Oncam 12MP Fisheye Camera Tested

By: IPVM Team, Published on May 29, 2018

Oncam has made their name since the early 2000s as a fisheye specialist, focusing only on panoramic cameras. To see how this specialist stacks up against their generalist competitors like Axis or Hikvision, we bought and tested the Oncam Evolution 12 Outdoor (EVO-12NxD), their IK10/IP66 rated vandal-proof model.

Inside, we examine:

  • VMS dewarping differences (Avigilon, Exacq, Genetec, Milestone)
  • Camera side dewarping / "VCams"
  • Stream configuration
  • Full light image quality
  • Low light/dark image quality
  • Bandwidth consumption
  • Physical construction

For comparison, readers should see our other tests in this series:

***** *** **** ***** name ***** *** ***** 2000s ** * ******* specialist, focusing **** ** ********* cameras. ** *** *** this ********** ****** ** against ***** ********** *********** like **** ** *********, ** bought *** ****** ******** ********* ** ******* (EVO-12NxD), ***** ****/**** ***** ******-***** model.

******, ** *******:

  • *** ********* *********** (********, Exacq, *******, *********)
  • ****** **** ********* / "VCams"
  • ****** *************
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  • *** *****/**** ***** *******
  • ********* ***********
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*******

***** ** *** *****, the ***** ********* ** Outdoor *** ******* *********:

  • ***** ******* ******* *****:*** ********* **'* ******* ***** quality *** ***** ******* compared ** ***** **** imager ****** ** **** tested, **** ****** ******* and **** *******.
  • ***** ****** **** ********* SDK: ****** **** ********* ** supported ***** *** ******, with ** **********, *********, or ***** ****** ***** ** some *********** ****.
  • ****** **** *********:*** ********* **'* ****** side ******** "*****" *** rare ** ******* ****** tested, **** **** ******* on ****** **** ********* (with *** ********* ** Axis *** *********).

*******, ***** *** *** negatives ** ****:

  • **** *******:*** ** *** **** of ***** ******, *** common ** **** ***** 12MP ******* ****** ******, the ********* **'* ******** are ************* ******, ~* Mb/s ** * *** motion ******* ***** ****** <1 **/* *******. **** that ******** ** ***-***** codec *******, *** ********* 12's ******** *** ******* to ******** ***** ******* in *** *****.
  • ******** ******:** *********** ******* ****** **** configuring *** ******, **** settings ****** *** ******* in **** *****, ** requiring ******** *****.
  • **** *** *****:** **** **** ****** (~0.2lx), *** ********* ** provided ** ****** ***** of ********. **** **** Oncam **** *** ***** any ********** ** ******. By ********, **** ***** models ******* ********** ** in ****, ********* ** least ********* ***/** ***** details.

*******

*** ********* ** ***** for ~$*** *** ******, slightly ****** **** *********** such ****************, **** ~$***-***, *** notably ****** *********************'***** ******, ~$***-*** ******.

Physical ********

*** ***** *********'* ************ is ********* **** **** fisheye ****** ** *** key ****:

  • ***** ****:*** **** ** *** Evolution ** ** ***** large ******** ** **** outdoor ******* ****** ** have ******, ********* ~*" from *** ****** *******. Most ****** *** **** a ******* **** ***** covers *** ******* **** more *******.

  • *******:*** ***** ****** **** a ****** ****** ***** locks **** *** ****** backbox ***** * **** and * **********, ******** the ******* ** ** installed *** ****** ***/** conduit ********* ***** ** inserting *** ****** ******. 

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

Client **** *********

*** ********* ** ******** client **** ** *** VMSes ******, **** ********, Exacq, *******, *** ********* all ***** *****'* *** SDK ** ******, **** slightly ********* ***************, ********* below. NxWitness ******* ***** ***** universal ******, ******* ** other ****** ** **** tested.

********* ***** *** ***** SDK *** ****** *** responsive, **** **** ****** stutter ** *********. ******** objects' *********** **** ******** when ********, ** ****, unlike **** ***** *******/****** objects ** *** ****** or **** ** *** FOV. 

Avigilon *********

***** ** *** ** the *** ****** ** dewarp ****** **** ** Avigilon ** *** *****. The ****** ** ************* detected ** *****, **** users ****** ********* **** or ******* ******** ** cameras *****.

Exacq *********

** *****, ***** ****** select ***** ** *** "digital ****" ****, *** mounting ********. ** **** other ******* ******, ***** includes *** **** "******" modes, *** ******** *** dual ******** *****, ** well. 

