Hikvision PanoVu Multi Imager Tested

Author: Ethan Ace, Published on Feb 08, 2017

Hikvision has entered the multi-imager market with their 180° PanoVu DS-2CD6986F-H, an 8MP, 4-imager model equipped with ~1/1.8" imagers and Hikvision's Darkfighter super low light capabilities.

We bought the Hikvision DS-2CD6986F-H and tested it against:

We tested the cameras outdoors, day and night, in scenes ranging from 2000 lux to 0.02, to see how Hikvision stacks up in image quality, low light performance, bitrate, and more.

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  • *****:*** **-******* ** ****** **** ********* **** ***** *****-****** ******, $1,000 **. $*,***-*,*** *** ****** ** **** ****.
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  • **** ****/***** *****:*** ***** *** *** ****** ********* ***** ******* ********* (distance ** ******) ** **** **** ****** (PanoVu ** ****** ** ******* ******** ********* ** ***** ******* compared ** ***** *****-****** ****** *** ** *** ***** *** light ***********. *******, ** ****** ******, **** ********* ** ******* reduced.

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

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Physical ********

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Size **********

*** ********* **** ** ******* ** **** ** *** **** Q3708/3709, ****** **** ******* **** *******, *** ** ***** ** large ** * ******* *********. **** **** *** ***** ****** is ******* ******* **** ***** *****-****** ****** ******, ***** *****.

Stitched ****** ****

*** **** ***** **** * ******** ******** *****, ********* ******, not ** ********** ****** *** **** ******. ** **** ***** cameras ***** ******* ********* (**** ** *******'* ******), **** ********** integration, *** *** ** *** ***-******** ****** *****, ** **** not ******** *** **** *:* ** **:* ****** ***** *******.

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

** *** ** ****** *********** *** **-******* **** ******* *****, including ********, *****, *******, *********, *** ** *******. *** ****** functioned *** *** ******** ********* ******* ** *****, **** *** full ******** ***° ****** *********.

Tall ****** ***** ******* ** ***** ***

****** **** *****-****** ******, *** ********* ****** ***** *** ** its ******* **°, *** "********/******* ****", ** * *:** ****** ratio. **** *** ** **** *****:

******* ** **** ********, *** ****** *** * **** ****** aspect ***** **** ***** ******, **** *****. **** ******** **** area ******** ** ***** ** *** ******, ***** ******** ** the **** ***** *****:

*******, **** ******** ** ******** *** ******* ** * ************* decrease ** ********** ***. *** *******, ** ~**' ********, *** of *** ********* ** **** ~**, ******** ** ***+ ** other ******, ********* ** ***** ******* ******* *** ******* **** chart ****.

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*******, ** ~***' ********, ********* *** ***** ** ~**, **** video ******** *** ********* ****.

Nighttime ***** *******

*** ********* **** *** ******* ******** **** ***** (***-**) *****-****** models ** *** ***** *** **** ******. *******, *** ** its ***** ***, ****** ********* *** ******* ** ** ***** than *********** ******.

*** *******, ** * *** ******* ***/*****, ** ~**' ******** from *** ******(*), **** ****** ******* *** ******* ** *** Hikvision ******, ****** **** *** ***** *** **** ********.

********** ********, ****** ******* *** *********** ********** ** *** *******, though *** **** ** ********** ******** **** ***** ***-** ******, closer ** *** ********** ** ******* ******.

*******, ** ~***' *****, **** *** *** ** *** *******, only ********* ** ********.

Main *********: ****** *** / ***** *****

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*******, ********** ********/******** ***, **** ********* ** *******, ** *** subject ******* **** **** ********* ** ****** *** ** ****** levels ** ******* *****:

No *.***+ ***** *****

*** ****** **** *** ******* ******.***+ ***** *****, ****** **** ***** ******* ********* ******, ********* ** **** higher ******** *** *** ***** **** ***** ****** ***** ** (Axis *** *******). *******, *** ********* ****** *** *** ****** pixel ***** ** **** **** (but ****** ******** **** ***** ****** ****** *****.

(***** ************ **** ***** **** ********* ******* ("****"), *** ******* GOP *** ** ****. *** ******* ****** *** *** ** Smart ****** ** ******* **** ******* *****-***** ****** **.)

Test **********

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Comments (18)

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