Vivotek 20MP Multi-Imager Tested

By: Rob Kilpatrick, Published on May 30, 2019

Vivotek has released their latest repositionable multi-imager camera, the MA9321-EHTV, a 20 MP model claiming "Supreme Night Visibility", "Optimal Image Quality in High Contrast Environments" and more.

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We bought and tested this new model to see how it performs, examining:

  • How does it perform in full light (~300 lux), low light, ~(2 lux), and dark scenes (~0.01 lux)?
  • How flexible is imager positioning?
  • How does it compare in size to competitive multi-imagers?
  • How do H.265 and H.264 day and night bitrates compare?
  • How well does it integrate to third party VMSes (Avigilon, Exacq, Genetec, Milestone and NxWitness)?
  • How many VMS licenses does it use?

This is the latest in a series of new repositionable multi imager testing. Readers should also see our tests of the Axis P3717-PLE, Dahua's Multi-Flex 4x2MP, Hanwha's PNM-9000VQ, Hikvision PanoVu 20MP, and Panasonic's 32MP WV-X8570N. Coming up we plan to test Avigilon's H4 multi sensor and put these cameras head to head in a shootout.

******* *** ******** ***** latest ************** *****-****** ******, the******-****, * ** ** model ******** "******* ***** Visibility", "******* ***** ******* in **** ******** ************" and ****.

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** ****** *** ****** this *** ***** ** see *** ** ********, examining:

  • *** **** ** ******* in **** ***** (~*** lux), *** *****, ~(* lux), *** **** ****** (~0.01 ***)?
  • *** ******** ** ****** positioning?
  • *** **** ** ******* in **** ** *********** multi-imagers?
  • *** ** *.*** *** H.264 *** *** ***** bitrates *******?
  • *** **** **** ** integrate ** ***** ***** VMSes (********, *****, *******, Milestone *** *********)?
  • *** **** *** ******** does ** ***?

**** ** *** ****** in * ****** ** new ************** ***** ****** testing. ******* ****** **** see *** ***** ** the**** *****-***,*****'* *****-**** *****,******'* ***-******,********* ****** ****, ************'* **** **-******. ****** ** ** plan ** ************'* ** ***** ********* *** ***** ******* head ** **** ** a ********.

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***** ** *** *****, the ******-**** *** ******* key *********:

  • ***** **** ***** ******:*** ****** ******** ****** than ******* ******* ** well *** ****** (~*** lux *** **), **** subjects ****** ******* *** facial ******* ****** ************.
  • ***** **** ******* ********:*.*** ******** **** ***** than **** *********** **** models *** *********'* ***** ****** *** smart *****.
  • ***** *** ***********:*.*** *** *.*** ********* and ************* ** **** as ****** **** *** were ********* ** *****, Genetec, *********, *** ******* Optix *****. *** ****** did *** ******* ** Avigilon ******* ****** ********** of ********.

*******, ** ***** ***** than ****-*** ******, ***** were *** *** ******* problems:

  • **** *** ***** ***********:** *** ***** (~* lux), *** ****** ******** rough ******* *******, *** much ******* ******** ** daytime ******, ***** ** darker (~*.* ***) ******, no ****** ****** ** the ******* ** **** chart **** ********.
  • ******* ** ***** ******* WDR:******* ****** *********, *** camera ****** *** ******* details *************. ******* ** dimmer ***** ** *** scene **** ******.

Integrated ** ***** *********, *** *** ********

**** **** ******* *** announced * *** ************** model ***** **** ******** integrated **, *** ******-****, but ** ** *** yet *********. ******* ******* this ******* ** **** in ****** ****.

*******

*** ******* ******-**** ***** for ~$*,*** *** ******. This ******* ** ***** than **** **** ******, such ** ******'* ***-****** (~$2,000 ******), *** ****** than ******, *.*., ********* PanoVu **** (~$*,*** ******, also ******** ********** **).

Size **********

*** ******-**** ** ******* than **** ***** ***** imager ******, **** ******** taller **** *** **** P3717-PLE, *** ******* ** diameter **** **** *** Axis ***** *** ******'* PNM-9000VQ.

