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
- Physical construction
- Teardown / breakdown of the camera