Avigilon H5A Analytic Cameras Tested

By Rob Kilpatrick and Derek Ward, Published Oct 07, 2019, 10:19am EDT

Avigilon has released its H5A analytic cameras, claiming to "detect more objects with greater accuracy even in crowded scenes."

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We tested the 1080p and 4K models of the H5A line to see how they perform compared to the H4A line of analytic cameras, tested in our report Avigilon "Self-Learning" Analytics And VMD Tested.

Inside, we answer the following questions:

  • How well do they perform against common outdoor false alert sources such as rain, animals, and foliage?
  • Are human and vehicle classification accurate?
  • What distance/PPF level is required for detection?
  • How do image details in day, night, and low light compare to H4?
  • How does WDR performance compare?
  • How well do they integrate with third party VMSes?

Note: Appearance Search Coming: This test covers fundamental analytics and image quality. We will be releasing our findings on Avigilon's Appearance Search and UMD in an upcoming report.

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***** ** *** *****, Avigilon's ** **** *** several *********:

  • ****** ***** ***** *********:****** ******* ** ******/******* false ****** **** ******* such ** ******* *******, small/large *******, ***** ****, drastic ***** *******, *** shadows ** *** *****.
  • **** ******** *********:** *** *****, *** H5 ******* ******** **** ~9-10 *** *** ********* of ******, *** ** the ****** ************ ** analytics ** **** ****** (*** *** ********). ****** **** ******** at **** ***' ******** in * **°+ ***** of **** ***** *** 4K ** ******.
  • ******** ***** ******* ******** To **:******** ** ******** ** models, *** ** ******* produce ****** ******* ** all ******, *** *** night.
  • **** ** ************:*** **'* ********** ** illuminator ****** *** *** scene, ********* ***** ***** on ******** ** *** scene.
  • ***** ******* ***:** *******' **** ******* performance *** ****** **** average (*** *** *** Mega ********), ******** ******** to ** ****** ***** were ******* ** ***** in *** *****.

*******, ***** **** * few *********, ** ****:

  • ***** ****** ** ****** Vehicles:****** ******** ** *** scene ********** ********* ******** alerts, **** ***** **** stopped ******, ******* ******* alerts. ******** **** **** issue ****** ** ***** in ******** ********.
  • **** ***** *** ***** Performance (~* ***):**** ** ******* ******** weak ******* ** *** light (~* ***) *** to **** ****** ** digital *****. ****** **** brighter **** *** ** cameras ****** (**** *****) though **** *** *** deliver **** ****** ******.
  • ****** **** ******* ********:** ***** ***** *.*** bitrates **** **** ******** to *********** ******, **** 4-5 **/* *** *** 4K ******. ** ********, competitors' ***** ***** ******** were ********** ***** * Mb/s.

Vs. *********** *********

********'* ** ****-******** ********* outperformed ***** ****** ********* we **** ******, **** false ***** ********* ******* to*****'* *********+ ****************'* ***** ****** *********, *** *** ********** in *** *****.

*******, ******** *** **** to ******** ********* ******* and ******** ********, ** issue *** ******* ***** analytics. ************, ** *** not *********** ******** ** animals ** ****** ** vice *****.

*** **** *********** ********* issue ** ***** *** the ********* ** ********** vehicles, ***** ******** **** will ** ******** ** firmware **** **** (** will **** *** ****** when *********).

Better ********* ** ******* ******

*** ** *******' ********* were **** ** ********** detect *** ******** ******** objects ** **** ****** with ******** ***** ********** simultaneously, ***** ** ****** analytics ****** ******* ********.

*** *******, ** *** image *****, ****** ** bikes *** ********* ********** (both ****** *** ****) along **** ******** ******** in *** ***** **** objects ***********:

Accurate-Classification-Of-People,-Vehicles,-Bikes

**** **** ***** ******** are ********* ******* **** vehicle ********* *** ****/***** use, *** *** ** specifically ******** *** *************** ******. ******** **** **** plan ** ********* ***** object ******* ** **** analytics ** ****** ******** but **** *** **** a **** **** **** might ** *********.

