Hanwha’s Wisenet PNO-A9081R 4K Bullet Camera – this one was supplied by CSD – is a rugged surveillance solution with an excellent specification list that synthesises pretty much everything the respected manufacturer knows about CCTV into a single package.

The camera features 4K resolution, 0.05 lux minimum illumination in low light or 0 lux with IR activated, offers H.264, H.265 or WiseStream compression options, IP66/IP67, IK10, NEMA4X ratings against water dust and vandalism, has a 4.5~10mm (2.2x) motorized varifocal lens with quick zoom and loads more.

Something else I liked was analytics with subject classification – on the street this works really well – it’s very accurate and the BestShot allows super-fast search based on clothing or hair colour. I tested the camera via the browser but Hanwha says it has deep integration with Milestone and Genetec that works very well – we can believe that – the PNO bullet is a solid performer. Driving the zoom via the browser was not as intuitive as a VMS would be but the digital zoom almost made up for that in my application.

It took me a bit longer than usual to wrap my head around getting the camera set up and commissioned (thanks for the help, Nour). I had a browser issue, then wasn’t on top of quick zoom and focus but once that was sorted, the PNO-A9081R bullet just went on impressing. The camera is close to default with low WDR activated and analytics turned on – perhaps the WDR setting is not perfect all the time for my variable day, where the camera is dealing with deep shade then bright sunlight (72,000 lux) falling onto the lens, but it comes very close. In the bright moments, image quality is first class.

First impressions are excellent handling of backlight, great resolution that delivers awesome digital zooms at your mouse wheel, strong resistance to blooming, very true colour rendition with excellent contrast – sharpness is a strength, too, and the camera is particularly good with moving plates. The strong resolution is everywhere – it’s great close up and its fantastic deeper into the scene – depth of field is a huge strength. Motion blur is low, chromatic aberrations are well controlled and there’s some mild barrel distortion at the wide end.

Don’t miss the full review of Hanwha’s Wisenet PNO-A9081R 4K Bullet Camera in the March issue of SEN!

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