Integrated IR Camera Shootout 2020 - Avigilon, Axis, Bosch, Dahua, Hanwha, Hikvision, Panasonic, Uniview, Vivotek

By Ethan Ace and Derek Ward, Published on Jan 30, 2020

The best and worst cameras tested in this IPVM shootout showed major differences in quality and performance.

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While many view IR as being a commodity, our month-long testing of 25 cameras across 9 manufacturers showed differently.

Key Performance Differences

Based on nearly a month of testing, we found several key performance differences:

  • Missing facial details: While the best cameras tested could capture facial details of subjects moving, many cameras tested smeared or obscured faces.
  • Uneven illumination: The best cameras delivered even illumination providing superior image capture over many cameras with hot and dead spots.
  • Problems adjusting to moving objects: Top cameras tested were able to quickly adjust for objects moving but many cameras could not.
  • Poor capture of multiple objects: While top performers could properly capture multiple objects in the scene, many models only exposed the foreground, missing distant subjects.
  • Ghosting/flare on license plates: The best performers captured highly reflective license plates with no flare or ghosted/doubled images, while others suffered from flare and ghosting, reducing details.

Models Tested

We included models with resolutions ranging from 1080p to 4K, low to high cost, to see how they compared to examine trends in integrated IR performance in 2020:

  • Avigilon 2.0C-H5A-BO1-IR
  • Avigilon 8.0C-H5A-BO1-IR
  • Avigilon 2.0C-H4SL-DO1-IR
  • Avigilon 5.0C-H4SL-BO1-IR
  • Axis M3106-LVE Mk II
  • Axis M3206-LVE
  • Axis P3245-LVE
  • Axis Q1798-LE
  • Bosch Flexidome 5000i / NDE-5503-AL
  • Bosch Flexidome 3000i / NDE-3502-AL
  • Dahua N85CL5Z
  • Dahua N45DL7Z
  • Dahua N44CL52
  • Hanwha LND-6011R
  • Hanwha XNO-6085R
  • Hikvision DS-2CD2785G0-IZS
  • Hikvision DS-2CD2723G1-IZS
  • Hikvision DS-2CD2725FHWD-IZS
  • Hikvision ECI-T22F2
  • Panasonic WV-S2531LN
  • Panasonic WV-S2570L
  • Uniview IPC3238ER3-DVZ
  • Uniview IPC262EBR9-HDUPZ
  • Vivotek FD8379-HV
  • Vivotek FD9365-EHTV
  • Wyze Wyze Cam 2.0

The video below quickly reviews the models tested:

Overall ********** ** ****** ********

*** **** *****-*** *** Q1798-LE, **** *** ********** Axis ******, ********* **** in *** ***** ** this ****. ******* ****** performed ***** *******, **** as ********'* ***** *** 4K *** *******, *****'* low **** ********* *****, and ****** ******** ***-****, but *** ******** **** one ** **** ****** and ******* ****** ******* than *** **** *******.

*** ******** ** ************* tested *** ** ***** one ****** ***** ** below *******, ********* ****, Bosch, *** ******. **** Avigilon *** ******* ********* at ******* ** ***** average *** *** ****** tested.

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Axis *** */* **** *******

*** **** *****-*** *** Q1798-LE ********* **** ****** all **********, **** ****** facial *******, ********* ********** for ****** *******, ***** images ** ********** ******* and ******** *******, *** no ******** ******.

**** **** **** ***** two ****** *** **** of *** ****** ******* in **** ****, **** released ** ** ****. Additionally, *** *****-** ** a **** ****** ***** 4/3" ** *****, ***** sells *** ****** $*,*** USD, *** **** ********* model ** **** **** by * ***** ******.

Low **** *******: ***** *** *******

*****'* ********* ***** (~$***) was *** **** *****-**** camera ******, **** ****** coverage, **** ************, *** overall ****** *******. *******'* ~$260 **********-***** ******** **** coverage, *** *********** *** subject *** *** *******. Others, **** ** *****, Hanwha * ******, *** Hikvision, ********* *** **** issues, **** ************, ****** illumination, *****, ** *** of ***** ******.

Low-Cost *********** ***** ** *******

****** *** ******* ** the "***** *******" ******* of **** ******** **** from *** ************'* ****** cost **** (**** *, Dahua ****, ****** *, Hikvision ***** *******). *** two ******** ****** **** poor ********** **** *****'* 5000i (~$***+) *** *********'* S2531L (~$***).

Key *********** *******

*** ***** ******** *** following *** ******* ***** impact *********** ********, ** other *****, ******* * camera ** ********** "****" or ***:

  • ******* ** ****** *******:*** ********* ******** *********** difference *** ****** *** quality ** ****** ******* by **** ****** ** moving ********. ***** ** illumination ******** *** ***** were *********, ******* ***** include ******, **** **, but ****** **** ********* and ***** ****** ******* unusable.

