Meraki MV2 IP Camera Test

By Rob Kilpatrick, Published Sep 28, 2021, 10:05am EDT

Meraki has released their MV2 Indoor Flex wireless camera, with an atypical form factor more like a Nest Cam than typical commercial cameras.

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To see how it really works, we bought and tested the MV2 (wireless, 1080p, 8m/~26' IR), examining:

  • How does image quality compare in full light and dark scenes?
  • How does it compare to competitive models from Axis, Ubiquiti, and Verkada?
  • Are false alerts triggered by common sources like shadows, lights, or small animals?
  • Are people detected running, crawling, or obstructed by other objects?
  • Does the camera include onboard storage?
  • What licenses are required for analytics or cloud storage?

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** *** *******, *** Meraki ***'* ******* ***** details **** *****, ********** to *********** ******* **** Axis, ********, *** *******, but *** ***** *** poor, **** ************ ***, short ** *** **/~**' specified *****, **** ******* facial ******* **** ** close ***** (~**').

******'* ****** ********* ******** performance *** ******, ******** typical ****** ***** ****** such ** *******, ***** changes, *** ***** ******* (e.g., *******), **** ******** detection ** ******** **** running ** **********, ****** crawling ******** **** ******.

*******, ** *** ********** random ***** ****** ** dark ****** **** ** visible ********, *** ******** subjects **** ************ ******.

****** ***** ****** *******, this *** **** *** have *****-** ******* *** an ** ****, ********* an ********** *******.

Pricing – ******** ***-*** ********

*** ****** *** ******* for ~$***, **** ~$*** (per ****** *** ****) for * ***** ********** license, ******** *** ******* (but *** *********). **** price **** *** ******* a ***** ******, ** additional $**.

** ****** *** ******, users **** ******** ** additional ***** ********* *******, an ********** ~$*** *** (per ****** *** ****).

**** *** ** ***** additional ***** *** *********, the ******* ***** ** an *** **** ***** recording ** ~$***.

Poor *********

*******, ***** *** **** price, ******* ******* ***, and **** *** ***** performance, **** ** * poor ********* *************, **** versus ***** *******-****** ******* from ****, *******, ***. And, ** *** ********** side, ******** ****** ******* performance ** * *** lower *****.

Solid **** ***** ***** *******

** * **** ***** setting (~*** ***) ** ~20'/~53 *** *** ****** MV2 ******** ****** *******, similar ** ****, ****** MV72, ********, *** *******.

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****: **** ***** ****** cameras, *** *** **** a ****** ********** ****** (4MP ** **** ****), but *******/******* **** ** 1080p, ***** **** ******* indicate ** ***** *********. There ** ** ****** to ****/******/****** *** **** 4MP ******.

Poor ****/** ***** *******

** * **** ******* (~0.02lx) ** ~**' * person ** ****** ******* on *** ***, ****** its ********* ** ***** of **/~**'.

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**** ****** ** ~**'/~*** PPF *** ************ ** the ******* *** ***** are ***, ********* ******** lines ** *** ***** but ******* ****** *******.

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No ************ ** ***** *****

******** ******* ****** *** camera ** ***** ***** were *** *********** ** the ***, **** ****** ~5' ** *** ******.

No **** ***/***** ****** ** ******* ********

***** ******** ******** **** the *******, *** *** did *** **** *** ability ** ****** ******* day *** ***** **** automatically, *** **** *** to ****** ** ******** (shown *****).

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****** ******** **** **** beta ******** **** ******* the *** ** ****** between *** *** ***** mode *************. ****** **** this ******** **** ** released ****** ~* *****.

People ******** *******, **********, *** ********

****** *******, ******** **** detected ***** ******* ** while *** ***** **** of ***** **** *** obstructed ** ** ****** such ** *** ********* below.

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*******, **** ******* ******* were ******** ** *** testing, *** ********.

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****** *** *** ********* feedback:

*** ***** ** ******* to ***** ****** ** typical ************ *.*. *******, running, ********. ** *** catch ****** ***** **** or ********, *** ** is ******** ** ** so ******** ** ** is *** ************ ******* to ****** ***** ******.

No ***** ****** ** ***** ***** ******* ** *******

****** *******, ** ***** alerts **** ******** ****** major ***** *******.

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************, ******* ****** ******* the ***** *** *** trigger ***** ******.

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No ***** ****** ** *******

******* **** ** **** and **** ******* ** the ***** *** *** trigger ***** ******.

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Random ****** ** *** *****

** * *** ***** setting, ***** ** ******** is ******** ** *** scene, ****** ****** **** triggered **** ***** *** "Alert **** ** ****** Detection" ** *******.

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Alert "****** *****"

*** ***** *** ************ ** ******'* *****, ***** *** *** receive * "*****" ** motion *** **** ***** via ******, **** ****** objects ********* ** **** the **** **** **** (shown *****). ***** **** provides * ***** ***** to ****** ******, ** can ****** *******, **** objects ****** ** *** of **** *****.

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**** **** *** ***** is * ***** ***** only, *** * ***** recap, ************'* ***** ***************'* **** **********.

