IDIS NDAA Cameras Tested

By Derek Ward, Published Sep 15, 2021, 09:41am EDT

Korea's IDIS has struggled to gain traction in North America, despite big tradeshow booths and international expansion plans. But now, with users seeking Hikua alternatives, can they gain ground?

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We bought and tested two cameras, the motorized IDIS DC-D4236RX (1080p, 30m IR) and fixed lens DC-D4216WRX (1080p, 30m IR), comparing performance to the Dahua Lite and Hikvision Performance series.

  • How do the cameras 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 even is IR illumination and does it overexpose objects?
  • Does it integrate to third-party VMSes?
  • How do bitrates compare between IDIS, Dahua and Hikvision cameras?

IDIS NVR / End To End system will be the subject of an upcoming IPVM test to see how well (or not) IDIS works as a system, which is what the company primarily markets.

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** *** *****, *** IDIS **** ******* ******** details ******* ** ********* Performance *** ***** **** series ******* ** **** light (~*** ***), *** light (~* ***), *** dark ****** **** ** illumination *******.

*** ***** ****** **** and ** ************ **** present ** *** ******* tested, ******** *******, *** uneven ** ************ ****** center ************ *** *** edges ** *** ***** of ****. *******, ****' smart ** ******** ************ strength *** ******** **** to ***** ************ ** both *** ******* *** test *****.

****' *** *********** *** weaker **** *********'* *********** series, **** ********/****** ******* overexposed. ******** ******* ******** subject ****** *******, ****** the **** ******* **** quick ** ****** ******** for ******** ********/******* *** scene.

*** ***** ****** (********, Exacq, *******, ******* *****, Milestone) ********** *** **** cameras *** *.***, **** only ******* ***** ******* to ********* *** *.*** streams. ****** **** ****** events *** *** ********* with *********** ** **, but **** ******** ** others.

******, **** **** ******'* bandwidth ** ~* *** color *** ***** ******** between ~***-*** ****, ******** higher **** ****** ***** or ********* *******. ** full ***** ** ****/** scenes, **** ******** **** measured ** ~*** **** or *****, ******* ** Dahua *** *********.

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

*** **** **-*******(********* *********, *** ** Spec) ***** *** ~$***-*** USD ********* ****** *****, also ******* ****** **** Hikvision's *********** ****** ***** (DS-2CD2725FHWD-IZS, ~$*** ******) ** Dahua ******* (~$*** ******).

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

***** *** **** ******* tested ******** ******* *********** competitive **** ** ****** than ***** *** ********* cameras ******, ***** *** support *** ****** *** they **** ******** (** this ***** *****/**** *********) and ***** ***** ******, in ******** ** ********* AcuSense/ColorVu *** ***** ********.

************, *********'* **** ********* **************** **** **** ******* and *********** **** **** Hikua-competitor *****, **** *** notably **** *********.

*******, **** *** * limited ***** *******, **** most *********** ********** ******. While **** ****** ****, as ** ** **** difficult *** ********* ** price **** ********* *****, others *** **** ************ of ***** ***** **** through ******* ************ ********** for **** ** **********.

~1 *** ***** *** ***** ***********

** ~* ***, **** IDIS ******* ******** ****** and ***** ******* ********** to ***** *** *********. However, ***** ******** ** weaker **** *********, **** the ***** ***** **** saturated.

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**** * ****** ******* at ~* ***, *** cameras ****** ******** **** motion ****, ******** ****** details, **** ** ******** trail ********* ****** *** subject, **** ********** ** Dahua.

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** *** **** ****** examples *****, ******* ****** details *** ******* ** he ******** ******* *** scene, **** * ******* artifact ***** ****** ***.

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

**** **** **** ******* have ******* ** ********, with ****** ** ************ that **** *** *** the ******'* ***. *** example, *** **** **-******** dome ***** ******** **** illumination ** *** **** and ***** ***** ** the *****, ******** ******* details. *******, ***** ** is ******* ** *******, reducing ************ ** ***** subjects *** ******** ******* in *** ****** ** the ***.

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*** **** **-******* ************ pattern ** **** **** than *** **-********, ****** a ******* ******* ** noticeable *** *** ***** of *** *** *** slightly ***.

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** ***** ***** (~** feet) ** * **** scene (IR **, *** **** cameras ******* ******* ******* to *********. ** ********, the ***** ******* *********** both *** ******* *** test *****.

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**** **** ******* *** able ** ****** * subject ** *** ********* IR ***** (***/~**'), *** details **** **** ** this ******** *** ** low ***.

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** *** ******* ***** through *** *****, **** cameras *** ** **** adjusting ** ************ ******** and ******** ** ****** overexposure, ********** **** ** passes ******* *** ******* hotspot.

