WDR Shootout 2013

Author: Ethan Ace, Published 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.

*** ** *** **** ********* ************ ****** *************** ****** ******* ***** (***)***********. ******* **** ****** ******** *** ******* ** * *** problem *** **** ************ *********** ***, ************, **** ******* **** poor. ******, ** *** ***** *** *** **** (*** *********** *** ***************** ********* *** ********), ***** *********** ********* **** *****.

***, **** ************* *** ******* *** *** *** ******, ******** to ******* ****** *********** *** ***** ******. ** ****** ** determine *** *********** ***** ************ ****, ** ** ***, ** we *** *** ********* ******* ** * **** ** **** shootout:

  • ******* **********
  • ******** ** ******
  • **** *****
  • ***** ***-****
  • ********* **-*****
  • **** ***-*****

**** ******* **** ***** *** ** ******** (****, ********* *** Sony) ** ***** *** ** *** ******** (*******, ******** *** Bosch).

The ****

** ******* *** ***** ** ***** *** ****** **** ********* common ****-***** *********.

********, ***** ******* * **** ** * ***** ***:

door wdr
********, ***** ******* * ****** **** ** * ***** ***:

garage door scene
********, **** *** *** ******** ** *** ***:

outdoor wdr

******, ** ***** **** *** *******.

[***************]

Key ********

*** **** *********** ******** ** *** **** *** *********** *** between **** *** ***** *** ********. ** ******** *****, **** one ** *** ************* ********* ***** *** ** ***** *******. However, ** **** ********, *** *** ********** ******* ********* ********** well. **** ** ********** ********** ** *** ***** ** ******* and ********, ***** *** *** ****** **** ************* **** **** other ***** *************, **** ** ****, *****, *** ****.

*** ******** ** *** ***** ******* ** **** ****** ** WDR ******* *** ******* **** *******. **** **** ******* *********, more ******* ** ***** ** ******** ** ********* ******* * specific ****** ***** **** **** ** * ***** *****, ******* of ****** ********* **** * ***** ***** ** *******, ****-*********** cameras.

NOT *** ******* *** *** ***

***** **** ************* *** ****** ********* ** *** ******* ** improve ***, **** **** *** **** **** ***** *** ****** will ******** ** ****** ** ***. *** ** *** ******* in **** **** *** *****-******** **********, * '****' *** *********. While ** ****** **** **** ************* ** *** **** ******* over *** **** ** ******, ***** ** ******* ***** *** claims. *** **********,*** *** *** ********.

Scene *: ********, *** ****

** *** ***** *****, ******* ** **** ********* *** ******* are *********, ** ***** *** ******* ** *** ******* * typical *** ****, ** **** **** ** ********* **** **** in ** ****** ********. *** ***** ** *** ***** ** view ** *** ******* ** ************* **-**'. ** ***** ** this ******** ***** ** *** *****, *** *** ************ ***** at ***** *** ******* *** ******** **** (~*** **) *** the ******** ** ****** ******** (~* ***). ***** ******* **** taken ** * *****-****** **** ****** **** ** ***** ** maximum *** ******* ** *** ****** ***.

Scene Overview

** **** ***** ****, *** ******* ** ******** ** *** middle ** *** *******, ********* ***** *** **, ~*** ********** in ************. *** ******* ******* ********** **** ****, ****** *** Q1604 ** ********** ****** ** *** *******'* **** **** ******. In ***** ****** ** ****, **** ***** ***** *******, **** may ****** ***********.

Man door, in doorway

**** *** ******* ******** ** *** **** ** *** ****, in *** ****** (~*** **) ****, *********** ******* ********* ********** with *** *****. *** ***-**** ** **** ****** *** **** others ** **** *****, *******, **** **** **** ** ****** on *** *******.

Man door, inside

**** *** ******* ***** ** *** **** ******* *** ****, the ********* **** ** *** ***** ** ****** *,*** *** on ******, ***** *** **** ********** *********** ***********. *** *******'* face ** ********** **** ***** ** *** *******, **** *******, Bosch, *** ******** **** ********.

Man door, outside

Scene *: ********, ******** ****

** *** ****** *****, ** *** *** *** ** ******* the ******** ** * ******** ******** ****, ** **** ** a *** **** **** ** **, ** **** ******** *** lighting *********** ***** ** ********** *** ******* *** **********, *** example. ** **** *** ****** *** ** *** ********* ** create *** ******* *****/**** ************ ******** ** * ***** *** (~11 *** ******** ******** **).

