Bosch Flexidome 3000i NDAA IP Camera Test

By Rob Kilpatrick, Published Aug 24, 2021, 11:05am EDT

Bosch dropped Dahua for its NDAA-compliant 3000i line, but how well do these new models compete against Hikua?

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We bought and tested the Bosch NDE-3502-AL-P (1080p motorized dome, 30m IR), against Axis' M30, Hikvision Performance Series, and Dahua Lite Series. examining:

  • How does image quality compare in full light (~200 lux), color low light (~1 lux), dark (~0.01lux) with IR on and WDR scenes?
  • Are noise and/or blur issues in low light scenes?
  • Does it meet its specified IR range?
  • How well do the camera/analytics integrate with VMSes?
  • How does bandwidth compare day and night?
  • Does the new Bosch EVA/IVA configuration make it simpler to calibrate?
  • Does EVA classify people and vehicles properly?
  • How does the 3000i series compare to Dahua and Hikvision?

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***** ** *** *****, the ***** ***** ****** camera ******** ******* ** better ******* **** ****, Dahua, *** ********* ***-**** 1080p ****** ** **** light, *** *****, ****/**, and *** ******.

************, *** ***** ***** displayed ******* ** ************ at ***** ***** (~**' and ******) *** ****** blur. ***** **** ********* were ******* ******** ******/****** moving ********, ****** ******* remained ************.

*****-***** *** *********** *** solid, **** *.***/*.*** ********* and ************* ********** ** all ***** ****** (********, Exacq, *******, *********, ******* Optix). ******** ****** ********** with *******, ******* *****, and *********, ***** ******* and ******* ***** **** integrated ****** *************** (*******, person, ****, ***.)

******* *.*** ***** ***** bitrates **** ********** ****, ~1.3 **/*, ******** ** many *********** ******* ***** consumed low ***** *** ** bitrates **** ***** **** average (~***-*** **/*).

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*** ***** ***** ******* sell *** ~$***-*** *** online, ********** ****** **** Hikvision's *********** ****** ***** (DS-2CD2725FHWD-IZS, ~$*** ******) ** Dahua ******* (~$*** ******).

**** **** ***** *** lower-priced ***** ******* *********, the********* ***** *********** (~$***), ****** ***** models **** ********** **. 5MP ****** *** **** available, ****** **** *** priced **** $*** ***, outside ** *** ***** of ***** ***-****.

Compared ** ***** *** *********

*****'* ***** ***** ******* performance ** ******** ** low-cost ***** *** ********* models. ************, *****'* ********* Video ********* (***) **** competitive **** ***** *******/******** and********* ********. *** ******** ***** alerts **** ** ***** rain, ***** *** *** trigger *****/*********, ****** **** these *********** ******** ***** alerts ** *******, *** found ** ***** ***. See ********* ********* ******** ******* **** ******* ** these ******.

*******, *** ***** ***** line ** ******* ****** in ***** (********* *****), and ********** ******* ** product *********. ***** *** Hikvision ***** * ******* variety ** *********** (*****, 3MP, ***, ***, **) than ***** (***** *** 5MP ****). ************, ***** and ********* ***-**** ***** include ***** ***** ************, fisheye **********, *** ***** housings.

Dark/IR *********** (~*.** ***)

** ~**' ******** ** ~0.01 ***, *** ***** 3000i ****** ******* ******* than *** ***** *** Hikvision ******* ******* ************ the ******* ** **** chart. *** **** *****-* does *** ******* ** image ** **** *** level *** ** *** lack ** ** *** was *** ******** ** this **********.

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Little ************ ** ***** *****

*** ***** ***** *********** subjects ** ***** ***** much **** **** ***** recent ***-**** *******. **** the ******* **********, *****, his **** ******* ******* throughout, ***** ** ******* ~10', ***** ** ** briefly *********** ****** *** camera ******* ** **** clear ****** *******.

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

*** ***** ***** ****** met *** ********* ** range (***/~**'), *** ******* were **** ** **** distance *** ** *** PPF (~**-** ********* ** zoom *****).

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Details **** ** **** ** ***** ** ****

******* ** *** **** of *** ***** *** lost *** ** ** not ******** *** ***** scene.

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

** ~* ***, *** Bosch ***** ****** ********* moderately ****** **** *** cameras ******, **** ******* chart ******* *** **** defined ****** ******* **** Axis *** ***** ****** Hikvision *** *******.

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Limited ****** **** ******

** ****** ** *** light (~* ***), ** artifact ***** *** ** seen ****** *** *******. However, ****** ******* ****** recognizable, **** **** ***** impact **** ***** *********.

**** *********** ** ******* to *** **** **** of *** ***-**** ********* Bosch ***** ****** ******* in ***** ******** ******** noise ********* *** *** of *** ******** ***** but ********* ***** ** the *****, *********** ******** facial *******.

Wide ******* *****

** ****** *** ***** 3000i ****** ** ** exterior ******* *** *****, shown *****, **** * lighting ******** ** ~**** between ******* (~****) *** out (~*,*****).

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** **** *****, *** Bosch ***** ************ ***** cameras, **** ****** ******* of *** ******* *** background ******* ****** *********, and ****** ******* ** the ****** **** ****** the ****.

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*******, ** ******, *** Bosch ****** **** *** adjust ******* **** *** door ** ****** *** closed, ******* *** ****** details. ******* *** *** clear ***** *** ******* is ***** ****** *** room. **** ********* **** both *** "****" *** "Extreme" ********.

Full ***** *********** (~*** ***)

** **** *****, *** Bosch ***** ****** ******** moderately ******* ******* **** Axis *** *****, ******* to *********'* *********** ******.

