Newark, NJ—Panasonic System Communications Company of North America is shipping the first of its new True 4K cameras, which feature a 12 megapixel 4K Ultra HD image sensor. The cameras produce a 12MP image at 15 frames per sec and a 4K/2K image at 30 fps. The enhanced resolution of True 4K can cover a four times wider view compared to a 1080p Full HD camera.
The True 4K cameras also employ custom-built optics with 6x optical zoom and 4K optical performance as well as True 4K wide coverage. Models include outdoor vandal dome (WV-SFV781L) and outdoor vandal fixed (WV-SPV781L) units.
“Bringing the new 4K cameras to market with the sharpest images is groundbreaking for Panasonic and our value-added resellers,” said Charlie Hare, Panasonic’s National Category manager, Security and Mobile Video Solutions. “With the clearest images possible in a 4K security camera, these devices take the first step to enabling a fully end-to-end True 4K solution from image capture to recording to playback.”
Hare said the custom-designed lens and sensor array produce genuine 4K resolution images with very consistent sharpness across the entire frame. “Other 4K cameras cannot provide equivalent image quality because they often utilize inferior optics. In some cases these competitive 4K cameras only produce about half the stated resolution due to weak lens performance. We designed a purpose-built optical system to ensure that Panasonic 4K cameras produce the highest quality True 4K images.”
The True 4K cameras are said to provide enhanced low-light performance, delivering high-sensitivity in color at less than 0.3 lux illumination. Further, a built-in smart IR-LED and true day/night function helps ensure low-light performance in 0 lux environments.
Panasonic’s True 4K series cameras also have an onboard processor with the ability to encode two H.264 recording streams simultaneously. They offer JPEG modes for flexibility and efficient compression, as well as an SDXC memory card slot.
The Panasonic WV-SFV781L is now available through authorized Panasonic resellers for an SRP of $3,486. The WV-SPV781L will be available August 1, 2015 for $3,486. panasonic.com