SecTech Camera Shootout, sponsored by CSD and Milestone Systems, includes 26 cameras from 10 manufacturers arranged in 3 groups – external bullet cameras, external dome cameras and PTZs – and we’ll be looking at the usual aspects of image quality, as well as checking out some cameras using licence plate and face recognition technology.
CAMERA shootouts (pre-register for your city here!) are a great opportunity to get an overall sense of enhancements across the market, as well as getting an idea of which particular cameras do best in the environments in which you see them. This year, we’re going to look at some best-selling camera groups – external bullets and dome cameras – as well as checking out the performance of PTZ cameras across day into night light ranges over 200-250 metres.
The conditions in which we’ll view the cameras will include backlight, lowlight and IR light (we will use an external IR source). The parameters we’ll be paying attention to include motion blur, colour rendition, contrast, sharpness, flare and ghosting, latency, ISO noise and noise suppression and rebuild artefacts. Motion blur and sharpness together are key when it comes to identifying faces and plates – too much blur and too little sharpness and there’s no chance of court admissible footage.
Something else we’ll be doing this year is checking out license plate and face recognition software with our live camera feeds across a range of conditions. The idea here is to get a sense of the possibilities offered by the latest analytics solutions when it comes to applying AI to existing external CCTV cameras in a range of conditions. This year we are using Milestone’s Xprotect Corporate VMS to drive the camera shootout and Imagus? to handle analytics.
When it comes to display, we’ll be using a 65-inch Sony Bravia X85 4K monitor, Milestone VMS server and workstation, Imagus Analytics, a Gigabit Switch, a Vivotek IR array, the familiar Tavcom Norman target for contrast, sharpness, colour rendition and LPR, and the Rotakin target revolving at 25rpm, which will give us a consistent measure for the key characteristic of motion blur.
SecTech Roadshow Camera Shootout is not to be missed – for the first time we’re focusing on high quality external bullets and dome cameras – those cameras most typically deployed by serious security managers. If you want to see some of the best CCTV cameras on the market today going head to head in your home town in very tough conditions, SecTech Camera Shootout is not to be missed – pre-register for your city here right now to avoid delays at the door!
Vivotek IB9365-HT Bullet
The Vivotek IB9365-HT is the new flagship outdoor bullet network camera from VIVOTEK, equipped with a full HD sensor capable of 1920×1080 resolution at 60 fps. It features H.265 compression, 4-9mm, remote focus, P-iris lens, Smart Stream III to optimize bandwidth efficiency, SNV II (Supreme Night Visibility) WDR Pro II (140dB), built-in IR illuminators with 50m range, Smart IR II technology to avoid over exposure, 2-way audio, 3D noise reduction, built-in MicroSD/SDHC/SDXC card slot, weather-proof to IP66 and IP67 and vandal-proof to IK10-rating.
Vivotek FD9365-HTV Dome
Vivotek’s FD9365-HTV is the new flagship outdoor dome network camera from VIVOTEK, equipped with a full HD sensor capable of 1920×1080 resolution at 60 fps. It features H.265 compression, 4-9mm, remote focus, P-iris lens, Smart Stream III to optimize bandwidth efficiency, SNV II (Supreme Night Visibility) WDR Pro II (140dB), built-in IR illuminators with 50m range, Smart IR II technology to avoid over exposure, 2-way audio, 3D noise reduction, built-in MicroSD/SDHC/SDXC card slot, weather-proof to IP66 and IP67 and vandal-proof to IK10-rating.
Vivotek SD9366-EH PTZ
Vivotek’s SD9366-EH has real-time H.265, H.264 and MJPEG compression, 60 fps @ 1080p Full HD, 30x zoom lens, 250M IR with Smart IR II (Vari-Angle IR), WDR Pro for high contrast environments, weather-proof IP66, vandal-proof IK10 and NEMA 4X-rated housing, -40-55C operating temperature, Smart Stream II to optimize bandwidth efficiency, EIS and a built-in wiper.
Axis Q3517-LVE dome
The AXIS Q3517-LVE offers 5MP resolution at up to 30 fps with Forensic WDR. That means it delivers excellent detail – even of moving objects and people – as well as of scenes with both extremely bright and extremely dark areas. Thanks to Lightfinder, you also get sharp, color images in low light. OptimizedIR ensures excellent low-noise video even in complete darkness. Axis Zipstream technology preserves important details in full image quality, while reducing storage and bandwidth by 50 per cent or more.
