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Efficiency and Cost-Saving Benefits of Multi-Imager Cameras


Business owners and security staff can’t be everywhere at once. That’s why camera system installation is such an integral aspect of a comprehensive security solution. However, when it comes to commercial camera systems, not all security cameras are created equal.

Multi-imager cameras, such as those offered by Avigilon and Hanwha Techwin America, offer a wealth of benefits over single-image and PTZ (pan-tilt-zoom) cameras.

Multi-imager cameras are single cameras that offer 180° to 360° degree coverage. They do so by using multiple sensors inside one camera which captures the same coverage area as three to four cameras, all without digitally augmenting the video.

This provides complete situational awareness and eliminates blind spots in the scene. Because of multi-imager cameras, areas that used to require many cameras to fully monitor can now be covered with a single piece of equipment.

DSC is proud to offer multi-sensor and multi-directional cameras from leading manufacturers such as Avigilon and Hanwha Techwin America to provide clients with video surveillance tools that are cost-saving and more efficient than other cameras on the market.

Lower Cost of Ownership

The primary benefit of using multi-sensory cameras as opposed to single view cameras is the lower cost of ownership over time.

Multi-imager cameras can be used to cover fields of view ranging from 180° to 270° to 360°, meaning one camera can do the work of up to four individual sensor cameras. This means that businesses can deploy commercial camera systems that use less equipment but are just as effective in providing full-coverage views. Fewer cameras to purchase, install, and maintain means a lower lifetime cost of ownership without sacrificing comprehensive video security.

Camera system installation is also easier and less expensive when utilizing multi-imager cameras, as there are fewer total cameras to install, mount, and tie into a facility’s infrastructure. Multi-imager cameras require only one network connection, have less cabling needs, and reduced port usage on network switches. In addition, most multi-sensor cameras often only require the use of one camera license in VMS software.

With a lower install cost and less long-term maintenance needed, the return on investment for multi-imager cameras is considerably higher than that of single-sensor cameras.

Quality Images at a Lower Price

When looking for a commercial camera system, knowing you’ll have high-quality pictures is essential. Over time, the cost of purchasing multiple high-definition, single-sensor cameras often can outweigh that of investing in one, quality multi-sensor camera.

Cameras such as the Avigilon H4 multisensor camera are capable of capturing up to 4 independent streams of live and recorded video in flawless 4K UHD, transmitted via Avigilon’s H.265 compression technology, the most efficient way to conserve valuable network bandwidth and recorded video storage.

Both Avigilon and Hanwha Techwin America cameras offer versatile modular camera platforms, which can be customized for any practical application. They feature high-quality optics, a variety of resolution options, comprehensive mounting options, and innovative IR illuminators.


The greatest benefit of multi-sensor cameras is the high level of situational awareness they provide, making security teams more effective.

If a company’s security team is using PTZ cameras to monitor a facility, they are required to operate the camera and direct it at different areas over time. With those cameras, valuable moments could be missed.

Comparatively, with a multi-imager camera, security staff can see a wider field of view with less effort, leaving them more alert and available to spot unusual activity. Because they are not hindered by the eye strain of switching between monitors and the fatigue of manually directing cameras, security staff members are better equipped to respond swiftly to incidents. In the event of an incident, multi-sensor cameras maximize efficiency because there are fewer cameras to monitor during an event and fewer recordings to go through afterward.

Every aspect of multi-imager cameras, from initial camera system installation to image storage, is more efficient and cost effective than those of traditional cameras. By providing great coverage and ease of use to security staff with an overall lower cost of ownership, it’s clear why many businesses are choosing multi-imager cameras for their commercial camera systems.

Contact us for more information on multi-imager cameras, and find out how they can be a valuable aspect of your business’s comprehensive security solution.

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