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Panasonic WV-SW396A Super Dynamic Weather-Resistant HD Dome Network Camera with Rain Wash Coating

B&H # PAWVSW396A Mfr # WV-SW396A
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Product Highlights
  • 1.3 Mp Double Speed MOS Sensor
  • 36x Optical Zoom
  • 720p HD Recording at 30 fps
  • Face Super Dynamic Technology
  • High Sensitivity with Day/Night Function
  • 360° Endless Panning
  • Multiple H.264 and JPEG Streams
  • Advanced Auto Tracking
  • IP66-Rated Housing
  • Hydrophilic Dome Coating

The Panasonic WV-SW396A Super Dynamic Weather-Resistant HD Dome Network Camera with Rain Wash Coating is suitable for use in high-end applications such as casinos, airports, transportation and correctional facilities, where detailed imaging is of prime importance. The camera captures high-quality footage with good sensitivity, thanks to its 1.3 MP double speed MOS image sensor. Panasonic‘s UniPhier LSI chip allows this network camera to simultaneous stream real-time imagery in H.264 and JPEG formats at a full frame resolution of 1280 x 960 at 30 fps.

With the Super Dynamic and ABS (Adaptive Black Stretch) technology at its core, this dome camera delivers 128x wider dynamic range compared to conventional cameras. This increases the visibility of subjects in dark areas. The camera also comes equipped with Panasonic’s Face Super Dynamic technology that captures clear face images by precisely detecting the position of a human face. This information is sent to you via XML or a video stream. The camera’s advanced auto tracking feature enables it to automatically pan and tilt the image while keeping the subject in the center of the image, irrespective of its movement. In addition, the 360° panning allows precise capture of almost any object surrounding the camera.

Capturing detailed images in low-light conditions can be a challenge with a lot of CCTV cameras, but not for the WV-SW396A. It captures clear color images at an illumination of 0.5 lux, and B&W images at 0.06 lux at F/1.4 (wide). Enabled with Digital Noise Reduction (2D and 3D-DNR), the camera significantly reduces video noise (grainy images) and motion blur in varying lighting conditions. Alarm sources, including Video Motion Detection and Panasonic alarm command, can trigger actions such as FTP image transfer, e-mail notification, indication on browser, and Panasonic alarm protocol output. The privacy zone feature masks up to 8 private areas like house windows and entrances. Furthermore, the user-friendly GUI allows for smoother PTZ controls with 16 speed pan/tilt, drag, and zoom operation.

Being Power over Ethernet (PoE+) compliant, the camera can be installed almost anywhere and not just near a power supply. The housing of the camera is IP66 rated for outdoor use, and sports a hydrophilic rain wash coating that rinses away dirt, and minimizes spots and streaks by helping the glass dry more quickly and evenly.

