While the concept of the multi-sensor or multi-directional camera is not new, there have been noteworthy advancements that make these cameras the best choice for many types of security installations. In the past, many multi-sensor cameras were not able to deliver high frames per second / per sensor (fps) for smooth, clear motion capture and frequently represented a compromise in performance. Modern multi-directional cameras can now deliver high frame rates, up to 60fps (per sensor), while providing up to 150dB of WDR (wide dynamic range) for excellent low light performance. The latest multi-sensor cameras reduce the number of cameras required while making any future maintenance and upgrades an insignificant event for organizations.
When it comes to coverage, multi-sensor cameras differ significantly from fisheye lens cameras. While a fisheye lens can produce a 360° image, massive distortion at each edge of the image often will require a form of software dewarping to be used effectively. A four-sensor multi-directional camera may cover the same area while producing clearer and more focused details in conventional video formats. A single multi-sensor camera can provide high-resolution coverage of up to four areas, while reducing wiring and power requirements, as well as mounting hardware when compared to conventional camera form factors. Also, many VMS software solutions will allow multi-sensor cameras to operate under a single camera license, reducing costs in recording.