IP Camera Bootup Shootout 2015

Derek Ward
Published Nov 04, 2015 05:00 AM

IP cameras, like PCs, take some time to boot up. And just like PCs, the amount of time can vary greatly. Many people do not care but some people find it annoying. Perhaps more importantly, in surveillance, the longer it takes to boot, the longer the camera is down and not recording what's happening. This can be especially critical when cameras go offline, do to disconnects or intermittent power outages.

The Tests Performed

We tested how long it took to boot up 18 total cameras from 11 manufacturers including:

ACTi E617
Arecont AV5115DNAIv1
Avigilon 1.0-H3-B2
Avigilon 2.0W-H3-BO1-IR
Axis M1125
Axis M3004-V
Axis P3354
Bosch NBN-733v
Bosch NBN-80052-BA
Dahua IPC-HFW1200S
Hikvision DS-2CD2012-I
Hikvision DS-2CD4132FWD-IZ
Hikvision DS-2CD864FWD-E
Panasonic WV-SFV611L
Panasonic WV-SFV631L
Pelco IME319
Samsung SNB-5004N
Samsung SNO-L6013RN
W Box 0E-21BF40

2015 findings: The average boot up time was ~1 minute, modestly better than 2011 results. Like 2011, Pelco took the longest, though not as long as 2011.

2011 findings: The average time to boot up an IP camera in our roundup was between 1 minute and 1 minute and 15 seconds. The most significant outlier was Pelco Sarix SureVision box camera, coming in at nearly 3 minutes and almost twice as slow to boot as the next slowest. No camera booted up faster than about 30 seconds.

Test Process

The short video below provides a visual review of how we conducted the test:


Table of Results

Below is a table of results ordered by how fast the cameras booted up: 

Camera Model Boot Time
Bosch NBN-733v 0:22
Samsung SNB-5004N 0:42
Axis M1125 0:44
Dahua IPC-HFW1200S 0:45
Arecont AV5115DNAIv1 0:46
Hikvision DS-2CD4132FWD-IZ 0:47
Avigilon 1.0-H3-B2 0:48
ACTi E617 0:50
Panasonic WV-SFV611L 0:57
Panasonic WV-SFV631L 0:58
Bosch NBN-80052-BA 0:59
Axis P3354 1:02
Samsung SNO-L6013RN 1:03
Wbox 0E-21BF40 1:10
Hikvision DS-2CD2012-I 1:11
Hikvision DS-2CD864FWD-E 1:32
Avigilon 2.0W-H3-BO1-IR 1:35
Axis M3004-V 1:37
Pelco IME319 2:06
Mean 1:02
Median 0:58

Note: The Pelco's video stream was connected at about ~1:25, however, its long initial focusing did not finalize until after 2 minutes, making the video unusable until then.

Here is another view of the boot times graphed:

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