IP Camera Bootup Shootout 2015

Author: Derek Ward, Published on Nov 04, 2015

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

We originally ran this test in 2011. However, since so many new cameras have come out since then, we were curious to run it with new cameras, especially to see if there were any major trends, positive or negative.

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Comments (3)

Just for interest and yes its not an IP camera but how does a 2MP Hikvision TVI camera compare.

All of them are usually in the order of a few seconds. We did not do a shootout because it's generally so fast/inconsequential.

Funny, I was going to add a note in final edits comparing to HD analog but didn't want to seem to be pushing that. However, that is new since 2011 and it does offer radically reduce boot times.

Another interesting test to run, perhaps on the same batch of cameras, is firmware flash time - from the time you click 'go' to the time it's viewable. It's coincidental that I needed to flash a pile of Pelco IP110 cameras (another integrator's choice, not mine) and the Pelco Utilities v2.10.12.0 stated it can take up to 15 minutes for the process to complete... and it did.

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