Panasonic Extreme H.265 Cameras Tested

By Ethan Ace, Published on Jan 26, 2017

Panasonic has released their latest generation, the i-Pro Extreme series, with enhanced compression (smart H.265) enhanced WDR and secure communication.

We tested their Extreme series vandal dome, the WV-S2531L against their previous generation SFV631L as well as competitive cameras from Axis (P3225) and Hikvision (2CD4526) to see how it stacks up and whether these H.265 advancements are all hype or deliver real savings.

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*******, *** *-*** ******* series ** * **** up *** ********* *****, at * ******** ***** price **** **** ******.

** *** *****, *** Panasonic *-*** ******* ****** offered ***** ***** ******* in **** *****, *** light, *** *** ******, with **** ** *** lowest ******** **** ** 1080p ******* *** ** their *********** ** *.*** and ***** ******. ******** were ** *** ** 12 **/* ** *****, well *** ******, *** only ~*/* **/* ** high ********** *** ***** scenes.

*******, *** ******* *** these *******' *.*** ******* is ********* ******* ** Panasonic's *** ***** ******* VMS ***** ********* ***** their *** *.*** *-*** NVRs *** ******* *** support ** ********* (**** to ** ***** ** Q1 ** ** ****), so *** ********** **** be * *** ***** for ** ***** *** time.

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******* ** *** *-*** Extreme **** ** ***** 10-12% **** **** ********** 6 ****** ******. *** example, *** **-****** *** an **** ** $*,***, compared ** $*,*** *** the * ****** ***** vandal ****, **-*******. ***** on ****** ***** ** the *******, *** ****** has ** ********* ****** price ** ***** $***-***.

**** ***** ** ******* to ***** *****, ****, integrated ** *****, **** as ******* *****-************** **-**********-***, **** ~$***. *** these ******* ** ******* ********** ****:

Physical ********

*-*** ******* ******* *** physically ******* ** ***** past ********** ************ ** physical ************, **** *** notable *** ********.

*** **-****** ** ****** identical ** **** *** construction ** *** **-*******. The ******'* ****** ****** has **** **********, *** the ****** ** **** found ** ******** ****** has **** *******. *** majority ** ***** ****** components *** *** ****.

*** ************ ****** * ** Cameras ******* * **** ******** overview.

******** ** ***** ****** domes, *** *-*** ******* (and *** * ******) is ******** ******* *******, seen *****, **** * smaller ************* **** *** housing.

New ********* *** *********

*** ******* ****** ***** with *********'* *** *** interface, ***** **** ******* now ******** ***** ******* support, ***** **** ******** have ******** ******* *** configuration ** **** ** live *******.

**** ***** ***** ** displayed ** ******** ***** than ******** ********. ***** from **** ******, **** other *********** *** ****** aesthetic. **** **** ****** new *** ************** *************/*******, *** ********* ********* is *** **********, *** does *** ***** ** fit *******/****** ******.

Smart ****** *******

** *** ******* ******, Panasonic *** ***** **** options ** ***** ***** Coding, ***** *** ********** simply **/***. ***** *** now ****** ******* *-***** interval ******** ("*** *******"), as **** ** ******* compression ("***** ****** ******"), shown ****:

********* ******** *** ******* levels **:

  • ***:*** *-***** ******** ** 8 *******
  • ***:*** *-***** ******** ** 16 *******
  • ********:** ** ** ****** I-frame ********, **** "****-****" P-frames **** ** *-****** intervals. ***** ****** *** smaller **** * **** I-frame, ****** **** * typical *-*****, *** ***** for ****** ******** ** other *-****** *** *** them ** ********* ****** (an ***** **** **** long *-***** ********* ** our ***** ***** *******).

** **** ** ***** these *** *-***** ***** further ** * ****** report.

Smart ****** ******

*********'* ***** ****** ****** is ******** ** ****** compression ************ ** *****, for ****** *******, ** opposed ** *** ******** of ****** *******. ** our *****, **** ******* improved ****** ********, ** at ***, ***** *****. In **** *****, ** may ******* * ****** advantage **** *** ***** it, *** *** * major **********.

Smart ****** *** **** ***** *******

** *********** **** ** *********'* Smart ******, ** ***** *********** blur ******* ** **** digital ***** ********* ******. This ***** ** ***** present ** ******* *******.

** ** *******, *** image ***** ***** *** subject ****** ****** *** room ** *** ***** (~0.1lx). ** *** ****, with ***** ****** **, a *********** ******** ***** may ** **** ****** the *******. ** *** right, **** *** ******* to ** **** *** default ***** ** ***, digital ***** ****** *** much ******, *** **** is **********.

