Speco Ultra Intensifier Tested

By: Ethan Ace and Rob Kilpatrick, Published 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 significant, obvious problems.

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We bought and tested the Ultra Intensifier dome (O2iD8) against super low light and IR models from Axis, Hanwha, and Hikvision to examine these issues and see how it really competes against competitive super low light and IR models.

******** **** **** ***** Speco's ***** ************** **** *** "***** Surveillance ******* **", **** ******* ***** the ****** ******* **** significant, ******* ********.

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** ****** *** ****** the***** *********** **** (*****)******* ***** *** ***** and ** ****** **** Axis, ******, *** ********* to ******* ***** ****** and *** *** ** really ******** ******* *********** super *** ***** *** IR ******.

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Slow ******* / ******** ******** ********

******* ** *** ******, slow ******* *** * common, *** ***********, ********* to **** ****** ******** (see****** **** ******* / Ghosting ******). ** *** **** few *****, ************* **** moved **** **** **** as ****** ******* ********** and **** ********** ***** blurring ****. *******, ***** continues ** **** ****. They *** ** ** their******** '***********' (*** ****'* 2014 ****) *** ******** ** do ** *****.

Key ********

**** ***** ******* ********, the ***** ***** *********** camera ********* **** ** moving *******, ******* **** slight ** ******, ********* on ***** *****, *** reducing ** ******* ********* details ** ****** ******* in *** *** ***** scenes, ~* *** *** below.

**** ***** ** ******* or ********** ** ******* down *********** ******** (**-***, defaulting ** ***) ** fixing ******* ***** ** 1/30s, *** ******* *** 2D/3D ***, *** **** reduced ***** ********** *** increased ******* *****, *********** negating ***********'* **********.

**** *********** ******** *** 2D/3D *** ********, *** Ultra *********** ********* ********** to **** ********* ***** low ***** *******, ******* ************ ******* ** *** *****/**** scenes (~****/~*.****).

*******, ** **** **** scenes (~*.****), ********** ** cameras ********** *** ***** Intensifier, **** ******* ******* at *** ****** ******** to *** ***** ****** with ***********/*** ********, *** without *** ****** **** issues ** *****'* ******* settings.

*******, ***** *********** ********* was **** ****** **** competitive *** ***** ***** models, ********** ** ********, about ** *** ******* of **** *** ****** models ** *** *****, and *-** ****** *** day.

Troubleshooting ******

*** ***** *********** ** likely ** ***** *********** troubleshooting ****** *** ************* installers. ***** *** ********** between *****'* ********* ****** and ****** ***********, **** are ****** ** ** frustrated ** **** ** low ***** ****** *** may *** **** *** skills ** ******** ***** settings *** ******* **.

Results ********

** ****** ***** ***** showing **** ****** *** noise ********* ** **** video:

*******

*** ***** *********** ***** sells *** ~$*** ******, moderately ****** **** ******* fixed **** ******* **** cameras (~$***-*** *** ******). However, **** ******* ** notably **** **** **** super *** ***** ******, typically $***, ** * minimum, **** ****** *** super *** ***** *********** usually ***** ** ******* $700+.

Physical ********

*** ***** ***********'* ************ is ****** ******* ** other ***** **** ******* domes, **** * *-**** gimbal, *** ******* ******** features (** ***** ** I/O). ** ** ******** larger **** ***** *****-**** models, **** *** ********* Performance ****** *** ****** XNV-6010 ***** ****:

Dome Size Comparison

Visible ****** **** ** *** *****, ******* ********* ******

******* ******** ********* ****** of "***** *** *****" video ** *** ****, using ******* ******** *** Ultra *********** ****** ******** blur ** ****** ******** in *** ***** ** our ***** (***** ** ~1 *** *****):

******* **** ***** ** lower *****. *** *******, at ~*.* ***, ** details ** *** ******* can ** **** ** all, **** *** ********** visible ******* *** ******* as ** ***** ******* the *****. ** **** placed *** ****** ** the ***** ********** **** in **** ******* *** better **********.

Blur ******* *** ********: *** **** ****** *****

**** ***** ** ******* or ********** ** ********* multiple ******** ** *** Ultra ***********:

  • *********** ***:******* *********** *** ******* blur *** ****, **** the **** ******** ****** greatly *********, *** **** issues ***** *******. ******* effects **** **** **** fixing ******* ***** ** 1/30s, *** **** *********, see *****.
  • *** ***:** ***** ** ********** remove ****, **** ** and ** *** **** be ***** ********. ** uses * ******* ******* of **, ***** ****** noticeable *********/******** ****** ****** objects, ***** ** *** a ******, *** ***** visible, ******.

**** **** ****** ******* speed ** */*** ******** effects **** ******* ** disabling **********. *******, *** Speco ****** **** *** use *******/******* ******* ***** settings, ** ******* ******** fixed ** */*** **** during *** ***, ******* drastic ************. ******* ** this, ********* *********** ** the ****** ******.

Scene ****** *** ** ***** *******

** ******** ** **** issues, ***** ******* ****** washed *** *** ***** of *** ***** *********** when ***** ******* ********. For *******, ******* ** an ****** ********** ********** blinded *** ****** *** ~2 *******, *** ****** out ******* ** **** as ** *** ****** on.

Lights Wash Out Scene At Default Settings

Low ***** *********** (~* ***)

** * ~* *** scene, *** ***** *********** camera ********* ******** ****** when ********** ** ****** non-blurring ******** **** **** the **** *********** *****-*** Mk ** *** ******'* XNV-6021R, **** ** ***** suffered **** ********* ***** and ********.

