Pelco Low Cost NDAA-Compliant Sarix Value Series Tested

By Derek Ward, Published Aug 16, 2021, 10:37am EDT

Pelco touts their NDAA-compliant Sarix Value Series as an "affordable, compact, and versatile security solution" that helps customers "meet regulatory requirements within budget", but how well does it really work?

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We bought and tested the 5MP Pelco ITV529-1ERS (varifocal lens, 30m IR spec) and 1080p Pelco IFV222-1ERS (fixed-lens, 30m IR spec) and shot them against Hikvision Performance Series, Vivotek C Series, and Axis' M3065-V, examining:

  • How does image quality compare in full light (~200 lux), color low light (~1 lux), dark (~0.01lux) with IR on and WDR scenes?
  • Are noise and/or blur issues in low light scenes?
  • How does pricing compare to other low-cost models?
  • How well does the camera integrate with VMSes?
  • Does the web UI have any usability issues??
  • How does Sarix Value compare to low-cost Dahua/Hikvision models?

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*** ***** ***** ****** is ********** **** *******, demonstrated ** *** ******'* physical ************, **********, *** web *********.

*****, *** ******** ************ of *** ******* *** similar, **** ********* ** arrays, ********** *********, *******, and ***** ****:

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******* **** *******, **** both *** *** **** Vivotek ****-**** ***:

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*******, *** ***** ***** and ******* * ****** web *** *** ********* similar, **** ****** *** same ***** ******, *******, and ************* *******.

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***** ***** *** ******* on ***** ******* ************, giving * ******* ********* about ****** *********:

** * ****** ** don't ******* ** ******** from ***** ******, *** do ** ******* ** partnerships ** **** ****** key ********** ** ******** in **** *********. *** all ***** ********, ***** takes ********* *** ****** specifications, ************, ******* *** reliability. ** **** *** in ***** ******** **-***** process ********** ** ******** this. *** ** ****** we ***** ****** *** products **** ******** *** Pelco ******* ******* ********.

Performance *******

***** ** *** *****, the *********** ** *** Sarix ***** ****** ** very ******* ***** ******* * ******** *** ******, ********* similar ******* ** ***-**** Axis *** ********* ***** models ** **** *****, IR, *** *** ******. Sarix ***** ****** ******** slightly ****** **** ******* due ** ******** ***********, but ******* *** *********** similar.

*** ***** ****** **** and ** ************ **** present ** *** ******* tested. **** ***** ** reduced ** ******* *** down, **** *** ******** of ********* ******* *****, producing *********** ******* *******, but ********** ********. ****, enabling *****'* "************ ********" mode *** *** ********* overexposure.

******* ** **** ** saw ** *******'* * series *******, **** ***** cameras' ***** *.*** ********* bitrates **** ****, ~*-** higher **** ******* ****** (Smart *********** *******, ******* GOP **).

******, *****-***** *** *********** is *****, **** *.***/*.*** streaming, *************, *** *** events ********** ** *** VMSes ****** (********, *****, Genetec, *********, ******* *****).

Made ** ******* *****

***** ***** ******* *** made ** ******, ******** told ** **** **** plan ** **** *** 'vast ********' ** ***** camera ************* ** ***** America:

** ** ******** *********’ intent ** *********** *** vast ******** ** *** Pelco *** ******** ******* in ***** ******* ** our **********, ***** *** Richmond, ** **********. ** may ************ ********** *** offering **** ******** **** are ******** ** *********** with ****** ** ***** to **** ** ******** areas ** *** ******* lines ** **** ** may ****** *** ******* of *** ********* *** provide **** ** * timely ******. ** **** continue ** ******** ***** choices *** ***** **** as ******. **** ** do ****** ** ******** partners ***** ***** ********* of ****** **************, ********* and ******* ********** *** testing, ************* ******* ********** and ******* ********** ** ensure **** *** ********, like *** ***** *****, have *** ******* *** reliability *** ********* ******. We **** ***** ****** them **** ********* ******* support *** * ********. All ***** ******** ******** today, ********* ***** *****, are ****-*********.

*******

*** *** ***** ******-**** sells *** ~$*** ***, which ** ******* ** Hikvision's *** ***** ****** DS-2CD2755FWD-IZS, ***** ***** ***~$*** *** ******, ***** ** **** similar ** *** ******* IT9388-HT ***** ***~$*** *** ******.

