Examining Basler's Market Acceptance

Author: John Honovich, Published on Feb 01, 2010

Recently, SecurityInfoWatch ran a 'fluff' piece on Basler, regurgitating their marketing claims with no analysis.

Key claims made:

  • The small size of the cameras are a differentiator.
  • They have experience from the machine vision industry (cameras that do 200 fps at 4 MP).
  • They say their cameras are very reliable
  • Their low light image quality is superior

Let's contrast this to our experience from our hands-on test of Basler:
  • A number of MP cameras are almost as small (like Arecont and the IQ 4 series). 
  • Their surveillance products do not seem to benefit from machine vision. The resolution is average (2MP or less) and the frame rate is below average (the 2MP camera has a max frame rate of 4fps using H.264)
  • We cannot test the reliability claim. However, users should note that these cameras run extremely hot. To the touch, these are the hottest cameras we have worked with. This may or may impact reliability (see the debate) but it's a usability problem.
  • We tested and re-tested their low light performance. The key advantage is that they have a default maximum exposure setting of 1 second (where most manufacturers have 1/30s). However, the maximum exposure setting is absurd and dangerously misleading (see our examination of the risks of exposure setting tricks). After our test and discussions with them, they notified us that in a future release, the default will be lowered to a more reasonable 1/8s.
  • Given all this, the pricing is still fairly expensive, at about $1,000 or more for a camera with no auto-focus, analog out and limited advanced software features.

Do keep these issues in mind and be careful about trade magazine fluff pieces.
Comments : PRO Members only. Login. or Join.

Most Recent Industry Reports

VMS Server Sizing on May 25, 2018
Specifying the right sized PC/server for VMS software is one of the most important yet difficult decisions in IP video surveillance. In the past...
China: Foreign Video Surveillance Is Security Risk on May 25, 2018
The Chinese government has long acknowledged that foreign video surveillance is a 'risk to national security' and has increasingly and almost...
US House Passes Bill Banning Gov Use of Dahua and Hikvision on May 24, 2018
Today, the US House of Representatives passed H.R. 5515, a bill that includes a ban on the US government's use of Dahua and Hikvision. This follows...
Hanwha Wisenet X Analytics and VMD Test on May 24, 2018
Continuing our updated testing of camera analytics, we tested Hanwha's Wisenet X analytics for over two weeks in multiple scenes, indoors and out,...
Ambitious Mobile Access Startup: Openpath on May 24, 2018
This team sold their last startup for hundreds of millions of dollars, now they have started Openpath to become a rare access control small...
Amazon's "Dangerous New Face Recognition Technology" Says ACLU on May 23, 2018
The ACLU has caused a stir, with a new report Amazon Teams Up With Law Enforcement to Deploy Dangerous New Face Recognition Technology,...
Software Only VMS vs NVR Appliances on May 23, 2018
Should you buy your own PC/server and load VMS software on it or get a turnkey appliance (both hardware and software, e.g., NVR, Hybrid DVR) from a...
Buy Arecont: Top Bid $10 Million Cash on May 22, 2018
Last year, Arecont had a deal for a purchase price of $170 million (see Failed Arecont China Acquisition). This year, Arecont has a deal for a...
Installing Box Cameras Indoors Tutorial on May 22, 2018
This tutorial starts our physical installation for video surveillance series, starting with Box Cameras, one of the oldest and most basic types....
The Hikvision Smart Classroom Behavior Management System on May 22, 2018
Hikvision's rapidly growing offering of analytics, which we most recently examined with Hikvision's ethnic minority analytics, is now going into...

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