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Panasonic WVSF438 360 Degree Super Dynamic Dome Network Camera


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360 degree Super Dynamic Dome Network Camera. 360° monitoring with a wide variety of transmission modes: Wall Panorama, Double Panorama, Quad PTZ, Single PTZ, and Quad streams (H.264/VGA). 1080p Full HD images up to 30 fps.
Model Number: Panasonic / I-Pro WV-SF438

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Panasonic 360 degree Super Dynamic Dome Network Camera


WV-SF438 Key Features


  • 360° monitoring with a wide variety of transmission modes: Wall Panorama, Double Panorama, Quad PTZ, Single PTZ, and Quad streams (H.264/VGA)
  • 1080p Full HD images up to 30 fps.
  • Combining enhanced “UniPhier®”, Panasonic’s proprietary System LSI platform and 2 areas VIQS (Variable Image Quality on Specified area) function can decrease maximum 50%*1 network bandwidth.
  • Multiple H.264 (High profile) streams and JPEG streams ensure simultaneous real time monitoring and high resolution recording by enhanced “UniPhier®”.
  • Smooth PTZ operation without mechanical action
  • Built-in distortion correction function
  • A fish-eye lens control function realizes intelligible screen operation intuitively.
  • Smartphone monitoring : Direct camera control from smartphone
  • Super Dynamic and ABS (Adaptive Black Stretch) technologies deliver 128x wider dynamic range compared to conventional cameras.
  • High sensitivity with Day/Night (Electrical) function:1.5 lx (Colour), 1.2 lx (B/W) at F2.4
  • Digital Noise Reduction: 3D-DNR ensures noise reduction in various conditions.
  • Progressive scan ensures clear images with less motion blur and no tearing even when the subject is moving.
  • Superior colour reproduction by primary (RGB) colour filter.
  • Electronic sensitivity enhancement: Auto (Up to 16x) / OFF
  • Selectable light control modes: Indoor scene (50 Hz) / Indoor scene (60 Hz) / ELC (maximum exposure time) Indoor scene (50 Hz/60Hz): Flicker caused by fluorescent lightning will be automatically compensated. ELC (maximum exposure time): The lightning control will be automatically performed by adjusting shutter speed in the range of ELC.
  • VMD (Video Motion Detector) with 4 programmable detection areas, 15 steps sensitivity level and 10 steps detection size
  • Face detection function detects the position of human face and the information is sent by XML or video stream.
  • Privacy Zone can mask up to 4 private areas, such as house windows and entrances/exits.
  • Camera title display: Up to 20 alphanumeric characters on the browser
  • Alarm sources including 3 terminal input, VMD and Panasonic alarm command can trigger actions such as SDXC/ SDHC/SD memory recording, FTP image transfer,
  • E-mail notification, Indication on browser, Alarm terminal output, and Panasonic protocol output.
  • Full duplex bi-directional audio allows interactive communication between camera site and monitoring site.
  • JPEG image compression ratio can be changed by alarm so that higher quality image can be provided.
  • Prioritized stream control: One of the video streams can be prioritized when multiple recorders or client PCs are accessing the camera so that the recorder or the client
  •  PC can maintain the frame rate.
  • SDXC/SDHC/SD Memory card slot for manual recording (H.264 / JPEG), alarm recording (H.264 / JPEG) and backup upon network failure (JPEG)
  • H.264 max. bit rate/client and Total bit rate control allows flexible network traffic management. Frame rate priority mode controls bit rate and compression ratio to provide the specified frame rate.
  • Internet mode: H.264 images can be transmitted over HTTP protocol.
  • Multi-language: English / Italian / French / German / Spanish / Russian / Chinese / Japanese
  • IPv4/IPv6 protocol supported
  • Supports SSL, DDNS (viewnetcam, RFC2136)
  • Still images (JPEG) can be viewed on mobile phones via Internet.
  • Operating temperature –10 °C ~ +50 °C (–14 °F ~ 122 °F)
  • Low profile design for discrete installation
    *1 Compared with WV-NP502, reduction effect is decreased by object and image quality setting conditions



WV-SF438 Description


The WV-SF438 IP dome provides FULL HD quality images and a wealth of features packed into a compact housing.

