At SecTech Roadshow Camera Shootout we’ll compare big PTZs, low light and bullet cameras from Hikvision, Dahua, Honeywell, Panasonic, Sony, Bosch, Samsung, Pelco, Axis, Vivotek, Uniview and Mobotix for low light, no light, WDR, IR and long range performance (PTZs in Sydney-only).
SECTECH Roadshow Camera Shootout (pre-register here for full details and free parking!) will see all the biggest CCTV brands going head to head including Mobotix, Axis, Hikvision, Dahua, Uniview and Sony, Bosch, Panasonic, Pelco, Vivotek and Samsung. The camera groups being tested include Best Low Light Cameras, Best Bullet Cameras and in Sydney only, PTZ Domes of 36x or higher. The camera resolutions of low light and bullet cameras will be left open but we’ll be calling bitrate as we go – at this time, most the contenders are 1080p versions.
When it comes to the general parameters of the shootout, we’ll be looking at performance in typical light, with back light, and in low light. Throughout these lighting conditions we’ll be paying attention to key parameters like motion blur, colour rendition, contrast, sharpness, flare and ghosting, latency, noise and noise suppression artefacts. We are especially interested in motion blur in optimum light, in unassisted low light (5-25 lux) and in night mode (sub 5-lux).
Our test targets for SecTech will again be Norman (National Operational Requirement Mannequin), which includes a full colour graphic and accurately sized motor vehicle licence plate and SEN’s Rotakin, which rotates at 25rpm and gives an excellent sense of motion blur – if Ronnie looks blurry on screen, you can forget about face recognition and license plates. Something we are looking at in 2017 is getting a look at bullet cameras with integrated IR one at a time to get a sense of IR performance – this will involve some serious choreography.
Genetec Security Center V5.6 VMS
We’re using Genetec Security Centre 5.6. for the 3rd year – Over the years, this solution has proven ideal for the shootout, being open platform and intuitive to manage and this year we have more manufacturers onboard, more seamlessly than ever before – for example, this year we have Mobotix running Mxpeg, as well as cameras running H.265 and variations of H.264.
Security Center uses GPU offloading- a technlogy which offloads processing demand from the CPU to commercial-grade graphics cards – the idea of this is to enhance the performance of existing standard workstations. As we saw in Sydney, with 36 cameras running on the test jig, this allows the system to handle more high-resolution streams from a single basic workstation, without any loss of performance.
Let’s take a look at the contenders! The cameras are listed here in order of manufacturer, not organised into groups, but each is identified by group type – first is low light, then bullet, then PTZ.
Honeywell HCL2G Ultra Low Light WDR IP box camera
Honeywell HCL2G Ultra Low Light WDR IP box camera features 1080p 2MP at full frame rate, progressive-scan technology, and edge enhancement for outstanding picture clarity. ONVIF (Profile S/G) compliance ensures hassle-free, flexible system integration. There’s True WDR, up to 140 dB, True Day/Night capability, Ultra Low Light technology and 3D noise reduction, saving storage and bandwidth together with H.264 High Profile codec, working temperature is -30C to 60C, there’s ONVIF Profile S and G compliance, security features include individual signed certificates and data encryption, and there’s support for up to 128 GB microSDHC (Class 10) card for local video storage when network is interrupted.
Honeywell HBL2GR1 WDR IR Rugged IP Bullet Camera
Honeywell HBL2GR1 WDR IR Rugged IP Bullet Camera has Full HD 1080p at 25/30 fps image with a 1/2.8-inch 2MP sensor, True WDR, up to 140 dB, True Day/Night capability, Ultra Low Light technology and 3D noise reduction, saving storage and bandwidth together with H.264 High Profile codec, working temperature is -40C to 60C, there’s ONVIF Profile S and G compliance, security features include individual signed certificates and data encryption, and there’s support for up to 128 GB microSDHC (Class 10) card for local video storage when network is interrupted.
There’s 2.7-12 mm or 5-50 mm, F1.4, motorized focus/zoom lens options, 60m IR, IP67 and IK10 vandal-resistant camera housing.
