Testing Panoramic / 360 Cameras (Mobotix Q24)

Author: Benros Emata, Published on May 08, 2010

Panoramic / 360 cameras are a growing trend within video surveillance. Megapixel resolution enables cameras to cover wider field of views. 360 cameras take this to the extreme and essentially look in 'every' direction. 

Important questions remains on the use of this technology: How good is the quality of the image? How easy is it use? How well does it integrate with VMS systems?

In this test, we examine the Mobotix Q24 panoramic/360 cameras including both color (MX-Q24M-Sec-D11) and B&W models (MX-Q24M-Sec-Night-N11). We tested with 4GB of on-board storage and their MxControlCenter client.

A pre-requisite for this test is our Mobotix camera configuration report or experience configuring Mobotix.

Contrast to our test of Grandeye's 360 Degree / Panoramic megapixel camera.

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