Digital Watchdog (DW) MEGApix NDAA Cameras Tested

By Rob Kilpatrick and Derek Ward, Published Sep 07, 2021, 10:01am EDT

Digital Watchdog is growing as an alternative to Hikua, with US integrator favorability up, but how do their cameras compare?

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IPVM bought and tested the Digital Watchdog MEGApix 1080p DWC-MB72Wi4T Bullet (4mm fixed lens, 100'/~30m IR) and MEGApix 1080p DWC-MF2Wi28TW Dome (2.8mm fixed lens, 50'/~15m IR) cameras, comparing performance to the Dahua Lite and Hikvision Performance series, examining:

  • How does image quality compare in full light (~200 lux), color low light (~1 lux), dark (~0.01lux) with IR on and WDR scenes?
  • How do Digital Watchdog's "IVA+" analytics perform?
  • How does pricing compare to other low-cost models?
  • How well does the camera integrate with VMSes?
  • How closely do Digital Watchdog and 3xLogic cameras compare both physically and through web UI configuration?
  • How does bandwidth consumption compare between Digital Watchdog versus Dahua and Hikvision?

Performance *******

** *** *****, *** Digital ******** ******* ** cameras ******** ******* ******* to ********* *********** *** Dahua **** ****** ******* in **** *****, *** light, ****, *** *** scenes.

*** ***** ****** **** and ** ************ **** present ** *** ******* tested, ******** *******, *** uneven ** ************ ****** center ************ *** *** edges ** *** ***** of ****.

******* ********'* *** ********* analytics ******** ****** ******* and ********, ****** ******* subjects **** ********* ******. The ********* ********** ******** false ****** ** **** and ******* *******, ***** vehicles **** ********* ********** as ****** ** ******. Other ******* ** ***** alerts, **** ** ******, shadows, *** ******* **** ignored.

**** ******* ******** ******* integrated *.***/*.*** ******* ** third-party ***** ********* ***********, Genetec, ********* *** ******* Optix ******* *****. *******, camera-side *** *** ******** events *** *** ********* with *** *** ****** except *** ** ********.

*******, ~* *** ***** low ***** ******** **** high, ******* ~*.*-*.*****, ***** Dahua *** ********* ******* consumed **** **** * Mbps ** ******* ** the **** ******. ** full ***** ** ****/** scenes, ** ******** **** than * ****, ******* to ***** *** *********.

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*** ***** ******* ******** MEGApix ****** (***-********) *** 1080p ******* **** (***-*********) both **** ****** *** ~$300 ***.

**** ******* ** ************* higher **** ***** **** competitors ** **** ****, e.g.,*****'* **** ****** *******(~$** *** ******) ** Hikvision's *********** ********-***********-**(~$*** *** ******). **** Hikvision's ** ***************** ******* ***

** ****** * *** less ********* ****-********* ****** in *** $***-*** *****, such ** ******-*********, ****** ***** ****** are ****** ****, **** integrated **, ** ****. Additionally, ******* *****-**** ****** were******** ************.

Compared ** ***** *** *********

******* ********'* **** ********* cameras' ***** ******* *** competitive **** ***** ******* in *** *******, ********* similar ***** ******* ** full *****, *** *****, dark/IR, *** *** ******. Additionally, ***** ********* ********* performed ********* *********** ******** ********* ********.

*******, ***** **** ******** is *****, ** ******* models *** ****** ************* above *****/*********. *******, ***** VMS *********** ** ******* to *****, **** *.***/*.*** configuration *** ********* ******* without *****, *** ***/******** events **** ********* **** by **'* ******** ***, not ***** ****** **** VMSes ** ****, **** as ******* ** *********.

Slightly ****** ***** *** ***** *********** (~* ***)

** ~* ***, *** Digital ******** **** ****** provided ***** *** ****** details ********** ** ***** and *********. *******, *** DW ****** ******* ****** in **** *****, ****** that *** ** ********** to *** *-**** **********, as *** **** *** an **.* *.*** ****, while *** ******'* *** lens ** **.*, ** seen *****.

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**** * ****** ******* at ~* ***, *** cameras ****** ******** **** motion ****, ******** ****** details, ****** *** ********* Performance ****** ****** ** noticeably **** ******.

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***** ** ****** ***** in *** ** ********, subject ****** ******* *** blurred ** ** ******** through *** *****.

Slow ******* ** ** *******

******* ******** ******** ** a **** ******* ** 1/2. * ******* ***** this **** ***** ****** substantial ******** ** *** disabled. ************ ***** ** the *** **** ******* configuration ******** **** "***" to "*/*" **** "*******" is *******.