Size Comparison

Physical ******** / ****** ***********

*** ****** ** ******* in ************ ** ***** models ******. ******* **** simple ** ********, ****** moved *** **** ** place ** ********, *** could *** ** ********** more ******* **** ~**-**° to **** *****, ******** limiting ***********.

Strong ******** ******* / **** *** ***** *******

** *** *****, *** MA9321 ******** ****** ******* details ** ***** *****, with ******* ******** **** exposed *** *-* ******* test ***** *****. ***** facial ******* *** ********* in ***** *****, ~* lux, ****** ****** ****** moderately *****, **** *** chart ***********. *******, ** very *** ***** (~*.* lux), ** ****** ****** are ********, **** *** subject ************.

Day Night Image Detail Comparison

WDR ***********

** ****** *** ******'* WDR *********** ** ******* of ~*,*** *** **** an ****** *** ** ~45, * ******** ** ~44x, ***** ****:

WDR Test FOV

******* *** ******* *******, facial ******* *** *******, but ************* ***********. ** the ****** **** **** to *** **** (~** lux), *** *******'* **** is ****** ************.

WDR Performance

Broad *** ***********

*** ******-****'* *.***, *.***, and ****** **** *** integrated **** *****, *******, Milestone, *** ******* *****, working ******** ** *** four *****. *******, ** were ****** ** *** the ****** ** ******** Control ****** ** ***, regardless ** ********.

*** ****** ** ******** required ******, **** ***** and ********* ***** **** one ******* ******* *** all **** ********, ***** Genetec ******** *. ******* Optix **** * ******* licenses, **** *** ***** channel ********* *** *** channels *-* ***** *** other.

Chart2

**** ** *** ** the *** "******" ******* 1 ** * ******** device **** *-*, ** it ****** ** *** from *** ****** ** its ****** ****, ****** other ***** ****** ****** we **** ******.

Nx Witness 2 Channel Licenses Required

*********

******-**** ******** **** ********** low ** *** ******, with ******** ***** **** some *********** *****-****** ******, such ********'* ***-***********-******, *** ******* ** others, **** ***********'* ****** ****.

**** **** ******** ** very *** ***** ******* significantly ******** ** ~* lux ******, ** *** camera *** *** ******* usable ******, **** *** details *** ********* **** unavailable.

***** ************ **** ***** with ***** ****** *** enabled, **** ******** ****** in *** ***** (******** walking ** ***** *****). Dynamic *** *** *******, but ******* *** *** not.

Bitrate comparison

Sample ******

** ****** *** ****** in ****** *** ******* scenes ** ******* ********* configuration ******.

*****, ** ** ****** warehouse, *** ****** *** set ** ** ***** areas ** ********, **** an ****** ****** ** moderately ** ***** *** entrance/exit ***** ** **** as ****** *****, ******* viewing *******, ****, *** work *****, *** *** turned ** ******** **** to **** *** **** open ******** ****. *******, the **** ****** *** set ** ***** *** rest ** *** ****'* lower ******** *****.

*** ****** ******* *** entire ***** ******* ********** blindspots, ****** *** ********** imagers' **** ********* ******* 2 *** * **** both ***** ******* ** corridor **** ** *** the ******/**** ****, ** their ***** ********* ******** in **** ** *******.

********, *** ****** *** configured **** *** ******* in ******** ****, ** cover * ****/**** ****** area ******* *** ******** as **** ** *** entrance/exit *****, ***** ***** viewing ******* *** ******. The ********* *** ******* were **** ** *:* to ***** ****** ******* areas.

Country ** ******

*** ******-**** *** **** in ******.

Test **********

******* **** ****** ***** default ******** **** **** adjustments:

  • ***** ****** *** *** Dynamic *** **** *******
  • ******* *** *** ******** to ****** * ***** frame **** *** ******* and ********* *********
  • ***** *** *** ** "Fixed *******" **** * setting ** "****" *** no ******* ***
  • *** *** (**** ***) was ******* ****** *** scenes

******* ***** *** *** to * ******* ** 1/30s.

******** ******* ******-****-***** *** used ** **** ****, the ****** ********* ** the **** ** *******.

Comments (22)

* **** **** **** 30 ** ***** ** various **** ******* *** approval. ********** **** **** and *** ******* *********. Vivotek *** ***** ***** sensor ******* *** ***** integrations. **** ********* **** how ** ******* **** well **** *** *************.

