Hanwha Dual Imager Dome Camera Tested (PNM-7000VD)

By Ethan Ace, Published Oct 18, 2018, 01:08pm EDT

Hanwha has introduced their first dual-imager model, the PNM-7000VD, a twin 1080p model featuring independently positionable sensors and a snap-in modular lens design, not found on competitive multi-imager models, which they claim simplifies installation.

[effects output image]To see how this new model performs in real world scenes, we bought and tested the PNM-7000VD versus Hanwha's own single imager Wisenet QNV-6010R dome, examining:

  • Imager/lens module ease of use
  • Camera positioning flexibility
  • Full light imaging performance
  • Low light color performance
  • <1 lux dark performance
  • Bandwidth comparison
  • VMS integration
  • Pricing compared to others

Note that we also plan to release a test of Dahua's HDBW4231FN-E2-M, another recent dual imager entrant.

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*******, ** *** ***** the ***-****** *** ****** and ******** ** ******** and **** ** *** a ***** *****. **** modules **** ******* ** only * *** ******* to *** * ***** scene *** *-**** ******* were ****** **********, **** corridor **** *********. **** flexibility ** ****** ** be ****** ** **** applications ** ****** ** odd ****** ***** ******** to ***** ***** ****** models ** ******** ****** imager *******.

************, ******* ******* *** WDR *********** **** *****, on *** **** ******* single ****** ******.

*******, ***** *** ******* issues ** ** ***** of:

  • ******* *** ***** ***********:*** ***-****** ********* ****** well ******** ** ***** non-IR *** ***** ******, but *** ****** ************ by ******'* ****** **** integrated ** ****.
  • ****** ********* ********:*** ** *** ****** low ***** ***********, *** PNM-7000VD's ******** **** ************* higher **** ******* ** low ***** ****** ******** to ******* ** **** cameras. ******* ******** **** similar ** ***** *.*** smart ***** ****** ******.
  • ********* ***** ******:*** ** ***** ******* tested (***) ******* ** us *** ** ***** and *** ** ** manually ********* ****** *******, made ********* ******* ** the ******** ************ ** the ******. *** ***** two ******* ******* ******** focused.

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*** ***-****** **** ****** sells *** ~$*** *** online, *** ********* *** imagers/lenses, ~$** ****.

** ********, ****** ****** 1080p ***** (**** ** Hanwha's *** ******* */*, Dahua, ** *********) ********* sell *** ***** $***, though **** ******* *** separate ******, ****** *****, VMS/NVR ********, *** ************, making *** ***-****** ****** roughly ******* ** ** slightly ****** **** ***** two ***** **** ******. However, ****/**** ** ***** lower **** ****** ****** models ******* ********** **, which *** ***-****** **** not.

**** **** ***** *** few ***** **** ****** options *********. *******'* ********* Duo *** *******'**** *********** *********. ***** ****** include ******* ******* *** available ** *** ***-******, such ** ****** ***********, audio, *** */*. *******, the ****** ***** ** more ****** ********* *** more ******** ****.

Physical ********

*** ***-****** ** ***** the **** ******** ** a ******* ******* **** camera (~*.* ******), *** flatter, **** *** ***** domes ******* ** *** larger ***. **** ****** is ************* ************ **** a *-**** ******.

************, *** ****** **** a ***** ******* ******, with ***** ******* ********** the **** *** ****** snapping **** *** ****** gimbal *** * *****-*** connector. **** ******* *** be ******* ******* ********* the ******, ****** **** a *** ******* ** remove, *******, *** ********** before ***** ** ********* from *** *** ******.

** ****** **** ******* and *** ******'* ***** features ** **** *****:

Lens ****** *******/*********** ***********

****** **** ***** ***** imager ******, *** ***-****** uses *************** ******/**** *******, which ***** ***** ** change ***** ** **** as *********. ***** ******* do *** ****** ** like **** ***** ***** imagers (*.*. *******), *** instead **** **** *** camera ****.

**** **** ******* *** available:

  • *.***/***.*°
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** *********** *** ******'* differing **** ******* *** positioning ************, ** *** up *** ****** ** cover *** *** *** cases ** *** ******: open ****** ***** *** L-shaped ********.

Open ****** *******

*****, ** ******* ** open ****** **** ~**' long, **** *** *** cameras ***** ******** **** other. *** ****** *** not ******** ** *** office *** ** *** building's ************, *** ~*/**** of *** *** ** the **** **** ** the **** ****. ******* of ****, ** **** a ******** *.*** **** to ***** *** ****** side, **** *** ***** 2.4mm ****** ******** *** shorter/nearer ****.

**** ************* ******* **** sides ** *** **** office ****, **** **** exposure **********. *******, ***** is * ******* ***** spot ******** ***** *** camera (** *** ****** of *** ***** ****), which ***** *** **** to ***** **** * separate ****** ** *******.

Entry ****/******* *******

******, ** ********** *** camera ** ***** ** entry ********* ** **** as *** ********** *******. The *.*** **** *** used ** ***** *** entry **** *** ***** at * **** *****, with *** *** **** used ** ******** **** to ******* ****** ** the *******.

Factory ***** ******

****** *******, *** *** lens ****** ******* *** of ***** **** *** factory *** *** ** be ********* ** ****. This ******* *** *** difficult, *** *** ******** touchy, ** *** **** is ***** *** ******** into *** ****** *** effectively ******* ** *** user's ******* ***** ********. Note **** *.* *** 3.6mm ****** ******* ******** focused, ** **** ******* may *** ** ********* for *** *****.

Image ******* ***********

*** ******** ***** **** two ****** ** **** of *** ***-******, ***** the *.***/**.*° **** *** a "********" **** ***** of **** ******* ** others, ** **** ** the ******* **** ******, the ***/~**.*° ****** ** show *** ******* ****** possible.

** **** *****, *** 3.6mm ****** ** *** PNM-7000VD ******** ****** ******* than *** ******* ***** of **** ******* * dome, **** ******* ****** details. ******* ** *** 6mm ****** *** **** stronger, *** ***** ********** soft, **** ***** ********** (discussed *****).

**** ******** ** **** noticeable ** ****** ********, with ***** **** ******* blurred ** *** *.*** imager, *** ******* ******* only ********** ****** ** the *** ****** **** the ******* * *****, despite ~** *** *** (~35 **. **).

Weak **** ***** ******* (

*** ***-****'* ******* ******* weakness *** ** **** scenes, ***** * ***, where *** ******'* **** of ********** ** ******* a ******* ***** ******** to *** **** ******, such ** ******'* *** Wisenet *.

*********** ** *** ***** (~2 ***) ***** ****** was ******** ******** ** darker ******, ****** ******** was ***** *******.

Bandwidth **********

*** ***-******'* *** ****** bitrates **** ********* ******* to * ****** ****** Wisenet * **** ****** the *** ** * moderate ****** *****. *******, in *** **** ***** at *****, *** **** imager ****'* ******* ****** due ** *** **** of ********** **, ***** the ******* * ****** decreased ********.

VMS ***********

*** ******* *** *** PNM-9000VD *** *****, **** the **** ******* ** the ****** ********** *** streaming ** *** ***** tested ***** *.***, *** H.265 ******* ******* ******** in *****, *******, *********, and ******* *****. ************, camera *** *** ********* in *** ***** ****** except ********.

*** ***** ****** **** only **** ******* *** both ******** ** *** dual ****** ******.

Test **********

*** ******* **** ****** using ******* ********, **** an ******* ******** ** 1/30s ****. ***** ******** are ** ***** *****.

******** ******** ****:

  • ****** ***-******: *.*********

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