Vivotek 20MP Multi-Imager Tested

By Rob Kilpatrick, Published May 30, 2019, 10:38am EDT

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.

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Comments (24)

I have more then 30 of these in various bids waiting for approval.  Absolutely love them and the smaller footprint.  Vivotek has great multi sensor cameras and solid integrations.  They obviously know how to partner very well with VMS manufacturers.

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They obviously know how to partner very well with VMS manufacturers.

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That is more of an Avigilon issue likely due to over-reliance on Onvif.

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Pretty sure it is an Avigilon issue.  AKA, "You must buy a $15k appliance" for 3rd party support.  LOL.  That $15k appliance is what unlocks Avigilon to being an "Open Platform."  

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You don't have to buy any appliance for 3rd party support with Avigilon. They generally integrate fairly well, at least with single-imager cameras. Multi-imagers are less supported, but still generally work.

That being said, they do not list any integrations with Vivotek on their supported devices, nor does Vivotek list them as a VMS partner, though they list Exacq, Genetec, Milestone, and Network Optix. So it's not so likely that this compatibility will be addressed.

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Interesting "agreement" since Vivotek has made so many cameras for them.

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How many cameras have they made for them?

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I cannot share the exact number.  But they make/made more then just ptzs and 360s for them.  The partnership is minimum 8+ years old.

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Been partners for 9+ years.  All cameras besides Fisheyes and IR PTZs in-house.  Post Model numbers or I am calling BS.

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Hey I'm trembling in my shoes the thought of you calling bs.  Not really, whatsoever.

My point that you helped make is that they make alot of cameras for avigilon.  Now, and in the past.  Thus the interesting "Agreement."

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So your saying Avigilon doesn't manufacturer it's cameras (besides the fisheye and IR PTZ) in house but you will not name model numbers.   Your either lieing or you have no idea what your talking about.

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BTW I have basically every version of Avigilon's cameras in house from the JPEG2000 line forward. Looking forward to your response.

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I never said they make all their cameras.  If I was not clear about that then I can understand the misinterpretation and that would be my fault for not being clear.  If that is the case then I apologize.

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Interesting "agreement" since Vivotek has made so many cameras for them.

Again what cameras besides the fisheye and IR PTZ are you saying are made by Vivotek? 

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Fisheye, only the housing, the internal parts are built directly at Avigilon.

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I believe the $15k appliance you are referring to is the unit that adds Avigilon analytics to somewhere around 60 third party cameras.  You are badly misinformed if you think it takes a $15k device to record third party cameras.

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These cameras specs show an ONVIF “compliance” but does not state which profiles they are. If Avigilon reliance for connection is ONVIF then it should have not been an issue, no?

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The camera is listed on ONVIF's website as Profile S conformant.

In our testing, though, while Profile S has typically guaranteed that you'll get proper streaming from a single channel device, multi-channel devices are hit or miss. We've seen issues with other VMSes using ONVIF, as well. We will ask ONVIF for comment on this issue, actually, because multi-imager is prevalent enough that it's an issue.

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Ethan,

 

the label in your picture doesn’t show UL, but the specification sheet does, was there a UL sticker on these ?

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Actually no, there is no UL sticker. Nor Intertek or the like. I checked the box and the documentation that came with it, as well. I'll ask Vivotek for comment.

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Does it stitch the Pictures from the sensors or do we get a "panoramic" spread on 4 or 5 screens ??? :( ...

 

 

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It does not stitch. Stitching is typically only used in fixed multi-imager models (180° or 360°). Because the imagers of this and other repositionable models may be moved, and there is likely to be gaps and overlap in where cameras are positioned, they don't stitch.

 

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Genetec and Vivotek have pointed out that the MA9321-EHTV should use only one license for all four channels, but in our testing it used four. This may be due to using a pre-release Security Center 5.8 license. We are updating to production licensing today and will update with our findings.

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Update: After additional testing with an updated license, we confirmed that the Vivotek camera did only require a single license in Genetec. We've updated the chart and the report accordingly.

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Update:

Added a section on VMD performance. The Vivotek MA9321-EHTV does not include intrusion detection, we tested the performance of VMD and the camera alerted on the simplest of false alarm sources in the scene, such as blinking lights from switch ports.

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