Mobotix 7 Line Camera Tested

By: Rob Kilpatrick and Derek Ward, Published on Mar 12, 2020

Mobotix is attempting a turn-around, struggling for years, then releasing the OEMed Move line, Mobotix is aiming for its new 7th generation line to stand out.

We purchased an M73, along with Mobotix's recommended optical and IR Illumination modules and tested against 4K models from Axis and Hikvision.

Inside, we answer the following questions:

  • How easy or difficult is the 7 line to assemble due to its modular construction?
  • How do details in day, night, and low light compare to other 4K models?
  • How does its WDR performance compare?
  • How well does the camera's AI perform against common outdoor false alert sources such as rain, animals, and foliage?
  • What distance/PPF level is required for detection?
  • How well does the M73 integrate with third party VMSes?

******* ** ********** * turn-around,********** *** *****, **** ********* ******** **** ****, ******* ** ****** for ****** *** ********** ****** ***** ***.

** ********* ** ***, along **** *******'* *********** optical *** ** ************ modules *** ****** ******* 4K ****** ********************.

******, ** ****** *** following *********:

  • *** **** ** ********* is *** * **** to ******** *** ** its ******* ************?
  • *** ** ******* ** day, *****, *** *** light ******* ** ***** 4K ******?
  • *** **** *** *** performance *******?
  • *** **** **** *** camera's ** ******* ******* common ******* ***** ***** sources **** ** ****, animals, *** *******?
  • **** ********/*** ***** ** required *** *********?
  • *** **** **** *** M73 ********* **** ***** party *****?

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*******

*** *** ********* ****** in ******** *****, **** weaker ***** ******* **** competitive **** *** ********* cameras ** **** *****, low *****, *** **** with **, **** *** performance, *** ********* ****** bandwidth *********** ********** ** night.

************, *** *** **** be ********* ** *** field (**** ** ******, integrated ** ***********, ***** modules, ***.), ****** ************* longer **** ********* *** other ***********.

*******, *******'* **** **************** AI *** ******** **** false ****** ** ******* and ****. *** ******** AI-Intrusion *** *** *** not ****** **** ***** alerts. **** ********* **** able ** ********** ****** humans *******, ********, *******, and ********* **********, ******* false ****** ** ***** common *******.

New ******** ******

***** **** ******* *** been ******** *** ****** and ******* **** ** the '*********' ******** *** released ** ********, ***** IPVM ******** ******* ** these ********, ******* **** further ********* ******** *** to ** ********, ******* for ***** ** ***** to ******* ***, ****************, and *** ***********.

*******

******* *** **** **** and ****** ** ******** modules *** **** **********. For *** ****, ** purchased * ** *** body, ** **° ***/***** sensor, *** **°-**° ** Illuminator *** ~$*,*** *** online.

**** ** ****** ****** the ***** ** **** competitive ** *****, **** as *** **-*********-****, ***** sells *** ~$*** *** online. ************, ****' ****** performing *****-**, *** ** the **** ********* ****** in ***** ****, ** only ********** **** ********* than *** *** ** ~1,600-1,700 ***.

Camera ********

*** ** *** ***'* modular ******, ***** ** more ******* *** ****-********* than ******* ******* ***** simply ******* *** ****** to ** *******. ***** time **** ** ******** to ***** *** ******** the ******'* ******* ******* that **** **********. ** review ***** ****** ** this *****:

Weak **** ***** *******

** ****-*** ******, *** Mobotix *** ******** ********** weaker ******* **** *********** 4K *******, ***** *****, with ********** *********** *********.

****** *******, ******* ******** even **** *****, ***** the ******* ** ***** recognizable ** *** **** and ********* *******.

Weaker *** ***** ******* (~* ***)

** *** ***** *****, ~2 *** ** ~**' distance, *** ******* *** is ********** ******* **** the ***** *** ****** than *********'* ***** ****** 4K, ********** ***** *******.