***** ********* ******* (******* PTZ) ** ****** *** works ****. *******, **** switching ** ********/**** **** modes, *** ***** **** not **** ****** *******, with **** ***** ** the **** *** ***** and *** *** ******, regardless ** ***** ****** aspect ***** ** ****, shown ****:

**** **** ***** **** not ****** ** *** Exacqvision *** ******, **** *******.

Genetec *********

** ******* ******** ******, the ********* ** ** detected ** * ******* camera ** *******. ***** may ****** *** ********* by ******** *** **** of *** ***** ****** in ****** ****, *** dewarping ** ********* *********.

****** **** ********* ** Security ****** ** ******, with ****** ****** ** delay ** ****** *** viewing ******. ************, ***** may ***** ** *** overview ****** (*** **** corner) ** ********** *** view **** *******. 

Milestone *********

****** ******, ********* **** not ********* ***** ********* by *******, *** ******* uses ** *****-********* ****** for *** ******** ***** Client, ******* ******' ********* ******. ***** *** ****** view **** **** ******** to ******** ** **** panorama *** * **** on *** ***** *****.

*** ********* ****** *** similar ******* ****** ** Exacq, **** ********* ***** a **** **** ****** ratio ***** *** **** odd ** *******.

Camera **** *********

** ******** ** ****** side *********, *** ********* 12 ** ******* ** dewarping ** ** **** view ***** ** *** camera, **** * ******* resolution ** ****. ***** may **** ***** ******** views ***** *** ******** from *** ***, ******* to *** **** *****-****.

** *** *****, ***** streams ****** ** *******, but **** ***** *** ******:

  • ***** ******:********* ********* ***** ** the ****** *** ***** prone, **** ******** ****** not ****** *** ***** time, ** ****** ******** back ** ******** ***** saving. **** *** **** often ** ***** **** the ****** *** ********* to * *** ***** accessing *** *** ********* to ****** ********, *** still ************ ** ***** at ***** *****.

  • **** ****** **** ****** side *********:************, ****** **** ********* controls **** ********** ****** latency **** ****** ****, with * ***** ***** in ****** *** **** and ********** **** ******* in ******.
  • ******* *** *******:** *** *****, **** Exacq *** ********* ********* camera **** ******** *******. Others ********* **** *** main ****** ******* ******.

 

Image *******

** ***** *****, *** Evolution ** ***** ***** detail ** *** ******* in **** ***** ******, on *** ** ****** than **** **** ****** tested ** ***. ** low *****/***** ****, ******* worsen, *** **** ***** facial ****** ** ***** present, ** **** ** 4-5 ***** ** ****. In * ****** ~*.*** scene, *** ******* *** chart *** *** **********. 

 ** ~**' ********, ******* details ****** ******, *** with *** **** ***** slightly ****** ***. ** *** light, **** ********* ** the ******* ** ********, and ** ** ********** undetectable ** *** **** (~0.2lx) *****.

No ***** *****

*** ********* ** **** not ******* *** ***** codec ********* (******* ***********/***/***), only ******** *.***, ********* in ****** **** ******* bitrates ******** ** **** 12MP ****** ***** *** include ***** *********, **** low ****** ******** ***** well ***** * **/*.

Versions ****

***** ***-*****: *.*.**-***

Comments (3)

*** **** ** ***** large, *** **** ** their ******* *******. 

**'** **** ***** * few ** ***** *** Fisheye, **** *** ****** version *** *** ********* version. ** ** **** a *** ******* ******** as ****, ****'* **'** put ** ********.

*** ****** ******* ** basically * ******* ***** that snaps **** *** ****** module, *** *** ********* versions ** ********* *** together.

**** ** *** ** indoor, *** *** *** the **** ** * dome.

*** ********** **** ***** or ********, **** **** a ***** ** ****, well *** ***** ******* version ** *****.

*** **** ** ***** large, *** **** ** their ******* *******.

** ** *** **** version ** *** **********, the ***** ******* ** huge.  *'** *** ********* complain ** ** ***** the ********** **** ******* to *** ***** ** buildings.  

***, ** #* ****, all ***** ******* *** outdoor ******, *** **** of **** *** * dome *** **** ** Oncam. ** *** *** past ******* ******* **'** tested (********, ****, *****, Hanwha/Samsung, *********, *******), **** have **** * **** **** size, ******, **** * lower ******* *** ** cover *** ****.

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