Two of the biggest trends in IP cameras collide in this unique IPVM shootout.
In the past few years, a surge of manufacturers have released integrated IR cameras as well as 'super' low light ones. Indeed, many manufacturer now offer both types.
They both address the same core problem - poor low light performance - but which one is better? and what are the tradeoffs?
In this shootout, we took 6 cameras - 3 integrated IR ones and 3 super low light optimized ones and tested them head to head.
- Integrated IR cameras: Avigilon H3 (both 3-9 and 9-22mm models), Dahua and Axis M1114-L
- Super Low Light cameras: Axis Lightfinder P3354, Bosch Starlight NBN-733v, and Sony Gen 6 SNC-VB600
We then tested them indoors and outdoors, ranging from distances of 6' to 300', and light levels of 10 lux down to 0.1 lux.
Below is a preview of the 14 image comparisons we compiled from our tests:
Our test results answered the following questions:
- Which cameras provided the best details?
- How did the results vary across light levels (e.g., who was better at 0.1 lux, 1 lux, 10lux, etc.)?
- How did the results vary across distance? (including a special long range 125' - 300' test)
- How did the results differ indoor vs outdoors?
- Which cameras did better in minimizing bandwidth consumption? Is IR's advantage here real or a myth?