Panasonic WV-S2531L Dome Review: First Impressions

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Panasonic WV-S2531L Dome from BGWT
Panasonic WV-S2531L Dome from BGWT

Panasonic WV-S2531L Dome from BGWT is an IP66-rated day/night dome with a cast alloy housing and base, 1080p at 30ips and 720p at 60ips, H.264 compression, strong 133dB WDR performance, minimum scene illumination of 0.04 lux in colour and 0.01 in monochrome at F1.3 and 0 lux with IR activated. 

PANASONIC’S WV-S2531L is a solid camera, it’s well built and has an excellent overall specification. Compared to many modern lightweights, the S2531L feels like the real deal with an IP66, NEMA 4X and IK10-rated cast allow housing. You put the camera and base together during setup and that provides ample time to appreciate the thought that has gone into this unit, with its ample cable port, Clearsight and Rainwash Coating. The quality of the build goes under the hood – this camera is well and truly buttoned up – it’s very much old-school Panasonic.  

The optical specification is strong, too. The MOS sensor delivers 1080p resolution and the processor dishes up 60ips. The motorised F1.3 aperture lens has an optical range of 2.8-10mm – giving 3.6x optical zoom with digital zoom offering up to 10.8x - and offers a very flexible horizontal angle of view from 28.8-102.6 degrees with a maximum of 56 degrees vertical.

Panasonic’s WV-S2531L external dome is built to handle challenging environments. It’s easy to set up and offers strong performance in a range of situations. Strengths include overall image quality, control of noise, the consistency of image streams in variable light, as well as the ability to manage backlight. The 3.6x optical zoom has few vices and allows the camera to reach deep into a scene when required.

Don't miss the full review of Panasonic's WV-S2531L dome in the December issue of SEN!♦