Sony Next Gen HD Dome Camera Tested (SNC-EM642R)

By: IPVM Team, Published on Aug 18, 2017

Sony has released their latest generation, claiming improved WDR and low light, increased IR range, and more. We tested the SNC-EM642R outdoor IR vandal dome to see how these new models stack up against the latest from others, including:

Testing multiple features and scenes, including:

  • Daytime image quality
  • Low light image quality
  • IR illumination range
  • IR illumination pattern/hotspots
  • Wide dynamic range in static and changing scenes
  • Install issues
  • Bandwidth

And more. See our full results inside.

Related, see IPVM's Sony 6th generation cameras test, IPVM's Sony 20MP / 4K camera test and IPVM's Sony 35mm super low light test.

**** *** ******** ***** latest **********, ******** ******** WDR *** *** *****, increased ** *****, *** more. ** ****** *** SNC-EM642R ******* ** ****** dome ** *** *** these *** ****** ***** up ******* *** ****** from ******, *********:

******* ******** ******** *** scenes, *********:

  • ******* ***** *******
  • *** ***** ***** *******
  • ** ************ *****
  • ** ************ *******/********
  • **** ******* ***** ** static *** ******** ******
  • ******* ******
  • *********

*** ****. *** *** full ******* ******.

*******, *******'* **** *** ********** cameras ****,****'* **** **** / 4K ****** ***********'* **** **** ***** low ***** ****.

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*******

*** ***** ******* **********/***** Sony *******, *** ****** is * ***** *********** upgrade **** ******** ****** in *** ***** *** WDR ***********, ** * similar ***** ***** ** the ******* ****** ****.

*******, ***** ***** ***** manufacturers' ******* *** ******** ** find *** *********** ** any ******** ********** ****** to ******, *** *** high ******** ******** ** others *** ********** ** for ****.

Key ********

**** *** *** *** findings **** **** ****:

  • ***** ******* *** *****:*** ****** ******** ********** fewer ******* ** **** test ******* *** ***** in *** ***** ****** (<1lx) **** ****, ******, and ********* ******* ******.
  • **** ** *****:*******, *** ** ************ was *** ******* ** cameras ******, ***** **** Hanwha, ~***'/***, ****** *** is **** *** ** this *****, ~*.
  • **** ** *******:** ******* ******** *** more **** **** ***** cameras ******, **** ** center ************ *** **** dimming ** ***** ** the ***.
  • ***** *** ***********:*** ****** ********* **** in **** *** ****** tested, ****** **** **** Hanwha *** *********, ****** provided ******** **** ****** than *** **** ***** in **** ******.
  • **** ********* ***********:*** ******'* ********* *********** was *** ******* ** cameras ****** ** *** due ** *** **** of ***** ******, ***** all ***** ****** ****** include (** ** **** manufacturers ** ****). 

*******

***** ** **** *** Sony's *********** ****** *********, the ******'* ********* ****** price ** ** **** with ***** ****** ******, such ** *** **** P3225-LVE ** **, ***** starlight *****, ** ********* S2531L (*** $***-***), *** moderately ****** **** *** Hanwha ***-***** *** ********* 4526 (**** ~$***-***).

Low ***** ***********

** *** ***** ** ~20' *** **** ******** less ****** ** *** subject *** **** ***** than *** ***** ******* tested, **** *** *******'* face ********* *******/*******. *** Hanwha ******* * ******* displayed *** **** ******* ** the ******* (****** **** some ****** ************ ** lower/small **** *****), ***** both *** **** *****-*** and ********* **** ******* more ****** ** *** subject's ******** **** *** EM642.

******* **** *** *******, with *** ******* ** ~26, ** ****** ****** produced ******* ****** ******* in **** *****, **** all ********** ******* ***** or *********** ****** *** impossible ** ********. *******, notable *********** ** **** legibility *** *******.

*** ****** ** ************ by *** ****** ******* X, ***** ******** ******* of *** ***** ** the ****** ****, ** well *** **** *****-*** which ***** **** ******* letters. **** *** ****** and ********* **** ******* no ******* ****.

IR *******

*** ***-*****'* ** ************ was ********** **** ****** the **** ***** ** view, ******** ****** ** the *****, ******** *******. 

*******, ******** ** ****** such ** ****, **** illumination ********** ** **** less ******, **** ******* to *** **** ******** pattern ** *********, ***** below.

IR *****

** *** *****, *** Sony ***-****** ******* *** specified ** ***** ** 60m/~195', **** *** ******* clearly ******* ** **** 200'. *******, ****** *** foot at **** ******** ** low, **** ** ******* telephoto ***** ******, **** about * ***, ****** anything *** ********* **********. The ****** ******* * is *** **** ***** camera ** **** **** with * ********* ** range ******* *** ***** (50m/164') ***** ** *******, reaching ***'+ ***** *****. 