**** ********* **** *** to ******* **** **** with *** *************.

****** ***:

**** ** **** ** an ******** ***** ****** due ** ****-******** ** Onvif.

****** **** ** ** an ******** *****. ***, "You **** *** * $15k *********" *** *** party *******. ***. **** $15k ********* ** **** unlocks ******** ** ***** an "**** ********."

*** ***'* **** ** buy *** ********* *** 3rd ***** ******* **** Avigilon. **** ********* ********* fairly ****, ** ***** with ******-****** *******. *****-******* are **** *********, *** still ********* ****.

**** ***** ****, **** do *** **** *** integrations **** ********* ***** ********* *******, *** **** *********** **** ** * VMS *******, ****** **** **** Exacq, *******, *********, *** Network *****. ** **'* not ** ****** **** this ************* **** ** addressed.

*********** "*********" ***** ******* has **** ** **** cameras *** ****.

*** **** ******* **** they **** *** ****?

* ****** ***** *** exact ******. *** **** make/made **** **** **** ptzs *** **** *** them. *** *********** ** minimum *+ ***** ***.

**** ******** *** *+ years. *** ******* ******* Fisheyes *** ** **** in-house. **** ***** ******* or * ** ******* BS.

*** *'* ********* ** my ***** *** ******* of *** ******* **. Not ******, **********.

** ***** **** *** helped **** ** **** they **** **** ** cameras *** ********. ***, and ** *** ****. Thus *** *********** "*********."

** **** ****** ******** doesn't ************ **'* ******* (besides *** ******* *** IR ***) ** ***** but *** **** *** name ***** *******. **** either ****** ** *** have ** **** **** your ******* *****.

*** * **** ********* every ******* ** ********'* cameras ** ***** **** the ******** **** *******. Looking ******* ** **** response.

* ***** **** **** make *** ***** *******. If * *** *** clear ***** **** **** I *** ********** *** misinterpretation *** **** ***** be ** ***** *** not ***** *****. ** that ** *** **** then * *********.

*********** "*********" ***** ******* has **** ** **** cameras *** ****.

***** **** ******* ******* the ******* *** ** PTZ *** *** ****** are **** ** *******?

*******, **** *** *******, the ******** ***** *** built ******** ** ********.

* ******* *** $*** appliance *** *** ********* to ** *** **** that **** ******** ********* to ********* ****** ** third ***** *******. *** are ***** *********** ** you ***** ** ***** a $*** ****** ** record ***** ***** *******.

***** ******* ***** **** an ***** “**********” *** does *** ***** ***** profiles **** ***. ** Avigilon ******** *** ********** is ***** **** ** should **** *** **** an *****, **?

*** ****** ** ****** on *****'* ******* ** Profile * **********.

** *** *******, ******, while ******* * *** typically ********** **** ***'** get ****** ********* **** a ****** ******* ******, multi-channel ******* *** *** or ****. **'** **** issues **** ***** ***** using *****, ** ****. We **** *** ***** for ******* ** **** issue, ********, ******* *****-****** is ********* ****** **** it's ** *****.

*****,

*** ***** ** **** picture *****’* **** **, but *** ************* ***** does, *** ***** * UL ******* ** ***** ?

******** **, ***** ** no ** *******. *** Intertek ** *** ****. I ******* *** *** and *** ************* **** came **** **, ** well. *'** *** ******* for *******.

**** ** ****** *** Pictures **** *** ******* or ** ** *** a "*********" ****** ** 4 ** * ******* ??? :( ...

** **** *** ******. Stitching ** ********* **** used ** ***** *****-****** models (***° ** ***°). Because *** ******* ** this *** ***** ************** models *** ** *****, and ***** ** ****** to ** **** *** overlap ** ***** ******* are **********, **** ***'* stitch.

******* *** ******* **** pointed *** **** *** MA9321-EHTV ****** *** **** one ******* *** *** four ********, *** ** our ******* ** **** four. **** *** ** due ** ***** * pre-release******** ****** *.********. ** *** ******** to ********** ********* ***** and **** ****** **** our ********.

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