MegaIP megapixel cameras are designed and manufactured in the USA around our in-house-developed Massively Parallel Image Processing (MPIP) architecture, which runs on a Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) integrated circuit at the camera’s core. The unique architecture is now in its 5th generation, delivering both outstanding cybersecurity protection and unmatched upgradability to extend the useful life of our cameras. MegaIP offers the surveillance industry’s most complete range of single-, dual-, and multi-sensor cameras.
The MegaView megapixel camera family is loaded with features and options. The second generation MegaView 2 comes standard with IR, sunshield, and a junction box for quicker installation. With SNAPstream™ advanced compression algorithm, Wide Dynamic Range, image down scaling, and CorridorView™, MegaView 2 has an adaptation for almost any environment or scenario. These indoor/outdoor all-in-one solutions integrate a 1080p, 3-, 5-, or 10-megapixel camera with fast frame rates and an IR corrected motorized wide angle or telephoto, P-iris lens into an IP66 environmental rated, IK-10 impact-resistant bullet-style housing.
Single- and Dual- Sensor Box Cameras
From the economical single- and dual-sensor Compact, to the mainstream G5, and the high-performance 4K and UltraHD, the MegaVideo family of megapixel cameras provide ample resolution to zoom-in for details in live or recorded video. These box camera solutions are available at several resolutions from 1.2- to 12-megapixel with the fastest frame rates in the industry. MegaVideo cameras are “build to order” solutions featuring a multitude of combinations of feature levels, lenses, and enclosures for specific applications (sold separately).
Compact, Flexible Solution
The MegaVideo Flex camera series offers a cost-effective security solution for installations that require a flexible, compact design. Due to its small footprint, the MegaVideo Flex easily fits into leading automated teller machines and other tight spaces. These stylish indoor cameras feature a choice of 1.2MP, 1080p, 3MP, and 5-megapixel (MP) resolution options, and a unique tethered USB cabling design that allows the camera to be mounted in one area while the main unit is mounted up to 40ft (12m) away.
The MegaDome family is loaded with features and options inside an installer-friendly, IP66 environmental rated and IK-10 impact-resistant housing design. MegaDome G3 cameras feature remote focus and zoom functionality with a P-iris lens and MegaDome G3 RS has complete “no-touch” remote setup with pan, tilt, focus, and zoom functionality. Available in resolutions from 1080P to 10-megapixel with SNAPstream technology for low bandwidth, Enhanced Wide Dynamic Range options, True Day/Night, IR, non-integer down scaling, and CorridorView™ features, MegaDome G3 series cameras deliver for almost any environment or scenario. MegaDome 4K and UltraHD models feature high-performance, high frame-rate video in 8.3 and 12 megapixel resolutions.
Single- and Dual- Sensor Ultra-Small Domes
The MicroDome series of megapixel cameras feature micro-sized cost-effective solutions for discrete surveillance applications. MicroDome Duo is perfect for a long hallway, corner of a room, or for an entrance of a building with its twin remote focus, user-configurable sensors. MicroDome G2 surface models feature IR LED illuminator options for stronger low light performance, and flush-mounted models are among the easiest to install cameras on the market. All MicroDome series cameras offer a low-profile surveillance solution with multiple features and options to choose from. MicroDome G2 cameras are available in 1.2MP, 1080P, 3MP, and 5MP resolutions and MicroDome Duo cameras are available in 4MP, 6MP, and 10MP resolutions. All MicroDome cameras are IK-10 impact resistant and IP66 environmental rated.
Multi-Sensor Panoramic Domes
Delivering revolutionary innovation with in-house design from the ground up, the SurroundVideo 180° and 360° seemlessly-aligned panoramic multi-sensor, multi-megapixel cameras can each replace multiple conventional or pan-tilt-zoom cameras. Now in its 5th Generation, the SurroundVideo series multi-sensor, multi-megapixel cameras provide an all-in-one solution for capturing wide area video surveillance while maximizing the field-of-view and reducing the total number of cameras required. SurroundVideo cameras include four sensors uniquely housed in an IK-10 impact-resistant, IP66 environmentally-rated dome enclosure. Models are available in 180° and 360° panoramic configurations with resolutions of 5MP, 8MP, 12MP, 20MP, and 40MP.
