Testing the Smallest HD Cameras

By: 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:

********* ** ** ******* are * ******* *****. It ******* **** ******* that *** ***** '*****' but ***** '****' *****. Increasingly, ******, *** ***** are *********. ********, ** even ***** *** ******* any **** ** ***, just * ***** ****, like *** *** ********* in *** ******:

** ****** ***** (***** low ****) ****** **** Chinese ******************:

*** **** **** *** ******* ****'* *** ****** (****** previously) ** *** *** **** compare.

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

Key ********

**** *** *** *** findings **** **** ****:

  • ************ ***** ******* ** close ***** (** ** ~10') *** **********, ****** noticeably ******* **** **** Axis *** *******.
  • ****** **', **************** ******* ***** ** field ******** ***** ******* compared ** *** ****, with ***** ******* ** the ******* *** **** chart, ******* *** ********/*******'* higher ***** **********.
  • *** ******** ********* **** details **** ***** ******* at ***** ****** ** low ***** *** ** its ***** ** ** illuminators. ***** * ***, no ***** ******* ******** usable ******. ****** **', details ** *** ******* were ******** ** ********* noise.
  • *** *********** ** *** cameras *** ****, **** the *******'* **** ****** ******* against ****** ************, *** the ******* ********* ** detect ** **** ***** next ** **** *****.
  • *** ***-*** ******* ********* noise ******** *** ******* in *** *** *******. This *** **** ***** multiple **************.
  • ***** ************** *** *****, requiring ***-******** *****, *** causing ****** *********** ***** ** *** VMS, ***** ********* *****. **** streaming ****** ******* *****.
  • *** ******* ******* ******* ran *** ***** ***** turned ** ***** ~* hour, *** ********* ** run ***.

Price **********

******* ******** ** ******* for *** ******* **** in *** ****.

*** **** **** **** the **** ** ** Axis ***, *** ***** buy *** **************. *** ***** ********* multiple ******* ** ** ATM, *** *******, **** could ************* **********.

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

***** *** **** * definite ***** ** ** cameras getting ******* *** *******, with ****** **** ** the*****************,**&********** ******, ********** ******. ***** ************ ******** **** ******** trend, ****** ******* **** other available *******, ** **** about *.**" ******.

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

****** ***** **** *** *** cost *** **** **********, the************ ****** **** **** some ***** *******. ***** should ****** **** ********* only, **** ********* ******* noise ******** ** *********** models, **** *** ***********, limited **** *******, *** ** bells ** ********. *******, ***** looking *** ****** ***** images ***** ** ****** served ** *** *** or ******* *******. 

*******, ***** ******** ** accept ***** ********* *** find ************* * **** **** effective ******.

Physical ********

**** ***** ****** *** physical ************ ** *** cameras *** ******** ** the **** *** ******:

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

**** ***** ******* *** web ********* ** ****************, **** ******* *** configuration *******:

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

******* ****** **** *** ******* standing ~*' **** **** the ******* ** ******* light ******, ********* * subject ***** ** *** machine. *** ***** ***** shows *** ***.

**** *****

** **** ***** (~*** lux), *** ******* *** able ** ******* ******** our *******.

*** *****

****** ** ~* ***, the ********-******* ****** ** **** heavy ****** *************, *** *** **** P1204's **** *** ***** performance ******* *** *******'* ****.

****

** *** **** (< 1 ***), *** ** illumination ** *** **-******** helps ******** *** *******, albeit **** ***** ******* of *****. *** **** P1214 ***** **** ******* of *** *******'* ****, *** the ***** ******* **** to ******* *** ****** details ** **** ***** level.

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

*** ******* ***** **** to ~**' **** **** the *******, ***** ****** us ** *** **** of *** *******'* **** as **** ** ******* the **** ***** ** seen ** *** *****.

**** *****

*** *******, **** ***** and ******* ***** *** all ***** ******* *** identifiable ** **** ***** from **** ********.

*** *****

******** *** ******, *** heavy*************** ***********-******* ********** ******* ** our *******'* **** *** test *****, *** *** CS-NPL640CH's ** ************ ****** out *** **** ***** past **** *.

****

** **** **** * ***, the **-******** *** **** P1214 ******* *** **** usable ****** ** *** subject.

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

*** ******* ***** ** the **** ** *** conference ****, ~**' **** from *** *******.

**** *****

** **** ********, *** shallower ***** ** ***** of ****************, ******** **** ***** PPF, ******* ** **** clear ****** ** *** subject *** *****. *** Axis **** **** *** subject *******, **** **** 5 ** *** **** chart *******.

*** *****

******* ******** ************ **** to ******* ** *** light *** ** ********* noise.

****

**** *** ******* ~**' away **** *** ******* at **** *** *****, no ******* *** ** derived **** *** ******* tested. **** *** **** P1214 ** **** ** detect *** ******* *** test *****.

***

*******, ** *** ** the ******* ** * scene **** ****** ************, against ** **** ******** door ** * ***** day, ** ***** ** test ***** *** ***********.

** *** ****** ******* of *** *****, ******* of *** ******* *** slightly **** ******* ** the************* ******** ** *** Axis *****. ** *** dark **** **** ** the ****, **************** ******* ******** **** legibility ** *** **** chart, ***** *** ***** provides ******** ******** ****** ** our *******.

