Wide Angle vs 360 Panoramic Camera Tested

By Ethan Ace, Published Jul 30, 2013, 12:00am EDT

When covering a wide area, you may want to choose between a wide angle 'traditional lens' and a 360 panoramic camera. Independently, we have been testing panoramic cameras and wide angle domes. In this note, we compare the two options head to head.

We matched up the FoV of an 134° Axis M3006 camera vs a 360° Axis M3007, 2 cameras from the same series of the same manufacturer, to isolate what the difference in FoV angle meant.

This image shows both cameras, located in the center of the room, at about 9':

M3006 Wide Angle vs. M3007 Panoramic

At 10' range, the M3006 delivers clearer details of our subject and test chart, with the chart legible down to line 4/5. Due to dewarping, the subject is also stretched wider in the M3007.

At 20', details become less clear in both cameras, with the M3006 still showing more lines of the chart. The stretching of the subject in the M3007 is more pronounced, as well.

If you care about details, the panoramic clearly, but not massively, reduces them and should be avoided. However, if you are OK with getting an overview of activity in a larger area, the panoramic camera will do so at lower total cost.

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