Using a newly developed 3.1 MOS sensor, the SF438 provides 1080p HD images across multiple H.264 and JPEG streams. Using Super Dynamic technology to deliver 128x dynamic range, the simple day/night image quality of the SF438 is ideal in all conditions.

Packed with features, the SF438 is the most intelligent camera to date. Face detection allows the camera to adjust product focus to capture a person in shot and also use the XML data to trigger an alarm upon detection if using a compatible recorder. VIQS (variable image quality on specified area) is the latest innovation to the Smart HD range, allowing the camera to have higher resolution only on specified areas of the image, meaning lower bandwidth.

The WV-SF438 provides all the latest Smart HD innovations in a compact housing. Ensuring is fit for all indoor needs. Also, ONVIF compliant the dome is a must for a wide range of applications.


WV-SF438 Specification



Image Sensor 1/3 type MOS Sensor
Effective Pixels Approx. 3.1 megapixels
Scanning Mode Progressive
Scanning Area 4.51 mm (H) x 3.38 mm (V) {3/16 inches (H) x 1/8 inches (V)}
Minimum Illumination Colour: 1.5 lx (F2.4, Auto slow shutter: Off (1/30s), Gain:On(High))
Colour: 0.1 lx (F2.4, Auto slow shutter: Max. 16/30s, Gain:On(High))*1
BW: 1.2 lx (F2.4, Auto slow shutter: Off (1/30s), Gain:On(High))
BW: 0.08 lx (F2.4, Auto slow shutter: Off (16/30s), Gain:On(High)) *1
White Balance AWC (2,000 ~ 10,000 K), ATW1 (2,700 ~ 6,000 K), ATW2 (2,000 ~ 6,000 K)
Light Control Mode Indoor scene (50 Hz / 60 Hz) / ELC
Shutter Speed With Super Dynamic On
ELC (1/30 s)
With Super Dynamic Off
ELC (1/30 s), ELC (3/100 s), ELC (3/120 s), ELC (2/100 s), ELC (2/120 s),
ELC (1/100 s), ELC (1/120 s), ELC (1/250 s), ELC (1/500 s), ELC (1/1,000 s),
ELC (1/2,000 s), ELC (1/4,000 s), ELC (1/10,000 s)
Super-Dynamic ON / OFF
Dynamic Range 52 dB typ. (only at Super-Dynamic On)
Adaptive Black Stretch On/Off (only at Super-Dynamic Off)
Electronic Sensitivity UP OFF (1/30 s), Max. 2/30 s, Max. 4/30 s, Max. 6/30 s, Max. 10/30 s, Max. 16/30 s
Day & Night(electrical) OFF / AUTO
Digital Noise Reduction HIGH / LOW
Video Motion Detection ON / OFF, 4 areas available
Video analytics Face Detection Off/On/On with face frame display
However, face detection is not supported when "Fisheye" or "Quad streams" is selected for the image type.
Auto mode: Auto pan/ Preset sequence
Auto mode can only be used when the image type is Quad PTZ or Single PTZ.
Self return: 10 s/ 20 s/ 30 s/ 1 min/ 2 min/ 3 min/ 5 min/ 10 min/ 20 min/ 30 min/ 60 min
Self return can only be used when the image type is Quad PTZ or Single PTZ.
Privacy Zone ON / OFF (up to 4 zones available)
VIQS On/Off (up to 2 areas available)
However, the VIQS function is not supported when "Quad PTZ", "Single PTZ" or "Quad streams" are selected.
Camera Title (OSD) Up to 20 characters (alphanumeric characters, marks) , On/Off
However, you can specify characters to be displayed on each of the four screens when "Quad streams" is selected.
Focal Length 0.837 mm
Angular Field of View Horizontal: 188 °, Vertical: 181 °
Maximum Aperture Ratio 1:2.4 (Fixed)
Focusing Range 0.3 m ~ ∞
