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Thu
17
Aug
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Hikvision Darkfighter X PTZ: First Impressions

Hikvision Darkfighter X PTZ
Hikvision Darkfighter X PTZ

Darkfighter X is a new 2MP 1080p surveillance camera range from Hikvision that features a new sensor design that allows much improved low light performance in colour. If what we saw on the Hikvision stand at Security 2017 was anything to go by, then this camera might take the market to another level.  

DARKFIGHTER X is available in 2 form factors on release – a standard box camera for indoor applications, or external applications when installed in a suitable housing, and an attractive and rugged-looking PTZ dome. At the heart of this technology is what I am going to describe as a new camera engine though I may be going too far – I’ve not seen a white paper on the technology and the camera is so new the local Hikvision team doesn’t know all there is to know about the camera yet. 

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Fri
14
Jul
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Review: Bosch MIC IP Starlight 7000 HD PTZ

Bosch MIC IP Starlight 7000 HD is a powerful surveillance solution
Bosch MIC IP Starlight 7000 HD is a powerful surveillance solution

Bosch’s MIC IP Starlight 7000 HD is a special video surveillance camera that puts huge power into the hands of operators. It’s flexible, easy to drive, has a quality camera and lens, does well against backlight and in low light. There are particular applications for which it’s likely no other camera will do. 

PTZ cameras are fun to review because they are so flexible in terms of their capabilities and the flexibility of this Bosch MIC PTZ made it the most fun of all. This is a strong surveillance solution, offering operation in layers. It’s tough as an old boot but there’s no scrimping when it comes to the camera system. There’s no scrimping when it comes to the lighting system, either, but more on that later. 

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Sun
18
Jun
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Panasonic i-Pro Extreme IR Bullet Camera Review

Panasonic i-Pro Extreme IR Bullet
Panasonic i-Pro Extreme IR Bullet

With a strong feature set, great build quality, impressive specifications, including 60ips, 144dB of WDR and H.265 compression, 45m IR, auto image stabilisation and loads more, Panasonic’s 1080p i-Pro Extreme bullet camera nicely balances features and cost.

THERE’S a lot to like about Panasonic’s WV-S1531L iPro Extreme Bullet. It has nice build quality, with a combination of metal and silver poly, is very easy to install and has pleasing performance vectors, including a high frame rate that doesn’t blow out the bitrate budget. It’s not the sharpest 1080p bullet camera on the market but contrives to deliver faces and plates when many other bullet cameras can’t thanks to liberal doses of amplification. 

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Fri
02
Jun
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Dahua Starlight Anti-Corrosion IR Dome Review

Rugged Dahua dome
Rugged Dahua dome

Dahua’s IPC HDBW823EP-Z-SL is a 2MP, Starlight, anti-corrosion dome featuring a 1/1.9-inch 2MP progressive-scan CMOS sensor, 120dB of WDR capability, delivering 60ips at 1080p, a 4.1-16.4mm motorised lens, 50m of IR, IP67 and IK10 rating and H.264 and H.265 compression options. Performance matches the feature set. 

DAHUA’S IPC HDBW823EP-Z-SL is hewn from a lump of 316L stainless steel and the immediate impression you get when you hold the camera in your hands is build quality. It’s tough, the finish is excellent, there’s potting of terminations in the camera chassis, rubber weather seals, polishing of metal and the bubble seems to be largely untinted. 

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Tue
16
May
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Sony SNC-VB770 Camera Review: Let There Be Light

Sony SNC-VB770 photon muncher
Sony SNC-VB770 photon muncher

Sony’s SNC-VB770 is a low light weapon that combines high resolution and stratospheric ISO levels to offer unsupported low light performance that’s superior to any other commercially available CCTV camera on the planet. How does it work in the real world? SEN finds out…

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Wed
03
May
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Sony SNC-VB770 Lowlight CCTV Camera: First Impressions

Sony SNC-VB770 - best low light CCTV camera on Earth
Sony SNC-VB770 - best low light CCTV camera on Earth

