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Panasonic debuts its i-PRO SmartHD WV-SW395 outdoor, weather-proof dome camera

Panasonic System Networks Company of America has announced an outdoor, weather-proof version of the company’s Super Dynamic HD network dome camera. The new i-PRO SmartHD WV-SW395 dome camera is designed for outdoor use and features a built-in fan/heater/sun shield for temperature ranges of -40°C to +50°C (-40°F to 122°F).

The new camera is IP66 rated for water and dust resistance and is also equipped with a dehumidification device.

The new weather-proof WV-SW395 dome camera, as with the indoor version, provides feature-rich pan-tilt-zoom control (PTZ), auto-tracking of 720p high-definition (HD) images and full-frame 1280x960-pixel images at up to 30 images per second. It also provides multiple H.264 (High profile) and JPEG video streams for simultaneous real-time monitoring and high-resolution recording. PTZ control features include a full 360-degree field of view, separated into eight thumbnail images taken at 45-degree intervals. Clicking on any thumbnail easily directs the PTZ camera.

“The new outdoor WV-SW395 dome camera gives end-users, designers and integrators the ability to fashion a fully intelligent HD system with consistent design and functionality,” said Bill Taylor, president of Panasonic System Networks Company of America. “It’s a high-efficiency product solution that complements the power of network-based video surveillance implementations.”

The new i-PRO SmartHD WV-SC395 outdoor dome camera uses Panasonic's UniPhier LSI chip (H.264 high-profile format) to combine HD video and real-time video streaming at a lower data size. A new 1.3-megapixel MOS image sensor enables high sensitivity and lower power consumption.

To increase user system options, the camera is Open Network Video Interface (ONVIF) compliant, while system migration is more easily facilitated with the H.264 or MPEG-4 selectable format. Super Dynamic and Adaptive Black Stretch (ABS) technologies combine to deliver 128x wide dynamic range. Face Super Dynamic ensures clear images of faces, and a face-detection function detects the position of human faces and sends the information by XML or video stream.

The WV-SW395’s industrial grade PTZ mechanism features up to 64 pre-set positions. Auto-tracking enables automatic pan and tilt to follow a moving subject and keep it in the center of the image. An auto-flip function enables panning from 0 to 360 degrees. A new “Drag and Zoom” operation and 16-speed user-friendly graphical user interface (GUI) provide enhanced PTZ
control. There are 256 speeds available when using the camera with Panasonic's WV-CU950 Universal System Controller (with video management software WV-ASM100).

Video Motion Detector (VMD) has four programmable detection areas, 15 steps of sensitivity and 10 steps of detection size. Privacy zone can mask up to eight private areas. Full duplex bi-directional audio allows interactive communication between the camera and monitoring site. An 18x optical zoom combines with a 12x digital zoom to enable 216x zoom (in VGA resolution, 36x extra optical zoom combines with 12x digital zoom for 432x zoom). Day/night function provides low-light sensitivity of 0.5 lux in color and 0.06 lux (B/W) at f1.6 (wide). Adaptive Digital Noise Reduction (2D-DNR and 3D-DNR integration) ensures reduced noise and motion blur in various conditions. Progressive scan delivers clear images without motion blur or tearing, and H.264 full-frame-rate video can be recorded using an SD/SD-HC Memory Card.


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