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

By Ethan Ace, Published on Mar 12, 2019

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?

IPVM Image

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?

*******

***** ** *** *****, 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 *******.

*******

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

Physical **********

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

IPVM Image

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).

IPVM Image

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

IPVM Image

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

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

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

IPVM Image

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

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

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

IPVM Image

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

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

IPVM Image

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

IPVM Image

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

Bitrate **********

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

IPVM Image

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

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

IPVM Image

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

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

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

IPVM Image

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

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

IPVM Image

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

IPVM Image

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

IPVM Image

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

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

IPVM Image

Country ** ******

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

IPVM Image

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 *****).

******:

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

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

Read this IPVM report for free.

This article is part of IPVM's 6,596 reports, 889 tests and is only available to members. To get a one-time preview of our work, enter your work email to access the full article.

Already a member? Login here | Join now

Related Reports

Hanwha 8K / 33MP Camera Tested on Sep 14, 2020
Hanwha Techwin has released an 8K / 33MP resolution camera, the TNB-9000 with...
Taiwan Lilin NDAA Compliant Cameras Tested on Aug 13, 2020
Taiwan-based manufacturer Lilin is taking direct aim at Dahua and Hikvision...
Avigilon Elevated Temperature Detection Camera Tested on Sep 17, 2020
Avigilon has entered the temperature screening market with the release of...
Quantum Dots Potential for Surveillance Cameras Explained on Sep 08, 2020
Quantum dots are starting to be used in TVs for better images, but how will...
China Bems Temperature Measurement Terminal Tested on Sep 22, 2020
Guangzhou Bems (brand Benshi) is the manufacturer behind temperature...
Hanwha AI Analytics Camera Tested on Aug 11, 2020
Hanwha has released their Wisenet P AI camera, adding person and vehicle...
Verkada Video Analytics Tested 2020 on Oct 08, 2020
In 2019, Verkada released people and face analytics but our testing then...
Meridian & Goodview (BEMS Relabeller) Temperature Screening Tested on Oct 13, 2020
A lot of temperature tablets look exactly alike and that is because they use...
Ava / Vaion Releases Cloud Connected IP Cameras, Verkada Competitor on Oct 01, 2020
Ava (formerly Vaion) announced its new direct-to-cloud AVA Aware IP cameras...
TVT Temperature Measurement Terminal Tested on Jul 23, 2020
While Dahua and Hikvision get the most attention for China temp products,...
Nanchang, China "Sharp Eyes" Video Surveillance Project on Oct 05, 2020
China's Sharp Eyes project mandated 100% surveillance coverage of public...
Telpo China Temperature Tablets Tested on Aug 10, 2020
The provider for overseas companies ranging from Canon Singapore to US'...
Milestone XProtect on AWS Tested on Sep 21, 2020
Milestone finally launched multiple cloud solutions in 2020, taking a...
The Future of Metalens For Video Surveillance Cameras - MIT / UMass / Immervision on Sep 25, 2020
Panoramic cameras using 'fisheye' lens have become commonplace in video...
Motorola Solutions Acquires Pelco on Aug 03, 2020
Motorola Solutions has acquired Pelco, pledging to bring blue back and make...

Recent Reports

Consultants Online Show LIVE Today! on Oct 27, 2020
IPVM's 7th online show will feature 20+ consultants and recruiters presenting...
Eagle Eye Networks Raises $40 Million on Oct 27, 2020
Eagle Eye has raised $40 million aiming to "reinvent video...
Hikvision Q3 2020 Global Revenue Rises, US Revenue Falls on Oct 27, 2020
While Hikvision's global revenue rises driven by domestic recovery, its US...
VICE Investigates Verkada's Harassing "RawVerkadawgz" on Oct 26, 2020
This month, IPVM investigated Verkada's sexism, discrimination, and cultural...
Six Flags' FDA Violating Outdoor Dahua Fever Cameras on Oct 26, 2020
As Six Flags scrambled to reopen parks amid plummeting revenues caused by the...
ISC Brasil Digital Experience 2020 Report on Oct 23, 2020
ISC Brasil 2020 rebranded itself to ISC Digital Experience and, like its...
Top Video Surveillance Service Call Problems 2020 on Oct 23, 2020
3 primary and 4 secondary issues stood out as causing the most problems when...
GDPR Impact On Temperature / Fever Screening Explained on Oct 22, 2020
What impact does GDPR have on temperature screening? Do you risk a GDPR fine...
Security And Safety Things (S&ST) Tested on Oct 22, 2020
S&ST, a Bosch spinout, is spending tens of millions of dollars aiming to...
Nokia Fever Screening Claims To "Advance Fight Against COVID-19" on Oct 22, 2020
First IBM, then briefly Clorox, and now Nokia becomes the latest Fortune 500...
Deceptive Meridian Temperature Tablets Endanger Public Safety on Oct 21, 2020
IPVM's testing of and investigation into Meridian Kiosk's temperature...
Honeywell 30 Series and Vivotek NVRs Tested on Oct 21, 2020
The NDAA ban has driven many users to look for low-cost NVRs not made by...
Ubiquiti Access Control Tested on Oct 21, 2020
Ubiquiti has become one of the most widely used wireless and switch providers...
Avigilon Aggressive Trade-In Program Takes Aim At Competitors on Oct 20, 2020
Avigilon has launched one of the most aggressive trade-in programs the video...
Mexico Video Surveillance Market Overview 2020 on Oct 20, 2020
Despite being neighbors, there are key differences between the U.S. and...