The HIVIDEO $31 Face Detection DVR Tested

By: Rob Kilpatrick, Published on Apr 25, 2019

Face detection in a $31 DVR? That is what "HIVIDEO" (not to be confused with Hikvision, even if the company intends to do that) was promoting at ISC West 2019.

We bought the Hivideo HI-8004A to see how it works, examining what is being offered at the entry level of video surveillance.

**** ********* ** * $31 ***? **** ** what "*******" (*** ** be ******** **** *********, even ** *** ******* intends ** ** ****) was********* ** *** **** 2019.

** ****** ********** **-******* *** *** ** works, ********* **** ** being ******* ** *** entry ***** ** ***** surveillance.

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***** ** *** *****, there **** **** ********* in *** **-*****:

  • ****** *****:**** ********* ***** *** easy *** *********, *********** only ********* ***** ** select ***** ******* **** detection *** ******* ** and **** * ****** of ********, **** ***** settings ******* ********.
  • **** ********:********* **** ********* ****** was ****, **** ***** simply ******-******** *** ******* face ** ****** ********. Face ****** **** ********* a ***** ******* ** captured *****, **** ***** again ****** ******** ** begin ********.

*******, ********* *** ******** issues:

  • ** ********* ** *** light/IR:** *** ***** ****** ~1 *** *** *****, the *** ****** ** detect ***** **** *** subject ****** ******* *** scene *** ****** ******** at *** ******, **** or ******* ********** **.
  • **** ********* **** ******* Have *********** **** ****:*** *** ****** ** reliably ****** *** ******** faces' **** ******** ******* than ~**°, **** *** subject ****** ******** *****.
  • **** ********* **** **** is ******:*** *** **** ****** to ******** ****** *** subjects **** **** *** head *** ****** ** when ** ******* *** scene ** * ~**° or ****** *****.
  • ***** ******* ********** ** Faces:**** *** ******* *** up ** * ********* scene, ***** **** ********* detected ** *****, ****** nothing "********" *** ****** on *** ***** ** them.

*******, ** ****** ***** and ***** *** ** tightly **********, **** ******* mounted *** *** ***** even, **** ********* *** work ****** ****. ******* of ***** **********, ** will ****** ** **********.

************* *** ******* (*** **** ****** ** just ** ***** **** and **** *** **** mention ****** *********), ******* *** *** Skype *** *** ****** required ********** ** ******** unsigned ******* *******.

*******

** ********* *** **-***** on *** ***** ** ISC **** *** $** USD. *** *** *** be ***************** **** *******/*** ****(*** ***** ***** **** here). ******, ** ** clear, ** *** *** recommending ** ** ** as *** ******* **** of ******** *** ******** issues *** ***********, ******* of *** ******* ** facial ********* ** * product ** ***********.

Physical ********

*** ***'* **** ****** is ******* ** ***** 4 ******* ** ****** models ** **** ******, similar ** **** ***********'* ***** **********.

***** ******* ***** *********** similar ** ***** ** analog ******, ** ****.

Face ********* ********

**** ********* ** *** HI-8004A ** *** ** using *** ***'* ***** UI. ** ** *** available *** *** *** interface.

***** ** ******, **** users *********** **** *********** which ******* **** *** face ********* *** ***** region ** ******** *****. It *** **** ** configured ** ****** ** fullscreen **** **** * face ** ********, ****, or ***** ************ *******.

**** **********, ***** *** be ******* ******** ***** the ********* **** *** (double ***** ** **** recorded *****) ** ***** Face ******, ***** ***** a **** ** ******** face **********.

**** **** ***** ******** are *** ********* ***** the *** ********* ** their ****** ****** ********.

Face ********* ******

**** * **** ** detected, *** *** ********** the ******* **** * green ******** *** *** adds *** **** ** the ********* ******** ****. In *** *****, ******** boxes **** ********* ************, as *****, **** *** box ******** ****** *** subject.

Face ********* ******

**** ********* *** **** reliably ********* **** ******** looked ******** ** *** camera ** ****-*** ******. Other ********* ******** ** totally ****** *********.

*** *******, *********** ****** down **** (>**°) ******** in ****** **********, **** with *** ******* ******* with *** **** **, looking *******.

Face Detection Fails With Downtilt Beyond ~25°

******** ******* ***** ***** or ******* ******* *** scene ********** **** ******** in ****** *********:

Subjects Must Be Close To Head-On

*******, ** *** *****, including **** ***** ********** IR *** *** *** not ****** ***** ** the *****.

Face Detection Fails In Low Light

Objects ******** ** *****

**** ******** **** ****** detections, ***** **** ************ detected ** ********* *******, such ** *****, *******, or ********.

Boxes Detected As Faces

Unsigned ******* ******** *** *** ******

** ****** *** ***'* web *********, ***** **** install ** ******** ******* control (***** ** ******** and *** ***********).

Unsigned ActiveX Required For Web Access

** *** *** ******* much ******* ** *** web ** ***** **** basic ******, ** ** does *** ******* **** detection ************. ** ****** for **** *******, ********, and ************* ******* ** other ***-**** ****.

Hisilicon ********* ****

*** ******* *** **** a ********* *********, *** Hi3520:

********* **** *** ************ mention **** ********* ************ in *** ****** *****, but **** **** "*********** Video ********" ********:

******* **** **** **** developed *** ****** ********* themselves ****** ** ***** not ****** **** *** are ********* ********* ** smaller, ***** ***-**** ****** claims.

Versions ****

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

  • ******* *****: *.*.*.****

Comments (9)

**'* **** ** ******** anything *** ******* *** $31, *** ** ***** facial *********** ******** ** detecting"********* *******, **** ** boxes, *******, ** ********"** * ****, **** I **** ** ****** if **** ***** **** Dahua ********* *** ********* with **** ** ****.

******* **** **** **** developed *** ****** ********* themselves

**** ***** ***** ** be ***-**** ******* ************ code *** "*** ***** of **** ****** **** and ******** ** ** run ** *** ******".

*** ***** *** *** it ******** ** * Genetec **** ***** ** 3000% ****** ** *****?

* **** *** *** this ***** *** "*** best *** *******" **** should **** **** * thousand ** ***** ** they ***** **** *** their ***** *** **.

>> *** ***** ** a **** <<

"*** ****** ****** ** a *****, *** **** it **** ** *** 3000% ****!"

****, ** ***** ** is * **** ******* product **** *** ******** recorder ** **** ******. 22 ***** *** *** it's ***** ******* ** B/W. *** *** ******** has *** ******* * bit ** *** ***** years...

**** * *** *** manufacturers **** ** *** caps, *** ***** * letters ********. ***** **** too *** ** ****** it ** ***** *** it ***** ***** ** me.

** *** ********* ***** is **** ******* ***** overhead, ***** **** ********* shots ** * ****** angle ******** *********. ** John * **** ***** and **** * **** overhead *****.

***** ** * ****** solution *** ** ***** cost. *****'* ****** ** it ********** ** **** 1 ** *. ** long ** ** *****'* identify **** ** ***.

***** * ***** ****.

#*, *** *** *******? What ** *** **** by '********* *****'? ***** cannot ****** *** ***** to '*****' *** ******. We ***** **** *** camera. ** ***** **** the *** *****, ** could ****** *** *****, etc.

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