Hikvision PanoVu is a highly capable surveillance system with plenty to recommend it - the big image shows the context delivered by a real time 4-way split.

Hikvision’s compact 20MP multi-sensor PanoVu day/night camera features four fully adjustable 1/2.7-inch progressive scan CMOS sensors, each with a motorized 2.8-8mm vari-focal lens adjustable in any direction, while motorized zoom and autofocus increases the cameras capability in real world applications.

HIKVISION’S 20MP DS-2CD6D54G1-1ZS PanoVu is a compact multi-sensor PoE+ camera with four 1/2.7-inch sensors delivering a 360-degree field of view. Each camera head has an individual lens with a 2.8-8mm focal length (2.9x optical) and comparatively slow maximum aperture of f/1.9 to deliver the best possible balance of low light performance and depth of field.

Unboxing PanoVu my impressions are rock solid build and a compact form factor – about what you’d expect from an IP67-rated camera. Getting PanoVu set up on the Magic Arm out front is much easier than I expected. As all this is going on, I decide the challenge will be getting the most out of a camera with so much optical capability.

In the end I find the adjustment is so flexible that there’s plenty to entertain me. A combination of multiple camera heads and elevation in this application means I’m able to include wide views and tighter views under the camera that you’d never get with a bullet or dome. I’m able to set the camera heads to display a huge chunk of vertical and horizontal scene at 5MP of resolution across four 90-degree angles of view.

I set up in the morning and it’s immediately clear this camera has low noise, excellent sharpness, strong contrast and a colour rendition slightly less saturated than I’m used to from Hikvision. During setup I activate automatic WDR to brighten images facing strong backlight of 70,000 lux in order to more clearly see faces but that’s the only tweak I make, apart from refocusing with changes to camera head position.

Don’t miss SEN’s full review of the Hikvision PanoVu in the April issue! See the full review here! Check out a quick video review here!