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24
Sep
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Hikvision Darkeye SLA Lens Review

Hikvision Darkeye SLA Lens Review
Hikvision Darkeye SLA Lens Review

We  tested Hikvision Darkfighter in SEN a while back but post-SecTech Roadshow, I jumped at the chance to re-test the camera with Hikvision’s new Darkeye SLA lens.

WHEN you’re a lens junkie, a piece of glass like Hikvision’s Darkeye represents something mysterious and wonderful. At once it’s a lens capable of snaring the best possible performance from the camera wearing it and the answer to a prayer that lens quality will stop its slide to the abyssal plains of low cost. When it comes to lenses, you get what you pay for. In the case of Darkeye, you pay for what you get – it’s $A810 list, so this is an application-specific lens. 

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Thu
06
Aug
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Axis M1125 Review Answers Key Question: How Good is Zipstream?

Axis M1125 Network Camera
Axis M1125 Network Camera

AXIS M1125 network camera is a low cost, compact PoE camera designed for internal applications. It has a couple of notable strengths – WDR performance and Zipstream technology – the latter of which gives very noticeable reductions in bitrate, particularly in scenes low in movement. In fact, more than anything, this camera test is a reflection of the performance of Zipstream.

GIVEN its design specifications it’s no surprise the Axis M1125 works very well under artificial light and its solid WDR numbers give it plenty of potential for entry applications. WDR is 120dB and when I park Norman at the back door of the office with the sun right behind him, the Axis 1125 makes fine work of it - perfect identification at 4 metres at a 5mm focal length with 75,000 lux backlight. Frankly, I was not expecting the camera to be so capable. 

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19
Jul
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Sony SNC-VB630 Camera Review

Sony SNC-VB630
Sony SNC-VB630

Sony’s SNC-VB630 is a full body 1080p HD camera that combines strong WDR performance with good low light performance and very low latency. In our test the VB630 offers useful situational awareness in low light levels and positively eats backlight for breakfast. 

SONY’S Gen6 SNC-VB630 features a 1/2.9-inch progressive scan Exmor CMOS sensor, with approximately 2.14MP. This day/night 1080p camera claims a minimum scene illumination of .1 of a lux (0.06 Lux 30IRE) at a shutter speed of 1/30th of a second in colour, or down to 0.05 lux (30 IRE)in monochrome. I don’t go this low but I think under 1 lux at the lens in monochrome is getting towards the minimum for useful situational awareness in street applications. That’s a good number for an unassisted camera. In our test we get down around l lux at the lens in our darkest target area.

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Sat
20
Jun
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DVTel Quasar UHD Review: Viva the Resolution!

DVTel Quasar 4K UHD
DVTel Quasar 4K UHD

DVTEL’s Quasar is an IP66-rated 4K UHD bullet camera offering 4072 x 3076 pixels of resolution and sporting 6 integrated IRs, a combination that gives strong performance in real world applications.   

NO one is certain what a Quasar is. These vast intergalactic objects throw out huge amounts of energy, including light. They appear to be stupendous stars in some images, yet possess some of the gluttonous characteristics of light-absorbing black holes. Their dichotomous nature shares kinship with DVTEL’s Quasar UHD bullet camera, which features a light-hungry 1/1.7-inch CMOS sensor and 6 powerful IRs, giving an effective range of 40m in zero lux. 

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Sat
16
May
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M-IPC-700A IPC Camera Tester Review

IPC Camera Tester from Seadan
IPC Camera Tester from Seadan

This M-IPC-700A IPC tester supports IP, CVBS and SDI cameras a huge range of testing functionalities. It’s compact and powerful, making it a great assistant to any CCTV installer. 

DISTRIBUTED locally by Seadan, the VCT-IPCT880 IPC tester is a CCTV installer’s best friend. It combines a laundry list of testing functionalities in a lightweight and mobile package with a hearty 17-hour battery life.  

The M-IPC-700A camera tester has a 7-inch capacitive touch screen with an 800 x 600 pixel resolution. The unit can display image streams from ONVIF IP cameras, ONVIF PTZ controllers, as well as supporting more than 40 customized IP cameras protocols along with analogue and SDI cameras. There are user-defined shortcut keys (F1 and F2) and LCD screen brightness/contrast/colour saturation are adjustable. 

