Bosch Starlight 8000i Cameras Tested

By: Rob Kilpatrick, Published on Jul 23, 2019

Bosch has released their new Flexidome IP Starlight 8000i cameras, claiming "exceptional detail even in extreme low-light situations."

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To see how these models perform, we bought and tested the 1080p NDE-8502-R and the 4K UHD NDE8504-R examining:

  • How well does the PTRZ work? How does it impact setup?
  • How does the camera perform in full light, low light (1-2 lux), and dark (<0.1 lux) conditions?
  • What is bandwidth consumption in these scenarios?
  • Does motion in low light have any tradeoffs or issues?
  • How well do Bosch's included IVA analytics work?

This is the first in a series of high-end 4K camera testing, with Avigilon, Axis, Dahua, Hanwha, Hikvision and more coming soon. Let us know what other 4K cameras we should test.

***** *** ******** ***** new********* ** ********* ***** cameras, ******** "*********** ****** even ** ******* ***-***** situations."

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** *** *** ***** models *******, ** ****** and ****** *** ***** NDE-8502-R *** *** ** UHD *******-* *********:

  • *** **** **** *** PTRZ ****? *** **** it ****** *****?
  • *** **** *** ****** perform ** **** *****, low ***** (*-* ***), and **** (conditions?
  • **** ** ********* *********** in ***** *********?
  • **** ****** ** *** light **** *** ********* or ******?
  • *** **** ** *****'* included *** ********* ****?

**** ** *** ***** in * ****** ** high-end ** ****** *******, with ********, ****, *****, Hanwha, ********* *** **** coming ****.*** ** **** **** other ** ******* ** should ****.

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** *** *******, *** Bosch ********* ** ********* 8000i ** ******* *** several *** *********:

  • ******** **** ***** *** low ***** ***** *******: *** ******* ************ ***** Bosch ** *** ***** models ** *** *******, offering **** ******* ** longer ********* ** *** full ***** (~*****) *** low ***** (~***) *****.
  • ****** ****** ***** ****** PTRZ: *** *******' ****** ***/****/****/**** feature **** ****** *** cameras ****, ** *** cameras *** ** ******** aimed **** *** *** interface ** ***** ******* Assistant ***, ******* ******* to ********** ** ** the ****** ** ******** adjust.
  • ****** ********* ***** *** Similar ***********: ********* ***** ** **** complex **** **** **********, as ****** ****** *** automatically **** ***** ***** PTRZ ** ****** *** camera's **** *** **** screen **** ************* *******, with ****** ****** *** only ***** ******** **** users.
  • ***** *** ***********:*** *********** ** *** 4K ***** ****** *** similar ** *****'* **** generation, ***** *** ***** model ******** ****** ******* of ******** **** ******* strong ********* *** ** darker ***** ** *** scene.

*******, ***** **** *** key *********:

  • ******** ** *** ***** conditions: ** *** ***** (~* lux) ******* *** ********** digital ***** ******** *** subject, ****** **** ***** pattern *** *** **** the *******'* **** ** other ******* **** ******** issues ******** ** (*.*.,***** ***** ***********). ***** ** **** not ******* ******* ***** quality, ** ** ****** to ***** ********** ******** about *** **********.
  • **** **** ***** *******:** **** **** ****** (~0.02lx), ***** ******* *** poor, **** ** ******* of *** *******, **** at cameras *** **** **** there *** ******* ********, for ***** **** ** ambient ********, *** ******* will ******** ** ******* details. *** ******* ** not ******* ** ****** Bosch ************ **** *** planned *** ****** ********.

*******

*** ***** ********* ***** 1080p ***** (***-****-*) *** be ***** ****** *** ~$1,000 ***. **** ******* is ******** ***** **** Axis' *********** ***** **** model, *** *****-** (~$*,*** online), *** ************* **** than ****** ***** ** not ******* **** **** as ****' *****-*** (~$***) or ********* **-*********-**** (~$*** online).

