Avigilon 61MP H5 Pro Camera Tested

By Derek Ward, Published Feb 08, 2021, 08:10am EST

Avigilon's 61MP H5 Pro camera more than doubles their previous highest resolution camera. But how does this super high resolution model perform in real world scenes?

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We tested the Avigilon 61MP H5Pro against Axis' 20MP Q1659 and 4K Avigilon H5A, examining:

  • How does image quality compare in full light (~300 lux) and low light (~1-2 lux) scenes?
  • How does it perform in real-world scenes?
  • How well does it integrate to common third-party VMSes?
  • What issues are present with live view & playback with a 61MP camera?
  • How does bitrate compare with HDSM smart codec on or off?
  • How resource intensive is the device streaming on a workstation?
  • How large is the Avigilon 61MP compared to other box cameras?

Detailed ********

** *** *****, *** 61MP ******** ******** ****** details *** ***** ******* in **** ***** (~*** lux), *** ***** (~*-* lux), *** ****-***** ******, with ***** ******* ******, accurate ***** ********, ************* Axis's **** *** ********'* 4K *** ******.

**** ********* ** ******** Control ****** *** *****, with ** ******* ****** and *** ****** ** CPU, ***, *** ****** use. *******, ** ******** some ***** ********** ** live ****, **** ****** "sticking" *** * ******** of * ******, *** some ******* ****** ********. When ******** *****, *** camera ******* ** * reduced **** **********, ***** functioned ******** ** ****** VMSes (*******, *********, *** NX *******). *** **** 61MP ****** ** ********* online ** ******** ******* Center.

*******, ******** **** **** high, ** ** ** Mb/s ** **** ****** scenes ** *** *****, and *** * *** max ***** **** *** much ***** ******* ******** ******* ***** rate ** ~*****.

*******, ************'* ************ *** ********* ** the **** (** ****) H5 *** ******* ******, which *** **** * major ************** *** ********'* past *** ******.

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*** ** *** **** camera *** ** **** of $**,*** ***, *** including ****, ******* $***-*,***, depending ** *** *****. This **** ******* ** the **** ** ******'* 8K/33MP ***-****, ****** **** higher **** ****' **** Q1659 (~$*,*** ****** *****). It ** **** *********** higher **** **** "****-******" typical ** ******, ***** typically **** *** $*,*** and *****.

61 ** ****** ********* ** ***

****** *******, **** **** had **** ************ "*******" where ****** ********, ******* trees ** ***** ******* would ****** ** ******* briefly. **** *** **** pronounced **** ****** ****** initially ******** *** ******* the *****, ** **** large ******* ***** ****. In *** ******* *****, the ******* *** ** seen ******* "*****" ** frames **** ******* ** he *****:

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*** ************ ***** **** taken **** * **** spec *********** **** ********* GPU, ********** ********* ** Avigilon **** ******* *** their *************:

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************, ****** *******, ** noticed **** ****** ****** on **** ****. *** example, **** ***** * USB3 ******** ******* ** a ****** ******* *****-** Ethernet, *** ****** ***** severely ** *****, ***** below:

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***** **** ******** ** not ***********, ** **** never *********** ***** ****** when ********* ***** (********* lower **********) *******. ***** with ***** ******* ****** hardware *** **** ** upgrade *** ****** ***********.

Stream ****** ****** ** ***** *****

**** ***** ************* ******* (an ****** ** *** web **), *** ******'* max ********** ********* ** 32 ** (*,*** * 4,624) **** * *** framerate ** * ***, shown **** ** *******:

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******** **** *** **** resolution ** *** ***** is *** ********* **** 3rd ***** *******, *******:

***** ***** ********** ***** can ****** ** ***** VMSs, ** **** ****** management ** ********, *** this ** *** ********* outside ** * *****-*** system.

**** *********** *** **** stream **** ***** *****, stuttering ***** *** ***** drops **** **** ******. For *******, ** *** clip ***** **** *******, the ****** ******* ***** and ****** ** *** subject ***** ******* *** scene. ** *** ******* issues ** ********* *** Nx *******, ** ****.

