Arecont Stellar Camera Tested

By: Ethan Ace, Published on May 25, 2016

Arecont offers: 

STELLAR (Spatio TEmporal Low Light ARchitecture) technology that dramatically increases low light performance to capture color images in near total darkness.

Indeed, Arecont notes it uses [link no longer available]:

patented algorithm that reduces noise, motion blur, bit rate, and storage requirements.

In our new round of Arecont tests, we bought 3 Arecont models, starting with the Arecont Stellar AV1215PM-S camera to assess these claims.

We tested against 2 Samsung's Wisenet III low light models, as well as a Hikvision DS-2CD2012, a common low cost integrated IR bullet, to see how it compared in low light, full light, and bandwidth consumption.

 

Note: This is part of our Arecont G5 testing. Readers should also see our tests of Arecont 10MP G5 Tested and Arecont HD WDR G5 Camera Tested.

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Comments (13)

Just curious why you would have a camera with IR while the others do not?

We included the integrated IR camera along with two non-IR models because integrated IR is a common low cost option for those wanting low light performance.

The Arecont Stellar cameras performed poorly though in both cases, against the other non-IR cameras and the IR camera.

...the AV1215PM-S did not exhibit the same nuisance behaviors seen in other Arecont models in the past, such as changing rotation, stuck cut filters, or strange white balance issues. If these issues should surface, we will update this report.

Note: The MegaVideo G5 still does not have a reset button.

If one should surface, pls advise...

Well we are on day 7 of these cameras running, and I've had some flipped 180 to see if they would randomly flip back, but none have. That was the most likely issue to me. They're still going, so if we see something, I'll report.

Issues or reset button? LOL

Arecont needs a corporate reset button.

I see Arecont's web interface is still stuck in 2009...

Wow, I wonder what keeps them going. They don't even have price going for them.

I wonder what keeps them going

Multi-imagers. They had a huge head start and still a big lead on total models / options. The overwhelming majority of Arecont's revenue is from multi-imagers plus those multi-imagers are great entry points to get into an account and then pull in single imager sales for the rest.

The HikVision looked strong to me? Very good value

That may be what you want to believe ;)

In all seriousness, integrated IR cameras are so popular for a reason. They provide decent to solid low light performance at very low prices (at least the Asian ones).

There are now very good non-IR low light cameras though not from Arecont and typically combining 1/2" imagers and super low light performance at much higher prices (see: The Super Low Light Shootout).

Hello John. HIKVision have launched their Ultra Low Light performing cameras which they call the 'Darkfighter'. The results are really good, especially for outdoor surveillance at night. It would be good to see the Arecont Stellar test against AXIS Lightfinder, HIKVision Darkfighter and Bosch.

Ameen, we have already tested all of those cameras. For example, see: Hikvision Darkfighter 1/2" Imager Camera Tested

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