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' ******* *** ******** to **** *** *********** in *** ******** ********** enough ** ******, *** its **** ******** ******** to ****** *** ********** it *** ****.

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 *** **** ******* of *** ******* (****** with **** ****** ************ of *****/***** **** *****), while **** *** **** P3225-LVE *** ********* **** produce **** ****** ** the *******'* ******** **** the *****.

******* **** *** *******, 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 ** **** ******** is ***, **** ** maximum ********* ***** ******, only ***** * ***, making ******** *** ********* impossible. *** ****** ******* X ** *** **** other ****** ** **** test **** * ********* IR ***** ******* *** EM642 (***/***') ***** ** exceeds, ******** ***'+ ***** below.

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

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

** ****** ******* ******* an ******** **** ** see *** **** ******* the ***** ******* ***** and ****** ** ************ as *** **** ****** and ******. *** ****** varied **** ~** ****** to *,***** ******* (****** 30x **********).

** **** *****, *** 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 **** ** *** how ******* ****** ** the ****' *****, ***** below:

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

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

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

** *** *****, *** S2531L *** **** ******* than *** ******, ********* details ** *** *******'* face *** ******* ** the **** *****.

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

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

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

Physical ********

*** ****** ** ******* to **** **** ******* domes ** **** ** other *************' ******* **** as *** ********* ****, but ********** ****** **** others, ***** *****:

*******, *** ***-****** ******** 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)

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