Main ******** ***** — ******** ****** ** ****** ********

** *** *******, ****** vehicles ** *** ***** frequently ********* ******. **** means **** ***** ******** regularly ********* ****-**** ****** using *******'* ******* ********, as *** ****** *** near ********** ******** ***** parked ** *** ******'* field ** ****. ***** alerts ***** *** ** completely ******* **** ******** changes, ****** **** ***** be *******.

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******** ************ **** **** is * *********** **** the ******* ******** ******* and **** ** ********* a *** ******** **** fixes ****** ** ****** vehicles.

Accurate ****** ********* – ******* *** ******** ********

****** *******, ****** **** not ****** ******* ******* or ******* ******* *** scene **** *** *** night.

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Partially ******** ******** *******

******** ** ********* **** detected *** ******* ******** behind ******* **** ********* obscured ***** **********, **** as *** ******* *****.

Accurate-Detection-Of-Partially-Occluded-Objects

Common ******* ** ***** ****** *******

********** **** * **** of ******* *** ****** sources ** ******/******* ***** alarms **** *******, ********* those ***** ********* **** other *********, **** ** heavy **** ** *** scene/raindrops ** ***** ** the ****, **** *****.

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** **** ** ***** and ***** *******, ***** here:

No-False-Alerts-On-Animals

*******, ****** ******* *** shadows ********* ** ***** alerts ** *** *****.

No-False-Alerts-On-Foliage

Faster ********* *******, *********** ******* ** *****

******** ****** **** ***** H5 ********* ****** ******* faster **** **, ********** detection ** "****** *********." However, ** *** ***** we ***** ******* ********** in ***** ******* ** and **, ** **** 100-200ms. **** *** **** a ********* ********** ** some **** *****, *** in *** ***** **** H4 *** ** ******* detected ******* *******, **** vehicles ****** ** ~**-** miles *** ****.

Nighttime ********* ******* ********

**** *** ******** *.*-***-***-** and *** *.*-***-***-** ******** people ** ~*-* ***, which ******** ** * ~210' ********* ******** ** the *.*-***-***-** *** * ~115' ********* ******** ** the *.*-***-***-** ** **** day *** *****.

**** ** * *********** improvement **** *** ******* which *********** ******* ********* distance ** *****, ********* ~25+ *** *** *********.

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Image ******* ************ ******** ** **

********'* ** ****** **** improved ***** ******* ******** to ******* ** ******.

*** *******, ** ******* images (~*** ***) ** near *****, *** *** 4K ****** ******** ******* details ** *** ******* than *** ********** **, which ******* **** *** somewhat ****.

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** ****** *****, ** the ** ** ******, the *******'* ****** ******* are ******* *******, *** his **** ******* ******* by ********* ** *** H4.

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Improved ****/** *********** (~*.** ***)

** ****** ********** ** performance ** * **** (~0.02 ***) ****, ***** here. *** ** *******' illumination *** **** ****** the ***** ** ****, with ************ **** ** very **** ***** (distance), ********* *****.

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**** *** ******* ***********, the ****** ****** ******** and ** ***** ** compensate, **** ** ************ until *** ******* ******* very ***** ***** (~*' distance).

Overexposure-At-Very-Near-Range-((5')

** ** ******* *** much ******** **** *** H4 *****, **** ***** subject ******* *** **** exposure ** *** *****. The ** ****** **** not **** *** **** detail ** *** ******* at ***, *** ** high ****** ** ******* noise. *** ***** ** camera ******** ****** ******* of *** ******* ** this *****.

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** ~**' ********, *** H4 ******'* ***** ** more ********** ***** ***** details *** ***** ******* in **** ** ******.

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*******, ** ~**', *** subject ** ****** ********** in *** ** ******, but ***** ******* ******* in **** **'*.

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

***** ****/** *********** ** solid, *** ** ****** produced **** ***** ******* in * ~* *** scene, **** ***** *** artifacts ******** *******.

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Solid **** ******* *****

** ****** *** *********** against ** ******** *** door, **** ******* *** ~2,500 *** ******** *** ~100.

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** **** *****, *** H5 ******* ******* *********, with ***** ******* ** the ******* ******* *** backlit **** ***** ****** are ********** ****** ** the ********, ****** ***** recognizable. **** ******* ********** the ** ** ****** which *********** *** ********** and ***** ******* ******* of *** *******.

