Verkada 2020 Cameras Image Quality Test

By Derek Ward, Published Oct 06, 2020, 11:25am EDT

Verkada's first-generation cameras suffered from numerous video quality problems. Now, they have released a second generation, but has it fixed these issues?

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We bought and tested two new Verkada models, the outdoor 4K CD61-E and indoor 5MP CD41 vs Axis Q3517 and Q3518 and Hikvision DS-2CD2755 and Hikvision DS-2CD5585.

Video quality continued to have problems but in a way that we have never seen before in IPVM testing.

We plan a separate test of these camera's video analytics performance shortly.

Executive *******

*******'* ****-* ** *** CD41 *** ***** ******* ranged **** ********** ***** (with ********* ********) ** much ***** (**** ********* enabled). ***** *** ******* default ** ********* *******, the ***** *******, ** default, ** ************* ***** than ********** **** *** Hikvision *******.

***** *********** ******** ***** disabling ********* *** ****** Verkada ******* ****** *** (users ****** ** ** by **********) *** ******* still ******* ***** ******* than **** *** ********* but *** ** ** much.

******** *** **** ******** to *********** *******, ********* close ** * **/*, regardless ** ***** *** activity ****** (~** - 75% ****** **** ******), while **** ********* ********************** **** *********** (***-** vs. **-** *******, ***** is ******, *** ****** equal). ** **** ***** settings, ***** ** ** way *** ***** ** adjust *********** ** ******* in ******* *******.

******* ** **** ****, ranging **** *-* ******* latency *** *** '*****' stream *** **+ ******* for *** ****** ******.

Verkada ********

******* **** *** ********* reasons *** ********* *** by *******:

** **** *** ****** Analytics ****** ** ***-*** settings, ** ** ** not ****** *** ** default. ** *** ******** our [**** ********] ****** for ***-******* ****** *** a ****** *******.

******* *** *** **** a ******** *** ***** updated ******** ******. ***** having ******* ****** ***, performance ******** ************* *** still ***** **** ******, discussed *****.

** *** *****/** ***********, Verkada **** **** **** enabling ****** ********* ********* shutter *****, ********* ****** images *** ******* ********* IR *****:

***** *** ****** ***** your **** **** ****** Analytics ***? *** ******* shutter ***** ******* ***** brightness ** ***** ****.

********* ****** ********* ********** images ** ****/** ******, though ****** ******** ********** blurring ** ****** *******, shown *****.

******* *** *** ******* with ******* ** ***** performance ********, ********* *********** artifacts/pixelation, *******, *** ******.

Increased ********** *** ** **** ***********

**** ******* ******* ********* high *********** **** ******* details, ** *******'* ****** features *** ***** **** is **** ***** *** slightly ******* *** ** artifacts, ***** *****. *******'* average ************ *** * relatively **** ~**-**, *********** artifacts, ***** **** *** Hikvision ******** **/** (**** while ********* **** ********* than *******).

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******** ** **** *** Hikvision, *** ******* ** CD61-E's ****** *********** ******* in * ********** **** of ******, ***** **** the **** *** ********* cameras ******* ******** **** details, **** ** **** 4-5, *** ******** ****** images.

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*** ******* *** **** also ******** ***** **** the **** *** ********* cameras, **** *** **** chart ******* ********* ** line *, *** ****** edges ****** *** *******'* arms *** ****.

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Weak **** *********** **** ********* *******

*******'* *** ***** *********** is *********** ******* **** their ****** ********* *** enabled (** ** ** default), ** ******* ***** is ********* ** ******* motion ****. *******, ***** is ** ************* ** this ******** ****** ** warning ** *****, *** any *** ** ******* exposure ********. *** ********** below ***** **** ******** analytics **** ****** *********, but ******* ** ********* about ****/** ***** *******.

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**** ********* *******, ****** are ************* ******, ******** effective ** ***** ** ~20' ** *** ****** of *** *****, ** the **** ** *** image ******* *** **** to *** ********. *** image ***** ***** *** 4K ****-* **** ********* enabled ** *** ****, with **** *** ******* at *** ****** ** the *** *******. *******, when ********* *** ********, the ******* ** *** edge ** *** ***** of **** ******* *******, as **** *** ********** of *** *****.

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*******, **** **** ********* disabled, *** ****-* ** unable ** ******* ******* as ***** ** **** and *********, ***** *****, due ** ****** ***********.

