Hikvision PanoVu Mini Tested (Multi-imager + PTZ For ~$500)

By: Ethan Ace, Published on Aug 07, 2018

Hikvision has released their first PanoVu Mini multi imager, the PanoVu DS-2PT3326IZ-DE3, with four 1080p imagers, including a PTZ and integrated IR for ~$500 USD online.

While historically multi-imager / PTZ combination cameras have been very expensive ($3,000+ commonplace), Hikvision has disrupted the market with one a fraction of the price. Indeed, this 4-imager device is less expensive than many single imager fisheye panoramic cameras, e.g., see our Panoramic Fisheye Camera Shootout - Avigilon, Axis, Dahua, Hanwha, Hikvision, Oncam And Vivotek. Indeed, one Hikvision dealer who has used the PanoVu Mini said it made fisheye look like "dinosaurs".

We bought and tested the 3326 PanoVu Mini to see how it performs against low cost single imager cameras and high resolution fisheyes and whether a $500 multi-imager can compete in real-world scenes.

The short video below overviews the camera:

Inside, we examine:

  • Full light performance
  • Low light/IR performance
  • WDR performance
  • Panorama deadspots and overlap
  • VMS integration
  • Bitrates
  • Physical construction
  • Teardown / breakdown of the camera

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** ****** *** ****** the **** ****** **** to *** *** ** performs ********** **** ****** ****** cameras ******* ********** *********** ******* * $*** multi-imager *** ******* ** real-world ******.

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***** ** *** *****, ******** to ******* ******* ******, we ***** *** ********* key **********:

  • ****** ******* **** ******* at IR: *** **** ******** ****** details ** **** *** PTZ *** ******** ******* than *********'* **** ******* camera (****) ** *** dark **** ** **.
  • ******* ** ****** ******* **** ******* in **** *****: ** ****-*** ******, *** 3326's ******** ******* ******** similar ******* ** *** 63C2 *******. *** ******'* PTZ ****** ******** ******* images **** *** ****** field ** **** (~***°), with *** ********* ** stronger ******* **** ********* zoomed **.
  • **** **** ** ********:*** ****'* ************ **** evenly ******* *** ***** than *** **** *******, despite ***** ********* *** only *** **. ***.

*******, ***** *** *** disadvantages ** ****** **:

  • **** ******** ******** ** some *****: ***** ****** ******* *** number ** ******* ******** required ** ***** ***/***, as *** **** ******** four ******** ** ******** and ** *******, *** only *** ** ***** and *********. **** ********** in ******* **** ***** offset ******* ** ******* price.
  • ****** *******:*** ****'* ***** ******* (for *** **** ***** imagers) *** **% ****** than *** **** ******* (H.264+) ****** *** *** and *-** ****** ** night *** ** *** lack ** *.***+ ***** *****.

************, ***** *** *** is ******, ** ** best *** ***** ***** (radius ** ~**' / 10m ** ****) *** not *** ****-**** ******** as *** *** ******* is ********** **** **** compared ** * ******** walking ******.

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******** ** *********'* *** low **** *********** ****** cameras (********** ***** **** H.265) the ****** **** ******** worse ****** ** **** light, **** (with **, *** *** scenes **** ***** ******* wide ****** ** ****.

************, *** ****'* ***** bandwidth ** *-** **** of ***** ******** ****** imager *.***+ ****** (~*.* Mb/s **. ~***-*** **/*) due ** *** **** of ***** *****.

*******, ** ********* *****, users ****** ****** ** license ************, ** **** VMSes *** ******* *** license *** *******, ********* **** licenses *** *** ****.

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*** **-*********-*** ***** ***~$*** *** ******. ******** ** ************ ****** *******, **** ** ***** low, **** ******* ********* in *** $*,***-*,*** *****. ************, this ******* ** **** expensive **** **** ******* models, **** ***********'* *** **** **** model, ~$***. *******, ********** licenses ******** *** ***** imagers, ** ******, *** offset **** ***** *******.