Dark/IR ************ (~* ***)

** * **** ***** with ** ************ **, the ***'* *********** ** noticeably ****** ** *** edges **** ** *** center ** *** ***, though ******** *** ***** recognizable.

**** ~**' ****, ** overexposure ** *** *** is **** ** ** issue, *** ***** ** noticeable **** **** ******** our *******'* **** *** characters ***** **** ** the **** *****.

** **** **** ***** (~20's ********), *** *** washes *** *** *******'* face *** **** *****. There *** ** "*****" or ******** ** ******** on *** *** ** compensate *** ************ ** close ******, **** ** or ***.

Wide ******* *****

** *** *** *****, the *** *********** *** bright ***** ****, *** the **** ******** ****** to ** ********* ** discerning *******.

**** *** **** ****** and *** ******* ********, the *** *** ***** to ***** ******** *** the ******* **********, *** the ******** *********** ******* dark, ******* ** ******* details ** ** ***** through *** ****.

**** *** ******* *** and ********* **-*********-**** ******* similarly ** * *** motion *****, **** ******-*** details ******* ********* *** dark ****** ** *** indoor ******* ** *** scene, ******** ** *** Q1798-LE ***** ******** ***** images ** **** *****.

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

****** ******* ** **** MXactivitySensor *** **-********* ***, people **** ******** ******** Running, ********, *** **********.

Common ****** ******* ** ***** ****** *******

** *** *****, **** MXActivitySensor *** **-********* *** ignored ****** ***** ****** such ** ***** ***** changes.

**** ********* **** ******* shadows ****** ********** *** scene.

MXActivitySensor ***** ****** ** ***** ****, **-********* *** *******

*** ** *** **** common ******* ** ***** alerts, ***** ****, *** alerted ** ** ****************, AI-Intrusion *** ******* *** rain ** *** *****.

Swaying ******* *** ******* *******

**** **************** *** **-********* Pro ******* ******* ******* and *** ******* **** produced ** *** *****.

MXActivity ***** ****** ** *******, **-********* *** *******

******* ** *** ********** of *** ***** **** alerted ** ** **************** but ******* ** **-********* Pro.

Both ********* ***** ***** ** *** ***** ***********

*** ********** ************ ******* in *** ***** ******** false ****** ** **** MxActivitySensor *** **-********* ***.

Size **********

*** ******* *** *** a ***** ******, ********* from *** ******* **** and ****** **** ******. Once *******, *** *** is ******** ****** **** a ****-**** ****. ***** is * ****-**-**** ********** of *** *** **** to *** ********* **-*********-**** dome *** **** *****-** bullet.

VMS ***********

*.*** ********* *** ************* worked ******** ** ********, Genetec, *********, *** ******* Optix. ********* ** ***** was * *** ** 1080p. *.*** *** *** work ** *** *** tested.

**************** ****** **** ******* supported, ******* ** *** VMSes *** ******* *****. AI-Intrusion *** *** ********** only ** ******* *** Milestone.

Bandwidth **********

*** ***'* ********* ********* consumption *** **** ****, with ***** ** ****** 30 **/* *** *.*** even ******, **** ** Mb/s. **** ***** *** rate ** ******, **** 4.7 **** ***** *.***, and ***** ** *.* Mbps, * ~**% **********.

*** ***'* ******** **** the ******* ** ** cameras ** **** ******, above **** ** *** Axis *****-** (******* *** rate @ ~* ****), Hikvision **-*********-**** (******* *** rate @ ~* ****), and ******** *** (******* bit **** @ ~*.* Mbps).

Made ** *******

*** ******* *** *** made ** *******.

Test ***********

***** ******** **** ************ among *** ****** ******:

  • ******* ***** *** *** to * ******* ** 1/30s / ****.
  • *** *** *** ****** specifically ****** *** ** being "**".

