Digital Watchdog Low Cost 4MP Camera Tested

By: Ethan Ace, Published on Jul 02, 2018

Based on member 4MP testing requests, we bought and tested Digital Watchdog's low-cost 4MP DWC-MTT4Wi to see how it performs in real world scenes, examining key features, including:

  • Full light performance
  • Low light performance
  • Integrated IR coverage
  • Integrated IR range
  • WDR performance
  • Bandwidth consumption
  • Physical construction

This is the latest in our updated 4MP entry level testing. Readers should also see our test of the Hanwha QNV-7010R and watch for upcoming tests of new Hikvision, Dahua, Uniview, and others this summer. 

***** ** ****** *** testing ********, ** ****** *** tested ******* ********'* ***-**** 4MP***-******** *** *** ** performs ** **** ***** scenes, ********* *** ********, including:

  • **** ***** ***********
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**** ** *** ****** in *** ******* *** entry ***** *******. ******* should **** *** *** test ** ********* ***-***** *** ***** *** ******** tests ***** *********, *****, *******, and ****** **** ******. 

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*** ******** *** ******* advantages:

  • ****** *** ***********:*** ** *** ****** produced ***** ******* ** the ******* ** **** strong ********* *** ****** areas ** **** ******* scenes, ****** **** ******* past *** ****** ******.
  • **** ** ************:** ************ *** **** across *** ******'* ***** of ****, **** ** significant *** **** ** dark ***** ****** ** low **** ******.
  • ******** ***** ** *** analog ***** ***: *** ** *** ****** includes *** ******** *** common ** **** *********** low **** ****** *******, audio ** *** *** video ***, ***** *** assist ** ******, ******** ******* time.

*******, ***** *** *** drawbacks:

  • ** ***** ******:*** ****** **** *** include ***** ******, ****** H.265 ** *.***, ********* in **** ****** ******** than *******.
  • ******* *** *******:*** ****** *** *** fully ********* ** **** VMSes ******, ****** ******* VMD ** *.*** ******* or ****, ***** **** other ************* ** **** class (*.*. ******/*********/*****) *** more ******* *********.

**********, *** ***-****** ******* are * ***** ****** for ***** ***** ** Spectrum, *** ** ***** better ******* ** ****** features, *.*** *******, *** reduced *******. ***** ***** other *****/**** *** ** turned *** ** *** lack ** *********** *** smart ******, ******* *** camera's strong **/*** ***********.

*******

*** ***-******** ***** *** ~$180 *** ******, ****** at *** **** ** testing, *** ** **** for ~$***. **** ** similar ** ***** *** models, **** ** *** Hanwha ***-***** ** ********* DS-2CD2342WD-I, **** ~$***-***, ********* on **********.

** ******** ** *** 2.8mm ******, ** ****** 3.6mm *** *** ** well, ******* ** ***********. Note **** **** ***********, such ** *********, ***** longer ***** ****** ******, such ** *** ***/** 12mm ** **** ******.

Reduced ** ******** ******* ****

** **** ****'* "****** ****" *******, ********** *********** ******* a ****** ******** (*** *** test) ******* *** ***** ******** **** ****** *********, ~$110 **** *****, ** ~$55/camera (********* *** ***** imager ****** ******* * free ******* *** **** camera ******* ** ***** two). Note **** **** ******* is only **** ** ***********, not *** *****, *** does *** ***** ** products ********* ******************* ********.

Key ******** ********

*** ** *** ****** is ******* ** ************ to ***** *******, **** a ****** ******** "*******" containing *** ******/**** *** IR ************. ************* *** camera *** ******, **** aim ****** **** *** two *** ****** ** either **** ** *** camera.

************ **** *** ******* any **** ** *** camera ** ** ************ like **** ***** ****** (see ***** ** ****** ****** Vs *********), **** ****** ****** driven ******* *** **** into *** ****/*******/*****.

*******, *** ** ****** includes ***** ** *** analog ***** ***, **** uncommon ******** ** *** cost ****** ******, **** the *** ***** *** especially ****** *** ***** accustomed ** ****** ******* using ******* ********.

** ****** ***** ******** in **** *****:

Size **********

*** ** ****** ** similar ** **** ****** and **** ** ******* turret ******* (***** ***** vs. ********* *** ****). Like **** ****** ****** (with *** ********* ** Axis), ** ******** ****** ****, ~**" ****.

Image *******

*** ****** ******** ************ details ** *** *******, as **** ** *-* lines ** ******* **** during *** *** (~****), with ***** ******* ** the ******* *** **** 2 ***** ** *** test ***** ** *****.

** ****** ***** *** distance, **** ******* ** the ******* *** ***** provided, *** ********* *********** degrades *************, **** **** very ***** ******* *********. 

