Hikvision 12MP Fisheye Camera Tested (DS-2CD63C2F-IV)

Author: Ethan Ace, Published on Jun 14, 2018

Hikvision's DS-2CD63C2F-IV is their flagship panoramic camera, with a 12MP imager, 15m integrated IR, smart codec, and more. We tested the 63C2 in full light and low light scenes, with common VMSes, taking an in-depth look at:

  • Client side dewarping support
  • Camera side dewarping support
  • Dewarping performance
  • Full light image quality
  • Low light/IR image quality
  • IR illumination range
  • IR illumination coverage
  • Smart codec support
  • Bandwidth consumption

For comparison, readers should see our other 12MP fisheye tests in this series, including:

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