****, ** ******* ****** ****, the DS-2PT5326IZ-DE ** ****** ***********'* ***** ******** ******* guide** **** ** *************** ********, *** ** *** yet ******** ** ***** America.

Physical ********

*** **** ** **** ******* than ******* ***** ****** models, ***** *** **** of * **** **** dome ******, ***** *****. The *** **** * series ***** **** **** is ***** ***** *** reference, ** ****, **** smaller **** *** ****** Mini.

** ****** *** ******'* physical ******** ** **** video:

Better ******* **** ******* *** *** *****

*** ** *** ***** and **** ******, *** PanoVu **** *** ** a ****** ******* ****** replacement. ** *** *****, the ******'* ******** ******* provided ****** ******* ** the ******* ** ~**' range **** *********'* **** fisheye, *** **-********-**, ****** chart **** *** ******** less *****. *** *** imager ******** **** **** even ******** *** ****** PPF *** ** *** zoom ****, ***** ***** at **** *** *** telephoto ** **** ** widest **** *****.

** ***** **** ** on, *** ** *** 3326's ******* ******** ****** details ** *** ******* than *** **** ******* due ** ******** *** light ***********.

Drawbacks **. *******

*** ****** **** *** two *** ************* ******** to ******* ******:

  • ******* ** ***:******* ******** **** ** only * ****** ******* tile ** * *** layout, **** ********* ********* zooming/dewarping ** ******* ******(*), they *** ******* ** navigate *** ************* ***** who *** **** *** 3326's ***** ******** ******* used *** * ***° view ************ ** *********.
  • ****** *******:************, *** **** ***** four *** ******* ******** in **** *****, ***** fisheye ******* ****** ******* more **** ***. **** increased ******* **** *** offset ********** ** ***** cost, ****** *** ***** performance, *** ********** ******* gained. ** ******* ******* requirements ***** ** **** report.

Vs. ******* ****** ******

*** **** ******** ****** similar ** ** ******** worse **** ******* ***** lens ****** ** **** light, ********* ** ** the ****** *** ****** or ******** ******* *** used. *** *******, ** ~18' ********/** ***, *** PTZ ****** ** *** narrowest ~**° ***** ** view ******** ************* ****** details **** *** ******** imagers *** *** ****** imager ****, **** ****** roughly ******* ** *** single ****** ***** ** its ****** *** (~***°).

*******, ** ***** (~*.* lux), *** ****** ******'* stronger ** ******** ****** details **** *** ****** camera, ********** ** **** level. 

Poor ******* *** ***********

*** **** ******** **** digital ***, ** ******** to **** *** **** Hikvision ***********/***** ****** ****** in ****. ** **** moderate *********, **** ** the ******** ~*,*** *** day ***** *****, *** subject's ******* *** **** weaker **** *** **** camera ***** ******** **** WDR. 

Panorama *******

*** ***** ******* ********** the ***° ******** ** the **** ******* **** other *************, **** ******* duplicated ** ******** *******. For *******, *** ***** and ****** **** ** the ****** ****** ** the ********** **** ***** below *** ** ******* seen ** ******** *******, as ****.

Slight ******** ***** ****

**** ***** *****-****** ***° models, ***** ** * blind **** ******** ******* the ******, ****** ** is ***** *** *********** only ***** ***** ** a ****** ******, *** unlikely ** **** *** activity. It *** **** ** mitigated ** ****** *** center ****** ******** ****, though ******* ********* ***** the *** ** ***** elsewhere *** ** ******.

 

VMS/NVR ***********

*** ******** ******** ********* and *** ****** ** licenses ******** ** **** VMS ******, ********** ****: 

**** **** *** ********** *** ******* ** Genetec ******* ******* *********, ** ** *** been ******* **** **** comparison.

***** **** ********* ******** integrated ****** ** *** first ******* (***) ****.

Hikvision *** ***********

** ***** ** *** the **** **** *********'* own ****, *** ****** must ** ***** **** times, ****** ** **** channels. ***** *** *** same ******* ** *** NVR **** *****, ******** only *** "******* **." for *** ******** ****** (1/2/3/4). 

