Bosch Budget 3000i Cameras Tested

By: Rob Kilpatrick, Published on Dec 05, 2019

Bosch has long had a hole in its lineup for, as it describes, "competitively-priced cameras". Now, Bosch has released its 3000i series cameras offering "Essential Video Analytics" in a lower-cost line.

We bought and tested three 3000i models, the 1080p Flexidome IR, 5MP Flexidome IR, and 1080p Flexidome Micro, examining:

  • Do the analytics false alarm on common outdoor/indoor sources?
  • Are people missed walking. running, or crawling through the scene?
  • What VMSes do they integrate into?
  • How does image quality compare to the 8000i series?
  • How do the cameras perform in a WDR scene?
  • What is the bandwidth consumption?
  • Who manufacturers the cameras and what risk does this pose?
  • How does it compare to low-cost offerings from Dahua and Hikvision?

***** *** **** *** a **** ** *** lineup ***, ** ** describes, "*************-****** *******". ***, Bosch *********** *** ***** ****** cameras******** "********* ***** *********" in * *****-**** ****.

** ****** *** ****** three ***** ******, *** 1080p ********* **, *** ********* **,******** ********* *****, *********:

  • ** *** ********* ***** alarm ** ****** *******/****** sources?
  • *** ****** ****** *******. running, ** ******** ******* the *****?
  • **** ***** ** **** integrate ****?
  • *** **** ***** ******* compare ** *** ***** series?
  • *** ** *** ******* perform ** * *** scene?
  • **** ** *** ********* consumption?
  • *** ************* *** ******* and **** **** **** this ****?
  • *** **** ** ******* to ***-**** ********* **** Dahua *** *********?

[***************]

*******

** *** ******* *** Bosch ***** ******* *** some *** *********:

  • ** ***** ****** ** swaying *******:****** ******* ***** **** no ***** ****** ** swaying *******/******** ** *** scene.
  • ** ****** ****** ******* or ********:** ****** **** ****** running ** ******** ******* the *****.
  • ** ***** ****** ** common ****** *******:****** ******* **** ** major ***** *******, *******, or ****** ****** **/*** in ******** ***** *** not ******* ***** ******.
  • ***** *** ***********:*********** ** * *** scene ******* *** ***** 8000i ****** *******, ******** details ** **** *** backlit *** ****** **** of *** *****.
  • ***** *** ***********:*** ***** ***** ****** cameras ********** **** *** major ***** ***** **** H.264 *** *.***, ********* Video ********* **** ********** into **** *** ** well.

*** ******* *** **** some *** ********* ******:

  • ***** ****** ** ***** rain:***** **** *** **** dripping **** *** **** triggered ***** ****** ****** testing.
  • ***** ****** ** *****/***** animals:***** ****** **** ********* by ***** *** ***** animals ******* ******* *** scene.
  • ***** ****** ** ****** scene ********:***** ****** **** *** scene ** ****** ***** closing **** **** ******* of ***** ******.
  • ******* ***** *** ** configured ** ***** ************* Manager:*********** ****** ****** ******* to *** ** ************ in ***** ************* *******.
  • **** ** ********:** *** *** ** the ****** *** *** at *** ***** ** the *****, ********* ** a **** ** ******.
  • ********/******** ***** ** *** Light **********:** *** ***** (~***), the ***** ******* *** noticeable ******** ******** ****** the *******, ** **** able ** ****** **** by ******* *** *********** noise ********* *** ******** temporal ***** ********* *** the ******** *** * high ****** ** ***** in *** *****.

Vs. ***** ***

*****-** ********* ***** ********* on *** ***** *** not ******* ** **** as ***** ***, ********* the **** ************* ** IVA (********* ***** ** the *****) *** ****** to *******, ***** ******** on ****** ******* ******* that *** *** *** such ** ***** ** large *******, ****** ***** opeing, *** ***** ****. Although **** *** *** IVA *** *** **** people *******, *******, ** crawling ******* *** *****.

Vs. ***** *********+ *** ********* ********

******** ** ***** *********+, *** ******** ***** alerts ** **** **** objects, **** ** *******, rain, *** ******. *********+ rejected ****** *** ***** alerts. ********* ***** ** pricing ** *********** **** Dahua's *** *********+ *****, the *******, ***** ***** for ~$***, ******* ** the *** ***** *****.

*********'* ******** ******* *** NVR******** **** **** ***** alerts, **** ** *******, parked ****, *** ***********, but *** *** ********* by **** ** **** other ******* *** ***** alerted **. *********'* ********* 4MP ******** **-*********-*** ***** for ~$*** ******, ******* to *** *** ***** 3000i.

***** *** ***** *** people *** ******* ************** features ***** ** **** Dahua's *********+ *** ********* AcuSense, **** ******* ******* "object" *********. *******, *** is ******* ****** **** Dahua's *** *********'* ******** Intrusion *********, ***** ***** alerted ** ******** *******. See ***** ****** ********* ******** for **** *******.