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

******* ****** ************, ******* to ******* ****, *** subject's **** ** ~*' ** hard ** *********** ** all *******.

Test **********

*** ******* **** *** using *** ****** ********, resolution *** *** ** the ******'* *******, ** 30 ***, *** ******* speed ********** ** */*** maximum.

  • **** *****: ****, *.*** 1/4" **** ******
  • **** *****: ****, *.*** 1/4" **** ******
  • ****** **-********: *.***, *.*** */*" CMOS ******
  • ****** **-********: ***, *.*** */*.*" Sony ****** ******
  • ****** **-*******: ***, *.*** */*.*" **** IMX122 ******

Comments (4)

it'll be really nice to see how Hikvision's WDR covert camera's performance is comparing Axis's one.

I have Just bought the DS-2CD6412FWD

can't wait to see how it looks, I bought the one with the L shaped bracket.

Got any feedback on the DS-2CD6412FWD ?

yeah seems good, perfect for mounting in a front door, not amazing vision in the dark, but still quite impressed for the size of the lens hole it looks through

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

Axis ~$150 Outdoor Camera Tested on May 21, 2019
Axis has released the latest in their Companion camera line, the outdoor Companion Dome Mini LE, a 1080p integrated IR model aiming to compete with...
Facial Recognition Systems Fail Simple Liveness Detection Test on May 17, 2019
Facial recognition is being widely promoted as a solution to physical access control but we were able to simply spoof 3 systems because they had no...
Panasonic 32MP Multi Imager Camera Tested (WV-X8570N) on May 16, 2019
Panasonic has released their first multi imager models including the 32MP (4x4K) WV-X8570N, claiming "Extreme image quality for evidence capturing...
Bank Security Manager Interview on May 15, 2019
Bank security contends with many significant threats - from fraudsters to robbers and more. In this interview, IPVM spoke with bank security...
Hikvision DeepinView Camera Analytics Tested on May 08, 2019
Hikvision is expanding its 'deep learning' offerings with a new camera series called 'DeepinView' claiming false alarm reduction and improved...
Dahua ePoE Long Distance UTP / Coax Tested on May 03, 2019
Dahua's Enhanced PoE (ePoE) line is claiming extended video and power transmission over 600m without repeaters, with devices interchangeable via...
Verkada Cloud VMS/Cameras Tested on May 02, 2019
Verkada is arguably the most ambitious video surveillance startup in many years. The company is developing their own cameras, their own VMS, their...
The HIVIDEO $31 Face Detection DVR Tested on Apr 25, 2019
Face detection in a $31 DVR? That is what "HIVIDEO" (not to be confused with Hikvision, even if the company intends to do that) was promoting at...
Speco Ultra Intensifier Tested on Apr 22, 2019
While ISC West 2019 named Speco's Ultra Intensifier the best new "Video Surveillance Cameras IP", IPVM testing shows the camera suffers from...
Dahua Repositionable IR Multi-Imager Camera Tested on Apr 16, 2019
Dahua has released their first repositionable multi-imager camera, the Multi-Flex 4x2MP, claiming integrated IR, true WDR, and flexible...

Most Recent Industry Reports

Access Control Job Walk Guide on May 22, 2019
Significant money can be saved and problems avoided with an access control job walk if you know what to look for and what to ask. By inviting...
ASCMA / Monitronics Declares Chapter 11 Bankruptcy on May 22, 2019
Monitronics is entering into Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The company, also called Ascent Capital Group Inc., aka ASCMA, aka Brinks Home Security,...
US Considers Sanctions Against Hikvision and Dahua on May 22, 2019
The US government is considering blacklisting "up to 5" PRC surveillance firms, including Hikvision and Dahua, Bloomberg reported, with human...
Dahua USA Celebrates 5 Years of Errors on May 21, 2019
Dahua USA is, in their own words, 'celebrating' 5 years in North America or as trade magazine SSN declared: Dahua Technology finds success in...
Axis ~$150 Outdoor Camera Tested on May 21, 2019
Axis has released the latest in their Companion camera line, the outdoor Companion Dome Mini LE, a 1080p integrated IR model aiming to compete with...
Covert Facial Recognition Using Axis and Amazon By NYTimes on May 20, 2019
What if you took a 33MP Axis camera covering one of the busiest parks in the US and ran Amazon Facial Recognition against it? That is what the...
Amazon Ring Public Subsidy Program Aims To Dominate Residential Security on May 20, 2019
Amazon dominates market after market. Quitely, but increasingly, they are doing so in residential security, through a combination of significant...
LifeSafety Power NetLink Vulnerabilities And Problematic Response on May 20, 2019
'Power supplies' are not devices that many think about when considering vulnerabilities but as more and more devices go 'online', the risks for...
Facial Recognition Systems Fail Simple Liveness Detection Test on May 17, 2019
Facial recognition is being widely promoted as a solution to physical access control but we were able to simply spoof 3 systems because they had no...
Inside Look Into Scam Market Research on May 17, 2019
Scam market research has exploded over the last few years becoming the most commonly cited 'statistics' for most industries, despite there clearly...

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