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.

***********, ***** *** * ****** ** ****** ****. ***** ***, integrators ***** **** ****** ******* ***** ** *** **** ********* company ** *** *******. *** ********* *******.

** *** **** ******, **** * ******* ******** ******** *** a ******* ** **********, *****'* ********** ** *** ****** *** clearly ******. ****** **** ****, ***** *** ******** ** ************* conglomerate ********* ******** ***** ** ****** ******** *** ******. ******* troubling, *****'* ******* ******* **** ** **** *** **** ********** impressive *** ****, ********* **, **** **** ************ **** ***** existing *********.

Pelco's *** ****** - **********

******** ** ****, ***** ********* *** ******* ** * *** IP ******* ********** ********************** ******* ** * "************* ******** ** ***** ********", * "new *** ** ***** *******" **** "*** *** *** *** **** ***** *******." ************, ***** ****** **** ********** "******** **** ******* ***** along **** *** ***** *** ****-***** ************ **** *** ****** intelligent **********." ******* ** ***, ***** ** ***** *** *** on **** ***.

Testing **********

***** *** (****) ****, ** ******* ** **** ********** ******* previous ********** ***** ******* *** **** ** *** **** ******** cameras ** *** ********. **** *****, ** ****** ****.*** ********** ****** (*******)*** *** ******** *****************. ** ****** **** ******* ******* ********** **** ****, ***** and ****.

** ****** * ******* *********:

  • *** ***** - ** ~*.* ***, ** ******** ******* ******** and ******* ********** ** *** * ***** ******* ******* * competitor's *******
  • **** *** ******* - ** ~** **** **** ***, ** compared ******* ******** ** *** *******
  • *** - ** * ******* **** ****** *** ***, ** compared ******* ******** ** *** ******* ** **** * ****** darker **** *** * ***** ******** ****

*** **** ******* **** **** ********** ** * *** **** forward **** *****'* ********** ******* *** ** *********** ** **** areas *** ***** ******* **** ******* ********* *** *********** ******. We *** **** *** ******, ***** *** ******** ******.

[***************]

Key ********

**** *** *** *** ******** **** *** ***** ***** ****:

  • *** **********'* *********** ** ****** *** *** *** ***** *********** was ************* ********** *** ****.
  • *** ********** ************ *** *** ********** (*******) ***** ** ****** every ********** ********* (********* ****).
  • *** ********** *** *** ********** ********* ****** ** **** ****** at ***** *** ** **** ********* ** ************* ****** ** visible *****. **** ***** ***** ****** ** ******* ** ** user ******** **** **** ****** *** ********.
  • *** ********** ************ **** ******** ***** *********** ********** **** ****** changes ** ****** ** **** ********* ** ******** ** *****.
  • *** ***** ***** ******* **** * ****** ** ********* ****** that ***** ** *********** ** ********* ********* ** **** **********.
  • *** ******* ** *** ***** ***** ******* ****** ****** **** the *** ****** *** **** *** **** *********** ** * CBR **** ******. '****' *** ** *** *********.

***************

*** ***** ********** *.*** ****** ****** ** ********** ***** *** top **** ** ********* *******. **** * ****** ********** ***** point (~$*** */* ****) *** ****** *** **** *** ***** performance, ** ** * ****** *** ****** *********. *******, ***** the ********* ***** ************, ********* ******** *** ********* ***********, **** users *** **** ****** ** ***** **** ******.

*******, *** ***** ******** *****, ** ******** ********* *** ********** 1.2MP ****** **** *** ******** ********** *** ******. ** *** head ** **** ******** ** *** ********** *.*** ****** **** the *** *** *******, *** ********** *** ************* ****** ******* imaging *********** *** **** ******** ***** ** **** **** *** (where *** ********** ********** ***** **** ****** ****** ** *********). Moreover, *** ********** *.*** ** ******** **** ********* **** *** 2MP *** ***** ** $***-$***.