Axis P1447-LE bullet
The Axis P1447-LE network camera is a sturdy and flexible camera with 5MP at 30fps, OptimizedIR, Forensic WDR and Lightfinder, I/O ports and audio support and Zipstream. It delivers 5MP resolution at 25/30 fps, Forensic WDR for clarity when there are both dark and light areas in the scene, P-iris for optimal depth of field, resolution and image contrast and Axis Lightfinder for color images in near darkness. There’s also Axis OptimizedIR, which fully illuminates completely dark scenes for up to 30m.
Bosch MIC IP Fusion 9000i
MIC IP fusion 9000i PTZ camera from Bosch is an advanced PTZ surveillance platform that incorporates a high performance thermal imaging core and a 1080p starlight camera integrated in the same ruggedized housing. This allows the camera to deliver simultaneous thermal and visible video streams, maximizing the ability to detect and react to long-range threats – up to 4517m. But where the MIC Fusion really delivers is with metadata fusion. This fuses the metadata of the camera’s built-in optical and thermal imager, providing users with full situational awareness – regardless of whether it’s the optical or thermal video stream that’s being watched. Metadata fusion helps users to focus on invisible things that need attention. Another innovation offered by MIC fusion is video analytics while moving.
Honeywell HBL2GR1- IR Bullet Camera
Honeywell’s HBL2GR1 IR Bullet delivers Full HD 1080p at 30fps with a 1/2.8-inch sensor, or full HD 4 MP 20 fps image with a 1/3″ 4 MP sensor. There’s up to 140 dB, Day/Night, low-light performance with 3D noise reduction, saving storage and bandwidth together with H.264 High Profile codec. There’s also Ultra Low Light technology captures high quality colour images. Lens options are 2.7-12mm or 5-50mm, F1.4 aperture, motorized focus/zoom lens, H.264 and MJPEG codec, triple stream support, 60m IR with Smart IR technology, IP67 and IK10 rated camera housing, -40C to 60C working temperature, ONVIF Profile S and G compliant, as well as security features include individual signed certificates and data encryption.
Honeywell H4L2GR1- Outdoor Dome Camera
Honeywell’s H4L2GR1 Full HD 1080p 25/30 fps image with a 1/2.7 or 1/2.8-inch sensor, or full HD 4MP 20 fps image with a 1/3-inch sensor, there’s WDR up to 140 dB ensures glare-free images, Day/Night, 3D noise reduction, saving storage and bandwidth together with H.264 High Profile codec, Ultra Low Light technology, 2.7–12 mm or 7–22 mm, F1.4, motorized focus/zoom lens
H.264 and MJPEG codec, triple stream support, 50m Smart IR, IP67 and IK10-rated housing,
Waterproof (IP67) and IK10 vandal resistant camera housing, -40C to 60C working temperature, ONVIF Profile S and G compliant, as well as security features include individual signed certificates and data encryption.
Dallmeier The DF5400HD-DN/IR 4K
The Dallmeier DF5400HD-DN/IR has been designed for applications requiring images with highest resolution in real-time at day and in the IR mode at night. Built into an IP66-rated weather-proof enclosure, the camera is designed for both indoor and for outdoor applications. The camera is operated with PoE which allows for an easy, quick and cost-effective cabling and commissioning.
The high resolution of the sensor and the sophisticated image processing enable real-time recordings with UHD resolution at a frame rate up to 25/30 fps (2160p/30) with excellent quality. Thus, the camera is ideally suited when capturing the finest detail is required in real time. There’s a motor-driven lens with P-Iris, integrated IR illumination, digital image shift, Day/Night with ICR and PoE (Class 0).
Dallmeier DAL DDF5300 dome 3K
Dallmeier’s Topline series has been designed for applications that require high resolution in real-time and simultaneously a good light sensitivity. The DDF5300HDV-DN is available with an integrated lens in a vandal-resistant dome housing. It can be conventionally supplied with an external power supply unit or conveniently with Power over Ethernet. Resolution options include 3072 x 1728 pixels (3K) @ 25/30 fps or 1920 x 1080 (1080p) @ 50/60 fps, motor-driven Lens with P-Iris, digital image shift, Day/Night with ICR and PoE (Class 0).
Dallmeier DAL DDF5200 dome
The Dallmeier DAL DDF5200 dome delivers a resolution of up to 3K High Definition and is available with an integrated lens in a vandal-resistant dome housing. It can be conventionally supplied with an external power supply unit or conveniently with Power over Ethernet. Resolution options include 3072 x 1728 pixels (3K) @ 25/30 fps or 1920 x 1080 (1080p) @ 50/60 fps, motor-driven Lens with P-Iris, digital image shift, Day/Night with ICR and PoE (Class 0).
