Panasonic System Networks Company of America this week announced an outdoor, weatherproof version of the company’s Super Dynamic HD network dome camera.

The new i-PRO SmartHD WV-SW395 dome camera is designed for outdoor use and features a built-in fan/heater/sun shield for temperature ranges of -40°C to +50°C (-40°F to 122°F), It is IP66 rated for water and dust resistance and is also equipped with a dehumidification device. The new weather-proof WV-SW395 dome camera, as with the indoor version, provides feature-rich pan-tilt-zoom control (PTZ), auto-tracking of 720p high-definition (HD) images and full-frame 1280x960-pixel images at up to 30 images per second.

It also provides multiple H.264 (High profile) and JPEG video streams for simultaneous real-time monitoring and high-resolution recording. PTZ control features include a full 360-degree field of view, separated into eight thumbnail images taken at 45-degree intervals. Clicking on any thumbnail easily directs the PTZ camera.

“The new outdoor WV-SW395 dome camera gives end-users, designers and integrators the ability to fashion a fully intelligent HD system with consistent design and functionality, " said Bill Taylor, president, Panasonic System Networks Company of America. “It’s a high-efficiency product solution that complements the power of network-based video surveillance implementations."

The new i-PRO SmartHD WV-SC395 outdoor 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. A new 1.3-megapixel MOS image sensor enables high sensitivity and lower power consumption. To increase user system options, the camera is Open Network Video Interface (ONVIF) compliant, while system migration is more easily facilitated with the H.264 or MPEG-4 selectable format. Super Dynamic and Adaptive Black Stretch (ABS) technologies combine to deliver 128x wide dynamic range. Face Super Dynamic ensures clear images of faces, and a face-detection function detects the position of human faces and sends the information by XML or video stream.

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