Illustra Pro Gen3 4K Camera Tested

By Rob Kilpatrick and Derek Ward, Published Oct 23, 2019, 10:54am EDT

Johnson Controls has released the latest generation in their Illustra Pro line, the Pro Mini-Dome Gen 3, a non-OEM model claiming to "optimize video quality while minimizing configuration time."

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We bought and tested the Illustra Pro Gen 3 4K model to see how it performs, examining:

  • How does this new 4K model perform in full light (~400lx), low light(~2lx) and dark (~0.02lx) scenes?
  • How does installation compare to other dome models?
  • How does smart codec H.265 bandwidth compare day and night?
  • How well do they integrate to VMSes?
  • How does it compare in price to competitive 4K domes?

Note: This is the latest in our ongoing updated 4K camera testing. Readers should also see our tests of Avigilon, Axis, Bosch, Dahua, Hanwha, Hikvision, Panasonic, Pelco, Uniview, and Vivotek and look for our 4K shootout 2019 soon.

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*******, *** ******** *** Gen * **** *** competitive ** ** **** light *** *** ******, but **** ** *** light ***** (~* ***) and **** **** ** scenes (~*.** ***). ******** performance *** ****, **** significant ***** ***** ******, daytime *.*** ***** ***** bitrates **** ****** **** average (****** ******* ** night).

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*** ******** *** *** 3 *****-***-**** ***** *** ~$1,000 ***,***** ** ****** **** cameras **** ********'* ***-*****(~$*** ******) ********** **********-****(~$*** *** ******). *******, **** ** less **** **** ** the***** ********* *********** *****-***(**** ~$*,***).

Size **********

******** *********** *** *** 3 *** ** * "dome", *** ** ** more ******* ** ******* turret *******, **** ** "eyeball" ********** *** ****** and ****. ** ** similar ** **** ** typical ********* ******* *** domes, **** ** *** Axis *** *** ********* Smart ****** ****** *****.

Illustra Pro Gen 3 Varifocal Turret Compared to Competitive Domes

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

** *** *****, *** Illustra *** *** * severely *********** ******** ** night **** ** **, due ** * ***** IR *******. *** ******** Pro **** ****** ** illumination ** ******** **** level, *** **** *** adjust ***** ***** ** what ** ** *** scene.

**** ************ *** ** seen ******** ** ~**' distance, **** *** ****** not ******** ******** ** the ******* ******, ******* overexposure.

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

**** *** ******* *** test ***** ~**' **** the ****** (~*** ***), full ***** (~*** ***) image ******* ** *****, while *** ***** (~* lux) ******* **** ********* that ******* ****** ******* on *** *******. ** the ****, ** ************ is *********, ********** ********* facial ******* *** ***** text.

** ~**' ******** (~** PPF), *** ***** *** dark ***** ******* ******, with *** ****** ****** to ******* ************ ******* of *** ******* ******* a ********** **** ***. Full ***** ******* *** recognizable *** ******* **** artifacts. ****** **** *****, both *** ***** *** dark ****** ******* ** basic *********, ** ******* noise ******** *** ******* and **** *****.

Solid *** ***********

** ****** *** ******** Pro *** * ******* an ******** *******, **** a ~**** ************ ******* interior *** ******** *** levels.

** *******, *** ******** Pro *** * ** set ** "***** ***", which ** ******** ******* WDR. **** *** ** "True ***", *** ******* is ***** ** **** regions ** *** *****, with **** ***** *** overexposure.

******** ** **** ** adjust ** *** ******* environment, *** *** ******** does *** ***** **** light. *** ******* ******** and ******** ** *********** at *** *** ** the ****, *** *** IPVM ********* ** *** subject's ***** ** ******* once ** ** *******.

Bandwidth **********

******** *** *** * H.265 ******** **** ~**% higher ****** *** ***, with *********** ******* ********* ~2 **/*. ** *****, bitrates **** ***********, ~*.* Mb/s ******** ** ~* Mb/s *******.

Limited *.*** ********* *** ******** ***********

*** ******** *** *** 3's *.*** ****** *** supported ** *** ***** tested: ********, *****, *******, Milestone, *** ******* *****. However, *.*** ****** **** in ***** *** *******. Camera ********* **** **** supported ** ***** *** Network *****.

VMS Integration Comparison2

Significant ******** ***** ***** ******

** *** *****, ****** sources ** ***** ****** frequently ********* ********'* *********. For *******, ***** *** large ******* ** *** scene ****** ******, **** as *** **** *****:

******* ****** ******* *** scene ***** **** ******* false ******.

****** ***** ****** *** (either **** ******** ***** or ** *** **** room) ************ ********* ***** alerts, ***** *****.

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

****** ******* ***** **** no ****** ** ******* branches/foliage ** *** *****.

No False Alerts on Swaying Foliage

People ******** ******* *** ********

********'* ********* ******** ******** subjects ******* ******* *** scene, ****** ** ******* other *********.

************, ******** ******** **** accurately ********, ******* ****** miss.

Separate ******* ******* *** ***** *******

**** ******** **** ******, *** ******** *** Gen * *** ******** buttons *** ********* *** defaulting *** ******. ***** buttons *** ***** ** the ****** ****, ******* the **** **** **** to ****** *** ****** from *** **** ** get ** *** *******.

Country ** ******

*** ******** *** *** 3 *****-***-**** *** **** in ******:

Test **********

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

  • ******** *** *** ** a ******* ** */***.
  • **** *** *** ******* for *** *******.
  • *.*** *** *******, **** IntelliZip ****.

Version ****

*** ********* ******** **** during *******:

  • *** *** * *****-***-****: 02.03.00

Comments (24)

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***** **** ** *** filter *** *******.