1.3 Mp high-sensitivity MOS sensor captures images at resolutions of up to 720p
Full frame (up to 30 fps) transmission at resolutions of up to 1280 x 960
Super Dynamic and Adaptive Black Stretch technologies deliver 128x wider dynamic range
Progressive Scan ensures clear images with minimal blur even when the object is in motion
High sensitivity with Day & Night (Electrical) function: 0.5 lux (color), 0.06 lux (B&W) at F1.4
Multiple H.264 (high profile) and JPEG streams ensure simultaneous real-time monitoring
Full-duplex bi-directional audio allows interactive communication between the camera and the monitoring site
Face-detection function identifies the position of any human face; this information is sent via XML or video stream
Prioritized Stream Control allows one of the video streams to 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
JPEG images can be viewed on a phone via the Internet
Privacy masking to protect up to 8 private areas, such as entrances and exits
Industrial grade pan/tilt/zoom mechanism
PTZ control via the user-friendly GUI with 16 pan/tilt speeds
Drag and Zoom operation provides finer control over camera movement
360° endless panning allows users to precisely capture almost any object surrounding the camera
Integration of 2D and 3D-DNR (noise reduction) delivers clear images by reducing video noise, and motion blur
Meta data for VMD is supplied to work with the WJ-ND400 playback VMD function
Power over Ethernet Plus (PoE+) compatible means the camera can be installed almost anywhere and not necessarily close to a power supply
JPEG image compression ratio can be changed by alarm so that higher quality images can be captured
SDHC/SD Memory card slot for manual recording (H.264 / JPEG), alarm recording (H.264 / JPEG) and backup upon network failure (JPEG)
H.264 and MPEG-4 are selectable for system migration
Primary (RGB) color filter
Selectable light control modes: Outdoor / Indoor / Fixed electronic shutter
Outdoor / Indoor: Electronic shutter and ALC lens iris control are automatically controlled depending on the mode and luminance level for outdoor/indoor use
Up to 1/10,000 fixed electronic shutter speeds can be selected
256 speed operations available for system with WV-CU950 system controller (sold separately)
Up to 256 preset positions
8 thumbnail images at 45° intervals make it simple to direct the camera easily by clicking on a thumbnail
VMD (Video Motion Detection) with 4 programmable detection areas, 15 steps sensitivity level, and 10 steps detection size
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/MPEG-4 maximum bit rate per client and total bit rate control allows for flexible network traffic management
Frame rate priority mode controls bit rate and compression ratio to provide the specified frame rate
Multi-lingual: English / Italian / French / German / Spanish / Russian / Chinese / Japanese
IPv4/IPv6 protocol supported
Analog Monitor output for easier installation
Supports SSL, DDNS (viewnetcam, RFC2136)
ONVIF compliant
Dehumidification device allows use in various weather conditions
Built-in fan/heater/sun shield for handling temperature changes
IP66-rated housing
Hydrophilic rain coating flattens and spreads out the water that hits the case to form a thin protective layer on the glass surface that helps rinse away loosened dirt and other organic material, and minimizes spots and streaks by helping the glass dry more quickly and evenly
Image Sensor 1/4 type MOS image sensor
Effective Pixels Approximately 1.3 Mp
Scanning Mode Progressive scan
Scanning Area (H x V) 3.6 x 2.7 mm
Minimum Illumination Color: 0.5 lux, B&W: 0.06 lux at F/1.4 (Shutter: 1/30 s, AGC: High)
Color: 0.031 lux, B&W: 0.004 lux at F/1.4 (Shutter: 16/30 s, AGC: High)
White Balance AWC (2,000 to 10,000 K), ATW1 (2,700 to 6,000 K), ATW2 (2,000 to 6,000 K)
Light Control Indoor scene (50 / 60 Hz) / Outdoor scene / Fix shutter
Shutter Speed Fix shutter: OFF (1/30), 3/100, 3/120, 2/100, 2/120, 1/100, 1/120, 1/250, 1/500, 1/1000, 1/2000, 1/4000, 1/10,000
Super Dynamic On / Off
Face Super Dynamic On / Off (Only at Super Dynamic: On)
Dynamic Range 52 dB typical (Super Dynamic: ON, Light Control: Indoor)
Adaptive Black Stretch On / Off
Automatic Gain Control On (low, mid, high) / Off
Electronic Sensitivity UP Off, 2/30 s, 4/30 s, 6/30 s, 10/30 s, 16/30 s (Maximum)
Black and White Mode Mode: Auto 1 / Auto 2 / Auto 3 / On / Off
Digital Noise Reduction (DNR) High / Low
Video Motion Detection On / Off, 4 areas , Sensitivity: 15 steps, Detection size: 10 steps
Privacy Zone On / Off, Up to 8 zones, Gray / Mosaic
Auto Image Stabilizer On / Off
Camera Titles Up to 20 characters (alphanumeric characters, marks)
Focal Length 3.3 to 119 mm
Zoom Ratio 36x / 72x with extra optical zoom (under VGA)
Digital Zoom 12x (Max 864x combined with extra optical zoom under VGA)
Angular Field of View H: 1.7° (Tele) to 60.2° (Wide)
V: 1.3° (Tele) to 46.0° (Wide)
Maximum Aperture Ratio 1 : 1.4 (Wide) to 4.8 (Tele)
Focusing Range 2.0 m to infinity
Aperture Range F1.4 to 22, Close
Panning Range 360° endless
Pan/Tilt Speed Panning Speed
Manual: approximately 0.065°/s to 120°/s, Up to 256 steps (depending on the controller)
Preset: Up to approximately 400°/s
Tilting Speed
Manual: approximately 0.065°/s to 120°/s, Up to 256 steps (depending on the controller)
Preset: Up to approximately 400°/s
Tilting Range -15° to 185° (upward-level-downward)
Tilting angle limit: 10° / 5° / 3° / 0° / -3° / -5° / -10° / -15°
Pan/Tilt Control Yes
Preset Positions 256
Auto Mode preset sequence / auto pan / auto track / patrol
Image Hold On / Off
PTZ Position Display On / Off
Self Return 10 / 20 / 30 s / 1 / 2 / 3 / 5 / 10 / 20 / 30 / 60 min
Pan/Tilt Flip On / Off
Map Shot 360° map shot / preset map shot
Browser GUI
Camera Control Pan/Tilt (16 steps), Zoom, Focus, Click centering, Drag zoom, Iris, Preset position call and program, Auto mode
Display Mode Spot, Quad: Image from 16 cameras can be displayed in 4 different Quad screens or 16-split screen (JPEG only)
Camera Titles Up to 20 alphanumeric characters
Clock Display Time: 12H / 24H
Date: 5 formats on the browser, Summer time (Manual/AUTO)
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 SDHC/SD memory card can be downloaded
GUI Language English,French (Installation required for French)
English, French, Italian, Spanish, German, Russian (Installation required except for English)
System Log Up to 100 (Internal) error logs
Up to 4000 (SDHC/SD memory when the recording format is set to JPEG) error logs
Supported OS Microsoft Windows 7, Vista, XP Professional (SP3) 1
Please Note:

Microsoft Windows 7 Starter, Vista Starter, and XP Professional 64-bit editions are not supported.

