Overviewing Absolutron's Megapixel Cameras
In this note, we overview Absolutron [link no longer available], a startup megapixel camera manufacturer based in California, USA. The company specializes in high frame rate (e.g., 14fps max at 5MP), multi-megapixel cameras claiming to provide superior low light performance. They currently offer 3 box cameras [link no longer available] with 2, 3 and 5MP versions as well as free recording/VMS software [link no longer available]. Absolutron has a proprietary technology called, “owl eye” that they claim improves image quality in darkby reducing noise without sacrificing image quality.
A number of key limitations should be noted:
- MJPEG only encoding (H.264 versions scheduled to be released in H1 2011)
- Limited 3rd party support (ONVIF scheduled for 2011)
- The low light performance (lux rating of .3 lux) presumes 200ms exposure (a long exposure time that can create motion blur)
- Only sell through OEMs currently
Absolutron's principals have an image processing background including experience at Aptina.
We do not see significant competitive advantages over incumbent offerings.