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** ******, *** ******* are ****** *** ******* as *** ******* ***** the ****, *** ******* usable ******* ** *** subject ** ** ******.

Above-Average-WDR-Performance-In-Motion

Bandwidth **********

** ******** **** ****** than ******* ******** ** other ** ****** ** have ******, **** ******* birates **** * **/* common *** ****** * Mb/s ******* ** ***** with ** **. ** contrast

***** ************ **** ***** with ********'* **** ***** codec ** ***** ******* settings.

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Camera/Analytics ***********

** *******' *.*** ****** was ****** **** ** Avigilon ******* ****** *** Genetec ******** ******, ****** H.264 ****** ******* ****** in *** ***** ******. In *** *****, ********'* analytics ********** **** *********, Genetec, *** ***** *** Avigilon ******* ******.

****: (**** **** "****** **" these ****** ** ***** parties *** ******* *).

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Installation ********

*** ** ******* ******* two ***** ************ ********. First, **** ******* * mounting **** **** ** integrated ***** ***** ****** the ****** ** ** hung ***** *********** *** made, ******* ** **********' hands.

******, *** ******* ******* a ******-******* *** **** that ******* * ******** adapter. ********** *** ******* to **** ******** ******* to *** *** ***** the ****** ***** *** camera ******** ***** *** PoE. ** ****** ******** a ******* *******, ****** in*** ******* **** ********.

** ****** ***** ******** in **** *****:

Size **********

*** ******** ** ******* are ******** ******* **** some *********** ******, **** as *** ****** * series ** ********* ***** series ******* ***** ****.

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H5 *******

*** ** ** ****** has ** ********* ****** price ** ~$*,***-*,*** *** based ** **** *** typical ******. **** ** similar ** ******** ****** than ***** ******* ** models, **** ** ******** ********* *********** *****-***(**** ~$*,***).

********* ****** ***** ** the ** ***** ****** is ~$***-*** ***, ***** than **** *********** ******, such ** ******* *****-***(~$***-*,*** ******) ******* ********* *****(~$*,*** ******).

Made ** ******

**** ** ******* **** made ** ********'* ******** facilities:

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Test **********

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

  • *.*** *** ****
  • **** ********** *** ******* (15 ***, **** ******** Interval: ***, ********** *******: 14)
  • ******** ** ************ *** enabled
  • **** ******* ***** *** enabled

*** ********* ******** *** software ******** **** **** in **** ****:

  • *.**-***-***-**: *.**.*.** (*****)
  • *.**-***-***-**: *.**.*.** (*****)
  • ******** ******* ******: *.*.*.**

Note: ********** ****** ******

**** **** ****** *********** analytics *** ***** *******. We **** ** ********* our ******** **********'* ********** ****** *** UMD** ** ******** ******.

Comments (41)

*** **** ******* ** our *****:

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

*.- ***** *******: *** the ****. ** ****, for **, *** ***** than ***. ***** *** bandwidth ******.

***, ***... *** *********

** *** ****** *** camera's ******** ** ***** them *****?

** ****** *** *******. But *** **** ** noisy ** *** *****. You *** ****** *** new ** ****** *** them *** **** *******, dirty ******. *** ** 4K *** **** *** issues (****** *****)

**** ** * *******, please. * **** * lot ** ********** **** the *** *******.

**** ** * *******, please.

** ***'*. *** ****** no **** ****** *********.

*** **** ** *** cost? **** **** ** the ******** ** **? Great ******.

* **** ******** ** the *** *** **** cameras.

*** ****** **** | Avigilon

******* ** *** ** H5A ** ~$*,***-*,*** *** estimated ****** ***** *** ~$800-900 ** *** *****. We've ***** * ******* on **** ** *** report.

*** ***** ** *******. The **** ***** ** 2Mpx, ********* ****** ** 4Mpx **** *** *** 3Mpx, *** ******* ** all *** ******** (*, 4, *, * & 8Mpx). *** **** ***** thing ** *** **** options...

