Warehouse Camera Selection Guide

By: Ethan Ace, Published on May 20, 2015

Warehouses can contain many high-value items yet often do not have people inside them watching for issues.

Expanding on our Camera Selection Guide, we tested a warehouse with different camera types, shown below:

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Comments (4)

Cool test, Ethan!

One question about the left column FOV shown in the ~45' HFOV panel. It appears to be roughly 4:3 aspect ratio, like the SD image.

Since 1080p/720p are 16:9 aspects, is it fair to say that those FOVs would have had less of a VFOV, and looked something like:

If that is the case wouldn't it be possible for the squarer aspect ratio cameras to be able to get face shots, at a closer distance, (assuming Derek continued on his walk), that the 16:9 cameras could not, which would improve their PPF's?

Of course if the 1080p cameras are just crops of a squarer sensor then one could use that. On the other hand some 1080p and 4K cameras are not crops, and therefore would have less VFOV.

Does that make any sense?

Did we test "corridor mode". Seems like it would apply on 1080 cameras down long aisles.

we bought 1 x 360, will never again. just put a stack of $100 90 degree Hik's all over the place...

Better coverage (more points of view, not all of the view from a single location)

far better PPI/PPF whatever

better at covering considerably different light levels (like very warehouse ever, what happens when the door opens)

Resiliancy if one cam falls over for whatever reason

Far easier to put one cam closer to a hot spot as required

What about license costs? Storage? Labor and materials for additional cabling?

All of these need to be weighed as well.

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