Bosch Flexidome Micro Shootout

Author: 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:

To find out how these models perform and which applications they best fit.

********* *** **** *******, ****** *** **** ******* ** *** IP ****** **** *******, *** ** ***** ******** *** **** and ***** ****. ******* **** ****, ******** * **** *** *********. ***, ** *** ******* * ***** ********* **** ** head ******* ****.

*****, *** ******* ****** ********** ****:

****, ** **** ******:

*******, ** ******* ******* ***:

** **** *** *** ***** ****** ******* *** ***** ************ they **** ***.

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

Key ********

  • *** ***** ***** ********* ***** ******* **** *** **** *** as *** *****'* ****** ********** *** **** **** ****** ** its **** ***** *** (***° **. **°).
  • *** *** ********* ******** *** **** ******* ** *** ****** driven ** *** ******** ***** ** **** ******** ** ***** model (***° **. ***°). 
  • *** *********** ** *** ****** *** ***** ******* *** ******* not ****** ** ***, ********** *** ***** *** *** ******.
  • *** **** ***** ********* ***** ********* ****** ** *** ********** than *** *********** **** **** *****-*, **** **** ***** ****************** ********** ****** *** *** *** ***** ***********.
  • *** ***** ********* ***** ******** ***** ******* **** *** **** M3006 ** **** *****, **** ********* ***** **************. *******, ** ******** ********** ****** *********** ** *** *****, with ******** ******, *** **** ****** *** *********** ******* ****** backlight. 

*******

*** ***** ***** **** *** **** ****** ****** *** ** follows:

******** ** ***** ******* *********, *****'* *** **** *********. *** example, *** ******* ****** (~$*** ***), **** ***** (~$***) *** ***** ***-******* ($***), *** ********* ** * ***** *****.

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

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

  • ***: *** ***° *** ***° **** ** *** *** *** the ***** ********* *** **** ****'* **** ******* *******, **** wider **** **** *********** ******* *********, *********** ****** **** **** suitable *** ****** *****.
  • **-***** *******: ************, *** ****** ******* **** ***** (** ** 2TB ***** *********) **** **-***** ******* ********** **** ***** ***** Client ** **** ** *****-***** ******* **** ** *******.
  • **** ******: *******, *** *******' **** ****** ***** **** ******** for ******* ***, *** ****** ***** ******* *********.

***** ******** ******** ***** ****** **** ** *********** **** (~$** more **** ****' *****) *** ***** ******** (~$** **** **** Axis *****). *******, **** ** ***** *********** ************** *** ******* ***, **** **** ****** ********* ****** ** a **** ****** ***** ***** (~$*** *** **** *****-**).

Physical ********

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

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

**** ***** ******* *** ********* ***** *** *********. ***** ** other ***** ******* **** *** **** **** ********* ****.

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

** ***** ***********, ** ****** *** ********* ***** ****** ** an ****** ********** ****, ***** **** *** ****** *** ***-**** for *********. ** **** ***** **** *** ******* ** ~**', details ** *** ******* *** ***** *** **** **** *** 720p *** *** ****** *** ****. *** ***** ***** ******** much ***** ***, *******, *** ** *** **** ***** ***, impacting ***** *******.

~* ***

** ~* ***, *** ******* ****** ** **********. **** **** this ** * ******** ***/***** ******, ****** ******** ***** ***********, with ** ********* ** *** ******. ****, *** **** ***** and *** ***** ******* *** **** *******, ****** *** * at *** *** ** *** ***** ********* ******** *** *** subject **************. ***** **** ***** *****, ** ****** ****** *** ********.

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

** ******** *** **** *** ***** ********** ******* *********** ****** from ****, *** *****-* *** *****, **** ******* ****** ** view.

~*** ***

*** **** ***** ********* *** ******** ***** ******* **** *** Axis ***** ** **** *****, **** ********************* *** **** ******* *** **** *****. *** ***** ***** Flexidome ** ****** ** ******* ****** ******* **** *** ***** can *******, **** ******************* **** ***** *****.

~* ***

*** ***** **** **** ******** **** ** **** *****, **** the * ** *** ***** *******. ***** ******* ******* ********* level *****, **** ** ******* *******. ***** * ***, ** usable ****** *** ********, **** ****** *********** *****.

