Panasonic 4K Camera Tested (WV-S2570L)

By Derek Ward, Published Sep 13, 2019, 08:16am EDT

Panasonic has released their latest generation 4K dome, the WV-S2570L, claiming "Extreme image quality allows evidence to be captured even under challenging conditions."

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To see how it performs and compare to their 1080p S series camera, we bought and tested the S2570L, examining:

  • How does this new 4K model perform in full light (~400lx), low light(~2lx) and dark (~0.02lx) scenes?
  • How does installation compare to other dome models?
  • How does Smart Coding H.265 bandwidth compare day and night?
  • How well do they integrate to VMSes?
  • How does it compare in price to competitive 4K domes?

This is the latest in our continued series of updated 4K camera testing, following these other reports:

Avigilon and Vivotek are coming soon. Suggestions? Let us know what other 4K cameras we should test.

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*******, ***** **** **** key *********:

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  • **** *** *********** ** higher ****** ******:***** ****** *** ***** quality ** ******, ****** motion *** ****** **** overexposed, **** *** ****** needing *+ ******* ** adjust ** ***** *******/*******.
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Size **********

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Physical ********

*** ***** ***** ******* the ******** ******** ** the ********* **-******:

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** *******, *** **-******'* IR ***** ******* *** poor *** ** ******** IR ******* (***** "********* control" ** *** ********* web ***) ***** ****** off, *** ** ******** speed *** ****** **** optimal (****** "***** ******* Speed" ** *** *** GUI). ***** ********** *********, they ********* ********** ***** Control ***** *** ******** Intensity *******.

**** **** *** ***** WV-S2531L **** ***** ******** by ******* (******* ****** note **** ***** ******* was ****** "***" *** all ****** ****** ***):

Autofocus ******* **** ********* ** ***** **** **

** *********** ********** ***** issues **** **** ********* cameras ******* **** **** light ** **** **** IR **. ** ********* turning **** ******* *** if ***** *** ************ similar ******.

Even ** ************

*** **-******'* ** ************ was ****, ******** *** full ***** ** ****. Exposure *** ** ***** shifted **** ******** ***** throughout *** *****, *********** as ***** *****.

IR ************ ** **** *****

**** *** ******* ******* in ******* *** ******, the ****** *********** *** subject ** ***** *****, even **** ***** ** enabled. ***** *********, **** facial ******* *** ** made *** ** ** exits *** ***** ******* the ****** ** *** camera's ***:

IR ***** *******

*** *** *******, **'** included ** ***** ** the "*******" ******** ** the ** ********* **-******, "optimized" ******** *********** ** Panasonic *** ********* ** our *****, *** *** WV-S2531L ** *******.

** ~**' (** - 135 ***, ***** - 68 ***), ***** ********, the **-****** *********** *** subject *** **** *****, but **** ********* ********, exposure ** **** *** details *** ******:

** ~**' (** - 68 ***, ***** - 34 ***), *** ****** produces ******* ******* ***** default *** ********* ********, providing ***** ******* ****** and * ******* ***** of ****. *** ***** Panasonic ** ****** ** see **** ******* ** our ******* *** ***** outlines, **** ** ******* available.

Low ***** ***** ******* (~* ***)

** * ~* *** low ***** *****, ** ~20' (** - *** PPF, ***** - ** PPF) *** ****** ********** overexposes *** *******'* ****, reducing *******.

*******, ** ~**' (** - ** ***, ***** - ** ***), *** WV-S2570L ******** **** ************ details *** ******** ***** of ****, *** ** is *** ************.

Full ***** ***** *******

** **** ***** ** ~20' (** - *** PPF, ***** - ** PPF), *** ******* ** evenly ***, **** ***** details ******** ** **** the **** ***** *** our *******'* ****.

Static *** ******* ****, ******/***** ******** ****** ****

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**** *** ******* ******* a ****** ******* *******, he ******* * ********** in *** ** **-******, but *** ***** ** legible, **** ** **** what *** ** ****** from *** ***** *****. Next ** *** ****, the ******** ** ******* well, *** ** *** make *** ******** ***** on *** **** ***** and ******* ** *** subject.

*******, ******* ******* ****** be **** ** **** that ** * ***** high-contrast *****, *** ********* WV-S2570L ** ****, **** the ********** *** ******* washed *** **** *** door. ******** ******* ******** inside, *** *** ******* cannot ** *********.

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*** ********* **-****** *** a *** *** **** in **** **** ***** and **** ****** (~*.** lux) **** ******** ****** present. **** ** ***** than ***** ** ******* tested, **** ** *** Dahua, *********, *** ******* cameras.

**** **** ***** ************ were ***** **** ******** motion ** *** *****, with ******** ******* **** the ******.

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

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Country ** ******

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Test **********

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  • "***** *******" *** ****** "Off" *** *** ****** except ***.

Versions ****

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Comments (2)

** **** ***** **** kind ** *** **** Dahua?

**, *** * ***** OEM.

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