Panasonic 4K / 12MP Camera Tested

Author: Ethan Ace, Published on Aug 17, 2015

We bought the new Panasonic 4K / 12MP WV-SFV781L dome camera and tested it against the: 

In this in-depth report, we tested:

  • FoV widths up to 135' to determine how the 4K cameras would compete at under 30ppf levels / wide areas
  • Daytime, nighttime and WDR scenes to examine how performance varies across the most fundamental different scene types.
  • 4K vs 12MP modes
  • Smart IR performance
  • Super Chroma Compensation: Low Light Color Mode
  • Compression Level differences
  • Bandwidth consumption

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Market ******

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Key ********

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  • ** **** *** ******, *** **-******* ******** **** **** ******* than *** ***** ** ****** ******, **** ** ****** ******** and ***** ****. **** *** ********** ********** ** **** ****** of **** (**'+).
  • *** ***** *********** ** ****** **** *** *********, **** ** cameras ******. *******, ** ***** *** ******, ******* *** ******** ** digital *****, ****** ****** ********** **** ****** **** *** ***** 4K *** ***** ********* ****.
  • ****** *** *********** ******* ****** *********, *** **** *********** ** dark *****, **** ******** **** ********* ** ***.
  • ******* *********** ******** ("******") ******** ** ************ ** ~** *******, significantly ****** **** *******, ****** ***** ******* ****** *** *******, with ******* ******* ** ******* ***** ******* ~**-***.
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*****

*** **-******* ***** *** ~$*,*** *** ******, ****** ** ~$*** more **** ******** ***-*****-*** (***** ****, ****** ****) *** ***** ****** *** ***** ** ******* *****-* (***** ** ************).

Physical ********

*** **-*******'* **** ******* ******** ******* ** *** ****, **** closer ** **** ** ********** **** ***** ***** *****, *********** here ** **** ********** ** ** **** ***** ***:

*** ****** **** ******** **-***** ******** *** **** *** *********, as **** ** * **** ******* ******, ***** *** ***** ************. We ****** *** ***** ******** ** **** *****.

4K *** **** *****

** ******** ** ** **********, *** ****** ** ******* ** 15 frames ** **** ********** (*********). **** ******** *********** *** **** horizontal ***, **** ****** **% ******** ** ******** ***** ** view. *** ****** *** ** ****** *********** *** ********* ** FPS ** **** ********** ****** *** *****.

12MP / ** ***** ********

****** *** ******** ** *** ********* **-******* ** **** ** and **** ***********. *** ~*** ** *** ****** *** ************ ****.

Daytime ***** *******

*** **-******* ******** **** **** ******* ** **** **** **** other ******* ******. **** ** **** ********** ** **** ~***' HOV (~***' **** *******), ***** *** ********* ** ** **** to ******* ******** ******* ******* *** **** ******* ***** ** the **** ***** **** ***** *******, ** **** ** ****** capture *** **** ******* *****.

** ***** **' **** *** *******, *** *** ******* ** ~70'. *** **-******* ***** ******** *** **** ******* ** ******* tested.

*******, ** *** ****** ****** ***, *** ******* ******* *********** details *** *** **** ***** ** ****** *******, ****** *** SFV781L ******** ********** ****** ******* **** **** **** ******** *** better **********.

Low ***** ***********

*** **-*******'* ** ***** ** ********* *** ***/~**'. ** **** range, *** **** ******* ** ********** ** *** ******* **** scene, **** ****:

*******, ******* ** **** ***** *** **** (** ** *** cameras) *** ** **** ****** ** ******* *****, ********* *** subject.

****** ** *** ****** (~**') ***** * ******** **' ****, the *** ******** *** ********* ******* ** *** **** ***** and ******* *****, ********** ****** **** *** ***** ** *** Panasonic ***** ** ******.

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***** ****** ************: *** ***** ***** ****

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**** ******* ** ******* ********* ***** ******, **** ***** ** ~0.2 ***, **** ******** ****** ******* **** *** ******* ***** mode (**** *** ***** *****). **** **** *** ** *********** is *** **** ** **** ****.

WDR ***********

*** *********** *** ****** ******* ****** *********, *** **** ** dark *****, **** ** **** **** *** *****:

*** **-******* *** *** ********* ********* ** *** ****** **** of *** *** *****, **** *** **** ******* ** *** subject *** **** *****. *******, ** **** ***** ** *** scene, ** ********* *****, **** *** ******* *** ***** ****** visible.

***, ***, ***

** ******** ** *** *** ****, ***** *** ****** ******** Black ******* ** ********* ************. ********* ********* ******** ***** *******'* function **: "******** ********** ** **** ***** ******* ********* *** image ******* ** ****** *****."

** ***** ***' ******* ** ** *******, **** ** ********* increase ** ********** ** *** **** ***** ** *** *** scene. Turning *** ** ******** ** *** ******* ***** ****** ********** washed *** ** *** ****** **** ** *** *****, ***** he *** **** **** ******* ** *** **** **** ****** the ****, **** ****:

Compression ***********

*** **-*******'* ******* *********** ("******", * ** * ***** ** 0-9) ******** ** ******* ************ ** ~**, **** **** *** most *******, ***** ******* *********** ************* *** ******* ******* ** these ******.

*******, *** ******* ********** ******* ~** *** ******* ************ ** ~30 ** *** *** *** *******, **** **** ****** ********** in **** **** *******, ******* * ****** ** ******** ** bitrate. ******* **** ** *** **** *****-*, ***** *****, ***** show * **** **** *********** ******** ** ******* **** ********** quantization ** **, **** *** *******'* **** ******* ******** *******.

Bandwidth **********

******* ** **** ********** ** ***** ******* ** *********** ************ levels, ** ****** *** **-******* ** **** ***** ******* "******" quality ***** *** ************ ** **.

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Comments (30)

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