Pelco Optera 180° Camera Tested

Author: Ethan Ace, Published on Aug 02, 2016

In our initial testing of Pelco's Optera multi-imager, the main issue was their ONVIF 'bowtie' video streaming which undermined third party integration.

Now, Pelco has released new firmware that they say fixes this problem with what they call 'tiled' mode as well as a new 'panomersive' mode. We have tested this new firmware and added these results to the report below.

[Update, Sept 2016] Note: Exacq has released official support for Optera in version 8 of their VMS, requiring only one license per camera and integrating the Optera SDK.

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[Nov 2015] This summer, Pelco came out firing against Arecont, touting the superior performance of its new multi-imager line vs Arecont's. But is this really the case?

We bought a Pelco Optera 180° multi-imager 12MP camera, testing it against Arecont's 12MP SurroundVideo as well as a Panasonic 12MP fisheye panoramic (WV-SFV481) in order to measure performance in low light, full light (below), and WDR scenes:

As the multi-imager market is now expanding quickly, later this year, we also plan to test Axis' 33MP multi-imager model as well as Avigilon's HD multi-sensor.

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Key ********

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  • ********** ****** ******** **** *******'* *** ****** ***** ** **** as **** ******* *********.
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*** ******** ***** *** ~$*,*** ******, ******* *********'* ************* ****(~$*,***-*,***) ***********'* *-****** ** ***********.

Physical ********

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Stream ***** [Updated, August 2016]

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**** *********** *** ***** ******* ****** ** ***** ** ****** without *****, ********* ********, *******, *********, *****, *****, *** ******* Optix.

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***** ******* *** ******** *** ********* ****** *** ******, *** generally **** ***** *** **** **** ** *** "******" ******* panoramas, **** **** ****** *********** ******* **** *** **** **** dewarping, ****** **********:

*********** ***-******

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"Panomersive" *******

***** **** ****** *********** *** ***** *******, ***** *** **** released ** *** ** ********** *** ********* *******, ***** **** call "***********." **** *********** ****** ***** ** ***** ** * full ***/***/*** ******** (********* ** ******) *** ********** **** **** angle *** ****.

** ****, *** **** *****-***** *** ************ ******** **** ***** features *** ********* ********, ***** ** ******** ******* * ****** developed ** ***** ********** *** ******* ******** ******. *****'* *** VideoXpert *** ******** ****** ** ** ******* *.*.

**** ****** *** ** **** ** **** **** *** **** at * ****, **** **** ****'* **** ************* ************. **** is **** ***** ** *** *** *** ***** ** *** 2x2 ****, **** ******** ******* **** *****:

******:** ******* *, ***** ********* ********* *** ******, **** *** camera *** ********* ** *** ***** ****** ******* ** *****, and ********* ******* **********. **** ******* ***** *** ****** *****: warped ********, ****** (**** ******* *** *******), *** **** ********.

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

***** ******* ****** **** ******** ***** ****** *** ***** (*****, Nx *******) ** **** ** ****** ******* (*******, *********), *** was ****** ** ******* ** ******** ******* ******. ** *****, Milestone, *** ******* (****** ************), **** *** ******* *** **** for *** ***** ********. ***** ************ ******* * ******* *** each *******.

*** ***** ***** ***** *** ****** ** *** ** ***** prior ** ***** *********** ** *** ****** ***, **** ***** placed **** ** *** ******* ** ******* *** **** ********.

Image *******

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

** ****** *** ****** ******* *******'* ************* **** ****, *** Panasonic **-****** ** **** *** ** ******** ** ***** *** panoramic *******, ** **** ** *** **** ***** ** **** its *********** ******** ** ****** ****** ******.

*** ***** ***** ***** *** **** *** ** *** ***** Optera:

*** ****** ******** ******* ****** ** **** *** ******* *** chart **** *******'* ****, ****** **** ********** **** ****** ** the *******'* **** **** *** **** ***** *********** ******. *** Panasonic ********* ******** **** ***** *** *** **** ***** *******.

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

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

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Bandwidth **********

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**** **** *** **** ***** ******** ***** ~*** **/* ** the **** *** ** *** ****-****** ****** ** *** ***** and ******* ******* ** **** *****. **** ******* ** ~*.* Mb/s ***** ********** *** *** **** ******* (*** ********** *** differences ** **** ******'* ***), **** ***** **** ***** ******* tested.

Test **********

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Comments (26)

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***, * **** **** ***** *******. ** ***** **!!! *** Hee!

"**** ******,***** **** *** ****** ******* *******, ******* *** ******** *********** ** *** *** *****-****** **** vs *******'*."

****!

"******" ****** ****** ** ********* ******* (*** **** *** *** right) ***** *** ** ******* **** ** * ****** ****** for **** ******."

****! ****.....

[* ***** ** *** **** ****** **** **** ** ** every ****** ************ ***** ****.."*** *** ** **** **** ***** concept *** **** ** ** ** **** ********** ***?"]

*'** ********* / ***** ***** *** **** **** ** *** send *** * ********** *******, *** *** **** ******, **** ONVIF. ***** ***** ** * ********* / ********** **********, *** I ***** ** *** ********** *** **** *** ******* *** the * *******. **'* **** *****.

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********:

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@*********** *, * ***** ** ** * **** ***-******* ********* and ******** *****.

