Samsung Wisenet III Camera Shootout

Author: Ethan Ace, Published on Nov 18, 2013

Samsung has never been a serious player in IP cameras, despite their success in other markets. Now, Samsung is pushing their Wisenet III release as their breakthrough offering.

Is it really?

We bought the Samsung 720p SNB-5004 and 1080p SNB-6004 and ran a simultaneous shootout against top performers from Axis, Bosch and Sony to see how they could compare.

We did low light, WDR and bright light comparisons, like the one below:

Inside, we answer:

  • Low Light: How do Samsung WiseNet III models match up in low light against 'super low light' cameras?
  • WDR: How do Samsung WiseNet III models match up in WDR against true WDR cameras?
  • Price / Performance: Weighing price to performance, how does Samsung WiseNet III models match up?

******* *** ***** **** * ******* ****** ** ** *******, despite ***** ******* ** ***** *******. ***, ******* ** ******* their***************** ** ***** ************ ********.

** ** ******?

** ****** *** ******* *******-******* ********-******* *** * ************ ******** ******* *** ********** **** ****, Bosch *** **** ** *** *** **** ***** *******.

** *** *** *****, *** *** ****** ***** ***********, **** the *** *****:

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

  • *** *****: *** ** ******* ******* *** ****** ***** ** ** *** ***** ******* 'super *** *****' *******?
  • ***: *** ** ******* ******* *** ****** ***** ** ** *** ******* **** WDR *******?
  • ***** / ***********: ******** ***** ** ***********, *** **** ******* ******* *** models ***** **?

[***************]

Key ********

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

  • *** ***-****'* *** ***** *********** *** *********, ********** ************* **** details ** *** **** ***** *** ******* **** *** ***** cameras ** *** ***** ********* ******* **** *** ***** ******* from ****, *****, *** ****.
  • *** ***-****'* *********** *** *******, **** ******* ******* **** ********* to ******* **** ***** ******.
  • *** *********** ** **** ******* *** *****, ** *** **** other *** ********** ******* ****** *********. *******, *********** ** ****** areas ** *** ****** ******.
  • ******* ***** ********* (******** ** ** ****) ******* ****** **** when ****** **, ******** ***** ******* ** ****** *******. *******, turning **** *** ********* ********* *********** *************.
  • ******* ***** ************* *** **********, ************* ******** ******** ** *** image **** *** ****** *** ****** ** ******, *** ** a **** ** **** **********.
  • ******* ******* ******* ***** ***** *** ** **** *** **** recording, **** ******** ********** *** *******'* *********** ********.

*******

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

***************

***** *** ***-****'* ********* *** ***** ***********, ******** **** * much ***** ***** **** *********** ******, ** ** * *********** choice *** ***** ************, ****** ******* ****** ***** ****** ** WDR. *** ***** ******* * ***** *** ******, *** ***-**** is * **** ******, ** ****, ****** *** *** ***** performance ****. ***** ** **** ****** ****** ** **** ******* by **** *** ********* ***** *** ********* ******* ***** ******* and ********* **** ******** ** ******* *** **** *******.

Physical ********

**** ***** ******* *** ******** ************ ** *** *** ****** box *******:

*************

** **** ********** ** ****** *** ******* *** ********* *** key ************* ********. *** ****** *******:

  • ******* ******* ** *** ******** **** * * **/* ***, which *** ** *** ** **** ******, ********** ** *** light.
  • ******* ******* ***** ** *** ** */** ** *******. ***** should ****** **** ** */*** ** ***** ****** ****.
  • **** ******** ****** ** ********* ******** ** ******* **** ****** blur *** *********.
  • **** ****** ******* *********, ***** *** ** ********* *** *** web ********* ** * ****** ** *** ******'* ****.
  • **** ****** ******* **-*** ********** *** *********** ** ******** ***/**** positioners *** **** ******, * ***** ******* *** ***** ** many *******, ********** ***** **** ******.

SSNR ***** ********* ******

*******'* ******* ***** *********, ****** ****, ******* ****** **** ** moving *******, ** **** ** *** ***** ********** *****. **** setting ** ****** ** ** *******. ***** *** ******** ***** ** **** ***** ******** ***** ***** **** **** ****** *** **********.

********* ******

******* **** *** ******** ** ***** * *** **** ******** in ********* (**** ~*.* **/* ** ~*.* **/*) ** **** scene *** *** ***-****, ***** * **% ********. **** ******** between ***** ******* (******* ****) *** ********* **** ** ********* considered **** ***** *** ***-****/**** ** *** ***** ******.

Indoor ***********

** **** *****, ~*** ***, **** ******* ******* ******* ******* issue. ****** *** ****** ****, **** * ***** ****** **** visible ** *** *****, *** *** ********* ***********.

