Panasonic 32MP Multi Imager Camera Tested (WV-X8570N)

By: Ethan Ace and Rob Kilpatrick, Published 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 under challenging conditions", "outstanding low light", and "Super Dynamic" performance.

We bought and tested the WV-X8570N to see how it performs, examining:

  • How does it perform in full light (~300 lux), low light, ~(2 lux), and dark scenes (~0.01 lux)?
  • How flexible is imager positioning?
  • How does it compare in size to competitive multi-imagers?
  • How do H.265 and H.264 day and night bitrates compare?
  • How well does it integrate to third party VMSes (Avigilon, Exacq, Genetec, Milestone and NxWitness)?
  • How many VMS licenses does it use?

This is the latest in a series of new repositionable multi imager testing. Readers should also see our tests of the Axis P3717-PLE, Hanwha's PNM-9000VQ, Hikvision PanoVu 20MP, and Dahua's Multi-Flex 4x2MP. Coming up we plan to test Avigilon's H4 multi sensor and Vivotek's MA9321-EHTV as well as a shootout of all these recent repositionable models.

********* *** ******** ***** first ***** ****** ****** including *** **** (****)**-******, ******** "******* ***** quality *** ******** ********* under *********** **********", "*********** low *****", *** "***** Dynamic" ***********.

** ****** *** ****** the **-****** ** *** how ** ********, *********:

  • *** **** ** ******* in **** ***** (~*** lux), *** *****, ~(* lux), *** **** ****** (~0.01 ***)?
  • *** ******** ** ****** positioning?
  • *** **** ** ******* in **** ** *********** multi-imagers?
  • *** ** *.*** *** H.264 *** *** ***** bitrates *******?
  • *** **** **** ** integrate ** ***** ***** VMSes (********, *****, *******, Milestone *** *********)?
  • *** **** *** ******** does ** ***?

**** ** *** ****** in * ****** ** new ************** ***** ****** testing. ******* ****** **** see *** ***** ** the**** *****-***,******'* ***-******,********* ****** ****, ********'* *****-**** *****. ****** ** ** plan ** ************'* ** ***** ****************'* ******-****** **** ** * shootout ** *** ***** recent ************** ******.

[***************]

*******

***** ** *** *****, the **-****** *** ******* positives, ********* ****** ******* details, ***** *** ***********, and *** ***** *****/*.*** bitrates ** *** ****** tested.

*******, *** ***** *** dark ***** ******* **** weak, **** *** *** problems:

  • *** ****/********: ******* *** settings ****** *********** **** and ******** ******, ******** subject *******. **** ******** could ** ******* ** removed ** ******** *** (to * ******* ** 60-80 ********* ** *** scene), *** **** *** tradeoff ** ******* ********* digital *****.
  • **** *** ***** *** dark ******: ************, *** camera ******** **** ******* details ** *** ***** (~1-3 ***) *** *********** dark ******  ***** * lux.

************, *** **-******'* ******* are **** ************ **** other ****** ************** ******, because ** ***** *** of **** ***** ***** lenses (**°) *** *** lack ** ********/******* ****. The ******'* **** *** is ** ***° ** 270° ************ ***** **** level/tilt *********** *** ********, not ** ***** ***** zoomed ** ***** ******* are ******. **** **** Panasonic's *** ***** **** include ********* ******.

*******/************

*** **-****** ***** *** ~$2,800 *** ******, ****** than *********** *****-******* (********* $1,200-1,500), ****** **** ****** resolution, **** **** *********** models *, **, ** 20 ** ***** **********. However, **** *********** ****** now ******* ********** **, such ** ******* *****-************* ** *****-******.

**** **** ***** ** also ** *** ******* available, *****-******(~$*,*** ******), ***** ******** motorized **** ****** ******* of ***** **** ** the **** *******.

Physical ********

*** **-****** ** ***** compared ** **** ******* repositionable ***** ****** ******, notably **** ****** **** others, **** * **** prominent **** ******.

Larger Than Most Multi-Imager Models

** **** ** *** construction *** ******** ******** of *** ****** ** this *****:

Imager ***********

******* **** ****** **** to ********, **** ******** adjusted ***** * "******" track ***** ****** **** into *****. ****** *** was ****** ********, ****** like **** ****** ******* cannot ** ****** ******* than ~**° **** **** other, ** ***** ***** or **** ******* *** a ***° **** ** impossible. *** ****** ****** a ***° ****, ** well, ****** **** ****** rotates *** ****-******* ****** imager ***° ** ********.

******** ** **** ***** current ********** ***** *******, the **-****** *** *** key ***********:

  • **** **********/******* ***********:*** **-******'* ******* *** only ** ******* +/- 50°, ******** ** ***** images. **** ****** ** rotated **° ** ***° for ******** ****, *** a ****** ******* ** other ******.
  • ***** **** ****:*** **-******'* ****** *** fixed (*.***/**°), ***** ***** models **** ** *** Axis *****-*** *** ***** Multi-Flex ***** ******* ********* lenses. ******* ** ****, pixels *** ****** ** be ******, ****** ** overlapping **** ***** ******* or ** ***** ******* users' ******* ******* ** interest.