Customizable Multi-Sensor Domes
The SurroundVideo Omni megapixel camera demonstrates ground-breaking versatility with its magnetic Omni track design encompassing 73 user-configurable sensor positions and multiple lens options for each of the four, independently configured sensors, providing endless configurations. A single SurroundVideo Omni series camera can replace multiple conventional cameras. SurroundVideo Omni SX cameras feature 3-axis gimble, remote focus sensor models and Omni G3 models are able to be completely setup remotely using the motorized track and sensor gimbles. Omni delivers the perfect field of view and zoom into multiple regions of interest. SurroundVideo Omni series IK-10 impact resistant and IP66 environmental rated cameras are available in 12- or 20-megapixel (MP) resolutions.
AV Costar megapixel technology in our MegaIP series deliver superior image quality, increases video coverage, and reduces overall system costs by covering larger areas with fewer, more reliable cameras. Catching a suspect or car involved in a crime or incident often comes down to the clarity in which a surveillance camera captures a face or license plate. AV Costar technology includes excellent glass lens imaging packages, innovative designs, and outstanding resolution. AV Costar can dramatically reduce the number of cameras required for projects while increasing image clarity and situational awareness coverage.
The lowest resolution camera offered by AV Costar, 1.2 megapixel (MP), is over 3 times the resolution of any standard definition camera on the market. 1080p and 4K resolutions found in high definition or “HD” televisions and video cameras are equivalent to 2.1MP and 8.3MP respectively. The chart below shows all AV Costar megapixel resolutions compared to typical analog formats.
AV Costar multi-sensor technology found in the Mega SurroundVideo and SurroundVideo Omni families have four individual camera sensors in a single indoor/outdoor day/night dome camera housing. For example, a 40MP Mega SurroundVideo panoramic camera is made up of four 10MP camera sensors that create a highly detailed and virtually seamless panoramic image. As a result, an area typically requiring multiple pan-tilt-zoom (PTZ) cameras or multiple fixed cameras may be able to be covered with a single SurroundVideo panoramic or multi-sensor camera.
This example of the dramatic increase in total megapixel resolution is shown using AV Costar Mega SurroundVideo 180° panoramics that “stitch” all four sensors together in a row to make one giant image. The Mega SurroundVideo Omni Series cameras can have all four sensors pointed in various directions.
4K technology and 5th generation MPIP architecture greatly increase the processing output capability of the AV Costar Mega camera portfolio. 8.3MP at 30 frames per second (fps), or 1080p at 60 fps, provides incredible details at faster than real-time frame rates. The greater processing capability allows for virtually unlimited upgrade potential in the future.
AV Costar Mega-series UltraHD cameras are also available in the MegaDome and MegaVideo series. UltraHD cameras offer choice of 1080p at 60fps, 4K (8MP) at 30fps, or 12MP at 20fps through Tri-Mode technology. With UltraHD, designs and configurations are simpler with a single camera to specify.
Video surveillance is a 24-hour per day operation. Maintaining a clear and detailed visual through fluctuating lighting conditions can be challenging. AV Costar offers several industry-leading technologies to deal with the harshest of lighting environments from intense backlight to low light and no light conditions.
For applications with strong backlighting or reflections from wet or shiny flooring, producing clear images in challenging a range of lighting conditions can be achieved by maximizing the amount of detail in both bright and dark areas of a scene with AV Costar wide dynamic range technology.
WDR is available on select Mega-series models in 1080p, 3MP, 4K, and 12MP resolutions with up to 100db at full resolution and maximum frame rates.
AV Costar NightView is our newest low-light color imaging technology. Select MegaIP models (all models) cameras with NightView are able to bring out very detailed color images where other cameras show no image at all.
NightView also maintains low bit rate and storage requirements without compromising video quality
As part of their superior True Day/Night operation, most AV Costar MegaIP camera models include low-light enhancing technology with a mechanical IR (infrared) cut filter. True Day/Night capability automatically switches from color to black and white operation to increase sensitivity and image clarity at night or in unlit spaces.
