Testing Samsung WiseNet III Panoramic Camera

By: Ethan Ace, Published on Apr 25, 2014

Samsung's IP video expansion efforts continue with their recent panoramic offerings. Their SNF-7010 [link no longer available] series claims true WDR and uses their WiseNet III chip.

IPVM bought an SNF-7010 and tested it head to head against Axis, Brickcom and Vivotek panoramic cameras (from our previous panoramic test series - see 1, 2, 3).

Here are our key findings from this test:

  • Above average WDR performance, with objects outdoor clearly visible, but washed out in all other cameras tested.
  • Average low light (~2 lux) performance with detection at up to 18', but no details.
  • Dark (<1 lux) performance below average
  • Average full light performance (~160 lux), on par with other cameras.
  • Dewarping currently officially supported via Milestone SmartClient plugin. Samsung says integrations with OnSSI, Genetec, and Exacq are underway.
  • Lower than average bandwidth consumption in all scenes.

Pricing

The Samsung SNF-7010 sells for ~$360 USD online, making it one of the lowest priced panoramic cameras we have tested, and priced ~40% lower than other cameras in this test, which all retail for ~$600 online.

Recommendations

The SNF-7010 has the strongest WDR performance of any panoramic camera we have tested, making it the best choice for areas with varying lighting conditions, such as lobbies and loading docks, where panoramic cameras have historically performed poorly. However, if low light image quality is the main concern, users would likely be better served by other options, such as Brickcom and Axis. 

Readers may also reference our test of the ACTi E96, another fisheye panoramic in the SNF-7010's price range (~$360 online). The ACTi E96's performance was below that of the Axis, Brickcom, and Vivotek cameras in this test in all light levels tested.

Physical Overview

In this video, we review the physical construction of the SNF-7010: 

Get Notified of Video Surveillance Breaking News
Get Notified of Video Surveillance Breaking News

Configuration

The web interface of the SNF-7010 is nearly identical to other cameras in the WiseNet III series, with the exception of true day/night options, as this camera has no mechanical cut filter (software day/night only). No specific options are included affecting panoramic operation. We've included the screencast from our WiseNet III shootout here:

 

In this screencast we review use of the Samsung Fisheye Milestone plugin:

WDR Comparisons

We shot the cameras in this test in a typical warehouse scene on a sunny day, seen in this image, to test WDR performance:

The SNF-7010 had the strongest WDR performance of any panoramic camera we have tested, with the ability to clearly see object outside, past the brightly lit overhead door in our warehouse scene. This comparison shows WDR on and off to give an idea of the full effect:

 

Compared to other cameras in this scene, the SNF-7010 displays far more detail beyond the door, with others simply washed out. However, details of our test chart are reduced, with the Axis M3007 and Brickcom MD-300Np able to read lines 4/5, while Samsung is difficult to discern past line 3. 

Low Light

In low light, about 2 lux, the SNF-7010's performance is close to other cameras in details of both subject and chart.

This is true at 12', as well.

At ~18', the SNF-7010 is able to more easily discern letters of the test chart than other cameras, though subject details are approximately the same.

Dark (< 1 lux)

Below 1 lux, at ~6', the SNF-7010 is unable to detect our subject at all, though the chart is still visible.

At ~12', the chart becomes undetectable, while the M3007 and MD-300Np are still able to make it out.

Full Light Comparison

Full light performance of the SNF-7010 is average compared to other cameras, with slight blur obscuring some details, even after refocusing the camera. At 6', performance is about equal to the MD-300Np and FE8172V, while the M3007 is clearly able to read more lines of our test chart, and shows better details of the subject's face.

At 12', the test chart is moderately less legible than in the Axis M3007. Details are about equal to Brickcom and Vivotek at this range.

Finally, at 18', performance lags behind Axis and Vivotek, but is about equal to Brickcom.

Bandwidth

With all cameras set to 10 FPS using H.264, the Samsung SNF-7010 had some of the lowest bandwidth in our tests, lower than Brickcom, the other 3MP camera in this test, and far lower than the Axis M3007 in all scenes. However, the Vivotek FE8172V, a 5MP model, was lower than the SNF-7010 in all scenes.

Methodology

The following camera firmware was used for this test:

  • Axis M3007: 5.55.1
  • Brickcom MD-300Np-360P: v3.2.2.7
  • Samsung SNF-7010: 1.12_131218
  • Vivotek FE8172V: FE8172-VVTK-0102b

The following VMS and client versions were used:

  • Exacqvision: 6.0.5.57118
  • Milestone XProtect SmartClient 2013 R2 (8.1b)
  • Samsung Smart Viewer: v4.3.2_140226

1 report cite this report:

Lux Rating / Minimum Illumination Guide on Dec 23, 2016
Lux ratings are one of the poorest specifications to use in selecting...