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** ********* ** *** asked **** ******* ***** becomes **** **** ******* disabled, *** **** ********* it ** */**:

*** ******* ******* ***** is */**** ** * second.

Dark ***********

*** ******* ******** ******* both **** ****** ******* IR ********, **** ****** IR ************ **** **** not *** *** ******'* FOV. *** *******, *** DW **** ***** ******** weak ************ ** *** left *** ***** ***** of *** *****, ******** subject *******.

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*** ******* ******** ******'* illumination ******* ** **** even **** *** ****-****, though *********** ** *** center, **** ******* *********** shown ** ***** ** the *****.

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**** **** ***** ** no *** ** ****** IR ***** ** ****** or ********* ***** ******.

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

** ***** ***** (~** feet) ** * **** scene (IR **, *** ******* Watchdog ****** *********** *** subject *** **** *****, losing *******, ******* ** Dahua. ** ********, *** DW **** ******** ****** chart *** ******* ******* at ~**' ******* ******** overexposing *** ******* *** the *****.

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**** *** ******* ~**' away, ***** *** ******* details *** ******* *******, and *** ** **** provides ** ******* **** and ****** ******* ******* as ** ** **** its **' ** **** range, ***** *** ** bullet ******* ** ******* to ***** *** *********.

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Strong ********* / *** ******* ** *** ** *****

**** *** ******* *** chart ******* ** *** max ****'* ** ***** for **** ** *******, detection ** **** ** both *******, ****** ******* are **** *** ** lower *** (~** *** for *** ******, ~** PPF *** *** ****).

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IR ************

**** ** ******* ********** subjects ** ~**-**' ***** and ******, **** ******** adjustment *** **** ** provide ******* ** *** subject ** ** **********.

Wide ******* ***** *******

** **** *** ***********, we **** *** ******* in ** ******** ******* WDR *****, ***** *****, with * ******** ******** of ~** *** ****** and ~*,*** *******.

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** **** *****, *** Digital ******** ******* ********* similarly ** ********* *** better **** *****, **** interior *** ******** ******* and ***** ******* **** to **** *** ********.

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**** ******* ******** ******* are ***** ** ****** to *** ****** ******** in ***** ** *** subject ***** *** ****** the *****. *******, ** takes *** ****** ******* seconds ** **-****** ******** while *** **** ******, losing ******* ****** ******* as ** ***** **** the *******.

** **'* *** **, there ** ** ****** to ***** *** *** "Level" **** *** *******. However, ***** *******, ** found ** *********** ********** in ***** ******* ******* low (*******), ****** *** high *** ******.

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** ***** ******* ******** why "*** *****" *** having ** ********** ****** on ***** *******, *** they ********* ** *** a ***:

**** ***** **** * bug. *** ***** ****** should *** ** ** this ******’* ******** ** this ****, ** ****** just ** ** ** Off. *** ******* ******* will ****** *** **** the ******** ******* *******.

Full *****

*** ******* ******** ******* produced ***** ******* *** chart ******* ** ****, even *****, **** ** notable ******, ********* ******* similar ** ***** *** Hikvision.

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No ****** ****** ******** ** **********

** ~* **** ** testing, ** ****** **** missed ******* ******* *** scene, **** **** ********* obstructed ** ********.

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People ****** *******

******** ******* ******* *** scene **** **********, *** not ******, ****** *** shown ** "************."

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No ***** ****** ** ****** ****** *******

****** ******* ** ***** alerts ******* **** ** major ***** ******* ** a **** **** ******* by *** ******** *********.

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************, ******* ****** ******* the ***** **** *** alerted **.

No ***** ****** ** *******

******* ** *** ***** only ********* * ***** alert ** *** ******* object ** *******, * separate ********* **** ******/********.

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******* ******** ******** ** that **** ********* *** "Clutter" ****** ** ****** off *** ********* ** during ***** ********.

False ****** ** ***** ****, *******

***** **** ** *** scene, * ****** ****** of ***** ****** *** many ******** *********, ********* false ******, *********** **** as **** ****** ** vehicles.

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************, ******* ******* ** the ***** ********* ****** a ***** ****** *****. This ***** **** ********* ~2 ***** * *** during ******* ** ***** winds.

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******* ********'* *********** ******** these ******* **** *** region ** ******** ** remove ***** ******, ****** this ** *** ****** possible ** *** *****.

Vehicles ********** ** ****** ** ******

****** *******, ******** ** the ***** **** ********* classified *** ******* ** as ****** ** ******. Similar ** "*******", ********* above, "***** ** ******" is * ******** ************** from ****** ** ********, and *** ** ******** while ***** ******** ** individual ******.