Usability *** *************

** *** * ****** ** ********* ********* ******** ** *** configuration *** *** ** *** ***** *******. **** **** ***:

  • ********* ***** *** *** *** ********* ******** ******** ************ ** QuickTime ***/** ******** ***** ******. **** *** ***** ****** *** ******** ** ********** **** video. **** ** ************* **** ********** **** **** *** ****** requirements ** ********** ******* ******** (***** *** *** ********* *** Sarix).
  • *** ******* ********* ***** ********** *** *** ***** ** ***** when ********** ** ***** ****. ***** *** ****** ** *** video ** *** *** ********.
  • *** ******* ** *** ***** ****** **** ******* ************. **** can ** ** ***** *** ******** ***** *** **** ** turn *** ** ***** *** **** ***** (*.*., ** ****** than ****, ***.) ** ****** ***** *********. ***** *** ****** generates * *** ** ******* ***** *****, **** ****** ** kept ** ****.
  • ** ********** **** ** ********* ** *** *** *********. *** needs ** ******** ****** *** ******'* **** ******* ** *** information ** ******** / ******* *******.

*** ***** ***** ***** ******** ** ******. * ******** ********* you ***** ** ****** **********:

Pelco ** *****: ********** ** ******* ******

*** ***** ***** ********** ** ******* *** *** ***** ******* tested. ****** ****, *** *** *** ** **** ********** **** the ********** *.*** ******** ******** ***** ******* ** *** *** 2MP:

*** **** ***** ********** ** *** ****** ************ * ***** issue **** *** *** ***** ** *** ************. **** ***** with **** ********** ****** ****** ********, *** *** ****** ** be *************.

Low ***** ***********

** *** ***** ** *** ***** **********, ** **** * full ****** **** ** *** ***** **********:

*** **** ***** **** ******* ** ** *** ****** *** Surevision ****** ***. ** ** ******** **** *** ***** ** camera ** **** ******** ** *** *****.

*******, *** ********** *** *** ** *********** **** ** ********* zoom **** *** *******'* *****:

**** ******* ** *****, *** ********* ******* ***** ** *** Surevision ****** ********* ******* ****** *******, ******** *** ***** ** and ***** ** ******* ******** **** *******. **** *****, *** Surevision ***** ******** **** ******* **** *** ** *** ***** megapixel *******.

Wide *** / **** ***** ***********

** **** *****, ** *** * ******* ** **** **** from *** ****** ** ** ~** **** **** ***:

**** ** *** *** ***** ***** *** ***** *** *** is ******** ****** **** *** **********. *******, **** *** ****** are ** **** **** *** *********** ** *** **** ******* in *** ***** *** ****** **** ** *** ***** ***** and *** *** ****.

WDR ***********

**** ** **** * *** ***** ** * ****** ***** of **** / **** ******:

*** ********** **** ***** **** **** **** *** **** *****, the '******' ** *********** *** ********** *** **** *********** *****.

**** ** **** *** ******* **** ******* **** ** * brighter ****** ** * ***** *** ********** ******* *********** ** the ***** *****:

Image ******* *********

** *** ***** ******* ** **** ******, ** **** ** some ***** ******* ********* **** ** **** **** ************ **** the ********** ******. *** ****** ** *** ** **** *** artifacts *** **** *********** **** ******* **** ****** ***** ******* (like ***** ** **********) ** **** ******** ****** ****** *******.

*** ****** ***** **** **** ******** ** ******* ***** ***** quality.

** *** ***** ***, ****** *** ****** ****** ********* **** blue *** *** **** ***** *******/*******. ** ******* *** **** color ** *** ** ******** ** **** **********. ** *** black *** ***** ***** ** *** ***** ***, *** *** see *** *** ********* ** *** ****** ****** ******* ** artificial ******* *****.

*** **** *** ** ****** *** **** ************** ** ** outdoor ****. **** ** ******* ****** ****** *** *** ** angle ** ******** **** *** *** ***** ******* ********** ** shine **** *** ****** ********. ***** *** *** **** ************ on *** **** *** *** **********, ******* **'* ***** ******.

**** ** * ***** **** ***** **** ** *** ****** we *** ** ******. **** ** ***** **** ******** *** represents ** ******** ****** ***** **** *** ****** ******** ******** on ** ******** *******. **** **** ******* **** ********* ****** to ** ***** **:

Login to read this IPVM report.
Why do I need to log in?
IPVM conducts unique testing and research funded by member's payments enabling us to offer the most independent, accurate and in-depth information.

