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

By: Ethan Ace, Published on Jun 27, 2018

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 

**** ****** ********, ****, *****, Hanwha, *********, ***** *** Vivotek **** ********* ******* cameras **** ** ****, as ***** ** *** test ***** *****:

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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 ****** *********, **** ****** side ***, *** ***** average ****** (*********).

****: *** ***** ***** performers ** *** ***** are **** *** ****** models ******, **** ****** and ********* ******** ** 2016, *** ***** ** late ****. ** **** ****** this ****** ** *** models *** ********.

Overall **********

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

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

12mp camera side overview

Physical **********

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

  • ***** **** ******: ***** ** **** ******* 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 representing *** **** *******/*********** findings. ***** *********** *********** ** *** 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 ****** ** * *********** margin, **** **** ***** cameras ******* *** *** subject ******* ******* ****** backlight. **** ******, **** as *** ***** ****** and ********* **** ******* some ****** ** *** darker **** ****** *** door, *** ****** **** as ******, ******* **** rough *******.

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

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

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

Indoor ** *******

** *** **** **** IR **, ******* *** roughly ******* ** ~**' ********, with ****, *****, *** Vivotek *** ********* *********** details ** *** ******* and *-* ***** ** the **** *****.

** ****** *****, ******* 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 ***** *** ********* ******** from *** *** ******:

  • *********** ****/*******:********* ********* *** **** 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 * **** ******. ** smart ***** ******, *** Avigilon **'* ******* *** notably ****** **** ******. Vivotek *** ****** ** this *****, ********* **** over * **/* *** a **** *** ******** stream.

** *****, *** **** M3058 ** ******* ***** than ***** ******, ** is *********, ****** **** that *** **** ******** notably ****** ****** ** the ******* *** *****. ***** spikes ** **** ** Mb/s *** ** *** lack ** **** ***** codecs *** ********** **.

Versions ****

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

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

Comments (33)

**** ***** ********* *** AD *******?

**'** *** * ********* on ***** ***** ***. As *** ** **, we've ***** **** *** feedback, *** *** **** Pro ******* ******** ** cameras ****** ****, *** any ***************.

** *** **** ********** with *** ******** *******?

********* **** **** *** not ****** *** ********* WV-X4571L ****** ***** * think *** *** ** the **** ********* ** the ******.

[****: ****** ** * Panasonic ********]

** **** *** * WV-X4571L ** ***** ***** early ***. **'** **** it ** ******** ** the "*** ** ****", now. 

***** ****** *** *** feedback.

***** **** ** *** how ** ****** **. The ******* **** * have **** **** *** in ********* *** **** very **********. *********** **** It *** **** **** been ********. * ** usual ** ***** ********* a ****** ** ******** reviews ** *** ** to * ******* ********. 

** **'* *****:

*** ** *** **** available ** *** ******.

*** ***** * ****** of ******** *********?  ** is ** ******* *** best ****** **** *** is **** ***** ** keep ******* ******?

** ***** ** ***** Panasonic * ****** ** Firmware ******* ** *** it ** * ******* standard.

** * ******* ***********, I ***** ********* ************* not ** ******* ***** the ******* ******** ** developed. ** * ******* is ***** ** ****, make ** ***** ** is **** *** ***'* sell ********** ** **** prices, ***** *** ******* is '*******'.

**** *** ***** ** business.

 

*****://*********.***/

 

 

****: **'** ***** * section ** ****** *********** day *** *****, ***** results ****** ****** ******** from *** ******* ******* in ********** ****** *******. Axis, *****, *** ******* were **** ***** *** performers ******, ****** **** particularly ****** *** ** being **** ** ***** by * *********** ******.

***** *** ***** (*** IPVM) ***** ***** *** and ********** **********.  **** has **** **** ******* as *** ********* *** pushing ** *** **** outdoor ***** ******* *******.