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Calibration ******** *** ****** *********

******* ******** ********* ******* calibration *** ****** *********, though ****** ****** *** tilt **** *** **** parameters ********, ******* **** other ******** ******* **** as ***** ***/*** ***** require ******* ***** ** be ***** *** ********.

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Analytics **** ********* ** ******* ******** *** ***

******* ******** ********* *** not ********* **** *** major ***, **** ** Exacq, *******, *********, ** Network *****. *******, ********* integrated ** ** ******** (a ********* ******* ** Network *****).

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VMS ***********

** *** *******, *.***/*.*** streaming *** ************* ****** in *** ***** ******, such ** *****, *******, Milestone *** ** *******. However, ****** **** *** and ******** ****** *** not ********* **** *** of *** ***** ******.

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Bandwidth **********

*** ******* ******** ******* had ******* ********* ** Dahua *** ********* ** full ***** *** ****/** scenes, **** ********* ********* below ~* **** ** average. *******, ** ***** low *****, ** ********* spiked ** ~*.*-*.* ****, close ** ~* **** higher **** ***** ** Hikvision ******* ******.

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Size ****

*** ******* ******** ******* bullet ** ******* ** size *** ***** ** that ** ***** *******-***** bullets, **** ** *** Hikvision **-**********-*. *** ** dome ** ******** ******* than *********** *****, **** as *** ***** **** Series *******, *** ** slightly *****.

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*** ** ******* ****** have * ****** *** located ** *** *** of ***** ~**" ****. The ***** ****** ** shorted ** ******* (******** ** **** ***********'), ****** ** ****** accessible, ***** **** ******** camera ****** ****** ** some *************.

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Ambarella *** ****

*** ******* ******** ******* tested *** ** ********* S3L ***.

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Made ** *******

**** **** ********* ******* Watchdog ******* ****** *** made ** *******.

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**** *******, *** ******'* label ***** "******", ********** it *** **** ** CPRO ** ***** ******* factory.

Manufactured ** ****

**** ******* ******** *** 3xLogic ******* *** ************ by *****'* ****. *****, both *** ***** *** bullets ** ****** *** laid **** ** ****. While *** ***** *** different ** **** *** style, *** ******* *** similar, **** ********* ** arrays, ******** ********, *** whip *******.

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** *** ******* ***** similar *** ** ******* and ************* *******, ****** color ****** *** **** size/style ******. ***** ** the **** ********** **** for **** ** *** 3xLogic.

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******, **** ** *** 3xLogic ***** ******* "******** Update" *****, **** *** same * ******** ***** listed ********, ****** *** firmware ******** ********** *** different.

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Test ***********

*** ******* **** ********* prior ** ******* **** a *** *********** ** standardize ******** **** **:

  • **** ******* ******** (** by *******).
  • */*** ******* ***** *** used.
  • *.*** **** ***** ********* enabled.
  • ************ *** ** ~**.
  • *** *** ** **.
  • *** ******* *** *** testing.

Firmware ******* ****

*** ********* ******** ******** were **** ****** *******:

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

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**** ******* ** * lot ** ***** *******, are ** ****** ** CPRO **** **** ** OEM/ODM?

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*’** *****, *** *** NOT ******, **** ******* from ** ** ******* to ******* **** **** C-Pro.

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******** **********...

*** ** *** ******* Watchdogs?

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

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****'* *****.

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*** ***** ** *****…** has * ****** **** matches *** ** **** factor.

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"*******" ************* ************* *** Hikua *** ***** ******** despite ********** **** **** against ****. *** *** prices ***** *** ***-******* cameras, **** ***** ** perform *** ****** **** Chinese *******. *** **** don't.

** * ***** ** sell ***** ** *** of ** ********* (*** to ** **** ** verticals *** ***** ******** and **********, *** "*** budget" ********) **** ***** laugh ** ** *** go **** ******* ****. Three ******* *** *** a ***** **** **** doesn't **** ** **** as ** ***-***** *********? Good ****.

*** *** ** ****** still ****** ***** ********? It's ****; ***** *** good *** ***** ***. You ***'* **** *** a ***** ** *******, and ***** * ***'* expect **** ***** ****** made ****** ** ** or ******, ** ***** step ** ** ***** (4MP) ** * ********.

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******* ** ** ***, there’s * *** ** enterprise-level ********* **** ****** 720/1080p ** ****** *********** due ** *** ******* or ********* ********. *** all *** ********* ***** “best **** *** *** buck”.

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* **** *** ** Informative, ****** *** *** perspective.