********: * ***** :)

**** *** *** ******* integrate ******** **** ******** for ********* *********, ******** you ** ****** *** VMS? *'* ******** ********* like ** ******* *** recording *** *** ****** Side ********* *** **********?

**/**** ******** **** *** ES ******* **** *** they *** ******* ******** to ********. *** *** also *** ** ********* to ** *** ****.

***** ********, **** ******** offer ** ***/*** *** third ***** ****? ********* why ** *** ********** with ***** *********. (*** lazy ** ******)

* ***** **** *** SDK **** ****** **** ACC6 *** ***** ** no *** *** ****. In **** *** **** sdk ***** **** **** ACC7 (*** ******* ****** to *** *** **** features)

*** ** ***** ****. ACC7 **** *** *** Endpoint ***

***, ***** ** * restful ***/*** ********* *** those ******* *** ***** S *** * *******. Milestone *** ******* ****** be ********** ** ***** next ******** *** *** of *** *********.

**** **** **** *** in *** ******.

******** **** *** ***** now.

******** ***** *********!(*** ******).

*** (*** ***) ********* are ******* **** *** current ******* ** ******* (5.8.1.0) *** ********* (****** Device **** **.**). * have ****** ****. ****** generated ******** ****** *** recognized *** *** ******* actions, ****** *** *****. Milestone ******** ***** *********.

* ***** *** *** missing *** ******, *** compare *** **** ** the ***, *** *** Avigilon.

* **** *** ****** to ****** *** ********** in ******** ** *** hinge ******* *** * devices, *** ******** ** clearly * ****** ****** when *** ** **********.

*******, * ** *** seeing * ******** ********** between *** *****, **** all *** ***** *** immovable ***** **********.

**, **** ******* **** some ********** ******* *** light *********** ** *** H5A *** *** ******* (80mm ****) *** ****** super *** ***** *******, especially **** *****? ******!

** *********, ** *****'* tested *** *** *** camera ** *** *****. I'm ******** **** *** say "**** ****" *** mean *** *.* – 84.6 ** ******?

*** ** **** ****** the *** ****** *** and *** **** *****-***. They *** *** ******* similar *** ****** ** in **** **** ****. Based ** *** *****, the *** **** ** a *** ******* *** is ***** ** **** DNR ****. *** *******, here's *** *** *** with *** ******* ******* toward ** ** ~**':

**'* ***** ************ ** us, *** *** *****.

*** ***** *** **** noisy *** *******, ****** still ******* ******** (********* subject, **** ***** *** light *****).

* ***** ****** *** relative *********** ** *** Avigilon *** ***** *** Axis ** ** ** in **** **** *****, though *** *****.

******* ********: *** *** very **** ****?

** *****,

***** *** *** ****** these *******! **** ****.

***** ******* **** ***** (4.7 – **.* **).

**** **** ** ******* some ****** ****** ******* right ******* * *** city ****.

****** -

***** ******* ** *** VMSes **** ******* *********** with ******** ** *********.

*** *** *** *** "Teach ** *******" ** "Self-learning" ********* ****** *******? Or ** **** *** analytics ******** *** ** the ***?

** *******, **** ******** is ******* ** ******** cameras. ***** ** ******* is **** ***** *** fact ** *** *** having ***** *********.

*** ****** ******** ** soon ** *** ******* it. ******** ** ***** enough **** *'** ***** needed ** *** ***** by *******. ***** ** tough ************ **** ******** and ****.

** *** ****** ****, self ******** ** ******* by *******, ***** **** the ****** ** ***** we ***** ***** *** let ** *** ** 100% ****** *******. ** there *** *** ***** false ****** ** ****************** after **** ******** ** at ***% ** ***** then *** ***** ** example.

* ********** **** ** order ** ***** *** Avigilon **** ******** *** had ** **** ** Avigilon ***. **** *** self ******** *** **** with ******* (** ******* 'tools' ********)?

* ** **** ** VideoIQ (******** *********) ***** analytics *** *** ** the ********* ************* **** VideoIQ ********* **** ******** could ** **** ** the ****** *********** ** VMS.