Physical ********

************ ** *** *** is ******* ** ******** other ******** ******* **** Nest ** ****, **** a **** ***** ********* magnetically ** ***** ****** and *** ****** ******** to ** **** * single */*-** *****.

** **** ** *** physical ************ ** *** camera *****:

Size **********

***** *** ****** ***'* form ****** ** ******* to ******** ******* **** as **** ** ****, it ** ********** ****** and *******. *** ***** below ***** *** **** larger ** ** **** the **** *** ** and ** ***-****** **** camera.

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Manufactured ** ******

*** ****** *** ****** was ************ ** ******.

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Versions ****

*** ********* ******** **** used ****** *******.

  • ****** ***: ** *.**
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  • **** *****-*** ****: *.**.*.*
  • ******** ** ******: *.**.*
  • ******* *****: "** ** date"

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**** ** * *** of ***** ** ***** on * **** *** (Since **** *** ** not ****)****** **** **** a ******** ** *****, and **** *** ********** recording.

**** **** *** ***** competitors!

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*** ***** ******* **** perpetual ** ******?

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******** *** *********, ****** or *****-****. ***** ****** are *** ******. *'** updated *** ****** ** reflect ****.

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** *** **** ****** one **** ** ****** license ** $*** *** $150, *******? *** $*** is *** ********* ** what **** ** *** for *** $***? ** I ******* *********?

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$*** ** * ********** license ****, ** *** can ******* ** *** manage ** *** *** Meraki *****. *** ***** Meraki ******* ***'* ******* the $*** ***** ********* license ******* **** **** on-board *******. *** *****, I *****, **** **** it **** *** ***** the $*** ***** ********* cost, *** **'* ****** rare ****** ***** ** only **** ******* ****.

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**** **** **** *** get ** **** ********* at *****? ***** **** cloud ***** ********* **** different ******* *** *********, frame ****, **********.

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** ***** ******* ** our***** ****** ***** ***/******* Tested******. ********* ****** ********* on ********** *** ***** quality ********.

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*****, * ********, *** me ******* ****.

*** *** ** ***** recording ****, ***** ******** 30 **** ** *******, but ***** **** *** resolution *** *******. ** 1080p, ******* ** ******* to **** **/*, *** 8 ***. *** ****** select ****** *** ** bitrates, ****'** ****** ***, shown *****. ** ****, you *** ****** ** to ** ***, ****** bitrate ** ***** *** (765 **/*).

*** *** ** ***** other *******, ***** ******* on-board *******, ********* ****** when *** ****** ********** and ***** *******. *** can *** ** ** 20 *** ** *****, but ********* ***** ** only * **** ** a ****** **** *** GB *******.

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** *****, ******* ** limited ** **** **/*, and * ***

*** **** **** ****** video ******* / ************ level?

*** ** * ********** that *** ** ****** $150 *** **** ***, for ****, ** *****, one **** **** ****? Does *** **** **** a ***** ****, ********** given *** ** ******* paying $*** ******** **** to *******?

*** *** ** ***** other *******, ***** ******* on-board *******, ********* ****** when *** ****** ********** and ***** *******. *** can *** ** ** 20 *** ** *****, but ********* ***** ** only * **** ** a ****** **** *** GB *******.

****? * ****? *** would *** * ****** with **** * **** of ******* ** ****?

****, ** **** *** smart ******? *** ********* / ******* ********* ** inefficient *** ***** *******?

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**** ******* *** *** used *** **** ***** that *** **** ************ for ****** ***?

** *** ******* *** say "******** **", *** under ******** **** ** is "******** **". ****, there *** * *** different ** *** ** models **** **** ********* levels ** ***********, *** you ******* ***** *** was ******?

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****** *** *** *********. The ****** ** *** images *** ********* *** Ubiquiti *** **** ** changed. ** **** ***** ******.

*** *****-*** ** ** was ******** ** *****. The ***** ****** *** grabbed ****** *****. **'** going ** ******* **** the *****-*** *** ******* tomorrow ** ***** *********** (and ***** * *** "Discontinued" ******* ** *** bottom ** **). *** general ***** ** ****** that *** *** *** a ***** **** **** with ****** *** *****/**** performance *** ******* *** price ** *** ***, which **** *** ***** illustrates.

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******:

***** *** *****-*** ** the ********** ****** ******* of *** *****-*** *** the ******** ****** **** was ******* ** **** the ******** ** ******.

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** *** ** ****, there *** ** ********* difference ** **** ***** (~200lx) ***** **** *** discontinued *****-*** **** ** the *****-***, *** *** P3245-LVE ******** **** ****** relative ** *** *** in * ****/** ***** (~0.02lx). *******, **** *** older ********** *****-*** ** II ************ *** **** expensive ****** *** ****** in * **** ******* using **.

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*** *** ****** ****** their ***** ** **** never ** ***** **.

*** **** * ********* license ***, ***'* ******. This ** ** ****** all **** *******. ** experience ** ****** ******* is *****, ****** ********** is **** ***. *** will *** * ******* and ** **** ****** always ** *** **** expensive ******.

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***** *** $ - Just **** ** *** 8 ***??? ** **** seriously ?? * **** never **** *** **** money .

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