Testing Sony's 6th Gen IP Cameras

Author: Ethan Ace, Published on Jun 03, 2013

Sony's long awaited 6th generation IP cameras are now available. In our 2010-2011 tests, Sony's 5th generation cameras were one of the top offerings of that era. However, the market has advanced in the past few years.

In this report, we share our test results of Sony's 6th generation premium series, specifically the SNC-VB600B. We matched it up against recent entrants from Bosch and Axis that offer some of the best low light and WDR performance on their lines (see our recent Bosch vs Axis low light test).

Indeed, Sony has been making its own waves, talking about how the 6th generation cameras were a major advance in low light imaging.

Here is a preview of the side by side simultaneous shootouts we did:

More comparisons were done in well lit, WDR and high motion scenes.

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Key ********

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  • *** ** ***** ** *** *** ****** ********* ***** ** ********* **** ****** ** *** ***** or **** ****** ******. *******,******* *** ****** ********* *** *******, ** *** **** ****, though ****** **** *****. *** ******* ** *** ** * Mb/s.[[****: **** ***** * *** *** ** ******** ****** *.*]]

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Physical ********

**********, *** *** * ******* *** ****** *** **** ** Gen *, **** **** *********** ****** ***** *** ******** ** rear **********. ***** *** *** ***** **** ***********:

  • ******* ** *** ******* ***** **** ***** **** *** *, new ****** ******* ** ** ****. **, ****, *** **** cards *** *** *********.
  • ******* ** *** ******* *.*-*** ********* **** **** ******* **** Gen *, **** *** ***** *** * ****** *****.

Configuration / ****** *** *********

*** *** ********** *********** *** *** * *** *********. ***** should **** *** ********* *** ******:

  • ***** **** **** *********** ***** *** * ** ******* **********, with ***** **** ******** **** ******** ****.
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Market ******

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

*****, **** *** ******* ****** **** ***** ****, ** ***** levels ***** *** ***, ** *** *** *** ****** ** noisier **** **** *** ********** *****, **** **** ** *** chart ******** ** *****. *** ******* ** ************** ** **** the ****** *** *****, ***** ***** ******** **** ***** ** detail, ** **** ** **** ******* ***** ** *** *****. This **** ***** *** **** ******** *********** ******* ****'* ***** and ***** ***********, ** *** ***** ** ****** ********** ***** at **** *****.

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

** **** *****, ~*** **, ** *** *** **** ****** are ****** ******* ****** *******. *** ****** *** ***** *** most ******* ** **** *** **********, **** *** *** *** CH140 **** ****** ***. ***************** ******* ****** *** ***** ** *** *******, *** **** does *** ****** ***********.

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

** *** ******** ******* ******** **** *****, *** ****** ******** comparably ** *** **** ********** **** ***** *** *** ***** 733V. *** ***** **** ** **** ******* ** *** *****.

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

Motion *****

** ****** *** *******' ****** *********** ** **** ******** *** exterior ****** ** **** *** ****** ********* *** ********.

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

*****, ** *** ** *** ******* **** ** ****** *******, with ******** ******* ** **-** ***** *** ****. **** ******* shot *** ***** ** ** **** ***** ***** *** ** direct ********, ** ***** ** ******** ****** **** *****. **** Sony ******* ******* **** ******** ** *** *******, ********** *** wheels, *** ***** ** *** *****. **** *** ***** *** not **** **** *******, ****** *** ***** ******** **** ************ on *** ******** ***** ** *** ***.(******** **** ** ****)

[******: **** **** *** ****** *** *** **** ** ******* their ****** ******** ** '****' *** ***** * *********. **** recommends ******* *** ** ******/*** ** **** ****** **** **** only *** * ********, *********** * ****** ******** *** ********* the ****.]

** *****, ** ***** .* **, *** ******* ******* **** on ********** ************, **** **** *** ***** ******** ***** ****** ***** *******, both ****** **** *** **** *****. **** **** *** ******* were ************ ** * ******* */*** ********. (******** **** ** ****)

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

** *** ***** **********, **** ***** *** ********, ********** ********** that **** **** *** ** *** ***** ************* ** ***** only ***. ** ******** ****** *.*, **** ***** * *** to ***** *** **************. **** ** *** ******* ** *** light ****** ** ***** ********* ****** ** **** **** ******.

** *** ***** ****** ******* *****, **** *** ******** ***** than *** **** *****, *** ****** **** *** ***** ***-****. Note **** ** **** **** *********** *** *** ***-******, *** found *** ***** ** ** ******* *****.

