Testing: March CamPX Microdome 2011

Author: Benros Emata, Published on Jan 22, 2011

In this report, we examine a new camera from March Networks that incorporates 2 new industry developments - the use of ONVIF and the incorporation of improved WDR performance.

March Networks is historically known for recorders, not cameras. However, with their acquisition of Cieffe a few years, this increased their product portfolio to include cameras. Now, March is releasing a new generation of IP cameras.

We tested the March CamPX Microdome to better understand its overall performance and especially to learn more about its use of ONVIF and the incorporation of Pixim's recently introduced Seawolf chip.

Historically, a new IP camera would have great difficulties gaining 3rd party VMS support as proprietary integrations would need to be executed. Now, with ONVIF, those barriers are decreasing. We tested this dome with two ONVIF enabled VMSes to understand how far removed those barriers have become.

Pixim is perhaps the most well known supplier of WDR chips - offerings to improve the ability of surveillance cameras to deal with lighting variations such as direct sunlights into buildings. A key concern historically with Pixim (and WDR in general) was degraded low light performance. We tested the March dome against a camera with the older generation of Pixim's chip.

Finally, for those wanting the basics of camera choice (including domes vs boxes, WDR vs normal cameras and more), review our training report on choosing IP camera types.

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