Tyco / Exacq Illustra Cameras Tested

By Ethan Ace, Published Mar 09, 2015, 12:00am EDT

Prior to Tyco acquiring them, Exacq was one of the leading independent VMSes.

Now, Tyco / Exacq is becoming a 'solution' provider, billing their Illustra cameras as:

"The Easiest High Definition Cameras with ExacqVision"

And prominently showcasing those cameras on Exacq's homepage like so:

We bought two dome models, the Illustra 610 full-size IR dome and compact minidome, to put this claim to the test, looking at these key questions:

  • Can Illustra camera's quality and performance compete with Axis, Bosch, Hikvision and Pansonic?
  • How well does this end to end Tyco Exacq/Illustra solution perform?
  • How does Illustra integration compare to third-party cameras?
  • How does it compare to other end to end platforms like Avigilon?
  • **** *** *** *** findings **** **** ****:

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

    • **** ***** *********** ******* to *********** ***** ******.
    • *** ***** *********** ******* to ***** ***** ********** IR ***** *** **** beyond ***-** ***** *** light ******.
    • ******** ******* ** ***** 1080p ****** ** **** light, **** ****** **** ********* ********** IR **** ** *** light **** ** **, though ***** **** **** Axis *** ***** *** light ***-** ******.
    • ************ ******** ********* ****** visible ********* ********, ***** coded ******, ****-** ****** cover, *** ********** ******* flush ***** **** *** ***** installation *** ****** **** of ******** ********.

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

    • **** ***** *********** ******* to *********** ***** ******* domes.
    • *** ***** ***** ******* moderately ***** **** *********** domes (**** ***** *** Bosch ********* *****).
    • *** ***** ***** ******* significantly ***** **** *** cost ********** ** ******.
    • ********* *********** ***** **** other ******* ***** ** full ***** *** *** light (~* ***), ****** moderately ****** **** ********** IR ***** ** *** light.

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

    • ******** ******** ******* (********, ************, Illustra3, ******** **********, ** addition ** * ******* "American ********" ******) ** Exacq *** ***** ********* as ** ***** *** should ** ****.
    • ***** *** ****** ****** (Illustra *** ** ****, Illustra3 *** ******* ********), cameras ********* ** ***** without *****.
    • ****** ****** ******** ********** both ******* ***** *** proper ****** *** ******** the ******* ** ****** IP ******* ******** **** Exacq, ******* ***** ***** discovery *****.
    • **** ******** ********, **** as *** ***** *** sensitivity, *********, *** ******** mode ********** *** *** Exacq ******, *** ****** such ** ******** ***** settings (*-***** ********, *******, etc.) *** ***.

    *******

    *** *** ** **** sells *** *****$*** *** ******, ***** **** *********** options **** ** ******* ********* (~$*,***) ************ **-*******(~$***), ***** ****** **** built-in **. *******, **** is ***** $*** ****** than ***-**** ****** **** as ************ ****(~$***) ********** ***-*****(~$***).

    *** *** ******* ******** sells *** *****$*********. **** ** ******** lower **** *********** ********* from **** *** *****, both *****$*** ******. *******, **** ** substantially ****** **** *** cost ******* **** ** Hikvision *** *****, **** of ***** **** ********** 1080p ********* *** ~$*** ******, ********* ********** **.

    **** **** ** ** releasing * ***** **** line ** ******** ** the *** *******, ******** Essentials [**** ** ****** available]. However, ** ** *** yet ********* ******* ************, and ******* ** *** yet ***.

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

    *******, *** ******** ******* offered ******* *********** ** average ******. ***** ******* for *** *** ***** or ********* *********** **** find ****** ******* *********. And ***** ****** ******* for *** *** **** cameras **** **** **** expensive *******.

    *******, ******** ** ********* ** **** free ************ ********** ******** ******* and ***** ********, **** integrators *** **** **** end ** *** **** solution **********. ***** ****'* position ** **** ***** is ** ******** ******** policy, ***** **** **** multiple ******** ** ***** incentives *** ** ****** they **** ******** ***/** expand.

    The **** *** ** *** ********

    ** * ***** ********, ******** ******* and *********** **** **** together, *** ***** **** some *********** *** ***** in ***** *** ** end ***********, **** ******* Avigilon. *****'* ******** *********** simplifies ************ ********, **** discovery, ** **********, *** basic ************* *** ******* through *** *** ******, not ********* *** ********* to *** *** ******'* web ********* ** **** cases.

    *******, *** ******** **** *** level ******* ** ******** camera ********, ********* ******** CODEC ******** **** ** max *** **** *** I-frame ********, ** **** as ****, ********, ** illumination, ****, *** ****,**** ****.

