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Panasonic WVSF538E Super Dynamic Full HD Dome Network Camera


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Network Dome Camera. H.264 streaming up to 30 ips. 3.1 megapixel images up to 1920x1080. Simple day/night - 0.5 lux in colour and 0.3 in black and white. Full support for SDXC cards. 2.8-10mm (3.6x) lens. PoE or 12V DC.
Model Number: Panasonic / I-Pro WV-SF538

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Panasonic Full HD / 1,920 x1,080 H.264 Network Camera featuring Super Dynamic


WV-SF538E Key Features



Super high resolution at Full HD/1,920 x 1,080 created by 3.1Megapixel high sensitivity MOS Sensor.
•  1080p Full HD images up to 30 fps and 360p image up to 30fps simultaneously.
•  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.
•  Cropping function enables to provide whole image (1,920 x 1,080) and the part image (640 x 360) simultaneously. Up to 4 image capture areas can be specified, and it is also possible to control the sequence.
•  Picture in picture function: A cropping image or an alarm image can be added to an image and transmitted.
•  Multiple H.264 (High profile) streams and JPEG streams ensure simultaneous real time monitoring and high resolution recording by enhanced “UniPhier®”.
•  Super Dynamic and ABS (Adaptive Black Stretch) technologies deliver 128x wider dynamic range compared to conventional cameras.
•  Face Super Dynamic Range technology ensures clear face image.
•  High sensitivity with Day & Night (Electrical) function:0.5 lx (Colour), 0.3 lx (B/W) at F1.3 (WV-SF538)
•  Using Panasonic distinctive LDC (Lens Distortion Compensation) function, natural image without distortion can be monitored though using wide angle lens.
•  ABF (Auto Back Focus) ensures easy installation.
•  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: Outdoor scene / Indoor scene (50 Hz) / Indoor scene (60 Hz) /Fixed electronic shutter Outdoor scene: Electronic shutter and ALC lens iris control are automatically controlled depending on the mode and luminance level. Indoor scene (50 Hz / 60 Hz): Flicker caused by fluorescent lightning will be automatically compensated. Fixed electronic shutter: Up to 1/10,000 fixed electronic shutter can be selectable.
•  3x Extra optical zoom at 360p resolution. (Picture Mode : 2 Mega pixel [16:9] )
•  VMD (Video Motion Detection) 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 video stream.
•  Privacy Zone can mask up to 2 private areas, such as house windows and entrances/exits.
•  2x, 4x digital zoom controlled by browser.
•  Camera title display: Up to 20 alphanumeric characters on the browser
•  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.
•  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 the Internet.
•  Onvif compliant model
•  2.8 ~ 10.0 mm, 3.6x Varifocal Auto Iris Lens
  *1 Compared with WV-NP502. Reduction effect may vary depending on object and image quality setting conditions.


WV-SF538E Description


The Panasonic WV-SF538 Super Dynamic Full HD Dome Network Camera offers high-quality 24-hour video surveillance in both day and night time lighting conditions.

Designed for day/night surveillance, this network camera captures clear images at F/1.3 even in locations with a minimum illumination of 0.3 lux (B&W). The Adaptive Black Stretch technology increases visibility of subjects in dark areas of a video scene without compromising the image quality of brighter areas. The face super dynamic range technology offers blur-free images of the human face. Furthermore, with progressive scan technology, you can be sure to obtain blur-free images even when the object is in motion. In addition, the UniPhier LSI chip enables this network camera to simultaneously stream real-time imagery in Full HD resolution of 1920 x 1080 at 30 fps. The electronic sensitivity enhancement function Auto (up to 16x) increases the quantity of light stored on the sensor, making the image brighter. In addition, the Auto Back Focus adjusts the position of the MOS sensor to offer stable focus in both color and B&W modes.

The 2 area VIQS technology is particularly useful in installations where specific areas in a scene are of high interest while the rest of the scene does not need to be captured at the same level of detail.