Honeywell HDZ302LIK Outdoor PTZ IR Ultra Low Light
Honeywell’s HDZ302LIK features Full HD 1080p resolution, 25/30 fps image with a 1/1.9-inch 2MP sensor, True WDR of 120 dB, True Day/Night, low-light performance with 3D noise reduction, saving storage and bandwidth together with H.264 High Profile codec, 6.0-180 mm, F1.6-F4.8, 30x optical zoom lens with 360-degree continuous rotation for the flexibility to clearly view the target area with desired width and depth, 200m IR range, IP67 and IK10 rating, -40 to 70C working temp, ONVIF Profile S compliance, security features including individual signed certificates and data encryption.
Dahua’s IPC-HFW8231E-Z5 Bullet is the ultimate allrounder and is able to cope with the most challenging scenes including those which can alternate between extremely low light in the night and high contrast in the day as well as a host of other features. It combines the latest high performance DSP and an advanced Sony image sensor technology to provide features such as 2MP Resolution, Starlight low light technology, 140dB Ultra WDR, in built analytics including people counting and heat mapping, Smart Scene Adaptive technology as well as the latest H.265+ compression technology. To top it all off this camera has a 7~35mm motorised zoom lens which when combined with its 100m Smart IR capability means that it can operate effectively at short and long ranges.
Dahua DH-SD10A248V-HNI PTZ
Dahua’s DH-SD10A248V-HNI PTZ is its 48x 5.7~275mm zoom lens and 450m smart IR. In addition to its long range capailities it uses Starlight technology to produce useable color images in low light, has H.265 compression to lower bandwidth and storage requirements, smart features such as auto tracking, and 120dB WDR. This PTZ can operate in temperatures ranging from -40 °C to +70 °C, is IP67 rated, has 8KV lighting protection and can tolerate an input voltage range of with a variation of 25 per cent.
Dallmeier DF5200HD DN
Dallmeier’s DF5200HD DN is a full body 2MP IP camera featuring a 1/1.9-inch CMOS sensor and up to 120ips frame rate. This PoE camera has a motorised 4.5-10mm varifocal lens, and a claimed minimum scene illumination number of 0.002 lux. It's contesting the low light group.
Dallmeier DF5300 3K (6MP)
Dallmeier DF5300 3K (6MP) delivers 3072 x 1728 @ 25/30 fps, 1080p @ 50/60 fps and 720p @ 120 fps. There’s a motor-driven lens, a wide dynamic range, day/night with ICR, low-light, P-iris control and PoE (Class 0). The 6MPDF5300 is also contesting the low light group.
XNB-8000 5MP WISENET X full body camera
Samsung Wisenet X offers 5MP @30fps WDR off/on, simple focus, H.265/H.264/MJPEG, WiseStream II compression technology, 120dB WDR, USB port for easy installation, advanced video analytics and sound classification, true D/N, dual SD card, hallway view, HLC, defog detection with simple focus, DIS using a gyro sensor, and 12VDC/24VAC/PoE.
Samsung XNO-8080R 5MP IR Wisenet X bullet camera features 30fps, WDR off/on, motorized varifocal lens 2.4x (3.7~9.4mm) (100.2°~38.7°), H.265/H.264/MJPEG, WiseStream II compression technology, 120dB WDR, USB port for easy installation, advanced video analytics and sound classification, high powered IR LEDs, D/N, Dual SD card, hallway view, HLC, defog detection with simple focus, DIS, 12VDC/24VAC/PoE, IP67, IK10, NEMA 4X, built-in -40F heater.
XNP-6320RH – 2MP WISENET X Series IR PTZ
Samsung SNP-6320RH features a 32x optical zoom lens and IR viewable length up to 170m, enabling users to capture Full HD high quality images anytime, anywhere. With endless 360-degree pan rotation and 190-degree tilt control, advanced auto tracking functions, power is supplied by 24v AC to accommodate powerful IR illuminators and ultra-low temperature operations.
Pelco’s Optera panoramic 12MP cameras with SureVision 2.0 WDR imaging technology offer the unparalleled ability to find and capture the necessary evidence to make critical, business-enabling decisions. The Optera Panomersive Experience delivers completely stitched, seamless and blended panoramic views without the disruption and distraction of disjointed sensor boundaries. Featuring 12MP resolution at up to 15ips, with electronic PTZ across the entire panorama for the highest-quality and most uniform image detail possible, Optera elevates both live and forensic scene analysis to a completely new level for today’s security professionals.
