Smart IR Panoramic Camera Tested

By: Ethan Ace, Published on Oct 10, 2014

Panoramic cameras are overwhelmingly quite bad in low light.

Now, manufacturers are starting to add IR to them. We tested the Hikvision panoramic IR earlier this year.

Now, Vivotek has released the FE8181, which claims improvements such as more LEDs and Smart IR.

Here is a snapshot from our tests showing the unit in day and night operation:

 

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Comments (12)

Are there any vandal resistant cameras suitable for outdoor with fisheye/ immervision lenses?

Off the top of my head, the Panasonic WV-SW458 which we tested here is both vandal and outdoor rated.

Most are not, but I am sure there are others. One example, the Axis M3007-PV is vandal but not outdoor.

The Sony SNC-HM662 is another outdoor vandal rated camera that uses the Immervision panamorph lens.

Hi, Frank; the ACTi KCM-7911 is an IP66 4MP Hemispheric/1080P Panoramic. We recently introduced the upgrade to this model as the I71 with 5MP (in either mode) and IK10 vandal rating. In addition, we have also released the E919, E921, and E923 IP68/IK10 mini-dome Fisheye cameras (no internal dewarp).

Hi Frank,

Disclaimer I work for Oncam Grandeye.

We have an outdoor version of our Evolution range which is IP66 & IK10 rated: -

http://www.oncamgrandeye.com/security-systems/outdoor-camera/

Scott

Any models with IR ( and outdoor, immervision, vandal resistant)?

The Hikvision IR panoramics we tested here are rated IP66 outdoor and have a vandal model option.

Hi Frank,

VIVOTEK now also has IP66, IK10, 3DNR, Smart IR 5MP fisheye camera - FE8181V. Please see http://www.vivotek.com/fe8181v/.VIVOTEK FE8181V

Thank IPVM for pointing out the image dewarping issue of FE8181 and we've fixed the firmware problem immediately. For those who already purchased FE8181/FE8181V, please download the new firmware at http://www.vivotek.com/fe8181v. Thanks.

Hi David. Thanks for you information. Im wondering about integration with milestone corporate? Is there an integration that supports e-ptz,dewarping, and the different viewlayouts and in the Milestone smartclient?

Thanks.

// Snowman

Hi Snowman,

Thanks for your question and the answer is yes. All VIVOTEK Fisheye cameras have proprietary plugin for Milestone and it can be downloaded at the product page, e.g. http://www.vivotek.com/fe8181/. Please also see the video and understand how to install and use the plugin. Thanks!

David Liu

Samsung has 2 series of panoramic cameras SNF-7010 (3MP) & SNF-8010 (5MP). Each one has an outdoor vandal IP66/IK10 rated model. Milestone has dewarping capabilities with a plugin.

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