H.265 ***** ***** ***********

** *** *****, ***** Coding ******* ******* ** over **% ** * still, ****-*** *****, **** 1080p ***** ******** ** a **** *** ** Kb/s ***** *.***, **-**% lower **** *.*** (***** low ** ~** **/*).

** **** ***** ***** codecs, ******* *-***** ******** had *** ******* ******* impact, ******** *.*** ******** by ****** *** **** margin, ***** ***** ***** Coding ***** ******** ** more ****** **% **********.

******* ** * ********* high ****** *****, ********** were *** ** ***********, though ***** *******. ******** with *** ******* *** and ***** ****** ****** on **** ***** **% lower ***** *.*** *** ~55% ***** *.***.

*******, ** **** **** motion *****, *** *******'* effects **** ********, ***** dynamic *********** *** **** effective ******** ** *******, due ** *** ****** of ****** ** *** scene.

Competitive ******* **********

*** ********* *-*** *******'* H.265 ******** **** *** lowest ***** ******* ****** in *** ******. ** our ****** *******/*** ****** test, ***** **. ****' P3225-LVE **** **** ******, due ** **** ******'* use ** ******* *** (see *** ********* * test). *******, ** *** low *****/**** ****** ****, Panasonic's *.*** ***** ****** bitrates **** *********** ***** than *********** *.*** *******, an ******* ** ***** 70% ***** **** **** and *********, *** ~**% lower **** *** ******'* own *.*** ******.

******* ***** ***** ******** Used

*** ********* ******** **** used *** **** ******'* smart *****:

  • ********* ******:*** ******* ** (***) / ***** ****** ****** On
  • ********* *******:***** ****** **
  • **** *****-***:********* ******* / ******* GOP **** / ******* FPS **
  • ********* ****:*.***+ **

Wide ******* ***** ***********

** **** *** *********** against ** **** ******** door ** * ***** day, ***** ****:

*********** ** *** ******* was ****** *******, **** only ****** *********** ******* them. **** **** ********* claims ***** ******* ***** in *** ******* ******, compared ** ***** ** the * ******, ****** the *** ******* **** similarly.

** **** ****** *** performance ** ******, **** the ******* ******** ** exterior **** **** ****** backlight ****** ***. ** this *****, *** ********* S2531L *** **** ***** show ***** ****** ** the ******* ** ** moves ******* *** *****, from ******* ** ******, while *** ***** ********** Panasonic *** ********* **** show ****/********* ***** ******* facial *******.

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

****** *** ***** *********** was **** ******* ** other ******, **** *** providing **** ************ *** clear ******* ** *** subject.

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

*******, ** **** ***** test *********, **** ***** image ******* *** ******* as ****, **** *** notable ***********, ****** *** overexposure **** ** *** Axis ***** ****:

Easy ******* *******

**** **** *** *-*** Extreme ******* **** ** Panasonic's**** ******* *******, ***** ******** ****** to *** ******'* ******** connection ** ** *** be *******, *********, *** configured ******* ** * test ***** ***** ** taking *** ****** ** the *****.

**** ** ************ ** this ********* *****.** *** **********, *** ******** ** users, ********** ***********, ***** this ******* ******.

Versions ****

*** ********* ******** ******** were **** ** **** test:

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

Comments (8)

Great review and congratulations to Panasonic on a wonderful revision to these cameras.  This might be the first real compelling case for H.265 I have seen yet.  Also glad to see they are not requiring ActiveX any longer as that has been a pain point for a long time.  However, in the web interface section it looks like there is a typo.  Is the statement that the web interface is not responsive?  If so, that is not too different than the old, slow ActiveX interface.

Thanks, I fixed that section, that slipped by me. The web interface is indeed not responsive (Axis and Samsung new interfaces are).

Is it less responsive than the ActiveX interface was?  That would be disappointing...

Where are the IR LEDs placed on the lens gimbal?

Can you provide more details or pictures of the easy kitting for their vandal dome camera?  If the pigtail oriented so that you can easily grab it, and possibly longer than older models?  

Hi, great testing on this camera. Panasonic is taking a nice step forward here. I noticed a reference to secure communication in the article title but no mention of how this is actually implemented in the article. Do you have any additional information?

Thanks much,

I've emailed Panasonic to get some additional information. They make a couple of claims in their i-Pro Extreme marketing, but we've asked for more details. We'll report back as soon as we hear.

IPVM Please have a new fresh look at the new IPro Extreme. It has now been out for a while and great improvements have been made in the latest firmware upgrades as Panasonic gets to know the new chipset better. 

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