Testing Pelco Sarix Thermal Cameras

Author: Ethan Ace, Published on Mar 12, 2013

In this report, we share our test findings of Pelco's Sarix TI Thermal cameras. While relatively new to the thermal market, Pelco has been making big claims about how its all digital processing and design increases image quality and detection range. We put it to the test against Axis, DRS, FLIR and Sightlogix to see how accurate those claims were.

This is the third in our series of thermal camera tests, following results on FLIR and DRS. Next up will be Sightlogix and Axis.

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Comments (3)

Interesting. And useful!, thanks.

What camera / settingsn were used to take the "Overview" screenshot in the last two pictures (under range comparison title)?

Hi Juan, that screenshot is simply a zoomed out image from one of the cameras in the test, to show the overall scene. In this case, I believe it was the DRS WatchMaster.

John, my firm represents Pelco in the midwest, and so I cannot speak for them here.

However, from what I know regarding the 1,800' range shots shown, there is an “image enhancement setting” at long ranges close to the detection limit. If the customer increases the image enhancement setting in this situation, the image contrast will increase to remedy the problem. The reason that they didn’t make this the default setting is that background noise increases under cold or low thermal contrast scenes. This background noise doesn’t impact the ability to detect the person at 1,800 feet or for analytics to work properly, but makes the overall image quality worse.

Hope this helps!

Kyle

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