Samsung Covert WDR Camera Tested

Author: Derek Ward, Published on Oct 07, 2015

IPVM member Steve Beck asked us in IPVM chat to test the Samsung covert WDR camera (the SNB-6011) so we did it.

Covert cameras are often used in ATM applications, locations with demanding dynamic range needs. However, as we saw in our Axis MP Pinhole Shootout, these cameras are often poor in these scenarios, with subjects washed out.

As part of their Wisenet III line, Samsung has introduced the SNB-6011, claiming the same 120 dB WDR found in the rest of the line, top performers in our shootouts.

We bought one and put it to the test to see how it performed in WDR, daytime, and nighttime scenes.

See our results inside.

**** ****** ***** **** ***** ** ****** ****** **** *** ******* ****** *** ****** (******-****) ** ** *** **.

****** ******* *** ***** **** ** *** ************, ********* **** demanding ******* ***** *****. *******, ** ** *** ** *** **** ** ******* ********, ***** ******* *** ***** **** ** ***** *********, **** subjects ****** ***.

** **** ** ***** ******* *** ****, ******* *** ********** the ***-****, ******** *** **** *** ** *** ***** ** the **** ** *** ****, *** ********** ***** *********.

** ****** *** *** *** ** ** *** **** ** see *** ** ********* ** ***, *******, *** ********* ******.

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

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

Key ********

***** ** *** *****, *** ***-**** *** ****** ****** ******** better *** *********** **** ******** ****** ****** ******, *** ****** that ** ******** *** **** ****** **** ** ********* ** Samsung's *** ******* ****.

*** ***** *********** (***** * ***) *** ****, **** ** usable ******* ** *** ******* ** **** *****.

********* *********** *** **** ** **** ***** ******, * **/* **. ~2-2.5 **/* ** *********** ******.

*** ***** ********* *** **** ****** **** *** **** ****** cameras ******, ~* **/* **. * ** *****, *** ** the **** ** ********** ** *** * **** * **** F2.0 ****.

*******

*** ***-**** ***** ***~$*** *** ******. **** ** ~$**-** **** **** ******* *** ******(~$*** ******), *** ~$** ****** **** ************ **-********** ****** ***** (~$*** ******).

*******, **** *** *** *** ********* **** *** ****. **** offers ***** *** ****** ***** ** **** ** ***** * series, *** **** ****** ** **** *********, **** *** *** **** unit ******* ***~$*** *****, **** ** ****** **** (** ********** $***+).

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

*** ****** ************, *** ******* ***-**** ****** *** **** *** performance ** ******* ** **** ******, ** * ***** ******* to ***** ***-*** ** ***** ********** ******.

Physical ********

*** ***-**** ******** ** * **** **** *** ****** **** connected *** * **/~**' *****, **** ******* ** ******* *** ****** ******. ** ****** *** ************ *** ******* ** *** *** in **** *****:

** ******** * ******* ******** ******* **** ****** ***** **** or ***** *****. *** ***** ***** ***** *** ****** **** in **** ***** ******** ** ** **** *** ******** *** size **********. *** ***-**** ** ******* *******:

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

*** ***-****'* *** ********* ** ****** ********* ** ***** ******* III *******. ** **** ******** *** ************* ******** **** *** ******* ******* *** ****** ******** *** *********.

Wide ******* ***** ***********

** ****** *** ** *** ******** **** *****, ******* ****** sunlight ******* ** **** ******** ****, ** *** *** **** here.

*** ***** ***** ***** *** ******* ***** ** *** ****** in **** ***** (~*'), ******* ** ******* ****** ************ **** as *** *******. *** ******* ** ******* *******, ** ** the **** **** ** *** ***** ****, ** **** ** the ******** *** ********** ****** ***.

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

*** ***-**** *********** *** ********* *** ******* ******* **** ******* in **** ***** ** **** ***** *** ********** **** ***** of *** *****, **** ****** ******* ** *** ******* *** test *****.

**** **** *** ******* ***** **** ****** ** *** **** side ** **** ***** *** ** *** ******'* **** **** FOV ******** * **** ****** ***** ** ********* **** *** standard ******.