Low Light Performance Comparison

***** *** ***** *********** shows ***** ****** ** the ********** ***** *** subject *****, ** ******** worst **** **** ** default ********, **** ***** and ********* *** **** in ***** *******. **** using ************ ********, ** performs ********* ** ***** models, **** **** ****** of ******* ***** *** little ******* ****** ****.

Low Light Blur Noise Comparison

Dark *********** (~*.* ***)

*******, ** * **** dark ~*.* *** *****, the ****** ******** ** detail **** ********** ** settings ******* ** ******, with *** ****** ********* detection ** *** ******* against *** ******** **********. In **** *****, *** Intensifier ******** ****** ****** of *** ********** **** chart, ***** *** *** blur, *** *** ****** movement ** *** ******* blurred *** ****.

Dark Performance Comparison

Vs. ********** **

*******, **** ***** ***** low ***** ****** ** our *****, *** ***** Intensifier ****** ** ****** outperformed ** ********** ** models **** *** ** non-blurring ********, ********* ** usable ***** *******. ***** the **** *****-*** ** II ******* ********** **** in **** *****, ** still ******** ****** ******, with *** ****** ******* X ****** ********* ***** recognizable ******* ** *** subject *** *****.

Vs  Integrated IR

Similar ******* ***** *******

****** *** ***, ** saw ** *********** ***** quality ****** ** *** Ultra ***********, **** ***** quality ******* ******* ** other ***** ****** ** a ************ ***** ** view.

Daytime Details Similar To Others

Increased *********

***** *********** ********* *** high ** *** *****, ~8 **/*, ***** ** the ******* ** ***********, and **** ***** *-** the ********* ****** *** day (~*** ***). **** Axis *** ****** ****** include ***** ******, ***** Speco **** ***.

Bitrate comparison

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*** *********** ***** ***** ****** ******************, ******** ** ****:

Sony Xarina CXD4145GG SoC

***** *** ****** ****** is *** ******* ******* desoldering ** **** *** board, *** ***** ** clearly ****** **********, * ****** */*.*" sensor *****, ******** ** 2014.

Sony IMX291 Imager

Test **********

******* **** ****** ***** default ******** **** **** changes:

  • ***** *********** ******** **** adjusted ** ***** ** sections *****
  • **** *** ****** ****** were *** ** *** 1/30s *** *******
  • ****** **** *** ** VBR, ***** *** ******* cap *** ****** ***** allow (*****, ******) ** uncapped (****) ** ***** bitrates ** ********* ******
  • ***** ****** **** ******* in **** *** ****** models

*** ********* ******** ******** were ****, *** ****** available ** *** **** of *******:

  • ***** *****:*.*.*.* ********

Country ** ******

*** ***** *** **** in *****:

Comments (9)

** **** ** *** single **** *** ** camera ** *** ****? I've **** ******* ***'* award ********* *** ** seems ** ** * revenue ********* *** ***** that ****. ************.

*** *** * ********* 2125 ** **** *** didn’t **** **?

** *** **** *********** testing **** ** **. the *****, *** *** the **** ********* ***** in *** ******. ** wasn't ******** ** ** a *** ***** ********, but * *** *** test ** *** ***** Ultra *********** *** *** issues.

*** ** ** *****, at ~* ***, *** 2125 ********* ********* ** the ***** *********** (**** set ** ***-******** ********). At ***** *** ****** (~0.1 ***), ** *** dimmer, ****** *****, ****** Speco ******** **** ******* detection ** **** ***** level, ****.

* *** ***** ****** to ***** * **** sample ** ********* **-*********-* which **** ****** ** "ColorVu". ********* ****** **** model ** *** **** 2019 ** ****.

**** ***** ***********, ** stays ***** *** *** time ***** **** ******* (1/15), *** ********* **** be ***** ******* *** F-Stop **** ******* **'* only ******* ** *** and ***.

** *******?, ********** *********. I *** **** ************* with ***** *********** ** the **** *** ******* this **** ** ******* marketing ******* *** * am ***** **** ****.

**'* *** ******* *** not ***, ******. **** might **** ** **** this **** ** ***** to ** ******. **'* already ***** **** ** EMEA *******.

*** ** ******* ********* them ** ***** **/*, 99% **** **'* *** same *******. *****'* * nice ******* ********* ***** if ****** ** **********.

*.*. * ** *** affiliated **** ******** ** LTS, **** ** ********** who ***** ** **** new *****.

** **** **** ******* for *** ******* ** versions ** **** ** North *******. *** *** coverage:********* ******* ********** ******* Light ******* ********. **** *** ***** an **.* **** ** those ******, ***** ** pretty ***, ********** ** lower-cost ******.

** **** ** **** when ****'** *********. ** saw *** *** ****** as ****, *** ***** rather **** *** ********* to **** ***** ***** own *****.

*** ********: **** *** white ***** ************, ***'* they, ******* ** **? In **** *****, *** you **** *** ****** with *** ***** ***** glare?

** ** **** ** any ***** ****** ** cameras **** **** ***** of ** ******** (*/*.*)? Should *** ****** * very ******* ***** ** field? *** ** ******* light *********** *** **** of ***** ** *****, which *** *** ** causing *** *** ******?

*** ***** ***** *********** actually **** ** **.** lens, *** ** *** not ******* *** ********* depth ** ***** ******. I ******* **** ***** these ******* *** **** AoVs (**°+), ***'** *** decrease ** ******* **** PPF ******** ** ********* well ****** ***'* *** issues **** ***** ** field, ** **** *****. That's **** *** **********.

***** ** ***** *** Illuminator ** *** ******. By ******* *******, ** is ****** ***. * had ** ******** **** it **, *** ***** comes ** **** * feel **** **'* *** dark *** ****** **********. I ****'* ***** * manual *** * ****** calling **** ********* *** would ** ******* ***** they ***** ******** ** yet.

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