Bosch Flexidome Micro Shootout

By: Derek Ward, Published on Nov 22, 2013

Minidomes are very popular, likely the most popular of all IP camera form factors, due to their relative low cost and small size. Earlier this year, we tested 3 Axis M30 minidomes. Now, we are testing 3 Bosch minidomes head to head against Axis.

First, our typical indoor conference room:

Next, an open office:

Finally, an outdoor parking lot:

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*******, ** ******* ******* lot:

** **** *** *** these ****** ******* *** which ************ **** **** fit.

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Key ********

  • *** ***** ***** ********* fewer ******* **** *** 720p *** ** *** 1080p's ****** ********** *** more **** ****** ** its **** ***** *** (135° **. **°).
  • *** *** ********* ******** the **** ******* ** all ****** ****** ** its ******** ***** ** view ******** ** ***** model (***° **. ***°). 
  • *** *********** ** *** models *** ***** ******* for ******* *** ****** as ***, ********** *** 1080p *** *** ******.
  • *** **** ***** ********* micro ********* ****** ** all ********** **** *** competitive **** **** *****-*, with **** ***** ****************** ********** ****** *** and *** ***** ***********.
  • *** ***** ********* ***** provided ***** ******* **** the **** ***** ** full *****, **** ********* noise **************. *******, ** ******** moderately ****** *********** ** low *****, **** ******** images, *** **** ****** WDR *********** ******* ****** backlight. 

*******

*** ***** ***** **** and **** ****** ****** out ** *******:

******** ** ***** ******* minidomes, *****'* *** **** expensive. *** *******, *** Vivotek ****** (~$*** ***), **** ***** (~$***) *** ***** ***-******* ($***), *** ********* ** a ***** *****.

Competitive ***********

***** *** ***** *** features ***** *** *** Bosch ******************** **** ***** ******* minidomes:

  • ***: *** ***° *** 135° **** ** *** 5MP *** *** ***** minidomes *** **** ****'* most ******* *******, **** wider **** **** *********** compact *********, *********** ****** them **** ******** *** larger *****.
  • **-***** *******: ************, *** models ******* **** ***** (up ** *** ***** supported) **** **-***** ******* compatible **** ***** ***** Client ** **** ** third-party ******* **** ** Genetec.
  • **** ******: *******, *** cameras' **** ****** ***** them ******** *** ******* use, *** ****** ***** compact *********.

***** ******** ******** ***** beyond **** ** *********** 720p (~$** **** **** Axis' *****) *** ***** minidome (~$** **** **** Axis *****). *******, **** of ***** *********** ************** *** ******* ***, with **** ****** ********* coming ** * **** higher ***** ***** (~$*** for **** *****-**).

Physical ********

**** ***** ******* *** physical ************ ** *** Flexidome******

Web ********* ********

**** ***** ******* *** Flexidome ***** *** *********. Users ** ***** ***** cameras **** *** **** much ********* ****.

Indoor ***********

** ***** ***********, ** tested *** ********* ***** series ** ** ****** conference ****, ***** **** the ****** *** ***-**** for *********. ** **** light **** *** ******* at ~**', ******* ** the ******* *** ***** are **** **** *** 720p *** *** ****** are ****. *** ***** model ******** **** ***** PPF, *******, *** ** its **** ***** ***, impacting ***** *******.

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Axis *** ****** **. ***** **********

** ******** *** **** and ***** ********** ******* competitive ****** **** ****, the *****-* *** *****, with ******* ****** ** view.

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*** **** ***** ********* has ******** ***** ******* than *** **** ***** in **** *****, **** less***************** *** **** ******* and **** *****. *** 1080p ***** ********* ** unable ** ******* ****** details **** *** ***** can *******, **** ******************* **** ***** *****.

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**** ******

** ***** ****** ****** scenes, ** ******* *** variance ** ***'* ****** the ***** *** **** cameras. ***** ** ** empty *** ***** *********** the ***** *** *** differences ** ***'*. *** FOVs ** *** ***** cameras *** ******, ******** by *** ************.

** ~**', *** ******* is **** ***, *** all ******* *** **** to *********** **** ******* of *** *******, **** as ******** *** *****.

** ~**', ******* *** reduced ** *** **** models, *** ****** **** in ***** *******.

** ~**', *** **** and ***** ******* ******* lose *******, **** *** subject *********** **************. *** 5MP ****** ***** ******** higher ***, ***************** *** ****** ********* through *** ***** ***** obscure ******* ** ****.

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

****** *** ********* ***** line **** *** ***** WDR **********, ** ***** its *********** ****** **** many *******. *** ***** and *** ****** ******* the ****** ********* ******* the ******** **** ************ well. *** **** ***** provides ****** ******* ** our ******* **** *** Flexidome *****. *******, *** Flexidome ***** ********** **** detail *******, ******* *** overhead ****.

****** *** ******* ** the **** **** **** to *** ****, *** cameras ******* ** *******:

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****** **** ******* *********, the ******************* ****** ** **** rated, ******** *** ******* use. ** ******** **** in *** ********* ******* outdoor ******:

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**** ****** ***** *** differences ** *** ** the ***** **********:

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Test **********

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Comments (2)

Derek,

I looked up the Micro 2000 and the Bosch product matrix indicated that this model is not IP66 rated (It shows that the Micro 5000 1080/5MP are IP66).

http://resource.boschsecurity.com/documents/Advantage_Line_Quick_Selection_Guide_enUS_9007207475198475.pdf

Can you clarify?

Also, I have yet to understand why manufacturers are building microdomes with pigtails and 2-axis adjustments, since these are only relevant to suspended ceiling installations. How would you wall mount, inside and out, and how do you provide access to the interconnect? (It is so much easier when you just remove the dome bubble and access the interconnect with a Pinpoint).

My other gripe is standard 2.5-2.8 mm fixxed lenses. With the 720 format, these are only good for small room corners and hall intersections. With similar style cameras (from other manufacturers), I normally keep an assortment of 2.8-4.5 mm lenses ($8) on hand. You can not shoot a hallway with 87 degree FOV. (14' range of view for 50 ppf). I suppose this is a marketing strategy for use at trade shows. The 1080 camera is available with 2.5 and 4.37 mm and the 5 MP is available with 2.5 and 3.74 mm. The question I would have: Does Bosch make a 5 MP rated 2.5mm lens?

Jeff, good catch. The 5000 are IP66 and the 2000 is not. I actually knew this but forgot to clarify it in the report, which I'll fix momentarily.

As far as pigtails: the Microdome pigtails are fairly long, ~14-15", so I think they'd be less issue than some I've seen as far as mounting goes, but it's a fair point. Especially when mounting through an exterior wall.

And as far as the lens on the 5000, it's doubtful Bosch is making any of them. There are megapixel-rated M12s, but 5MP I'm not sure of. I'll ask the question of Bosch.

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