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.

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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

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