IP Camera Sample Shots Directory

Author: Derek Ward, Published on May 05, 2014

16 total shots - 6 cameras, side by side, from 720p to 10MP, were recorded at 8 different scenes.

We tested entrances, fields, intersections, parking lots, parking ramps, vehicle exits, and city streets.

Here's an overview of the day time shots:

We repeated the tests at night:

Then for each of these 16 shots, we prepared side by side comparisons plus video clips and full size image exports.

One Out of 16 Free

Here's one of the 16 shots so you can get a feel of what they consist of / provide:

This field is ~1-2 lux with the exception of the back area near the street lights. Notice the significant difference in performance:

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And there are 15 more inside.

How to Use Them

Here's how you can use them:

  • See for yourself the tradeoffs amongst cameras in applications / scenes you are using.
  • Learn the key performance patterns across cameras and scenes.
  • Set the right expectations about what quality / details / limitations the cameras have.

Office Building -- Front

In this scene, the cameras were located at the corner of an office building, about 10' high, viewing two entrances, one used by employees, the other by visitors. 

Day

This scene was shot on a clear, sunny day. We had our test subject enter and exit the building as is typical.

Downloads for this scene:

Night

At night after a quick rain shower, fluorescent lights are on above the entrances to the office building.

Shopping Center

Cameras were mounted ~10' above the ground, looking out at a shopping center parking lot. 

Day

Time of day was early afternoon under mostly clear skies, and we can see cars and individuals walking through the parking lot.

Night

At night, scene lighting stays relatively bright, resulting in the cameras staying in color mode rather than switching to black and white.

Intersection

For the intersection, we mounted cameras ~10' high, monitoring traffic moving ~15-30 MPH through the intersection, as well as pedestrian traffic.

Day

Time of day was late afternoon, with steady amounts of traffic through the intersection. The wind was blowing steadily, and would pick up speed occasionally.

Night

During the early night, traffic was steady, and the wind began to calm down. The 5 MP camera would sometimes switch from black and white to color, depending on the amount of light in the scene.

Public Park

In this scene cameras were aimed at a baseball field viewing spectators and the game itself.

Day

Night

Aside from a few lights that illuminate the street leading from the baseball field, this scene is ~1-2 lux with clear skies and moonlight. Ambient street light behind the cameras is also visible.

City Streets

In this scene, cameras were mounted about 70' high above the streets below.

Day

During the afternoon on a clear day, we can see cars traveling ~30-40 MPH on the street, along with pedestrian traffic.

Night

At night, we can get a good view of cars moving through the scene, as well as see the flashing lights of a firetruck responding to a fire alarm in the building across the street. 

City Streets, Opposite

Similar to our eastern shot, we can see the continuation of the street below atop the parking garage. Cars are traveling ~30-45 MPH here, and we can see further down the road.

Day

During the afternoon with clear skies, we get a good look at a parking lot and a few buildings in the middle ground. The wind was still very active at this time, so slight sway can be seen in the clips.

Night

At night, street and building lights provide bright but inconsistent lighting.

Parking Garage Shooting Up Ramp

Inside the parking garage, cameras are mounted ~7' high due low ceilings. This location allowed us to view cars exiting the parking garage from the top level, facing forward.

Day

During the afternoon with clear skies, cameras with strong WDR performance are able to capture the vehicle moving into the scene from the top. The rest of the cameras first notice the car once it enters the shadows of the parking garage roof.

Night

At night, all cameras remain in color mode due to the abundant illumination provided inside the parking garage. We can get a better view of the driver dependent on how each camera handles the car's front headlights.

Parking Garage Entrance

Cameras were mounted at about 8', aimed at the entrance and exit lanes of the parking garage. 

Day

The strong sunlight outside caused issues for cameras without WDR, making details of cars entering and exiting the parking garage difficult to discern.

Night

At night, the cameras all stayed in color mode due to the illumination inside parking garage.

Methodology

All cameras were tested with H.264 and minimum exposures normalized to 1/30s. Here are the specifics that varied across cameras:

  • 10 MP: Arecont AV10115DN -- Firmware: 65225
  • 5 MP: Arecont AV5115DN -- Firmware: 65225
  • 3 MP: Avigilon 3.0W-H3-B2 -- Firmware: 2.6.0.18
  • 1080p: Bosch NBN-932V -- Firmware: 5.90.0112
  • Budget 720p: Dahua IPC-HF3101N -- Firmware: 2.210.General 01.0R
  • 720p: Samsung SNB-5004 -- Firmware: 1.13_131218

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