NEI-30 Dinion Infrared Imager Examined

By: John Honovich, Published on Jul 19, 2011

In this note, we examine Bosch's NEI-30 Dinion Infrared Imager series. This is a replacement for the long standing Extreme CCTV / Bosch EX30 - the black bodied all in one camera / IR illuminator quite popular for night time professional surveillance. We examine the new features, compare it to the previous series and contrast to competitive options in the market.

The image below provides a physical contrast between the new and old. The external structure is similar:

A number of important differences exist between the new NEI-30 and the legacy EX30 in 3 general categories:

  • Improved Camera performance - the Dinion LTC 498 camera with H.264 is now used that Bosch says has superior WDR and low light performance to the MPEG-4 camera in the old EX30. Additionally, the new unit is rated for IP67 / NEMA6 while the old was rated for NEMA4.
  • Improved IR distance - the new NEI-30 is rated for a maximum of 160 Meters while the old EX30 was rated for only 100 meters.
  • Usability / Optimization enhancements - A number of significant features have been added to help make it easier to tune the cameras / illuminator's performance for each scene.
  • Price - The new NEI30IP has an MSRP of $4400 USD while the old EX30Ip had an MSRP of $3388 USD - an approximately $1000 MSRP increase. In practical / end user terms, the difference in price is likely to be $500 - $700. Historically the EX30IP online pricing was ~$2,000 USD. We expect the NEI-30IP pricing is ~$2,500 USD.

The following examines and shows the key usability / optimization enhancements

With the EX30, to adjust the focus, the housing needs to be opened and the installer has to reach inside as shown in the picture below:

In the new NEI30, the installer removes a small lid in the back of the camera and uses a screwdriver to adjust the focus.

In the EX30, the installer needed to open the housing and reach inside to manually adjust the IR illuminator's intensity.

In the NEI30, an admin can remotely via the web adjust the illuminator's intensity:

Additionally, the NEI30 allows for simple adjustment of the IR illuminator up or down to better match the topography of the scene being covered.

A diffuser option is also provided to adjust the coverage area and range of the IR illuminator. Without the diffuser, the IR illuminator has a 10 degree angle for a tight beam to cover areas like fencelines. Sliding the diffuser in broadens the illuminator coverage angle to 40 degrees to cover wider areas such as parking lots.

Get Notified of Video Surveillance Breaking News
Get Notified of Video Surveillance Breaking News

Competitive Positioning

We see two fundamental competitive options for this product:

  • 'Regular' cameras with built in IR illumination. In the last year, quite a number of major manufacturers have launched IP cameras with built-in IR illuminators including Sony, Arecont, Vivotek. Even Axis has an add on IR module for their domes. Plus, Bosch released less expensive SMB IR integrated cameras. The major advantage of these cameras is lower price - generally $1000 or less online. The major disadvantages include much shorter range and less flexibility in optimizing the illumination.
  • Adding a stand-alone IR illuminator to a regular IP camera such as those from Bosch, Iluminar, Raytec, etc. This lets you choose any camera and a specific IR illuminator you want. Major advantages include choosing a brand/model you generally prefer and lower cost. An add on illuminator, depending on specific range and beamwidth can vary between $200 and $1000. The combined cost of the camera and separate illuminator are likely to be $500 - $1000 less than the NEI30. On the other hand, this increases installation time and risk that the scene is not illuminated properly.

The NEI30 certainly increases Bosch's advantages in overall illumination and optimization - making it attractive for high end security applications. On the other hand, the increase in price combined with the recent emergence of numerous low cost options will make it harder for many to justify the premium price differential of the NEI30.

Addendum: Original Bosch Product Marketing Overview Video

The video embedded below is from Bosch and provide a 5 minutes video overview of the NEI30s key features.

1 report cite this report:

New Surveillance Products Directory Fall 2011 on Sep 21, 2011
This report provides a summary of key announcements and news being made related to or around the ASIS 2011 show.For each product or change, where...
Comments : PRO Members only. Login. or Join.