*** ***** ***** ******-**** sells *** ~$*** ***, which ** ******** **** than *** ******* ******-* that ***** ***~$*** *** ******, *** ******** ****** than *********'* ********** ******************** ************* ***** (~$***/~$*** ******)

Compared ** ***** *** *********

***** ***** ***** *****'* imaging *********** ** *********** with ***** *** ********* models ******, **** **** a **** ******* ******* line.

*****'* ***** ****** ** limited ** ***** *** 5MP ***********, ******* ***** and ********* ***** ***, 4MP, ***, ***, *** 4K ** ***** ***** cost *****. ************, ***** models *** **** ********* in ***** ********, *** form ******* *** ******* to *******, **** ***** and *******. ***** *** Hikvision ***-**** ***** ******* white ***** ************, ******* panoramics, ***** ***** *** black ********.

***** ******* *** ***** models **** ********* *** higher *********** **** **** to **** ** ********** **************** *****************. ** ********, ***** and ********* ***** ***** in ***** ***-**** ***** (see******* ****** *************** ** ****).

Pelco ***** ******* ****** *******

*** ***** ***** ****** appeared ******** ****** **** the ******* * ****** using *** **** ********, though ******* **** *********** similar. *** **** ***** quality, ********, ****, *** WDR ******** (** *** scenes) **** ****.

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** *** ******, ******* were ******** **** **********, with ***** ******** ** the *******'* **** ** the ***** *** **** the ******* * ******. However, ******* ****** *********** similar.

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IR ************ ******** *** ** *******

*** ***** ***** ***** Series ******* ****** ******* an ** **** ****** "overexposure ********" (******** ** default) ***** ** ******** to ****** ***** **** subjects *** ******* ** the **** ***. ******* this **** **, ******* on ***** *** ****-****** subjects *******, ******** ************ seen ***** *** ******'* default ****.

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*******, **** * ******* walking ******* *** *******, he ** ***** ********** overexposed **** ************ ******** enabled ********* ** ~**' distance.

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** ~**' ******** *** ~0.01 *** **** ** enabled, *** *** ***** and ******* ***-**** ******* produced ******** ****** ******* than *** ********* *********** series ******, ** *** subject *** **** ***** are *** ** ******* overexposed.

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*** ***** ***** *** Hikvision *********** ****** ******* produced ******* ******* ** the *******, ****** *** Hikvision **-***********-**** *********** *** bottom ***** ** *** test *****. **** **** the **** *****-* **** not ******* ********** **, and *** *** ******* usable ****** ** **** light *****.

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Even ** ********

*****'* ***** ***** ****** cameras **** * ******** central *******, *** *** edges ** *** *** are **** ******* ***********, providing ****** *******.

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

**** ** *** ***** Sarix ***** ****** ******* have *** ********* ** range. ** **** ********, subject *** ***** ******* are ************* *** ** low *** (~** ** the *** *****, ~** at *****), *** ******** may ** ****** ********.

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Color *** ***** (~* ***) ***********

** ~* ***, *** of *** ******* ****** were ****** ** ******* clear ****** ******* *** to ***** *** *********. The *** *****, ******* and ********* ******* **** able ** ******* ******* characters **** ** **** 4, ****** *** ********* Performance ****** ****** *** the ******* ***** ******** due ** *** *******.

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*** ***** ***** *** Hikvision ******* ******** ******* facial *******, *** **** produced **** ********* *** noise **** *** **** M3065-V.

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**** * ******* ******* towards *** ***** ***** Value ****** ******, **** facial ******* *** ** discerned, *** ******** ****** blur *** ***** ****** usable *******.

WDR ***********

*** *** ****** ** an ******** *** **** scene, ***** *****, **** a ******** ******** ** ~200x ******* ******* (~** lux) *** *** (~*,*****).

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*** ** *** ******* tested ******** ****** ****** WDR ******* ** **** the ******* *** **** chart ***** ********** *******, but ********* ******** ******.

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******* *********** *** **** with *** ***** *****, Axis *** ********* ******. Background ******* **** ** the ***** *** *** behind *** ******* *** be **** **** *** outside.

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Weaker *** *********** ** ******

**** *** ******* (~** lux ** **** *****), ghosting ** ***** *** noticeable ** ****** ********.

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** ******, *** ***** Sarix ***** ****** ******* are **** ** ****** exposure ** *** ******* door, ******* ** **** was **** **** *** Vivotek * ******. *** subject ** *********** ***** outside *** ************ ******, providing **** *******.

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Full ***** *********** *****

** ****, **** ******** (~200 ***), ******* ** all *** ******* ****** were *****:

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******* ** *** *** models ******, *** ***** cameras ******** ***** *******, able ** ******* ******* and ***** *******.