    ******* ** ***** ******* effectively ********** *** **** to *** *** ****** web ********* ** ***, even *** ******** *****.

    **** ******* ** *********** development ******* ******** *** Exacq **** ******** ** progress, *** ** ******* were ***** ******* *********** this **** ** *******.

    ******** ********

    ** **** ***** ** review *** ******** ************ of **** *******, ****** typical *** ***** **** factor:

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

    *** ******** *** ** dome ******** *** ***** features *** ********* ***** in *********** ******:

    • ********** ***** ***** ****** eliminate *** **** *** a ******** **** *** or ******** ******** **** recessing *** ****** **** the *******.
    • ****-**/*** ****** ***** ******* conduit ** ***** ********** to ******** ****** ****** when ***** *******. **** manufacturers ******* * ****** plenum *******.

    Configuration ********

    ** **** *****, ** review ************* ** *** Illustra *******. ***** **** use ********* *** **********, they *** **** *** similarly *** ******* ****** the **** *******.

    **** *******:

    • **** ******* ******* ** higher **** ******* ***********, 31 ** *** ****-**** dome *** ** ** the ******* (*******: ** ****** ************ *********** Comparison)
    • ** ******* ******* ** available **** ***** *** in *** ******* ********.

    Exacq ***********

    **** ******* ****** **** with *****, **** **** advanced ******** **** ** auto-focus, ******** **** ***** rotation, *** ******-**** ****** detection ************* ********** **** the ***** ******. ******** varied ********, ***** *** 610 ******* *** *** include ****-***** ******** *** included **** ************ ****** detection ***** **** *** 610 ** ****.

    **** **** ******** ** not *** **** ************ for ***** ***** *** integrated ***** ******** ********.******, ********* **** *** ****, **** ***** ******* of *****, ********, *** motion *********.

    ***** *****

    ***** **** ******* ******* via ****** *******, ** had ** ****** ****** either ****** ** ***** VMSes (******** ******* ******, Genetec ******** ******, ********* XProtect) *** *****. *******, advanced ************* ******** **** as ****** *********, ******** mode, *** ****-***** **** not ********* ** ***** other *****.

    Full **** ** **** ***** *******

    **** ***** ***** *** full **** *** ** the *** **** **** dome: 

    ** **** *****, ***** quality ** ******* ** other ***** ****** **** no ******* ******. *** test *******'* **** ** clearly ******* *** *** test ***** ** ****** legible ** **** */*.

    ** ~*.* *** *** Illustra *** ******** ******* subject ******* ** *** Hikvision *** ********* ** cameras. *******, *** ***** is **** *******, **** to **** **** *, vs. * ** * in *** ***** ** models. ******* ***-** *** light ****** (**** *** Bosch) ******** ****** ****** at **** ***** *****.

    Compact **** ***** *******

    **** ***** ***** *** full *** ** *** Illustra *** ******* ********. Due ** ***** ********* fixed ******, ******* **** cameras **** *********, ******* distance ** *** ******* to ********** *** ********* FOVs.

    ** **** *****, *** 610 ******* ******** ******** similarly ** ***** *******, with * ******** ********, clearer ***** ** *** test *******.

    ******** ***** ** ~*.* lux, *** *** ******** provides **** ****** ** the **** ***** **** other ******, ****** ****** details *** *******. 

    *******, ** ~* ***, the ******** ****** ** well ** **** ***** do *** ******* ****** images ** *** ******* and ******* ********** ** the **** *****. *** Bosch ***-***** *** ********* cameras ***** ******* ******* images *** ****** ***** legibility.

    *********/***********

    *** ******** *** ** dome's ********* *** ******* ** full *****, ******** ****** than **** *** *********, and ***** **** *****. In *** **** **** IR **, ********* *** substantially ****** **** *** other ** **** ******, the ********* ****, ***** bitrates **** ******* **** low ** **** ***** as ****.

    *** *** ******* ********'* bitrate *** ***** **** most ******* ** **** light *** *** ***** (~3.5lx). ** ~* ***, it *** ****** **** both *** **** ***** and ********* ****. *** Bosch ***-***** *** ******* at **** ***** *****, but ******** * **** more ****** *****, ******* added **.

    Firmware/Software ********

    ***** *** *** ******** versions **** ** **** test:

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    *********** *.*.****.***** *** ****.

Comments (3)

[IPVM Note: Poster is from Tyco]

It would be great to see the test of the new Illustra PRO that also supports Exacq Edge and it is a new hardware design and it is produced in the Canada and later on also in EU.

http://www.illustracameras.com/Products/illustra-3mp-minidome.aspx

Milos, we might but it is not a high priority as requests for Illustra tests from integrators and end users is quite low.

Thanks a lot.

I understand that.

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