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Essential ***** ********* ***********

*** ***** ****** ******** Bosch's ********* ***** ********* (*** *** ******** ****), ***** ******* ***** intrusion *********, ****** *** vehicle ************** (****, ******, bikes, ***********), ****** ********, loitering, *** ******.

** *** ******* *** accurately ******** ***** ********, including **** ******* *** crawling.

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******** **** **** ******** and ********** ** ****** while **********, **** ** the ******* ** ***** of *** *** *****.

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

******* ** *** ***** were ******** ** ******* (highlighted ** ******), *** did *** ******* ***** or ******* ******. **** is * ***** *********** since *** ******** **** of ***, ***** ***** and ***** ******* **** classified ** *****.

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Additionally, ******* ******* *** *** ******* *** *** ******* *** ***** ******, **** ** **** *****.

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

*** **** ********** ****** of ***** ****** ***** in *** *** ******* was ** **** ******** dripping **** *** ******'* dome, ***** ********* **** person *** ******* ******.

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***** **** **** ***** misclassifications *** ********* ** removed ** ********* *******/******* object **** ******* *** adjusting ***********, *** ** have **** ****** ** test **** ** ** yet *** ** **** of ****.

Vehicles ********** ** ******

******** ** *** ***** were ************ ********** ** people.

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**** *** ******** ****** above, ***** **** ***** misclassifications *** ***** ** removed ** ********* ****** filters (*******/******* **** *** height/width *****). *******, ********* these ******* ** ****** to ******* *********** **** investment *** ** ***** and ***** ********.

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

*** *** *** ***** on ******* ****** ***** alert ******* **** ******* caused ** ******** ** adjacent *****.

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** ** ****** ***** turned **/*** ** *** scene.

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Bosch ***/*** *********** ********** / ***** ******** *** **************

***** *** ********** ********* calibration *** **** *** and *** ** ***** Configuration ******* ******, *** using * ****** ** walk ***** ******* *****, which ******** * *** minutes *** ******. *********** is ******** *** ***** detection, *** ******** ** person/vehicle ************** ** *******.

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***** **** **** **** it ******* ** *********, other ******** ********* **** as ******** ** **** this ** *** ********* for ************** ** ******** (Axis ******** ******** ***********, but ** ** *** needed *** **************).

** **** ** ******* details ** **** *** calibration ** ** ****** to ******** *** ***** ********* Test** *** **** *** weeks.

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

*** *********** *** *****, integrating *.*** *** *.*** streaming *** ************* **** Exacq, ******* *****, *******, and *********.

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EVA ********** ****** ***** ***********

***** *** ********** **** Network *****, *******, *** Milestone, ********* ******** ****** events ** *******.

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************, ****** *** ******* object ****** **** ***** in ******* ***** *** no ******* ****** (*.*., car, *****, ****, ***.).

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Bandwidth **********

******* *.*** ***** ***** bitrates **** ********** ****, ~1.3 **/*, ******** ** many *********** ******* ***** consumed low ***** *** ** bitrates **** ***** **** average (~***/~*** **/*). *** measurements **** ***** **** moderate ****** ** *** scene (******** *******).

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Size **********

*** ***** ***-****-**-* ** slightly ******* **** **** competitive ********* *****, **** as *** ********* *********** Series *****.

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SoC **** / **** ** ********

*** ***** ***** ****** camera **** ** ********* SoC. *** ***** ****** is **** ** ********.

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Versions ****

*** ********* ******** **** used ****** *******.

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Comments (6)

**** ****** ***** *********. However, ******* ** *** accessories, * ****'* *** a ****** ***** ****** for **** ******. *** the **-***********-***, ***** ** the ***-* ******** ***** accessory. * ***** ******** using **** *** * project ** **** *** a ******** ***** ******. Does *** *****?

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**** ********** ***** ** an *******/****** ***** ******, you ******'* ****** ** have * ******** ***** option *** **. *** indoor *** ***** ***** capabilities, **** ** *** 4000i ****** ***** *** an "*********" ***** ****** (Bosch *****'* **** ** "recessed"). **'* ********* **** (NDI-4502-AL) ** ******* ** (NDI-4502-A)

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****** *** *** *****. This ******* ** ********. The *** ***** ** about $*** ** ****...****** 2MP ****** (***-****-**)? *** NDE-3503-AL-P ** **** **** that *** ** *******-***** camera.

* ******'* ****** ** to **** * ******** mount *** ************* **** waste ********* ****** ****** and ******* ***** ********. Just **** **** *** outdoor *** *** **** IR (**** * ******** option ** ******* **). When * **** ** use ****** ***** ******* sealed ********, *** ***** would *** ********** *** dust ****** *** ****. I *****'* *** **** issue **** ******* ****** domes **** ******. *'* not ****** ***** *** this *****, *** ** is ** ***** **** I **** *** ** the ****.

******* ** *** ********* selector ****, **** ****** have *** ****** *******. If *'* ******* *** alternatives ** *********, **** have ** **** *** the ******* ** ** competitive. ** ** ****** dome **** ****** * recessed ***** ****** ** hundreds ** ******* ****, then *'* ***** ** look *********.

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** ****,

**** * **** ** the ***** ***** ********* quick ********* *****, **** has ***** *********** *** the ******** ****** *** all ******* ******.*** ****

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******. **** *** ** well ****. * ****** appreciated *** *** ********* they **** *** ***** alarm ******* *** *************. Those **** ** **** easy ** ****** *** the ******* * ******. That ******** ********** ******** my ******** ** ******* to *** ***** ****.

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******* ****** ** ****, so *** ****** ***'* surprising.

**** *****'* **** **-******, so **** ** *********** is *********.

***** ** ***** **** this ***** *** *** outperform ****** ** "** cameras". ****!

** ***'* **** *** integration ******* ***** ** search **** ****** ******** only ** **** ** determing ******** ****** ** objects?

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