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Fri
15
May
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Bosch 5MP DINION IP Starlight 8000 MP Camera Review

Bosch Dinion Starlight
Bosch Dinion Starlight

Bosch’s 5MP Bosch DINION IP Starlight 8000 MP camera is a low light camera that offers a minimum scene illumination of 0.00825 at 1080p and 0.0121 at 5MP at 30ips, along with 119dB of wide dynamic range. We’ve looked at this camera in the light box but this is the first time we’ve seen it in the wild.  

WHEN a company as conservative as Bosch uses the words star light in its camera specification sheets, you can be assured the product is something special. And that’s what we found when putting this camera through its paces recently. The camera does well during the day but as night falls, things get better and better.  

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Fri
08
May
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Hikvision HIK-2CD2332-I Camera Review

Hikvision HIK-2CD2332-I
Hikvision HIK-2CD2332-I

Hikvision’s HIK-2CD2332-I turret camera, distributed locally by CSD, is a compact and capable low cost day night PoE camera from the company’s 2-Line range. In this review, we’ll put this camera through its paces day and night and see if its popularity is justified.

CAMERAS like Hikvision’s HIK-2CD2332-I are popular products. They combine robust IP66-rating with decent performance, ease of installation and very low cost. How low cost? Try 180 bucks on for size. In terms of specifications, the HIK-2CD2332-I day night camera has a 1/3-inch progressive scan CMOS sensor capable of 3MP (2048 x 1536) resolutions delivered at 15fps. You get real time 1080p and a claimed minimum scene illumination down to 0.7 lux at F1.2 with AGC on. IR-assisted black and white works at 0 lux with the camera’s 20-30m EXIR Smart IR activated.

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Fri
01
May
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Norman Worried About Poor HD Camera Performance, Flare Off His Hair

Norman troubled by opaque HD camera specifications
Norman troubled by opaque HD camera specifications

NORMAN, who will be instrumental at SecTech’s HD Camera Shootout, has expressed broad concerns over the nature of HD camera performance in challenging applications. According to Norman, too many cameras juggle performance parameters on paper and don’t offer all their maximum specifications simultaneously. 

“It’s disappointing for me,” said Norman, in an exclusive interview with SEN. “And frankly, it feels a little like sleight of hand. I expect my modelling to be respected and my features to be rendered exquisitely using the highest quality hardware available. But if cameras have poor quality lenses or employ agricultural noise reduction algorithms that make me appear wooden and 2-dimensional, my confidence will be undermined and I'll find it difficult to perform at my best."

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Fri
01
May
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Dahua DHI-NVR4432-16P NVR PnP Kit Review

Dahua IPC-HFW5200CP outdoor IR bullet camera
Dahua IPC-HFW5200CP outdoor IR bullet camera

Dahua’s DHI-NVR4432-16P is one a number of Dahua’s NVR4432 series which delivers effortless plug and play performance using Dahua’s big range of internal and external IP cameras. 

WHEN Seadan’s Bruce Maxwell and Ben Sampson pop into the SEN office to drop off a Dahua PnP solution for SEN to test drive, one of the things that impresses me most of all is the speed of setup. By the time Maxwell has finished telling me about the company’s new 4K range, Sampson has got this plug and play system, comprising Dahua’s DHI-NVR4432-16P and a spread of 4 cameras, up and running.  

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Mon
30
Mar
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Hikvision Darkfighter PTZ Review

Hikvision Darkfighter PTZ
Hikvision Darkfighter PTZ

New from Hikvision is Darkfighter PTZ, which combines a large CMOS sensor, strong WDR, a quality 23x zoom lens and 200m IR range to offer a solution of serious power. 

WE’VE talked about Hikvision’s Darkfighter PTZ in SEN before but I’ve never seen it in action, so it’s off to the Hikvision head office in Sydney to check out this low light PTZ. It’s a handsome unit, robustly built and nicely balanced in appearance. 

According to Hikvision, the DS-2DF8223I-A(AEL) Darkfighter PTZ is the world's first 1080P Full HD ultra low illumination network PTZ that delivers full colour images in conditions the company says would defeat conventional monochrome IP cameras and competing low-light cameras. This is a big claim but looking at the images, I think it’s justifiable. You’d need to look at a number of top cameras side by side to be sure, but the Darkfighter PTZ is right up there at the top. 

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