**** ******

** ***** ****** ****** ******, ** ******* *** ******** ** FOV's ****** *** ***** *** **** *******. ***** ** ** empty *** ***** *********** *** ***** *** *** *********** ** FOV's. *** **** ** *** ***** ******* *** ******, ******** by *** ************.

** ~**', *** ******* ** **** ***, *** *** ******* are **** ** *********** **** ******* ** *** *******, **** as ******** *** *****.

** ~**', ******* *** ******* ** *** **** ******, *** nearly **** ** ***** *******.

** ~**', *** **** *** ***** ******* ******* **** *******, with *** ******* *********** **************. *** *** ****** ***** ******** higher ***, ***************** *** ****** ********* ******* *** ***** ***** ******* ******* as ****.

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

****** *** ********* ***** **** **** *** ***** *** **********, we ***** *** *********** ****** **** **** *******. *** ***** and *** ****** ******* *** ****** ********* ******* *** ******** door ************ ****. *** **** ***** ******** ****** ******* ** our ******* **** *** ********* *****. *******, *** ********* ***** moderately **** ****** *******, ******* *** ******** ****.

****** *** ******* ** *** **** **** **** ** *** door, *** ******* ******* ** *******:

********

****** **** ******* *********, *** ******************* ****** ** **** *****, ******** *** ******* ***. ** compared **** ** *** ********* ******* ******* ******:

*******

**** ****** ***** *** *********** ** *** ** *** ***** Flexidomes:

** ****', *********** ** ******* ** *******, **** *** **** and *** ****** ********** **** ******* **** *** ***** *****. Both **** ******* ***** ******, **** **** ************ ** *** chart *** *******.

*********

**** ********** ***** *** *** ** **** ****** ** ~* lux.

** **** *****, *** **** *** ***** ******* **** *** details ** *** ***** *** *******, ****** *** ** ************ from ******* ********.

****** **** *** ****** **** ** *** ***, **** ******* show **** ******* ** *** *****, *** *** ******* ** obscured ** *****. 

Test **********

*** ******** **** **** ** ********, ****** ******* *****, ***** was ************ ** */***.

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

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

Comments (2)

*****,

* ****** ** *** ***** **** *** *** ***** ******* matrix ********* **** **** ***** ** *** **** ***** (** shows **** *** ***** **** ****/*** *** ****).

****://********.*************.***/*********/**********************************************************.***

*** *** *******?

****, * **** *** ** ********** *** ************* *** ******** microdomes **** ******** *** *-**** ***********, ***** ***** *** **** relevant ** ********* ******* *************. *** ***** *** **** *****, inside *** ***, *** *** ** *** ******* ****** ** the ************? (** ** ** **** ****** **** *** **** remove *** **** ****** *** ****** *** ************ **** * Pinpoint).

** ***** ***** ** ******** *.*-*.* ** ****** ******. **** the *** ******, ***** *** **** **** *** ***** **** corners *** **** *************. **** ******* ***** ******* (**** ***** manufacturers), * ******** **** ** ********** ** *.*-*.* ** ****** ($8) ** ****. *** *** *** ***** * ******* **** 87 ****** ***. (**' ***** ** **** *** ** ***). I ******* **** ** * ********* ******** *** *** ** trade *****. *** **** ****** ** ********* **** *.* *** 4.37 ** *** *** * ** ** ********* **** *.* and *.** **. *** ******** * ***** ****: **** ***** make * * ** ***** *.*** ****?

****, **** *****. *** **** *** **** *** *** **** is ***. * ******** **** **** *** ****** ** ******* it ** *** ******, ***** *'** *** ***********.

** *** ** ********: *** ********* ******** *** ****** ****, ~14-15", ** * ***** ****'* ** **** ***** **** **** I've **** ** *** ** ******** ****, *** **'* * fair *****. ********** **** ******** ******* ** ******** ****.

*** ** *** ** *** **** ** *** ****, **'* doubtful ***** ** ****** *** ** ****. ***** *** *********-***** M12s, *** *** *'* *** **** **. *'** *** *** question ** *****.

Login to read this IPVM report.
Why do I need to log in?
IPVM conducts unique testing and research funded by member's payments enabling us to offer the most independent, accurate and in-depth information.

