Amidst growing resistance from privacy and security advocates against surveillance technologies, much new surveillance equipment developed by tech companies are sprouting like mushrooms. This time, Japan’s Fujifilm releases its latest wave of surveillance camera that can read plate numbers even from a distance of at least one kilometer.
Recently, companies have expanded their focus on consumer-centric technology to surveillance equipment, as demand for these technologies increase. One of them is Fujifilm, which recognizes the market gap.
“In recent years, there is an increasing recognition of security for the safe and secure future, and it is becoming increasingly common to install long-range lens equipped surveillance cameras for distant subjects at not only, for example, international borders and forest areas but also at large-scale public infrastructure facilities such as airports, harbor ports, and highways,” said Fujifilm.
This sounds promising, right? But what exactly can this surveillance camera do?
The so-called Fujifilm SX800 built-in lens is capable of 40x optical zoom — boosting the focal length from 20mm to 800mm — supporting a 1.25x digital zoom for a maximum focal length of 1,000mm. The new camera design from the Japanese company can clearly view targets one kilometer away from the viewer. Additionally, the camera includes high-quality heat haze/fog reduction technology, realizing the clear image of subjects several kilometers away.
“The camera is ideally suited for security and monitoring at national borders and in forests as well as in airports, harbor ports, highways, and other large-scale public infrastructure facilities,” says Fujifilm.
Furthermore, the camera has a rear focus mechanism, which achieves the high-speed adjustment of the smaller-diameter lenses in the rear group of the zoom lens. Fujifilm brags that with the combination of this feature and the phase-detection AF, the surveillance camera can auto-focus to subject in a minimum time of around one second.
Aside from these features, the camera is also loaded with automatic adjustments to settings, such as the optical axis and flange focal length, that “greatly reduc[es] the work required when installing a new camera.”
“Existing long-range surveillance cameras often have various issues including the impact on image quality of vibrations caused by wind when installed in high places, poor visibility due to heat haze and fog, and delays when adjusting the focus to distant subjects. To resolve these issues, Fujifilm decided to develop an integrated surveillance camera with a built-in zoom lens, rather than to develop a camera and a lens independently,” Fujifilm announces.
The SX800 is Fujifilm’s market debut in the surveillance camera market. Harnessing this technology will only help the company bounce up with the help of their “cutting-edge image processing technology.”
As of now, the company has not provided further details regarding the price and the distribution channels for the new surveillance equipment. Z6Mag reached out to the company and will update this article once information has already been obtained.
Rising surveillance camera developments
Meanwhile, the world has seen a growing interest in high function camera and lens technology. Yesterday, the U.S. Army announced that their soldiers would be using a newly retrofitted goggle that has the capability of recognizing enemies right in front of their eyes.
The new goggles are part of the US Military’s effort to developed the so-called Integrated Visual Augmentation System, or IVAS, or combat-ready glasses that blends digital elements into a soldier’s field of view.
“We’re going to demonstrate very, very soon, the ability, on body — if there are persons of interest that you want to look for and you’re walking around, it will identify those very quickly,” said Col. Chris Schneider, project manager for IVAS, at a U.S. Army Futures Command demonstration in Virginia.
Aside from its facial recognition capabilities, the new Army goggles will also have the ability to see things in the eyes of a drone, like Black Hornet, a type of special “personal reconnaissance drones” to help army officers to conduct surveillance, now in real-time using the IVAS goggles.
People particular in the matter said that the U.S. Army is planning to demonstrate the goggles’ drone viewing capability on October at Fort Pickett, in Virginia.