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*********** *** ******* ** the *** ******* ****, with ****** ******* ********* and ******, ******* *** Axis *** ********* ******* produce ****** ****** *******.

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HDR ******** ** *******

*** ** ******** ** default ** ******* *******, which ***** ***** *** install ***** ******* ** a *** ***** **** have **** *********** ***** contacting *******. ******* ******* asked *** *** ******'* serial ******, ** ******* does *** ***** ***** to ****** **** ******* themselves, * ****** ******** in *** *******.

***** *****, ***** ******* settings, *** ******* ** washed *** ******* *** open ****, ** **** as ** *** **** area ******. *******, **** HDR *******, *** **** becomes **** *****, **** background ******* *******. ** remains ********* ** ********* in *** **** **** beside *** ****, *** chart ********** ** ********.

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WDR *********** */*** *******

**** *** *******, *** Verkada ******* ******* ** WDR ******, *** *** compared ** ****-*** ******* from **** *** *********. The ** ******* ****-* produces **** ******** ** outside ******* (****** **** Hikvision), ****** ****** ** has ***** ******* *** it ** ********* ******* facial *******.

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** **** *** ** Verkada, *** *** **** produced **** ******** ** exterior ********, ****** **** smearing *** ********* *** noticeable. ******, *** **** is ******* ********, **** both **** *** ********* producing ****** ******.

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**** * ******* ****** through *** *****, **** Verkada ******* ****** ******* enough ** ******* * few ****** ** *** subject's **** ****** ******* the *****.

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High **** **** *******

********* **** ********** ***** (5MP/4K) ** **** ******* resulted ** *-* ****** latency, ***** ** ****** latency *** ~*-* *******. We **** **** ******* in *** ***** *****:

**** **** ***** ************ were ***** ***** *******'* "Local" *******, ************* ******** when ** *** **** network ** *** *******. When ** * ********* network ** ******, ******* increased ** **** ** seconds ** **** ** and *** **** ********** streams.

Not **** *** / ******* *** *********** **** ****

** **** *** ******* Verkada ******* **** *** tested, **** ******* *********** bitrates ** *** **** scenes ** * ******* 20% *****, ********* *.*-* Mb/s, **** ************ ******* higher **** *******, ******* from ** ** ** in *** ** ***** and ~**-** ** *** 5MP ******.

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Physical ********

**** *** ******* ****-* and **** ******* ** not **** **** **-****** features, ****** **** **** come **** ******** ******** for ********/************. ** ***** can ** ***** ** the **** *** ****** of *** ****** ****, and **** ******* **** reset *******, ***********, *-**** gimbals *** *** ******** ports. *** ***** ***** demonstrates *** ***** ***** those *** *******.

*** *** ******* **** cameras *** ******* ** size ** *********** ******, such ** *** **** P-Series *** ********* *********** Series *******.

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Made ** ******

**** *** ******* ** CD61-E *** *** **** were **** ** ******.

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Hisilicon *** ****/********* ****

**** ** *** **** Verkada ******* ****** *** Ambarella **** ******* ** the********* **** ******* ******* cameras *** ****.

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*******

****** ** *** ******* used ** **** ****:

  • **** *** ****** **** w/30 **** *******: ~$*** USD ****** / $*** MSRP
  • ****-* ** ******* **** w/30 **** *******: ~$*,*** USD ****** / $*,*** MSRP

Testing **********

******* ******* **** ****** using ***** ********, ** they ** *** ***** configuration ** ***** ***********, bitrate, ** ***** ********.

*********** **** ***** **** the ******* ******* **** their ****-********** ******.

********* ** *******, ******* are ********** ** *.*** at *** **** ** export *** ******** ******** compatibility **** *** **** resolution ****** ***** ** compressed *** ****** *** H.265 ** *** ******. As **** *********, ***** is ** ******* ** compression *** ******* ** export.

Versions ****

*** ******* ******* **** using *** **** "**-**-****" firmware *** *******:

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*** ***** **** *** Hikvision ******* **** **** running *** ********* ******** versions:

  • **** *****: **.*.*
  • **** *****: **.*.*
  • ********* **-*******: *.*.*
  • ********* **-*******: *.*.**

Comments (16)

* ******* *** ***** QR ****, *** *** RFID ** *** ***** and *******...