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Third-Party *** ***********

*** ******** ***** ********** with **** ***** ***** tested ** * ***** resolution ** **** **** ONVIF ************* *******, *** streamed *** ****** *.*** and/or *.***, **** ****** side ****** ********* ****** supported. *********** *** *** only *** ****** **** did *** ****** *** camera.

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Strong ****-***** ***********

** **** *** ******** 61MP ***** ** * public ******* *** ****** a *****, ***** ***, as **** *****.

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*** ***** **** *** enabled *** ** *******. Avigilon's ******** ****** **** is *** ** *** ~1-4 **/* (** ******) bit **** ******** **** WDR *******. *** **** setting, ** **** ******* WDR, ***** ******** ******** color ********* *** ******* shadows. **** *** ***, shadows *** **** ******, with *** **** **** appearing ** * ***** hedge ****, *********** ******* subjects ** ******* **** the **** ****.

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*** ***** ***** ********** several ****** ** ******** that **** *** *** relative *** ********* *** Avigilon **** *** **** the ***** ********** **** Axis *****. *** **** and ***** *** ***** are ******* ** ********, with ******* ****** ***** more ******* ** *** 61 ** ******.

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*** *** ******** *** parking *** ***** ** ~450' **** **** *** camera. **** **** *******, we *** *** *** make *** ***** ** the ***, **** * rough **** ** ***** (Silver/gray ***** ***), *** can *** *** ***** and ********* *** ****** is *****.

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********** ******* *** ******** a~** ****** **** **** the **** ***** ** full **********(~*** ** .*** ****, requires *******).

Strong *** ***** ***********

** ~* ***, *** subject ** ****** ************ in *** ******** ****, though **** *** ********* and ***** ****** ****** slightly ***********, ****** ***** is *******. *** **** 20MP ** ******** ***********, and *** ******** ** camera ** ***, **** minimal ******* ****** *******.

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**** *** ******* *** chart ~**' ****, *** Avigilon ***** **** ***** provides ****** ****** ** the **** *****, ****** minimal ***** **** ******* facial *******. *** **** 20MP *** ******** ** have * ********* **** with ***** *********, **** the ** ****** ********* dimmest ** *** *****.

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******** ** ~* ***, Avigilon's **** ** ***** strong, **** ***** ******* and ***** *******. **** the **** **** *** Avigilon ** ****** ***, with **** ***** *********** details.

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Strong **** ***** *******

**** ***** ***** ******* is ***** ** *** cameras, **** ******* *** chart ******* ****** ********. At ~**', *** **** camera ***** ********** ******* and **** *** ******* in ******.

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**** *** ******* **' away, *** **** ***** provides ****** ***** *** subject ******. *** **** 20MP *** ******** ** cameras **** ******* **** detail ****** ***** *-* of *** **** *****, though *** ** *** extent ** *** ****.

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Lens *** ***** ******

**** ********* ******* ******* low ***** *********** ** the **** ****** *** to *********** ******* *-*****. We ****** ** *** light ***** * ****** F/1.4 **** **** ** well ** ** */*.* 70-200mm ****, ***** ******** recommended ** *** ** their **** ****** *******.

*** **** **** ******** in *** ***** (***** the ***** *-****), *** had **** ***** ** the ******* *** **** chart ******** ** *** 70-200mm **** **** * smaller *-**** ** */*.*.

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** **** *****, ******* appear ***** **** **** lenses, **** ******** ***** details ** *** ***** and ***** ****** ******* on *** ******* *** test *****.

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HDSM ***** ***** ********* ***********

***** *** ***** ******** were ~*** ***** **** smart ****** ** ****** off. *******, ******** *** rates **** **** ** ~40 **/* ** ****** with *** ***** ***** either ** ** ***, though * ~**% ******** in ********* *** ******** when *******.

