Vivotek $150 AI Camera Tested

By Derek Ward, Published Oct 21, 2021, 10:17am EDT

Vivotek has built in their AI Smart Motion Detection to select low cost, NDAA complaint C-Series cameras, but how well does it perform?

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We bought the 2MP C-Series FD9369 (1080p outdoor minidome, 30m IR spec) and tested Smart Detection and image quality performance, examining:

  • How accurately does it detect humans walking, running, and crawling through the scene?
  • Does it avoid false alerts on shadows, lights, and other common indoor sources?
  • How far can it detect people?
  • How well does it integrate with various VMSes?
  • How does it perform in full light (~300 lux), low light(~1 lux), dark with IR and WDR scenes?
  • Are noise and/or blur issues in low light scenes?
  • How does bandwidth compare between C Series models?

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***** ** *** *****, Vivotek's ****** ****** ****** AI ****** ********* ***** accurately ******** ******** *** and ***** *** ******** nearly *** ****** ***** alert *******, **** *******, low ***** (~* ***), and ****/** ******* ******* to ***-**** ***** *******, and *** ***** ***** bitrates.

*******, ** ******** ****** PPF *** ****** ********* than *****/********* ***-**** ** camera (~**-** **. *-**), its ********* ********** **** with ******* *** ********* (not ********, *****, ** Network *****), *** *** performance *** **** ******** to ***** ******.

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

*** ******* ****** ******* *** ~$*** *** online**** *** ***** ****** Detection *********** ********, ***** than********* ******** **(~$*** ***),*****'* ***(~$*** ***), ******** ********(~$*** ***).

Accurate *******, *******, *** ******** ***** *********

****** ******* ******* ******* the ***** **** *** missed, *** ** *****, as **** **** ***** way ******* *** ********* area *** **** ****** reliable ********* ***** ******** (~65', ********* *****).

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******** ******* ******* *** scene **** ********** *** consistently ********, **** **** partly ******** ** *******.

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******** ****** **** ********** detected ** ****, ** improvement **** ********** ***** ** *******'* Smart ****** *********, ***** **** **** missed **********.

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

****** ******* ******* ** false ****** **** ******* by *******'* ***** ****** Detection, **** ** ***** rain **** ******** ******* down *** ******'* ****.

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******** *** *** ******* human ********** ****** *** tests, ********* ******* ****, large ****** (*****), *** buses. *******'* ********* ************* vehicles ** ****** ************ in *** ******** ****.

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No ***** ****** ** ***** *******, *******, ** ***** *******

*******'* ***** ****** ********* ignored *** ****** ******* of ***** ****** ******* such ** ******* ***** changes, ****** ******* ** shadow ********. ** *** following *******, ** **** the ****** ** *** off ** ***** ********** with ** ******.

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***** ******* **** ** a ****, *****, **** or ********** *** *** trigger ***** ******.

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******, ****** ******* **** by ***** ** ****** did *** ******* ***** alerts.

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False ***** ********* ** **********

*** **** ***** ****** detections **** ** *** testing **** *** ********* of *** ********** ******* moving ******* **** **** detected ** *****.

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******* **** *********** **** be ********* ** ******** firmware:

*** ****** ***** ****** detection ********, ***** ** released ****** ** **** short ******, *** ***** Motion ********* ** ****** was *** ********** ****. Lately, ** **** ******* a *** ******** ** optimize *** ***********. ** will **** *** *******.

Reliable ****** ********* ** ~** *** (~**')

** *** *****, ***** Motion ********* ******** ******** people ** ~**/~** *** on *** ***** ******* FD9369. **** **** **** camera **** * ***** 2.8mm ****, ** ********* the ********* ***** ** zooming ** ** *** possible.

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Streamlined ***** ********* *************

****** *** ***** **** of *******'* ***** ****** Detection, ***** *** ** input *** ****** ** the ******, *** * region ** ********, *** toggle ****** ********* **. Now, ** *** ******, users **** * ***, enable ****** *********, *** click ****, ******* ******* to ******* ****** ****** or **** ** * horizon ****.

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Limited *****-***** ***** ****** ********* ***********

***** ****** ********* ****** would **** ********* **** Milestone ******** *** ******* Security ****** ** *** tests. **** *** *** work ** ********, *****, or ** *******. ***** Motion ********* ***** ********** with *******'* *** ***** VMS, ********* ***** ****** for ****** **********.

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Dark/IR ***********

*** ******* * ****** FD9369 *** * ******** central *******, ****** *** edges ** *** *** are ******* ***********, ********* details *** *********.

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** ~**' ******** *** ~0.01 ***, *** ******* FD9369 ******** ******** ****** details *** ***** ** Hikvision ******* ******, **** facial ******** *** ***** letters ********* *****.

