DRS Thermal Camera Tested

Author: Ethan Ace, Published on Feb 25, 2013

Recently, DRS entered the IP thermal market with far lower pricing than any incumbent, aiming to make this technology affordable to users who could never previously consider it. However, with such low pricing, performance and usability concerns are obvious, wondering what is lost at such a far lower cost.

In this report, we share our test results of DRS' WatchMaster IP Elite thermal camera, testing it against Axis, FLIR, Pelco, and SightLogix at short and long range. We also give our recommendations for optimization, and provide an overview of the camera's configuration and physical construction.

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