Testing the Smallest HD Cameras

Author: Derek Ward, Published on Jul 09, 2014

Miniature HD IP cameras are a growing trend. It started with cameras that had small 'heads' but large 'base' units. Increasingly, though, the bases are shrinking. Recently, we even found one without any base at all, just a small head, like the one displayed in the middle:

We bought three (super low cost) models from Chinese manufacturer Censee:

And shot them out against Axis's P12 series (tested previously) to see how they compare.

********* ** ** ******* *** * ******* *****. ** ******* with ******* **** *** ***** '*****' *** ***** '****' *****. Increasingly, ******, *** ***** *** *********. ********, ** **** ***** one ******* *** **** ** ***, **** * ***** ****, like *** *** ********* ** *** ******:

** ****** ***** (***** *** ****) ****** **** ******* ******************:

*** **** **** *** ******* ****'* *** ****** (****** **********) ** *** *** **** *******.

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

Key ********

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

  • ************ ***** ******* ** ***** ***** (** ** ~**') *** acceptable, ****** ********** ******* **** **** **** *** *******.
  • ****** **', **************** ******* ***** ** ***** ******** ***** ******* ******** ** the ****, **** ***** ******* ** *** ******* *** **** chart, ******* *** ********/*******'* ****** ***** **********.
  • *** ******** ********* **** ******* **** ***** ******* ** ***** ranges ** *** ***** *** ** *** ***** ** ** illuminators. ***** * ***, ** ***** ******* ******** ****** ******. Beyond **', ******* ** *** ******* **** ******** ** ********* noise.
  • *** *********** ** *** ******* *** ****, **** *** *******'* face barely ******* ******* ****** ************, *** *** ******* ********* ** detect ** **** ***** **** ** **** *****.
  • *** ***-*** ******* ********* ***** ******** *** ******* ** *** PoE *******. **** *** **** ***** ******** **************.
  • ***** ************** *** *****, ********* ***-******** *****, *** ******* ****** in********* ***** ** *** ***, ***** ********* *****. **** ********* ****** without *****.
  • *** ******* ******* ******* *** *** ***** ***** ****** ** after ~* ****, *** ********* ** *** ***.

Price **********

******* ******** ** ******* *** *** ******* **** ** *** test.

*** **** **** **** *** **** ** ** **** ***, you ***** *** *** **************. *** ***** ********* ******** ******* ** ** ***, *** example, **** ***** ************* **********.

Camera **** *********

***** *** **** * ******** ***** ** ** ******* ******* ******* and *******, **** ****** **** ** ********************,**&********** ******, ********** ******. ***** ************ ******** **** ******** *****, ****** ******* **** ***** ********* *******, at **** ***** *.**" ******.

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

****** ***** **** *** *** **** *** **** **********, *************** ****** **** **** **** ***** *******. ***** ****** ****** RTSP ********* ****, **** ********* ******* ***** ******** ** *********** models, **** *** ***********, ******* **** *******, *** ** ***** ** whistles. *******, ***** ******* *** ****** ***** ****** ***** ** ****** served ** *** *** ** ******* *******. 

*******, ***** ******** ** ****** ***** ********* *** **** ************* * **** **** ********* ******.

Physical ********

**** ***** ****** *** ******** ************ ** *** ******* *** compares ** *** **** *** ******:

*************/***********

**** ***** ******* *** *** ********* ** ****************, **** ******* *** ************* *******:

Subject ~*' **** **** *******

******* ****** **** *** ******* ******** ~*' **** **** *** ******* at ******* ***** ******, ********* * ******* ***** ** *** machine. *** ***** ***** ***** *** ***.

**** *****

** **** ***** (~*** ***), *** ******* *** **** ** clearly ******** *** *******.

*** *****

****** ** ~* ***, *** ********-******* ****** ** **** ***** ****** *************, *** *** **** *****'* **** *** ***** *********** ******* *** subject's ****.

****

** *** **** (< * ***), *** ** ************ ** the **-******** ***** ******** *** *******, ****** **** ***** ******* of *****. *** **** ***** ***** **** ******* ** *** *******'* face, *** *** ***** ******* **** ** ******* *** ****** details ** **** ***** *****.

Subject ~**' **** **** *******

*** ******* ***** **** ** ~**' **** **** *** *******, which ****** ** ** *** **** ** *** *******'* **** as **** ** ******* *** **** ***** ** **** ** the *****.

**** *****

*** *******, **** ***** *** ******* ***** *** *** ***** visible *** ************ ** **** ***** **** **** ********.

*** *****

******** *** ******, *** ******************** ***********-******* ********** ******* ** *** *******'* **** *** **** *****, and *** **-********'* ** ************ ****** *** *** **** ***** past **** *.

****

** **** **** * ***, *** **-******** *** **** ***** ******* the **** ****** ****** ** *** *******.

Subject ~**' **** **** *******

*** ******* ***** ** *** **** ** *** ********** ****, ~20' **** **** *** *******.

**** *****

** **** ********, *** ********* ***** ** ***** ** ****************, ******** **** ***** ***, ******* ** **** ***** ****** of *** ******* *** *****. *** **** **** **** *** subject *******, **** **** * ** *** **** ***** *******.

*** *****

******* ******** ************ **** ** ******* ** *** ***** *** to ********* *****.

****

**** *** ******* ~**' **** **** *** ******* ** **** lux *****, ** ******* *** ** ******* **** *** ******* tested. **** *** **** ***** ** **** ** ****** *** subject *** **** *****.

