Sony Super Sized Low Light Imager

By: John Honovich, Published on Feb 19, 2014

Many feel very strongly that larger imagers mean better low light performance despite our test results showing how much more important other factors are.

For those of you, good news. Sony has released a full HD, 1/2" imager, far larger than common HD cameras with 1/3" or 1/2.7" imagers. Indeed, Sony is boosting far greater low light performance.

Model Comparison

**** **** **** ******** that ****** ******* **** better *** ***** *********** despite ******* ******* ******* *** much **** ************** ******* ***.

*** ***** ** ***, good ****. **** *** released * **** **, 1/2" ******, *** ****** than ****** ** ******* with */*" ** */*.*" imagers. ******, **** ** boosting *** ******* *** light ***********.

Model **********


*** *** */*" ***** is ********, ********** ** *** regular */*.*"**********, ***** **** ***** as ***** ****** **** both *** ******** ***** and **** ******* ******. ****'* ******* ************ specifications ***** *** */*" model ** **** *.** lower ************ **** *** */*.*" VB630 ***** - .** lux *** *** ***** compared ** *** .** for *** *****. ***********, the */*" ***** ************* is ******** ****** **** the **** ***** ***** (at .** ***).

*** ********** *** **** results ** *** ***** and *****, *** *** ****'* *** *** ** Cameras ****.

**** **** ********** **** the */*" ***** "*** a ***** **** ***** and ***** **** ************. So *** ***** ** built *** ************ **** as *** *** ****** where ***** ******** *** desired."

*******, ******, ** ** a *******. *** ******* VB630 *** ** **** of $*,*** ******* *** new */*" ***** *** an **** ** ****** $300 ****, ** $*,***. Even **** *********** ****** and ****** *********, ***** will ** **** ** the **** ********* ***** cameras ** *** ******.

Comments (11)

Sensor is the king! IMX185

I'll see your 1/2" and raise you an inch:

where to pair a lens ...

I'm waiting for the day where 1" chips return so I can make use of that ancient stash of lenses I still have laying around from 'back in the days'.

When will be available in the market?

I believe it's already shipping in the US and is listed for sale on a few online stores.

Hi John

When do you plan to test it ? I have VB630 and 600 but will be very interested to see if really larger the sensor is, better the quality is. IPVM should have reached now a powerful status where vendors should send you automatically and for free their new models ? Are they ?

We do not plan to test it. It is a niche camera, far more expensive than top choices already available and not claiming to be a massive improvement in low light.

While we do get samples or loaners sometimes, we do not encourage it. We overwhelmingly buy the cameras we test to minimize any concerns or conflicts of interest.

real pitty u dont wanna test it. For me as for others i guess, it would be nice to know which camera has the best performance in lowlight. So i dont care wether or not it is a niche market.

So, please test it.

Sony has been leading with sensor performance in the DSLR world. Has Sony been applying sensor technology to recent surveillance cameras and what is the outlook in the next few years?

Sony certainly sells / applies / offers sensors for surveillance cameras. We have not seen any indication that those are radically better than other sensors used in surveillance by Omnivision or Aptina.

Login to read this IPVM report.
Why do I need to log in?
IPVM conducts unique testing and research funded by member's payments enabling us to offer the most independent, accurate and in-depth information.