***** **** *** ****** doesn't **** ** ** filter ** ***

** ****, ** *** Sean,

** **** **** ** be * ***** ********* issue, ** *** ** cut ****** **** **** and **** **** *** forth ******* ***** *** B/W. * ****** *** red ***** **** ** outdoor ****** **** ******.

** **** **** ** be * ***** ********* issue, ** *** ** cut ****** **** **** and **** **** *** forth ******* ***** *** B/W.

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*** **** **** ** is **** ********* ******* than ****** ** **** consistent **** ** ****** not ***** ** *****, as ****** ******** ***** days *** ****** ** in **, ** ******* to ********.

********* *** *** **** a "*****" ** *** hold *** ****** ***** to **** *** *** block *** **** **** your ****. **** ***** is *** *** ****** moving.

*'* ********* ******* *** a ***** **** *** MFG ** ** *** the ***** ***** *** way ** ****. * listened *** *** ***** of *** ** ******, and * *** **** it. * ******* *** spec ***** ** *** camera *** ** ** labeled ** "**** ***/*****". Maybe ** ** ** to ********* *** **'* getting "*****", *** * plan ** ******* **** camera *** *** * while *** ****** ** the ***** **** *****/******/*******.

**** ***** ** *** cut ****** ******.

*** “*****” ** **** the ******** **********. ******* the ****** ***** ** ‘nother *****.

**** ****, * ******* it *** ***** ******* adjustments *********:

***** ******** **** *** manufacturer *****:

"*** *** ******* **** the ****** *** ** integrated ********* ****. ** have *** ** ********** with *** **** ******* stuck ** *** ***** in *** *********** ******* and ********* ** *******. I ***** ****** **** if ** **** ***** out *** ***** *** an ***** **** ** much **** ******** ****** to *** *** ***.

**** * ******* *** are ******** ****** ** a ********** ** **** made; *** **** ******* have ***** ***** ******* tuned ** ***** ** to **** **** ******** colour ************ *** ********** (like *****), * **** effect ** **** ** scenes ***** *** ************* green ** *** **** other ******* **** ********.

**** *** ***** *** with ***** ************* ******* is **** ** ‘******’ scenes *** ***** ****** colour *** ***** * little ****. ** **** had ********** ******** **** customers **** **** ** not **** *** ‘****** out’ ***** *** ****** the ***** ****** *****."

**** *** ***** *** with ***** ************* ******* is **** ** ‘******’ scenes *** ***** ****** colour *** ***** * little ****.

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

** ******** ********, *** Grass ** ****** *******!

**** ***** **** **** HDR *** **** **, notice *** **** ******** on *** **** ****** in *** ***** *****. Tall **** ***** ** HDR *** ************.

***-*** = ***? ****, digital *** ***’* **** ‘smart’.

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** *****’* ****** ** up. ** **** ***** it *** ******* ** until *** **** ** publishing *** ** ****’* look **** ** *** quickly ********** ******* **** of ******** **. *’** take * ****** **** at **.

** *** ** ******* OEM, *’* *** ***** of **** ***** *** case. *** ******** ************ and *** ********* ** the ******** *** *********. They ***** ** ************ by ******* **** ********* firmware, ********. *’** *** if ** *** **** anything ***** ****.

***** ** ****** *******, it ** ****** ************ by ******* (*** ***/ ***/ *********** import *******):

***, *** ******* **** is * **** ***, rivaling *** ********* ***** website **** ***** ***:

** *****! ***** ****** criminals *** ******* ** everything; ********** ****** **** eye ***** ******* ******** with *** */*” ******...

******* **** ** * real ***

** ***** *******, **** have ** *** ******** model (********* ******* ***** **** that) ** ********* *** mostly **** ** ********** business **** * ******* of *** ********, ****** the ******* *** **** important *** ****.

*********** **** *** * publicly ****** ******* ** Taiwan *** *** ~$** million ******* ** ****, roughly **** **** *** prior ****:

******* ** ****, ******* revenue ** ** ********** 10-15%.

******, * *** **** to *********** *** ****** partly ** *** *** SoC. *** ****** ** using *********** ***. ******* ************* **** really ******** ****** ******, this ** *** **** shot ** *** ***:

**** *** *** *** to *** **** *********. I ****** ** **** is ******** ** **** what ******* **** ** their *******.

****** ** **** ** intended ** **** **** Topview **** ** ***** product

* ***’* **** ***’* internal ******* *** ** is ****** *** **** like **** ** ****** their ******* ** *** the *** **** ******.

*** ****** ** ***** an ********* ***.

*** **** ****** ********* starts ******** ***** ***** “Amb******”?

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******* *** "******* *.*** streaming *** ******** ***********" section ** ******* ******* for *.*** ********* ** Genetec.

***** *** ****** ****** check *** ******* ***********? My ******* ****** ** half ** *** *****. The ****** ******* ** set *** **** **** so ** ***** ** the ****** *** **** values.

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***** ** #*,

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*******, * ***** **** to **** **** ***** the ***** *** ******** you *** ******** **** the ****** **#*. *** much ** *** ****** motion ** ********* ** your *****? **** ***/******* software *** *** ********* the ********* **? **** codec *** *** *****? It's ***** ** *** "I'm ****** **** *** bitrate" **** *** ***** have *** ****** *** to *-** *** (** test ** ** ***), in * ***** **** looking ** * **** with ** ******.

** *** ********* *****, we **** ****** *** chips ** *** ******** of *** ********* **** lab, *** *** ******** image *******,*** ** *** ******,***** ****** **** ******** bandwidth(*** ** ********* ****** in *** *****). * lowered *** ********* ** low ** ** ***** go, *** *** *** rate ******* ** ~**%. The ***** *** *** negatively ******** *******/****** ****. The ******* ** **** true, ** ******* ********* to *** ********* ********* by ~**%.

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