What is a 360-Degree Security Camera?
A 360-degree security camera, also known as an omnidirectional camera, is a type of surveillance camera that captures a full 360-degree view of its surroundings. Unlike traditional fixed-angle cameras with a limited field of view, a 360-degree camera offers a comprehensive panoramic view, allowing for monitoring a wide area without blind spots.
These cameras use specialized lenses and image sensors to capture an all-encompassing view in a single frame. They can cover the entire horizontal and vertical range, providing a complete picture of the monitored space. Some 360-degree cameras also offer the ability to digitally pan, tilt, and zoom within the captured panoramic image for detailed examination of specific areas.
Common Types of 360-Degree Security Cameras
There are several types of 360-degree security cameras available in the market. Here are some common ones.
This type of 360-degree security camera uses a specialized fisheye lens to capture an ultra-wide-angle view, typically covering an entire 180-degree or 360-degree field. The captured image or video appears distorted, resembling a fisheye lens effect, hence the name.
Panoramic cameras utilize multiple image sensors or lenses to capture a 360-degree view. They stitch together the images to create a seamless panoramic image or video. Panoramic cameras can be fixed or adjustable, allowing for different angles and zoom levels.
PTZ Cameras with Panoramic Capability
Some PTZ (Pan-Tilt-Zoom) cameras come with built-in panoramic capabilities. These cameras combine the ability to pan, tilt, and zoom with a wide-angle lens or multiple sensors, providing both the flexibility of PTZ control and the panoramic view.
Multi-sensor cameras feature multiple image sensors or lenses arranged in a single unit. Each sensor captures a portion of the scene, and the images are stitched together to create a complete 360-degree view. Multi-sensor cameras offer high-resolution panoramic images and can be adjusted for various viewing angles.
Immersive cameras, also known as virtual reality (VR), capture a full 360-degree view in horizontal and vertical dimensions. They are primarily used for immersive video experiences or virtual reality applications, allowing viewers to feel fully immersed in the recorded environment.