*** ** ***-****-* *** be ***** *** ~$*,***, similar ** *******. ***** are ***, ** ***, 4K **** *********** ******, but **** ******* ** similar ** ****' ***-**** Axis *****-*** (~$*,*** ******) and ************* ********* **-*********-**** (~$800).

Size **********

*** ***** ****** ** similar ** **** *** form ****** ** ***** vandal *****, **** ** the **** *** *** Hikvision * ******, ***** below. **** **** *** Bosch ******* ******* * short (~*') ***** **** preattached, *** ** *** be ******* *** ****** directly *********.

Size Compared To Competitive Outdoor Domes

Physical ********

****** ******* *****, ***** do *** **** ** remove *** ***** ******' cover ** ***** ** aim/focus *** ******, ***** all ******** *** ** performed ******** ***** ***/****/****/**** controls. ******* ** ****, the *******' **** ** held ** **** **** screws ***** *** *** intended ** ** *******, as ***** *** ** user ******** ******. ***** user-accessible ******** **** ** SD *****, */*, *** PoE *** ******** *** the **** ** *** camera.

** **** ** ***** features ** **** *****:

PTRZ *********** / ********* ********

*** ***** ****** ** Bosch's ***** ***** ** include ****** *********** **** control (***/****/****/****). ***** *** adjust *** *********** ** the ****** ****** ** clicking *** ******'* *** in *** *** *********. After ******, *** ****** automatically **-****** ******.

** *********** **** ******* in *** ***** *****.

** ********, ***** ******, camera ******** **** ** automatically **** *** **** to ********* *********, ******** manual *****, ***** ** discuss *****.

Bosch ******* ********* ***

** ******** ** ***** the *** ********* ** the ******, ***** **** offers * ****** *** (Bosch ******* *********) ***** allows ***** ************* ** imaging ********, ** **** as ******* ** **** and *****. ***** *** re-aim *** ****** ****** by ******* ** *** screen ** *** ** use *** ****** ******* for ***** *******.

************, *** ***** ****** contains *****-** ******** ******** and ****** * ******* which *** ** **** for ***** ** **** camera. ***** *** **** a ** **** ** the ****** ** *** box ** ***** *** Project ********* *** ** connect ** **** ******* for ***** ** ******* manually (***** *****).

Low ***** *********** (~*-* ***)

** *** *** ***** scene (~*-***) **** ********* 8000i ******* ************ **** generation ***** *******, ***** at ~**' ******** *****. Both ***** ******* **** clear ****** ******* *** clearer ****** ** *** test ***** **** **** 4K *** ***** ********* models.

8000i Better Low Light Performance Than Past Bosch Models 20

******** *** ******** ** ~40' (**/~** ***, *****/~** PPF) **** ***** ****** cameras ***** ******* ****** chart ******* **** **** models, ****** **** ***** facial ******* *** *********, with *** ***** ****** moderately ******** **** **.

8000i Better Low Light Performance Than Past Bosch Models 40

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

** *** *****, **** cameras ******** **** ******* artifact ****** ** *** light, ****** ** **** levels ** ******* ***** reduction, ***** *****.

***** **** **** ***** trails *** **** ** their *********** ********* ********, which *********** ******* ***** reduction ** ****** ******* while ********** ** ** static ********** *****, *** they ***** *** **** details ** ****** ******* should ****** *****.*** *******, in *** **** *****, the *******'* **** ******** clearly ******* *** *** obscured ** ***** ****** (shown *****), ****** ***** models ***** ** **** tested, **** *******'* ***** ***********, ***** **** ********' faces, ** ****.

Motion Artifact Comparison Bosch Starlight 8000i Vs  Speco Ultra Intensifier3

*******, **** ***** *** simply *** ***** ****** as * **** ** "poor" ***** *******, ** similar ******* **** **** associated **** ******** *** slower *******.

***** ****** ***** ** reduced ** ********** ** reducing ******** ***** ********* manually. *** *******, ******** it ** *** ******* (-15), ** ****** **** visible ****** *** *******, but *** ****** ***** suffered **** ********* ******* noise, ******** *******:

Poor **** ***********

** * **** ***** (~0.02lx, **/*** ***, *****/~** PPF) *** ** ***-****-* provides **** ********* ** the ******* *** **** lines ** *** ***** are *******. *** ***** NDE-8502-R ****** ****** ****** details *** **** ***** of *** ***** *** legible.

