Panoramic Fisheye Camera Shootout - Avigilon, Axis, Dahua, Hanwha, Hikvision, Oncam And Vivotek

By Ethan Ace, Published Jun 27, 2018, 12:21pm EDT

IPVM tested Avigilon, Axis, Dahua, Hanwha, Hikvision, Oncam And Vivotek 12MP panoramic fisheye cameras head to head, as shown in the test setup below:

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Those interested in the individual reports, can review:

Inside this report, we rank performance overall and across major dimenstions including:

  • Physical differences
  • Night/IR image quality
  • Night/color low light image quality
  • WDR image quality
  • Daytime image quality
  • Client side dewarping
  • Camera side dewarping
  • Codec support
  • Bandwidth consumption

Performance ********

***** ** *** *****, performance ***** **** * groups:

  • *** **********:**** *****-****, ***** ******, Vivotek ******-**. ***** ***** models ******* *** **** all ****** ******* ** various ******, **** **** better ** **, *** (Axis), ** ***** *** light (*****), **** ******* or ***** ********, ***** VMS *********** *** *********. Additionally, **** ** ***** models **** ***** ** any *****.
  • ******* ***********:*** ******** ** **** did *** ***** ** any **** ** *** tests, *** *** ** perform ***** ** *** specific *****, ****** ** a ********** **** ****** most ****** ********** ** Avigilon *** *****.
  • ****** *****:****** ***-*****, ********* **-********-**, Oncam *** **. ***** models ******** **** **** detail *** **** *** light *********** (******), **** of ******** (*****: ** IR *** ***** ******), or ****** *********, **** client **** ***, *** below ******* ****** (*********).

****: *** ***** ***** performers ** *** ***** are **** *** ****** models ******, **** ****** and ********* ******** ** 2016, *** ***** ** late ****. ** **** update **** ****** ** new ****** *** ********.

Overall **********

*** ***** ***** ***** a ******* ** ****** features *** *******. * few *** ******:

  • **** *** ****:**** *** ****** (**** and ******) ******** **** WDR ********** ** ***** 12MP ******* ******, **** Axis ********** **** ****** than *** ****** ******. Others ******* ******* ***** of *******/******** ***, *** performance *** ******* *****, with * ******* ********* in *******.
  • ** ***** **********:****** **** ** ***** models ***** **/*** ** range, *** ****** ******** only *** ************ ** the ******* ** **** 10m/~33'.
  • ******* *****, ~$*** ***:******* ****** **** ~$*** to $*,*** ******, **** most ** *** $***-*** range, ********* ** ***** $835.

12mp camera side overview

Physical **********

*** **** ****** ** cameras ****** **** ********* similar, **** *** *** differences:

  • ***** **** ******:***** ** **** ******* in ******** ************, **** larger *** **** * large ************* **** *** found ** ***** ******. Users **** ********* ******** may ****** *** ******* competitive ******.
  • *****/********* ***** *****:*** ***** *** ********* fisheyes ******* ***** *****, while ***** ******* ****** do ***, ***** *** require ********** ************* **** mounting *** ******, ** installers **** **** * place ** **** ***** whip ******** ******* ** running ****** **** *** rear ** *** ******.

Outdoor ***** ******* *******

** ****** *** *** night ***** ******* ** an ******* ******* ***/*****, with *** ******* ******* to * ****** ****** to ******** ***** ** view ***********. ******* **** mounted ~**' ****.

**** **** ***** ***** cameras **** ******, *** better ********** ** **** details ** **** **** included **** ******* **** by **** ** *********** below ************ *** **** notable/interesting ********. ***** *********** *********** ** *** seven ******* **** ** side, ** **** (****** below).

Outdoor ****/** **

** *****, ** ~**' distance **** ** **, the ****, *****, *** Vivotek ******* *** ******* solid ******* ** *** subject *** **** *****, with **** ****** ***********. The ****** ***-***** ******** worst ** **** *****, with ******* ******* ***** and **** * ******* lines ** *** **** chart.