*****************

***** ************ **** **** line ** ******** ************ by ***** *** ***** plans ** ****** ** next ****:

***** *** ******* ***** series ** ************ ** a ***** *******, ***** cameras *** *****’* ********* hardware ******, ***-******* *** and *****’* *** ********. The ****** ****** *** best ** ***** ******** measures **** *** ****** (encryption ****) *** ************** to ***** ****** ** Bosch ****** ******** ****. Bosch ** **** ******* aggressively ** ***** ********** products ****** ****** **** of **** **** ** the ***** ******, ***** will ************ ** *** locations ******* ** *****.

**** ******** ***** ***** use *****'* *** ******** and "***-*******" ****. *******, as **, ***** ***** is ********* ***** *******, for ***, ** ***** disqualify **** *** **** compliance ********* ** *** the **** *** ** Dahua ** ***********.

*******

******-****-*** *** ** ***** online *** ~$***, *** NDE-3503-AL(5MP) *** ** ***** for ~$***, *** *** NDE-3502-AL(1080p) *** ** ***** for ~$***, ************* ***** priced **** *** ***** series, ***** ***** *** over $*,*** (****** ******** PTRZ ************* *** *** instead ** ***).

No ****** ****** ******* ** ********

****** ******* ***** **** not ****** ****** ******* through *** *****.

************, ****** **** ******** crawling ** *** *****.

No ***** ****** ** ******* *******

* ****** ****** ** false ****** ** **** analytic *********, ******* *******/******** was ********** ******* ****** testing.

False ****** ** ***** ****

***** **** ** ***** or **** ******** ******** down *** **** **** the **** ****** ****** of ***** ******.

False ****** ** ******* *******

** *** *****, *** alerted ** ****** ******* sources **** ** ***** or ***** ******* ******* through *** *****.

************, * ****** **** opening/closing ********* ***** ******.

*******, ****** ******* ******** the ***** ***** ******* a ***** *****, ***** a *** ** ****** into *** ***** ***** caused * ***** *****.

No ***** ****** ** ****** ****** *******

****** ****** ******* **** as ***** ***** ******* did *** ******* * false ***** ****** *******.

******* ****** ******* *** scene **** *** *** trigger * ***** *****.

EVA *****

***** ** ******* ** IVA, *** **** **** measure ****** ** *** scene, **** ******, *** input *** ****** ****** so *** ****** *** properly *********, ***** *****.

** ****** **** ******* in **** ***** **** our ********* *** ***** ********* And ******+ *** ******.

Dark ***** *******

** * ~*.**** *****, at ~**' **** ***** IR ******* ***** ***** facial *** ***** ******* with ** ************. *******, due ** ***** **** of **, *** ***** dome *** ***** ****** do *** ******* *******.

******** *** ******** ** ~40', **** *** *** and *** ** ***** offer *** **** ****** details.

Poor ** ********

** ******** ** *** 3000i ******* *** *** in *** ****** ***** leaving *** **** ** the ***** ****** *** resulting ** **** ** detail. **** ***** *** similar ** **** *** 1080p *** *** ******.

Low ***** ***** *******

** *** ***** ** ~2lx *** ~**', *** of *** ***** ******* performed ********* ** *** 8000i ****** ******** ***** facial *** ***** *******.

** ~**' *** ******* provide *** **** ****** details, ******** *** ***** is ****** ** *** 5MP ****** *** *** 3000i ***** **** ***** details ** *** *****.

Ghosting/Artifact ***** ****** ****** ******

** *** ***** (~***) a ******* ******** ***** can ** ******** ****** a ******* ******. **** is **** ********* ** the *** ******, ****** facial ******* *** ***** be ****.

***** ****** ***** ** reduced ** ********** ** reducing ******** ***** ********* manually ** *** ******* of ********* ******* ***** in *** *****, ***** effectively ******* ****** *******.

Full ***** ***** *******

** ******* ****** (~*** lux), *** ***** ****** cameras ******** ******** **** detail **** *** ***** camera.

*******, **** ******** ** doubled ** ~**', ***** micro **** ***** ******* falls *** ******* * loss ** ****** *** chart ******* ******** ** both ** *** ***** 2MP *****. *** *** 3000i ****** ***** ******** facial ******* *** *** chart ** ******* ** the ****** ****.

WDR ***** *******

** ****** *** ***** cameras *** *********** ***** a ******* ******* ** ~2,000 *** **** ** indoor *** ** ~**, a ******** ** ~***, shown *****.

*** ***** ******* ***** high ******* ***** *** in *** ***** *** solid *** ***********, ******** clear ****** *** ***** details ** **** *** inside *** ******* ******* of *** *****.

Broad *** ***********

*** ***** ******* ********** into *** ***** ***** using **** *.*** *** H.265, ********* ***** ********* were **** ********** **** each ***.

*********

*** ***** ****** ******* include *****'* "*********** *********" like *** ***** ****** but ** *** *** see * *********** ********* in ********* ****** *******.

Not ********* ************ ** ***** ************* *******

** *** **** ** testing *** ** * certificate *****, *** ******* were *** *********** ************ in ***** ************* *******.

***** ******** ** **** a *** ******* ** Configuration ******* (*.*) **** fix ***** ****** *** currently *** **** ******** validate *** *********** *** the ******* ** ** configurable ** ***** ************* Manager.

Country ** ******

*** ***** ******* **** manufactured ** *****.

Firmware ********

*** ********* ******** ******** were **** ****** *******:

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

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