Pelco Spectra Enhanced
Pelco’s New Spectra Enhanced high speed PTZ dome delivers Full HD 1080p resolution at 60 frames per second, SureVision 3.0 (130dB WDR), a full suite of built-in analytics, electronic image stabilization, single cable HPOE installation in all models, and much more. Featuring HD optimized dome bubble technology, a revolutionary solid pendant design to eliminate vibration noise, 20X or 30X optical zoom, and precise 360-degree PTZ control, Spectra Enhanced is setting the industry standard for HD image quality and video security performance.
Bosch 7000 HD Starlight
The 60ips Bosch NBN-71013-B DINION IP starlight 7000 HD Day/Night full body network camera features 720p resolution from its 1.4MP 1/3-inch 1312 x 1069 CMOS sensor. Dynamic range is 84dB, WDR is 100dB and with a fast F1.2 aperture, the camera is claimed to offer colour performance at 0.017 lux and monochrome performance at 0.0057 lux.
Bosch 5000 Bullet
Bosch’s IP 5000 day/night bullet camera is an IP66-rated 5MP bullet camera with a motorised, varifocal, IR-corrected, board-mounted 2.7-12mm F1.4 lens offering 32-100 degrees of viewing angle and 18-53 degrees of vertical angle. The motorized zoom lens has automatic focus adjustment with 1:1-pixel mapping to ensure the camera is always accurately focused. It works extremely well in the field. The camera has a 30m IR array, the sensor is a 1/2.9-inch CMOS, claimed to offer minimum scene illuminations of 0.07 lux in colour, 0.05 lux in monochrome and 0 lux with IR activated.
Bosch MIC PTZ
Bosch’s MIC IP dynamic 7000 HD camera has an advanced PTZ platform that was designed using Bosch’s expertise in material engineering, mechanical design, intelligent imaging, and video streaming. The camera complies to some of the toughest industry standards such as IP68, NEMA 6P, and IK10 for extreme mechanical strength and durability. The camera is designed using the latest technology in intelligent imaging and video streaming. Thanks to the intelligent coding and content-based imaging technology (CBIT), the HD module delivers high resolution video, even under challenging light conditions at very low bit rates.
Panasonic WV-S1132 is a 1080p box camera based on the i-PRO EXTREME camera systems. It has Extreme Super Dynamic technology delivering 144 dB wide dynamic range, Intelligent Auto (iA) features to provide increased discernibility even in environments with poor visibility, high sensitivity with Day/Night (ICR*) function : 0.01 lx (Color), 0.004 lx (B/W) at F1.4. There’s H.265 compression and Smart coding technology realize high image quality streaming at low bit rates and Intelligent Face Compression provides high picture quality at ‘Face best shot area’ while reducing other non-important areas to save the network bandwidth and the disk space of recorder.
Panasonic i-Pro Extreme
Panasonic iPRO Extreme camera models feature 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), ultra-high sensitivity from 0.008 lux to 0.015 in color mode (depending on model), touchable Rain Wash Coating (outdoor models only) and built-in IR LED (up to 130 feet).
Panasonic Aero PTZ delivers 1080p resolution at 60fps with a 30x optical zoom lens. Aero’s image sensor is a progressing scan 1/3-inch MOS type with an area of 5.346mm x 3.336mm. This sensor offers minimum scene illumination in colour of 0.06 lux at F1.6 with gain on high and shutter speed at 1/30th of a second and 0 lux in monochrome thanks to the 150m IR LEDs. WDR is 105dB. The lens has a focal length of 4.3-129mm, giving a horizontal viewing between 64 and 2.3 degrees, while aperture is F1.6 wide open and closes down to F4.7 at the long end. The camera is IP67 rated, which means both water and dust proof and vandal proof to IK10 standards. The temperature range is -50 to +55C, which is strong for a PTZ, which has many more moving parts than a simple bullet or dome. The sphere pan-tilt mechanism allows endless 360-degree panning and there’s a +/- 90-degree tilt range.
