Testing Pelco's Surevision Cameras

Author: John Honovich, Published on Jan 09, 2012

Undoutedbly, Pelco was a leader in analog CCTV. Years ago, integrators would have likely choosen Pelco as the most respected company in the industy. Yet times have changed.

In the last decade, with a sharply shifting industry and a company in transition, Pelco's prominence in the market has clearly fallen. During that time, Pelco was acquired by international conglomerate Schneider Electric while IP camera adoption has surged. Equally troubling, Pelco's initial efforts into IP have not been especially impressive and many, including us, have been disappointed with their existing offerings.

Pelco's New Effort - SureVision

Starting in 2011, Pelco refocused its efforts on a new IP cameras technology called SureVision humbly calling it a "revolutionary approach to video security", a "new era of image quality" that "set the bar for best image quality." Specifically, Pelco claims that SureVision "combines Wide Dynamic Range along with Low Light and Anti-Bloom capabilities into one highly intelligent technology." Suffice to say, Pelco is going all out on this one.

Testing SureVision

Given the (self) hype, we decided to test SureVision against previous generation Pelco cameras and some of the best existing cameras in the industry. From Pelco, we tested the 1.2MP SureVision camera (IXE10LW) and the previous generation IXE20DN. We tested them against leading performers from Axis, Bosch and Sony.

We tested 3 primary scenarios:

  • Low Light - at ~0.2 lux, we compared details captured and overall brightness of the 3 Bosch cameras against 6 competitor's cameras
  • Wide FoV Daytime - at ~80 foot wide FoV, we compared details captured of all cameras
  • WDR - in a loading dock facing the sun, we compared details captured of all cameras at both a narrow darker area and a wider brighter area

Our test results show that SureVision is a big step forward from Pelco's historical efforts and is competitive in many areas yet still suffers from notable usability and artifacting issues. We dig into the images, video and analysis inside.

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