I was excited to see Panasonic’s little WV-SFN110 indoor camera.  However, the excitement faded pretty quickly as I tried to configure the camera.  Let me get all the griping out before I go in to the camera itself.  Like many camera manufacturers they think that everyone only runs Windows workstations. The Easy IP software which is supposed to help you set the IP initially is an EXE file so it only runs on Windows.  I tried to use the Easy IP tool to scan for the camera so I could re-IP it, but no luck.  I had to run a port scan on my network to find the camera, so for people who does not know how to run a port scan to find the IP the camera is operating on, it would be a problem.

Panasonic i-PRO Camera WV-SFN110

Once I found the IP I connected with the only browser supported; Microsoft Internet Explorer.  It is beyond me why camera manufacturers do not select a browser platform which can be used from Macs, Linux and Windows, instead of painting themselves into a corner only allowing Internet Explorer.  With Windows 10, Microsoft wants you to use the Edge browser, but that is not supported either, so you must connect to the camera using Internet Explorer, no matter how much you hate it.

Once connected it prompted me to create a login and a password. So, I did and then I logged in. Once you get logged in you get prompted again to install software so you can view the video, it was a slow process and I thought it was not doing anything, but after a while, I was able to start navigating and seeing the live image from the camera.  The management interface is easy to navigate and provides similar functions and options from other camera manufacturers.

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You can have four different H.264 streams with different settings and 3 JPEG streams.  With h.264 you can capture 30fps 1.3 mega pixel video, and with JPEG you can capture 1280×960 and select “super fine” if you want the sharpest image. The camera also has an onboard microphone and you can pick between three different encoding formats G. 726, G711, ACC-LC and AAC-LC(high quality). The bit rates can be set between 64kbps, 96kbps, or 128kbps.

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Alarms can be captured and notify when it identifies change by the video or audio (captured by the camera microphone).  VMD (Video Motion Detection) with 4 programmable detection areas, 15 steps sensitivity level and 10 steps detection size, however I am not sure how 1-10 correlates to the white box, for the detection area, it would have been nice if there was some help or descriptive information on what the options do, and how the number correlate to area.  You can also set the sensitivity for any of those four areas. Alarms can be sent via E-mail. FTP, recording to SD card (granted you inserted one), Panasonic Alarm Protocol notification, and HTTP alarm notification. JPEG Image compression ratio can be changed by alarm, so that higher quality image can be provided, which is helpful since when there is an alarm you would typically want the highest resolution available.

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The High Light Compensation technology did not help in providing a clear picture when having the camera in a position where background light was bright. As you can see in the screen capture we cannot see the details of the face at all.

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It is a 1.3-megapixel camera so the detail in the image is not the best even at the highest resolution and if you use the browser-based zoom, it becomes pretty pixelated. The camera does capture images pretty well in dark condition, even though it does not have any IR light source, but the image quality is somewhat reduced.

Panasonic i-PRO WV-SFN110

Panasonic i-PRO WV-SFN110

This camera is good for a store or business who has good and even lighting. The camera is quite small and is easy to mount, it is not vandal proof, so preferably mounted out of reach for any vandals you may have on premise ;-). Having the interface only supported in IE is a big drawback, at least for me and any other people who prefer Mac or Linux over MS. The camera is ONVIF compliant and the H.264 video feed can be provided over HTTP/HTTPS to any VMS platform. Audio is also something which is nice and that you can perform notifications based on audio and video alarms.

Pros:

  • Very small form factor
  • Provide audio and video capture
  • Good image in dark condition even without IR LEDs.

 

Cons:

  • Internet Explorer is the only supported browser
  • Only providing software for Windows
  • I could not figure a way to modify the default RTSP port.
  • No Help or description of what settings do in the management interface.

 

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