Even ** ************

*** *** ******'* ** illumination *** **** ****** the ***** ** ****, with **** **** ****** darkening ** *** **** edge *** ** ************ in *** ****** ** the *** ****** *** tests, ***** ****:

Details **** ** *** *****

*******, ***** *** ******'* illuminator ******* *** ******* at *** ********* ***** (~65'/20m), ******* **** ****, with ** *********** ******* features *** ** ******* text. *******, **** ** notably ****** **** ***** 4MP ****** ****** ** this *****, **** ** the ****** ***-*****, ***** was ****** ********** **** at **** ***** (*** *** ****).

Solid *** ***********

** ****** *** *** turret ** * ****** WDR *****, * ********* with **** ******** ****, shown *****:

 

*** ****** ******** **** levels ** *** ********, off, ***, ******, *** high, **** *********** *********** in *********** ******* ****. For *******, ******* ** the ***** **** *** off, *** **** ******* the **** ** ****** out, **** ******* *******, and *** **** **** to *** **** ** totally ********. *** **** WDR *** ** ****, more ******* ****** ******* inside *** ***, **** clearer ****** ** ******** and ********* *******, *** the **** ****** *** door ********** *******.

***** ***** *********** ****** drastic, ***** ** ******* difference ** ******* ******* strong ********* ******* ***** settings, ***** ** *** top *** *****. *******, *********** in *** **** **** inside *** **** ** significantly ****** **** *** on, ********** ** ****.

 

H.265 *** ** ***** *****

*** ****** **** *** include ***** ******, *** common ** ***** ******, but ******** ******** *.***/*.*** streaming. ******* ** ****, bitrates **** ****** **** average, ***** *.*-*.* **/* during *** ***, ******** to ~* **/* ******* in ***** ***** ****** tested. *.*** ******* **** about **-**% ******* **** H.264.

VMS *******

*** ****** ** ****** ** officially ********* **** ** Nx *******/** ********, *** connected *** ******** *** ONVIF ** ***** ***** VMSes **** ******* *******:

********, *****, *** ********* were **** ** ****** H.264 ******* ******, *** only ***** ********* *** camera's *.*** ****** (** did ********/**).

*******, ***** **** ** Spectrum/NxWitness, **** ******** ********* camera **** ****** ******, shown *****. **** ****** did *** **** ** other ***** (*** **** they ******* **).

** **** ****** ** successfully ******* *** ****** to *******. *** ****** added ** *** ***, but ************ * *** seconds *****, ********** ** what ******** **** ****.

Versions ****

*** ********* ******** ******* was **** ****** *******:

  • ***-*******: *.*.*.*

Comments (8)

***** ****, * **** **** disappointed **** *** **** of ***** ****** *** DW *******. **** ** use ** ******* (** have *** **** **** one) ** ****** **** to **** *** ***** as **** *******. 

**** ** *** ** cameras (** **** *** used **** ***) ** always **** ** **** for ***** ** **** storage.

***** *** * ***** of ***** *****, *** is **** ***** **** the ******* **** ********* which **** ****** *.***+, which ***** **** **** all *** ********* ******* with *** *.***+ *********, the ***** *** ***** from *** ************ ******* algrithm ***** ***** **** work **** *** ********/******** from *** **** ************ but *** *** *** party ** ********/********. ** for *** *********** ** the *.***, **'* ******* to **** *** ******** and ********, *** *******, the ****** ***** **** 50% ** *** ********* compared **** *** *.***, but ** *** ******** like *** ******** ***** do *** ********* *** H.265 ******** ********, ** possibly ***** **** **** 20% ** *** *********, which ***** **** ** that *** ****** ***** only **** **% ** the ********* **** ******* with **** **** ** VMS ********.

*******'* ******* ********** **** **** ******* smart ******?

 

#*, ****** *** ******** that ***! ** ***'* follow *** **** ******* so ** ****** ****.

***** ************ *** *** preliminary ******** ***:

***** ** ********** ********* TVT ********* *** * don’t **** ****** ***** TVT ***/** ** ** say ******* **’* ****** got * ** **** slapped ** ** ** if **** **** ***** changes ** ******** *** firmware. *** *******, ** ***** ** ** ***'* finder ****.

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

*** ***** **** ** shows ** ** ***'* finder **** *** ***** just **** *** *** unit ** ****** ****** evidence **** **** *** OEMing **** **** ***. How ******* **** *** OEMing **** ***, ** don't ****.

******** *******,** *** **** ****, ***'* ****** *** booth **** ** ***** behind **'*:

****** **** * ******* who ** ***** ** have * *** ***** right **** ** ***** in ***** *******'* ******* trade **** ** *** prudent.

 

***'* **** ******* **** DW ** *** *** manufacturer *** **** *** from **** ******* ************?

**'* ********** ******* ** is **** ***. ***** we ***'* **** * TVT ******, ** ***'* do ** ***** ** inspection.

** ****** *** ********** / ***** *** ******** products, ****** *** ** know ** ** ***** like ** *** **** (john@ipvm.com)

*** ***** *** ******** would *** ******** *** VMD unless **** *** ****** ************ name ** ** *** EXACQ ************ ****, ** matter ** *** ****** work ******** **** *** *** or *** **** ***** software. 

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