Panasonic adds new network dome camera to its i-Pro SmartHD range

Panasonic's new network dome camera
Panasonic's new network dome camera

Panasonic's new network dome camera

Built to withstand extreme operating temperatures ranging from -50°C to +50°C, Panasonic proudly introduces their latest addition in the i-Pro SmartHD range of surveillance solutions, the WV-SW396.  With full ratification from ONVIF, the specification that defines a common protocol for network video devices including automatic device discovery, video streaming and intelligence metadata, Panasonic promises installers and end users some of the most advanced features and best return on investment available in the security technology market today.

Seamless Continuity of HD Images Even in the Most Extreme Environments
With Ingress Protection Rating certified at IP66, the new Panasonic SW396 takes extreme resistance to the elements to the next level for any outdoor network dome by guaranteeing total dust tightness, with no ingress of dust possible, in addition to total protection against any harmful effect on the camera’s enclosure caused by even the most powerful jets of water blasted at it from any direction.  This means that when located in highly inhospitable positions like high roofing edges unsheltered by roofing eves, even in violent storms, Panasonic WV-SW396 will provide the continuity of service needed to meet the highest expectations in the security industry.

Up to 1,280 x 960 HD resolution images are delivered across the network through multiple H.264 and JPEG encoded streams for simultaneous real time monitoring and HD recording which is powered by UniPhier®, the proprietary Panasonic system LSI platform.  At 720p HD resolution, progressive scan images are produced at no less than 30 frames per second, enabling security professionals to see every detail and movement necessary to provide the best possible surveillance recording and monitoring and resulting in better delivery of total security management.

Enhanced Zoom, MEGA SuperDynamic Range and a Host of Intelligent Features
With a massive optical zoom range of 36x as standard plus a 12x digital zoom capability it is possible to achieve up to 432x zoom with even greater zoom (up to 864x) achievable in VGA resolution .  What’s more, with an advanced track and trace feature an electronic handshake between cameras sends an alarm to up to 8x cameras in sequence to pick up the surveillance of a suspect moving between camera coverage zones.  Plus, with Panasonic MEGA SuperDynamic Range and ABS (Adaptive Black Stretch) technology on board, SW396 delivers 128x wider dynamic range compared with conventional surveillance cameras.  Face Super Dynamic technology is designed to ensure the clearest facial images are reproduced, whilst high sensitivity functionality is possible with 0.5lux sensitivity in colour mode and 0.06lux in mono at F-stop 1.4 aperture providing true 24 hour day / night performance.

360° endless panning and PTZ control is both smooth and progressive with 16 speeds of pan / tilt and new “Drag and Zoom” operation enabling finer control. Up to 256 control speeds are available when used with Panasonic WV-CU950 ethernet system controller and with Advanced Auto Tracking the camera will automatically pans and tilt to follow a moving subject keeping it within the centre of the image.

An Intelligent Solution for the Smartest Installers
Jeroen Cleijne, Security Product Manager at Panasonic System Company Europe explains; “This really is an incredible surveillance camera, it’s really tough and it’s packed with the most advanced features available anywhere.  The full technical specification of WV-SW396 is available on our website and we are expecting a huge response, especially from top tier installers who are seeking the highest quality solutions and the greatest return on their customers’ investments.  The camera features our newly developed 1.3 megapixel double speed MOS sensor and numerous other features in direct response to what the security industry has asked for”.

The latest in the Panasonic i-Pro SmartHD range comes fully supplied with all accessories including alarm cable, connector kit and front and rear sunshields. With the WV-Q122 bracket  readily available for installers seeking to wall mount the device, every detail has been taken into account and it’s clear that as the latest Panasonic intelligent i-Pro SmartHD WV-SW396 will be specified by the smartest of installers seeking to deliver the very best outdoor surveillance available.

About Panasonic
Panasonic Corporation is a worldwide leader in the development and manufacture of electronic products for a wide range of consumer, business, and industrial needs. Based in Osaka, Japan, the company recorded consolidated net sales of 8.69 trillion yen (€79 billion) for the year ended March 31, 2011. The company’s shares are listed on the Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya and New York (NYSE:PC) stock exchanges. For more information on the company and the Panasonic brand, visit the company’s website at

About Panasonic System Networks Europe (PSNE)
Panasonic System Networks Europe (PSNE), a division of Panasonic, is a leader in the provision of telecommunication, security and imaging including interactive whiteboard products. The company’s comprehensive portfolio extends from CCTV and IP cameras, through to DECT telephones, document imaging and electronic point of sale (EPoS) solutions, industrial medical cameras (IMV) and home networking products. In addition to providing fully integrated system networks solutions, services range from consulting and system development right through to operation and maintenance.

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