**** *** ********** **** hemispherical *******?

****** ********** *** **** you **** ** *** the ******* ** *** industry!

** ********, ******* ***** about ***** *** ***** included. *** ********:

** ******* **** ***** before *** ********. **** acknowledged ***** ******* ******** (7000) *** ***** (* years ***) *** *** not **** **, ****** "So *************, ** **** ******, we ** *** **** an ******* **** ********** IR ***** ********* **** would *** ** **** fisheye ****** ****."

* ** ********* *** looking ** *** ********, I **** ** *** Vivotek **** ** *** 

** ***** ** **** to *** * ******* hemispheric ****** ** *** comparison ** ****.

*** ** ** ********* that *** ******** ** a ********* *******?

**, ******** ** *** rebranding ******* ******* *** testing ****** ******** **** its *** ********/******** *** there **** *********** ** the ********** ********.

***** ******** *** *** respond ** *** ******* for *******, *** ************ between *** *** ***** most ************* ** ****** contract ************* ****** **** rebranding ** ******. 

*'* ******** ******* ** ODMing *** ****** *** them *** *******.

*'* ********* **** *** firmware ** *** ****** is ***** ********.

********* ** *** ******** version ** *** **** (FE8x9x) ******* ****** **** his *** ********. *** FE9x9x ** *** *** model *** ***** **** a *** ****** *** new ****.

*** "******** *************" **** "outsourced ******* ******...."

*** **** ******* ** ACC *** *** *** to **** *** ******** fisheye?

*.* *** * *** that *** ***** ** 6.8 *** ****** ** the ***** ******* ** the *******.

**** *********** ******* **** ******, ****** *****:

* ******* **** *** time ** *** ****-*** class ** ******* ** finally **** *** ********* like **** **** ******* it ** *** **** future:

********* **-*********-***

*** *** ** *** less **** $*** *** now. ****, ** *** want ** **** **** one *** ******* ** those ****-*** *********?

*** ** *** ***** Fisheye ******* *** *********?

* *** ******* **** better ******* **** ********* like *** ****** *** less 

 
 

******, ******! **'** ****** one. ** *** *** sure **** ** **** be ******* *** ******* expect * **** ** the **** *****.

$*** *** * *****-****** + * *** ** pretty **** ***********, ********* worth * ****.

**** **** ** **** a ***** **** ******* to ****. ** *** not ****. ** **** discontinued *** *****.

* **** ** ******** with **** ********* ** fisheye ******* ***** *********. Fisheye **** ** ******* have **** ****** *** many, **** *****. ***** about * ***** *** we ***** **** ****. Now ** ***'* ** an ******* ******* ******* 3 ** * ** them ** * **-** camera *******. ** ** not **** ** ***** with ****.

* ** ******* ******* to *** *** **** P3807-PVE ****** ****** ***. I **** **** *** it ** ** ********* this ***** ** ****.

*****://***.*******.***/*****?*=-**********

******, ******. *** **** is ********: ********* ****** **** ****** (Multi-imager + *** *** ~$500)

********** 

**** *** *** ****** the ****** ******** *** are ***** ** ***** spots?

*** *** ***** ****** streams ***** ***** *** whole ************, *** *** fourth ****** ** * PTZ **** ****** *** movement. ***'* ** **** better ******** ** * fish-eye ******* **** * low-quality **-*******?

*** *** ***'* *** 4 *******. ********* **** VMS ** * ********* thing.

* ***** *** ** issue **** ******** *** I **** *** **** are ****** ** ***** people ** ****** **** have ** **** **** camera ** ******.   **'* all ***** ***** *** right **** *** *** job.  

*'* *** ****** * have ********* ****** **** the ****-*** **** ** cameras. **'* ***** *******/***** for *** *****.

*** * **** ** issues ******** ******* ******* at *** **** **** if **'** ******* ***** right ***** :)

** ** * *** ** lobbying *** ******* ***** which *** *** ******.  Adding * ******* ****** adds ******** ******** ** ***** rooms ***** ** *** possible ******* ****** ******* ***** cameras. ** *** ******* does *** ***** ** it ******* ****** ***** while ****** ** ******** situation awareness ** *** **** along **** * ***** camera ******** *** ***** to ** ***** ****** entering ** *******.   ** all ****** ***** ***********. 

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