Samsung Brags: Our Cameras Are Fragile!

By John Honovich, Published Nov 08, 2013, 12:00am EST (Info+)

Samsung wants you to know that their plastic domes are fragile. We are here to help.

In a recent promotion, Samsung shared [link no longer available] tests to "verify to customers that our internal domes with plastic housings could continue to operate effectively even when attacked."

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Comments (11)

Bless Samsung for keeping the entertainment flowing, they should earn some points for that.

First it was Avigilon, I may have missed some in between there, and now IPVM is turning on Samsung... What a circus.

Matt, you are such an expert, why don't you debunk our critique? Show us why we are technically wrong in our analysis of Samsung's vandal claims. Can you? Show us.

Excellent report John. I for one was not aware of the IK scale and EN62262 and am better off for the knowledge. Keep up the good work.

Ditto Matt's post. While I certainly was aware of the rating IK10, i really had no idea of the entire scale and what it meant. Good article!

Besides the IK rating, the material of the dome is equally important. Acrylic may sustain a single blow (or likely not), Polycarbonate should sustain multiple impacts and probably dent before it breaks, dpending on the temper of the material. Other materials are in between. IK10++ is a better test but what is the true impact of a baseball bat or pipe ?!?! IK 50?????

Good point Bob, the energy exerted from a baseball bat strike would most likely be far in excess of 20joules (I calculate more like 300 joules depending on swing, bat weight and my calculations being correct!)

I imagine though that the most likely damage scenarios would be by things found on or around the site rather than brought in with a perpetrator - thrown articles such as rocks, bricks, pavers, bottles, etc; striking with sticks or construction materials etc, spray painting or other liquids (though this is addressed in this criteria).

John, I wonder if this could be another IPVM test to see how "vandal resistant/proof" cameras stand up to a range of typical attack scenarios, and the approximate forces at work?

Matthew, good suggestion. I started a discussion to exchange ideas on what is the best way to do this - How To Test Vandal Resistance?

Are any of the cameras they tested supposed to be vandal resistant? If they're not then maybe clarify that these are no rated to be "Vandal Resistant".

Well, the release is either confusing or tricky on purpose. While they say that these tests verified that "[Samsung] internal domes with plastic housings could continue to operate effectively even when attacked", they refer to these cameras as being 'impact' resistant rather than vandal resistant. Maybe that way they can hedge and say, "We never said they were vandal resistant."

But then they cite their IK ratings like so:

The IK6 ones are especially funny. Here's what the SND-5011 looks like:

Not likely to survive any 'attack'.

Update: Hikvision is advertising IK8 as 'strong':

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