Testing StarDot's 5MP Camera (SD500BN)

Author: John Honovich, Published on Jul 16, 2009

While not well known in the security market, StarDot is one of a few manufacturers providing 5MP cameras. Though StarDot has been producing megapixel cameras for the tourism, construction and entertainment markets for years, they only recently entered security. Indeed, many, including myself, first heard of StarDot last August when integration with Milestone was announced.

Though StarDot has been somewhat of a mystery, it was clear from discussions with industry people that they were gaining ground and being specified into some large projects.

As such, this test of the SD500BN aims to better understand the performance and capabilities of their cameras. The camera tested is a 5MP day/night camera with an analog output. The main issue is the lack of H.264 support. For background on the products, see their NetCAM SC product page.

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