Overview

**** *** ******* ******** ** *** ****** ** *** ******** door, ************ ** ****** *** ******** ** ************* ** **. Arecont *** ******** ******* **** ** **** *****, ****** *** cameras ******* ****** *******, ****** *** ***** ** ******* ** being *** ****.

Overhead door, in door

**** *** ******* ******* ** *** **** **** **** ** the **** (~** ** ** ******), **** ** ********** ******** than ***** *******. *******, ********, *****, *** **** ******* **** the **** ** *****. *** ********* ******, *******, ** ****** produces ****** ***** ** *** *** ***** *** ***** ****** in *** *******, ****** ** ** ***** **********.

Overhead door, next to door

****** *** ******* ** *** ******* ** *** *********, *** cameras ******* ****** ****. ******* ******** **** **** *********** ****** the ******* *** ******* ** *** *****, ****** ****** ******* are ***** *******.

Overhead door, outside

Scene *: ********, *** ****** *******

** *** ***** *** *****, ** ***** *** ******* ******** about ** **** ****** ******, **** *** *** **** *** in *** ***, ****** *** ** *** *** ** *** camera. ** *** ***** *** ***** ** **** *** (~** klx ******** ******** **).

Scene Overview

** **** *****, *** ********** *** ** ~**', **** ************ measured ****** *.* *** ** ******. ******* *** ******** ****** the ****** *** ******* **** *** ****-****** ********. *** *******'* face ** ** ***** ********* ******** ** *** *******. **** that ** ******* **** **** ***** *********** ******* ***** ******, it *** *** ** *****. ***** ********** ** *** *********** of *** ***** ** ***** ****** ****** *** ***** ******** ******* *** **** ******.

Outdoors, in sun

** **** ***** *** ******* *** ***** ** *** ***** area ******* **** ** *** ***. ** **** ********, *** HFOV ** **** *****, ***** **'. *** *******'* **** ** obscured ****** *** ** *** ***** ***** ***** ** *** area, ****** ** **** ********, *** ** **** *****, ** naturally ***** ******* **** ** *******.

Outside, in shade

Indoor ***********

** ***** ** *** ******** ***** ******* *** ********* ************, we *** ** *** ******* ******* ** * ********** **** with ********** ******** *** **** "*******" (*** ****** **) *** "nighttime" ***** (****** ***). ***** *********** *** ** **** ***** (click ****** *** ****** *******).

*****, ** *** ****-*** *****, ** ****** * ********** ** color ********** ******* *******, ********, *** **** (*** ********** **** to ****) *** *****, *********, *** ****, ***** *** *********** to ******* ******.

Daytime Indoor Comparison

** **** ********* *****, ***** * ***, **** ******** ********** to */*** (**** *** ********* ** ****, ***** ****** ** slowed ****** */*** **** *** **), **** *** ***** ***** out ** ********* *** **** ****** *****, **** ******** ********** worse. *** ********* **-***** ***** ******** **** ***** ** *** subject, ***** ******* *** **** **** ******* ** ****** *****.

Nighttime Comparison

**** **** *** ******** ******** * ******* ****, ***** ** not ***** ** *** *****, ** **** ** ************ **** other *******. *******, **** **** **** ******* ********* ******* *** will ** ******* ** ****** ** *** ******** ********** **** of *** ********.

Testing *******

** ***** ** ********* ****** ******** ** **** ** ********, we ********* *** ********* ***** ** ********* **** ** *** test ******:

  • *****, *** ****** *** ***** ** ******* ********.
  • *** *** *** ** ** ** *** *******.
  • ******* ***** *** ********** ** */***, ** *** ******* *** the **** *****. *** ***** **** *** ***** *** ******* to ** ****** **** */*** **** *** (****** "******* ******* in *************) ** **.
  • *** ******* **** *** ** *** **** ***** ** **** and ****-******* *** *** ******'* *** ********* ***** ********, *** manually **** *** *********.

**** **** **** ** ***** ******* *** *:* ****** *****, while ****** *** **:*. ** ***** *** ************ ****** * question ***** ****, ******* *** **:* *******' *** *** *** out ******** ** ***** ** **** ***** *** *:* ******* must ********** ***. **** *** ** **** ** **** *****, but ** ** *** *** ** ** ****** * ******* effect ** ***********, *** ***** ******* **** ******* *********** **** these ****-***** *************, ********* ** **** **** ******* *** **** to *** **** ***** ** *** **** ****** *** *** testing.