******* ***

*** ***-**** *** * **** **** ***° ***** ** ****, show ** **** ******** **** **** *** ****** *****.

**** **** ***** ******* ** **** ***** ******* ***** **********, but **** ** ********* ******** ******.

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

*** ******* ****** ****** ******** ******* ***** ******* ** ***** cameras ****** ** **** *****, ~*****.

** *** *****, ***** * ***, *** ***-**** ******** ******, with ********* ** *** **** ******* *** ***** *** ** usable *******. **** **** *** ***-**** ** *** **** *** night, **** ********/**********.

Bandwidth ***********

*** ***-**** *** *** ******* ********* *********** ** ******* ** this ****, ****** ****** *** ******* ******* **** ***** ** full *****. ** **** ******, ******* ** **** ****** *** to *** **** ** ********** **.

*******, *** ***-****'* ********* *********** ** **** ***** ** **** higher **** ********** *** ***** *** ***********, *** ***-****, ***** *** ******** *-*.* **/* ** **** *****. *******, its ***** **** *********** ** *****, ********* ********, ** *** SNB-6004 ***** ****** >** **/*.

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

******* **** ****** ***** ******* ******** ****** ********* *****. ******* speed *** ************ ** * *** ** */*** ** *** cameras, *** ************ ******** ** ~**.

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

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

Comments (11)

(Samsung Employee)

Just wanted to comment on a few things:

  • The SNB-6011 is almost identical to the SNB-6010. The 6010 has a 4.6mm lens vs. 2.4mm lens on the 6011.
  • The SNB-6011 has an analog video output port with included BNC cable, SNB-6010 does not.
  • The web interface of all WiseNetIII cameras has been updated vs. what is shown in the video above to make things more streamlined, add a few new things as well.
  • There is a 1.5 meter cable version for applications where there is no where to stash the cable bundle (SNB-6011-15) for the same price.
  • There is also an ATM kit, which includes the camera and an ATM bracket. You choose the cable length 1.5/8 meters.
  • There are two corner mounts available SHD-200C & SHD-300C
  • The SNB-6010 is part of the new height strip camera model SNB-H-6010.

Do you have a link or a picture of the ATM kit?

The kit doesn't seem to be posted yet, but here is a picture of the bracket that makes up the ATM kit. It has 2 pivot points for adjustment.

.

What is the simplest way to connect this Samsung covert camera to send snapshots via email?

All Samsung cameras can send pictures upon event detection to an SMTP e-mail server. Gmail works well.

Let me know any other details regarding what you are trying to accomplish.

As a end user looking for a covert camera that triggers on motion, records on SD card , and sends email of a snapshot. This would be in a large facility the covert camera would be placed in a location with limited space for a NVR. There is a decent cell signal available. One location is outside and one inside both within 25 ft of an outlet. Just looking for a covert camera that is easy to conceal but limited space. This facility is in a manufacturing center, the target is a storage container. The camera could be hidden in a small box about half the size of a shoebox on a shelf about 100 ft from the container.

Yes, the camera can send e-mail when motion is detected. In addition, you can use the web interface or the included SmartViewer to view live/search/playback/download video from the SD card.

Just make sure that you use an SMTP mail server, such as gmail. Also note that gmail limits the number of emails you can send via SMTP per day. If you exceed this due to the amount of motion, you may need another SMTP mail provider.

HI All, could you test the Dahua and ACTI covert cams as well? Thanks

Maybe, but covert cameras are not a priority for testing for us as they tend to get low interest.

As for Dahua, do you know the model numbers for them? I can't find it but Dahua has so many models across different websites and regions that I might have missed it online.

I would like to second the motion for reviewing the covert ACTI camera. we do some high end residential projects where the owners don't like the looks of the typical cameras. ACTI has some interesting mountings that blend in with the room décor.

Login to read this IPVM report.
Why do I need to log in?
IPVM conducts unique testing and research funded by member's payments enabling us to offer the most independent, accurate and in-depth information.

