In the IP video market there has been a recent influx of 360° hemispheric cameras from manufacturers like Axis, Panasonic and Vivotek. When ceiling-mounted, these cameras can capture an entire room at once and feature integrated distortion correction software to eliminate the distortion associated with extreme wide-angle lenses.
Mobotix, who released the first 360° IP camera back in 2008, have upped their game with the release of the S14 range. Read on for more and a demonstration video…
In mid-2008 Mobotix released the Q22-SEC hemispheric IP camera, featuring a full 360° lens, followed closely by the upgraded Q24-SEC model. These cameras were unique in the marketplace and added further to the discussion about whether megapixel cameras with wider angles of coverage can be used to replace multiple narrower field of view IP cameras.
These models brought in state-of-the-art image de-warping, 4-from-1 video feeds and panoramic overviews and saw VMS suppliers rushing to provide support for these new products.
Cut to 2012 where since this release, Mobotix have almost dominated the market for hemispheric cameras, with little serious competition from mainstream manufacturers. However, this is about to change with the release of the Axis M3007-P series.
We’ve had an exclusive chance to look at the Axis M3007-PV (part number 0515-001) before its launch, and we compare it in part to the Mobotix Q24M-SEC.
At NW Systems we like a good deal. If we find an IP camera with great image quality, tonnes of functionality and a small price tag, we love it, and we make sure other people hear about it. However, every now and again someone will come to us and say they want the best of the best. They want equipment that does everything they could ever need without any compromise.
So, whether you’ve just won the lottery, are installing security cameras for a millionaire or compiling a geeky Christmas list, here we run down the cameras that we would buy if we threw the budget out of the window, and why.
Not content with only having one hemispheric IP camera on the market, Mobotix have released their second 180° (or 360° depending on your angle) high resolution camera – the M24M-SEC-D11.
The M24M range features a wall-mountable, IP66-rated casing with 2-way audio and internal 4Gb microSD card for recording video without any external equipment. Additionally, the D11 features Mobotix’ 11mm wide-angle lens which can capture a full 180° panoramic vision, ideal for monitoring wide open spaces, covering all blind spots.
One drawback common to IP cameras with viewing angles greater than 90° is that the higher the angle covered, the more distorted and squashed the image looks. However, the M24M features Mobotix’ advanced perspective correction software which adjusts the raw images from the camera so that straight edges appear straight.
The PTZ system is also very effective, allowing you to pan in and move around the scene as if you were using a mechanical PTZ camera. Additionally, quad and panoramic views can be set up to only display the angles you need to monitor.
The combination of panoramic view, advanced recording software and outdoor capabilities makes the M24M-SEC-D11 a powerful tool for security surveillance. For more information on the camera, visit our Mobotix M24M-SEC-D11 store page.
This is a new, useful product from Mobotix: the Motobix M24M-SEC-D11 with 180 degree panoramic view.
The camera captures a 180 degree fisheye view and processes the image within the camera to send out a perfectly straight 180 degree panoramic view.
Suitable for both indoor and outdoor use the camera is great for security monitoring of large spaces such as warehouses, yard space, external storage areas and car parks.
This impressive camera offers a frame rate of 30 images per second at VGA resolution (640 x 480 pixels) and 4 images per second in full megapixel, panoramic view mode. The digital pan-tilt-zoom is a useful feature of this camera, allowing you to scan through the live as well as recorded images in detail.
Producing video images of the highest quality, this is a very exciting new product, providing something different and truly useful.
Mobotix are in the process of rolling out new camera models with updated hardware. Their new M24M range adds a range of features over the older M22M which improve the effectiveness of your security installation.
Here are some of the features available:
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The Mobotix Q24M hemispheric IP camera recently scored highly when reviewed by the guys at PC Pro, “We were stunned when we first saw the live view. It’s not just that the image quality is good, it’s what the camera can do with it that’s so impressive.”
The Q24M from Mobotix uses a hemispheric lens to capture a 360 degree, 3 megapixel image. The camera then cleverly uses the circular fisheye image to provide up to four independent views, each with pan, tilt and 8x digital zoom functionality which are digitally corrected for distortion. The result is the image and control you would get from a standard mechanical PTZ camera without missing details or events by recording the complete 360 degree field of view.
All Mobotix cameras are designed to operate as a decentralised surveillance system with all image processing and recording performed by the camera. The Q24M comes with a pre-installed 4GB MicroSD card for a complete surveillance solution.