IN the lead-up to SecTech Roadshow’s camera shootout, SEN got hold of Sony’s 4K SNC-VB770, a full frame Exmor-powered CCTV camera with a stonking ISO rating of 409,600. Make sure you see the VB770 on the rack at SecTech - register here

Typical full-frame still cameras have ISO performances of up to 24,000, so the VB770’s ISO number is stupendous. The SNC-VB770 offers low light performance under 0.004 lux thanks to an enormous ISO of 409,600, which allows signal amplification that's strong enough (yet controlled enough) to make for shutter speeds fast enough to snag motion in low light. Does it get down to 0.004? We can’t test light levels that low, but minimum illumination is spec’ed at 0.004 lux (30 IRE) with normal (1/30th sec) shutter speed, not slow shutter.

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Thu
20
Apr
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CS Technologies EVO Access Control Solution: Review

CS Technologies EVO controller
CS Technologies EVO controller

CS Technologies Evolution access control range is a pair of full function access controllers, the EVO4 4-door and EVO2 2-door, featuring network access control boards with RS485 and TCP/IP Ethernet communication support, lift control, and seamless alarm integration via 4-state monitored expansion boards.

CS Technologies has a deep history in the electronic security industry – the company’s roots go back to the late 1980s – and this informs the nature of its systems, which combine the solid reliability of proven hardware and the profound functionality of decades of evolution. The long history of this company should come as no great surprise – local access control manufacturers are the norm, not the exception in ANZ. All the local access control manufacturers are quality makers, combining strong and rapidly evolving software solutions with thoughtful suites of hardware and passionate local service. 

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Thu
30
Mar
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Panasonic Aero 30x PTZ Camera: First Impressions

Panasonic Aero 30x PTZ
Panasonic Aero 30x PTZ

PANASONIC Aero is a 1080p day/night, 30x optical, 1080x digital PTZ with 360-degree panning, 90-degree tilting with 150m of IR, 1P67 rating, IK10 rating, Video Stability Augment System and an operating temperature range between -50 and 55C. 

I was very interested in the performance of Panasonic’s lovely Aero PTZ when the boys from BGWT bought it around to the SEN office and after spending a couple of days and an evening driving the camera, I formed a reasonable idea of where its core strengths lie. 

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Thu
16
Mar
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SPRT60XPM Digital Analogue CCTV Camera Review

SPRT60XPM day night bullet camera
SPRT60XPM day night bullet camera

SPRINT Intercom’s SPRT60XPM day/night bullet camera offers 4 format digital analogue streams giving TVI, AHD, CVI and CVBS via a 1/2.9-inch 2MP Sony CMOS sensor. There’s a 2.8-12mm motorised, autofocus zoom lens, de-fog, up-the-camera setting of on-screen display and 60m of IR. But how does it stack up against 1080p IP cameras?

SPRINT’S SPRT60XPM is a solidly made IP66-rated bullet camera with a metal body and an adjustable plastic sunshade. It’s an OEM product manufactured by Shenzhen SECTEC, an established manufacturer founded in 2001 in Shenzen China. Perhaps the most interesting feature of this camera is its ability to deliver 4-format digital analogue streams - TVI, AHD, CVI and CVBS. It’s a quality that allows the camera to be used with pretty much any digital analogue DVR, including the Dahua DHI-XVR5116HS penta-brid DVR I’m testing it with today. 

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Thu
23
Feb
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Fujinon F1.6 4.1-9mm Varifocal CCTV Lens Review

Fujinon varifocal F1.6 4.1-9mm
Fujinon varifocal F1.6 4.1-9mm

Released in May 2014, Fujinon’s varifocal F1.6 4.1-9mm (2.2x) megapixel lens is designed to support sensors up to 1/1.8 and resolutions of 6MP. The CS-mount lens supports near infrared wavelengths and offers horizontal angles of view between 100 and 45 degrees. In this feature we’re going to test the lens a couple of different cameras to see how it does. 

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