Browser GUI
Camera Control Pan/Tilt/Digital Zoom, Preset, Auto Mode, Self Return, Fisheye Control, Brightness,
Display Mode Spot, Quad: Image from 16 cameras can be displayed in 4 different Quad screens or 16 split screen (JPEG only). 20 characters camera title available.
Digital Zoom 1x, 2x, 4x controlled by browser GUI (Panorama, Double Panorama, Fisheye mode)
1x ~4x (Quad PTZ or Single PTZ mode)
Camera Title Up to 20 alphanumeric characters
Clock Display Time: 12H/24H, Date: 5 formats on the browser, Summer time (Manual)
Alarm Control Reset
One Shot Capture A still picture will be displayed on a newly opened window.
Audio Mic (Line) Input: ON / OFF Volume adjustment: Low / Middle / High,
Audio Output: ON / OFF Volume adjustment: Low / Middle / High
SD Memory Data Download Still or motion Images recorded in the SDXC/SDHC/SD memory card can be downloaded.
GUI/Setup Menu Language English, Italian, French, German, Spanish, Russian, Chinese,Japanese
System Log Up to 100 (Internal), Up to 4,000 (SDXC/SDHC/SD memory when the recording format is set to JPEG.) error logs
Supported OS *2 *3 Microsoft® Windows® 7, Microsoft® Windows Vista®,
Microsoft® Windows® XP SP3
Supported Browser Windows® Internet Explorer® 9.0 (32 bit), Windows® Internet Explorer® 8.0(32 bit),
Windows® Internet Explorer® 7.0 (32 bit), Microsoft® Internet Explorer® 6.0 SP3
Network IF 10Base-T / 100Base-TX, RJ-45 connector (female)
Image Resolution *4
2M Panorama[16:9]/
2M Double
Panorama [16:9]:
H.264(1): 1920x1080 / 640x360 / 320x180, up to 30 fps
H.264(2): 640x360 / 320x180, up to 30 fps
JPEG: 1920x1080 / 640x360 / 320x180, up to 30 fps
1M Panorama [16:9]/
1M Double
Panorama [16:9]:
H.264(1): 1280x720 / 640x360 / 320x180, up to 30 fps
H.264(2): 640x360 / 320x180, up to 30 fps
JPEG: 1280x720 / 640x360 / 320x180, up to 30 fps
Panorama + Quad PTZ/
Panorama + Single PTZ/
Double Panorama
+ Quad PTZ/
Double Panorama
+ Single PTZ:
When using distribution of "Panorama" or "Double panorama"
H.264(1): 1920x1080 / 640x360 / 320x180, up to 15 fps
JPEG: 1920x1080 / 640x360 / 320x180, up to 15 fps
When using distribution of "Quad PTZ" or "Single PTZ"
H.264(2): 1280x960 /640x480 / 320x240, up to 15 fps
JPEG: 1280x960 / 640x480 / 320x240, up to 15 fps
VGA Quad streams Ch1-Ch4 640x480 max.30 fps
* Only for H.264 images.
* There are specification limitations such as the SD memory card function being unavailable.
3M Fisheye [4:3]: H.264(1): 1280x960, up to 15 fps
JPEG: 2048x1536, up to 15 fps
1.3M Fisheye [4:3]: H.264(1): 1280x960 / 640x480 / 320x240, up to 30 fps
H.264(2): 640x480 / 320x240, up to 30 fps
JPEG: 1280x960 / 640x480 / 320x240, up to 30 fps
Transmission Mode Constant bitrate / Framerate priority / Best effort
Frame Rate 1 / 3 / 5 / 7.5 / 10 / 12 / 15 / 20 / 30 fps
Bit Rate/Client 64 / 128 / 256 / 384 / 512 / 768 / 1,024 / 1,536 / 2,048 / 3,072 / 4,096 /
8,192 / 10,240 / 12,288 / 14,336 kbps
Image Quality LOW / NORMAL / FINE
Refresh Interval 0.2 / 0.25 / 0.33 / 0.5 / 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 s
Transmission Type UNICAST / MULTICAST
Image Quality 10 steps
Refresh Interval 0.1 fps ~ 30 fps