****,

**** *** ****** ***, ***** * ***, *** ***-**** *********** all ***** ******* ** *** ****. *** **** ***** *** be **** ** **** */*, ***** ***** ******* ****** ******* line *. *** ***-**** **** *** **** ** ****, **** a ****** ***** *** **** *****, ***** ****** ******** **** the ***** **** ** *** *****. **** *** ***** ***-**** provides ****** ****** ** *** *******'* **** ***** *** ***** cameras. ** ***** ******, ******* ***** *** ********** ** */*** across *** *******, *** *** ******* *******' **** ***** ********* was ****** ***.

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

** *** ** *** ******* ** * ****** **** *** overhead **** ****** ** ** **** ***. ******** ** ** FOV ***** ********** *** *****.

**** *** ******* ******* * ******** *** **** ******** ****, both ******* ******* ******* ****. *** ***-**** ** ** *** with *** ***** *** *** **** *****, *** *********** *** Axis *****. *** ***-**** **** ******** ****** *** ***** *** and **** *****, **** ******* ** *** *******'* **** ******** more ********* ** *******.

** *** **** **** ****** *** ******** ****, **** ******* cameras *** *** ****** ********** ** ***** ********** ***********. ******* of *** *******'* **** *** **** **** ********* ** **** out, ****** *** ***** ******* *******.

Digital ***** *************

**** *** ***-**** *** ***-**** ******* ******* ***** ************* ** a ******** *******, ***** ** *** ******** ***** ** ** cameras. **** **** ** ****** **, *** ****** ***** **** of *** ***** ** *** ***** ** ***** ** ********** for ********, ******** ********* ********** ** ~**%.

** ****** **** ******* ** ******* *** ******** *** ******'* tripod, **** ** *** **** *****. ***** ** *** *** completely ********* ********, *** ******* *** * ****** *********** **** cameras ***** *** *** ******* ***** *************. 

*********

*** ***-**** *** **** ** *** ****** ********* *********** ** both **** ***** *** **** ******, ** **** ** *** chart *****. ***** ************ **** ***** ***** **** **********, ** FPS, **** **** ****** **. ***** *******'* ******* *********** ******* ("10") ******** ** ************ ** ** ** **** *****, ********** to ** ** *** *****. **** ** ** **** **** other ******* ** *** **** ***** ******** ***** ** ** the ************ *****.

Test **********

*** ******* **** **** ** ******* ******** *** **** ****, with *** ********* ** ******* *****, ***** *** ********** ** 1/30s.

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

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

Comments (24)

****** *** **** - *'** **** ******* ** *** **** report ** *** *** ********.

**** ******, *'** **** *******, ***. * ****** *** **** difference ** *** ***** ******* *** ***-**** *** ***-****. ** you ***** *** ****** ********* ***** ** *** ***-**** ***** that **** **********, ** ***** ********* **** **** ********...?

**** ** *****, **** ******* *** **** ***!

**** **** ***** **** *** **********.

*** *** *** *** *** ********* *********** *** *** ******* cameras, ** *** ***** *** ***** ** ***** *** ********** these ** ******* ** ******* ***?

*** ********* ******* **** ********** * ****** ** ******** **** seem **** **********, **** ** **** *********, **-*******, ****** *********, and ***** *********.

* ***** ** ******** *** ***-**** ************ *** **** ******* from *** ********* *** ****, *** ** **** ******* **** to *** **** "********" **** ******* ********* *** ******* *******.

** **** *** ** ******* ******* *** ***** ******** *** available ******-**** ** ******* ******-**** ********, *** **** ** ********** more ***** *** ***** ********* ********** (** ***'* *** ********** integrated).

******, *** ******* **** ***** ** ***** *** *******, *** via * ****** ******, *** *** ***** *** *****, ******* the **** *** *** *** ********* ** *** ****** ******. The **** ********** ******* *** ***** *** ****** *********** *** that *** ****** *********** ******* ****** ***** ** ** *** up *** *****. ***** ****** ********* ******, *** ****** ** be *** ** *** ******.

*** ** ***** ******** *** ****** ****. ** *** *** test **-******* ** ***. ** ****'* **** ******** ********** ** test **, *** *** **** ***** ** ********** ******* *** quickly ** ** ** ***. **** *********, **-*******, ****** *********, and ***** ********* **** **** ********.

**** ********* **** **** * ******** *** ****** ***** ** the *****, *** *** ** **** ** ******* ****** ** the ******. * ** *** ***** **'* ********** ** ****, however.

** *** ** *********** ***********, **** ******* *** ** ***** in **** ** *** ****, *** ** *****-** ***.

***** -- ****** *** *** ***** ********!

*'* **** ** *** *** ******* **** ***** ****. ** are ********* ** **** ***** *** **** *** ***** ******** on *** ***. *'* *** ***** ************* **** *** ******* in *** ********* ***** ****. *** **** ****?

*'* **** ** *** * ***** *** ** *** ***** domes **** ** *** ***-***** ** **** ****-** (**** *** IR ****** *** ** *** **** *** ****** ** ****** and **** ** **** ** *** *** ** ****)

*** **** *** **** *** **'** ****** **** **** * note.

*'* *** **** **** *** ****** ***** *** *** ***** Samsung *******, *** ** *** ******* **** ** ***** *********.