VMS ******* ************

***** *** ********* ******** only * ****** ****** license *** *** **** channels, ***** ******** *** Nx ******* ******** ****, one *** **** ******. By ********, *** ******** of ***** ****** ****** in **** *** **** a ****** ******* ** most ***** (*** ********-****** ****** ***** *** ******* **********).

Camera **** ***/********* ***********

****** **** ****** ********* on *** **** ********** with *****, *********, *** Nx *******. *******, ** our ***** **** *********, VMD **** ****** ** the ***** ******* (****** PTZ), *** *** ***° imagers, ***** *** ** a *********** ********** ** many ************.

************, ***** *** ****** supports intrusion *** ********* *********, they *** ********* **** on *** ***** *******, not *** ******** *******. Additionally, ****** **** ***** analytics *** **** ********* in *********, *** ***** VMSes.

H.265 *******

*.*** *******: *.*** *** supported in *****, *********, *** NxWitness, ***** ******** ******** only *.***. **** **** unlike **** ********* ******, their*.***+/*.***+ ***** ******* *** ********* ** the ****, ********* *****.

Bitrate **********

*** **** **** *** include ****.***+/*.***+ ***** *********** ** **** ***** current ********* ******, ********* in **** ****** ******** than multiple ****** ****** ******, and ****** ***** ******** **** *** **** fisheye ****** (~*.* **/* for *** **** ***** imagers **. ~*.* **/* 9MP ******* ****** *** day). ***** ************ **** taken **** ******** ******** in *** *****, **** the *** ****** ***** (not ***** *****).

Teardown: *** ********* ********** ****

** ****** * ****** 3326 ** *********** *** examine *** ******** **********. The ****** **** *** Ambarella **********, ***** ****** ** ******* ** ***** **********/**-********** [link ** ****** *********].

image

** **** ****** ** see **** ******* **** in *** ******* *********** the ****** **** *** board. ** ***** ********** stood *** ** **** teardown, ****** ** ***** would **** *** ********** detail ** ********** **** in *** ***** *****, feel **** ** ***.

 

Poll: *** ********** *** ***?

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

Versions ****

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Comments (10)

**** ****. *** ***** any ******** ** ********* features **** *** *** PTZ (**** *******\***** ** motion\line ******** **** **** track, ***?)

****'* * **** ********, and * ******* * was *********. *** ***** vaguely ******* *** *******, but ***** ** ** option ** ******* * preset **** *** ** the ********* ***** (****** or *********).

**'** ****** ***** **** tech *******, *** ** doesn't **** ** ** supported.

*** ***********/******* ****** *** typically *** ** *** camera *** *** ***** tested ** **** ***** to ******* **** *** license. **** ***** ******* under *** *** ** = *** ******* ****.

*********** ** *** **** you ***’* ******* * PTZ ****** **** ** analytic.

**** ** * **** interesting *****. * **** that *** **** ********** will ***** ** **** platform *** ***** ****** WDR *** ***** *******. 

**, **** ********. ********: what ********* ** ************ do *** *** ** being *** **** *** for **** **** ** camera?

* *** ** ***** a **** *** *** a ****** ** **** that *** * ****** remodel ***** **. ** are ******* **** **** soon ** ********* *** layout ** ******* *** the *** ********. ** had ******* ** *****-******* in ****, *** ** will **** **** ** evaluate **** ****** ** well. * *****’* ******* the ***** **** ****** to **** ** *** is ********* ** ***, so **** ***** ** a **** *******. *** having *** ********** *** could ** * **** bonus. 

* **** *** **-**********-**** ****** ****** ****** ** 4 ******* ** *********'* NVRs. **** **** ***** count ** * ******* as ****? 

***, ** *** ** be ***** **** *****, same ** ******* *** changing *** ******* ****** to */*/*/* ********* ** which ****** *** ****.

******* **:

****'* **** * *******. I ********* * **** update ********** *** * channel ****** ***** ** on ***'* ****.  ******!

*'* ***** ** *** in **** * **** posted ** ***, **** getting *** ***** ******* to ** **** **. Thanks *** ******** ** out!

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