Hikvision 12MP Fisheye Camera Tested (DS-2CD63C2F-IV)

By Ethan Ace, Published Jun 14, 2018, 12:16pm EDT

Hikvision's DS-2CD63C2F-IV is their flagship panoramic camera, with a 12MP imager, 15m integrated IR, smart codec, and more. We tested the 63C2 in full light and low light scenes, with common VMSes, taking an in-depth look at:

  • Client side dewarping support
  • Camera side dewarping support
  • Dewarping performance
  • Full light image quality
  • Low light/IR image quality
  • IR illumination range
  • IR illumination coverage
  • Smart codec support
  • Bandwidth consumption

For comparison, readers should see our other 12MP fisheye tests in this series, including:

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***** ** *** *****, the Hikvision **** **** ******* had ******* *********:

  • ***** ****** **** *********:****** **** ******** ******* were ********* ** ********, Exacq, *********, *** ********* in *** *****, * rare ******* ** **** support **** ****** **** dewarping (*********************** **********).
  • ***** ******* **** ***** detail:******** ** **** ***** 12MP ******* ****** ** have ******, *** **** produced ****** ****** ** **** lit ******, **** ****** to ******** ********* ** detail.
  • *** ***** ***** *.*** bitrates:**** *.***+ **, *** 63C2's ******** **** *** compared ** **** ***** 12MP ****** ******, ***** 2 **/* *** * full ~*** ******** **** ******** motion. **** **** *.***+ is ********* **** **** using *** ****** ********, not ****** **** ******** streams.

*******, ** *** ******* drawbacks *** **** ** most *********** **** ** models:

  • **** ** ********:*** ****'* ** ******* is *** ** *** center ** *** ******'* field ** ****, **** three ******* ****** ******* (one *** **** ***) and **** *****, **** uneven **** *********** ** fisheye ****** ** *** tests.
  • ** ************/"****":** **** ***** (~**' *** closer), *** **** *********** subjects **********, ******** *******, with *** ******** ** objects ********* ****.
  • ******* ****** **** *********: *** ****** **** ********* availability ** ******* ******** to **** ** ************* using *********** ******, **** sever *******/********* ******* ** Exacq *** ******* ************* **** using *** ********* ******.

Retested/No *** ***** ** **** ******

**** **** ** ********* with ********* ********* **** the **** ** *********'* latest **** ******* *****, with ** ***** *** replacement ** **** ****.*** *** *** ******* ****** *** **** ***** available.

******* ** ****, ** elected ** ****** *** 63C2 (********** ****** ** ****) **** ****** ******** and *** ******** **** additional ************.

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*** **-********-** ***** *** ~$650-700 *** ******, ********** lower **** *********** **** as *** **** *****-**** (~$800 ******) ** ******* FE9391-EV (~$*** ******).

Physical ********

**** ******* ***** ** fisheye ******, **** ** the ***** ******, *** 63C2 **** ***** ** LEDs, ******* ** *** front ** *** ****. However, **** *********** ****** now *** * ** 6 **** *** **** even ********, ********* *****. 

**** **** *** **** uses * **** ******* triangle **** ****** **** the ***** ****** ******* by ******, **** * plastic ***** **** ** hide ******** ******. **** cover *** ** **** easily ******* ** ****** by ******* **** ** aluminum *******, ****** *** camera ** **** *****.

** ****** *** ******** features ** ********* ******* ****** ** this *****:

Client **** *********

***** *** ******** **** of *** ****, ****** side ********* *** **** directly ********** ** **** Exacq (******) *** ********* (via ******). ********* ******* the ****** ***** ***** generic ********* *************, ** in *********** *****. ****** side ********* ** *** available ** ******** ******* Center.

Exacq ********* ********

***** ******** ********** *** **** using *********'* ***, **** users ****** ********* "*********" as *** **** ****, and *** ******* **** (dewarp, ********, ** **** panorama).

********* ** ***** ******* from ****** *******/*********, **** virtual *** ********* ********** delayed ** * ****** or **** **** *** time *** ******* ** given. ***** ****** **** not **** **** ***** any *********** ****** ** our *****.

Milestone *********

*** **** *** ** dewarped ** ********* ***** a ****** ********* ** Hikvision, ***** ****** ******* modes ******* ** *** web ********* ** *** Hikvision ******* (********, ****, panorama, ***.).

*******, **** ****** ** ** limited **********, ******* ** cannot ** ****** **** a **** ** * layout ** *** ******** Smart ******, *** ******* appears ** *** *** floating ******. *** ******* made ** ******* **** revert ** * ****** fisheye **** **** **** window ** ******.

** ****** *** ********* plugin ** **** *****:

Camera **** *********

*** **** ******* ******** several ****** **** ********* modes, **** ** *********, PTZ *******, *** ************ of ***** *****, **** each **** ****** ** an ********** ******.

***** ******* **** ********* via ********, *****, *********, and ********* (***** *****), but *** ******** **** not *********. *******, ***** must ** *** ***** the ******'* *** *********.

Image *******

** ***** *****, *** **** shows ***** ******* ** the ******* ** **** light, *** ******* ********** washed *** ** **** scenes **** ** ** (~0.2lx). ** *** ***** color ******, ***** ******* details *** ************, *** noise ** ********** ********* and *** ******* ********* to ********.

******** ******** ** ~**', daytime ****** ******* ****** clear *** *** *****/***** details ******** *******. ****/** details *** ******* *****, **** the *******'* **** ********* to *******.

**** **** ** **** to ******* ********** *** and ***** ******* ** more ****** ******* *** out ** ******** *********.

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

** *********, *** ********* fisheye **** ***** ***** LEDs ****** ****** *** edges ** *** ******, while **** ***** ** fisheyes ****** *** *** 4 ** *. **** results ** **** ** IR ******** *** ******* in ***** ******, **** each *** ******* ******** in *** ***** *****.

***** **** **** ** poor ******** ** *** edges ** *** ***** of ****, ******* *** camera ****** * ********* 15m/~48' ** *****. *** example, ******* *** **** wall ** *** ****, ~25' ********, *** ******* is very ***** *********** *** difficult ** ******.

Smart ***** **** ********* **** ***** ****** **** *********

*** ********* **** ******** H.264+ ***** *****, *** it ** **** ********* when ***** *** ****** overview/fisheye ******, *** **** using ****** **** *********. This ** ****** ********, as **** ***** ******* client **** *********, ****** it *** ** ** issue *** **** ***** who **** ** "****" streams ** ******** ***** of * *****. 

** *** *****, *.***+ reduced ******** ** ~**% in ****** **** ******** motion, ******* ** ***** Hikvision ***** ***** **** results ** **** ****. 

Camera **** ********* ******** **** ******

*******, ******* *.***+ *** only ** **** **** the ****** ******** ******, using ****** **** ******** streams ******** ** **** higher ********. *** *******, using *** ****** ******** stream ** *** **** (when ******* *******) ******* in * ******* ******** of **** * **/*.

 

Versions ****

*** ********* ******** **** used ** *** *****:

  • **-********-**: *.*.* ***** ****** (confirmed ** ****** **** Hikvision **** *******)

Comments (3)

The poor Exacq support is disappointing. Why release a half finished product? 

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Camera-side dewarping would seem to be a poor substitute for robust client side dewarping.

Without client-side dewarping, you would either have to forgo dewarping altogether, or record multiple streams, incurring the additional network and storage costs and possibly licensing costs.

 

 

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The Exacq dewarping video is less than two minutes long and the narrator goes "uhhh" twenty four times.

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