Uniview IPC2325EBR5-DUPZ IR bullet 5MP
Uniview’s IPC2325EBR5-DUPZ IR bullet has day/night functionality, 50m Smart IR, up to 120 dB Optical WDR (Wide Dynamic Range), 2D/3D digital noise reduction, Ultra 265, H.265, H.264, MJPEG, embedded smart algorithm, triple streams, ROI, 9:16 corridor mode, customized OSD, ONVIF Conformance, support PoE power supply, wide temperature range: -35°C to 60°C (-31°F to 140°F), wide voltage range, and are IP67-rated.
Uniview IPC2322EBR5-DUPZ-C IR Bullet Super Starlight 2MP
Uniview IPC2322EBR5-DUPZ-C IR Bullet features super starlight illumination, day/night functionality, 50m Smart IR, up to 120 dB Optical WDR (Wide Dynamic Range), 2D/3D digital noise reduction, Ultra 265, H.265, H.264, MJPEG, embedded smart algorithm, triple streams, ROI, 9:16 corridor mode, customized OSD, ONVIF Conformance, support PoE power supply, wide temperature range: -35°C to 60°C (-31°F to 140°F), wide voltage range, and are IP67-rated.
Uniview IPC6852SR-X44U 44x PTZ
Uniview IPC6852SR-X44U is a 44x PTZ with starlight illumination, fast focusing, optical Defog, up to 120 dB Optical WDR, 5th-generation infrared technology, more than 250m (820ft) IR distance, optical glass window with higher light transmittance, IR anti-reflection window to increase the infrared transmittance, Smart IR, EIS (Electronic Image Stabilization), Ultra 265,H.265, H.264, MJPEG, embedded smart algorithm, triple streams, 1080p at 60fps, ONVIF conformance, snow-removing functionality, heat dissipation system, intelligent temperature control technology, 6kV surge protection and fast-installation design.
Dahua DH-SD10A248V-HNI PTZ
The Dahua DH-SD10A248V-HNI PTZ has a 1/1.9-inch 2MP CMOS that supports UHD image up to 4K resolution, has 48x optical zoom, ultra starlight and WDR technologies, powerful PTZ performance, Hi-PoE, supports IVS, face detection, heatmap and auto-tracking. The camera is fully protected from dust and water, certified to IP67 and vandal resistant to IK10 standard. The ultra series offers IR capability of more than 200m.
Dahua DH-IPC-HFS8833 Dome
Dahua DH-IPC-HFS8833 dome has 1/2.7-inch 5MP progressive scan CMOS, H.265 and H.264 triple-stream encoding, 25fps @ 5MP (2592×1944) and 25/30fps @ 3MP (2048×1520), Smart Detection, WDR(120dB), 3DNR, AWB, AGC, BLC, multiple network monitoring: Web viewer, CMS(DSS/PSS) & DMSS, F1.4mm fixed lens, built-in microphone and MicroSD memory, and is IP67 and PoE.
Dahua IPC-HFW8232E-Z is a PoE 2MP Starlight IR bullet camera with a 1/1.9-inch 2MP progressive scan CMOS sensor. It delivers H.265 & H.264 triple-stream encoding, 50/60fps @ 1080P (1920×1080), > WDR(120dB), Day/Night(ICR), 3DNR, AWB, AGC, BLC, and multiple network monitoring via web viewer, CMS(DSS/PSS) and DMSS. There’s a 4.1-16.4mm motorized lens, 50m IR, microSD and an IP67 and IK10 rated housing.
Hikvision’s DS-2CD5A26G0-IZ(H)S 2MP VF bullet camera features a 1/1.8-inch progressive scan CMOS, 1920 x 1080 @ 60fps, Colour at 0.002 Lux @ (F1.2, AGC ON), H.265, H.265+, H.264+, H.264 compression options, 140dB WDR, 3D DNR, 6 behaviour analyses, 3 exception detections, face detection, and counting, 5 defined streams and up to 5 custom streams supported, on-board storage up to 256GB and an IP67 and IK10 housing.
Hikvision DS-2CD5526G0-IZHS Dome
Hikvision DS-2CD5526G0-IZHS Dome has a 1/1.8-inch progressive scan CMOS, delivers 1920 x 1080 @ 60fps, has a 2.8 to 12mm motor-driven lens, has a minimum scene illumination in colour of 0.002 lux @ (F1.2, AGC ON), there’s H.265, H.265+, H.264, H.264+ compressions options, 140dB WDR, 3D DNR, IR range up to 30m, 5 streams and up to 5 custom streams, 6 behaviour analyses, 3 exception detections, and face detection, built-in microSD/SDHC/SDXC card slot, up to 256GB, Alarm I/O, IP67, IK10 and anti-IR reflection.
