Multi-Imagers Added to IPVM Camera CalculatorBy: Sean Patton, Published on Jun 15, 2020
IPVM has added multi-imager cameras to the Camera Calculator, supporting this growing category of cameras offering 2 to 5 imagers with both fixed and PTZ options.
New Multi-Imager Support
Multi-imagers are a new model type in the Camera Calculator that offers quicker and more accurate layouts.
Each imager can be adjusted individually plus the entire camera group can be moved as one assembly:
Camera configuration (e.g. HFoV, PPF/PPM, Distance, etc) for each imager is the same as current single imager camera models.
Selecting and Managing Multi-Imager Cameras
IPVM has added a new "Multi" form factor in the Select Camera Model menu which filters for multi-imager cameras:
Once selected, multi-imagers will have 2-5 imagers nested under the primary camera model. Each can be selected and managed (distance, FoV, locked, color, etc) independently as a normal camera in the Calculator:
Additionally, the main camera unit can be locked so only the 2-5 independent imagers can be rotated/adjusted around the fixed point of the main unit. This offers users to look down the main camera and not be concerned about moving all of the imagers at once while adjusting the FoV of one.
Updating Models Currently
We have 15+ of the most commonly selected multi-imager cameras loaded in the Calculator (including Avigilon, Axis, Dahua, Hanwha, Hikvision) and are actively adding models every day. If there is a specific multi-imager model you need for a design, email firstname.lastname@example.org with the manufacturer and model and we will add.
Feature Overview Video
This 2-minute video demonstrates using multi-imager models:
The Camera Calculator multi-imager model is a non-restrictive design, and will allow lens configurations that may not be physically possible with a specific camera model. We are looking to add limitations in a future update, but project designers will need to understand the range of adjustment for different camera models.
In this video (from the IPVM Repositionable Multi-imager shootout) are examples of the physical restrictions in multi-imager designs:
Previous "Single Imager" Support Deprecated
Previously, multi-imagers were supported in the Calculator by a notation prefix of "Single Imager" in the Model Selector Menu. Existing projects will still have those camera models in them, but as the full model list is updated, users will not be able to select "Single Imager" models.
Upcoming And Requests
We are now working adding 'walls' to simulate / show how camera FoVs will be impacted by various real-life barriers.
Earlier this year, we added the Phone Camera Calculator and we have more upcoming features later this year.