This Is Why You Cannot Trust Tri-EdBy: John Honovich, Published on Jan 05, 2015
Tri-Ed, now Anixter's security division, proves that they care far more about passing off manufacturer hype than supporting their customers.
Here's Tri-Ed promoting one of the worst gimmicks in the industry:
"The Intensifier .... works with minimum illumination of 0.0005 lux and .... these cameras amplify existing light with no distance limitations, all objects display in perfect clarity with minimum light."
You can watch it in their promotional video below:
Actual Intensifier Test Results
IPVM has tested the Speco Intensifier HD IP cameras.
In low light, like every non-IR camera, the Intensifier is noisy.
Here it is tested at .1 lux, 200x greater light than the camera says it needs:
Though, this is misleadingly good, because Intensifier causes blurring of moving images. If you stop the blur, at 0.1 lux, the image looks like so:
The blurring makes it worse than today's generation of 'true' 'super' low light cameras.
Problems With Tri-Ed Claims
As such, there are three very serious problems with Tri-Ed's claims:
- Minimum illumination specifications are not to be trusted. Worse, Speco's is outrageously rigged. Intensifier's 0.0005 lux specification is 100x lower than Samsung's SNB-5004, a camera that beat Speco in that test, even when Speco had the unfair advantage of its 'Intensifier' / blur mode on.
- Tri-Ed's 'no distance limitation' claim is just silly. All cameras have distance limitations and this is just mindlessly copied from Speco's marketing material.
- Tri-Ed's 'perfect clarity' contention is not only debunked by the obvious high noise levels captured in our tests but by the blur introduced as well.
No Trust in Tri-Ed
Distributors like Tri-Ed want to be taken seriously and promote how integrators can depend on them for product advice and recommendations.
This shows that Tri-Ed does not care about fact-checking even obviously extreme claims that industry pros have known for a long time to be wrong.
Now, Tri-Ed is Anixter's security division, though Anixter has its own problems understanding technology, like their much-maligned Anixter Claims H.264 Video 'Pretty Much Unusable' With Cat 5E.
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