Related Reports on Low Light

Axis ARTPEC-7 P1375-E Camera Tested on Jul 12, 2019
Axis claims the new P1375-E box camera with ARTPEC-7 chip delivers "clear, sharp images in any lighting condition." But how well does it do? We...
Last Chance - Camera Course Summer 2019 on Jul 11, 2019
Last day to register is Thursday, July 11, 2019. This is the only independent surveillance camera course, based on in-depth product and technology...
Hikvision ColorVu Camera Tested on Jun 24, 2019
Hikvision says their new ColorVu line captures "vivid chromatic images in darkness", with unconventional white light illuminations whereas most...
Repositionable Multi-Imager Camera Shootout - Avigilon, Axis, Dahua, Hanwha, Hikvision, Panasonic, Vivotek on Jun 19, 2019
Repositionable multi-imager cameras are one of the fastest growing segments in video surveillance, with a slew of new offerings being recently...
False Verkada 'Unrivaled' Low Light Performance Claim Removed on Jun 12, 2019
Verkada falsely claimed that it delivered 'UNRIVALED LOW LIGHT PERFORMANCE' until IPVM questioned. In fact, Verkada's low light performance is...
Avigilon 32MP and 12MP H4 Multisensor Cameras Tested on Jun 11, 2019
Avigilon has released their H4 Multi-Sensor line of cameras claiming "broad scene coverage and high image detail" We bought and tested the...
Vivotek 20MP Multi-Imager Tested on May 30, 2019
Vivotek has released their latest repositionable multi-imager camera, the MA9321-EHTV, a 20 MP model claiming "Supreme Night Visibility", "Optimal...
Panasonic 32MP Multi Imager Camera Tested (WV-X8570N) on May 16, 2019
Panasonic has released their first multi imager models including the 32MP (4x4K) WV-X8570N, claiming "Extreme image quality for evidence capturing...
Hikvision DeepinView Camera Analytics Tested on May 08, 2019
Hikvision is expanding its 'deep learning' offerings with a new camera series called 'DeepinView' claiming false alarm reduction and improved...
Speco Ultra Intensifier Tested on Apr 22, 2019
While ISC West 2019 named Speco's Ultra Intensifier the best new "Video Surveillance Cameras IP", IPVM testing shows the camera suffers from...

Most Recent Industry Reports

Wyze Disruptive AI Analytics Tested on Jul 17, 2019
$20 camera disruptor Wyze has released free person detection deep learning analytics to all of their users, claiming users will "Only get notified...
Anyvision Aims For 2022 Revenue of $1 Billion on Jul 17, 2019
Only 3 video surveillance manufacturers do a billion dollars or more in annual revenue - Hikvision, Dahua, and Axis. Now, Anyvision plans to join...
HD Analog vs IP Guide on Jul 16, 2019
For years, HD resolution and single cable signal/power were IP camera advantages, with analog cameras limited to much lower resolution and...
How To Troubleshoot Wiegand Reader Problems - Inverted Wiring on Jul 16, 2019
Wiegand is the dominant method of connecting access readers, but problems can arise for installers. In fact, one of the most difficult reader...
ZeroEyes Gun Detection Startup on Jul 16, 2019
A gun detection video analytics startup, ZeroEyes, is being led by a group of 6 former Navy SEALs, aiming to "save lives" by using AI to assist...
Motorola Acquires Watchguard, Adds to Vigilant And Avigilon on Jul 15, 2019
2 years ago, Motorola had no position nor relevancy to video surveillance. Now, they own major video surveillance, LPR and body camera providers...
Hikvision Global News Reports Directory on Jul 15, 2019
Hikvision has received the most global news reporting of any video surveillance company, ever, ranging from the WSJ, the Financial Times, Reuters,...
Vivotek Trend Micro Cyber Security Camera App Tested on Jul 15, 2019
Vivotek and Trend Micro are claiming five million blocked attacks on IP cameras, with their jointly developed app for Vivotek cameras. This new...
Beware African 50,000 IP Camera Contract Scam on Jul 12, 2019
A “Nigerian Prince” scam for the video surveillance market is going around. You, or at least we, could be lucky enough to be the single bidder for...
Axis ARTPEC-7 P1375-E Camera Tested on Jul 12, 2019
Axis claims the new P1375-E box camera with ARTPEC-7 chip delivers "clear, sharp images in any lighting condition." But how well does it do? We...

The world's leading video surveillance information source, IPVM provides the best reporting, testing and training for 10,000+ members globally. Dedicated to independent and objective information, we uniquely refuse any and all advertisements, sponsorship and consulting from manufacturers.

About | FAQ | Contact