Hikvision DS-2DF8836IX-AELX PTZ
The Hikvision DS-2DF8836IX-AELX PTZ has a 2/3-inch progressive scan CMOS, up to 3840 x 2160 resolution, has a minimum scene illumination in colour of 0.005 Lux @ F1.5 with AGC on and .0005 lux in monochrome @ F1.5 with AGC on, or 0 Lux with 200m IR activated. There’s a 36x optical zoom, a 16x digital zoom, digital WDR, 3D DNR, HLC, Smart IR, 24V AC & Hi-PoE and support for H.265+ and H.265 video compression.
Panasonic’s WV-S1531L bullet camera has a touchable titanium dioxide Rain Wash coating, H.265 smart coding (Long GOP, Auto-VIQS, Smart Face Coding), H.264 compatibility and mixed mode streaming, recording and viewing, auto image stabilization, secure communication, up to 4-stream simultaneous H.265/264 encoding, enhanced Super Dynamic 144dB at 30fps (depending on model), and built-in IR LED (up to 130 feet). There’s day/night function with minimum scene illuminations of 0.012 lux in colour and 0.006 lux in monochrome, both at F1.6 and a fairly slow shutter speed the specification doesn’t mention. Smart face coding, or Intelligent Face Compression, provides high picture quality at ‘face best shot area’ while reducing other non-important areas to save network bandwidth and disk space.
You get Super Dynamic WDR and BLC, Enhanced Super Dynamic Day/Night, day/night (ICR), auto back focus/focus assist, 45m IR range. The motorised lens is 2.8-10mm (3.6x) with a maximum aperture of F1.6 giving an angle of view between 31-112 degrees. There’s integrated 2-way audio, SD memory card slot, external I/O, vandal resistance to IEC62262 and IK10 and water and dust resistance to IP66 and NEMA 4X. The camera will handle operating temps of -40 to 60C and power is by PoE or 12V DC.
Panasonic WV-S2531L dome
Panasonic WV-S2531L Dome from BGWT is an IP66-rated day/night dome with a cast alloy housing and base, 1080p at 30ips and 720p at 60ips, H.264 compression, strong 133dB WDR performance, minimum scene illumination of 0.04 lux in colour and 0.01 in monochrome at F1.3 and 0 lux with integrated IR activated. There’s an IP66, NEMA 4X and IK10-rated cast allow housing. The MOS sensor delivers 1080p resolution and the processor dishes up 60ips.
The motorised F1.3 aperture lens has an optical range of 2.8-10mm – giving 3.6x optical zoom with digital zoom offering up to 10.8x – and offers a very flexible horizontal angle of view from 28.8-102.6 degrees with a maximum of 56 degrees vertical. The camera combines Super Dynamic and Adaptive Black Stretch to offer 133dB of WDR and there’s multi-process NR and 3D-DNR to handle noise.
Panasonic WVX6531N PTZ
Full HD (1920 x 1080p), 60fps PTZ camera with intelligent zoom stabilization with 40x optical zoom. ClearSight coating, durable pan/tilt gear mechanism. Intelligent Auto (iA) feature provides increased discernibility even in environments with poor visibility. Extreme Super Dynamic technologies deliver 144dB wide dynamic range. Colour night vision 0.001 to 0.015 lux and an IP66 and IK10-rated housing.
TVT TD-9581S2 Dome
TVT’s TD-9581S2 dome features H.265 main profile video compression technology, high compression ratio, stable stream control, 8MP (3840 x 2160 ), real time coding, ICR auto switch, day/night, 20m IR, 3D DNR, digital WDR, smart analysis, including line crossing detection, exception detection and intrusion detection, etc. There’s HLC & BLC, ROI coding, PoE, IP66 and IK10 ratings and support for 3 video streams.
TVT TD-9443E2 Bullet
TVT’s TD-9443E2 bullet is a 4MP camera with a motorised 3.3-12mm motorised zoom lens, 30-50m IR, a 1/3-inch CMOS sensor with IR cut filter, H.265 compression, 120db WDR, DNR, HLC, BLC and AGC. ROI coding with Smart Analysis (Object removal detection, line crossing detection and intrusion detection, etc, and an IP66-rated housing.