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Long *** ** **** *****

******* ** ******* ******* (and********* ******* ********* ** Series), *** ***** ***** Value *******' *** ** took ******* ******* ** load (** ** ~* seconds ** *** *****) whenever * **** ********** the ******'* **** ****** was ******.

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**** **** ***** **** as ***** **** **** on ******, *******, ******** Explorer *** ****. ***** said **** * *** firmware **** ** ** during ******* ****** ****** these **** *****, *** they ******** ************ ****.

Gain ******* *** *****

************, **** *** ******** version ********** * *** in *** "**** *******" setting ** *** ***** Sarix ***** ****** *******. The ****** *** ** from * ** ***%. However, ***** ** ** difference ** ***** *******/**** when *** ** *-***%, as *** ***** ***** shows:

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***** ****:

****** *** ******** **** error ** *** **** slider. ** **** ****** in *** **** ******** release.

Bandwidth **********

*** ***** ***** ***** series ******* *** ****** bandwidth *********** ** ****, even ***** (~*** ***) scenes ***** *.*** **** "Smart ***********" *******, ~*** Kb/s ** *** ***** IFV222 *** ~*** **/* with *** *** ******. However, *** ***** **** ~3-5x ** ~* *** color *** ***** *** dark */** ******* ****** due ** ***** *** artifacts.

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

*** ***** ***** ***** series ******* *.*** ****** and ****** **** ****** detection ****** **** *** major ***** ******, **** as ******** ******* ******, Exacqvision, *******, ********* *** NX *******. *** **** issue ***** *** ******* Optix ***** *** ****** the ***** ******* *** H.265.

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*** ***** ***** ***** series ******* ***** *** stream *** *.***, ******* to ****** ***** ** our ******* * ****** camera ****.

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** ******* ** ********* looking ** ***** **** and ** **** ****** this **** **** ********* works ********.

Size **********

*** ***** ***** ***** Series ******* *** ******* in **** ** ***** competitive *******, **** ** the *********'* *********** ****** DS-2CD2325FHWD-I *** *****'* *** Series *******.

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Made ** ******

*** ***** ***** ***** Series ******* *** **** in ******.

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

*** ******* **** ********* prior ** ******* **** a *** *********** ** standardize ******** **** **:

  • ****-************ *******.
  • ******* ***** *** ** 1/30s.
  • *.*** *** ****, **** Smart *********** *******.
  • ************ *** ** ~**.
  • *** *** ** **.
  • *** *** & *** Enhanced *** **** ** WDR *******.

Firmware ******** ****

*** ********* ****** ******** versions **** **** *** testing:

  • **** *****-*: **.*.*
  • ********* **-***********-***: *.*.*
  • ********* **-**********-***: *.*.*
  • ***** ******-****: **.*.*.****
  • ***** ******-****: **.*.*.****
  • ******* ******-*: *.****.**.***
  • ******* ******-**: *.****.**.***

Comments (16)

*** ******** ******** ** attention *** ************ ** when * *** * better **** ** *** photo. *** ****** ***** have ********* ** *** it ******** **** ******** in *** ** ** Pelco, ***** ** *** US ** *****, *** also *** **** ** be ********** ** * low-cost ***** ******. **'* like **** * ***** out **** ******* ******* were **** ** *******. I **** ******* ******* Vivotek, *** **** ***** Verkada **** * ***** software ******* **** *****'* know ******* *** *****'* really **** ********.

* **** **** *** these ****-***** ********* *******, but *******, ***** **** they ******* * ***-**** line, **'* ***** ***** own. **** ** ******* it's *** ** ***, but **** ********* ** is. "***** *** *** new ***-**** ******** **** has * *** ******* app **** ***'* ********** with ******** ******* **********."

** **** ****, ** seems **** ***** ****** to *** ******** ******* other **** ***** **** considering *** ******** ******* to **** * ****** image ** **** ** the *********.

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***. ** ***** ******* was ***. * *** Pelco ** ******. ** has **** ***** * while. *** **** * thought **** **** ** amazing ***** **** *** a "***" ******* *** part ** *** ********/******** family. *** **** * saw **** ** ** just * ******* *** nothing ** *** ****. While **** ***** **** an **** ******, ** really **** ***** ***** brand ******* ** *****'* bring *** ****** ***** besides ***** ****** *****.

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**'* **** **** * found *** **** ******* cameras **** **** ** Vivotek.

**** ** *** ******** cameras *** **** ** Vivotek. **** ** ****** just ***** ********* *** Avigilon *****.

*** ****** ***** **** impressed ** *** ** actually **** ******** ** the ** ** *****, built ** *** ** by *****, *** **** was **** ** ** advertised ** * ***-**** Pelco ******.

