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Product Launches: Panasonic i-Pro WV-SC384 and Vivotek FD8131

Take a look at the latest releases from Panasonic and Vivotek, now available for purchase.

Panasonic i-Pro WV-SC384

The WV-SC384 is a new addition to Panasonic’s pan-tilt-zoom SmartHD camera range and is very similar to the WV-SC385 model with the only difference being that it does not have a removable infrared cut filter, meaning the WV-SC384 is more suited to day-time operation only whereas the popular WV-SC385 is true day / night and can be used for 24/7 operation.

Both cameras benefit from features such as Wide Dynamic Range (WDR), on-board SD-card recording for backup and 18x optical zoom, which combined with the HD 720p resolution provides crisp, detailed footage of objects and activity at long distances. The WV-SC384 is available as an indoor unit as well as an outdoor bundle.

The odd thing is that Panasonic has launched the WV-SC384 at a higher price point than the WV-SC385, which you would not expect given the true day/night facility in the latter. We expect this will be corrected over time, at which point this camera will become very attractive indeed in the marketplace.

Vivotek FD8131

Anticipated to become a best-seller very quickly, the new Vivotek FD8131 IP dome camera is a mini design for unobtrusive installation, ideal in places such as offices, restaurants and hotels. For just £264 / €330 you get a package that includes High Definition 720p / 1 megapixel resolution, a varifocal lens (rarely available at this price point) and the facility to record directly onto an on-camera MicroSD card or a NAS box without the need for any additional software. And if this is not the set up you are looking for, you can also use the included recording software for installation on a Windows PC and run the system this way.

The FD8131 ticks a lot of boxes for it to become a big hitter within the smaller scale installation market.

Also new: Axis M1014 Surveillance Kit

As an extension to the recenlty launched Axis M1014 HD network camera, Axis has packaged this up as a M1014 Surveillance Kit, which includes four cameras and Axis Camera Companion software. The kit provides a cost-effective four-camera out-of-the-box solution for capturing good quality HD 720p video with no need for additional software. It’s easy to set up and use, and at £544 / €680, it’s ideal for small business owners and home use.

Published on September 12th, 2012 by Kate Cederholm

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