** ****** **** **** ** **** **** ** *** ******* to **** *** ***** ****** *****. ** *** **** *** generic **** **** ***, *** ******* ** ***-********** ***, *** would *** *** ****** ***** ******* ** *** *** **** dewrapped *** *******.

** ******** ** *****’* *** ***, ********** *** ******* ******, Milestone *** ******* ********** **** *** ****** ****** **** **** you *** ** *** **** ***** *****. ******* *** ******** or ***** ** ******* *** ***********. ***** ** ********* ** be ** *** *** ** *** **** *** *** ***** main *** ******* *** ****** ***** *** * ***’* **** details ** *** **** ***.

*** ****** *** **** ** **** ****** *** ******, *** easiest *** ** **** *** *********** ***** ***** ** ***** Digital ****** ******* *.**.*** ** *********** ****** ******* *.*.*.*. ** comes **** * **** ****** ******* ** ***** ** ** software ** ********* **** *** *******. *** *********** ****** ** a ********** ****** ******* *** **** ** ************ *** ** wouldn’t ** *********, **** **** ****.

**** ***, *********** ***** ********.

**'* **** ****** * **** *** *** ***** *******, *** in *** ***** ***** *** ****** * ****** *** *****? Can ******, **** * ******** **** ** *****, ******* ***?

**** *** **. ***'* ******** ** **** *******. **** *** it.

*** ***** * **** ** ****** ** * **** *********** to ****** *** ***** **** * ***** *** ** ******* 180 *** *** ** **** **** ***** ********? **** **** would ** *** ********** **** *** ***** ****** **** ******** a ********* ****** ** ****? ***, *** *** *** ****** pixel ******* ** * *** **** **** *** ********** *******, but *****, *** **** *** ** *******? *** **** ****** to *** *** **** ******* **** ** **** ******* ***** a ****** ***** ** *********** ** ****. **** ****** * lot ** ***** ** *** ***** *******.... *********, *** *** a ***** ********? *** *** ***** ******** ****** **** *** if ***** **** ********* ** ********** ** *** ******* **** development ******* **** ** **********? *** ********** ****** *** **** a ******* **** ****?

* ****, ****'* **** ******* * *** ******** *** *********** they ********* ******* *** ********** ** *** ****** ** ***** the ***** ****** **** *** **** *** *** ******* ** the ****.

@*********** *, * ***** ** ** * **** ********** ********* and ******** *****.

********.

******* **** *****, **** ** *** *******:

****** ******* *** ******** ********** *.* ********** ** ******** *** images **** **** ** *** **** ******* *** **** ********** stitch *** ***** **** ** *** ********** ** ******* *** with * *******, ********** ********.

****, *** **** * ******** ********** **** *** ******* ************* ** **** * *******, ********** ********.*** *** ****** ** ********** * *** *****, ***** *** or *** *** ** ********, ********* ** **** ****** ********.

****** ********** *.* *** ** ******. ***** **** **** ********** reside? ** *** ****** *** *** ******? ******* *** ********** it ****** **** ** *** ******.

*** ******* *** ************* ******, ***** ** *** ***** ** client ******* ** *********. * ****** **** **** ******* ** intensive, ****'* *** **'* ***** *********, *** *** * ** paying *** **** *** ******, ***** **** *******, *** ********** (including ********** ********) ** **** ** *** ******.

"****** ********** *.* *** ** ******"

********** ** ***** ******* ********* **** *** **** *** *******, both *** ****** *** *****-****** *******.

** *** **** ************** ** *** ********, * *****. * am *** ** **** ******* ** *** ********* ***** **** client **** ** * ** ***** ****** * ******.

** ** ***** ** ***** *********, ** ************** ** *** it **:

**** * ******** ********** *******, *** *** **** ******, *** those ***** **** ** *** ******* *** ***** ***. **** will **** * '*******' ********** *** ***** (****** ***) *** do *** **** ********* ***** *** ***** ***, ********* ********** most ***** *** ***** *****.

**** * ******** ********** *******...

***** ** ***** **** *** ****************, ** ***** *** ***** ** ******* **** ******** ***** dewarping.

*****, *'* ******** ***** **** ** * ****** **** *** camera ** ***** *** ******* ** ********* ** ***** ****. Why ** **** ** *** ****** *** **** ** *** client? ** *** ****** *** *** *******, **** *** ****** could ** ** ***, **?

@*****, *** *** ********* ******** ** ** *** *** ***** processing ** *** ****** **********?

****, * *** ** ******* **, *** ***** *** *** exact *********** ****** ** *** *** "******" ******* ******? *** they **** ********* **?

**** ** *** ******** **** *** ****** ** *** **** subject ** *** ******* ******* *****? ******!

***** **', * *******. *'* **** ** ****** *****, *** at *** ***** ***** **'* ******** * ***** ** *** about **'.

** ****, ** ***** ** **** ** *** *** ******* those ******* **** *** ***** *** ******* ******-**

**** ** *** *** ******** *****, *** ******* *********** *********.

****!

** *** ********* ** * **** ** *** ******* *****-****** and ****** ** ******* ** *** **** ****.

*****'*!!

******:** ******* *, ***** ********* ********* *** ******, **** *** camera *** ********* ** *** ***** ****** ******* ** *****, and ********* ******* **********. **** ******* ***** *** ****** *****: warped ********, ****** (**** ******* *** *******), *** **** ********.

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