Panasonic's i-PRO SmartHD cameras capable of real-time face detection

DALLAS, TX (October 12, 2010) - Panasonic System Networks Company of America introduces a new line of i-PRO SmartHD network cameras capable of automatic real-time face detection, enhancing the image of the face to make it stand out more prominently in different lighting conditions. The cameras combine Face Wide Dynamic Range and third generation i-PRO SmartHD technology to detect and recognize faces even with multiple individuals in a frame. The new cameras are ideal for retailers, convenience stores and other business environments where identifying faces is important.

"Our new SmartHD cameras provide high-quality video to enhance functionality, efficiency and reliability of complete video systems," said Bill Taylor, President, Panasonic System Networks Company of America. "These cameras can really make a difference in applications where HD performance is required for details, such as retail entrance environments and viewing license plates in full motion video."

The new line of 6 i-PRO SmartHD network cameras utilizes the Panasonic UniPhier LSI processor for HD image quality and exquisite color reproduction. The H.264 High Profile format uses lower bandwidth with real-time video streaming (up to 30ips). A new 1.3-megapixel MOS image sensor enables high sensitivity (0.3 lux in color) and lower power consumption. The camera series includes both IP box cameras and fixed IP domes.

The i-PRO SmartHD cameras also provide Video Motion Detector (VMD) with four programmable detection areas, 15-step sensitivity level and 10-step detection size with intelligent resolution implemented with the use of system control software such as Panasonic's ASM100. The Privacy Zone function can mask up to two private areas, such as house windows and entrances/exits. The cameras support H.264, MPEG-4 and JPEG video streams and power over Ethernet (PoE; IEEE 802.3af).

Model WV-SF336 is an H.264, 1.3 megapixel Fixed Dome IP camera that provides 1280x960 image size and features simple day/night and Auto Back Focus (ABF) for easier installation and perfect focus in color and black-and-while modes; Model WV-SP306 is the box version and includes true day/night. Model WV-SF335 is an H.264, 1.3 megapixel Fixed Dome IP camera that features simple day/night and focus-assist; Model WV-SP305 is the box camera version.

Rounding out the new line are the WV-SF332 H.264, SVGA/800x600-pixel resolution Fixed Dome IP camera with simple day/night and focus-assist, and Model WV-SP302, the box camera version.

The new line of i-PRO SmartHD cameras also incorporates proven Panasonic features such as Wide Dynamic Range, Adaptive Black Stretch and 3D Digital Noise Reduction. Progressive scan ensures clear images without motion blur or tearing, and H.264 full-frame-rate video can be recorded using an SD/SDHC Memory Card.

For more information, contact Panasonic by calling toll free 1-866-PAN-CCTV (1-866-726-2288) or visiting