*****. ****** * ** think ** *** ** unrealistic *** ******** **** in *** ** ** also ** *** **** unless *** ************ *********** on ******. ************ **** the ********** *** ******** to ******* ** ****.

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**** ** *** ******** cameras *** **** ** Vivotek. **** ** ****** just ***** ********* *** Avigilon *****.

**** *** ***** ***** is ** ** ****** and ** ** *** a *******. ** ** has **** ******** ** H5 *** ************ **-*****.

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***** ****:

****** *** ******** **** error ** *** **** slider.

******* ****:

****** ***** *** ******** this ***** ** *** gain ******.

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** **** ** ******* me ** ** ***** insect.

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* ***** ****** ***** or *** **** ******* of **** *** **** line ** ** **** in **********, ** ** BC ** *** *** Motorola *******. **** ** the **** ******** ***** that ******** *** **** following ** ********'* ***********. They ** **** ***% North ******** ************* ** some *****.

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******. **** ******** ** manufacture **** ******* ***** have **** ** *** works ****** ******** **** along.

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* ****** ****** **** the ***** '***** ***********' thing & ********** ****** try ** ****** *** badge ********** ******* & go ****** ** *** real ************.

**** ** ****** *** ongoing *******, ** * years **** **** ***** drop *** ******* *** up *** **** *** get *******? ******** ******* etc?

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**** ************* **** **** a ****** ******** ******* life *** ***** ********, so *** *** ** answer **** ******** ** they ***** ******* ******* equal **, *** ***** 3 **** ******** ******. After **** *****, *** bets *** *** *** the *** **** ***** lines. ** ***** **** provide ******** ******* *** 4 ** * ***** to ******* *** ******* if/when ******* ******** ********* need ******** ** ********.

***** ****** ***'* *** standard *** **** **** of ***** ***** ***, and **** ****** ************* approach ***** ********* ***********. I ********* ****** ********* that * * **** life ********** *** ** devices ** ******** *******. Once **** *** * certain ***, ********* ******** should ***** ***** ********* or ********* **** ** comply **** ******** ** current *** ******* ********/************* concerns ***/** ** ******* product ******* *** ** obsolescence.

***** **** ***** ** 5, * ** ** years, *** ****** **** serious ******** ***** ******** should *** ** ***** IP ******* ** *** other ** ******* **** are *-** ***** *** that, *** *******, *** not ******* ** ***** TLS *.* ** *****.

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*'* ********* *** ** is **** ********* ****** can **** **** ********* picture ******* **** ******* settings. ** ** *** the ****** ** *** Vivotek *********** ***** ** much *******.

** ******* *** ** possible ** **** *** Pelco ******** ** ******* similar ******* ** *** Vivotek? ** **** **** a **** ** ****** poorly ****** ******** (** maybe ******** **** *** optimized *** * ********* scenario **** ***** ******)?

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** ***** **** ** that *** ***** ****** is ***** *** *** a ********* ***** ******, or ***** **********, ***. Or ****** ***** ******** changes *** ******. ** Pelco ***** **** ******** certain ***********.

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**** ** ***** ** settings **** ********, **********, etc., ** ********* ** not ***** ****. ***** most ***** **** *** adjust ****, ** *** to ******* **** **** would ***. ** ********* only ****** ******** **** would ******* **** * company ** ****** *********, like * ***** **** shutter ***** *** ** make **** ** **** that ******.

****** ***** ****'* ******* on *** *********** ******* the ***** ***** *** Vivotek ******, * ******* that ********, *********, *** maybe ********** *** ***** to ********* ******* ******.

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*****’* **** *** **** is **** ** ********* tools. ****** *** ***** and *** ******** ** a **** **** ** irrelevancy ** ** ******** that *** ******* ********* about ****. ***** ** no **** ***** **** in *** *****. ** recognition ** *** *** user **** *** ** now ****, (** *** all) *********** **** **** Pelco ** *****. **** company **** ********** ******** in *** ****.

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*****, * *** ** used ** ********** ********. With ********* *** ***** ban *** *** *********** in *** ** **** if ******** ***** ***** cards ***** **** ***** do ****. ******** *** with **** *** **** as * ******* *** is *** *** **** option *** ***'* *** what ******* **/**** ******** starts ************* **** ** the **.

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…*********** **** **** ***** is *****. **** ******* shot ********** ******** ** the ****.

********, **** **** ********** squarely ** *** ******* ;)

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