5MP Super Low Light Tested (Bosch)

Author: Ethan Ace, Published on May 27, 2014

Low light performance remains the biggest showstopper for multi-megapixel cameras. Test after test, 5 MP and even 1080p cameras are consistently outperformed by 720p models. Bosch is aiming to change this, however, with their new NBN-80052, a 5 MP model using a larger 1/1.8" imager and the starlight technology built into their NBN-733V, consistently one of the top performers in our tests.

To find out how much this model narrows the performance gap, we put it up against a 5 MP competitor from Arecont Vision, and 1080p and 720p models from Axis, Bosch, and Samsung in four different scenes, ranging from a narrow 20' field of view indoors:

To a 100' field of view outdoors:

As well as a WDR warehouse scene:

*** ***** ****************** *** ******* *********** *** *****-********* *******. **** ***** ****, 5 ** *** **** ***** ******* *** ************ ************ ** 720p ******. ***** ** ****** ** ****** ****, *******, **** their ******-*****, * * ** ***** ***** * ****** */*.*" ****** and *** ********* ********** ***** **** ********-****, ************ *** ** *** *** ********** ** *** *****.

** **** *** *** **** **** ***** ******* *** *********** gap, ** *** ** ** ******* * * ** ********** from ******* ******, *** ***** *** **** ****** **** ****, Bosch, *** ******* ** **** ********* ******, ******* **** * narrow **' ***** ** **** *******:

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Key ********

**** *** *** *** ******** **** *** ****:

  • *** ***** *********** ******* ** ***** *** ***** ****** (***** NBN-932V *** ******* ***-****) *** ************* ****** **** *** * ** Arecont ************.
  • *** ***** *********** ********* ***** **** ****** (**** *****, ***** NBN-733V, *** ******* **-****), *** ****** ********** ** *** **** chart ** ****** ****. 
  • **** ******* ***** *********** ******* ** *** ********** ****/***** *** models.
  • *********** ************ ***** ******* ********, ******** **** ***** ******* ****.
  • ***-******** **:* *** ********** ********* ****** ****** *** **** ** *** compared ** ******* * ** ******* (********* **. *********).
  • ** ****** **** ***** **** *********** ** **** ****** **** * **** ** *** ********, compared ** **-** *** *** *** *********** * *********.
  • ********* *********** ******* ** *********** ***** ******* *** **** ***** ***** * MP ******.

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

*** **** ** *** ***-***** ** $*,*** ***, *** ********* lens. ***** ** ******* ****** ******* *** **** ** ***** Bosch *******, ** ******** ****** ***** ** ** ~$*,***. **** is ****** **** ***** * ** ****** *********, **** ** the**** *****(~$*** ****** ********* ****),******* ****** ************ (~$*** ******, *** ********* ****), ************ **-*******-*(~$*** ******, *** ********* ****). 

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

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Physical ********

** **** ***** ** ****** *** ******** ************ ** *** Starlight **** ******. **** ****** ** *** **** ** ***** Bosch *** *******, ****** ** ** ********** *******. *** ****, a * ** *.*-*** ** ********* ********* *****, ** **** much ****** **** ******* ** ***** ******, ** ***** ** accommodate *** ******'* */*.*" ******.

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

**** ** ******* ****** ************* ** *** ***-*****. ***** ******** with ***** ***** ******* **** **** ******* ********* ****, ***** from *** ****** ** ****** "****" **** * ** **:* to * ** *:* ** *****.

Narrow ***

** ***** ** ******* ******* ** * ****** ***** ** view, ~**', **** *****. 

** **** *****, *** ***-***** ** ******* ***********, ****** ********* monochrome ******** ** ***** *******. **** ***** ** *** **** ***** are ******* (**** ** **** *) **** ** *** ***** camera *** ** *** ****** ***.

** *** *****, ~* ***, *** ***-***** ******** * **** quality ***** ** ****, **** ****** ********** **** **** ***** models ******, *** ***** ***-**** *** ******* ***-****. *** ***** 5 ** ****** ** **** ****, *** ******* ********** ******** no ****** ***** ****.

*******, **** *** ****** ***, ***** * ***, *** ***** NBN-80052 ***** ******* ******** *** ***** ****** ******* ** *** subject *** ****. *** ***** ** ******** **** *** ***-**** *** **** noisy **** *** ***** ******* ***-****. *** *********** ** *** light *********** *** ****** ********** ******* ** **** ********** ** *** chart **** **** **** *** **** **** ***** *** ***** NBN-733V, ****** *** ******* ***-**** ** ******** **** *******.

Wide ***

**** ** ****** ** ***** ****** ** **** ** *** if ************* * ** ********** **** ** ** ******** *** *********, starting ** **' ****.

**' ****

** **** *****, *** ***-***** ******* ******** **** ******* **** any ***** ****** ** *** ****. ******* **** ****, *** **** ****** ****** ** *** ******* enough ****** *** **** ** ******* **** ******* ** *** subject ** *****.

** *** ***** (~* ***) ** * **' ***** ** view, ******* ***** ********* ** *** ***-*****, ********* ***** *** **** level ** ****** ** *** ***** ******* ***-****.

***' ****

** ***** *** ******* ****, ********* ** * ***' **** FOV ** *** ******, **** ** **** *****:

*****, ****** *** ***, *** ***** ***-***** ******** **** ******* of **** *** ******* *** ***** **** ***** ******* ** the ****. 

*******, ** *** ***** (~****** ******), ***** *** ***** *** ****** ** ** ******* details ** ****** ******* ** *****, ****** *** ******* ** still **** ******* **** ** *** ***** ***-****, ***** *** Arecont **** ** ****** **** ** ****** **** *** ****** test *****.

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

** ****** *** *********** ** * ********* ***** ******* ** open ******** ****, **** *****:

**** *** ******* ******* *** ****** ******* ****, *** ***-***** performs well, ** *** **** *** *** ******* **** ** *** NBN-932V *** ******* ***-****, *** ****** **** *** *** ******* 5115. *** ******* *** *************** *******, ** ** *** ******* *** ******* ****** *** subject. ** *** ****** **** **** ** *** ****, *********** is ******* ** ***** ******, *** **** ******** ****** **** models **** ** *** **** ***** *** ******* ***-****.

******* ** ********* ************ (******** ** *********** **) ******* ** a ****** ******** ** ********** **** *** ******* ** ** the ****** **** **** *** ****, *** *********** ******* ****** backgrounds ** *********** *********.

Bandwidth **********

** **** *****, *** ***-*****'* ******* *** ****** **** *** cameras ****** *** *** * ** ******* ******. *******, ******** ***** to ~* ***, *** ********* *********** ** ***** **** *** 1080p ***-****, *** **** ****** ** *** ***-**** (*.* **. *.** Mb/s). *******, **** *** ****** *** ***** * ***, ********* is ***** **** **** ***** ******* *** *********** *** ** the **** *******, *** **** ***** *** ******* ***-****.

 

Test ***********

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