True Day/Night is available on all AV Costar Mega product lines, including the smallest form factor products such as MicroDome and MegaVideo Flex, and the multi-sensor SurroundVideo and SurroundVideo Omni families. All camera models feature mechanical IR cut filters.
Binning technology, used in parallel with True Day/Night functionality, sums the light value of 4 pixels into 1 larger pixel yielding much better image quality in low light and reduced bandwidth on MegaIP series cameras with 3MP and higher resolution.
MegaDome 4K and UltraHD series cameras feature an adjustable IR illuminator that allows installers to manipulate the beam angle and illumination intensity of the IR LEDs. Since the distance of objects in a scene and the field of view can vary depending on the use case, the flexibility of an adjustable IR illuminator provides better control over lighting in low light conditions.
The dual sensor MegaIP series MegaVideo Compact camera is designed for scenes with the harshest of lighting conditions. During the day, the 3MP WDR provides clear image details even with intense backlighting, and at night the 1.2MP monochrome sensor provides incredible image quality in extreme low light.
AV Costar MegaIP series cameras deliver proven performance, including unmatched cybersecurity protection, thanks to our FPGA technology and massively parallel image processing architecture. We can add new features and capabilities to existing Mega cameras, extending the useful life of our products to the benefit of customers.
MegaIP cameras also balance bandwidth requirements with storage demands, and much more.
At the core of every AV Costar MegaIP series camera is a Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) integrated circuit. Each FPGA is programmed with our in-house designed Massively Parallel Image Processing (MPIP) architecture, now in its 5th generation.
Mega cameras do not use common operating systems but rely on the MPIP architecture, which is an important safeguard for those seeking maximum cybersecurity protection. AV Costar Mega cameras cannot be abused or compromised to be used for malicious purposes as a result.
FPGA technology and the MPIP architecture developed by AV Costar have another huge benefit for those wishing maximum return on investment on their cameras with the longest possible useful product life.
New features and capabilities developed by our R&D teams and those of our Technology Partner Program members can be updated and added to installed Mega cameras. This allows customers to take advantage of new features, image quality improvements, reduced bandwidth algorithms, security enhancements, and much more with an update installed onto AV Costar Mega cameras.
The AV IP Utility can be used to update one or multiple Mega cameras in this manner for both hardware and firmware files.
SNAPstream technology, or Smart Noise Adaption and Processing, greatly reduces bandwidth without sacrificing image quality for an enhanced H.264 codec. This breakthrough technology adapts to sudden changes in the scene, and only pushes through necessary information meaning substantially lower storage requirements.
SNAPstream is supported by all Mega camera families, using the H.264 codec.
For fast-action applications like gaming, where high frame rates are mission critical, Mega cameras with Casino Mode guarantee 30 frames per second to capture every detail on even the slightest of hands.
The most miniscule signs of motion can be detected with the 1,024 distinct motion detection zones in all current AV Costar Mega cameras.
With 1024 zones per sensor, the 4-sensor MegaIP series SurroundVideo® series has over 4,000 motion zones.
AV Costar Mega cameras that feature down scaling offer 22 lower resolution options from SQCIF to 720p in addition to full resolution of the camera. Down scaling is useful for pulling a second lower resolution stream for client viewing or remote monitoring while the high-detail, full resolution video is archived on the server.
All AV Costar MegaIP cameras support multicasting, a network feature that takes a single video stream from the camera and allows several users to access the video. It is commonly used in enterprise deployments to allow multiple client users view video from the same camera without adding additional stress on the recording server to retransmit live video.
All AV Costar MegaIP cameras support multiple streams to be pulled from the camera at the same time. Multi-streaming is commonly used to provide 1 full resolution stream for recording, and lower resolution streams for live viewing at the client or remotely.
Flexible Cropping is a feature unique to AV Costar Mega cameras. It gives the user the flexibility to turn off unnecessary pixels at the camera level to greatly reduce the bandwidth and storage requirements.
Privacy masking blocks regions of the image at the camera level so the data is never transmitted to the recording software. AV Costar Mega cameras allow users to create multiple arbitrary shapes to customize the privacy mask to the specific application.
Onboard storage provides an easy back-up or stand-alone solution for storing data. The SDHC card slot on most AV Costar MegaIP cameras supports up to 32GB of onboard storage capacity.
