Pelco GFC 4K Dome Camera Tested (IMP831-1ERS)

By Ethan Ace, Published Mar 12, 2019, 10:43am EDT

Pelco has finally released their first 4K IP camera, after years of competitors' releases. Is this move too late? Or is their new GFC Professional 4K line on par with others?

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We bought and tested the IMP831-1ERS vandal dome to see how it compares to competitive models Axis' Q3518-LVE and Hikvision DS-2CD5585G0-IZHS, examining:

  • How do daytime details (~300 lux) compare to others?
  • How do low light/IR (0.01 lux) compare to others?
  • Does integrated IR reach its specified 30m/~98' range?
  • How evenly does IR cover the field of view?
  • How does it perform in WDR scenes?
  • How do bitrates compare to competitors?
  • How well does it integrate to VMSes?

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***** ** *** *****, the ***** *** ************ 4K **** *** ******* advantages:

  • ***** *** ***********:*** ***** ** ****** provided ********** ****** *** details **** *** **** Q3518-LVE *** ************* ****** performance **** *********'* ****** which *********** *** *****.
  • *********** ***** ***** ********:***** ***** *.*** ******** were ******* ** **** lit ******** ****** ****** (~300 ***), ***** **** Axis, *** ****** **** Hikvision, *** ***** **** both *********** ** ***** (~0.01 ***, ******** ******).
  • ***** *** ***********:*** ******'* *.*** ****** was ********* ** *** VMSes ****** ***** *** direct ***** ******, **** camera **** ****** ********* in ********, *****, *******, and *********, *** *** Nx *******.

*******, ***** **** ***** key *********** ******, ** well:

  • ** ********: *** ******'* default "****" ***** ** mode ******** ** **** scenes, **** *** ******* difficult ** *** ** only ~**-**' ********. **** may ** ******** ***** manual ***** **********, *** overexposure ******* ******** ** medium ** **** ****** (40+ ** * ***** of ***).
  • ** *******:** ******* **** ****** than ******, ********* **** compared ** *** **** or ********* ** *******' sharper ******.
  • **** *.*** *** *******:***** *.*** ******* *** broad, *** ******'* *.*** stream *** ********* **** in ********* ********. *** camera ****** ** *** to ***** ***** **** H.265 *******.

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*** ***** *** ************ 4K **** ***** *** ~$1,100 *** ******. **** is ******** **** ********' *****-***(~$*,*** ******) *** ******** more ********' *****-***************'* * ****** ** dome (**-*********-****), **** ~$***-*,*** ******.

Physical **********

********** *** ****** ** slightly ******* **** ***** 4K ***** ******, ***** below, ****** *** ***** feature *** ** ******* to ****** (********* ****, 30m **, ** *******, audio, */*, ***.).

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Auto **. ****** **** ** ***********

** *** *****, *** Pelco ** ****** ******** from ** ************ ** underexposure, ********* ** ***** settings **** ****.

*** *******, *** ****** underexposed *** ***** **** set ** "****" ** illumination ****, **** *** background **** **** *** subject ********* ** ***, but ** ************ ** close *****.

******* *** ****** ** manual **** ****** *** better ************ ** *** full *****, *** *********** the ******* ** ***** range, ****** ********* ***.

** ***** ** *** tests **** * ******* between **-** *** ********** to ****** ************ ***** still ****** ************ *** full *****, *** **** setting *** **** ** our ********** ***** *****. Pelco **** **** **** is ****** *** ** a ******** ***** *** may ** ********* ** future ********. ** **** recheck ***** ****** **/**** this *** ** ********.

Integrated ** ***********

** *** *****, *** camera ******* *** ********* 30m/~98' ******* *****. *******, details *** **** *** at **** ***** ** wide ****** ** **** due ** *** *** (~14).

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** *********** *** **** field ** ****, ****** was ********** ****** ** the *****, ***** *****. This *********** *** ******* to *** ********* ****, though *** **** ***** was **** ****.

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Integrated ** ******* (~*.* ***)

** *****, ********** ** comparisons **** ***** ***** manual ** ********** *** to ** ** ******* between ************ *** **** images.

********** ** ******* **** rougher **** *********** ** a ~*.** *** *****, with ****** ***** ** the ******* *** **** chart, ***** ****:

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**** **** ******* ** settings **** **** *** competitive ******.

Daytime ******* (~*** ***)

** ** ****** *** daytime *****, ~*** ***, the ******* ******* ******* details, **** *** ***** 4K ****** ********* ******** clearer **** ********** **** others, ***** ****** ******** slightly ****** ******* ****** images.

