Testing Geovision Mini IR Camera

Author: Derek Ward, Published on Nov 01, 2013

Integrated IR continues to be a growing trend, moving into cameras at both the high and low ends of the spectrum. One new model from Geovision, the 1.3MP GV-UBX1301 claims 10m illumination range and adaptive IR at a price point barely above $200. To see how this model stacks up we tested it against competitive low cost models from Pelco and ACTi, and integrated IR models from Axis and Q-See.

We tested both full light image quality:

And below 1 lux to test IR range and performance:

Inside, we break down performance in image quality comparisons and video screencasts.

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Comments (3)

Derek,

It would be nice t include the info on the resolution on these models, so I wouldn´t need to google for this info.

I added a reference to the resolution (1.3MP) next to the first two mentions of the product. Btw, we always link to the camera's product page up front which should save you from googling for any other spec info.

(four years later, when I get a breathless advert from ADI covering Geovision...)

Some questions. Did you do an nmap scan. did you check if it uses TLS. did you look for a back door account. did you put it in an enclosed network with monitoring to look for phone-home traffic. can you change the passwords to strong values.

It's 90 bucks on Amazon today.

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