Mobotix MX16 Dual Lens Outdoor Camera
Mobotix MX16 day/night camera features dual core processor, 1/1.8-inch progressive CMOS sensor, with 6MP (3072 x 2048) resolution, frame rates (MxPEG) are 42@HD, 34@FullHD (1920 x 1080), 12@6MP, there's a H.264 hardware codec: Bandwidth adjustment is possible, there's output format max. QXGA, ONVIF Support Profile S, multicast-stream via RTSP, PoE and mini USB interface.
Hikvision’s DS-2CD4026FWD-(A)(P)2MP is a low light smart camera with a 1/1.8-inch progressive scan CMOS giving full HD1080p video at up to 60fps. The camera features 120dB of WDR, 3D DNR, auto back docus, P-Iris, audio/alarm IO support and 128GB of on-board microSD storage. Power is DC12V/AC24V/PoE. Darkfighter and the other Hikvision cameras use a Genetec restricted connection license.
The Hikvision DS-2CD4A26FWD-IZ(H)(S)2MP is a smart, low light IP67 rated bullet with a 1/1.8-inch progressive scan CMOS giving full HD1080p video at up to 60fps. The camera features 120dB of WDR, 3D DNR, auto back focus, P-Iris, audio/alarm IO support and 128GB of on-board microSD storage, up to 50m IR range, motorized lens with Smart Focus, built-in heater, audio/alarm I/O and DC12V and PoE support.
Hikvision DS-2DF8236I-AEL 2MP is an ultra-low light smart 1080p PTZ camera with a 1/1.9-inch HD CMOS sensor, optical defog, 36x optical zoom, ultra-low illumination, 120 dB WDR, smart tracking, smart detection, electronic image stabilization, 200 Meters of IR Range and Hi-PoE/24V AC power.
Sony SNCVB640 is part of the new V-series and offer double the visibility at minimum scene thanks to the Exmor R CMOS image sensor and XDNR noise reduction algorithms, and can maintain colour integrity at 0.1 lux in colour and 0.05 lux in monochrome. Using advanced imaging technology, Sony’s G6 cameras offer security professionals clear detail and higher visibility with excellent low-light sensitivity, which is ideal for a wide range of demanding applications, including city, transport and commercial surveillance.
Sony SNCWR632C 1080 PTZ
Sony’s SNCWR632C 1080 PTZ is a high-performance rapid dome network camera with IPELA ENGINE PRO delivering an extra-wide 130dB dynamic range at Full HD, frame rates as high as 60fps – double that of normal IP cameras – continuous 360-degree PTZ operation, with the industry’s fastest pan speed of 700°/s letting an operator quickly recall pre-set areas of interest in a single, seamless motion. A powerful 30x optical zoom offers wide area coverage, plus the ability to grab detailed close-ups without losing clarity.
Designed for dependable round-the-clock performance in demanding outdoor environments, the unitised camera can operate in temperatures from -40°C to +50°C on 24V AC power (-30°C to +50°C with HPoE+), and is IP66/IK10 rated to resist weather and unwelcome tampering by vandals. There’s defog image processing and a gyroscopic image stabiliser.
Sony’s SNC-VB770 is a colour-only 4K camera which has Sony’s FE F1.4 Zeiss Distagon 35mm full frame lens attached. The full-frame CMOS gives a resolution of just over 12MP, minimum scene illumination is claimed to be 0.004 lux at F1.4, a 1/30th of a second shutter speed and an ISO of 409,600. Dynamic range is equivalent to 100dB (View-DR technology), gain is zero to +72dB, shutter speed range is from 1/1 to 1/10,000 of a second. There’s exposure control, exposure compensation, AGC, iris control, white balance options including TW, ATW-PRO, fluorescent lamp, mercury lamp, sodium vapour lamp, metal halide lamp, white LED, one-push WB, manual, indoor and outdoor.
Vivotek IP9171-HP (3MP box camera, H.265)
VIVOTEK’s IP9171-HP is a brand-new professional H.265 box network camera offering up to 30 fps at 3MP. By utilizing VIVOTEK Smart Stream II, the camera is able to optimize resolution for a desired object or area and ensure maximum efficiency of bandwidth. Combining both H.265 and Smart Stream II, the IP9171-HP can reduce both bandwidth and storage consumption by up to 80 per cent while maintaining image quality.
