Testing Honeywell HD WDR IP Camera

Author: 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:

Can Honeywell compete?

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