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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** *** *****, *** 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)

Appreciate you cracking in to the OEM mystery, not only on this review, but others.

Just dealt with someone who was using a HikVision OEM DVRs, state that they won't use IP cameras due to cyber security concerns. Oooops.

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Just to reinforce, we are not saying that the Pelco 4K cameras are OEM. Contract manufacturing is certainly a possibility, but the firmware is clearly Pelco, not Dynacolor. Without tearing down a Pelco and the closest equivalent Dynacolor, we can't say for sure what hardware differences there may or may not be, either.

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It would be interesting to know who Pelco mostly sells to. I'm guessing existing casinos. So many other good choices out there.

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Government, legacy, DOCs

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Pelco's cameras are dynacolors with their own firmware. They are OEMing the product from overseas. We did a comparison at a casino recently with a tear down of the housings and internal components and they are clones.

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Pelco's cameras are dynacolors with their own firmware. They are OEMing the product from overseas

To be clear, our classification of OEM is when both the firmware and hardware is from others. For this camera, we would consider it an ODM. Having one's own firmware is a material differentiator from a cybersecurity and customization perspective.

This is, of course, not an endorsement of Pelco but I think we should separate real OEMing (e.g., Mobotix Move which is Dynacolor hardware and firmware) to what Pelco is doing here.

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As far as I know, Pelco is JDMing. This also explains the small differencies on the inside (power connector, etc).

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Genetec works fine with H.265 in my system, using 3 streams (4K, 1080p and VGA, all at 25fps).

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Update:

Added the country of origin to the report, the Camera was made in Taiwan.

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The answer I have heard from Pelco is they are ODMing cameras made by someone else on a contract basis per their specifications.  Pelco owns the firmware and engineering design, but they are made by someone else for Pelco.

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