** ~**' ********, ******* being ****** *** ** illumination **** ** *** cameras, *** ******* ** very ********* ** ******* in *** *****, **** the ********* *** ****** cameras *********** ***** *****. The **** *** ******** cameras *** **** ** provide * ***** ******* of *** *******, *** no *******.

**** **** ** ***** of *** ****, ******, Hikvision, *** ******* ****** is ******** *******, ***/~**' in *** ***** ***** cameras, *** ***/~**' ** Vivotek.

Low ***** *****

** ***** **** **** light ** *** *****, ~2-3 ***, *** ***** NK8BR4 *********** ***** ******, with ***** ******* ** the *******'* **** *** test *****. **** *** Vivotek ******* ******* ******* to **** *****, ***** the ****** ***-***** ** again *****/********* ******** ** others.

** ~**' ********, ***** and ******* ******* ******* similar ******, ******** ** the **** *****, *** Hanwha ***** ********** *** detail.

Daytime ***** *******

******* ******* **** ****** similar ****** *** ****** tested, **** **** ****** differences ** **** **** and ****** ********. *******, all ****** **** ****** able ** ******** *** subject *** *-* ***** of **** ** **** scene.

******* ** ~**' ******** were *******, ** ****, with **** ********** ** clarity ** ****, *** practical ******* *********** *******.

Wide ******* *****

*** **** ***** ******** the **** ******* ** WDR ****** ** * significant ******, **** **** other ******* ******* *** the ******* ******* ******* strong *********. **** ******, such ** *** ***** NK8BR4 *** ********* **** display **** ****** ** the ****** **** ****** the ****, *** ****** such ** ******, ******* only ***** *******.

Indoor **** ***** ***********

*******, **** ***** *********** was ******* ** ********, with ****, *****, *** Vivotek ***** ********* ******* details **** ******. ** near *****, *** ******* and ***** ******* ******* slight ** ******** ********* in *******/***** *******, **** the **** ********* *******. This ** ** ***** partly ** ******, **** its ************* **** ******** to ***** **** ****** to *** ***** ** the ***.

*******, *** **** ****** remains **** ******** ** longer ***** (~**'/~** ***), with ******* *** ***** providing ****** ******* ****** details.

Indoor ** *******

** *** **** **** IR **, ******* *** roughly ******* ** ~**' distance, **** ****, *****, and ******* *** ********* identifying ******* ** *** subject *** *-* ***** of *** **** *****.

** ****** *****, ******* drop ** *** *******, but *** ***** ******** solid ********* ** *** subject, ***** ******* ******** a ***** *******. *** subject ** ********* ** discern ** *** ***** 12MP.

Client **** ********* *******

***** *** *** ******** VMS ******* ** ******* in **** ****, ***** the **** *****-***** ***** supported ** ******** ******* Center. *** ******* *** others *** ****** *******, with *** ******* ******** using ****** *********** ** Immervision **** ** ***** VMSes, **** *** *****:

  • ******** *** *** *** support *** *********** ***** than *** ***** *** 12. ****, *****, ******, Hikvision, *** ******* *** not ****** ** ***.
  • ******* ****** ******* *** Avigilon *** ********* *******, effectively *********** ******* *** dewarping ***** ****** ****** users ******* ** ********** license ** ****** *******.
  • ******* *****'* ********* *** uses * ********* ********* driver ******* ** *********** SDKs *** **** ******, effectively ********* *** ***** regardless ** ************ ** lens **** (***********, *************, fisheye, ***.).

vms client side dewarping

Most ******* ******* *** ********* ***********

********* ** **** ****** was *******, **** ****** geometry *** **** ******, reducing *** *********/********** **** in **** ******* ****** tests, *** ******** *********, with ******* ***** ** jitter **** ****** ******** regions. *****, ****, *** Vivotek ********* ***** ******** more ****** **** ******, but *** ****** ** be * **** ********* usability **********.

