Panoramic IR Illuminator Tested (Axton Nano)

By: IPVM Team, Published on May 04, 2016

The Axton Nano is designed to illuminate large areas from above, aiming to cover much wider areas, up to 4,600 square feet, unlike typical illuminators or integrated IR cameras that provide spot illumination.

We bought one of these compact ceiling mount models to see how it performs in standard scenes, including a mid size conference room with normal ceiling height, and a small warehouse with high ceilings.

Inside, we look at its performance when used with both panoramic and standard cameras, and how it performs against the slew of integrated IR cameras now available.

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Comments (2)

Due to the less than 180 degree downward coverage, this seems useless in almost every situation. Only when you have extreme high ceilings would it cmr in handy. They should try to widen the downward pattern to get as close to 180 degrees as possible, like panoramic cameras usually do.

They should try to widen the downward pattern to get as close to 180 degrees as possible, like panoramic cameras usually do.

Agreed, the actual dispersion angle is 150 degrees, not 360 or 180.

Related: 360 Degree IR Illuminator Released (Axton Nano)

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