Testing Pelco SureVision 2.0

Author: Ethan Ace, Published on Mar 17, 2014

Pelco's new SureVision 2.0 line promises superior low light and wide dynamic range capabilities, claiming "industry-leading image quality in the most difficult lighting conditions." But does it deliver?

In order to test these claims, we shot out 1MP and 3MP SureVision 2.0 models, the IME119 and IME 319, against other top performing low light and WDR cameras, from Axis, Bosch, Samsung, and Sony.

Here is a preview of the side by side WDR comparison:

 

Inside, we look at how SureVision 2.0 stacked up in this scene as well as low light tests against top performers.

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Comments (6)

The IME119 was one of the top performers in this scene, with better details of our subject and more legible lines on the test chart.

I don't agree here... seems like the Samsung did best overall (imho)except maybe in the WDR comparison with the facial features. The lettering is very easy to read however.

I agree with Margarita on this. The Samsung clearly has the best "natural" readable image, but without the artefacts that Pelco is generating to make the letters readable. If this image is input for further analysis, this can create a lot of problems.

Why are you doing the comparison with default settings? I would like to see a test with the best quality that can be achieved by fine tuning the cameras.

I like doing tests at default. If it works well out of the box, that saves me a ton of time in the field.

Not all platforms can support all the fine tunings cameras may have to offer, default allows some sort of base line performance, even though that is flawed and uneven, ya gotta start somewhere.

We do change a few settings - like shutter speed and quantization / compression - ones that clearly can make a big difference and are entirely controllable.

However, 'fine tuning' for 'best quality' is a subjective exercise because people vary in their preferences for saturation level, contrast, brightness, etc. And if we choose one combination, surely others will disagree and say we made it lower quality than their preferred combination.

Beyond that, we did an 'optimized' camera test a few years ago and for most cameras it delivers little improvement in capturing key details. See: Optimized Camera Shootout.

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