Rhombus Cameras, Analytics And Environmental Sensor Tested

By Sean Patton, Published Dec 01, 2020, 11:33am EST

Closed cloud surveillance systems are rising, driven by Verkada, with fellow California startup Rhombus, also scaling up their offerings.

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Rhombus, while less well known than Verkada, offers much lower pricing and more VMS features. However, our test results of Rhombus' 2019 cameras were underwhelming.

We purchased their new R100 camera and tested its image quality and analytics, as well as retest the previous R2 cameras. Additionally, we purchased and tested the $69 E1 environmental sensor, and in this report, we examine the performance, including:

  • How did facial recognition perform, and where did it struggle?
  • How is the video quality of the low-cost camera?
  • What issues were found with people and vehicle analytics?
  • How well does the environmental sensor work? What limitations were found?
  • What updates/features are added to the mobile UI?
  • What VMS features are still missing?
  • How does Rhombus compare to Verkada?

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*******'* $*** **** **** cameras ********* ***** ****** detection *** ****** ***********, plus ****** *** ***** and ****-*** ***** *******. Additionally, *** *********** *** good ******** ** ********* priced ******* (*** **** *** **** Shootout) **** ****** ********.

*** ******* ** ******* showed ****** *** *********** than ** ******** *****, and ***** *****-******** ****** and **** ********* ******. However, ****** *** ******** caused ****** *********** ******** accuracy ** ********.

*** ** ************* ****** measures *********** *** ******** accurately *** *** ** connect ** ** ** camera ***** ********* *** does *** ******* ******** to ******* *******. ** is ******* ******* ****, which ***** ************ *****, but ***** ******* *********** as ** ****** ** powered **** * ********** power ******. *******, ** only *** *% **** over * ***** ** testing, *** ******* ********* 3-year ******* ****.

*******'* *** ******* *********, quick *****, *** ****** access ******** **** ****** points ** *** ******** test *** ****** ** changes ** **** ****.

Pricing **********

*******'* **** ** * 1080P ******/******* **** **** 20-days ******** *******, ***, and ***** $*** (****). This ** **** ** the ******* **-** ***** Indoor ****, ***** **** offers **-**** ******** *******, HDR, *** $*** (****).

******* ****** * ******* levels, $*** ************ (** AI-analytics ** ***** *******) and $*** ********** (*** analytics *** **-**** ***** storage) ***** ******* ****** a ****** $*** ***** License ***** ******** ********* and **-**** ***** *******. Rhombus **** ****** ****** multi-year **** *********.

*** ******* **** ** priced ********* ** **** than ***** ****-********* ***** domes **** ****, ********, Hanwha, ***. *** ***** significantly **** ********* **** Hikua ********** ********** / form-factor *****.

Verkada **********

******* ** ******* ****** in ********** *** *********** compared ** *******:

  • ******** ***** ******* ** low-light, ***, *** ****-***** as **** ** *** having *******'* ***********/******** ******.
  • ********* ********* ********* *********, with ******* ********** ****** in *** *****. ******* has ****** *** ******** analytics **** ******* ***** while ******* *** ******* behavior *********.
  • ******* ****** ************* ****** configuration ******* **** ******* for ************.
  • ******* ******* *** **** lower ******* (~* *** compared ** ~* ****), do *** ****** ****** playback **** *******.
  • ******* *** **** ****** application *************** **** *******.

****, ******* ** ************* less ********* *** ******** (as ********* ** ******* above) *** ** *** option *** * ***-**-********, software ******* **** ** 25%-40% ***** **** *******.

******* ****** *** ********* ******* ************** ******* ********** **** OpenPath *** ****. ******* also ****** ** **** environmental ****** **** ******** significantly **** *************** **** Rhombus (** *** ********* testing *** ****).

******* ** **** ****** funded *** *** ***+ salespeople, **** **** * times *** **** ** Rhombus ** * *****.

Overview *****

*** ********* *-****** ***** overviews *** ******* ******* cameras *** *********:

Facial *********** ******** ** ***** **********

****** ******* ** ***** that ****** *********** *** accurate ** ***** ****-*** conditions, ** ** ~**-****** angles:

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*******, ********* *** *********** were **** ** ****** approaching **-******* ***-****, **** missed ***** **** **** high ***** ***** *** good ********:

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************, ** ***** ******* amounts ** ****************** *** to *** ***** *** different ***** ***** *** to ********/******* *** ********:

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******* **** ******** *** system, ** ******** ********** misidentification, ****** ******** ******* will ******* *** ****** recognition ********:

*********** ***** ** ********** faces ****** ******** ******* with ********* ***** ******** may ******* **** ********* and ******** ** ****** that *** ***** *** fully *********** ***** ** all ** **** ****** views. ** ****** **** continuing ** ******* *** names ** ***-******* ***** will ******* *** ******** for *** *** ******* R2.