AV Costar Mega 4K cameras can operate at either 4K or 1080p resolution while reaching up to 30fps or 60fps respectively. Switching the camera to 1080p can be beneficial for applications where capturing motion detail outweighs the need for higher pixel density.
AV Costar Mega UltraHD cameras offer 1080p at 60 fps, 4K (8MP) @ 30fps, or 12MP @ 20fps with Tri-Mode.
The P-iris, or Precision iris, lenses ensure the best possible image clarity and depth of field for optimal performance and image quality. The lens can provide an automatic, precise iris control for applications with varying lighting conditions. Many MegaIP camera models feature P-iris lenses.
Speeding up the installation process positively affects the total cost of ownership. AV Costar offers a number of innovative housing designs and features in our MegaIP series that aid in creating a faster and easier installation experience as well as a precise camera setup.
The MegaIP series of MicroDome flush mount cameras incorporate an innovative spring arm design for simple installation into drop ceilings with no external hardware required.
Simply cut a hole in the ceiling and the MicroDome pops into place, securing itself without the need for fasteners. This spring arm technology is also available on the flush mount adapter for MegaIP series MegaVideo Flex.
Magnetic clasps make installation easy and safe by allowing the installer to use both hands for installing the camera body or securing the fasteners. The latest generation MegaIP series MegaDome and SurroundVideo housing features an easy to install mounting plate that has magnetic fasteners. These fasteners hold the camera body in place while the installer secures it to the mounting plate. The MegaIP series MicroDome flush mount housing uses magnets to hold the camera dome and trim ring in place, and the MegaIP series SurroundVideo Omni series uses magnets to hold the movable sensors while the installer secures them to the metal Omni track.
A unique track design of the Mega-series SurroundVideo Omni family allows four individual sensor gimbals to be independently placed in nearly any configuration. Popular uses of SurroundVideo Omni cameras are to cover the intersection of hallways or to provide a 270° view at the corner of a building.
Installation is literally a snap, since each gimbal is magnetically set in place for the Omni G1 and SX models then locked down. These capabilities make it easier to arrange a configuration around the Omni track during the installation process.
AV Costar MegaIP cameras with remote focus (and zoom) can be installed without locally adjusting the focus or zoom (if applicable) of the sensor. Remote focus and zoom is controlled through the 3rd party VMS or through the camera webpage.
Unique to AV Costar is even the smallest form factor models like the MegaIP series MicroDome, and MegaVideo Flex, as well as multi-sensor SurroundVideo® G5 and SurroundVideo Omni SX cameras have remote focus capability.
The MegaIP series SurroundVideo Omni G3 features a first-of-its-kind, game-changing ability. SurroundVideo Omni G3 can be set up completely remotely with pan, tilt, focus, and zoom functionality of four varifocal lens sensors.
Configuration presets allow the user to simply click on a default 180°, 270°, or 360° configuration. Custom presets can also be saved to memory.
The MegaIP series MegaDome G3 RS also features remote setup capability for easy installation and later required view changes.
With CorridorView, cameras with this feature can rotate or flip the image in 90° increments. This feature is ideal for narrow hallways where pixels are often wasted capturing the surrounding walls. All MegaIP series single-sensor cameras feature models with this capability.
AV Costar cameras with maneuverable 2- or 3-axis gimbal architectures. The MegaIP series Omni G1 and G3 offer 2-axis adjustability, while the MicroDome G2, MicroDome Duo, and SurroundVideo Omni SX offer 3-axis adjustment. All benefit from an improved range of motion when positioning sensors allowing the installer to install the camera on a wall in any angle.
The smallest of AV Costar cameras still offer the flexibility of changing the field of views.
In MegaIP series cameras that are too small for varifocal lenses are designed for swappable M12 lenses that range from 2.1mm to 16mm.
The Remote Focus modules on cameras such as MegaIP series SurroundVideo Omni G2 and MicroDome G2 have been designed to be separate from the lenses in order to benefit from these capabilities.
AV Costar cameras are a complete all-in-one Class 3 PoE solution. The camera, IR LEDs, motorized lenses, heater, and fan all operate within the Class 3 PoE specification allowing the cameras to be installed on existing network switches versus having to upgrade to PoE Plus.