Related Reports on IR

Integrated IR Camera Usage Statistics 2019 on Oct 21, 2019
Virtually every IP camera now comes with integrated IR but how many actually make use of IR or choose 'super' low light cameras without IR? In...
Pelco Sarix Pro3 Camera Tested on Oct 16, 2019
Pelco has released their Sarix Professional Series 3 cameras, claiming "more security detail in challenging scenes with excellent low light and...
IPVM Camera Calculator User Manual / Guide on Oct 16, 2019
Learn how to use the IPVM Camera Calculator (updated for Version 3.1). The guide below includes instructions, images, gifs, and videos...
Avigilon H5A Analytic Cameras Tested on Oct 07, 2019
Avigilon has released its H5A analytic cameras, claiming to "detect more objects with greater accuracy even in crowded scenes." We tested the...
Hikvision ColorVu is Smart Marketing on Oct 03, 2019
Hikvision ColorVu (see IPVM test results) is smart marketing, a lesson to be learned by competitors and a rising trend. Inside this note, we...
Vivotek 4K S-Series Camera Tested on Sep 30, 2019
Vivotek's highest-end S-series camera claims "Supreme Night Visibility", "Smart IR II", "Smart Stream II", "WDR Pro for unparalleled visibility in...
Directory of 70 Video Surveillance Startups on Sep 18, 2019
This directory provides a list of video surveillance startups to help you see and research what companies are new or not yet broadly known. 2019...
Uniview Prime Series 4K Camera Tested on Sep 18, 2019
Is the new Uniview 'Prime' better than the more expensive existing Uniview 'Pro'? In August, IPVM tested Uniview 4K 'Pro' but members advocated...
Panasonic 4K Camera Tested (WV-S2570L) on Sep 13, 2019
Panasonic has released their latest generation 4K dome, the WV-S2570L, claiming "Extreme image quality allows evidence to be captured even under...
Yi Home Camera 3 AI Analytics Tested on Sep 10, 2019
Yi Technology is claiming "new AI features" in its $50 Home Camera 3 "eliminates 'false positives' caused by flying insects, small pets, or light...

Most Recent Industry Reports

Access Control Door Controllers Guide on Oct 22, 2019
Door controllers are at the center of physical access control systems connecting software, readers, and locks. Despite being buried inside...
Alarm.com Acquires OpenEye on Oct 21, 2019
Alarm.com is targeting commercial expansion and now they have a commercial cloud VMS with the acquisition of OpenEye. In this note, based on...
Government-Owned Hikvision Wants To Keep Politics Out Of Security on Oct 21, 2019
'Politics' made Hikvision the goliath it is today. It was PRC China 'politics' that created Hikvision, funded it, and blocked its foreign...
Integrated IR Camera Usage Statistics 2019 on Oct 21, 2019
Virtually every IP camera now comes with integrated IR but how many actually make use of IR or choose 'super' low light cameras without IR? In...
Alarm Veteran "Demands A Criminal Investigation" Of UL on Oct 18, 2019
The Interceptor's Project pressure against UL continues to rise. Following Keith Jentoft's allegation that "UL Has Blood On Their Hands", Jentoft...
Camect "Worlds Smartest Camera Hub" Tested on Oct 18, 2019
Camect is a Silicon Valley startup that claims the "Smartest AI Object Detection On The Market", detecting not only people and vehicles, but...
Hikvision Global News Reports Directory on Oct 17, 2019
Hikvision has received the most global news reporting of any video surveillance company, ever, ranging from the WSJ, the Financial Times, Reuters,...
Camera Calculator V3.1 Release Improves User Experience on Oct 17, 2019
IPVM has released a new version of our Camera Calculator, V3.1, with significant user experience improvements, a new development plan, and an...
Securing Access Control Installations Tutorial on Oct 17, 2019
The physical security of access control components is critical to ensuring that a facility is truly secure. Otherwise, the entire system can be...
Access Control Course Fall 2019 - Last Chance on Oct 17, 2019
Register Now - Fall 2019 Access Control Course. Thursday, October 17th is the last day to register. IPVM offers the most comprehensive access...