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  • **** ***-******: ~**.* **/* *******
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  • ***** ***-****: ~*.* **/* *******

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  • **** ***-******: ~**.* **/* *******
  • **** *****: ~**.* **/* *******
  • ***** ***-****: ~*.* **/* *******

Other ***** *** *******

** ******** ** *** ***** ****** ****** ****, **** ****** 720p60 (*****) *** ******* (*****) ******. **** ******** ** ***** rate ***** ** * *******, *******, ** *** ***** ***** for $*,***-*,***, *** *** ***** *** $*,***-*,***. ******** ** ***** models **** ** *** ***-**** (~$***-) *** *** ***** *** NBN-932V (~$*,***-*,***), **** *** ****** *** ******. ** **** **** the ***** ***** **. ***** *** *** ** *** ***** cameras **********.

** ****** *** *****'* *** ***** *********** ******* *****'* ***-****. At ~.* ***, *** ******* ** ********* ** ****** ** the ****, **** ** ******* ********, *** *** ***** ****** visible. *******, *** ***** ******* **** ******* ** *** *****, with *** ******* ****** ******* ** *** *****:

**** ******* ** **** **** **** ** ********* *** ********** E ****** ** ******* ** * ***** ***** ***** ***** this ****, ***** ******* *** ***** *** *** *********** *** removes ** *** **********, *****, ** *******, ***. ***** ******* and ******* *** *** *** *** *********.

Comments (13)

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*******'* *** ** ********* ****'* *** ********** **** **** ****** model **** ** *** *****?

*'* ***** *** ********** **** **** ** ************* * *** less ** *** ***** **** ****** ***** **** *** * lot **** ** *** ***.

** *** ***** *** ** *** ** **** ** ********** (that's *** ****** *** *** *****).

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

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* ** ********* ******* *** *** ***** ***** ********* ********* while ***** ******* ** **** *** ********* **. ** **** 6th ***. * ***** ** ***** **** **** *** ***. cams ** ***-***** ********** *** **** *** **** ***** ********.

** *********** *********** ***** ******** ** ******* ***** ** *** ****. ******* setting ** *** **** ********* ** **** *******. ************ ******* on *** ** **** ****** ****** **** ** ****** ******* on ******* *****. *** ** ***** **** ** **** *** Axis?

*****,

****'* ******** ********* ** *** ******** ******* ***** *** **** from, ** *** *** ***, *** ** *** ******** ** multiple ****** **** ******** *********. * **** **** *** **** motion ****** ** **** ******* **** ** *** ****. **** WDR ** ****** ***, *** ******** **********.

*******, **** *** ***** **** *** ***, *** **** ***** algorithms ** ******** **** ******* ** **** ****** *********.

*** ***** ******* **** **** **** **** **** ** ******* of ***** *** ** ******* ****** ************.

****** **** ** **** *** ******* **** ****** *******, ** moving ******.
**** ** *** **** ****.

*****, ** *** ***** ** *** ****** **** ** *** outdoor *****, ******* ***** *** ************ ** */***, ***** ** typical ** *** *** *****.

********* **** ***** ***** *** *** *** ***** **** ** control *** ******* *****, ** ************* (*** **** ** ***** from *** *****) ** **** *** ***** *** ******* *** minimum ******* ****** ** ******, *** *** ******* ****** ** slowed ** **** **** *** ****** ** ** ** *** be **** ** ***. *'* ****** ******** ****.

*******, ** **** ****'* ***** ********* ********* ("******") *** *** test. * ****'* *** ********** ********** **** ****** ** **** or ***.

**** ******** ******** ** *** ****** **** *** *** ******* / ******* *****. ***** ************** ** ** ******** *** ** medium/mid, ******* ** *** ******* ****. **** ********* **** **** uses * *********, ********* ********** * ****** **** ***. ** contrast, ******/*** **** * *********.

**** ** ***** ******** ****** **** ** *** ******* / driving *****, *********, ***** *****. *******, ** **** ***** ****** Sony's *** ***********. ** **** **** ** **** **** ******* in * ****** ******.

** *** ***** **** ******* ***** **** ***** ** ****'* WDR, ******? ***** ******* ************'* ****** *** ** ** ***********?

** ************* ** **** **** ************* **** *** *** ********* for ***, *** ****. ** *** ****** **** ** *******, that ***** ****** ****** ****.

*** ****, * ** * ********* *** *** **** ******. There ** ******* ** ******* ********** ******* * *** *.

**** *** *** ** *** **** ******* *** *** *********** be ****** ****, ** *** ** ***** ****** ** * result **** ******** ******** ********* **** *** *****.

***** *** **** *** ***** **** **** ** */*** *******, they ****** **** *** **** ******, ** ** *** **** motion ****?

******* ***** **** ********* ******, ***** ***** *** ******** ******** technology **** ******** **** ******* ** ****** ***** ******. ********* Axis *** ***** *** ** *********.

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

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