Comments (0)

Only IPVM Members may comment. Login or Join.

Related Reports

Hanwha 8K / 33MP Camera Tested on Sep 14, 2020
Hanwha Techwin has released an 8K / 33MP resolution camera, the TNB-9000 with...
The Future of Metalens For Video Surveillance Cameras - MIT / UMass / Immervision on Sep 25, 2020
Panoramic cameras using 'fisheye' lens have become commonplace in video...
Camera Analytics Shootout 2020 - Avigilon, Axis, Bosch, Dahua, Hanwha, Hikvision, Uniview, Vivotek on Jan 22, 2020
Analytics are hot again, thanks to a slew of AI-powered cameras, but whose...
Video Surveillance Cameras 101 on Feb 25, 2020
Cameras come in many shapes, sizes and specifications. This 101 examines the...
AVTech ~$70 IP Cameras Tested Vs Dahua and Hikvision on Dec 04, 2019
Taiwanese manufacturer Avtech is taking direct aim at low cost leaders Dahua...
Axis Next Gen P32 Camera Tested (P3245-LVE) on Dec 18, 2019
Axis has released the next generation of their widely used P32 camera series,...
Hanwha AI Analytics Camera Tested on Aug 11, 2020
Hanwha has released their Wisenet P AI camera, adding person and vehicle...
Sunell Panda Cam Body Temperature Measurement Camera Tested on May 14, 2020
Sunell is far less well known than its gargantuan domestic competitors Dahua...
Leica Launches LIDAR / Thermal / IP Camera on Mar 04, 2020
Swiss manufacturer Leica is launching what it calls a "real-time reality...
WDR Cheat Sheet and Camera Tracking - 30 Manufacturers on Aug 26, 2020
Manufacturers are regularly cryptic about what WDR support they actually...
Tiandy Super Starlight Cameras Tested on Apr 30, 2020
Tiandy is taking aim at China competitors Dahua and Hikvision, with a new...
LILIN Presents NDAA-Compliant P2 Cameras on May 26, 2020
Merit LILIN presented its NDAA-compliant P2 camera series at the April 2020...
Taiwan Lilin NDAA Compliant Cameras Tested on Aug 13, 2020
Taiwan-based manufacturer Lilin is taking direct aim at Dahua and Hikvision...
US Startup Fever Inspect Examined on Aug 03, 2020
Undoubtedly late to fever cameras, this US company, Fever Inspect, led by a...
2020 Video Surveillance Cameras State Of The Market on Jan 03, 2020
Each year, IPVM explains the main advances and changes for video surveillance...

Recent Reports

OnTech Smart Services Partners With Google and Amazon To Compete With Integrators on Sep 25, 2020
A pain point for many homeowners to use consumer security and surveillance is...
The Future of Metalens For Video Surveillance Cameras - MIT / UMass / Immervision on Sep 25, 2020
Panoramic cameras using 'fisheye' lens have become commonplace in video...
Hikvision Sues Over Brazilian Airport Loss on Sep 24, 2020
Hikvision was excluded from a Brazilian airport project because it is owned...
China General Chamber of Commerce Calls Out US Politics on Sep 24, 2020
While US-China relations are at an all-time low, optimism about relations...
Verkada Disruptive Embedded Live Help on Sep 24, 2020
Call up your integrator? Have someone come by the next day? Verkada is...
IP Networking Course Fall 2020 - Last Chance - Register Now on Sep 23, 2020
Today is the last chance to register for the only IP networking course...
Drain Wire For Access Control Reader Tutorial on Sep 23, 2020
An easy-to-miss cabling specification plays a key role in access control, yet...
Norway Council of Ethics Finds Hikvision Human Rights Abuses "Ongoing" on Sep 23, 2020
Hikvision's involvement in "serious human rights abuse" in Xinjiang is...
IPVM Camera Calculator User Manual / Guide on Sep 23, 2020
Learn how to use the IPVM Camera Calculator (updated for Version 3.1). The...
Installation Course Fall 2020 - Save $50 - Last Chance on Sep 22, 2020
This is a unique installation course in a market where little practical...
SimpliSafe Business Security Launched Examined on Sep 22, 2020
SimpliSafe has launched "SimpliSafe Business Security" that the company...
FLIR CEO: Many New Fever Entrants "Making Claims That The Science Just Won't Support" on Sep 22, 2020
FLIR's CEO joins a growing number calling out risks with fever / screening...
China Bems Temperature Measurement Terminal Tested on Sep 22, 2020
Guangzhou Bems (brand Benshi) is the manufacturer behind temperature...
Axis Exports To China Police Criticized By Amnesty International on Sep 21, 2020
Axis Communications and other EU surveillance providers are under fire from...
Milestone XProtect on AWS Tested on Sep 21, 2020
Milestone finally launched multiple cloud solutions in 2020, taking a...