Testing Honeywell HD WDR IP Camera

By: Derek Ward, Published on Feb 25, 2014

Honeywell is a huge name, but not one well respected in video surveillance, unless you are an alarm dealer.

The company was late into IP but now offers their own IP camera line, including their high end positioned HCW1F, a 720p HD WDR ONVIF camera that they claim "adapts to varying lighting conditions to ensure the highest picture quality even in extreme low-light conditions."

We bought an HCW1F and put it to the test against Axis, Bosch, Sony and Samsung cameras.

Here's a sample, unmarked comparison in low light

And here's the outside part of a WDR scene:

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  • *** **************'********** ******* ***** ********* to******** ** ********.*********, *********, *** ***** Insight *** *** **** any *****.
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  • *********** ******** ******* ******** users ** *** ** as * ********* *******, while **** ***** ************* do ***.

***** *** ************

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Physical ********

** **** *****, ** briefly examine *** ******** ************ of *** ********* ***** box ******:

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**** ********** ******* *** web ********* ** *** HCW1F:

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

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WDR ***********

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Test **********

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Test **** *********

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**** ********* ****** ****

Comments (8)

You say "Note that this is the highest resolution WDR camera in the Honeywell line (no 1080p WDR)", but you make no mention of what the camera resolution is before that.

It's on the fourth line - "their high end positioned HCW1F, a 720p HD WDR ONVIF camera"

My apologizes, sorry about that.

Thanks and good article!

I enjoyed the post "Test you Knowledge" quiz after reading the article. It helped reinforce my comprehension (or lack of) of the information I just read. Please continue to add this feature in future post!

thank you

Joel, thanks! Those quizzes are about to become a major part of IPVM. We'll be offering dozens of quizzes that members can take on demand as well as assign to co-workers to help them learn more and be challenged.

VG article.

Would have been better if the initial pictures were identified as to which pictures belonged to which manufacture......

The initial pictures are a promo in the public section. The full results are inside.

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