IP Video — Fisheye Vs. Panamorph

Source: Innovative Retail Technologies

By Bob Johns

Sanford Green Mark Collett

IP Video is taking the retail world by storm, replacing older analog systems at an increasing rate. A lot of this has to do with reduced costs and improved ROI from coverage, resolution, and analytics. Here, I sit down with Mark Collett, GM of Sony Electronics’ Security Systems Division and Sanford Green, Director, USA Sales & Operations, VSA Division, ImmerVision to discuss the total cost of coverage for IP video. In part 1 of this series, we discussed the total cost of coverage for video. Here in part 2 we are discussing the differences between Fisheye and Panamorph lenses.

Bob: What are the new technologies that have allowed this change in philosophy, specifically field of view navigation and fisheye vs. panomorph?

Mark: I will leave the questions regarding the lenses to Sanford. However, HD cameras have improved the resolution of video enough to make fisheye and panamorph lenses more practical and usable. In fact, 180 degree and 360 degree lenses have replaced mechanical and digital pan/tilt/zoom (PTZ) cameras.

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