Hanwha Smaller Multi Imager Tested (PNM-9000VQ)

By Ethan Ace, Published Feb 14, 2019, 11:48am EST

Hanwha's first repositionable multi imager PNM-9081VQ tested well, but was huge, over 12" wide and weighing in at over 10 pounds. Now, they have released their second generation, the PNM-9000VQ, aiming to remedy this issue with smaller size and more flexible imager placement.

We bought and tested the PNM-9000VQ to see how it performs, examining:

  • How does this new model compare in size to Hanwha's older models and competitive multi imagers?
  • Are imagers easy to position? How flexible is mounting?
  • Can imagers be positioned closely together, unlike Hanwha's PNM-9081 model?
  • How does it perform in daylight, low light (~1 lux), and dark scenes (~0.1 lux)?
  • How do bitrates compare to the first generation model?
  • How well does it integrated to VMSes? How many licenses does it use?

This is the first in a series of repositionable multi imager tests in 2019. We have upcoming tests on Axis' P3717-PLE as well as Avigilon's H4 Multi-Sensor.

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***** ** *** *****, the ***-****** *** ******* positives:

  • **** ******** ***********:*** ** *** ******* size ** *** ********** sensors, **** *** ** positioned ****** ********, ******** for **** ******** ***** to *** ****** ***** two ******* **** ** aimed ** ******* *** same *********.
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  • *****/*** *******:****** *** ***-****/**** ****** which *** ****** *** 1080p ** *** ***, users *** ****** ****** resolution ***** ** ***** imager ****** **** ******, allowing **** ** ****** fit *** ***** *** reduce ***** ***** **** one ** *** *** imagers *** ****** ******* of *** ****.
  • ******* ***** ******* ** PNM-9081VQ:*** ***-****** ******** ****** similar ** *** *********-******, *** ** *** best ********** ***-** ***** imagers ** *** **** tests, **** ******* *********** in ***, * ***, and *.* *** ******.
  • *** ***** ***** ********:*******, *** ***-******'* *** imager ******** **** ******** lower **** *** ***-****** at ***** (~* ***), but ******** ****** ****** the *** (~*** ***). Both ******* *.*** *********'* ********** ***** *****.

*******, ***** *** *** feature *********** ** *** PNM-9000VQ ***** *** **** the ***-****/****** ********** ** some:

  • ***** **** ****:*** ***-****** **** ***** lenses ****, **** ** option *** ********* ** motorized ******, ***** *** 9080/9081 *******. ******* **** options *** ********* ** each **********, ****** ** fit **** ****** ***** may *******, ****** **** requires **** ***-******** *** complexity **** ****** ********* the ********* ****** ** the ***** ******.
  • ** **** ***/*****:*** ***-****** **** *** include * ********* ** cut ****** *** ** not ** *********, ***** eliminates ** *** *** in ********** ************ **** added ******** **, ******** with *** ****.

Pricing **********

*** ***-****** **** *** imagers/lenses *** **** **********. The **** ***** *** ~$1,000 *** ******, ***** includes ** *******. ******/**** modules **** *** ~$** online *** ***** *** ~$189 *** ***.

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****** **** ***** *******, the ***-****** ** ~$*,***, similar ** *** **** P3717-PLE (**** ~$*,***) *** moderately **** ********* **** Hikvision's **-**********-**** (~$*,***), ****** both ** ***** ****** also ******* ********** **.

Smaller **** ******** ****** *****-******

*** ***-****** ** ********** smaller **** *** ***-******, one ** *** **** drawbacks ** *** ***** model. *** ******** ** ~10" ******* ** **** 12". **** *******, ** is ****** **% ******* ~6.7 ****** **. ~**.*, making ** **** ****** to **** ***** ********.

smaller than first generation

*******, *** ****** ** noticeably ****** **** ******, especially ** ******. *** example, *** **** *****-*** shown ***** ** ****** 2" ******* ** ******, and ***** *** **** diameter, ****** ** **** less ********* **** *** larger ****** *****.

moderately larger than competitive multi imagers

Physical ********

***** **** *** ******* form ******, *** ***-****** is ****** ******* ** design ** *** ***-****/****. We ****** ***** ******** in **** *****:

Smaller *******/**** ******** ***********

** ******** ** *** smaller ******* ****, *** PNM-9000VQ's ***** ******* *** smaller **** *** ***-******, and **** ** ** positioned **** ******* ********. This ****** ***** ******* to ** ********** ** a ***° ****, *** example, *** ******** ** their ***** ***-****/**** ******, whose ****** ******* ******** wider ******* ******* ****. Additionally, *** ******* ** the **** ****** *** moderately ****** ** ******** for ***** (* ****) and ****.

