Tiandy Super Starlight Cameras Tested

By: Rob Kilpatrick and Derek Ward, Published on Apr 30, 2020

Tiandy is taking aim at China competitors Dahua and Hikvision, with a new series of "super starlight" cameras, including white light illumination, and on-board people and vehicle detection.

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To see how they compare, we bought and tested four Tiandy models, looking at the following:

  • How do Tiandy cameras compare to competitive white light models from Hikvision, Uniview, and TVT/InVid?
  • How did they compare to others from our Color Low Light and Integrated IR Shootouts?
  • How did they perform in WDR scenes?
  • How did their person and vehicle detection analytics perform?
  • How well do they integrate to third-party VMS?
  • How does bandwidth compare in day and night scenes?

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** *** *****, ****** models ********* ****** ** low *****/**** **** ** and ***** ***** ************ than ***** ******-**** ***** manufacturers **** ** ******, TVT/InVid, *** *******, *** offered *****-******* ******** ***********. However, **** **** ************ by********* ************ *******, *** ******** **** poor *** *********** *** weak *** ***********.

Key ********

******'* ***** ***** ****** produced ******** *** ***** (<2 ***) ***** ******* and **** **** ***** light ************ **** *********** models **** *****************, *** ****** ******* than*********'* *** *******.

******'* ** ******' ************ was **** ****** *** field ** **** **** smart ** *** *******, with ****** *******, *** overexposure ** ***** ***** (~15' *** ******). *******, cameras ******* ** ***** IR ***, **** *********** overexposure *** ********.

*** ****** ****** ******** from **** *** ******* of ****** ********, ****** to ****** ** *******/******* doors. *** *********** ** static ****** ****** **** average ** ****.

******** *********** *** ****** strong, ********** ********* ****** walking, *******, ** ********** in *** *****, *** ignoring ****** ****** *** outdoor ***** ***** ******* such ** *******, *******, and ******, *** ***** alerts **** ********* ** large ******* **** ** dogs *** ****, ***** were ********** ** ******.

*******, *** *********** *** weak, **** *** ******* not ******* *** ***** with *** *** ******, H.265 ********* *** ******* in ***** ** ** Witness, *** ********* *** supported ** *** *** tested.

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**** ****** ******* *** comparably ****** ** ***** competitors. *** *******, *** 1080p ********* ****** **-***** has * ****** ***** of ~$***-***, ***** **** competitive ********* ******* **** Dahua *** *********, ** the ***** ** $***-***.

*******, ***** ***** ***** TC-C52LT *** *** **** expensive ***** ** ******, with * ****** ***** of ~$***-***, ****** **** Hikvision's ********** ******* ***** light ***** (~$*** ******), but ******* **** *** include *** ** ** the **-*****.

Tiandy **. *********** ***** *****

***** ** *** *****, both ***** ***** ****** models ****** (**-***** *** TC-C52LT) ********* ****** **** the ***** *** ******* white ***** ****** ** past *****, **** ** which ******** **** ************ and ****** *******. *******, compared ** ********* *******, Tiandy *********** ******** ***** similar ** ***** ******** and *******, ***** ****:

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** *** *****, *** Tiandy **-***** ******** *** truest ****** ** ****** cameras, ******* ** *********'* ColorVu (****** **** *****), with ****** ******, **** as *** **-**** *****.

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************ ****** ** **** Tiandy ***** ***** ******* at ~**' *** ******, with *** ****** ****** to ****** ******* ****** for *** ****** ** the *****. ************ ** Hikvision's ******* ******** ** only **** ***** *****, <10'.

Even ***** ***** ************

*** ****** ****** ***** light ************ ** ****** even, **** **** ****** to ******** ******* ** the *****. *******, **** subjects **** **** ****** to ****, ******** ******* to **********, *********** *** edges ** *** *****.

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Smart ** ******** ** ******* / *********** ******

*** ** *** ****** cameras ****** ********* ** Smart ** "***", ***** produced **** ****** ******* due ** ************ *** hotspots ** *** *****. Because ** ****, *** comparisons ***** *** **** with ***** ** **.

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Dark ** ***********

** *** **** **** IR **, *** ****** cameras ******** ********* **** IR ********, **** ************ visible **** **** ** edge **** **** ******** darkening.

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** ~**' ******** **** Smart ** *******, *** Tiandy **-***** ******** ****** chart *** ****** *******, similar ** *** **** P3245-LVE, *** **** * dimmer **********. *** ****** TC-C32TP *** ********, ******* slight ************ ** *** subject *** **** *****, similar ** *** ********* 2725FHWD.

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Wide ******* *****

** ****** *** ****** cameras' *** *********** ******* an ********/**** **** ** a ***** ***, **** a ************ ** **** 100x (** *** ******* vs. *,*** *** ********).

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*** ** *** ****** cameras ****** ****** ** a ****** *** *****. The ******* **** **** to ****** ********, ******* our *******'* ****** ******* entirely ***** ** ******* into *** ****. ** contrast, **** ******-********** ****** from ****** ****** **** **************** **** ****** *******, such ** *** ********* below.