** **** ** ****** positioning ** **** *****:

Strong ******** ******* / **** *** ***** *******

** *** *****, *** WV-X8570N ******** ****** ******* details ** ***** ***** (~20' ********/~** ***), **** clear ****** ****** ** ~200 *** *** *****. However, **** ***** ****** details **** ********* ** low ***** (~* ***) and ** ****** ****** were ******** ***** ~*.* lux.

Image Detail Comparison 80PPF

******* **** *** ******, the ******* ** ***** roughly ************ (~**'/~** ***), with ******** ******* ***** of *** **** *****. However, ** ****** ******* are ******** ** * lux ** ***** ** this ********.

Image Detail Comparison 40PPF

Motion ****/****** ****** ** ******* ***

***** ******* ********, *** WV-X8570N ******** *********** ******** and ******** ****** *** to******* ***** ***************** (******* ***), ********* subject *******, ***** *****.

Significant Blur Artifact Trails

**** **** ***** *** full ***** ** ****, with *** ****** ***** visible ** *** ******* moves ******* *** *****.

********* *** ** ***** levels ******* ******* **** and ******, *** ************* increases ******* *****, ***** in **** **** (***** DNR *** ** **):

** **** *** ** for *** ***** *********** in **** ****, ** default ******** **** ***** to ** *** ****** to ** *********.

Default **** (*) **. *** **** (**)

*** **-****** **** ******** to ***** **** ******* gain ********, *** ** 9 ** * ***** of *-**. ******* ** our *****, **** *** only ******* ****** ** image *******. ******** **** detail ***** ** **** in *** *******'* **** and **** *****, *** images **** *********** *** same.

Default vs Maximum

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

** ****** *** ******'* "Super *******" *** *********** door ** ~**** *** with ** ****** *** of ~**, ***** ****:

WDR Test FOV

*** ****** ******** ****** facial ******* ** *** subject ******* **** ********* and ** *** ******, non-backlit ** *** **** of *** *****. *******, details **** ********** ****** out ** **** *****, with ******* ******** *******.

WDR Facial Details Visible

Sample ******

** ****** *** **-****** in ****** *** ******* scenes ** **** ********* configurations *** *** ******* may ** **********.

******* ** *** *********** of **** **** (**°) and ***** ******, ****** two ******* ** *** direction ******** *******. **** effectively ***** *** ****** similar ** * *** (or ***) *****, **** some *********** *** ***** direction *** ********.

*****, ** ** ****** warehouse ***** *** ****** was *** ** ** cover * **** ***° field ** ****, ********* doorways, ******* *** **** areas, *** ****** *****. The ****** *** **** to ***** **** **** without ********** ***** *****, with **** ******* ******* imagers.

** *****, *******, **** lux ******** ** ~* in **** ** *** scene, ******* *** **** and *** ******* ********* to *** ******* ****** backgrounds.

********, *** ****** *** set ** ** * rough ***° ****, **** downtilt *** *** ******** for **** ******. ***** is ********** ******* ******* all *******, ******** *** front ****, *** ******** to *** ******* ***, the ******* *****, *** side ** *** ********.

Bitrate **********

**-****** ******** **** ******** low ** *** ******, with ******** ***** **** many **** (*****) ** even *** (*******) *****-****** cameras ******.

***** ************ **** ***** with ***** ****** *******, with ******** ****** ** the ***** (******** ******* at ***** *****).

Bitrate comparison

Broad *** ***********

*** **-****** *.*** ****** integrated **** ***** *** we ****** ****, **** requiring *** ******* ** Exacq, *******, *********, *** Network *****, *** ******** four ** ******** ******* Center. *.*** *** ****** side *** ********** **** Exacq, *******, *** *********, but *** *** ***** VMSes.

VMS Integration Comparison

VMD ***********

*** ********* **-****** **** not ******* ********* *********, we ****** *** *********** of *** *** *** camera ******* ** *** simplest ** ***** ***** sources ** *** *****, such ** ******** ****** from ****** *****.

VMD-False-Alerts-On-Small-Flashing-Activity-Lights

Country ** ******

*** **-****** ** **** in *****.

WV-X8570N Made In China

Test **********

*** ****** **** ****** using ******* ******** **** some *******:

  • *** *** *** ** 65 (** * ***** of *-***) ******* ** the ******* ***
  • ***** ****** *** ******* as ********* ***** *** bitrate *******
  • ***** ******* *** ******* only ****** *** *******
  • *** ****** *** *** to ***** **** (***/***** "off") ****** *** ***** testing

*** ********* ******** ******** were ****, *** ****** available ** *** **** of *******:

  • ********* **-******:*.**

Comments (4)

***** ** ********** ******* between *** *******...

** ** **** ************* possible *** **** ****** to **** * ****** with ** ******* ** all?  ***** * **** up **** **** * down *** *****?