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

****, ** ****** *** performance ** ******** **** IDIS ******* ** ** exterior ******* *** *****, shown *****, **** * light ****** ** ~** lux ****** *** ~*,*** outside.

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** **** *** *****, the **** ******* ********* better **** *****, ****** weaker **** *********, **** the *******'* **** *********** outside *** ***** ******* on *** ***** **** of *** **** ******.

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*** **** ******* *** quick ** ****** ** the ****** ******** ** light ** *** **** opens *** ******. *******, it ***** *** ****** several ******* ** ****** exposure ***** *** **** closes, ****** ******* ****** details ** ** ***** past.

Full ***** *****

**** ******* ******** ******* subject *** ***** ******* compared ** ***** *** Hikvision ** ****, **** light, **** ** ******* issues.

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Pop-Ups *** ****-*** ******** *** **** *** **

** *** ********* *** UI *****, ** ******** the *******' *** ** and ***** ** ********* issues, *********:

  • ****-** ******** ** ********* camera ******** *** *** web *******.
  • ******** ****** ***-*** **** by ****, ** ******** pop-ups ** ********.
  • ******* ******** **** ** the *******.
  • ********** *** **** **** times *** ***** *** easy ** ******.

Bandwidth **********

*** **** ******* *** similar ******** ** ***** and ********* ** **** light *** ****/** ******, with ********* ********* Kbps ** *******. *******, in ***** *** *****, IDIS ********* **** ** ~940-880 ****, ****** **** Dahua ** ********* ******* tested ** ~*** **** or ******.

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

** *** *******, *.*** streaming *** ************* ****** in *** ***** ******, such ** *****, *******, Milestone *** ** *******. However, ****** **** *** did *** ********* **** ExacqVision, *** ******* ***** did *** ********* *.*** or *** ******.

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Size **********

*** **** **** ******* are ******* ** **** to ********-***** *****, ****** not ** ***** ** the ***** ******* *** not ** ***** ** the ********* **-***********-***. ************, neither **** ****** *** a ****.

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Made ** ***** / **** *********

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

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Ambarella *** ****

**** ** *** **** NDAA ******* ****** *** an ********* *** ****.

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Testing ***********

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

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

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

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

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****; ***********.

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****** *** * **** macro **** ** **** pics ** ***** *** such.

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** ******** **** * USB ********** ***** **'** used *********, *** ** hasn't ***** **** ****** images. ** *** ******* for * ****** ***.

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** *** ****, ** are ******* *** * better ****** ** ***, and **** ** *** them *** ***** ****** forward.

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***** ** ** ******** to ** * ******** with ******* ***** ** country ** ******? *** example, ******* ***** ** each *****…**** ****** *************…**** lump ******** ************* ** a *****..*** ****** ***** America? * ***** ******* that **** ** **** with *** **** ************* product *** *** **********…********?

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** *** ***** ** do ** **** ******** and **** * ***-***** made ********. * ***'* think ******** ******* ** country ******* **** ** much ***** ** *** vs ***-***, ***** ** the **** ******* **** buyers **** *********.

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***** **** - **** is **** ** *** a *** *** ** have **** ***** **** these *******. ***** ** nice ** *** "**** live" ************* ** ********/******* as **** **** ** are **** ** ***. These ***** *** ***** to *** ***** *** cameras ********* ****** ***. Still **% ** ***** is ** ****** ********* conditions *** ***** ***** differences ******* ******* *** difficult ** *** *** analyze.

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**** **** ** *******/****-***** scenes *** *** ***** the **** ******* **? Are **** ******** ******* lots? ***** ***** ******? Building *********? * *** since *** *********** ***** okay, ****** *** ** good ** **** ********* camera **** *** ******* inside ** *******.

*'* ** ***** ** new **** ****** ** well, ****** *** *** scenario ** ***** *** gives ** * **** baseline ** *********** ***** variables **** *********, ********, and ******* ****'* ****** an "****" ** * competitor.

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**** ******** - * know **** **** *********** should ****** ** ** stable ** ******** *** always ******** ** ********* tests.

*** ******* ******* ************* is ******** *********, ***** etc *** ****. *** other ******* *********** ************ for ****** ** ******* to ****** *** ******* (those **** ***'* **** door *** ***** **** have *** ****). ***** the ***** ***** ********* conditions ****** **** *** WDR *********** ** ******. Then ** ****** **** outdoor *** ******* *****.

******* *** ****** ** when *** **** * lot ** "******" ** the ****, ********* ******** malls *****'* * **** of ****** ********* ******, not **** ***. **** - ***** ** ********** to ***** "**** ****" on ***** *****.

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**** ** *** ***** comparisons. ** ***** **** be **** ** *** comparisons ** * ******* base ** *** **** products. **** ** ********* vs ***** ****. ***** Security ******** ** ******... etc.

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