Related Reports on WDR

Axis Door Station Tested (A8105-E) on Jul 19, 2017
Axis continues their push into niche markets, especially audio, with network speakers, an IP horn, and video door stations. We bought and tested...
Avigilon Announces New Lowest Cost Camera (Mini Domes) on Jun 06, 2017
Avigilon's first Micro Dome (see IPVM's test) is now 4 years old. Since that time, low-cost fixed focal Chinese manufacturer dome usage has...
Samsung SmartCam A1 Totally Wireless System on Jun 06, 2017
Hanwha is keeping the Samsung brand alive in consumer cameras with the SmartCam A1, a new offering combining an autotracking 1080p camera with base...
IP Camera - 15 Year Shootout on May 22, 2017
How far have IP cameras come? We bought and tested 4 cameras across the past 15 years to understand how much and where performance has...
Hanwha 9MP Fisheye Camera Tested (PNF-9010R) on May 09, 2017
12MP sensor fisheye panoramic cameras are becoming increasingly common. We have tested Hikvision's DS-2CD63C2F as well as Panasonic's SFV481 4K...
Axis Lowest Cost Outdoor IR Camera M2025-LE Tested on Apr 24, 2017
Axis has lagged offering low cost IR cameras while their Asian competitors have made IR standard even in their most entry level cameras. Recently,...
Hanwha Lowest Cost WiseNet X Camera (XND-6010) Tested on Apr 13, 2017
IPVM bought and tested the lowest-cost WiseNet X model, the indoor 2MP fixed focal XND-6010 dome, continuing our testing of Hanwha's new WiseNet X...
Pelco Surevision 3 Tested on Apr 12, 2017
Pelco has released generation 3 of its Surevision cameras, claiming improved performance in both super low light and WDR performance. We bought...
Hanwha Wisenet X Tested on Mar 27, 2017
Hanwha has released their latest generation, the Wisenet X series, powered by their new Wisenet 5 processor. This new series claims improvements...
Uniview (UNV) IP Cameras Tested on Feb 22, 2017
"We're #3," in China says Uniview (UNV). While the company significantly trails Hikvision and Dahua in total sales, one notable difference is that...

Most Recent Industry Reports

Competing Against ADT on Jul 20, 2017
ADT is one of the biggest players in the security industry, with ~$4 billion revenue. In 2017, they were acquired / merged with Protection...
Hikvision Launching Deep Learning Recorders on Jul 20, 2017
Hikvision has become a common choice for super low cost NVRs. Now, Hikvision is aiming to move up market, with deep learning NVRs that claim far...
PR Campaign Exploiting Manufacturer Cybersecurity on Jul 20, 2017
Manufacturers increasingly have a bulls-eye on their back. As cyber security solutions providers grow, they realize a great way to get publicity...
Axis Door Station Tested (A8105-E) on Jul 19, 2017
Axis continues their push into niche markets, especially audio, with network speakers, an IP horn, and video door stations. We bought and tested...
Manufacturer Favorability Guide on Jul 19, 2017
This 120 page PDF guide may be downloaded inside by all IPVM members. It covers our 20 manufacturer favorability rankings and 20 manufacturer...
$8 Billion Utility Georgia Power Enters Surveillance Business Offering Avigilon And Genetec on Jul 19, 2017
Utilities are typically considered major customers of surveillance integrators but one utility, Georgia Power, with $8+ billion in annual revenue...
Knightscope Laughs off Robot Drowning on Jul 18, 2017
A day after a Knightscope robot drowned, Knightscope has issued an 'official statement' making fun of the issue: The implied message is that...
Microsoft Video AI Cloud Services Examined on Jul 18, 2017
Microsoft has released one of the most amazing video analytics marketing videos ever. In it, they detect oil spills, track individual people giving...
Hikvision USA Head of Cybersecurity Exits on Jul 18, 2017
Hikvision USA's Head of Cybersecurity has exited the company. In this note, we review the move, share Hikvision's feedback and examine the...
'Suicidal' Knightscope Robot Drowns on Jul 17, 2017
Knightscope continues its hyper growth, at least when it comes to controversy, this time with a 'suicidal' robot in Washington DC. And here is...

The world's leading video surveillance information source, IPVM provides the best reporting, testing and training for 10,000+ members globally. Dedicated to independent and objective information, we uniquely refuse any and all advertisements, sponsorship and consulting from manufacturers.

About | FAQ | Contact