Images Weak Below 1 Lux

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

** **** ***** (~*****) at ~**'(**/~** ***, *****/~** ***) **** ** ******* ******* similarly, ******** *** **** facial/chart *******, ****** *** 8000i ***** ** ********** better *******. *** ***** 8000i ******, *** ***-****-* outperforms *** ***-*****-***, **** better ******* *** ********.

Full Light Detail Comparison 40

****, ** ~**' (**/~** PPF, *****/~** ***), *********** is ******* ** ******* distances.

Full Light Detail Comparison 60

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

** ****** *** ******'* WDR *********** ** ******* of ~*,*** *** **** indoor *** ~**, * variance ** ~***, ***** here:

WDR Test Scene

*** *********** ** *** 4K ***** *** ******* to *** ***** ********** Bosch ** *****, ******** darker ******* ****** *********, but **** ****** ***. The ***** ***** ***** provided ****** ******* **** the **** ******** **** *** ******* and ***-******* ***** ** the *****.

*** ***** ******* ******* two *** *****, **** and *******. ** *** test ***** ***** *** little ********** ******* *** two, **** ******* *********** against ********* ** **** interior ***** ** *** scene. ** **** ******* testing ** ***** ***** in ******* ****** ** part ** ***** ******** ****.

IVA ***********

** *** *** ***** models, ** ******** ** the **** ***, * dedicated **** ********* *** memory *** ******** *** IVA *********. ** ****** the ********* ** ********** to ******* **** ** ***** IVA *********.

***** *** *********** ************ ****** ** *** past *******, ******** ****** ***** alerts **** ** ******* trees, ******, *** *******, while ********** ********* ****** and ******** ** *** scene.

**** **** ***** ***** recommends **** *** ****** is ********** ******** ** get *** **** ******** 3D ******** *********. **** plan ** *** ********* camera *********** *** *** 8000i ****** ***** ********** line *** ******** ** only ******** ****** ** required ** ** ****.

Smart ***** ********* ***********

*** ***** ****** ******** H.265 ********* ** **** as *****'* "*********** *********", which *********** ******* ******* noise ********* *** ********* in *** ***** ** reduce *******. ** *** tests, **** ** *** 1080p ******** **** ***** than ******* ******** ** competitive ******.

**** **** ***** ************ were ***** **** ******** motion ** *** *****, with ******** ******* **** the ******.

Country ** ******

**** *** ***-****-* *** NDE ****-* **** ************ in ********.

Cameras Made In Portugal2

Test **********

*** ********* ******** **** used ****** *******:

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Comments (4)

***** *** ** *** site...........is ***** * ******** one *** ** ** see *** ****** *****/*** resolutions ** *** ** and ***** ***** ******?

***** ****/******! ***** *** some **** ******** ** this ******, *** * have ** ****** *** Bosch ***** *** ** include ********** **, ********** given ***** ***********' ******* models **** **. *** Bosch ******* *** *********** on **** *** ** models ***** ** ********?

*'* ********** ******* ******* to ***** ******** ** shootout!

***** **** **** *** plans ** ********* ** models ** **** ****** (currently ***** *** ********** IR ****** ** ****/****/**** series), *** *** *** give * ****. ** be **** ** *****, no ***** ************ *'* aware ** **** **** functionality **** ******* **. The**** ************ ******* * **** models**** **** *** *** non-IR.

** ***** * **** to *** ****** ** the ***** ******' ***** in ******** **** *********. Several ************* ***** ***-** USB ******** *** ****** similar ** ****, *** few ***** **** ********** in ** ***** **:

*** ***** ****** ******** built-in ******** ******** *** create * ******* ***** may ** **** *** setup ** **** ******. Users *** **** * QR **** ** *** camera ** *** *** to ***** *** ******* Assistant *** ** ******* to **** ******* *** setup ** ******* ******** (shown *****).

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