Testing March MegaPX Domes

By: Ethan Ace, Published on Sep 04, 2014

March Networks has been one of the bigger names in video surveillance recorders for a decade, with significant adoption especially in banking and retail.

For a number of years, since the Cieffe acquisition, the company has offered IP cameras as well.

In this report, we share test findings of the 3MP outdoor MegaPX MicroDome and the 1080p indoor MegaPX MiniDome Z. Both are 3-9mm varifocal, show below:

***** ******** *** **** one ** *** ****** names ** ***** ************ recorders *** * ******, with *********** ******** ********** in ******* *** ******.

*** * ****** ** years, ***** ********* ***********, *** ******* *** offered ** ******* ** well.

** **** ******, ** share **** ******** ** the *** ******* ****** ************ *** ***** ****** ****** ******** *. **** *** *-*** varifocal, **** *****:

** ****** **** ******* models ************, *****, *********, ******* and **** ** *** how **** **** ******** in **** *****, *** and *** ***** ******.

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Key ********

***** *** *** *** findings **** **** ****: 

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  • ************* ***** *********** ** par *** ******** ***** other ***** ******* ******.
  • ***** ******* *** ***** (~1 ***) ***********, **** no ******* ** *** subject *** **** ********** of **** *****. ** integrated ** ** ********** / ****** ****.
  • ********** ***** ******* *** performance ******** ** **** WDR 1080p *** *******, ******* ** Samsung ***-**** *** ***** NBN-932V, ****** ************ ** Avigilon's **, ********* **-*******, and ********* **-******* ** both ***** *** **** areas.
  • *** ******* "***" ****** be **** ******* ** default "****" *** **** performance ** ****** *** dark *****.
  • ****** ******** ** ***, March's *** ** ********-********.
  • *** **** *** **** off when ******* ****** ** night ****, *** ** negative ****** ** *** light *********** *** ********.
  • ******* *** '********' ***** *.** *** would *** ******* ** Profile * ***** **** as******* ***************************. ***** ***** *.** such ** ***** ******* and************** ******* *****.
  • ****** **** ******* ********, with ****** *******, ** low ***** (~* ***) and **** (scenes, especially ** *** ****** MicroDome, ***** ******** *-** higher **** *** ******** Z.
  • *********** *** ** *** more ******* ******* ** IP ***** ** *** testing.

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**** ******* *** *** MegaPX ********* ** $*** USD, ***** *** ******** Z *** * ***** of $***. *** ****** ***** of ***** ******* ** ********** close ** ****:

  • ****** *********: ~$*** ***
  • ****** ******** *: ~$*** USD

*******, ***** *****'* ******* availability *** *********** ******** ************ (deeper) ******** *********, ******* might ** **** ** command ****** ******* ** offer ***** ******* **** that.

******** ** ****** *******, March's ******* ******* ** less **** **** *** not *** ****** ******:

*** **** ** **** of *** *********, ***** falls ***** ******* ***** outdoor ***** ******:

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*******, ***** ***** ******* *** moderately ***** *********** ** moderately ***** *****. **** also **** **** ******* difficulty ** *** ***** VMS *********** (*** ** the ***** ************ *** ******* ****** integrations).

***** **** *** *** in ***** *** ** end ********* **** *****'* own *** / *********. 

Physical ********

** **** ***** ** review *** ******** ********** of **** *** ********* and ******** *.

**** ***** ***** *** size ** **** ******* compared ** ****** ****** and ******* *******. *** MicroDome ** ******* ******* than ***** ******* *******, such ** *** ********* 6 ****** ***** ****.

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** **** ***** ** review ************* ******* *** both ***** *******.

Full *****

*****, ** ***** **** full ***** ***** ** our ****** ********** ****, ~160 ***, **** ** the ***** ** **** below.

*** ***** ********* ********* modestly ****** **** *** MiniDome ** **** *****, with ***** ***** *** clearer ******, ***** *** MiniDome *** ******, ******** **** looking.

 

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** *** ****, ~* lux, ******* ***** ****** produces * ****** ***** of *** **** *******, nor *** *** ********, Bosch, ** **** *******. However, *** ***** ** legible ** **** */*, despite ********* ******* *****, and *** ******* ***** visible ** *** *********. The ********* **-******* *** Panasonic ******* *** ******** to **** *** *********** *** between ***** ******* *** those ********* ********** **, an ************ *****.

 

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** ***** *** ******* to *** ********* **** scene, ******** *** ******* against **** *** ****** backlight ** ***** ** and ******** **** **** to *** **** ****.

 

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**** ***** ******* ******* to *** "****" *** setting. ** ***** **** this *** ************* ************ ** the "****" *******.

** *** ***** ********** below ** *** *** the ********** ******* ****, on *** ****, *** Auto, ** *** *****, with *** **** ****** of *** *******'* ******** and *** **** ***** in *** ****** ***** High.

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*** *** ***********, **** March ******* **** ****** to '***'.

** *** ****** **** ****** the ****, *** ******** outperforms *** *********, **** better ********** ** *** subject *** **** *****. Both *** ************ ** competitive ******* **** ********, *********, *********, *** Sony.

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** *** *****, **** cameras ******* **** ********* than *******, **** **** the ***** ***-**** ******* in *** **** ***** as *** ***** ********. In **** *****, *** MicroDome's ******* ** ***** *******, among *** ****** ** the *****. *******, ** over * **/*, *** MiniDome ** **** **** double **** ****** *******.

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

*** ******* **** ****** using ******* ******** ****** exposure, ***** *** ************ to */*** ***, *** CODEC, ***** *** ************ to *.***, ** ***, Q~28.

***** *** *** ******** versions **** ** **** cameras:

  • ******** *.**-**-**: *.*.*.**
  • ***** ***-****: *.**.****
  • ********* **-*******: *.*.*
  • ***** ******** ***************: *.**.*
  • ***** ******** ****** ******** Z: *.**.*
  • ********* **-*******: *.**
  • ******* ***-****: *.**
  • **** ***-*****: *.*.*

*********** *.*.***** *** **** for *********.

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