Hikvision ColorVu Camera Tested

By: Rob Kilpatrick, Published on Jun 24, 2019

Hikvision says their new ColorVu line captures "vivid chromatic images in darkness", with unconventional white light illuminations whereas most cameras use infrared.

To see how these new models perform, we bought and tested the DS-2CD2347G1-L, examining:

  • How good are details using the white light LED in the dark?
  • How do details compare without the LED?
  • Does it overexpose people in the scene?
  • Can it replace an outdoor light?
  • How does bandwidth compare to typical Hikvision turrets?

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*********'* ******* ******** ***** details *** **** ***** fidelity ** ***** **** the ********** ***** ***** on ** ***** ***** (~15-30') **** ******* ******* lighting.

************, ** ****** ** supplemental ********, *********** * low **** *** *****, much **** ********* **** adding **** ******* ******** and ******* **** ****** a ********** *** *****. Those **** ****** ** no ******* ******** ** seeking ** ***** **** spots *** **** **** especially ******.

*******, *******'* ***** ***** suffers **** *** ***********:

  • ************ ******:** ***** **-**' *** nearer ** *** ******, subjects **** *********** ** our *****, ********* ** a ******** **** ** facial *******.
  • ****** ************:*******'* ************ *** **** weaker ** *** ***** of *** *** **** the ******, ******** ****** and ***** ******** ** these *****.
  • **** ** ************ ** longer *****:*******'* ************ ***** **** a ******** ~* *** at ~**' ******** (***** default ********) ** *.* at ~**' *** ~*.* at **', *** **** to ******** ********** ********.

*** ***** ******* ** accept ** **** ****** these ******, ******* ** an *********** *********** ** typical ********** ** ****** which ******* **** ********** images ** ***** ****.

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*** ********* ******* ****** (DS-2CD2345FWD-I), ******~$*** *** ****** is ~$** **** ********* than *** ********** ** version (**-**********-*) ***** ***** for ~$***.

Size **********

*** ******** ******* ****** is ********** ****** **** Hikvision's ******* ** ****** camera, *** **-**********-*, *** much ****** *** **** noticeable **** * ******* Dahua ***** **** ******.

Camera Size Comparison

Physical ********

*** ******* ****** ** similar ** ***** ******* in **** ******, *** uses * ******* ***** light *** ******* ** the ****** ** *** below *** ****.

ColorVu White LEDs Standard IR LED opsi2

***** **** **** *** its ****** ****, ************ of *** **** ** similar ** *********'* ***** turrets, **** *** **** mounting ******* *** ***** whip.

White ***** ************ ****

** *** ***** ***** we **** *** ******* of *** ******'* ***** light *********** ** * near-0 *** *****. *** white ***** ******* *********** details ** ***** ***** while *** ****** ** almost ******* ***** ******* illumination. ** **** *****, illumination ***** ********* *************, but *** ******* ** still ****** ******** ** up ** ~***' **** it *******.

Bright ***** ****** ** **** ***** / ** ****** ** ***

** *** *****, *** ColorVu ****** ******** ****** color ****** ** ***** at **** ***** (~**' distance/~60 *** *****), **** recognizable ******* ******* **** the ***** ***** *** on, **** ******* **** images ******* *** ***.

Strong Color Images At Near Range

****** ******** ****** **** in **** ****** **** using *** ***** ***** LEDs, ****** **** **** differences *** ****, **** as *** **** ** the *** ***, *********** between ****** ****** *** green, *** **** **** shades. *******, ****** *** much ******* **** ******* using *** ****, ***** they *** ********* *****************.

Nighttime Colors True With LED On

Colors **** ** *** ***** *** ******

*******, ** ****** *****, the ***** ***** ***'* power ** ******, **** subject ******* *** ****** lost ** ~**'/~** ***, shown *****, **** ***** noticeably *********. *******, ******* the ***** ***** ***********, even ********* ******* **** difficult, **** ** ******* details ** **** *********.

.Details And Colors Weaker At Longer Range 1 lux

Weak **** ************

***** *** ******* *** illuminates **** ** ******* range ** *** ****** of *** ***** ** view, ************ ** ******, with *** ***** ************* darker.

White Light Illumination Uneven

**** ******* ** ******* reduced ******* ** ******** near *** **** *** to ****** ***** *** light *** ******* *****. Additionally, ****** *** *********** lost.

Color Fidelity And Details Weak At Edges Of FOV

Near ***** ************

************, ******** ****** **-**' of *** ****** **** often ** ***********, ****** all ****** *******. ***** issues ******** ********** ** whether *** ***** *** set ** **** ** manual *** ******* "***** Supplemental ********" *** ******* or ***.