AV Costar takes pride in having the most highly versatile and smallest form factor megapixel cameras in the industry. Leading the way in panoramic megapixel technology since 2006, AV Costar has continued to build on this success with our various MegaIP series SurroundVideo Omni designs that offer seemingly endless multi-sensor surveillance opportunities. The MegaIP series MegaVideo Flex tethered cable design opens the door to previously unthinkable installation setups. Powerful and loaded with features, the small size of many cameras in the AV Costar portfolio are surveillance industry game changers.
AV Costar introduced MegaIP series multi-sensor panoramic megapixel cameras in 2006 and omni-directional cameras in 2014, both industry firsts, to dramatically increase situational awareness while reducing the number of cameras required.
The MegaIP series SurroundVideo families all feature four sensors and lenses to provide an all-in-one solution with multi-sensor video surveillance coverage, either panoramic or omni-directional. Cameras in this family are available in 180° and 360° panoramic configurations, as well as user-configurable multi-sensor configurations that utilize an omni-directional track for precise sensor placements.
The MegaIP series MicroDome Duo offers a range of resolutions with twin, independent, and adjustable megapixel sensors.
Even with multiple sensors, these cameras require only 1 license from most of the industry leading VMS platforms for further cost savings.
The primary feature of MegaIP series MegaVideo Flex cameras is the innovative tethered cabling system, which allows the sensor and optional IR units to be installed up to 40 feet (12 meters) away from the main camera box, is what separates MegaVideo Flex cameras from the competition. In some instances, the camera box could theoretically be installed inside a wall that is opposite of the sensor unit or in another room entirely.
The MegaVideo Flex sensor and IR units can also be installed in very small spaces, where even some of the smallest all-in-one IP cameras cannot fit.
Delivering virtually seamless and stunning 180° coverage, AV Costar Mega SurroundVideo series 180° panoramic cameras capture a full 180° horizontal field-of-view. When installed in a large area, these cameras provide the best situational awareness.
With a full 360° field-of-view, AV Costar Mega SurroundVideo series 360° panoramic cameras can be strategically placed in the center of rooms or large open spaces to capture important details. The sensors can be tilted so they can be positioned to either look out at the horizon or cover the area below the camera depending on scene requirements.
A great example of the versatility of the MegaIP series SurroundVideo Omni family is the building corner layout. Configuring the 4 sensors in the corner layout provides a 270° field of view as well as a view looking directly underneath the camera. This layout provides comprehensive video all the time versus the limited field of view and incorrectly positioned PTZ.
Many AV Costar MegaIP series cameras have been designed to have a very small footprint for discrete surveillance. The MicroDome series is barely noticeable or recognizable when installed in a variety of environments. SurroundVideo Omni series cameras are low profile. They are even more discrete when installed with the flush mount adapter while reducing the number of cameras required for complete situational awareness.
MegaVideo Flex reaches an entirely new level of discretion with an extremely small above-surface footprint and only one-half inch high. This makes MegaVideo Flex the lowest profile AV Costar camera solution to date.
Many AV Costar MegaIP series cameras are designed to meet important compliance standards to indicate, for example, that they are reliable for outdoor use in harsh operating conditions or capable of withstanding attacks from vandals. AV Costar cameras are built to be tough and compliance standards are proof of this.
A significant number of AV Costar MegaIP series cameras have been designed for demanding harsh-weather environments. Subjected and certified to rigorous dust and water tests and additionally tested in low operating temperatures, AV Costar cameras with the IP66 rating are ideal for outdoor applications.
The IK-10 rated, rugged cast-aluminum housing of almost all AV Costar MegaIP dome and bullet-style cameras is perfect for deterring vandals since it can withstand the equivalent of 55 kg (120 lbs) of force. Most cameras in the MegaDome, MicroDome, MegaView, and SurroundVideo families are IK-10 rated.
Some AV Costar cameras such as the MegaIP series MegaVideo Flex have achieved vibration and shock resistant certification (EN61373). This allows the camera to be reliably installed in a moving vehicle, since it’s capable of withstanding the bumps and vibrations expected from a vehicle in motion.
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