*** ****** ******** ******* was **** ** *** time ** *******: *.*.*.**.

Comments (25)

* ***** **** *******'* CEO ********* ***** ** previewed ***** *******.

** ******** ******* ***** Mobotix's ****** *** ***** for **** ****. ** said **** **** * long-term **** ***** **** will ******** ** ******* and ******, *********** **** they **** *** **** support ** ****** *******. In **********, ** ********* that **** **** ***** ~150 ****** ** *** last * ***** *** are ********** ** ***** up ***** *********** ****.

** **** ** ****** Minolta ******** **** *** they ********** **** ********** surveillance ******* ** **** requires *********** ******* *&* investment, ***** ** **** they **, **** **** a ****** ** ************* improve *** ** ***********. Whether **** ** **, of ******, ** ** be ****.

*'* *** *** **** one *** **** **, right?

* ****** ** *** companies ******** ****** **** this **** *********.

******* ** * ****** looked **** ** *** angry ******** ** *** about ** *****.

* *** **** *** that *** ****** *** extremely ********* **** *** lines ** ***** ******* - *****’* **** ***** lately *** ** ******’* surprise ** ** **** a *** ********* ***** Jony *** *******.. (**** is *** ********* ** aesthetics *** ** ********* consideration *** *** ******** with ** ********* ********)

******* ** **** *******, not * ***** ***.

* **** **** ***** people **** **** *** this *******, ** **’* hard ** **** ***** about **** *******, ***...

*** “************” *** ****** promised ** *** **** release. *** ***** *** just ***** **** ** before ******* ** ******?

******, **** ** ** gut *******. * ***** the ********* *** **** is **** **** **** pressure ** *** ********* out. **'* * *****-**. Release ** *****, ** has ********, ****** *** mad. ***'* ** ******* it, ****** *** *** that ******* ** ***.

** ******:

* ********** **** ******** and ******* **** ***’** making * ***** *****. We *** ***** *** best ** ****** ** schedule **** *** ******** to ******* *** ***** of *** ******* ********.

*** ******* ** *** M73 *** ** ** entirely *** ******** **** we *** **** ************ about ** ** **** toward *** ******. ** addition, ** **** ************ that ***** **** ** additional ******** ******* ** follow ** ** *** Q2 ****.

****** *** *** ******* update *********** ***** **** would **** ******* ******* the ******* **** *** test *******:

- *** ************: ** parallel **** *** ************* from *** *********, ** recommend ******** *** *** feature ******** ******* (*.*.*.*) which **** ** ******** on ***** **, ****.

- *****/******** **: *** upcoming *** ******* **** compensate *** *** ************ at * ***** *****.

- ****************: ** ** fyi, **** ** *** an ** ***, **** is **** ** * classic ******* ********* *******. The *********** ** **** Deep ******** ****** *********** will ****** **** * FW ****** ** ***** 23rd. **** **** ****** the ***** ****** ***** in **************** *************.

- *.***: **** ** not *** ******* ** the ******** *** **** be ******** ** * firmware ****** ** *** 30th ** *****, ********* ONVIF ******* * **********.

* ***** **'* ****** been **** ** **** fun ** *** ******* appearance, * ***** *** to ****** "****** *******." However, **** ******** *** assembly *****, ***** *** many **** ****** ** note. ** ***** *** pay **** *** *** opportunity ** ***** **** own ******. *** *** cable ****? ******'* **** just **** **** ***** you ***'* **** **** custom-fit ******* **** ** be **** ** **** in *** ****? *** don't **** ***** * preassembled ****** **** *** modules ** **** ******** at *** **** ** order? * ****** ** the ******** *** *'* not **** ** *** reasoning *** ******** * color ******, **** *** only ********** ** * small **** *****. ***** doesn't ****** ** ** a *** ** ***** to * ******** ********** box.

