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New Panasonic i-PRO Series 1080p HD Network Cameras Deliver Improved Performance and Functionality

Enhanced UniPhier(R) LSI Processor Adds Functionality With Improved Bandwidth (March 28, 2012)

LAS VEGAS, NV -- (Marketwire) -- 03/28/12 -- Panasonic today unveils the newest i-PRO Full HD network cameras at this year's International Security Conference & Exposition (ISC West) in Las Vegas, Nevada, March 28th to 30th. The cameras bring superior image quality and advanced features to Panasonic's security portfolio. All of the HD cameras offer full 1080p video with Mega Super Dynamic picture quality, 1080p/360p dual streaming and smart features such as face detection, sequential cropping function and efficient H.264 compression. Ideal for demanding, high-end applications, the i-PRO SmartHD "5 series" full 1080p HD cameras also incorporate Panasonic's Enhanced UniPhier® LSI Processor to offer added functionality.

Panasonic's Enhanced UniPhier LSI Processor delivers new functions such as variable image quality on specified areas (VIQS) and lens distortion compensation (LDC), which provides a natural image without distortion when viewed through a wide angle lens. VIQS enables up to two areas in an image, such as the sky, to be encoded at a lower resolution to save bandwidth while maintaining maximum detail in critical areas. The Enhanced UniPhier® LSI Processor also employs a new H.264 codec engine to provide additional image compression to lower bandwidth and storage needs by up to half when used in combination with VIQS. Images are provided by a 3.1 megapixel high-sensitivity MOS sensor.

Panasonic's WV-SW559 i-PRO Super Dynamic Full HD Vandal Resistant Dome Network Camera provides dual-streaming to simultaneously supply full HD (1,920 x 1,080 pixel) H.264 video and 360p video, both at 30 frames per second (fps). The camera's dual streaming capability provides both real-time monitoring and high-resolution recording. Up to four cropped image capture areas can be specified and transmitted sequentially. The WV-SW559 incorporates an infrared (IR) cut filter that switches on/off for greater light sensitivity of 0.06 lux in black-and-white (B/W) mode. Auto Back Focus (ABF) ensures stable focus in both color and black-and-white modes and simplifies installation.

Panasonic's i-PRO SmartHD WV-SW558 offers day/night electrical function and light sensitivity of 0.3 lux in B/W mode. Both the WV-SW558 and WV-SW559 offer color light sensitivity of 0.5 lux. Each dome camera features a 2.8-10.0mm, 3.6x varifocal auto-iris lens. Both outdoor models feature IP66-rated water and dust resistance.


"Panasonic is applying its core expertise in HD imaging technology to deliver more advanced imaging solutions for professional video surveillance and security applications. Our new line of i-PRO Full HD network cameras delivers exceptional resolution combined with advanced features for the most demanding applications," said Greg Peratt, National Sales Director, Video Solutions Integration, Panasonic. "We believe the performance and versatility of these new HD cameras provides a new foundation for designers to build new video surveillance systems upon."

Also being introduced at ISC West are indoor box cameras offering similar features: Panasonic's i-PRO Smart HD WV-SP509 Super Dynamic Full HD Network camera (with IR day/night function) and WV-SP508 (with electrical day/night). A 2x varifocal (high-resolution) lens is an optional accessory for either.

Additional cameras in Panasonic's i-PRO full-HD line include a fixed dome indoor vandal-resistant camera (WV-SF549) providing picture-in-picture function enabling a selected area to be monitored in a single image screen and 3x extra optical zoom at 360p resolution, available in June 2012. Also coming in June is the WV-SF539 fixed dome indoor camera. Both provide IR day/night function. WV-SF548 and WV-SF538 are electrical day/night cameras with similar features, also including picture-in-picture and 3x extra optical zoom at 360p resolution.

Each full HD camera offers high-efficiency 1080 bit-rate control. Mega Super Dynamic and ABS (Adaptive Black Stretch) technologies deliver 128x wider dynamic range. Face Super Dynamic Range technology ensures clear face images. Video Motion Detection offers four programmable detection areas, 15-step sensitivity levels and 10-step detection sizes. Face detection function detects the position of the human face and sends the information as XML data.

The MOS sensor and Enhanced UniPhier processor save energy by requiring less power to operate, and simpler overall system design (system doesn't require a PC) also contributes to environmental considerations as part of Panasonic's Eco Ideas initiatives.

Panasonic Solutions for Business
Through its broad range of integrated business technology solutions, Panasonic empowers professionals to do their best work. Customers in government, healthcare, production, education and a wide variety of commercial enterprises, large and small, depend on integrated solutions from Panasonic to reach their full potential, achieve competitive advantage and improve outcomes. The complete suite of Panasonic solutions addresses unified business communications, mobile computing, security and surveillance systems, retail information systems, office productivity solutions, high definition visual conferencing, projectors, professional displays and HD and 3D video production. As a result of its commitment to R&D, manufacturing and quality control, Panasonic engineers reliable and long-lasting solutions as a partner for continuous improvement. Panasonic solutions for business are delivered by Panasonic System Communications Company of North America, Division of Panasonic Corporation of North America, the principal North American subsidiary of Panasonic Corporation (NYSE: PC).

All brand and company/product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of the respective companies. All specifications are subject to change without notice. Information on Panasonic solutions for business can be obtained by calling 877-803-8492 or at www.panasonic.com.

About Panasonic Corporation of North America
Based in Secaucus, NJ, Panasonic Corporation of North America provides a broad line of digital and other electronics products and services for consumer, business and industrial use. The company is the principal North American subsidiary of Osaka, Japan-based Panasonic Corporation (NYSE: PC), and the hub of Panasonic's U.S. branding, marketing, sales, service and R&D operations. Panasonic was the only Consumer Electronics company to be listed in the top ten brands on the Interbrand Best Global Green Brands 2011 ranking (http://www.interbrand.com/en/best-global-brands/Best-Global-Green-Brands/2011-Report/BestGlobalGreenBrandsTable-2011.aspx). As part of its continuing efforts to reduce its carbon footprint, Panasonic Corporation of North America will relocate its operations to a new eco-efficient office tower adjacent to a mass transit hub in Newark, NJ in 2013. Information about Panasonic Eco Ideas initiatives is available at http://panasonic.net/eco/ecoideas/. Information about Panasonic and its products is available at www.panasonic.com. Additional company information for journalists is also available at www.panasonic.com/pressroom.

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