Panasonic Smart Coding Tested

By Ethan Ace, Published Apr 11, 2016, 12:57pm EDT

Panasonic is the latest entrant in the smart CODEC trend, introducing their own version, called 'Smart Coding' as a firmware update to nearly their entire existing line, with claims of up to 70% bandwidth savings "without sacrificing video quality."

We tested this new firmware against smart CODECs from Axis and Hikvision to see how it performs and whether it lives up to these bold claims.

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

********* ************* ******* **** **** two ************ ** ***** Coding:

  • ******* ***  
  • ******** ******* ***** ********* algorithms (***** **** ***** to ** "** *****-******* Noise *********" *** "********* Divided ******"). ***, *** cannot ** ********, ** can **** ** ****** down ** ***.

**** ** ** ******** to **** *************, ***** typically ******* ******* *** in *********** **** ******* compression (******** *********** ** moving *******/********** ** ****** areas ** *** *****). 

********* ****** **** ***** new *** ************ *** part ** ***** ****** and *** ********** *** the ******** "***" ******** in *** ******'* *** interface. *******, ** ** discuss *****, ***** ******* and ****** *** ******* regardless ** ******* ***** Coding ** ******* ** disabled.

Test *******

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

  • *** ******** ******** ********* reduction ******* ** *** light, ********** **** *** set ** **** (********* savings ** **% ** top ** *** ********* savings **** ******* * frame ********) **** ********.
  • **** *** **** *** smart ****** *******, ********* delivered *** ****** *** rate ** ***, ******* Axis *** *********, *** it **** **** ********** blur ** ****** **********. By ********, **** *** low, ********* *** ********** similar ******* *** *.
  • ** *******, ********* ***** coding ******* ~**% ********* savings ******** ** ******** Panasonic ****** *** ********* lower ********* **** ********* but ****** **** ****. However, *** * **** very ******** ** *********** non-smart ******.

 

**** **** *********** ****** blur *** ****** ****** are ******* ***** ******* settings (*** ** "****") regardless ** ******* ***** Coding ** ****** ** or ***. *******, ***** effects ** *** ************* impact *********** *******. ****** *** blur may ** ******* ** setting *** ** "***."

Camera ************* 

***** ****** ** ********* beginning ** ******** ******* 2.02 *** ** ********** with *** ******** *, 5, *** * ****** models. ********* ***** ** they **** ** *** 7 ****** (**) ************* in ****** ********.

Motion **** ******

********* ** *********, **-*** and *** *** ****** to ***** ******, **** active **** ** ** turned **. *******, ** saw ** **** ***** reduction ************, *** *** same ****** **** *** trailing ******, ********** ** whether ***** ****** *** on ** ***. *** example, ********* ***** ** our ******* ** ** moves ******* *** ***** with ***** ****** ** as **** ** ***, there ** ******, ** any, ********** ** ***** quality.

** ** ******* ** these ******* ** ******, the **** ***** *** taken **** ***** ****** on *** *** *** to ****. ******** *** long ****** ****** *** present **/****** *** *******, reducing ******* **********. 

******** *** ** "***", the ****** *** **** improve *************, *** *** still **********. *******, ******* ********* are ******* ** ***** above, **** *** ******* recognizable ** ** ***** the ****** *** ** excess ******** ** *** face.


DNR / ***** **** ********* **********

**** *** *** ******* I frame ********* **** ******* substantial ********** ** ********* consumption. ************, **** ******* bandwidth ** **% ** more (**** *** ***** even **** ***********). ******** they ******* ********* ** 90% ** **** ******** to ******** ********* *** light ***********, ** ***** in *** ***** *****:

 

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

*******, ****** *** ***, with ***** ****** **, the **** ******** ********* to *** ********* ****, though **** *** **** than ****** *** ******* of *** **** *****-***. Note **** ******** ** this ***** *** ****** than ***** *** ** patterned ******** ** *** test ***** ***** **** not ******* ** *** light **** ** ** (carpet, *****, ***.).

Night ********* *********** **********

********* ********* *********** **** Smart ****** ** *** DNR *** ** ****, the ********* ****'* ******* is **** **** **** that ** *** **** P3225-LVE *** *** **** than *** ********* ****.

********* ********* ******** ** the ********* **** **** DNR *** ** *** as ********* *****, *** bandwidth ***** ** ***** than *** ********* ****, but ******** ****** **** the **** *****, **** 1080p ** *****. 

Outdoor **** ****** ********* *********** **********

*******, ********* *** ******* in * **** ******* road *****, ******* ******** drop ** ****** **% in *** ********* **-*******, as **** ** **** and ********* *******.

**** **** ***** *** *******************. ******** ******** ** the ***** ********** ******** in ****** ***** ****** eliminated ***** ******' *******, with ********* ******** ** low ****** ***** ******** had ******.

*************

***** *** *** ******** for ***** ****** ******, simply ** **/*** *******, similar ***********'* *.***+. ******* ***** ********* is ********** *********, ** the ***** ******* ******** menu, **** * ****** high/low *******, *** ** "off." ** ****** ***** settings ** **** *****:

Cameras ****

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

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