Panasonic’s New Panoramic 4K Ultra 360 Cameras Equipped With Fish-Eye Lens

The i-PRO Ultra 360 panoramic indoor and outdoor cameras are the first in Panasonic’s series of 4K video surveillance cameras.

The next generation of surveillance cameras are here. Helping to usher in this new era of video products is the electronics manufacturer Panasonic and its Newark, N.J.-based Systems Communications Company of North America division.

Panasonic’s new i-PRO Ultra 360 Panoramic indoor camera and its IP66-rated outdoor 360-degree camera are said to be the first within a line of products that utilize the company’s 12-megapixel (MP) sensor and 4K Ultra HD engine technologies. 

According to the company, the cameras produce 9MP (3K x 3K) images at 15fps, 4MP images at 30fps, and the cameras’ 12MP image sensors deliver high sensitivity at less than 0.4 lux for sharp color and black and white images. 

Other features include camera display modes such as Fish-Eye, Single Panorama, Double Panorama, Single PTZ, Quad PTZ and Quad Stream, and through the inclusion of Panasonic’s Super Chroma Compensation (SCC) and Auto Back Focus (ABF) features, the cameras are able to maintain color fidelity and clarity in day or night conditions.

In addition, the i-PRO (WV-SFN480) and IP66 (WV-SFV481) also come equipped with advanced analytic options to provide system owners with information relating to occupant movement.

Later this year Panasonic says it will release an add-on to its Surveillance Software Suite to allow the cameras to heat map and provide a history of movement that indicates traffic patterns and dwell time.

The cameras’ on-board processors have the ability to encode up to two H.264 streams simultaneously, with options for two JPEG modes.

The WV-SFV481 outdoor 360-degree camera features an anti-shock, vandal resistant IK10-rated chassis that also complies to IP66 standards The WVSFV481 carries an MSRP of $2,431 and the companion indoor WV-SFN480 carries an MSRP of $1,924.

360 degrees in 4K is a big step for the company, and we expect to see more 4K surveillance cameras from Panasonic in the future.

Robert Archer is product editor for Commercial Integrator, SSI‘s sister publication.

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