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Above ******* *** ***********

** ****** *** ******* an **** *** **** on * ***** ***, ~13,000 *** ******* *** door **. ~*** *** inside.

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** **** *****, *** Pelco ** ****** ******** the **** ******* ** the ******* *** **** chart, **** *** **** even ******** **** ******* strong ********* *** ******. The **** ***** ********* well, *** ********* ********* on *** *******'* **** against *********, ******** ******* somewhat, ***** *** ********** of *** ********* **** was ********** ****** ***, with ******* ***** ******* in ****** *****.

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**** **** *** **** Q3518-LVE *** *** ******* these ******** *** ******** ******** **** *** ** an ***** ** ******* firmware. ** **** ******* out ** **** *** comment *** **** ****** here **** ** ******* response.

Bitrate **********

***** ******** **** *********** with **** *** ********* with ***** ****** *******, slightly ****** **** ********* in ******* ******, *** lower **** **** **** and ********* ** **** scenes **** ** **. Note **** ***** ************ were ***** ****

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Smart ***** ********

*** ***** ******* *** found ** **** *************' cameras ** *****'* ******* charts ********* ** ********** ********** *******. **** ****** users ** *** ******* reductions ** **** **** without ******* *** *** interface ***** ****** ******** changes. *********, ***** **** view *** *** ********* and * *** ************** to *** ***** *******.

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Broad *.***/****** **** *** *********** *** **** ** *.***

*** ***** *** ************ 4K ****** ********** ** all ***** ****** ***** H.264 (********, *****, *******, Milestone, ******* *****), **** camera **** *** ****** supported ** *** *** Nx *******. *** ******** of ***** ***** ****** Pelco *******, ****** ******* Optix ***** **** *****.

*******, *** ******'* *.*** stream *** ********* ** only ********* ********. *** camera ****** ** ******** add ** **** ***** when *.*** *** ******** as *** ******* ****** in *** *** *********.

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Similar ************ ** ********* / ***** ********

*** ***** *** ** camera ****** **** ************ with *********-************ ******, **** as ********** ******** (***** *****) ** FLIR/DVTel ******. *** *******, the *** *** *** same **** *******, ********* size, *****, ******** **** pattern, *** ****. ************, both *** **** ** Taiwan.

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******, ***** *** ***** more ************, **** ** the ******** ** ******** and */* *****, ****** there *** **** *********** between *** ***, **** as ******/****** ***** *** power/audio *****.

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*******, ****** ***** *** models, *** ***** ****** is *** ******** *** Dynacolor's ********* *****, *** does ** *** ** VMSes ***** ********* *******. Instead, ** **** *****'* firmware, ***************** **** ***** Sarix ******, *** *****'* own ***, ***** ***** points *** ** ***** product *******.

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Not **** ********* / **** *********

***** ***** **** *** GFC ************ ** **** is *** **** ********* (PDF ****), ** ** **** HiSilicon, ****** *** **** of ***** ****. **** specify **** *** *****, Spectra, ******, ******, *** other *****************.

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Country ** ******

*** ***** ******-**** *** manufactured ** ******.

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Comments (10)

********** *** ******** ** to *** *** *******, not **** ** **** review, *** ******.

**** ***** **** ******* who *** ***** * HikVision *** ****, ***** that **** ***'* *** IP ******* *** ** cyber ******** ********. ******.

**** ** *********, ** are *** ****** **** the ***** ** ******* are ***. ******** ************* is ********* * ***********, but *** ******** ** clearly *****, *** *********. Without ******* **** * Pelco *** *** ******* equivalent *********, ** ***'* say *** **** **** hardware *********** ***** *** or *** *** **, either.

** ***** ** *********** to **** *** ***** mostly ***** **. *'* guessing ******** *******. ** many ***** **** ******* out *****.

**********, ******, ****

*****'* ******* *** ********** with ***** *** ********. They *** ****** *** product **** ********. ** did * ********** ** a ****** ******** **** a **** **** ** the ******** *** ******** components *** **** *** clones.

*****'* ******* *** ********** with ***** *** ********. They *** ****** *** product **** ********

** ** *****, *** classification ** *** ** when **** *** ******** and ******** ** **** others. *** **** ******, we ***** ******** ** an ***. ****** ***'* own ******** ** * material ************** **** * cybersecurity *** ************* ***********.

**** **, ** ******, not ** *********** ** Pelco *** * ***** we ****** ******** **** OEMing (*.*., ******* **** which ** ********* ******** and ********) ** **** Pelco ** ***** ****.

** *** ** * know, ***** ** ******. This **** ******** *** small ************ ** *** inside (***** *********, ***).

******* ***** **** **** H.265 ** ** ******, using * ******* (**, 1080p *** ***, *** at *****).

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***** *** ******* ** origin ** *** ******, the ****** *** **** in ******.

*** ****** * **** heard **** ***** ** they *** ****** ******* made ** ******* **** on * ******** ***** per ***** **************.  ***** owns *** ******** *** engineering ******, *** **** are **** ** ******* else *** *****.

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