***

*******, ** *** ** *** ******* ** * ***** **** strong ************, ******* ** **** ******** **** ** * ***** day, ** ***** ** **** ***** *** ***********.

** *** ****** ******* ** *** *****, ******* ** *** subject *** ******** **** ******* ** **************** ******** ** *** **** *****. ** *** **** **** next ** *** ****, **************** ******* ******** **** ********** ** *** **** *****, ***** the ***** ******** ******** ******** ****** ** *** *******.

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

******* ****** ************, ******* ** ******* ****, *** *******'* **** at ~2' ** **** ** *********** ** *** *******.

Test **********

*** ******* **** *** ***** *** ****** ********, ********** *** set ** *** ******'* *******, ** ** ***, *** ******* speed ********** ** */*** *******.

  • **** *****: ****, *.*** */*" **** ******
  • **** *****: ****, *.*** */*" **** ******
  • ****** **-********: *.***, *.*** */*" **** ******
  • ****** **-********: ***, *.*** */*.*" **** ****** ******
  • ****** **-*******: ***, *.*** */*.*" **** ****** ******

Comments (4)

**'** ** ****** **** ** *** *** *********'* *** ****** camera's *********** ** ********* ****'* ***.

* **** **** ****** ***DS-2CD6412FWD

***'* **** ** *** *** ** *****, * ****** *** one **** *** * ****** *******.

*** *** ******** ** ***DS-2CD6412FWD ?

**** ***** ****, ******* *** ******** ** * ***** ****, not ******* ****** ** *** ****, *** ***** ***** ********* for *** **** ** *** **** **** ** ***** *******

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

Camera Course Summer 2017 on May 25, 2017
Learn video surveillance and get certified. IPVM provides live online classes, recorded videos, personal help, cutting edge education and...
Arlo Go Cellular Cloud Camera Tested on May 23, 2017
Totally wireless surveillance cameras are growing but almost all typically depend on a hub and local Internet access. However, many outdoor...
IP Camera - 15 Year Shootout on May 22, 2017
How far have IP cameras come? We bought and tested 4 cameras across the past 15 years to understand how much and where performance has...
Blink XT Outdoor Totally Wireless Camera Tested on May 11, 2017
Running wires for cameras outdoors is one of the biggest challenges, especially for consumer or DIY installs. Now, Blink has released an outdoor...
48MP 180 Camera (Digital Watchdog) Test on May 10, 2017
Camera resolution continues to advance, with Digital Watchdog offering the MegaPIX PANO 48MP 180° camera, the highest resolution mainstream camera...
Hanwha 9MP Fisheye Camera Tested (PNF-9010R) on May 09, 2017
12MP sensor fisheye panoramic cameras are becoming increasingly common. We have tested Hikvision's DS-2CD63C2F as well as Panasonic's SFV481 4K...
Axis Lowest Cost Outdoor IR Camera M2025-LE Tested on Apr 24, 2017
Axis has lagged offering low cost IR cameras while their Asian competitors have made IR standard even in their most entry level cameras. Recently,...
Ring Floodlight Cam Tested on Apr 20, 2017
Ring has released their latest entry, the Floodlight Cam, calling it the "Evolution of Outdoor Security", touting motion activated floodlights,...
Hanwha Lowest Cost WiseNet X Camera (XND-6010) Tested on Apr 13, 2017
IPVM bought and tested the lowest-cost WiseNet X model, the indoor 2MP fixed focal XND-6010 dome, continuing our testing of Hanwha's new WiseNet X...
Pelco Surevision 3 Tested on Apr 12, 2017
Pelco has released generation 3 of its Surevision cameras, claiming improved performance in both super low light and WDR performance. We bought...

Most Recent Industry Reports

Anti-Hack Access Card Shields Tested on May 26, 2017
Keeping your access control card information secure is becoming a big priority, especially since cheaper copiers can hack details easily. Multiple...
H.265 / HEVC Codec Tutorial 2017 on May 25, 2017
Since 2013, video surveillance professionals have talked about the potential for H.265. Now, in 2017, H.265 is starting to gain mainstream...
Camera Course Summer 2017 on May 25, 2017
Learn video surveillance and get certified. IPVM provides live online classes, recorded videos, personal help, cutting edge education and...
Most Respected Manufacturer Competitors on May 25, 2017
Manufacturers told IPVM what competitor they most respected. In terms of total revenue, Hikvision, Dahua and Axis are certainly tops but would...
CyPhy 'Unlimited' Flight Time Security Drone Examined on May 25, 2017
Drones face several issues as commercial security platforms - legal restrictions (e.g., in the US, the FAA), costs, and limited flight durations...
Milestone Entry Level Mobile Password Vulnerability Disclosed on May 24, 2017
While many manufacturers have only addressed cybersecurity vulnerabilities after public disclosures were made (or threatened), Milestone has...
How Integrators Use IPVM on May 24, 2017
150 integrators explained how they use IPVM and how it helps them stay informed and improve their business.  The 4 main uses integrators cited for...
Alarm Supervision Guide on May 24, 2017
Burglar alarms can constantly monitor the health of attached circuits, sensors, and devices to ensure that they remain operational. This is known...
Arlo Go Cellular Cloud Camera Tested on May 23, 2017
Totally wireless surveillance cameras are growing but almost all typically depend on a hub and local Internet access. However, many outdoor...
Avigilon New COO James Henderson Profile on May 23, 2017
It has been nearly 2 years since the infamous Bryan Schmode 'resigned' as Avigilon COO. Now, Avigilon once again has a COO, promoting James...

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