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** *** ******* ***** through *** ***** (**** Overexposure ******** "**"), ******* are ****** *** ** he ** ~**-**' ****. As ** ********, *** camera *******, *** * few ******* ** *** subject *** ** ****, though *** **** ** the ********** ******* **** dark.

**** *** ******* *** chart ******* ~***' (*** spec'd ** *****) **** at *** ***** *** of *** **** ***, the ******* ****** ****** can ****** *** ******** of * ******* *** to **** ***** *** (~10), *** ** ******* can ** ****.

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Color *** ***** (~* ***) ***********

** ~* ***, *** FD9369 *** ****** ** produce ***** ****** *******, with ******* ***** *****, with *** **** ***** illegible **** **** *. By ********, ***** *** Hikvision ******* **** ******* rough ****** *******.

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*******, *** ****** ******** stronger ******* ** ****** subjects ** *** ***** than ***** ******* ******. While *** ******* ******** from **** *** ****** trails, *** ******* ****** displays ****** ********, ***** others ** ***.

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***** ***** ** *** FD9369, ** *** ******* passes, ****** ******* *** soft *** *******, *** a ***** *** ** seen ****** ***.

**** **** ***** ** reduced ** ******** *** settings, *** *** **********. Additionally, ******* ***** ********* with *** *******, ********* no ********* *********.

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

** ****** *** ******* FD9369 ** ** ******** mandoor *** *****, ***** below, **** * ******** difference ** ~** *** indoors *** ~*,*** *** outside.

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*** ******* ******'* *** performance ** **** *** to *** *** ** digital ***. ***** *** interior ******* *** **** chart ******* *********** *******, the ******** ******* *** background *** ***********, ************* reducing *******.

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

** ******, *** ******* FD9369 ** **** ** adjust ******** ** ********** for *** ******* ****. The ******* ** *********** while ******* *** ************ inside, ********* **** *******, blurring, *** ********.

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

**** *** ******* (~** lux ** **** *****), ghosting ** ***** *** noticeable **** ****** ******** on *** ******* ******.

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

** ****, **** ******** (~200 ***), ** ********* issues **** ****, **** similar ******* ***** *** cameras ******.

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Bandwidth **********

*** ******* * ****** cameras *** ****** ********* consumption ** ****, **** light (~*** ***) ****** with *.*** / ***** Stream *** *******, ~*** Kb/s ** *** ****** and ~*** **/* ** the ******-*. *******, *** rates **** ~*-** ** ~1 *** ***** *** light *** **** */** enabled ****** *** ** noise *** *********.

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H.264/H.265 *** ***********

*** ******'* *.*** *** H.264 ******* ********* *** were ************ ** *** VMSes ******, ***** ******** Exacqvision, *******, ********* *** Network *****. ***** *** worked **** *** ***** as ****. ************, *** camera ***** ********** *.***/*.*** and ***** ****** ****** with *******'* *** ***** VMS.

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Size **********

*******'* * ****** ****** dome ** ******* ** size ** *** ******* IT9360-H *** ******* ** shape/size ******** ** *** Dahua *******.

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Made ** ******

*** ******* ****** ** made ** ******.

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Unlabeled ********* *** ****

*** ******* ****** **** an ********* ***, ***** is ******** *****. ***** researching *** ********* ******** SoC's, ** ********** *** chip ** *********, ***** Vivotek *********.

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

******* **** ********* ***** to ******* **** * few *********** ** *********** settings **** **:

  • ****-************ *******.
  • ******* ***** *** ** 1/30s.
  • *.*** *** ****, **** Smart ****** *** *******.
  • ************ *** ** ~**.
  • *** *** ** **.
  • *** ******** *** **** in *** *******.

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

*** ********* ****** ******** versions **** **** *** testing:

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

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***** *******,

***, *** ****** ***** in *******'* ***** *** via *.***/*.***, *** ***** Motion ********* ***** ********** with ** ** ****.

*** *****/****** ******** **** the ****** ********* ***** were *** ***** **** VAST2.

* ******** *** *** integration ******* *** *******, which ***** ** *******:

*** ******'* *.*** *** H.264 ******* ********* *** were ************ ** *** VMSes ******, ***** ******** Exacqvision, *******, ********* *** Network *****. ***** *** worked **** *** ***** as ****.************, *** ****** ***** integrates *.***/*.*** *** ***** Motion ****** **** *******'* own ***** ***.

***** ***!

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***** *********** *** ********* previous ***'*, ** ********** the **** ** *********, which ******* *********.

***** ********* **** ** you ***** ** **?

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