Avigilon H5A Analytic Cameras Tested

By: Rob Kilpatrick and Derek Ward, Published on Oct 07, 2019

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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******, ** ****** *** following *********:

  • *** **** ** **** perform ******* ****** ******* false ***** ******* **** as ****, *******, *** foliage?
  • *** ***** *** ******* classification ********?
  • **** ********/*** ***** ** required *** *********?
  • *** ** ***** ******* in ***, *****, *** low ***** ******* ** H4?
  • *** **** *** *********** compare?
  • *** **** ** **** integrate **** ***** ***** VMSes?

****: ********** ****** ******: This **** ****** *********** analytics *** ***** *******. We **** ** ********* our ******** **********'* ********** ****** *** UMD** ** ******** ******.

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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 *******.

Constant Detection Of Parked Cars

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

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

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

Accurate Detection Of People Running And Crawling

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

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

Accurate-Detection-Of-Partially-Occluded-Objects

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

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

No False Alerts On Rain

** **** ** ***** 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+ *** *** *********.

9-10 PPF Required For Detection Day And Night

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

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

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

Avigilon H5A vs  H4A Daytime Image Quality 200 20

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

Avigilon H5A vs  H4A Daytime Image Quality 200 60

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

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

Even IR Illumination Center And Edge

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

Avigilon H5A vs  H4A Dark Image Quality 002 20

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

Avigilon H5A vs  H4A Dark Image Quality 002 40

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

Avigilon H5A vs  H4A Dark Image Quality 002 60

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

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

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

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

Strong WDR Performance

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

Avigilon H5A vs  H4A Exterior Mandoor WDR

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

Above-Average-WDR-Performance-In-Motion

Bandwidth **********

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

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

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

** *******' *.*** ****** was ****** **** ** Avigilon ******* ****** *** Genetec ******** ******, ****** H.264 ****** ******* ****** in *** ***** ******. In *** *****, ** other *** ********** ********'* analytic ****** (****** **** **** "****** up" ***** ****** ** third ******* *** ******* T).

VMS Integration Matrix

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

H5 *******

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

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

Made ** ******

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

H5A Cameras Made In Canada

Test **********

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

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

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

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

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

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

Comments (22)

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

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