Panasonic Aero PTZ – Extreme Performance under Extreme Conditions
Extreme Performance under Extreme Conditions
The Panasonic Aero PTZ was recently introduced and its feature set includes all of the above, and a lot of other bonuses thrown in. There is no doubt that this camera is one of the best, if not the best in all-weather outdoor surveillance cameras.
Outdoor surveillance cameras are a different breed of video cameras. Depending on their location, they should be able to handle temperatures from arctic to desert weather. The cameras should be able to work during storm conditions, with high humidity, blinding snow and rain. In most instances, the cameras also have to have capable of functioning even in zero visibility conditions. Besides that there are other bonuses to consider.
The Aero PTZ is designed to be rugged, durable and deliver high-performance numbers. To do that, it starts with a full HD video camera, 360-degree by 90 degree panning, with 30x optical zoom, with an optional long range IR-LED lighting capable of up to 500 feet in low- to no-light conditions.
In terms of working environments, it can operate from arctic cold to desert hot conditions. It has a builtin wiper for snow and rain, an internal heater, as well as a defroster. It is also dust and water resistant. It is also designed to be wind-resistant at up to 134mph winds.
This surveillance camera can be placed on ships, piers, ports, bridges, and mountains. As long as there is power and a network connection, it can be left to the elements.
• 360 degree view, +/- 90 degree tilt
• All-weather, extreme temperature capable
• High-speed wind capable
• Redundant anti-shake and vibration features
• Builtin wiper, internal heater, view lens defroster
• Water- and dust-resistant
• HD 1080p 60fps video
• Still thinking about it
Panasonic Aero PTZ Specification
With this camera, Panasonic tries to stamp its class, and launched an all-weather solution for outdoor surveillance. The video is in full 1080p 60fps HD. With its 30x optical zooming, videos would still be clear at maximum magnification. Unlike digital zooming, there is no pixellation. What you have is a clear view of the image. For 35mm still cameras, the 30x optical zoom is equivalent to a 15-450 mm lens.
It is encased in a spherical shell with 360-degree continuous panning, and +/- 90-degrees tilt, which is aerodynamic and designed to withstand up to 60m/s wind load durability during operations, and up to 80m/s for non-destructive. The spherical and rounded surface creates a low profile for low wind drag. The lightweight fiberglass body is durable and corrosion resistant especially to sea spray. On top of the low wind-drag factor, it also has a Video Stability Augment System (SAS) which provides additional image stability. This helps ensure that even in storm conditions, the video image is sharp and clear. Not content with that, Panasonic also a gyro-sensor to dampen shakes and vibrations. This may seem like an overkill, but the redundant features add up to a sturdy platform for all-weather visibility.
For night visibility, it offers low- to no-light capability with the help of long-range IR-LED lighting. This allows the camera to capture video in zero light at up to 500 feet away.
For snow and heavy rain, it has a wiper. It has an operating temperature range of -50 degrees to 55 degrees Celsius (-58 degrees to 131 degrees Fahrenheit). For cold weather conditions, it has a builtin heater to keep the electronics performing at optimal temperatures. It also has a defroster for the viewing lens. This makes suer the camera is able to perform with no hindrance, even in adverse environmental conditions.
Although it is not meant to be used underwater, Panasonic Aero PTZ has been rated to IP67 Ingress Protection (IP) standards. It is also NEMA 4X compliant, and conforms to IK10 condition requirements. It is dust-resistant, and water-resistant. That means the camera can withstand a dunk in water, and used in rain conditions, but it cannot be used underwater.
Panasonic Aero PTZ covered all the bases for all-weather, adverse conditions. In sleet, snow, rain, low temperatures or even in high temperature desert conditions, this camera will deliver crisp, clear and sharp images. The technology put in place in this camera is state-of-the-art.
Panasonic Aero PTZ is a camera which answers environmental use cases. With a wide operating temperature range, there are very few places on earth which this camera cannot be used. The night-vision capabilities are top of the line. It will take a lot more external help to pull off night vision beyond a distance of 500 feet. The anti-shake measures are almost redundant.
There are few things that this camera does not have. If anyone were to ask for 4K video, Panasonic would have added that feature. However, the state-of-the-art of surveillance cameras is still in HD. Ultra-HD will have to wait till the next iteration. As it is, the video is 1080p 60fps. This means that on playback, it can show half-speed slow motion video. There is less blurring of the video.
Camera shake has been lessened to a great degree. First, the case is aerodynamic, and can be used at up to 134mph winds. The camera has SAS video stabilization, as well as a gyro-sensor for better stability. It also makes use of optical zooming. These are well-thought out features to be able to see the best image in even the worst conditions.
Panasonic has a few consumer cameras which have 30x optical zoom. Incorporating this technology into their surveillance cameras is a logical choice. Coupled with a 500-feet low-light range, that is like taking a 450mm telephoto image of something 150 meters away. Again, this is not a camera you would put outside a factory. This is something you would put a little ways away from the gate of a port warehouse.
All of the above features point to a camera with a specific answer to a problem. One aim of surveillance is to take videos of an area, and in total darkness, record a car as far as 150 meters away. From the video, operators should be able to take a still image and show the driver of the car. Throw in some rain or snow, for added degree of difficulty. In all probability, this camera is up to the task.