Testing Avigilon's 2MP and 5MP JPEG2000 Cameras

Author: Benros Emata, Published on Mar 29, 2010

Avigilon is well known for its focus on High Definition video surveillance, offering a complete HD solution combining a broad range of megapixel cameras (from 1 - 16 MP) and and integrated Video Management System.

In this test, we examine Avigilon's High Definition IP cameras including the 2MP (2.0MP-HD-DN) and 5MP (5.0MP-HD-DN) cameras. We tested the Avigilon cameras with Avigilon's Control Center VMS software (read our review of Avigilon's VMS to properly understand the overall system).

Key findings include:

  • Low light (sub 1 lux) video was bright but with moderate visible noise
  • Wide dynamic range performance was solid compared to cameras with WDR optimizations
  • Bandwidth, storage and video quality optimizations integrated
  • Bandwidth consumption using Avigilon's default settings was high relative to H.264 and MJPEG competitive cameras at their default settings
 
Equally important, Avigilon cameras are only supported by Avigilon's VMS so a selection of their cameras requires the deployment of their VMS. Compare to a dozen other megapixel camera tests performed.
 
[Update July 2011: We have tested Avigilon's H.264 cameras that are the next generation offering from the company.]

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