Vivotek IB9381-HT (5MP Bullet, H.265)
VIVOTEK's IB9381-HT is a new professional H.265 high-efficiency outdoor bullet network camera, offering 30 fps @5MP or 60 fps @1080p. By employing H.265 technology, the camera is able to provide higher and more efficient image compression rates than previous H.264 systems. In addition, VIVOTEK's Smart Stream II technology enables the camera to optimize quality for desired regions and therefore to maximize efficiency of bandwidth usage.
SD9362-EH (PTZ camera, Full HD, 50Fps, H.265)
VIVOTEK’s SD9362-EH is a high performance H.265 Full HD speed dome network camera, with a 30x optical zoom lens allowing the camera is able to capture fine details. By combining both H.265 and VIVOTEK’s Smart Stream II technology, it reduces bandwidth and storage consumption by up to 80 per cent while maintaining image quality.
There's 60 fps at 1920×1080 and the SD9362-EH is also equipped with WDR Pro technology and IR-cut filter for seamless day/night operation. Further, the water-proof IP68-rated, vandal-proof IK10-rated and NEMA 4X-rated housing of the SD9362-EH protects the camera body against rain, dust and corrosion and provides an operating-temperature range of between -40 and 55C.
Axis Q1615 Mk II
Axis Q1615 Mk II offers up to 50/60 fps in HDTV 1080p and up to 100/120 fps in HDTV 720p, and is equipped with an i-CS lens, enabling the camera to adjust zoom and focus during remote setup for quick installation and tweaking. There’s Lightfinder technology and WDR – Forensic Capture, Electronic Image Stabilization and much more.
AXIS Q1659 has a Canon 20MP APS/c sensor. It features 20MP (5472 x 3648 pixels) resolution at 8 images per second, high-performance image sensor and Canon EF/EF-S lenses, digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) imaging technology with choice of 7 different EF/EF-S lenses depending on requirements. Additionally, through Axis's proprietary video-processing and image-compression technologies, the camera offers storage and bandwidth savings.
Axis P1425-LE Mk II Bullet
AXIS P1425-LE Mk II Bullet is a compact, outdoor-ready bullet camera with built-in IR LEDs and operating temperatures between -30 to 50C. With features such as Lightfinder and WDR – Forensic Capture, AXIS P1425-LE Mk II provides excellent image quality in HDTV 1080p resolution, even in complex light conditions. The day and night camera is designed for cost-effective 24/7 video surveillance in exposed outdoor areas such as parking lots and service stations, and for general indoor surveillance.
Axis Q6155-E PTZ
Axis Q6155-E PTZ features a built-in laser that provides instant focus in challenging lighting conditions and in complete darkness. It also delivers HDTV 1080p video at 25/30 fps, with 30x optical zoom. Axis’ Lightfinder and Sharpdome technologies provide full scene fidelity and high image quality in all directions, even in low-light conditions, while Axis’ Zipstream technology significantly reduces bandwidth and storage requirements. The quick and precise pan makes it easy to change viewing position and follow fast moving objects. Axis’ Speed Dry function easily removes water drips from the dome glass, providing sharp images in rainy weather.
Uniview Starlight Bullet
Uniview Starlight Bullet will run in the Low Light and Bullet categories at SecTech Camera Shootout. It's a 2MP 1080p, 10x zoom WDR IR Starlight auto focus IR bullet camera. It has advanced optical WDR capabilities allowing it to handle challenging light environments like retain spaces, windowed areas and bars. Other features include Smart IR up to 100m, Day/Night, H.265, triple streams, IR cut filter, micro SD card support, audio & alarm in/out, ONVIF compatibility, PoE and an IP67 rated housing.
Uniview Starlight IPC6858SR-X22 PTZ
Uniview Starlight IPC6858SR-X22 PTZ is a 4K Ultra-HD IR PTZ with 1/1.7-inch progressive-scan CMOS, up to 4000 x 3000 resolution at 20fps, 22x optical zoom(6.5~143mm), Smart IR with up to 250m range, alarm I/O, audio I/O, H.265, ONVIF-compliance, all-weather design, IP66, –45 to 70C temperature range and AC24V, DC24V, 16~56W power draw.
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