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  • ******* ******** ** ********:****, *** ********* ** IR ******** *** *********, as ****. ******* ** our "****" ******** ***** covered *** **** ***** of *** ***** ** view ******* ******** ** the ***** ** * bright ****** *******.

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  • ********** ** ****** *******: Third, ** ********** *** well ******* ******** ** objects ******** ** *** scene, ** ***** ************ or ****** *******. **** did *** ******* ****** much ** ***, ***** others *********** ******** *** background.

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  • ********** *** ******** ******* in *****: **** ********* was ******* ******* ***** adjust ** ******** ****** a ******* ******* ******* the ***** ***** * larger, **** ********** ****** was ** *** **********, with *********** ******* ***********.

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  • ********** ****** ********: ****, we ****** *** **** cameras ******* ****** ********** objects, **** ** ******* plates. **** ******* ******** from ******** *** **********, while ******, *** **** were **** ** ******* both *** ******* ***** and **** ******* ***** default ********.

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Manufacturer *********** ************* ******

**** ************ *** ***** an *********** ** ******* optimizations ** ******* ** eliminate ****** **** ** testing. *** **** ****** suggestion *** ** ****** WDR, ********* ** ********* and *********.

** *** *****, **** had *** ****** ** evening *** *** ******'* illumination, *** ******** ******* additional *******. *** *******, in *** ********* ********, enabling *** ******** ******* dark ***** ** *** field ** ****, *** practical ******* ******* **** similar.

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*********, ***** *********** *********** (********* ************), ***** *** ***** results ** *** *****. In *** *******, *** had ******** ******, ******* out ****** *** **** spots ** *** ******'* field ** **** *** improving ******* ******* **********.

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*******, ** *** *******, details **** *********** *******, with ******* ***********:

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***** ***** *********** *** improve ***** ******* ** some *****, **** *** not ****** ******-***-***** ***************, as **** ****** *** not **** ** **** scenes *** ***** *** unlikely ** **** **** they ****** ****** ***** settings *** ** **** levels.

Performance **** *: ****** ******* *******

*** ********* ******** *********** difference *** ****** *** quality ** ****** ******* by **** ****** ** moving ********, **** **** providing ***** ******* ** long ******* ***** *****, others ************ ******** ** close ***** *** ********* solid ******* ******, *** others * ****** ** others ****** *** ********* any ****** ******* ** the *******.

*** **** *****-*** *** Q1798-LE (*****) ********* **** overall ** **** **** due ** ***** **** IR ************, ****** ************ for ****** *******, *** lack ** ***** ** overexposure.

*** ****' *** *** M3106-LVE ** ** ********* poorly, ************ *** ******* throughout (*****), **** ** recognizable ******* *********.

*********, ******* **** ** the ****** * ****** and ********* ***** ******* overexposed *** *******, **** increased ****** ** *****, shown ****:

*** ********** ***** ***** some ** *** *** performers ** **** **** compared ** *** ***** to **** *** **** range ** ***********:

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Performance **** *: ******** ** ** ********

*** **** **** ****** covered *** **** ***** of **** ****** *********** in *** *******, **** some ******* ** ********** to *** ***** ** the *** *** ****** containing * ****** ****** hotspot ***** ****** ************.

*** **** *****-*** ***** fully *********** *** ***** of **** **** **** to ****, **** ** center ******* ** **** edges:

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*******'* *** **** *** also ******* *** ***** of **** ****, ****** was ******** ****** ** the ******.

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*******, ******, ********* **** average/above ******* ******, *** not ****** **** *** field ** ****. *** example, *** ***** ***** suffered **** ********** **** edges, ****** ** *** not ********** *** ******* in *** ****** ** the *****.

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*** ********* ******** **** produced ** *****'* **** series ******, ****** ******* even **** ** ******* in *** *****:

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**** **** **** ******** of *** ***** ** view *** ******** **** heavily **** ***** ******* in ********, ******* ** some ***** *** "********" of ******** *** *** result ** ***** ***** details.

Varifocal ****** ** **********

*** *** ****** ***** impacted *** **** ******* IR *** ** *** scene *** ******* ******* adjusted ** ************ **** motorized **** *** *******. For *******, **** ******** zoom ** ****' * and * ******, *** camera ******** ******* ********* LEDs *** ********* ** decreased ***** ** *** the *****, ************ ****:

** ********, **** ****** did *** ****** ************ at *** **** ******** zoom, **** ** *** Panasonic * ****** ******. Regardless ** **** *****, illumination ******* ******** *** same:

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Performance **** *: ******** ****** **********

** **** ****, ** placed * ********** **** chart *** ******* ***** in *** **********, **** a ******* ** *** background ** *** *** cameras ******** ** **** both *******.