** ****** **** ******* in *** ***** *****:

Similar ****** ** ***-******

*** ***-****** ******** ******* subject *** **** ***** details ** *** ***** 9081VQ ***** *** *******, shown *****. ***** **** slight *********** ** *** light ***********, **** *** PNM-9000VQ ******** ******** ** ~0.1lx, *** ******* ** both *** ***** ******.

similar details to pnm-9081vq at all light levels tested

Low ***** ****** *********

*** ***** *** ***-****** suffered **** ***** *** 9081VQ *** *** *** motion ********* ** *** light. *** *******, ** the ******* ***** ** the **** *****, * "cloud" ** *********/***** ** visible ****** ***, ***** the ********** ** *** scene ******* **** *****. Hanwha ********* **** *** be *** ** *** settings, ****** ** ******** changes ******** **.

Example ******

** *** ** *** PNM-9000VQ ** ****** *** outdoor ****** ** **** potential ************** ***** *** various ****** *** ******* available.

*****, ** ** ****** warehouse/shop, *** ****** *** set ** **** ******* areas ** ******** ***** 5MP *******, **** ** entrances *** ******* *****, with ******* ******** ** the **** ** *** area ******** ** * lower ********** ***** ****** in ******** ****. *** camera ** **** ** cover *********** *** ****** area ******* ********** ** this *************.

*******, ****** **** ********** to ***** *** ******* lot, ******** ********, *** side ** ********, **** the ****** *** ********** imager **** *** **** used ** ***** *** parking *** ********/****. *** lower ********** ***** ****** is **** *** ******* monitoring ** ******** **** vehicles.

****: ************ ***** ** these ****** **** ** available ****.

Bandwidth **********

*** ***-******'* *** ******** were ******* ** *** PNM-9081VQ **** *** *** night, **** ********** ******* on ******, *** ******* GOV *** ** ***. Measurements **** ***** **** moderate ****** ** *** scene.

Broad *** ***********

*** ***-****** *** ****** supported ** ***** ******, with *** ******* ********* via *.*** *** *.*** to *****, *******, *********, and ******* *****. ************, camera **** *** *** analytics **** ********** ** Genetec, *********, *** ******* Optix, ****** **** *** worked ** *****. ***********, all ** ***** ***** required **** * ****** camera ******* *** *** four *******.

**** **** *** ****** connected ** ********, *** streamed **** *** ***** imager. ** ******* **** available *** *** ******, either *** ***** ** direct ******.

Intrusion ********* ***********

** *** *****, *** Hanwha ********* ********* ******* to ***** ***** ****** on ****** ******* **** as ******** ****** ** the *****, *******, *** drastic ***** *******. ******** when ***** *******, *** camera ********** ******* ** swaying ***** ** *** scene.

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Versions ****

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

  • ****** ***-******: *.*********
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Comments (12)

What version of Genetec was used?

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Imager/lens modules sell for ~$55 online for 1080p and ~$189 for 5MP.

That's interesting... can you pick and choose modules?  E.g. could you build out a 2 head unit with one being 3 MP and one being 5 MP?  Even being able to make something a 2 head only unit would be interesting.  If any of those are true, that is incredibly versatile and unique.

 

I don't think Avigilon staff can reply but it may be worth asking if there is any intention to start releasing drivers rather than just relying upon ONVIF.  I'm seeing the above along with multi-head cameras from Axis that add as 4 separate devices/licenses when they are 1 device/license under every other VMS.  This makes taking over a mixed site unnecessarily challenging.

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I can be pretty sure and tell you that Avigilon will continue to rely heavily on ONVIF and for this camera you might need a license per sensor or it's just not supported for all sensors.

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Yes you can mix and match however you want on the 2 and 5 lenses. 

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I'm a bit confused about the licensing: I'm running one 9080VQ and one 9081VQ on Genetec Security Center, and seems like only one license per video unit is being used up.

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That's been corrected. Genetec just emailed me, as well.

Version up to 5.7 SR3 required four licenses for the PNM-9000VQ. As of SR4, only one channel license is required.

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No true day/night: The PNM-9081VQ does not include a motorized IR cut filter and is not IR sensitive, which eliminates it for use in specialist applications with added external IR, possible with the 9081.

Is the first part of this a typo?

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Yes, corrected.

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Fyi, the pnm-9081vq does have h.265 and Wisestream.

 

"Finally, the PNM-9000VQ's 5MP imager bitrates were slightly lower than the PNM-9081VQ day and night, due to its inclusion of H.265 and WiseStream smart codec." 

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Thanks, I've corrected that to mention they both include WiseStream/H.265.

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The low-light motion artifacts I've found can only be improved by lowering shutter speeds.
Dynamic noise reduction just makes the artifacts less grainy. The background looks ok because the DNR uses data from previous frames to decrease the margin of error.

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Update: 

Added a section explaining Hanwhas intrusion analytic performance. The Hanwha intrusion analytics managed to avoid false alarms on common sources such as blinking lights in the scene, shadows, and drastic light changes. Although when taken outside, the camera frequently alerted on swaying trees in the scene.

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