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ACC ***** *********** ******** *****

*** ******** **** ***** is ***** ** ************* resources **** ********* ****** H.264 *** *.***. ***** H.265 ********* ********* **** than *.***, ********* **** only ******* ********, ** seen *****:

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Other ***** ******** *********

** *** *** **** testing, ******* **** **** using ** *******. *** 61MP ***** *** **** more ******** ********* ** a *** ***** ******** than *** *********** ********/*** client. *** *** ***** much **** **** **** on ***, *** *** usage **** ** **** as **** **** *** NXWitness ****** ****.

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Avigilon ***** ******

*** ******** **** ***** uses * **.* ** (Type *.*) *********** **** CMOS ******, ***** ** noticeably ****** **** ****' 20MP ***-*. **** *** shown ****-**-**** *****:

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Size **********

*** ******** **** ***** box ****** **** ** smaller **** *** **** Q1659 *** ******** ******. Depending ** *** **** of *** **** ****, it ******* ******* ******* in **** ** ***** larger *** ******* *** full-sized *******.

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Made ** ******

*** ******** **** ** Pro ** **** ** Canada. ** ***** ******** if *** ** *** 61MP *****'* **** **** in *******, *** **** confirmed ** ** ************ only ** ******.

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Lenses *** ******** ****

*** ******** **** ***** used * ****** */*.* 35mm **** *** * Tamron */*.* **-***** ****. The **** ***** **** the ***** **** **.* lens.

*** ********* ******** ******** were **** ** **** test:

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**** ****** ** *** for ***** ******* *** everytime * *** ** out * ** ********* with *** ****** ****.

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**** **** ** ******** do *** *** ** for? ***** **** ********* for **** ** ** so **** *******.

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**** ** ******* **** and ********. ****** **** the ** ******** ** they *** ***** *** same ***** ** * PTZ ****** ** ** is ** **** ************.

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**** ** ******* **** and ********

******** ********* ******** **** these ***** **** ********** cameras. **** *** * great **** ****.

** ****** *** ** in ******* **** *** are **** **** ********** selling **** *** **** use. * ** *** a **** *** **** there.

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* **** ***** *** a *** **** ******* lots **** ******** ** it ***** ** ****** to **** **** ** that ***********.

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**** ** * **** question, **** *** *** these *** ********, ******* lot ***** ** * distance ** ******* *** entire ****. **** *** be **** *** ******* things. ******* * *******, now ******* * ******** team ** * ******* stating **** **** * camera ****** **** *** get * ******* ** 40 *** ** ******* of ******* * ******** facial ** ******** ** a ******* ****, **** with *** **** ** a ******* **** *** be * *** ** cameras, * *** ** wire ****, ** *** can *** * ******* camera ***** **** * camera ** **** *******.

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*******, ******** **** **** high, ** ** ** Mb/s

** * **** ****** comments ** ******** ******* me **** **** *** gigabit ***** ** ***** switches *** ***** ** Dahua *******, ** ***** flip.

"** *** ***, **** switch ****** **** **** all ******* *****. **** wont **** ****** ** cameras. **** **** **** back ** ****"

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****, **** ***** ** ignorance ** ******* ** products ******* ** *****. Few **** ** ******* just *** *** ******* even **** * **** NIC. **** ** *** first ******* **** ******** that **** *** *********.

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**** ** *** ***** product **** ******** **** even *** *********.

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

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

***'** *******. *** *** multi-head *** ***. ** Pro *** ***.

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*’** ***** ***** ** anyone ********* *** ***** for ******* ******* ** 1 *** ** ** gig *** *** ********. Seems ******.

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**** ******* ** ** something * **** ** do **** ** ******* first ******* ** *** widely ******** *** ** one, ********** ** ***********, knew **** ***** ****. Inevitably *****'* ** * meeting **** ** ** discuss **** *** ***** on ***** ******* *** a **** ***** ****** the ********** * ***** deadpan **** ** *** network **** ** *** "now **** ******** *** have *** *****, *****? Because **'** ***** ** need *** ****". *** look ** ***** ***** was ********* ****** *********. ;-)

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** ********** **** *** Hanwha ***-****?

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*** ** ***** ****** is *** **** *** others.

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*** **, ****'* **** fixed ;).

