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

Author: 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.

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IR *******

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IR *****

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