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Fisheye dome

Grundig’s new, rugged, outdoor fisheye dome camera, the GCI-M1566F, pictured, uses a die-cast, aluminum body and polycarbonate, optical lower dome to achieve IK10 vandal-resistance and IP66 environmental ratings. It has a night-time, infra-red illumination range of 7m using four, built-in, LEDs.

Separate audio input and output jack sockets not only allow verbal communication with a site but also enable an audio alarm triggered by noise. This and further alarm event triggers, such as motion, tamper, audio detection and network failure, all activate recording, either remotely or on the camera’s built-in micro SD memory card. A time-lapse option also enables single frame recording at between one and 60 minute intervals.

The outdoor fisheye dome uses a 6.0 MP (3072×2048 pixels), 1/1.8-inch Sony progressive scan CMOS sensor with Ambarella S2 digital signal processor. Fisheye, panoramic settings offer 360 degree and 180 degree field of views and options of either back-end or front-end de-warping. Front-end de-warping produces a 4MP stream with a 360 degree field of view, presented as an elliptical image, with another 2MP quad image where each image can be adjusted and zoomed individually. This is designed for using with VMS and NVR solutions, which do not have their own de-warp functionality. Back-end de-warping provides integrated VMS and NVR solutions, with a 6MP, 360° stream and up to four further streams.

The fisheye has true day / night functionality, with removable IR-cut filter (ICR), so is suitable the German makers say for use in dark and poorly lit, outdoor areas. It is powered by 12vDC or PoE, using just 10 watts with its LEDs running. It can be set up by web browser, allowing up to 20 simultaneous clients. Further functionality includes up to five privacy zones, WDR and ATW. At just 42.7mm deep and 117mm in diameter it is compact and inconspicuous in almost any application, it is claimed.

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