Hikvision ****** **** ********* ******

*******, ********* ** ********* in ***** *** ********* suffered **** *** *** issues:

  • *********** ****/*******:********* ********* *** **** noticeable **** ** ******** subjects, **** ******* ********* slanted ** *** ***** when ********. ***** ****** were ******* ** *** present ** *** ** other *************.

  • *******/***** **** ****** ******** windows:********* ** ***** ******* from ****** *******/*********, **** virtual *** ********* ********** delayed ** * ****** or **** **** *** time *** ******* ** given. ***** ****** **** not **** **** ***** any *********** ****** ** our *****.

Camera **** ********* *******

**** ******** *** ******* did *** ******* ****** side ******** *******, ***** may ** * ******** in **** ******** ************, such ** **** ****** side ********* ** *** supported (****** ** ******** NVRs) ** **** ***** staff's ********* ****** ** drawn ** ******** ***** of * ******* ***** at *** *****. *** details *** ********** ** camera **** *********, ******* *** *** **** And **** ** ******-**** Vs ******-**** ********* ** Fisheye *******?

vms camera side dewarping

Axis/Oncam ****** **** ********* ******* **** ***

**** **** ***** *** the ***** ************ ******** camera **** ******** ***** properly, **** **** *** Oncam ******* ***** ** reposition ***** ******* ***** via *** *** ********, so ***** ** *** need ** ***** *** camera's *** ********* ** reposition *****. **** ** demonstrated ***** ** *** Axis *****:

***** ******* **** ******* via ***** *** *********, as ****, ****** ******* was ********** ****** ******* than ****.

H.265 *******

*** *****, ******, *** Vivotek *******' *.*** ******* were ********* ** *** VMSes ******, ****** ******** Control ******, ***** **** not ***** *.*** *******. Other ****** ******* *.*** streaming **** (********, ****, Hikvision, *** *****).

******* ** **** ***** support, *.*** ******* **** used ** ******* *********** below ** ******* ***** support ****.

Bitrate ***********

**** *** ***** *** did *** ******* ***** codecs, ********* ** *** highest ******* ****** ******** of *** ****** ****** by * **** ******. Of ***** ***** ******, the ******** **'* ******* was ******* ****** **** others. ******* *** ****** in **** *****, ********* just **** * **/* for * **** *** overview ******.

** *****, *** **** M3058 ** ******* ***** than ***** ******, ** is *********, ****** **** that *** **** ******** notably ****** ****** ** the ******* *** *****. Oncam ****** ** **** 10 **/* *** ** its **** ** **** smart ****** *** ********** IR.

Versions ****

*** ********* ******** ******** were **** ** **** test:

  • ******** **.*-***-***-**:*.**.*.***
  • **** *****-****:*.**.*.*
  • ***** ******:*.***.*******.*.* ***** ****-**-**
  • ****** ***-*****:*.*********
  • ********* **-********-**:*.*.* ***** ******
  • ***** ***-*****:*.*.**-***
  • ******* ******-**:*****

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what about Panasonic and AD cameras?

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We've had a Panasonic on order since May. As far as AD, we've asked them for feedback, how the 12MP Pro fisheye compares to cameras tested here, and any differentiators.

Do you have experience with the Illustra fisheye?

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Surprised that IPVM has not tested the Panasonic WV-X4571L Camera which I think are one of the best available in the market.

[Note: Poster is a Panasonic employee]

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We have had a WV-X4571L on order since early May. We're told it is shipping by the "end of June", now. 

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Ethan thanks for the feedback.

Would like to see how it stacks up. The results that I have seen thus far in Australia has been very impressive. Remembering that It has only just been released. I as usual it takes Panasonic a couple of Firmware reviews to get it to a optimal standard. 

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So it's quote:

one of the best available in the market.

But needs a couple of firmware revisions?  Or is it already the best camera ever and is just going to keep getting better?

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as usual it takes Panasonic a couple of Firmware reviews to get it to a optimal standard.

As a general observation, I would encourage manufacturers not to release until the optimal firmware is developed. If a product is still in beta, make it clear it is beta but don't sell production at full prices, until the product is 'optimal'.

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They are still in business.