Near Range Overexposure

Slow ******* ******* (*/***)

**** **** ****** **** Hikvision ******, ******* ********* to */*** ******** ********* in ********** ********, *** present ** */***.

slow-shutter-default-causes-ghosting

** ******, ** ****** with */*** ******* *****, except *** *** ***** above ** **** *** tradeoffs ** *** ******* 1/12s *******.

White ***** ******

*******'* ************ *** *** very ******, ********* **** ~2 *** ** ~**' distance, ** *** ****** of *** ***, ***** default ********* ***** ********, though ******** **** (*.*.,******* ****** ***), **** ** ~*.* lux ** **' *** only ~*.* ** **'. The ***** ***** *** also ** ******** **********, which ******* ** ~** the ***** ****** ** maximum, ***** ** *** chart *****, *** **** increased *** ******** ** overexposure (*****).

***** ************ **** **** in * ***** **** background ************ ** *.** lux ******* *** ******'* white ***** ************.

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

******* *******'* ***** ****** are ****** ** ** night (** *** ** a *****), ** *** be **** ** * substitute *** ** ******* light. **** *** ** especially ********** ** ***** with ****** ** ** exterior ********. ************, *** is ********* **** ********* to ******** *** ******* than **** ******* ********** wiring, ****** ************ **** versus ****** * *****.

*******, *******'* **** *** small *** ********** *****, appearing **** **** *** light ** * ********** than ******, **** ********* lighting ******* ***** *** accustomed **.

*** *******, *** ***** below ***** *** ******* camera (*****) ******* ~**-**' away **** ** ******** building ***** (****). *** standard ***** ** ****** and ****** **** *****, but ** ******** ********** the **** ****** **** ColorVu, **** *** ****** of *** **** ***** it ****** *******, ***** details ** *** **** around *** ******* ****** are ********* ** ***.

******* ******* ******** ** also ********* ******** *** more *******. *** *******, the ***** ***** ******** ColorVu ** * ******* outdoor ***** **********. *** ColorVu ****** ** ****** directly ** ***** ** it, *** ***** ** the **** ** *** FOV *** ****. ** contrast, *** ***** ********** bulb *********** ******** ** front ** **, **** harshly **** *******, *** also *********** **** ** the **** ** *** room, **** ***** ** the **** ** *** camera ********** ***, ******* the ******* **** ** ColorVu.

ColorVu Vs  Standard Lighting

******* ** ***** ******, those **** ****** ** no ******* ******** *** find ******* ******. *******, those **** ********* ***** by ** ********* ******** may ** ****** *** with ******** ******** *** cameras ******* ** *******

Higher ********* **** ******* ********* ******

*******'* ********* ******** **** higher **** ******* *** 4MP ****** ** **** tests, ****** * **/* at ***** **** ***** light **, ******** ** 1-2 **/* ** **** tests ** ** ******. Daytime ******** **** ******* to ***** ******.

**** **** ******* ********* with ***** ***** ****** off, *** *** ** much ****** ******, **** few ****** ******* ********* at **** ***** *****.

Bitrate Comparison1

Country ** ******

*** **-*********-* *** ************ in *****.

ColorVu Made In China

Test **********

******* **** ****** ***** default ******** **** **** changes:

  • *.***+/*.***+ **** *******
  • ******* ******** *** *** to */*** ******* ** the ******* */***
  • *** ***** ***** ******** were ***** ***** ******* settings (*********) *** ***** Supplemental ***** *******

*** ********* ******** ******** were ****, *** ****** available ** *** **** of *******:

  • **-*********-*:*.*.**

Comments (21)

**** *** *** ***** light ***** ** * deterent ** ****?

**, * ****** ***** those. ***** ********** * *** *, now, ** ****.

** ******* **** **** ONVIF **********, *'* ** interested ** **.

***** ********** * *** *, now, ** ****.

******* **** ******** **** range, *** *** *** bunny **** *** * dead ********.

**** ***** *** ********* of ***** ***** *** attracting ***** *** ********* spider ****? **** *** white ***** **** ** this ******?

** *****'* ****** **** specifically *** * ***** think *** ***** ***** would ***** ******* **** at *****, ***** ***** then ******* *******.

**'** **** *** *** version *** ***** * month ** ** *** found *** ******* ** be ********** **** ***; especially **** ******* ******* comparable ****-**** ******** */ "Matrix ** " ** poor ******* **********. 

******** ***'** **** * screenshot ** (*) ****-***** compared ** (*) **/* color *** ** *** same *** ***** ** the **** **** (~* AM) **** ***** * rainstorm **** **** ******* lighting.

*********** ** *** **** the ********* ******* *** a *** **** ******* available ** ** ******* to *********** *** ******** of *** *** ****** within *** ***...****** ****. Don't ****** *** *** versions ****** ***** ********.