**** **** ****, ** seems *** ***** *** a ****** *** **** and *** *** *****-** with ****** ***** *******, a ********* ****, ***** assembled, *** ********* * punch ***** *** *********** of ********* *****. *** whip ** *** **** camera ***** * ****** more ***** ** **. I'm ******* ********* *** of *** ******** *** I ******* *** **** doesn't ******* *** ** optional ******/******* ******.

**** ***** ****, *'* sure *** ***** ******* is *****. * ** like ******** ******* ** cameras, *** * ****** those ******* ** ** in ******** ** ****** camera ******** **** ** IR *** ****...******, * could *** *** ********* if *** ****** ****** failed; *** ***** **** easily **** ** *** at **** *****.

** ***** *** *** more *** *** *********** to ***** **** *** camera.

******?

** ****:

***, ***** ************* ***** you ** *** **** own **-** ****** *** the ********* ****** ************ the ***** **** *** the ***** ** ******** risk ** ***** *******. Regarding **** ******* ****** question, ** ********* ***** sell ***-********* ******** *** there ***** *** ** being ** * ***** module *********** ****** ** consider, ********* *** **** that ** **** *** to *******. ****, *** pre-assembled ****** ***** ********* the *********** ** ******** out ******* (****-************) ** you’ve ******* ******* ***. Many ** *** ******** MOBOTIX ******** **** **** the ******* ** ****** the ***** ****** *********** to *** ***** ***** from *** ***** **** the ******* ** **** out *****, ** * big ******* *** ** sets ** ***** **** other *************.

******. *'* **** ********* how *** ****** ******* to *** **** *** then **** ** ** with *** ****. **** far, * *****'* *** an ***** **** *** rubber **** ******* **** the ****-******* ******* ******** the *** ** *** pre-terminated ***** ***** ** premise ******. * ***'* necessarily ***** **** ****** is *** ***** ** anything, *** * ** like ******* *** *** report ****** ***** * custom ***** ****'* **** well *** ****'* *** tightly.

**** * *** ********** pre-assembled *******, * ****'* suggesting ******* **** ******* the ******* ***********. * was ********** **** ** would ** ** ****** at *** **** ** order. *** ********, * can ***** * **** PC **** ** *** or ** *** *** have ******** ******** ******* setup ****** *******. * can **** ***** ** iPad **** *** ***** so **'* **** ** quickly *** ** **** MDM ********. **** ****** would ** **** *** a **** ******* ** there ***** ** ******* setup. * **** ******** PCs, *** **'* **** efficient *** ** ** get * ***-********** *** with *** ******* * need. ******* ********, *** the **** ****, *** still *******.

* ** **** *** modular ****** ** *** product ** **** ** the **** ** ********* years **** *** ****. This *** ****** *** life ** *** ******* if/when *** ********** ******* available.

** ****: *** ***** up * ***** ***** as * *** ** internal ********** ***** ** could ****** ****** ** interconnection *** ** ** accessory. * *** *** back ** *** **** further *******. **** ******* to *** ***-********* *******, the **** ******* ** the **** ** ***** is ********, ********** **** you *** ********** * number ** ******* *** every *** ***** **** sort ** *************. ** call ** "*******" *** currently ** ***'* ***** that **** ** ******* at ******* *** ** least *** ** *** distributors ****. ** ***** be *********** ** ********** how **** ** * need **** ** ****** the ******* ******* ********* and ****** *** ******* it **!

*'** *** * ****** hands ** **** *** MOBOTIX *** *** **** the ****** ******* * have ****, * **** been ********* **** *** image ******* *** *********** of *** *******. * look ******* ** ******* a **** ** *** future *** ****** *** how *** ** *** push **!

** * ******* ***, I'm **** **** ******** the *** ****** ** it *** **** **** surveillance ************ & ****** edge **/**** ******** *** our *******. **'** ******* forward ** *** ****** development ** *** ****.

