Testing Canon IP Cameras

By: Ethan Ace, Published on Jun 30, 2014

Canon now owns one of the top global VMS offerings but how good are their IP cameras?

Will the combination of Canon IP cameras and Milestone VMS create the next Avigilon? Or will Canon's cameras be the anchor that drags down Milestone to mediocrity?

To find out, we bought and tested two of Canon's new 1080p IP dome cameras, the full size VB-H610D and the VB-S800D minidome:

******** ******* ** *** *** global *** ********* *** how **** *** ***** IP *******?

**** *** *********** ** Canon ** ******* *** Milestone *** ****** *** next ********? ** **** Canon's ******* ** *** anchor **** ***** **** Milestone ** **********?

** **** ***, ** bought *** ****** *** of *****'* *** ***** IP **** *******, *** full **** **-******** *****-*************:

** **** ***** ****** out ******* *********** ******* from ****, *****, *****, Hikvision, **********, *******, *** Sony ** *** *** they ******* ** ****** in ***** *****.

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Key ********

**** *** *** *** findings **** **** ****, both *** ***** ******* in *******, *** ******** to each ******:

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  • **** ******* **** ********** *** added ** ********* ******** ******* *****, with ********* *** ************* working ** ********.
  • ****** ******* *** ***** resulted ** ***** ********* only ** **** *****, requiring ******** **** ** use *.***.
  • **** ******* **** * bitrate *** **** ***** VBR ********. **** *** be *********** ***** ***** higher **** ******* ******** in *** ***** ****** especially.

**-***** ********

  • *** ***** (~* ***) performance ****** **** ***** non-IR *** **** ***** cameras ****** **** ****** visibility ** ******* *** chart **********.
  • *********** ** **** ****** (<1 ***) ****** **** other ***** *********, **** the ******* ** ****** test *******, *** ****** outperformed ** *** **** integrated ** ******. ***** does *** ***** *** integrated ** *******.
  • ********** ****** ***** ******** ** full ***** **** *********** cameras, **** ******* **** tone *** **** ***** more ********** ***********.
  • ******** *** */* ********** located **** ** ****** of**** *** ***** ************ mounting ** **** ********* and **** ***** ** dust *** **** ********** compared ** ******* **** recessed ********** ** ***** pigtails.
  • ****** **** ******* ********* consumption ** *** *****, especially ******** ** *** cost ********** ** ***********. Bandwidth *********** ** **** light *** ******* ******** to *********** *******.

**-***** **** **** ****

  • **** *** ***** (lux) *********** ****** ****** 1080p *********** **** ** the ******* ***-**** *** Bosch ***-****,****** ******* ** *** ***** IME319 *** **** ***-*****.
  • ******** ****** ***** ******** ** **** light **** ***** ******* tested, **** ******* **** tone *** **** ***** more ********** *********.
  • ****** ********** ******** ***** ********** of *** ****** ***** all ****, ******* ** simply ***** *** **** found ** **** **** models, *********** ******** ******** reductions ** ************ ****.
  • ****** ********* *********** ** all ***** ****** **** competitive *******, ********** ** very *** ***** ****** where ******* ********* ***** causes ******* ******.
  • ***** ***** ******* *** inferior ** **** *** cameras, **** ******* ******* more ********* ** ******* against ****** *********, *** the ******* *** ***** very ********* ** ***.
  • *** **-***** ** ***** even ** **** **** dome *********, *** ** the *** **** ********** used *** ****** **********. At *" ** ********, it ** ****** **** most ***** ****** ****** resistant ***** ** **** ** **** outdoor *****.

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*** ***** **-***** ** priced ************* ******* ** other ***** ***** **** minidomes **** ************* **** as ***** *** ****, but ** **** ** $200 ***** ***** **** competitors **** ** ***** and *********. ************, **** low **** *********** **** models **** ********** ** for ****** **** ***** the **-*****.

*** **-***** ** ****** ********** to **** *** **** indoor ***** *******, *** still ****** **** ***** cost ****** **** *******, Hikvision, ***. **** **** none ** ***** *********** models ******* *** **** remote ********** ******** ** the **-*****, ****** **** include **************/****:

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*** **-***** ******** ** an ***** ******* ********* compared ** *********** ******** models. *******, *** **** ** integrated ** ** * disadvantage ** **** ******, with **** *** **** models *** ******** **** feature. ************, ****** **** average ******** *** ** VBR *** ****** *** result ** ****** ******* space.

*** *** ********* ** *** VB-H610D ** *** ****** adjustment ******* ***** ***** speed ************, ***** ********** no ****** **** ** aim *** ****** ** site, ****** ******* ** and **** **. ** could **** ****** ******* costs ** *** ******* field ** **** ******* after ************. *******, *** average ******* ***********, ***** size, *** **** ******* are ******** ************* ******** to *** ****** *****.

Physical ********

** **** ***** ** review *** ******** ************ of *** **-*****:

*** **** ** ****** the features ** *** **-*****:

*** **** ** ********* larger **** ******* ****-*** domes:

Configuration ********

**** ***** ******* *** web ********* ** *** Canon *******, *********** *** same ** ****: 

 

Remote ********** ****

** **** *****, ** demo *****'* ****** ********** features ***** ***** ******** tool *** *** **-*****.

 

*** *************

** *******, **** ******* stream **** ************ *****. ** ***** to ******* *** ****** H.264, ***** **** *** a ****** ***, ****** "#profile0" ***** *** ** address (***.**.***.**#********, *** *******). Even ***** **** ***, we *** **** ************ issues **** *** ****** switching ** ***** ***** a ******, *** ********* and ********** ** ******** these ********.

**** ******* *** ********* by ****** ******* ** Milestone********. ** *** ** issues ********** ** ********* in****************** ***** ****** **** 7.3, **** *** ******** (audio, */*, ***.) *********.

VB-S800D ******** ***********

** **** *** *** Canon **-***** ******** ******* Axis, *****, *****, ********* and ***** ** *** conference **** ** **** light, *** *****, *** ** the ****. ** ***** comparisons ** **** ******** integrated ** ******* **** Dahua *** *********, ****** below *** **-*****, ** order ** **** *** performance ********** ******* ** and *** **** ** models *********.

**** *****

******** **** **** ***** (~160 ***), *** ***** VB-S800D **** ***** ************** ** our ***** *** **** subject, **** *********** ********* similar ** ***** ******.

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VB-H610D **** **** **** ***********

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Comments (3)

Great technical article.. but what about the conclusion?

Will the combination of Canon IP cameras and Milestone VMS create the next Avigilon? Or will Canon's cameras be the anchor that drags down Milestone to mediocrity?

It depends on how tightly Canon tries to market their cameras with Milestone's VMS.

The good news is, if they push the combination, it won't be a complete disaster as Canon cameras are, at least, OK.

The bad news is that the cameras are not really in any way great, nor are they inexpensive, plus they have a very limited lineup overall. This, of course, can be rectified if they put a fraction of the investment they put into Milestone into improving their camera line.

I am still waiting for the unboxing video.

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