...**** ***** * ********* with **** ******* ********.

*** *** **** **** ambient*****, *****?

???

*** **** **** *** are *********; **** ********** dealership ****** ***** *** lighting ** **** * PM, ** ***** **** light ******** ** *** cam ******, **'* ****** much ***** ***** *** there.

#* ** ******** ** the ***** ** *** background ** *** *****.

* ** **** **'* dark ***** ***, *** camera ********, ** ***** a ********** ** *** lux ***** ** *.* or *.* ** * or *, ***. *******, all ** **** *** subjectively ** ********* ** dark ***, ** * camera, ** *** **** a ******** ********** ** performance.

**** ********** ********** ****** leave *** ******** ** past * **

*** *** ******* ****? If **** ********** ****** leave *** ********* **, how ** ** ******* to ***** *** ***** light ************ ** *** camera **? ** * missing ********* ****?

#* ** ******** ** the ***** ** *** background ** *** *****.

* ** **** **'* dark ***** ***, *** camera ********, ** ***** a ********** ** *** lux ***** ** *.* or *.* ** * or *, ***. *******, all ** **** *** subjectively ** ********* ** dark ***, ** * camera, ** *** **** a ******** ********** ** performance.

***, ** ******...****'* ****** someone ***** **** ***** that ******* *********** ** literally ;) *** ***, obviously "***** ** *** background" **** **** *** camera ***; *** ***** cams **********. ** **** every ********* *** ******** lots ********* ******* ** least ****** **** ******** to **** **** *******...****'* primarily **** * *** referring ** ** *** typical ****** ** "*******" light. ** **** ******** though, **** ************* ***'* possible. 

*** *** ******* ****? If **** ********** ****** leave *** ********* **, how ** ** ******* to ***** *** ***** light ************ ** *** camera **? ** * missing ********* ****?

******** **** * ******* of ******* ** **** less **** *** ***+ lumen **** ****** **** previously *********** *** ****** lot. ***** * *** amendment ** **** ****, this ********** ********** ** no ****** ******* ** produce * "********" ***** of ********...******* *** ****** powered **** **** **** under **** *********.

...** ***** **** ***** provided ** *** *** itself, **'* ****** **** pitch ***** *** *****.

 *** *****, (** *** **** remote ****** *** ***’** motivated), turnoff *** *** *** a ****** *** **** a ********.  ** ***** is ** ******** ************ the *** ****** *** that **** *** ***, then ** ****** ***** see *** **** ** distant ****** *** * black ******* ***.

 

** *********, *** *** GUI **** *** ******* access ** ******** ******* the ***.

* ******* ** ******* a *** ********* *********** at ******* ******* ****** though (***** ****'* ** helpful) **** */** ***** the **** ******* *******...**** taken ** ~**:** **.

1/12

1/250

1/500

1/1000

** *********, *** *** GUI **** *** ******* access ** ******** ******* the ***.

******* *** *** **** set (***********) *** ******* image ******** ** ** the **** ** *** night, *** **** ***** daytime.

********, *** ***** **** have ** ******** *** effect ** *** ** CUT ******, *** * would ****** **’* *** switchable ******, *** ****** on, ****** *’* *** positive.

@*****, **** ** *** think ***** *** ** CUT ******, ****** ** or?

** **** *** ***** in *** * **** been ******* **** *** they *** ******. **** impressed **** *** *** light *******. **** ** my ******** ** ******** with ********** ** ******** other **** *** **** light. *******, *** ****** a **** **** *** this ** *****! (**** is **** *** ************ light ****** ***)

"*** **** *** ****"

******* **** ****:)

******* **** ** ****** for *** **** * month

*** ***** ***%

**** *** ******

 

 

*** ***** **** **** these ** ***** *** can **** *** ***** turn ** **** ** event *******? ** *** they *** * ** missing *********?

*** ******** **** *** models**** * ****** *** audio ***** ***** *** can ******** ** *****. We **** *** ** these ** *****, *** it's ****** ****** ** ship. * ****** ** test ** ** *********.

***** *** **** **** models ******** **** **** and *** ******, *** not **** ** ****'** coming ** *** ** or ***. ***** ****:

****** *****. *** *** Accusense **** ** ****. pretty ****. ******** *** only * ****** *****.


**** ***** ** **** on *** *******'* ** if *** ***** ****** it **** * ****** activated *****.

**** ***** ** **** on *** *******'* ** if *** ***** ****** it **** * ****** activated *****.

*** ***** ** ****** the ****** ** *** dark?

**'** ***** * **** video ** *** ****** more ******* ******* *** effects ** *** ***** light *********** ***** ****** on *** *** ** a ****** ***** **** scene (~*.**-*.** ***):

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