Multi-Imager Camera Guide

Author: Ethan Ace, Published on Jan 02, 2018

Multi-imager usage continues to grow, with most manufacturers now offering at least one model, making them an attractive option for covering wide areas compared to multiple fixed cameras traditionally used, such as this ~200' wide parking lot:

In this guide, we review key issues impacting multi-imager camera selection, including:

  • Multi-Imager Basics
  • 180° Vs. 360° Vs. 270° Models
  • Separate Streams Vs. Stitched Views
  • Stitched View Aspect Ratio Issues
  • Rotated Imagers vs. Standard
  • Multi-Imager Licensing
  • Integrated IR
  • Advantages/Disadvantages Vs. Repositionable Multi-Imagers
  • Image Details Vs. Fisheye Cameras

For reference, users should also see our Repositionable Multi-Imager Camera Guide and Fisheye Panoramic Camera Guide

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