****** *** **** ******** Integrator #*. ** ****** previously ** ******* *****, the ******* ** *** M73 *** ** ** entirely *** ******** **** we *** **** ************ about ** ** **** toward *** ******, ********** with ************ ******* ** "traditional" ******** ************.

***, ****** **** ******* cameras *** **** ** years * ** ********* they ***** ****** ** the ****** ***-**** *********** RJ-45 ****/****. ** **** more ****** **** ***** ingress ***** ***** *********** as *** ****** *** needs ** ** ** a ***** *** **** a ******* *********** * further ***** ** *******. Never **** ***** ******* problems **** *** ***** of ****.
******* ******* ***** ***** own **-***********-**********-***-** ** ********** cost **** * ****** rubber ***** **** ** difficult ** ***** ****** the ****** *******.
******* **** ***** **** several ******** ** ******* goes *******, **** ******* suggested * ******* ******** tool ***** ** **** available, ** ***** **** Mobotix **** **** ***** a ***** ******* *** never ******* **.

** ******: *** *** correct ** ******* **** we *** **** ***** ingress ****** ** ***** past **** *** **-** plug/tail, *******, *** ****** have **** ***** **** with ***** *** ******* we **** **** **** series ** ***. *** OVP *** ** **€ is ******* **** **** over ******* ********** ******* in *** ****** *** is ************ ******* *** cable ** **** ****. Bottom **** ** **** we'd **** ** ***** your ***** ******* ********** for *** *** * invite *** ** ******* us ** **** ** possible ** ** *** assist ***.

**** **** ** ***** rates *** ** ******** in ** ***** ** H264? *** *** ******* any *********** ******** *********** difference ******* *** ***?

** ****: *** *** 4K ***** **** (**** available ** *** **** sheet) ** ** *** for ***** *** ** FPS *** *.***. ** addition, *.*** **** ** made ********* ** ***** 30th.

****: *** ********* ******* are **** **********, **** among *** **** ****** of **** ******.

*****, ** *** * typo ** *** ********* chart **** **** '*.***' but *** ***** ** say '*****', ******* ***** below:

**** ***** **** ********* is **** **********. **'* been ***** ***** **** extreme ***** **** ****** were ****** *** ** to ****/* ******* ***** seriously ***** ******* ********.

* ***** *** ***** have * **** 😱

******? **** ** ** camera? ** ****?

*'* ** ***** ******* Dealer, **** *** ** only *** ******* ******* reliable. ********* *** ********. Easy ** *** */*, http *******, *** ***.

*** *** ******, ** iOS *** *** ***** software ** ******* **

** *** ** **** a ******* **** **** to ********* : */* day *** ***, ** config ******** ******, ** card, ****** ***** ***** tests, ***

*** ** ** **** client ** *******, * Mx16 ******* *** **** on ***** ***** (******) : ******* ******* **** I ***'* ** ** more **** **** *******.

*'** ******** ** ********, more *********, *** **** easy : *** ***, etc.

*** ** *** **** several ********* (** *****) to **** ****é****** **.

**: * *** ** IA *** **** ** a **** ****.

* **** ** *** that * **** ***’** missed ***** * *** improvements ******* *** *** series...

• ***** ******* ** entry - ***** *** and ******* ******** ******** is **** ***** **** comparable ****** * ******

• *** ***** ** - ********** ***** **** understanding ** ********* *** when ******** ** ******** versions ***** ******** *******

• *** ***** ****** you *********** *** ** real ********** **** ********** previous ****** - *** get **** ** ****** up *** ******* ***

*****’* * *** ** go *** * **** that **** ** * good **** ******* *** Mobotix

***: ***** **** *****'* new ******** ******* (******* ***** *** ******* Camera ********) **** ********** ******** WDR

#*, ****** *** *******! At **** *****, ** may ****** ****. ***** now, ** *** ****** focused ** '*****' ******* and ****, * ****** Mobotix ** ** ****, given ***** ***-**** ********* of **.

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