Panasonic unveils new network PTZ camera

WV-SC384 features 1.3 megapixel resolution and 288x digital zoom


LAS VEGAS, NV (April 6, 2011) – Panasonic is zooming in on HD performance this week at ISC West with the launch of a new i-PRO network dome camera that combines 1.3 megapixel image resolution with extended zoom operation and full-featured pan/tilt/zoom (PTZ) operation. The new i-PRO SmartHD WV-SC384 1.3MP PTZ captures highly detailed images with 720p HD resolution and 288x digital zoom operation along with the ability to multi-stream full-frame 1280x960-pixel images at up to 30 frames per second. In addition, the unit incorporates a host of performance features including on-board face detection.

"The new WV-SC384 sets a new benchmark in IP camera performance by combining the outstanding resolution of HD imaging technology, enhanced zoom, face detection and multi-streaming compression into a full-featured PTZ dome camera," said Bill Taylor, President, Panasonic System Networks Company of America. "The WV-SC384 camera’s capabilities allow users to view much larger areas in greater detail, while effectively reducing the number of cameras previously required."

The new i-PRO SmartHD indoor WV-SC384 PTZ 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, which helps to conserve bandwidth, while enabling simultaneous real-time monitoring and high-resolution recording. Wide Dynamic Range and Adaptive Black Stretch (ABS) technologies combine to deliver 128x wide dynamic range, while Face Wide Dynamic ensures clear images of faces. A face-detection function detects the position of human faces and sends the information by XML or video stream. To increase user system options, the camera is Open Network Video Interface (ONVIF) compliant, while system migration is more easily facilitated with multiple H.264 (High profile) and JPEG video streams for simultaneous real-time monitoring and high-resolution recording. The feature-rich WV-SC384 also provides exceptional telephoto capabilities enabling deployment of fewer cameras in large areas such as parking lots or warehouses with no loss in detail and features 18x optical zoom.

The PTZ control features on the WV-SC384 include up to 64 pre-set positions and a full 360-degree field of view, separated into eight thumbnail images taken at 45-degree intervals. 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).

The camera’s on-board 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 two private areas. Full duplex bi-directional audio allows interactive communication between the camera and monitoring site. Day/night function provides low-light sensitivity of 0.6 lux in color and 0.5 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.

The WV-SC384 is a companion product to Panasonic’s i-PRO SmartHD WV-SW395 outdoor dome camera and will be available May 2011.

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