Samsung Covert WDR Camera Tested

By: 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.

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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.

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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.

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