**** ** **** ***** *** ** ***** *************. ** *** camera ** ******** ******* ** ****** *** ** *******. *** explanation *** *** **** **** ******* **** ***** ** ***** the **** ***** ** ******.

**** ***** ***** ************* ***** ** * ******* ************ **** would ******* **** *** *** ************ ** *** **** ******* a ******* ** *******. *** ***** **** ** *********, ******* when ******* ** *** **** **** * ****** ** * pole *** ** *** ** *********.

"** *** ****** ** ******** ******* ** ****** *** ** shaking."

**** ** ****** ****. ******** ******* ** ********* *** **** challenging ** *******, **** **** *********, ** **** ****, ** machinery **********. ** **** *****, ***/*** ** **** ********* **** used **** ***** ********* ********* *******. (*** ********* ********* ************* *** * ****** ****.)

**'** *** **** **** ***** ********** ***** ** **** *********** putting ******* ** ***** **** ** ********* **** **** ***** duty ********** ********* ***** *** ********* ******* *** *** *** to *** **** **** ** *** ********. ***** ************* ***** have ******, *** ** **** *** ******** *********** * ****** in **** * ********* ***.

***** ****. ****** *** ****.

* ****** ***-**** *** ***-**** ******* ******* ** *** ****. I ***** **** **** ******** ****** **** *** **** ** is *** ** ***-**-*** *****. ** **** ******** ****** *** still ***** *** ******* ******-****. **** ***** ** **** ****** arti-facts **** ** **** **** *******.

********* *** * *** *** **** ** ******* ****. *** SNB-6004 *** **** ******** ** (******* ***) ** **** *******? It ** ** ** *******. **** *** **** ** *** and *** ** *** **** *** **** *** **** **** images *** **** ******* ****** **** ******* ***. ** **** result ** *** ***** **** **** ******, *** **** ******-***** WDR.

* ****** *** ***** ******** **.** ** ** ***-****.

**'* **** ** *** ******* ********* ******* **** *** ** camera ****. **** ***** ***, ** *** ********* **** ** analog-only ****, * *********** **** ** ** **** ****** ************ with *******. *** * *** ***** **** *** ******** ** that ***** ** *** ******** ***/***** ****** ** ** ******** modes.

***** ******, ****. ***! ***** **** ******* ** ******* ****** to *** ***** (***********: ******* **********) ************* **** **** ****** stay ** ***** ****. **** ** * ****** **** *********** of ******** *** *********** ** ** ********** ***** - *** from * ************ **** * ***** ********** *** *******. ***** my **** **** *** ***********, *** **** ** *** *****-***** images ** *** *** ****, * *** *** ******** ** average ***** *** ******* ******, ** *****. *** *** **** really ******* ***** *************, ********* *** **-*** ** * ****** of ******* $*** *******? * ** *********.

* **** ** ******** ******** ******** ** ****** **** *** offerings **** ******* ** * ** ******** ******* ******** *** much ***********, *** ********* ****** **** *** ****** ****.

****, *** ***, *******'* ******* *** *** **** ******. **** were **** *** **** ** *** ****** **** *** **** the ***** ** *** **** ****.

**** *** ** *********, *** *** ***** **** ***** *********? With *** ******* ********?

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

*** **** ******* *** *** ***** **** * ****** *** firmware. *** ****** ******* ** *.*.*

*** **** ********** ******* ** *** ****** ** *** ****** confirms **** *** ******* **** ****** ** ******* ********, **** shutter ***** ********** ** */*** (*** *** '**' **** ** our *** *****).

**** ******** ** **** *.** *** *** ***** **** **** was ****. **** ***** **** ** ***** ******* ************ *** been ****. ******* ** ******* *****, ** ***** **** ********* since *.* **** **** ******** *** *** ***** ********* **** anything.

* ****** *** "******* ********" ****** *** ********* *****. ****** Derek

@*****

*** *** ********** *****, *** ******** ******* ***'* **** *** difference ** ***** ** ***** *******. ** *** **** * suggestion. ***, *** **** *** **** *** *** **** **** performed, *** ******** *.*.* *** ******** **** ***** ** *******. Prior ** **** ***** *** ******** *.*, **** *.**. **, the ******** ** ***** ***.

********:

** ******* ** ******** *****, ***** ***** ******* *** ** CBR ** ***?

** *****, ***** *** *** **** **** ******* ******. **** using ***, ** *** ******* ******** ** ********* ****? ** night **** **** *** ** ****** ***, ****** **** ** enabled ** ********? ***** *** *** **** ****.

****, **** **** *'** **** **** ******** *** ** *** darker ***** ** *** *****, ***** *** "***" ******* ****** does **** ** ****** *****. ***** **** **** **. *** darker **** **** ** *** ****. * **** *** **** it ********** ****** *** ***********, ** * *** ** ****** to **** ** ***. ** **** *** **** ****** ****** on *** ***** ***********, ** * *** ** ****** ** turn ** *** ** ****'* **** **** *******, ******.

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

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