 

https://sentry360.com/

 

 

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Note: We've added a section on indoor performance day and night, since results inside varied somewhat from our outdoor testing in individual camera reports. Axis, Dahua, and Vivotek were once again top performers inside, though none particularly stands out as being best or worst by a significant margin.

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Thank you Ethan (and IPVM) great shoot out and individual breakdowns.  This has been very helpful as our customers are pushing us for more outdoor rated fisheye cameras.

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Have you considered ACTi hemispherical cameras?

Really appreciate the work you guys do and the service to the industry!

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On LinkedIn, someone asked about Bosch not being included. Our response:

We checked with Bosch before the shootout. They acknowledged their current offering (7000) was dated (3 years old) and did not have IR, noting "So unfortunately, at this moment, we do not have an outdoor 12MP integrated IR model available that would fit in your fisheye camera test."

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I am surprised but looking at the pictures, I have to say Vivotek came on top 

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It would be nice to see a Mobotix hemispheric camera in the comparison as well.

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Can it be confirmed that the Avigilon is a rebranded Vivotek?

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No, Avigilon is not rebranding Vivotek because our testing showed Avigilon used its own software/firmware and there were differences in the components selected.

While Avigilon did not respond to our request for comment, the relationship between the two would most appropriately be called contract manufacturing rather than rebranding or OEMing. 

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I'm guessing Vivotek is ODMing not OEMing for them the harware.

I'm confident that the firmware on the camera is fully Avigilon.

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Basically is the previous version of the 12MP (FE8x9x) Vivotek camera with his own firmware. The FE9x9x is the new model and comes with a new sensor and new lens.

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For "contract manufacturing" read "outsourced cheaper labour...."

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BTW what version of ACC did you use to test the Avigilon fisheye?

6.6 had a bug that was fixed in 6.8 and messed up the image quality of the fisheye.

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From the Avigilon fisheye test report, copied below:

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I believe that the time of the fish-eye class of cameras is finally over and something like this will replace it in the near future:

Hikvision DS-2PT3326IZ-DE3

ADI has it for less than $500 USD now. IPVM, do you want to test this one and compare to those fish-eye dinosaurs?

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Why do you think Fisheye cameras are dinosaurs?

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I can achieve much better results with something like Hik Panovu for less 

 
 
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Dennis, thanks! We've bought one. We are not sure when it will be shipped but roughly expect a test in the next month.

$500 for a multi-imager + a PTZ is pretty damn inexpensive, certainly worth a test.

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Axis used to have a model very similar to this. It did not sell. So they discontinued the model.

I have to disagree with your statement on fisheye cameras being dinosaurs. Fisheye lens or cameras have been around for many, many years. Until about 6 years ago we never used them. Now we don't do an install without install 3 or 4 of them on a 30-35 camera install. We do not have an issue with them.

I am looking forward to the new Axis P3807-PVE camera coming out. I cant wait for it to be available this month or next.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-jlxHyps5ZM

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Dennis, thanks. The test is released: Hikvision PanoVu Mini Tested (Multi-imager + PTZ For ~$500)

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*duplicate 

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Does the Hik stitch the images together and are there no blind spots?

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You see three normal streams which cover the whole surroundings, and the fourth stream is a PTZ that follow the movement. Isn't it much better compared to a fish-eye picture with a low-quality de-warping?

And you don't put 4 cameras. Licensing with VMS is a different thing.

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I never had an issue with Fisheyes and I like how they are easier to track people on rather than have to jump from camera to camera.   It's all about using the right tool for the job.  

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I'm not saying I have technical issues with the fish-eye type of cameras. It's about quality/value for the money.

And I have no issues tracking several cameras at the same time if we're talking about right tools :)

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We do a lot of lobbying and waiting rooms which are odd shaped.  Adding a fisheye camera adds complete coverage of these rooms which is not possible without adding several fixed cameras. So the fisheye does add value as it reduces camera count while giving us complete situation awareness of the room along with a fixed camera covering the doors to ID every person entering or leaving.   We all design stuff differently. 

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