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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