Related Reports

Testing Bandwidth Vs. Low Light on Jan 16, 2019
Nighttime bandwidth spikes are a major concern in video surveillance. Many calculate bandwidth as a single 24/7 number, but bit rates vary...
WDR Tutorial on Jan 11, 2019
Understanding wide dynamic range (WDR) is critical to capturing high quality images in demanding conditions. However, with no real standards, any...
Winter 2019 IP Networking Course on Jan 10, 2019
Today is the last day to register for the Winter 2019 IP Networking course. This is the only networking course designed specifically for video...
Worst Products Tested In Past Year on Jan 09, 2019
IPVM has done over 100 tests in the past year. But which products performed the worst? Which ones should users be most aware of? In this report,...
Managed Video Services UL 827B Examined on Jan 09, 2019
Historically, UL listings for central stations have been important, with UL 827 having widespread support. However, few central stations have...
H.265 / HEVC Codec Tutorial on Jan 08, 2019
H.265 support improved significantly in 2018, with H.265 camera/VMS compatibility increased compared to only a year ago, and most manufacturers...
2019 Video Surveillance Cameras Overview on Jan 07, 2019
Each year, IPVM summarizes the main advances and changes for video surveillance cameras, based on our industry-leading testing and...
IPVM Best New Products 2019 Opened - 70+ Entrants on Jan 07, 2019
The inaugural IPVM Best New Product Awards has been opened - the industry's first and only program where the awards are not pay-to-play and the...
Axis Tailgate Detection Tested on Jan 04, 2019
Axis is aiming to tackle tailgating, one of access control's biggest issues, with the Tailgating Detector ACAP application. This camera app claims...
Surveillance Codec Guide on Jan 03, 2019
Codecs are core to surveillance, with names like H.264, H.265, and MJPEG commonly cited. How do they work? Why should you use them? What issues may...

Most Recent Industry Reports

The IP Camera Lock-In Trend: Meraki and Verkada on Jan 18, 2019
Open systems and interoperability have not only been big buzzwords over the past decade, but they have also become core features of video...
NYPD Refutes False SCMP Hikvision Story on Jan 18, 2019
The NYPD has refuted the SCMP Hikvision story, the Voice of America has reported. On January 11, 2018, the SCMP alleged that the NYPD was using...
Mobile Surveillance Trailers Guide on Jan 17, 2019
Putting cameras in a place for temporary surveillance where power and communications are not readily available can be complicated and expensive....
Exacq Favorability Results 2019 on Jan 17, 2019
Exacq favorability amongst integrators has declined sharply, in new IPVM statistics, compared to 2017 IPVM statistics for Exacq. Now, over 5 since...
Testing Bandwidth Vs. Low Light on Jan 16, 2019
Nighttime bandwidth spikes are a major concern in video surveillance. Many calculate bandwidth as a single 24/7 number, but bit rates vary...
Access Control Records Maintenance Guide on Jan 16, 2019
Weeding out old entries, turning off unused credentials, and updating who carries which credentials is as important as to maintaining security as...
UK Fines Security Firms For Illegal Direct Marketing on Jan 16, 2019
Two UK security firms have paid over $200,000 in fines for illegally making hundreds of thousands of calls to people registered on a government...
Access Control Cabling Tutorial on Jan 15, 2019
Access Control is only as reliable as its cables. While this aspect lacks the sexiness of other components, it remains a vital part of every...
Avigilon Favorability Results 2019 on Jan 15, 2019
Since IPVM's 2017 Avigilon favorability results, the company was acquired by Motorola and has shifted from being an aggressive startup to a more...
Gorilla Technology AI Provider, Raises $15 Million, Profiled on Jan 15, 2019
Gorilla Technology is a Taiwanese video analytics manufacturer that recently announced a $15 million investment from SBI Group, saying this...

The world's leading video surveillance information source, IPVM provides the best reporting, testing and training for 10,000+ members globally. Dedicated to independent and objective information, we uniquely refuse any and all advertisements, sponsorship and consulting from manufacturers.

About | FAQ | Contact