Login to read this IPVM report.
Why do I need to log in?
IPVM conducts unique testing and research funded by member's payments enabling us to offer the most independent, accurate and in-depth information.

Other Reports on IP Cameras

Camera Course Spring 2016 on Apr 14, 2016
Here is what is new for the 2016 course: HD analog: Expanded coverage on non-IP HD offerings Smart CODECs: How many camera manufacturers are...
Network Ports for IP Video Surveillance Tutorial on Jan 20, 2016
Network ports are critical for remote video viewing and recording and without proper configuration, IP video will not work.  In this tutorial, we...
H.265 / HEVC Codec Tutorial on Jan 19, 2016
H.265 / HEVC has been promised for many years as the next big CODEC and the successor to H.264. Now with many H.265 IP cameras starting to ship,...
IP Camera Pricing and Markups Statistics 2015 on Dec 11, 2015
100+ integrators told IPVM their average IP camera pricing and markups. In this note, we share statistics on: The average IP camera pricing for...
Camera AoV / Focal Length Comparison on Nov 24, 2015
Use the IPVM Camera Calculator to better understand the tradeoffs between different Angle of Views (AoV) / focal lengths. The video below shows...
How a Security Camera is Made on Nov 18, 2015
While in China, we toured factories, seeing how cameras were made. In the 15 minute video inside, we show step by step how a camera is made /...
IP Camera Trolling - Cybersecurity Showcase on Nov 09, 2015
If you want to convince your customers about the importance of cybersecurity and the risk of being the next Hikvision, Foscam or Trendnet, show...
Network Connectors for IP Cameras Guide on Nov 05, 2015
Fewer installation tasks are as nuanced as terminating cables and attaching connectors. Fortunately, this task is easy to manage and get right if...
IP Camera Bootup Shootout 2015 on Nov 04, 2015
IP cameras, like PCs, take some time to boot up. And just like PCs, the amount of time can vary greatly. Many people do not care but some people...
Network Cabling for Video Surveillance Guide on Oct 30, 2015
In this 14 page guide, we teach the fundamentals of network cabling for video surveillance networks, how they should be installed, and the...

Most Recent Industry Reports

Quantum Storage Company Profile on Apr 28, 2016
Storage vendor Quantum is bringing their multi-tier storage architecture to the security industry, claiming cost-effective long-term data...
Manufacturers Don't Want to 'Bad Mouth' The Competion on Apr 28, 2016
Sure, you do not want to be the like the Avigilon sales guy who said all his competitors 'suck'.  Not convincing and you look bad. However, that...
Access Control IBC International Rules on Apr 28, 2016
Dealing with fragmented local codes is one of the most frustrating parts of electronic access control design. However, the 'International Code...
Cyber Security For Video Surveillance Study Released on Apr 27, 2016
This study provides the foundations for video surveillance professionals to understand the importance of cybersecurity, what is being done to...
Anixter Security Slow Sales Continues Q1 2016 on Apr 27, 2016
Anixter shook things up in 2015, paying $420 million for Tri-Ed. Now, nearly 2 years later, Anixter's slow security sales continue. In this note,...
Vivint Gets $100M from Peter Thiel And Mitt Romney on Apr 27, 2016
One of the most prominent Silicon Valley investors and a former presidential candidate are backing Vivint with a $100 million investment.  In this...
Favorite Video Storage / Servers 2016 on Apr 26, 2016
150 integrators answered this question: "What is your favorite storage device / server manufacturer for recording video? Why?" 4...
Avigilon H4 5MP and 4K Cameras Tested on Apr 25, 2016
Avigilon has released their H4 HD line, with promised improvements including their most sensitive low light camera (the 5.0L-), analytics on all...
"The Company The Industry Always Feared Would Arrive" Is Here on Apr 25, 2016
Not only will entry level product profits be wiped out, but so will integrator labor rates, if this company has its way. A US company is...

The world's leading video surveillance information source, IPVM provides the best reporting, testing and training for 10,000+ members globally. Dedicated to independent and objective information, we uniquely refuse any and all advertisements, sponsorship and consulting from manufacturers.

About | FAQ | Contact