Supported Web Browsers Windows Internet Explorer 9.0, 8.0, 7.0, 6.0 (SP3)
Network I/F 10Base-T / 100Base-TX, RJ-45 connector
Image Resolution Aspect ratio (4:3) H.264: 1,280 × 960 / 800 × 600 / VGA (640 × 480) / QVGA (320 × 240), up to 30 fps
MPEG-4: VGA (640 × 480) / QVGA (320 × 240), up to 30 fps
JPEG (MJPEG): 1,280 × 960 / 800 × 600 / VGA (640 × 480) / QVGA (320 × 240), up to 30 fps
Aspect ratio (16:9) H.264: 1,280 × 720 / 640 × 360 / 320 × 180, up to 30 fps
JPEG (MJPEG): 1,280 × 720 / 640 × 360 / 320 × 180, up to 30 fps 2
Please Note:

H.264 and MPEG-4 are alternative. (4 : 3) and (16 : 9) are alternative

H.264/MPEG4 Encoding Engine
Transmission mode Constant bitrate / Framerate priority / Best effort
Frame Rate 1 / 3 / 5 / 7.5 / 10 / 15 / 20 / 30 fps
Bit Rate 64 / 128 / 256 / 384 / 512 / 768 / 1024 / 1536 / 2048 / 3072 / 4096 / 8192 kb/s (H.264 mode only) / Unlimited
Image Quality Low / Normal / Fine
Refresh Interval 0.2 / 0.25 / 0.33 / 0.5 / 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 s
Transmission Types Unicast / Multicast
JPEG Image Quality: 10 steps
Transmission Type: Pull / Push
Audio Compression G.726 (ADPCM) 32 / 16 kbps, G.711 64 kbps
Audio Mode Off / Microphone (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 3
Please Note:

If FTP transmission fails, backup on a SDHC/SD memory card (sold separately) is available.

Maximum Concurrent Access Number 14 4
Please Note:

Depends on network conditions.

Memory Card SDHC/SD Memory Card: H.264 recording: Manual REC / Alarm REC (Pre/Post) / Schedule REC
JPEG recording: Manual REC / Alarm REC (Post) / Backup upon network failure
Compatible SD cards: Panasonic 256, 512 MB, 1, 2 GB
SDHC cards: 4, 8, 16, 32 GB
Cellular Phone Compatibility JPEG image, pan/tilt/zoom control, AUX control (by access level)
Mobile Terminal Compatibility iPad, iPhone, iPod touch (iOS 4.2.1 or later) Android mobile terminals 5
Please Note:

For further information about compatible devices, refer to the Panasonic website

Alarm Source 3x Terminal inputs, VMD, command alarm, Auto track
Alarm Actions SD memory recording, E-mail notification, Indication on browser, Camera positioning, Preset position 1 to 64, FTP image transfer, Terminal output, Panasonic protocol output, Auto track
Alarm Log With SD memory card: 5,000 logs
Without SD memory card: 1,000 logs
Schedule Setting Alarm/VMD/Access permission, Preset position call, Position refresh, H.264 recording
Monitor Output For adjustment: 1.0 Vpp / 75 Ω, BNC
Microphone/Line Input Microphone input and Line input are selectable, 3.5 mm monaural mini jack (Applicable microphone: Plug-in power type), Supply voltage: 2.5 V ±0.5 V, Input impedance: approximately 2 kΩ
Audio Output ø3.5 mm stereo mini jack (monaural output) Line level
External I/O Terminals ALARM IN 1 / DAY/NIGHT IN, ALARM IN 2 / ALARM OUT, ALARM IN 3 / AUX OUT (x1 each)
Safety/EMC Standard UL (UL60065), FCC (Part15 ClassA),C-UL (CAN/CSA C22.2 No.60065),DOC (ICES003 ClassA)
Power Source and Consumption 24 VAC (50 / 60 Hz): approximately 43 W Heater ON
PoE Plus: approximately 24 W (IEEE802.3at compliant, Class 4 device) Heater ON
Operating Temperature -58 °F to 131 °F (-50 °C to +55 °C) (24 VAC) *5
-22 °F to 131 °F (PoE Plus) (-30 °C to +55 °C)
Note: When used with a continuous power supply, internal temperature must be above 14°F (-10°C). Installation and startup should be done above -22°F (-30°C). When using this product at temperatures of -40°F (-40°C) or below, use the power supply between 24 and 27 VAC.
Operating Humidity 90 % or less (without condensation)
Water and Dust Resistance IP66, IEC60529 measuring standard compatible
Dimensions (ØxH) 9.03 x 14.92" (229.00 x 379.00 mm)
Diameter of the dome: 5.90" (150.00 mm)
Weight 10.14 lb (4.60 kg)
Panasonic WV-SW396A Super Dynamic Weather-Resistant HD Dome Network Camera with Rain Wash Coating
  • CD Containing Tool Software Programs
  • 8P Alarm Cable
  • Connector Kit for 24 VAC
  • Front/Rear Sun Shield
  • Code Label
  • 2 x Front/Rear Sun Shield Fixing Screws
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
  • Note:Code label may be required for network management. The network administrator shall retain this label.


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