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*******! ****** *** ******** that. ****** *** **** and **** ******* *** callout ** *** *****.

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** *** ***-**** ***** it **** **** ** the ***** *** **/* in *** ******** *****. The ********* ********* ******** "averaging *.*-* **/*". *** I ****** *** ****** in *** ***** *** actually *****/* *** ***/* ?

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**, ** **-******* *** kilo******* *******(**/*)** *********** ******(**/*). ** *** *** use **/* ** **/*, which **************.

*** ***** ****** *** bits.

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********* ** *******, ******* are ********** ** *.*** at *** **** ** export *** ******** ******** compatibility **** *** **** resolution ****** ***** ** compressed *** ****** *** H.265 ** *** ******.

**** ******** ***'* ******* h.265 ******** (*** * ***... )**** **** **** *** live ****** ** * separate *.*** ***** ****** to **** ** ******** on ******? ** **** it **** **** **** local ***** ******* ** proxied ******* ***** ***** for *********?

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**** *** **** ****** them ** **** *** cameras **** *** ******* and **** ****** ****** will *** ****** **** off ** **** *******?

*'* ******** * *** book ***** *** * could *** *** ********-****** bookends.

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*** ********* ** *** regarding *** ********* ** change *** ********. * just ***'* ********** **** their ***** **. *** know *** **** ** a **** ** ** when ** (** *** east *****) *** ******* on * ****** ** 2am *** **** ** see *** *** ****** would **** ** *****? we **** ** **** a *******, **** ***** the **** *** *** someone ** ****** *** setting, **** ***** **** night *** *** ** it ******, *** ** not, **** ******* ******* and **** ******* *** to ***** ****. *** amount ** **** ** have ****** ** ***** last *** ****** *********** and ******* *** ****** is ******* ** ** look ** ***** *********.

**'* *** *** **** they *** **** *** listening ** ***** *********. I **** **** *** European ******* ** ***** cameras (* ******* ****** in *** *.*. **** the **** *******) *** the ****** *** ****** than **** *** *** getting **** **** ********, but ************** **** *** their ******** ** * software *******, *** **** a ******** ********, *** it's ******* **** **** lack *********** ******** ****** over *****, **** **** keep ****** *** **** mistakes **** *** ****......*** all **** **** ***** is *** **** **** are ****** **...****, **** number *** ** **** real ***** ** **** don't *** ***** *** together

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**** ****** **** *** manufacturers *** ******* *** Verkada?

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******* ** *** ******** manufacturer *** ******* *** the ******** (**** ** bad) ** *******'*, *** Vivotek.

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****'* **** * *******. So ** ***** ** interesting ** **** *** Vivotek ********** *** *** if ** ******** ****** since *** ******** ***** most ****** ** ********

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**** *** ******* **********

***** ** ** ******* equivalent. **** ** *** a ********* ***** ***** they *** ****** *********. Vivotek ** ****** ** for ******* *** **** do *** ****** ** use ******** ******* ******* for *******.

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***. * ********, ***** ago, **** * ***** switched **** *******'* ****** cam ** **** *****-** and ******** ** ******, "Why ****'* * ** this *******"...

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*** **** *** **** image ******* ** *** enough *** ******* *** I **** ***** **** multiple ****** **** ******* are ****** ** ********* amount ** ******* ******* cameras ** ****** *****. Anyone **** ******* ****?

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**** *** *** ********* process *** *** ********** cameras? ******* ** *** Hik *** ****

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******* ** *** *** was ****

**** *** *** **** commonly **** ****** ****** in *** ****.

** *** *** ******** to *** ******* ********* at ***, ** *** have *****,****** **** *** ******* Dahua *** ********* ******** Because ** ***** ****** Abuses?

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**** *** ******, *** time * ****** ** featured ** * **** and **** **** ** a **** *** **** product, **'* ********** * showcase. *** **** **** a ************ *** ** do ** **** **** spotlight. **'* * ****** crazy ** *****'* *********** correct ****** ******* **** a ****** ************ **** it's **** ** ***** rights ********** ***** ***'* the ********* *********; * would ***** ** * more *******, **** ******** society **** **** ***** still ** ****** ** exclusion. ******* *** *****'* know ****** ***** ***** IPVM ******** **** ************ Hik; * ** ****** know ****** *** *'* aware ** ****'* ********* adherence ** ******** *** objectivity

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