*** ***** ***** ***** the ***** **** *** subject ******** ** ~***' distance, *** ******'* *********** max ** *****. ******* are ***, *** ** is ******* ***********.

Exterior **** *** ***********

** ****** ******* ******* an ******** **** ** see *** **** ******* *** harsh ******* ***** *** change ** ************ ** the **** ****** *** closed. *** ****** ****** from ~** ****** ** 1,300lx ******* (****** *** difference).

** **** *****, *** Axis *****-*** ******** ****, with *** ******** ******* details **** ******* ** inside, ***** *** ***** suffers **** **** ************ of *** ******* ******* and **** ******* ** the **** *** **********. Both *** ********* *** Hanwha ****** ********** **** discoloration *** **** ** contrast, ******** ******* **********.

*** **** ***** ***** these ******* ** ****** as *** ******* ******, moving **** ******* ** inside.

Overhead **** *** *********** 

** **** ****** *** in * **** ******* scene **** ****** ********, a************* **** ******** ****. Lux ****** **** ~**** lux ** ****** **** the **** ** ~*** lux ******, * *** variance.

*** ****** *** **** cameras ******* **** ** this *****, ******* ***** details ** *** ******* against *** ****** *********, though ******* ********** ** the ****** **** ****** the ****. *** ****** and ********* ******* **** lose ******* ****** ******* due ** ******* ******** and ************* ** *** face. **** **** *** XNV-6080R ******** *** **** details **** ** *** dark **** ** *** scene.

Daytime ***** *******

** *** *****, *** SNC-EM642R ********* ********* ** the ****, ******, *** Hikvision ****** ******. ****** there **** **** **** slight ***********, ********* ******* were ******* *** **** across *** ******.

**** *** **** ** short ***** (~**'/~*****):

** **** ** ****** range, **** *** ******** to ~**.

Lens **********: ****** **. ****

** ****** **** ******* at *** ****** *** side of *** ***** ** view ** *** *** clarity ****** ** *** lens' *****, ***** *****:

 

*** ****** ****** **** clarity ** *** ****' edge **** ****** **** some ******** **********. **** that **** ***** *** similar ** ***** *******. However, ** **** ***** lengths *** * ***** varied ***** ******* ** this ****, ** ****** directly ******* *** ***** to ******.

  

Sony **. *********

** ****** *** ********* S2531L ******* *** **** EM642 ** ******** ** the ******* *****, *** omitted ** ** ***** comparisons *** ** **** of *****. ** **** included ***** *********** *** reference ***** **** *** Panasonic *** ******** ***********.

** *** *****, *** S2531L *** **** ******* **** the ******, ********* ******* of *** *******'* **** and ******* ** *** test *****.

****'* *** *********** *** also ****** **** *** S2531L. **** ******* **** overexposed, *** ********* ******** from ********/********* ** *** subject ** ****.

No ***** *****/**** ********* ***********

*** ******'* ******** **** much ****** **** **** cameras ******, *** ** its **** ** ***** codecs, **** **** *** Bosch ***** ********* *********** its ********* ******* (****** still ~**% *****). **** that **** ******** *** with * *** ** the ***, ****** ***** recent ****** **** ** the**************, ***** ** *** have * **** *** implementation.

Physical ********

*** ****** ** ******* ** past **** ******* ***** as **** ** ***** manufacturers' ******* **** ** the ********* ****, *** noticeably ****** **** ******, shown *****:

*******, *** ***-****** ******** a ********* ****** **** inside *** ******* *** camera. ******** **** *** zoom/focus ******** ***** ****** the ****, *** ****** may ** ***** *** focused ***** * **** monitor ******* ** ** IP ************ **** ** laptop, ***** *** **** installation. **** ******* ** not ******, *** ** not ******** ** *** Axis, *****, ** ********* domes ******.

** ****** ***** *** other ******** ******** ** the ****** ** **** video:

Test **********

*** **** ** ** date ******** *** **** at *** **** ** testing:

  • **** ***-******: *.*.*
  • **** *****-***: *.**.*.*
  • ***** ********* ** ********* 7000VR: *.**.****
  • ****** ***-*****: *.*********
  • ********* **-**********-***: **.*.**
  • ********* **-******: *.**

Comments (3)

Thanks IPVM team for your thorough review. It's becoming increasingly difficult to distinguish features from one top-tier camera to the next, yet this report is very well detailed.

My impression is Hanwha is the real dark horse here. The one bringing the best value of performance and price combination in the mid to upper tier. As a long time Sony dealer and proponent, this is disappointing.

As I use to work for Hanwah SAMSUNG (Sole Distributor in HKG) for more than 5 years, and now I switch my role back to SI. I do find both quality and performance of SONY and SAMSUNG are near. But in some real case of project, and I find SONY is best outcome than AXIS and SAMSUNG.

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