* ** **** ***** to *** **** ******* Panasonic *******. * ** like *** **** *** when ***** *** **** imagers ** * *** degree *****. * ***** like ** *** *** it **** **** **** four **** ******** **** ans *** ***** ***** adjusted ** ***** *** 270 ******* ** ******** and *** *** **** over *** ***** **. The ****** *** **** is **** **** *** covered ***** ******** * had ***** *** ******. Best ******* ** ******* in **** ***** ******!

***** ******! ***** ***.

******:

***** ******* ********** *** performance. *** ********* **-****** **** not ******* ********* *********, we ****** *** *********** of *** *** *** camera ******* ** *** simplest ** ***** ***** sources ** *** *****, such ** ******** ****** from ****** *****.

Login to read this IPVM report.
Why do I need to log in?
IPVM conducts unique testing and research funded by member's payments enabling us to offer the most independent, accurate and in-depth information.

Related Reports

Hanwha Smaller Multi Imager Tested (PNM-9000VQ) on Feb 14, 2019
Hanwha's first repositionable multi imager PNM-9081VQ tested well, but was huge, over 12" wide and weighing in at over 10 pounds. Now, they have...
Axis IR Multi Imager Camera Tested (P3717-PLE) on Feb 18, 2019
Axis has released their first IR multi imager, the P3717-PLE, a repositionable model listing 360° IR illumination and flexible positioning,...
Axis 5MP P Vs Q Camera Shootout (P3227-LVE vs Q3517-LVE) on Apr 02, 2019
While Axis' Q3517-LVE tested well, it is one of Axis' most expensive dome cameras, over $1,000 USD. Because of this, members asked us how it...
Dahua Repositionable IR Multi-Imager Camera Tested on Apr 16, 2019
Dahua has released their first repositionable multi-imager camera, the Multi-Flex 4x2MP, claiming integrated IR, true WDR, and flexible...
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...
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...
Repositionable Multi-Imager Camera Shootout - Avigilon, Axis, Dahua, Hanwha, Hikvision, Panasonic, Vivotek on Jun 19, 2019
Repositionable multi-imager cameras are one of the fastest growing segments in video surveillance, with a slew of new offerings being recently...
Axis ARTPEC-7 P1375-E Camera Tested on Jul 12, 2019
Axis claims the new P1375-E box camera with ARTPEC-7 chip delivers "clear, sharp images in any lighting condition." But how well does it do? We...
Hanwha 4K Wisenet P Camera Tested on Jul 30, 2019
Hanwha claims "premium performance" and to "deliver the best in high resolution performance and efficiency" with their Wisenet P series 4K models,...
Axis 4K Camera Shootout 2019 on Aug 14, 2019
Axis' 4K Q3518-LVE claims the "best video quality possible", with Lightfinder super low light performance, Axis' high end Forensic WDR, and...

Most Recent Industry Reports

Axis and Genetec Drop IFSEC 2020 on Jan 23, 2020
Two of the best-known video surveillance manufacturers are dropping IFSEC International 2020, joining Milestone who dropped IFSEC in 2019. The...
Multipoint Door Lock Tutorial on Jan 23, 2020
Despite widespread use, locked doors are notoriously weak at stopping entry, and thousands can be misspent on locks that leave doors quite...
Avigilon Shifts Cloud Strategy - Merges Blue and ACC on Jan 23, 2020
Avigilon is shifting its cloud strategy, phasing out its Blue web-managed surveillance platform as a stand-alone brand and merging it with its ACC...
Verkada Paying $100 For Referrals Just To Demo on Jan 22, 2020
Some companies pay for referrals when the referral becomes a customer. Verkada is taking it to the next level - paying $100 referrals fees simply...
Camera Analytics Shootout 2020 - Avigilon, Axis, Bosch, Dahua, Hanwha, Hikvision, Uniview, Vivotek on Jan 22, 2020
Analytics are hot again, thanks to a slew of AI-powered cameras, but whose analytics really work? And how do these new smart cameras compare to top...
Intersec 2020 Final Show Report on Jan 21, 2020
IPVM spent all 3 days at the Intersec 2020 show interviewing various companies and finding key trends. We cover: Middle East Enterprise...
Vehicle & Long Range Access Reader Tutorial on Jan 21, 2020
One of the classic challenges for access control are parking lots and garages, where the user's credential is far from the reader. With modern...
Clearview AI Alarm - NY Times Report Says "Might End Privacy" on Jan 20, 2020
Over the weekend, the NY Times released a report titled "The Secretive Company That Might End Privacy as We Know It" about a company named...
Favorite Camera Manufacturers 2020 on Jan 20, 2020
The past 2 years of US bans and sanctions have shaken the video surveillance industry but what impact would this have on integrators' favorite...