****, **** ** *** Axis */* ****** *** ExtraLux ***** ****** ********* the ****** *****, ********** and **********, ***** *** Bosch ***** ****** ********, but ***** ******* ********* the **** ******* *******. By ********, ******* **** as *** ********* ***** Express *** ******** ** significantly ****** *** ******* in *** **********, ******** detail.

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Performance **** *: ********** ****** ********

*******, **** ******* ********* flare ** ******** ** highly ********** ******* **** as ******* ******. **** commonly ******** ******* ** lens ***** ** *** side ** *** ******'* field ** ****, *** also ******** ** * "ghosted" ****** ***** ** the ****** ** **** cases.

***** ****** **** *** common ** **** *******, but **** ********** *** significantly ******** ** *** cameras ** *** ****, the ******** **** *** Uniview ********** *****, ***** below:

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***** ******* ************ ********* slight ********, *** *** as ********* ** ******* as ***** ******.

Outdoor ***********: ******* ***** ***** ************

** **** ****** ******* at ***** ** ** outdoor ******* ***, ******* from ~*-* ***. *******, performance *** ********** *******, but **** ****** ******** moderately ** ******* ***** reduced *** ********* ** their ** ************ ********.

*** *******, *** ***** models ***** ******** *** brightest ******* ******* ******* appeared **** ****** *********** outdoors ** ******** *** street ****** ****** ***** levels.

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** *** ******* *******, no ******* **** **** to ******* * ******* plate ******* ******** *** shutter *************, **** *** default ** */*** *** to * **** ****** 1/2000s ** */***** ***** drastically ******** *** **** of *** *****.

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Compared ** $** **** ***

*** ******* ** **** shootout ******** ****** ****** than ****'* $** **** Cam, ***** ******** **** dimmer ****** *******, **** weak ******* *******. **** is ****** ****** ** illuminate * ***** ****** than * ******* ***** room.

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**** ****, *** **** Cam ******** **** **** details ** ******** **** at ***** *****.

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Test **********

**** ****** ******** **** changed ** *********** ************* as **** ** ********, including:

  • ******** *** *** ** a ******* ** */*** in *** ******* ** reduce/eliminate **** ** ****** objects
  • *********** *** *** ** ~28-30 ************ ** *** cameras
  • ***** ****** **** ********

********** ** ******** **** left *********. ************ ******** was ****** ********** **** defaults, ** ********* *****.

****** ******** ** *** time ** ******* *** used ** *** *******.

Comments (16)

*** * **** **** P3245 **** ** *** office *** * *** weeks, ****** ******* *** night ****** *** *** best *'** ****, ***** out * *** ***** (pats *** ****)

***** *** *** *** test. ***** ***** ***** are **** ******* ******** conclusions ** *******.

***** ***** ***** *** only ******* ******** *********** or *******.

***** ** ********* ******** in *** ******, ****** below:

Key *********** *******

*** ***** ******** *** following *** ******* ***** impact *********** ********, ** other *****, ******* * camera ** ********** "****" or ***:

  • ******* ** ****** *******:*** ********* ******** *********** difference *** ****** *** quality ** ****** ******* by **** ****** ** moving ********. ***** ** illumination ******** *** ***** were *********, ******* ***** include ******, **** **, but ****** **** ********* and ***** ****** ******* unusable.

  • ******* ******** ** ********:****, *** ********* ** IR ******** *** *********, as ****. ******* ** our "****" ******** ***** covered *** **** ***** of *** ***** ** view ******* ******** ** the ***** ** * bright ****** *******.

  • ********** ** ****** *******: Third, ** ********** *** well ******* ******** ** objects ******** ** *** scene, ** ***** ************ or ****** *******. **** did *** ******* ****** much ** ***, ***** others *********** ******** *** background.

  • ********** *** ******** ******* in *****: **** ********* was ******* ******* ***** adjust ** ******** ****** a ******* ******* ******* the ***** ***** * larger, **** ********** ****** was ** *** **********, with *********** ******* ***********.

  • ********** ****** ********: ****, we ****** *** **** cameras ******* ****** ********** objects, **** ** ******* plates. **** ******* ******** from ******** *** **********, while ******, *** **** were **** ** ******* both *** ******* ***** and **** ******* ***** default ********.

* **** ****** *** Bosch ***** **** **, and * *** ****** sure **** * *** me *** ******'* *** the ******** ***** ** get *** ****** ******** as * *****. **** to **** **** ** isnt **. *** ****** ago ** **** ****, a *** ******* **** the ****** * ******** 🐠 (*** *********) *** im ***** ** **** the ***** ** ***** fair *****/***********.

