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.

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

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

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

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Physical ********

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

Larger Than Most Multi-Imager Models

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

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

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

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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 ******

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** *****, *******, **** 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 **** ***** ******!

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

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