*** ******** ** ***** done ** *** ******. The ********* *** **** sent (*****) ** ******** VMS ** ** ********* to.

** ********* ******** ******** after ****** ******. ** were **** ** ******** a ***** ** *** ago **** ******* ** Avigilon ***, ***** ** now *** ** ****** / ********* *** ********* (and ** **** ***** current ******* ** ******* VMS **** * *** H5A).

**** ** *** ******* products (****** ********* ** Avigilon); * ***** ********* the ********* *** ****-******** at *** ****** ************* of *** ***. * was ****** *** **** kind ** ******* ***** when ******** / ******** 'opened' ***** ******** ** others. *********, ** ****** do **** ** * understood **** ******** - above - **** *** must **** ***** *** in ***** ** ********* / ****** ***** ********* and ****-********.

*** *** ***** *** Avigilon ****** ************* ****?

*** ******** ****** ************* Tool **** ****** ************* of *** ********* ** a **** *****. ** does *** ******* ***** participation ** *** ******** process. *** ********, ** a **** ** ******** as * *****, ** doesn't **** *** *********** to **** ** ***** by ****** ** *** detection ** ******* *** giving *** ****** ** answer *** ** **. This ** **** ** the ******** *** ****.

************* **** **** ***** is **** * *****-***** VMS **** ** ********* with ****** **** ****** "unknown" ******* ** ***** that *** ******* ***********. If *** ***'* **** access ** *** ******** VMS *** **** ** happening, **** *** *** out ** ****.

***, * ***** ** teach ** ******* ** only ** *** *** software ** *** **** to ****** *** ******** video ** *** **. That ***** **** ** have ********* **** ********* of ******** ******* **** analytics *** ** **** rarely **** ** *** that *******.

***** **** *** *** have ****** ** ****** and ******* ****-********. ***** really ***'* *** ***** setup ******** **** *** missing...

** **** ******* ** line ******* ******** * gated ********. ***** ***** a **** ** ******** (we ***'* **** **** the ****** ** *** learning *** ******* *** tool *****'* ***** ********), some ******** **** ***** in ******* *** **** and ****** **** *** building **** *** ******** identified ***** **** *** already ****** *** *** individual *** ******* ****** the ********. *** ******* was ** **** ********** as ** ******* ****** which ** ********* **'** not **********. **** ***** that ** * ****-****** monitoring ********, **** ********** could *********** *** ** detected ***** **** *** well ****** *** ****.

** **** ****** ** when *** ******* *** cameras **** ******* **** around ** *** *** for **** ** *** camera *** ***** **** the ****** **. ** you ******* * ****** and ** *****'* *** vehicles ** ****** ** will **** *** ***** positive. **** ** **** H4A ** **** *** H5A ** **** ****.

* *****'* ****** ******** cameras ** ***** *** as ***** ** ** way **** *** ***** to ** ** ******* integrated **** *** *** software ** **** **** be **** *** ** we ***** **** ***. This **** *** *** camera/VMS ************, *** **** Avigilon.

** **** ********** *** Bear ***** ********. * can **** **** ****.

** ****** *** *********** results ** **** ************ with ******* ******** ****** the ******* *** ********* by ******** (*** ** least **** ******* ******** discontinued, ***.); * *** hopeful **** * *** the **** ******* '******** Opens ** ********* *** Cameras' (* ***. ****).

** ******* *** **** in ******** ****** *** changed. ****** *** *** using ******** ***; *** cannot ****** **** ************* of ********* ** ****-******** as ** *** ******** to ** **** ******* products.

**** *** ***** ** cameras **** ********? **** are **** **** ******* and **** *** ******/******* on *** ******. **** should ** **** ** do *** **** *** party *** *** * have *** ****** **** with *** ***** *** solutions.

****** -

***** ********* ** *** VMSes **** ******* *********** with ******** ** *********.

****** ****** *** *.*** support *** ********* ** the ***** ** *** be **** ** ***** supported ****** ****. ******.

******: *** ******** ******* 7.6 *** ********* *** annoying ***** *** ******** events ** ****** ********. We *** ***** ****** some ** ***** ******, but ** *** ********. Hopefully, ****** ******** ******** will ******* ***** ***** events **** ****.

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