Panoramic Camera Usage Rising 2014

Author: John Honovich, Published on Jun 17, 2014

Panoramic cameras have been around for more than a decade but only in the last 3 years has there been an explosion of vendor support. Now, nearly every camera manufacturer offers panoramic cameras.

What has that done to adoption?

In this note, we share unique IPVM survey results on what percentage of panoramic cameras are used, why they are being used and what reasons integrators have not to use them.

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Comments (4)

Let's add Panoramic combined with PTZ combining large FOV+ deep Zoom

Some manufacturers are doing so ( 360° is monitoring the SpeedDome after a pixels calibrations) or some Analytic / VMS editors.

This make possible large outside space siurveillance by assisting operators with Panoramic view + potential very speed zoom. So less, people for better results (Daylight..I agree that Nightime isn't adapted due to low night sensivity, samefor auto tracking much too limited for outside usages..at the time being)

We use panoramic cameras at the entrance to Canadaian federal prisons. The cameras do leave an image that is a little choppy due to the lower frame rates from high image resolutions. They work well in this particular location as it is observes a small area that all people pass through and it is always lit. An area of concern with the cameras is dewarping provided either by the VMS or in the camera. We prefer two upright swaths. Another challenge is in the optics - A fish-eye lens provides excellent detail of the floor immediately below the camera. There are third party (Immervision) lenses that provide more pixels concentrated around the annulus that contains more interesting views while fewer pixels are on the center of the field of view.

Avigilon has a 180 and 360 degree camera using 4 imagers. Also, I attended an Arecont presentation last week and they are now shipping what I call the "pie plate cam" which allows each imager to move independently (one of my big beefs with the Surround solution), but its pretty big and ugly and the frame rates are too slow for my taste. Finally, Arecont is getting ready to offer a camera with an Immervision lens that looks pretty promising as it gets to much higher frame rates and is offered with WDR and day/night capability (i believe it can be had in up to a 3Mp). I could not locate it on their website.

Has anyone had experience with any of the three cameras noted above? Good? Bad?

Avigilon has had multi-imager panoramics for years but they are JPEG2000 and proprietary to Avigilon, which means super high storage costs and no 3rd party VMSes.

The Arecont Omni series just started shipping last month.

Regarding the Arecont Immervision, how can anyone have any experience with a camera not yet available? There are already a few other manufacturers shipping Immervision embedded, e.g., Brickcom Immervision 360 Test

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