Testing Speco HD IP Intensifier

By: Ethan Ace, Published on Oct 06, 2014

Chances are you have seen Speco's promotion of its Intensifier HD IP line [link no longer available], with ads online and in trade mags claiming color images down to an incredible 0.0005 lx.

Speco funded a vacation for security trade magazine editors this summer, showcasing Intensifier:

With such astounding performance claims and marketing efforts behind this launch, we wanted to see how well these worked.

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Key ********

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  • ********** ******* ***** ********* beyond ** (** * scale ** **) ******* in severe ****. ******** **** Intensifier, ******** *** ** barely ********** ** **** move ****** *** *****.
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Intensifier ****** ****

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

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Bandwidth ***********

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