X
Get all access to the world's best video surveillance information.
Logo
680-70-2015-free-banner

WDR Shootout 2013

by Ethan Ace, IPVM posted on Jan 22, 2013

One of the most important surveillance camera differentiators is Wide Dynamic Range (WDR) performance. Dealing with bright sunlight and shadows is a key problem for most surveillance deployments and, historically, most cameras were poor. Indeed, in our first two WDR test (see our original WDR shootout and sequel Megapixel WDR shootout), major performance variances were clear. 

Now, many manufacturers are rolling out new WDR models, claiming to provide better performance and lower prices. We wanted to determine how significant these improvements were, if at all, so we put the following cameras to a head to head shootout:

  • Arecont AV3116DNv1
  • Avigilon H3 Series
  • Axis Q1604
  • Bosch NBN-932V
  • Panasonic WV-SP509
  • Sony SNC-CH240

This brought back three WDR MP veterans (Axis, Panasonic and Sony) vs three WDR MP new entrants (Arecont, Avigilon and Bosch).

The Test

We focused our tests on three WDR scenes that represent common real-world scenarios.

Interior, aimed through a door on a sunny day:

door wdr
Interior, aimed through a garage door on a sunny day:

garage door scene
Exterior, with the sun lowering in the sky:

outdoor wdr

Inside, we break down the results.

The complete report is available only to PRO Members.
Inside the Pro Section

PRO Members can review 11 detailed head to head comparisons across 3 WDR scenes as well as an indoor even light test and a low light comparison plus our conclusions and recommendations.

Want to read the rest of WDR Shootout 2013 and get immediate access?






Most Recent Industry Reports

IP Networking Book Released on Mar 23, 2015
This is the first ever IP Networking Book for Video Surveillance. The book will give you the knowledge and the confidence to make the right decisions when designing and deploying video surveillanc...

Member Invites Released on Mar 18, 2015
Members ask regularly how can they share IPVM content with their customers, colleagues, friends, etc. Now, we are introducing 'invites' that allow eligible members to give 1 month free IPVM member...

Axis vs Hikvision vs Sony Encoder Test on Mar 18, 2015
In this report, we share test findings of three popular four port analog SD encoder models: Axis P7214 Hikvision DS-6704HFI Sony SNT-EX104 Below, we share our findings in areas including: ...

Remote Network Access for Video Surveillance on Mar 13, 2015
Remotely accessing video is difficult for 3 reasons. Private Networks Almost all video surveillance uses private IP addresses, that are by definition, not accessible directly over the public Inte...

TCP vs UDP for Video Surveillance on Mar 11, 2015
TCP or UDP? What should you use for video surveillance? TCP and UDP are both in use in the video industry today, each with strengths and weaknesses when it comes to live viewing, playback, error ...

CBR vs VBR vs MBR - Surveillance Streaming on Mar 11, 2015
How you stream video has a major impact on quality and bandwidth. And it is not simply CODEC choice (like H.264, H.265, MPEG-4, etc.) However, regardless of the CODEC, one still needs to choose ...

Tyco / Exacq Illustra Cameras Tested on Mar 09, 2015
Prior to Tyco acquiring them, Exacq was one of the leading independent VMSes. Now, Tyco / Exacq is becoming a 'solution' provider, billing their Illustra cameras as: "The Easiest High Defini...

NMAPing IP Cameras on Mar 05, 2015
The Hikvision hack has increased security concerns. Indeed, most users do not know whether they are vulnerable or not, which ports of their systems are open, and what services they may be running,...

Dahua vs Bosch and Axis 4K Cameras on Mar 02, 2015
4K is here, but not without issues. High prices and poor low light performance constrain adoption. Now Dahua, one of the two Chinese mega-manufacturers, known for its incredibly low-cost HDCVI li...