Related Reports

Dirty Dome Camera Test on Nov 28, 2016
Dome cameras are the most widely used type professionally but many note that dirt, dust, rain, and scratches can cause image quality problems,...
Longse vs Dahua and Hikvision Tested on Nov 16, 2016
For many, even $100 cameras are too expensive. That is where spam king Longse comes in with their relentless offer of ~$20 cameras. In our past...
Dahua 4MP HD Analog Tested on Nov 10, 2016
A few years ago, analog was SD only. In the past few years, HD analog, up to 1080p, has become commonplace. Now, HD analog is doubling its max...
Samsung Wisenet Q 4MP Tested on Nov 03, 2016
The 4MP trend continues, now with Hanwha Techwin / Samsung in their latest Wisenet Q series. We bought one of these models, the QNV-7080R, to see...
Sony 35mm Super Low Light Camera Tested on Oct 31, 2016
Sony is making a big push for their SNCVB770 camera, touting its low light capabilities that they claim can deliver true color in pitch black...
IR Camera Reflection Test on Oct 17, 2016
All that might stand between good video and bad in your IR dome is a ring of foam rubber, keeping infrared from reflecting into the lens....
Bosch First Starlight 1080p Camera Tested on Oct 13, 2016
Bosch has released their first 'Starlight' 1080p camera, the Flexidome IP starlight 7000 VR. We tested this new dome against competitive super low...
4 Biggest Low Light Problems on Oct 10, 2016
100 integrators told IPVM what their biggest problems were with low light images. The most commonly cited themes were: Limited IR Range Uneven...
Samsung 'Q' Low-Cost 1080p Dome Tested on Oct 10, 2016
The most competitive part of the market is for low-cost cameras. Hanwha Techwin / Samsung has released its new low-cost Q series to go after this...
Axis 4MP Camera Tested (M3046-V) on Sep 28, 2016
Axis has brought 4MP to its camera line in the new M3046-V, the highest resolution model in their revamped M30 series. We bought and tested this...

Most Recent Industry Reports

Sony IP Camera Backdoor Uncovered on Dec 06, 2016
A backdoor has been uncovered in ~80 Sony IP camera models, attackers can remotely enable telnet on the camera, and then potentially login as root,...
Milestone Favorability Results on Dec 06, 2016
In our second installment of manufacturer favorability results (first was Pelco), we turn to Milestone. 100+ integrators rated and explained what...
XiongMai Master Password List Emailed By Chinese Spammer on Dec 05, 2016
XiongMai created an international uproar as their devices drove massive botnet attacks of major Internet sites. After pledging to recall cameras...
Hikvision Cloud Security Vulnerability Uncovered on Dec 05, 2016
A security researcher uncovered a critical vulnerability in Hikvision's global cloud servers. This vulnerability allowed an attacker to remotely...
Door Operators Access Control Tutorial on Dec 05, 2016
Doors equipped with door operators, specialty devices that automate opening and closing, tend to be quite complex. The mechanisms needed to...
Pelco Favorability Results on Dec 02, 2016
This is the first in a series of studies of manufacturer favorability. 100+ integrators rated and explained their views of each manufacturer. We...
Hikvision CEO Declares 'We Do Not Cut Rates" on Dec 02, 2016
Hikvision has led another press trip to China, and this time Hikvision's CEO is sharing insights into their competitive strategy, including...
Network Security Audit App (March Networks) Examined on Dec 01, 2016
Verifying one's video surveillance devices are locked down against common cybersecurity vulnerabilities is increasing important, as hacks using...
FLIR Acquires Drone Manufacturer For $134M on Dec 01, 2016
FLIR has acquired Prox Dynamics, a Norwegian maker of small military-grade drones, for $134M.  FLIR president Andy Teich provided additional...

The world's leading video surveillance information source, IPVM provides the best reporting, testing and training for 10,000+ members globally. Dedicated to independent and objective information, we uniquely refuse any and all advertisements, sponsorship and consulting from manufacturers.

About | FAQ | Contact