Panoramic MP Cop Cams (Panasonic)

By: Ethan Ace, Published on Sep 16, 2012

Cop cams seen on TV are usually grainy and shaky with a narrow field of view. While they are helpful in providing evidence and assisting in arrests, these have been significant limitations. Now, Panasonic is offering a new model of body worn camera with megapixel resolution and panoramic imaging to address these problems. In this note, we look at this new model, its novel advantages, and compare to existing body worn options.

Overview

The Panasonic WV-TW310 bodyworn camera system consists of the following components:WV-TW310

  • Clip-on camera unit, 1.3MP resolution with 180º fisheye lens, and built-in microphone. H.264 recording, up to 30 FPS, stored to SDHC card on board.
  • Body-worn battery pack with up to five hours battery life. This battery unit also connects to the network docking station for download of video.
  • Docking station, PoE-powered, with automatic upload to central storage. A future release is planned to integrate this video with Panasonic's Arbitrator in-car video management system, so all video will be stored in one place. No integration with Panasonic's i-Pro video surveillance products is planned.

The WV-TW310 is avaiable now and has an MSRP around $1,000 USD, varying by camera cable length and docking station options.

Competitive Advantages

Two features most differentiate the TW310 from other models:

  • Wide angle lens: The TW310 features a fisheye lens with a 180º horizontal/140º vertical field of view, much wider than most body worn options, which generally have FOVs less than 90º, with some 120º options available. This makes the camera's field of view practically everything in front of the officer, no matter we he wears the camera on his person, potentially providing better information during post-incident review.
  • Image correction: When using the TW310's viewing software, raw fisheye video is corrected and flattened. Additionally, image stabillzation is applied, so shaky video, chases or altercations for example, appear more stable and level.

This video demonstrates these features of the TW310:

Drawbacks

Though it does have certain advantages, the TW310 also has key drawbacks which should be considered, compared to other models:

  • Size: Compared to some competitors, which clip onto the collar, lapel, or pocket, Panasonic's offering is large, requiring a battery pack and remote camera unit. This may be an annoyance.
  • More to wear: Some body worn camera options integrate with the officer's two-way radio, replacing the standard mic, and recording bidirectional audio, both local and from dispatch. This may be preferred for investigation purposes, as well as reducing bulk.
  • Battery life: The TW310 reports five hours of continous battery life, as opposed to eight hours or more from many competitors. In many cases, five hours may not cover an entire shift, requiring the officer to charge the unit while in the car, or carry a second battery pack.

Conclusion

This camera may be the highest video quality 'cop camera' on the market but it does come with comparative logistical restrictions that will need to be carefully considered.

Comments : PRO Members only. Login. or Join.

Related Reports

Suprema Biometric Mass Leak Examined on Aug 19, 2019
While Suprema is rarely discussed even within the physical security market, the South Korean biometrics manufacturer made global news this past...
Biometrics Usage Statistics 2019 on Aug 13, 2019
Biometrics are commonly used in phones, but how frequently are they used for access? 150+ integrators told us how often they use biometrics,...
Hikvision Global News Reports Directory on Aug 11, 2019
Hikvision has received the most global news reporting of any video surveillance company, ever, ranging from the WSJ, the Financial Times, Reuters,...
Embattled $400 Million China Funded Philippines Surveillance System Proceeds on Jun 13, 2019
An embattled 12,000 camera surveillance system project that will cost ~$400 million will proceed.  The project contract was awarded, had its...
Avigilon 32MP and 12MP H4 Multisensor Cameras Tested on Jun 11, 2019
Avigilon has released their H4 Multi-Sensor line of cameras claiming "broad scene coverage and high image detail" We bought and tested the...
Vivotek 20MP Multi-Imager Tested on May 30, 2019
Vivotek has released their latest repositionable multi-imager camera, the MA9321-EHTV, a 20 MP model claiming "Supreme Night Visibility", "Optimal...
China Jaywalking Facial Recognition Guide on May 27, 2019
News reports touting the PRC's AI prowess often showcase facial recognition cameras being used to automatically catch and fine jaywalkers.  In...
Kidnapping Victim Rescued With Video From Ring Doorbell Camera on May 24, 2019
A kidnapping victim was rescued within 24 hours, with the police crediting video from a Ring Doorbell camera as key to solving the case. A girl was...
Amazon Ring Public Subsidy Program Aims To Dominate Residential Security on May 20, 2019
Amazon dominates market after market. Quitely, but increasingly, they are doing so in residential security, through a combination of significant...
Panasonic 32MP Multi Imager Camera Tested (WV-X8570N) on May 16, 2019
Panasonic has released their first multi imager models including the 32MP (4x4K) WV-X8570N, claiming "Extreme image quality for evidence capturing...

Most Recent Industry Reports

TMA Apologizes to Amazon / Ring on Aug 23, 2019
Not only is Amazon / Ring making major incursions into the residential security market, the organization representing the biggest incumbents, The...
China Dahua Replaces Their Software With US Pepper on Aug 22, 2019
What does a US government banned company do to improve its security positioning in the US? Well, Dahua is unveiling a novel solution, partnering...
Security Integrators Outlook On Remaining Integrators In 2025 on Aug 22, 2019
The industry has changed substantially in the last decade, with the rise of IP cameras and the race to the bottom. Indeed, more changes may be...
First GDPR Facial Recognition Fine For Sweden School on Aug 22, 2019
A school in Sweden has been fined $20,000 for using facial recognition to keep attendance in what is Sweden's first GDPR fine. Notably, the fine is...
Anyvision Facial Recognition Tested on Aug 21, 2019
Anyvision is aiming for $1 billion in revenue by 2022, backed by $74 million in funding. But does their performance live up to the hype they have...
JCI Sues Wyze on Aug 21, 2019
The mega manufacturer / integrator JCI has sued the fast-growing $20 camera Seattle startup Wyze. Inside this note: Share the court...
Dahua 4K Camera Shootout on Aug 20, 2019
Dahua's new Pro Series 4K N85CL5Z claims to "deliver superior images in all lighting and environmental conditions", but how does this compare to...
ZK Teco Atlas Access Control Tested on Aug 20, 2019
Who needs access specialists? China-based ZKTeco claims its newest access panel 'makes it very easy for anyone to learn and install access control...
Uniview Beats Intel In Trademark Lawsuit on Aug 19, 2019
Uniview has won a long-running trademark lawsuit brought by Intel, with Beijing's highest court reversing an earlier Intel win, centered on...
Suprema Biometric Mass Leak Examined on Aug 19, 2019
While Suprema is rarely discussed even within the physical security market, the South Korean biometrics manufacturer made global news this past...

The world's leading video surveillance information source, IPVM provides the best reporting, testing and training for 10,000+ members globally. Dedicated to independent and objective information, we uniquely refuse any and all advertisements, sponsorship and consulting from manufacturers.

About | FAQ | Contact