Testing Arecont Omni

Author: Ethan Ace, Published on Oct 20, 2014

The Arecont SurroundVideo Omni is one of the most novel new camera offerings in the past few years.

Like their 180 and 360 predecessors, the Omni supports 4 imagers / cameras inside. The major advance is that the imagers can now be repositioned and the lenses can be changed.

Below is a screenshot from our test, showing us repositioning an imager inside the Omni:

However, many are reluctant given Arecont's poor track record / reputation.

We bought the 12MP Omni model, the AV12176DN, and tested it in a variety of scenes to see if it was worth it plus to know the following:

  • How does it perform in WDR and low light?
  • How does it compare to fisheye panoramics?
  • What applications does this camera best fit?

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Key ********

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  • ******* ** ******* ****** ** ******** (*.*" ** ****) **** traditional **** **** ******* **** *******.
  • ***** ******* ** **** *** ***** *********** ******** ** **** end *** ***** ******.
  • ******* **** ********* ****** *** ******* *******, ******** *** ********** depending ** ***** ******.
  • **** ** ******* ****, ****** *** ****** ** ******* * usable ***** ** **** ~*.* *** *****.
  • ******* *** *********** ******** ** ***** **** *** ******, ****** against ****** ********* **** ****** *****.
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*******

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Potential ***

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*******, ***** ****** ****** ******** ***** (**** * ***) ** present ** ********* *********** ** * *** *******. ***** ******* WDR *********** ****** *** *** ** ***** **** ***** *********** in ********, ** ****.

*******, ***** *********** *** **** ****** ****** ** ********* **** (unfortunately ******* ** ******* *******) **** ** ***** ** *** filters, *** ********* ** ******* ******* **** ******* ** * VMS ** **** ** *** *** *********, ** ******* ***** balance ******.

Physical ********

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Positioning *** *******

*** **** ********** ***** ******* *** ************* ********** ***** * ring ** ******** ***** ** *** ****'* ******** *****. ****** (M12 *****) *** ******* ****** ** ********** *** ******* **** and ******** ** *** *** ***.

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Sample ******

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**** ***** ***** *** ***** ** *** ******* *** **** scene:

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

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**** ***** ***** *** ************* ** *** ******* ** **** scene:

Imaging ***********

** ****** *** **** ******* ***** *** ******* ** **** as ********* ******* ** **** ******* *********** ** ******** ******.

*** *** ******** ********** **** ******, *** ********* *** ********** in * ***** ***° ***** ** **** ** **** *********** versus ****** ****** ********** (**** ***** *** ********* **-*******) *** up ** ***° **** ** ****.

**** *****, ~*** ***

** **** *****, *** ********* ******** **** ********* ** *** 3MP ****** ****** ******* **********, **** ******* *****, *** ****** desaturation. **** *** **** ****** ******* ********* ******** ** *** single ****** **** *** ********* *******, ***** ******* **** *** first **** ** *** **** ***** *** ***** ******* *******.

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****, ~*.* ***

** * **** **** *****, ~*.* ***, *** **** ** unable ** ******* *** ****** *****. *** ******, ***** *** Hikvision **** ******* ******** ********* ** *** ******* *** *****, but ** *******.

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

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Intermittent **** *** ******

****** ******* ** *** ***** **** ***** **** ************, *** common:

** *** ****** "*****"

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*****/****** *****

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Bandwidth ***********

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Comments (9)

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*** **** ** *** *** ******* ************: **** ****** **** ( *** *** ***** ****** ******* ) ** * ******** licenses *** *** ***.

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* ***** **** ****'* ******** **** *** **** *** - one ****** - *** *******.

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