WV-SF538E Specifications


Camera Image Sensor 1/3 type MOS Sensor
Effective Pixels Approx. 3.1 megapixel
Scanning Mode Progressive scan
Scanning Area 4.51 mm (H) x 3.38 mm (V) {3/16 inches (H) x 1/8 inches (V)}
Minimum Illumination Color: 0.5 lx, BW: 0.3 lx (F1.3, Auto slow shutter: Off (1/30s), Gain:On(High))
Color: 0.03 lx, BW 0.02 lx (F1.3, Auto slow shutter: Max. 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 Outdoor scene: Automatic integration of ALC
Indoor scene [50 Hz]: Automatic integration of ALC (up to 1/100 s)
Indoor scene [60 Hz]: Automatic integration of ALC (up to 1/120 s)
Shutter Speed Fix shutter: 1/30, 3/100, 3/120, 2/100, 2/120, 1/100, 1/120, 1/250, 1/500, 1/1,000, 1/2,000, 1/4,000, 1/10,000 (only at Super Dynamic Off)
Super Dynamic ON / OFF
Dynamic Range 52 dB typ. (Super Dynamic: ON)
Face Super Dynamic ON / OFF (Only at Super Dynamic: ON)
Adaptive Black Stretch ON / OFF (Only at Super Dynamic: OFF)
Electronic Sensitivity UP OFF / AUTO (Max. 2x (2/30 s), 4x (4/30 s), 6x (6/30 s), 10x (10/30 s), 16x (16/30 s))
Day Night Electrical Mode: OFF / AUTO
Digital Noise Reduction High / Low
Video Motion Detection 4 areas, Sensitivity: 15 steps, Detection size: 10 steps
Privacy Zone Up to 2 zones, Gray
Upside Down ON / OFF
VIQS Up to 2 zones
Camera Title (OSD) Up to 20 characters (alphanumeric characters, marks)
Focus Adjustment ABF/MANUAL
Lens Distortion Compensation 256 steps
Lens Focal Length 2.8 mm - 10 mm, 3.6x (8.4 mm - 30 mm 10.8x with Extra optical z oom (at 360P))
Angular Field of View*2 H: 24.2 °(TELE) ~ 80.6 °(WIDE) V: 13.50°(TELE) ~ 47.57°(WIDE)
Maximum Aperture Ratio 1 : 1.3 (WIDE) ~ 1 : 3.0 (TELE)
Focusing Range 0.3 m ~ ∞
Adjusting Angle Horizontal: 180 ° (clockwise), 170 ° (counterclockwise),
Vertical: ±75 °, Image tilt adjustment range: ±100 °
Browser GUI Cropping H.264(2) / JPEG(VGA or 640 x 360) / JPEG(QVGA or 320 x 180) Up to 4 image capture areas can be specified
Camera Control Brightness, AUX ON / OFF, Zoom (1x, 2x 4x)
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
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
GUI/Setup Menu Language English, Japanese, Italian, French, German, Spanish, Chinese, Russian
Supported OS *3 *4 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 Network IF 10Base-T / 100Base-TX, RJ-45 connector
Image Resolution Image Capture Mode: 2 mega pixel [16:9] H.264: 1,920 x 1,080 / 640 x 360 / 320 x 180, up to 30 fps
JPEG (MJPEG): 1,920 x 1,080 / 640 x 360 / 320 x 180, up to 30 fps
Image Capture Mode: 1.3 mega pixel [16:9] H.264: 1,280 x 720 / 640 x 360 / 320 x 180, up to 30 fps
JPEG (MJPEG): 1,280 x 720 / 640 x 360 / 320 x 180, up to 30 fps
Image Capture Mode: 1.3 mega pixel [4:3] H.264: 1,280 x 960 / VGA(640 x 480) / QVGA(320 x 240), up to 30 fps
JPEG (MJPEG): 1,280 x 960 / VGA(640 x 480) / QVGA(320 x 240), up to 30 fps
Image Capture Mode: 3 mega pixel [4:3] H.264: 1,280 x 960, up to 15 fps
JPEG (MJPEG): 2,048 x1,536, up to 15 fps
H.264 *5 Transmission Mode Constant bitrate / Framerate priority / Best effort
Frame Rate 1 / 3 / 5 / 7.5 / 12 / 10 / 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
JPEG Image Quality 10 steps
Refresh Interval 0.1 fps ~ 30 fps
Transmission Type PULL / PUSH
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
No. of Simultaneous Users Up to 14 users (Depends on network conditions)
Cellular Phone Compatibility JPEG image
Mobile Terminal Compatibility*6 iPad, iPhone, iPod touch (iOS 4.2.1 or later) , AndroidTM mobile terminals
Face Detection ON / OFF (with XML notification)
Alarm Alarm Source 1 terminal input, VMD, Command alarm
Alarm Actions E-mail notification, Indication on browser, FTP image transfer, Panasonic protocol output
Schedule Alarm / VMD / Access permission / H.264 recording
Input/Output Monitor Output (for adjustment) NTSC: VBS: 1.0 V [p-p]/75 Ω, NTSC composite, RCA Jack
PAL: VBS: 1.0 V [p-p]/75 Ω, PAL composite, RCA Jack
External I/O Terminals ALARM IN , ALARM OUT, AUX OUT
General Safety/EMC Standard NTSC: UL (UL60950-1), FCC (Part15 ClassA), C-UL (CAN/CSA C22.2 No.60950-1), DOC (ICES003 ClassA)
PAL: CE, IEC60950-1 (EN55022 ClassB, EN55024)
Power Source and Power Consumption 12V DC: 510 mA *, PoE (IEEE802.3af compliant) / PoE 48 V: 115 mA (Class 2 device)
Ambient Operating Temperature -10 °C ~ +50 °C (14 °F ~ 122 °F)
Ambient Operating Humidity Less than 90 % (no condensation)
Dimensions ø129.5 mm x 93 mm (H) {ø5-1/8 inches x 3-11/16 inches (H)}
Mass (approx.) 450 g (0.99 lbs)
Finish Main body: Aluminum die cast, sail white
Dome section: Clear polycarbonate resin
NOTE *1 Converted value
*2 If "1.3 megapixel [4:3]" is selected for the imaging mode, the viewing angle will become narrower.
*3 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®.
*4 When using IPv6 for communication, use Microsoft® Windows® 7 or Microsoft® Windows Vista®.
*5 Transmission for 2 streams can be individually set in the same compression method.
*6 For further information about compatible devices, refer to our website (

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