Arecont Bandwidth Savings Mode Tested

Author: Ethan Ace, Published on Feb 14, 2014

How would like to reduce your storage costs by up to 50% with just a click of a button? That's the promise of Arecont's 'Bandwidth Savings Mode', a new option that slashes bit rate up to half 'with least impact on image quality.'

On the other hand, we are skeptical of such claims as often they are nonsense (e.g., DVTel's super low bandwidth cameras) and now that bandwidth consumption can vary dramatically (see our Advanced Camera Bandwidth Test Results).

However, such savings, if real, can be enormous so we put them to the test with Arecont's 3MP, 5MP and 10MP.

Two fundamental questions are answered:

  • How much bandwidth can I save by using this mode?
  • How does it impact image quality?

We used an indoor test scene:

And a low light scene:

Finally, we tested the cameras outside against moving vehicles:

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