Pelco Optera Multi-Imager Cameras Overview

Author: John Honovich, Published on Apr 07, 2015

2015 looks to be the year multi-imager goes mainstream.

Pelco is one of a number of major brands launching multi-imager cameras.

In this note, we examine the features, pricing and positioning of Pelco's Optera series.

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Comments (11)

Someone asked offline about the relationship of Pelco's panoramic to Arecont. Pelco's response: "Pelco’s Dragonfly cameras have nothing whatsoever to do with ArecontVision."

Pelco cameras are supported in Genetec. Any reason to think these would not?

The immersive control for Dragonfly cameras are more complex to integrate / support than regular streaming video.

I have no idea what Genetec will do here. However, in general, the more complex the integration, the lower the probability that integration occurs.

I'd expect to be 'straight' video from these cameras to be fairly widely supported. I'd expected the immersive controls to be less so.

Update: Pelco has released the 180 versions of these Cameras and they are now officially called "Optera." 270 and 360 models are scheduled for Fall.

Has anyone used the 180's yet? I am looking into a project that we could install a few... but I hate being the guinea pig ;-)

Jesse,

We are the guinea pigs! We bought one and are in the middle of testing it. Expect the results report to be published next week or the week after.

Great news John! once again IPVM team rocks!

John,

Like Jesse we're in the planning stages of a few small projects and would definitely like to use this Pelco offering. Any status on the test results?

P.S. just for "an informed decision" sake; have you guys ever tested the WDR rated Arecont 12MP 180 cameras?

We delayed the test results but Pelco did not have integration with its own VMS. That just got added in the past week, so now we are aiming to wrap it up next week.

We have already tested the 12MP Arecont WDR Omni.

We should have chimed in a little earlier on this, but we put the Optera test on hold to wait for VMS compatibility. I'm back on it now, actually getting it set up as we speak. I'd expect it by month's end.

We haven't tested their WDR 180, but we tested the SurroundVideo Omni which is 12MP/WDR. The sensor overall is better than their old generation 8MP SurroundVideo, but the WDR is average compared to a lot of true WDR cameras today.

Understood. Thanks guys, will loook out for those test results

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