Transmission Type PULL / PUSH
Audio Compression G.726 (ADPCM) 32 kbps / 16 kbps, G.711 64 kbps
Audio Mode OFF / Mic (Line) input / Audio output / Interactive (Half duplex) / Interactive (Full duplex)
Authentication for Audio Level 1 only / Level 2 higher / All users
Total Bit Rate 64 / 128 / 256 / 384 / 512 / 768 / 1,024 / 2,048 / 4,096 / 8,192 kbps / Unlimited
FTP Client Alarm image transmission, FTP periodic transmission
(When the FTP transmission is failed, backup on an optional SD memory card is available.)
No. of Simultaneous Users Up to 14 users (Depends on network conditions)
Memory Card (Option)
H.264 recording: Manual REC / Alarm REC (Pre/Post) / Schedule REC
JPEG recording: Manual REC / Alarm REC (Post) / Backup upon network failure Compatible
SD (SDHC/SDXC) card: Panasonic 1 GB, 2 GB, 4 GB*, 8 GB*, 16 GB*, 32 GB*, 64 GB** model
*SDHC card, ** SDXC card (except miniSD card and microSD card)
Face Detection ON / ON with face frame display / OFF
*"3M Fisheye [4:3]", "1.3M Fisheye [4:3]", and "VGA Quad streams" modes
cannot use the Face Detection function.
Cellular Phone Compatibility JPEG image, AUX control (by access level)
Mobile Terminal Compatibility iPad, iPhone, iPod touch (iOS 4.2.1 or later)
Android™ mobile terminals
Alarm Source 3 terminals input, VMD, Command alarm
Alarm Actions SDXC/SDHC/SD memory recording, E-mail notification, Indication on browser,
FTP image transfer, Panasonic protocol output
Alarm Log With SDXC/SDHC/SD memory card: 5,000 logs, without SDXC/SDHC/SD
memory card: 1,000 logs
Schedule Alarm / VMD / Access permission / H.264 recording
Microphone/Line Input Internal microphone, φ3.5 mm monaural mini jack, Input impedance: Approx. 2 kΩ
For microphone input Applicable microphone: Plug-in power type, Supply voltage: 2.5 V ±0.5 V
For line input Input level: Approx. -10 dBV
Audio Output φ3.5 mm stereo mini jack (monaural output), Output impedance: Approx.
600 Ω, Line level
External I/O Terminals ALARM IN 1, ALARM IN 2/ ALARM OUT, ALARM IN 3/ AUX OUT (x1 for each)
Mounting method Ceiling/ Wall/ Tripod
Safety/EMC Standard NTSC:
UL (UL60950-1), FCC (Part15 ClassA),
C-UL (CAN/CSA C22.2 No.60950-1),
DOC (ICES003 ClassA)
CE, IEC60950-1
(EN55022 ClassB, EN55024)
Power Source and Power
12V DC, PoE (IEEE802.3af compliant)
12 V DC*: 540 mA/ 6.5 W
PoE 48 V: 125 mA/ 6.0 W (Class 2 devices)
Ambient Operating Temperature -10 °C to +50 °C {14 °F to 122 °F}
Ambient Operating Humidity Less than 90 % (no condensation)
Dimensions φ150 mm x 44 mm (H) {φ5-29/32 inches x 1-23/32 inches (H)}
Mass (approx.) Main body: Approx. 370 g {0.82 lbs}
Camera attachment: Approx. 90 g {0.20 lbs}
Finish Main body: ABS resin, sail white

*1 Converted value
*2 Refer to "Notes on Windows Vista® / Windows® 7" on the provided CD-ROM for further information about system
requirements for a PC and precautions when using Microsoft® Windows® 7 or Microsoft® Windows Vista®.
*3 When using IPv6 for communication, use Microsoft® Windows® 7 or Microsoft® Windows Vista®.
*4 Transmission for 2 streams can be individually set in the same compression method.


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