Fisheye vs Multi-sensor – Which Camera is Best for Me?
Long gone are the days of choosing between a standard fixed-lens or high-end pan/tilt/zoom (PTZ) camera. Today, with so many options on the market, settling on a surveillance camera for your home or work place can be tough.
The good news? Technology is much more advanced, and the wide selection allows you to choose a comprehensive, modern system specifically designed to suit your needs. So, what will it be- fisheye or multi-sensor? Keep reading to discover which camera is best for you…
What’s the difference?
Both fisheye and multi-sensory cameras provide up to 360° coverage, with unique situational awareness and panoramic viewing. However, the fundamental design difference is that fisheye cameras are single-sensor devices, while multi-sensors combine multiple image sensors in one single casing.
When it comes to their performance, capabilities and applications, the two cameras offer different benefits and drawbacks. Due to their wide-ranging lens, both cameras also require specialist installation to ensure a complete view of all necessary areas.
First things first, the technology for fisheye and multi-sensor cameras is vastly different. A fisheye camera uses a panomorphic lens to capture a 360° view. A single fisheye lens can provide full coverage of areas below the camera, straight in front or above the horizon of its mounting point due to its panoramic viewing.
This makes it a great choice for those who want complete coverage of their property without the need for multiple cameras. However, their circular video images always appear warped as a result of the fisheye lens, so they may be harder to analyse or identify culprits in case of burglary.
Multi-sensory cameras, on the other hand, can offer 180°, 270° or 360° fields of view by using multiple lenses and sensors. Each image sensor records an individual stream of video, which are all then stitched together and combined to create a single video image.
Multi-sensory cameras differ depending on their stitching technique, with high-quality devices creating seamless panoramic imaging. One of the key benefits of this camera type is its ability to electronically zoom individual cameras, meaning you can focus specifically on certain areas if necessary.
Which is best for you?
While both fisheye and multi-sensory cameras can be used for a variety of functions, fisheye lenses are most often used in retail, interior offices and residential environments. By design, they are relatively small, unnoticeable and are highly cost-effective. For basic surveillance of your property, without much concern of identifying individuals on camera, a fisheye lens is ideal.
Due to their higher quality footage, multi-sensory cameras are more often used for exterior surveillance. Car parks, airports, street intersections and office entrances or exits are often seen to have pole mounted multisensory cameras, with the individual zoom feature offering complete peace of mind that any suspects can be identified with ease.
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