**** **** **** **** they *** ****** *** confidence ********* *** ****************, but ******** **** **** will ******* **** ****** to ******** ***** ***** that *** *** ************:

**** *** ***, ** also **** *** ******* to ******** *** ********** threshold **** ** *** to ********* ** *** faces ***** ********* ** the ******** ** **** un-identified *****. **** ** useful ** ***** **** require ******** ******** ******** but ******** **** ****** in ******** *****. ** this **** ** *** adjust ** ** **** the *** ** **** likely ******* **** ***** matches *** **** ************ faces **** **** **** to ** *******, ****** it ****** ** ***** and **** *** **** matching *********.

People *** ******* ********* ******

** ******* ****** *** outdoor ** **** *** and ****** *** ***** conditions, ****** *** ******* detection ********* ****, **** minimal ****** ********** ** 10 - ** ***, which ** ******* ** other **** ********** *********:

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WDR ******* - ** ******, **** **** ** ******* ********

** ****** *** **** and ******** *** ** in ** ******** ******* scene ** ~*** *** outside **** ** ****** lux ** ~**, * variance ** ~***.

*** *********** ** *** R100 *** ** *** good ** ** ******* WDR ******* (** *** of ***):

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****** **** ****** *** and ***** ** ****** settings (***):

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******* **** **** ******** the *** ** ********** settings *** ********** *** increased *****:

** *** *** ******* of ***, *** *** setting ****** ** ******* to ********** *** *****. In ******* ** ******* 128 *** ******* ** needed; ** ***** *** users ** ********* *** full ***** ** *** settings **** *** ****** is ******* ** *****. Similar ** *** **** with ***** ***** ******* settings **** ********** ***** a **** *** ****** the ********** ** -*** resulting ** * ***** image *** *** ** out ** *** ********* in * ***** *****.

****** *******, ***** ********* manual ****** ***********, ******* offers ******** ******* ** those ** *********** ** cameras:

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*******, ***** ******* ** multiple ********* (*** *****, well-lit *********, ********, ***), the ******* ******* ******** did *** ****** ** optimal ********, *** ******* adjustments *** ********, **** complex ******** (*.*. ***, WDR ***** * - 128) ******** ***** **** take **** ** **********.

******** ***** ** *** R2 ****** **** *** performance, ******* *** **** of *** *******'* **** in *** ******* **** of *** ***** *** darkening *** **** ******, causing **** ** *******.

Unusual ******** ****** ****** ***********

******* ******* ******* ******** to * ****** *****, and *********** *** ***** over * ****** ** ~2 *****. ** ********** people ********, ******* ********* directions, ****** ** *** out ** **** *******:

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********, ********* *********:

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******* ********** ******* ******** ********* (IPVM ****), ******* **** *** allow ***** ** ****** mark ******** ****** ** not *******, ** ********** that *** ******* *** infrequent **** ******* ***** alerts.

Mobile *** *******

*** ****** *** ********* well, ******** ************* **** features *** ****** *** sharing ***** **** ** our ******** ****:

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**** *** ******** *********** was *****, *** ******* said **** **** ** continue ** ****** *** mobile *** ** ******** parity ******* *** *** and ****** ****** ******* sets.

Environmental ****** *********** ***** *** *******

***** ************* ************** *** ********* ** the ******* ** ******* camera, *** ********* ****, but **** ******** *********** and ******** ********:

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*** **** ** ***% wireless, ****** *** ******** and *********** ****** ****** well, *** ******* ****** is ********* ** ****-****. Rhombus ********* *-**** ******* life, ** *** * 1% **** ** ~* weeks ** *******.

****** *******,*******'* ************* ****** ******** 6 ********** ************ ** **** ***** marketed *** **** *********. We *** ******* *******'* sensor *** **** ** publishing *** ****** **** month.

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Comments (2)

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