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**** **********. ********** ****** the **** **** ********* vs. *** **** **** though *** ********** ** higher *** *** ****** is ******. ********* *** expensive *** *** **** majority ** ************, *** some ** **** **** should **** *** *** into **** ********** ******* within *** **** *** years.

******* *** *** ***** performance ** * ******* 43 ** ****** **** only *** ** ** or ** ********** ****** for **, **** **** its ********** *** ****** twice ** *****, *** pair ** **** * fast **** **** *** 1.4 **** ** *** option ** *** ****. With ** ****** **** huge ***** ** *** past *** *****, ******* jumps ** *** ***** performance *** ******* ************** at ****** ********* **** be ***** ******* ****** going *******.

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* *** ********* * live **** ** **** and *** ** ********* variant, **** ******** ****** impressive ***** ******* **** after *******. **** ** come **** * ***** price ***. **** *** essentially ***** *** ** shows.

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* *** *** **** but *** **** * understand ***** **** ***** on **** ******.

******** ************,

*** *** *** * 2, * ** ***, 30X ******* **** ****** ( *** ***** ) and ***** **** *** or ****** ******* ** a ******** ** * cost? ******** ** ***, 30X *******, ******* ** use ** **** ****** than * *** ** your *******.

* **** ***** ****** shots **** ** */* mile **** *** ******.

** **** ********* ** multiple ******** ******** **** back ** ****** ***** bleachers ** **** *****, you *** ***** *** batters *****. ( ** least **** ** *****)

**** ** *** ** airports *** **** ** runways ***** **** ***'*

*******:

******* ******** ****** **** this **** ******.

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*** ** *** *** advantages ** *** ****** to ***** ****** *** vehicles ** *** ******* vs ****** ** **** from ****** ** ****** to ****** *******.

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***** *****,

*** ** *** ** for **** ******** *****, it ****** *** *** to *** * ******** FOV **** ** ******** and **** *** *** zoom ** ** *** play **** *** ***** teeth ** *** **** the ******** ****** *** also ******* ******* ****** around ***. **** ****** also ****** *** ******** a ****** ** ******** virtual ***** ** ** different ***** **** *** zoomed ** ** **** using *** *** ********. So ** ** ***** for ***** ***** **** need **** ***** ***** per ** ****.

**** **** ***** *** to *** * ****** like **** **** * camera **** *** ** zoomed **. * *** or *** **** ******* zoom ** ***** ** trying ** ***** ** on * ***** ****.

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***** ******, ** *****, impressive ****** ** **** of ***** *****. * understand ** *** * gig **********, *** *** test ** *** ******? Zero *********** *** ***** rate? **** * ******* question.

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******** **** ******** ******* with * ***. *** max *** ** ****** in *** **** ******

****, *** ***** *** mentioned ** **** ****** is ***** *** ******** resolution ******** ** **** camera ** *** *** pick *** ********** **** you **** *** *** project.

***, ****, ****, ****, 61MP *** *** *******.

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*** ********* ** **** report ** ***** *** multiple ********** ******** ** this ****** ** *** can **** *** ********** that *** **** *** the *******. ***, ****, 26MP, ****, **** *** the *******.

*** ***** *** *** a ******* *** * 61MP ****** *** **** 8MP?

**'* * ****** ******* that ******* *** ****** lower **** ***** ******* resolution *** **'* *** a *************** ***.

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***** **** ** ** clear ***** *** ********* MODELS ** **** ****** with ********* ***********.

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*** ******** ******* **** referring ** ******* **** versions ** *, **** 4K, **, ***?

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*** **** *** **** at ***** ***** *** marketing ********. *** ***** 7k ****** *** *** 30MP ** ***. *** K ********** *** ******* 4K *** *** ** consumers ***** ** *** time ** ****** *** it **** *** ** easy **********. ** ** 7K ** ****** **** 4K, *****?

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****** ***** ** *** other ******?

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*****, *** **** **** enabling *** ********* ******** the *** **** ** the **** *****? ** there * ****** *** the ******* ***** ********? A ***** ******** ***** would ******** ** ******** to ******** ******, **?

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