* ******* ** *******-******** to **** ** *** don't **** ** *** a *** ****** ** full **********. *** *** also ****** *** *** bandwidth, ***** ****, ***********, and ***** ******* ** reduce ******* ********, ******* the **** ************ ** the *** ****** ***** be ***** ** ********.

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******* *** *******.

** ****** ******* ******* are **** *********. * totalitarian ***** **** *******/******* economy *** ********* ** industry ** **********. ***** business ******** ** ** undermine ******* ******** **** simply ****** ******** *** to ************ ***** *****. Make ** *******, *** goal ** ** ***** those ******* *********** *** of ******** ***** ************** inject ****** *****-******-****-***** **** their **********.

** ******** ***** *** (or *** ***** ******* brand) ** *****-******* *** equates ** ******** ******* for *** ****.

*** ********* *** ******* company's ** ** ****** the ************ **** ******* to **** **** ********** the **** ********** ******* communist-based *** **********-***** ******* solutions.

** *******--*** ***--** ******* we *** ** **** in *** ***-********** ******, and ** **** *** stop.

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* *****’* **** * bid ** * ******* brand ******* ********** ** quite **** ****. **** or **********. * ***** a ***** ***** **** pretty *********** ******* **** doesn’t **** *** *** issues *** **’* *** Chinese ****. ** ******* to *** ********* *** we ***** ** * few ******* ****** *** not **** **** *** yet ** ***** * superior *******.

** *** **** ** do ***** *** ******** on *** ****** ****** before ******** *** **’* always *** ** *** work.

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***** ******** ******** ** to ********* ******* ******** that ****** ****** ******** due ** ************ ***** costs.

****** **** **********, **?

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*** **** *** *********** can *** $*/** ** people ** **** ****** labor. ********** ***** ******** some ***** ** ***********.

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**** *** *** ** go **** ** ****** to ********** *********.

** ** ** *** capitalism. * *******/******* ******* sets ***** *** ***** rates ***** **** **** them *** **** ** able ** ********** ***** monetary ********. ***** ** ZERO ******/****** ***** *** wage *****. ** ****, we **** **** ***** uses ***** ***** ** many ** ***** ********** facilities.

**..........**** ** ***** ** honest.

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**** *** *** ** go **** ** ****** to ********** *********.

**** ** * ********* country, ***** *** ******:

***** *** *** ** the ******** ********** ** 1976, ***** *** *** but ********* *** ****** of ********* *******, ********* collective ********* ** *** means ** **********. ********, just ***** ********** ** at ***** ****** **********. Whereas *** ******* ********* Party ***** ******** *** owned ***** ******* *** farm ** *** ******, the ******* ** *** a ********* ** ****** and ******* **********. ******* can **** ** *****-*** or *******. ************ **** also **** *** *** back ***** *** **** of **** *********, **** minimal *****-******** ****** **** and ****** ******** ********. We ********* ********* ********* with ************ *** *****, but ***** ****’* ********** high ** *****. (******* corporations *** ** ******* and *********** ******* * and ** *******—******* ******* comparable ** ******* *** United ******.)

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*** ***** ** **-**** old ***** *******:

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*** 中国共产党 ** *** 'communist' ** *** ********* Marxist ***** *** ****'* a *** ******** ***** the 中国共产党 ******* ** the ******* ********* *** economy ** *******, ******** to ******* ***********.

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*** **** **** *** of **** *** ** with ** ? *******'* this **** **** ***** to *** *** ********** thread * ***** *** ?

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*** 中国共产党 ** *** 'communist' ** *** ********* Marxist ***** *** ****'* a *** ********…

******, ******* ********.

*** **** *** ** instruction:

**** *** *** ** go **** ********** ********** *********.

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**, **** **** ******* against ** ******* ***** steroids **** ***’** *****.

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*** ******** ***** ** see * **'***' ***** or ******* ** ***. You **** ****** ******* on ************** *** **** a ***** ** ****-**-**** archives *** *******.

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**** **** * ** camera *** *** *** long ** ***** ****** it **** **.

**’** ******* ** **** of ***** ******* ** ain’t *****, *** ********* by ********* *******. ****** all ** **** ****** from ******** ******* ** and ***** ******* ****** look ** *** *** exact **** ******** ** the ***** ******.

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** ** ** *** for ** *******

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** *******,** *********** ** * *******-******* version **** *******, **** * *** changes. **** *******, **'* camera ********* *** ********** to ** ********, *** not *** **** ** Witness ***. ******* ***** has ***** "******* ** Nx" **********, ** ****, including****** ****************.

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**** *** ***** *** with ** *******? **** are****** ** ** **** as ** ****************. ***** ******* *** clearly *** ** * would ** ********* ** they ***'* **** ** Nx.

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