* *** *** ****** understand *** *** **** do ***** ********* *** the ******** ***, ******* and ***** ***** ** the **** ********* ****, Avigilon ***** ***. *** not ****** * **** test.

****, ****** *** **** first *******!

***** ****** *** ****** know:

*. ** **** ** extensive ************* **** *****, Hikvision *** ******* ********** about **** ** ****** and *** ** ******. We **** **** ***** opportunity ** **** ** feedback *** **** ***.

*. **** ******** ****** do *** **** ** to **** **** ***** companies?

*. ***** *** **** was ********, ********* ********* we **** *** "* ***** *** **** Fighter ******" *** **** is ***** ****** ** Monday ***** **** * variety ** ***** ******* that **** ******** *******.

****** ***** *** *** us **** **** ****** you **** ******.

********* ******** *** *****. As *** ****** **** 'you **** **** *** pays ***!' ** ****** virtually *** ** ****** provides * ******** ***** to * ***-** ****** in ***** ********. *** and **** ****** **** to ***** *** ******** of ******* ******* '**** person' ** '******* **** person' *** * ******** performance ******.

******: ** ***** *** Hikvision ***** ****** *** Darkfighter, ******'* *** * series ***-*****, *** ******* FD9389-HV ** *** ********.

*** ********* *** ****** models **** ***** ******* in *** *****, ******* is ** *** ******* rankings.

*********'* ***** ****** ******** rough ******* ******* **** limited ************ *** *** fairly **** ****** *** field ** ****, *** it ******* **** ****/********* on ****** ******* ***** reduced ****** *******.

*** ****** ***-***** *** clear ** *** **** (below), *** * *** center ***, ***** *** to **** ***** ************ (at ~**-**' *** ******).

*** ******* **** *********** at ****** ***** **** others, ******** ** ~**', shown ****.

** **** ******** ** update ******** ** *** cameras *** ****** *** update **** ************.

**** ** ****** *** mentioned * ****** *** series ***** * *** hoping ** *** ********* from *** * ****** tested ******* *** ******* are ** * * & * ****** **** the ***** *** ****** of ***** ******* ****. Have *** ***** ****** any ** ***** *** comparison ****? * **** a ******* ** ***** be ******** ** *** Axis ***** ***** ** some ******* *’** ******** experienced ** *** *****.

***** ******, *** ***** you *** *** ********!

*'** ******* * *** example ****** ** **** you *** *** ****** XNO-6085R ******** ** *** Axis *****-***. *** *****, I ****** ** *** you **** **** ******* IR ******** ** *** 6085R *** ******, ** seen *****:

***, *** ******** ****** as ** *** *** Hanwha ***** ****** ****** the **** ***** ** that ** ***** *** long *** ** ** adjust **** * ******* walking ** ******* *** scene. ** ~**' ****, a ****** ******* ******* overexposed, **** *** ****** unable ** ****** ** and ******** ** **** close-range *******:

**** *** **** *** Hanwha ******* ********:

*** *****-***** ****** ** the ***** ****** **** of *** **** *********** 2.0 ******* ** ******. If *** **** ********* or **********, ****** *** us **** *** *'* be ***** ** ******* more ****!

****** *****! ****’* ** excellent ********. * **** that *** * ******* concern **** *** ***** on ** *** **** couple ***** **** *** number ** **’* *** placement ** ****** ** not *** **** **** overexposed *****. **** **** done *** ********** *** follow **.

***** ********! *** ** Axis ******* **** *** LPC ** *****-**. ** you ****** ** ** close ** *****-*** / Q1798-LE?

* **** ** *** Illustra *** ******* ** the **** **********

#*, ** ****** *** Illustra *** ***** * months *** *** **** did ********** ******. ***:******** *** **** ** Camera ******

*** **** ****,

** ***** **** **** of *** ******* *** have ****** ***-***, ** am * **** * Edge ******** *****?

Performance **** *: ********** ****** ********

*******, **** ******* ********* flare ** ******** ** highly ********** ******* **** as ******* ******. **** commonly ******** ******* ** lens ***** ** *** side ** *** ******'* field ** ****, ***

******, ******, **** ******* somehow *** *** *****. I *** ** ** back ** ******* ** find **, *** *** full ******* *****:

Performance **** *: ********** ****** ********

*******, **** ******* ********* flare ** ******** ** highly ********** ******* **** as ******* ******. **** commonly ******** ******* ** lens ***** ** *** side ** *** ******'* field ** ****, *** also ******** ** * "ghosted" ****** ***** ** the ****** ** **** cases.

***** ****** **** *** common ** **** *******, but **** ********** *** significantly ******** ** *** cameras ** *** ****, the ******** **** *** Uniview ********** *****, ***** below:

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***** ******* ************ ********* slight ********, *** *** as ********* ** ******* as ***** ******.

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