, over the last few years momentum has accelerated with a number of new entrants. Now, Axis is launching its own panoramic camera - the M3007, sure to accelerate the market. In this note, we examine how Axis's integration approach differs from others, how it will impact critical 3rd party VMS support, what key limitations it has and how it stacks up against Immervision, Arecont and others.

[UPDATE 2013: Full M3007 Test Report Released.]

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