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*** *** ***** ************ how *** **** *** performing ****** **-***** *** unable ** ******* ****** details ** *** ******* until ** *** ******* well **** *** ****, with *** ******** ********** washed *** *** ****** time.

** * ***** *****, performance ******* *** ****** cameras ****** ******, **** Tiandy **-***** ********* ****** facial *** ***** *******, but **** ***** ** the ******** *******. *** Tiandy **-***** *** *** weakest ** *** ****** cameras, **** *** ********** totally *********** ******* *********, although ******* ****** **** clear.

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Full ***** (~***+ ***)

** ****, **** ******** (~200 ***), ******* *** chart ******* ****** *****, with ** ***** ****** noticeable **** ***** *******.

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Accurate ****** ********* *********

*** **** ****** ******* accurately ******* ** ****** walking, *******, *** ********** in *** *****, **** no ****** ********** ****** in **** ***** ******.

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No ***** ****** **** ******* / **********

********, ******* ******* *** not ***** ***** ******, a ****** ***** ** other *******.

** *****, ********** **** passing ******** **** *******, a ****** ****** ** false ****** ** ***** analytic *******.

No ***** ****** ** ****** / ******* *******

******* ****** ******* *** scene ******* *** *** trigger *** ***** ******.

***** ***** *******, **** as ****** ***** ****** on/off ** *** **** below, **** *******.

False ****** ** ***** *******

*** **** ******** ***** seen ** *** ***** was ***** ****** ** large *******, **** ** dogs *** ****, ***** were ********** ** ******, shown *****.

VMS *********** ******

** *** *****, *** Tiandy ******* *** *********** issues ****** ** *****, with *** **-***** *** TC-C52LT **** ******* *** RTSP ** ***** ***** than *********. ************, *.*** was *** ********* ** Exacq ** ** ******* using *** ******.

****** **** *** ********** to *** ***** ****** (when ***** *****, *** RTSP), *** ******'* ******** events **** *** ********* in *** ***.

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Bandwidth **********

**** ***** (~*** ***) bit ***** **** ******* to ***** ******* ** all ****** ******, **** below * **/*.

** *****, ******** **** IR ** ****** **********, similar ** *********** ******* we **** ******, *** white ***** ******** ****** drastically, **** **** ****** IR ********, *** ** higher ****** ** ******* noise *** ********* **** using ***** *****.

***** ************ **** ***** with ******** ****** ** the *****, **** ******'* "S+" ***** ***** *******.

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** *******, ******'* ******** are ********* ****, **** 5+ **/* ** ***** scenes, **** ***** ****** disabled *** * **** low ~** ************. ******** S+ *** ******** ** other ********, ******** **** to the **** *****, **** quantization ********* **** **.

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Physical ********

** *** ***** *****, we **** * ***** look ** *** ******** construction ** *** ****** cameras.

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

  • *** ****** ****** ** not **** **** ****** (TC-C32BG *** **-*****), ******** for ****** *******, **** the ***** ******* **** the **** ** *** camera ******* ** ****** through *** *****.
  • ** ***** ** ****** the ******'* ***** ****** and ******* ****, ***** must ****** *** *********, potentially **** ***** ** vandalism, *** **** **** time-consuming ** ******** ** these ***** **** ** access.
  • *******, *** ******* * USB ********* ** ***** cable ***** ***** *** be **** ** ******* a *** ***** ***** instead ** *******, ** unusual ******* ** ** cameras.

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

*** ****** ***** ********* bullet ******* *** ******* in **** ** *** Uniview *******-**-****-*-** *** ********* Performance ****** *******.

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Made ** *****

*** ** *** ****** cameras ****** **** **** in *****.

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Test ***********

******* **** ****** ***** default ******** **** **** changes:

  • *.*** **** ******* **** smart ***** "*+" *******.
  • *** *** ******* **** for *** *******.
  • ******* ***** *** ** 1/30s. ********* ** */***.

*** ********* ******** ******** were **** ****** *******.

  • ****** **-*****: **.*.*.********
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Comments (15)

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*** *** **** *** Chrome *** *******, *** it ******** ***** ** be ******* ** **** the **** ****** ** all ** *** *******. We ********* ****** **** support *** **** **** they *** ******* ** moving **** **** ***** before *** *** ** the ****.

* ******* **** ****** is ******** ***** ******* later **** ****...

******* **#*, ***** ** why ** *** *** of *** ***** ********* we ********** ****** **** when ** ********* ****. While **** ** ******* have ***** **** **** this **** ** *******, some ******* (*** *** old) ***** *** *****.

******** *********** ** ** *** time ** ********* *** Flash ******* ****** *** browsers.

***'* **** *** ******* 6 *** *** ***** free *** *********.

***** ***** *******, **** as ****** ***** ****** on/off ** *** **** below, **** *******.

** **** ********** * good *****?

***, ** *** ****** change *** ***** *** no ***** ******* ******, ignore **, ** ** is *** * ********** event.

* **** *** ** address, ********, *** ******** printed ** *** *****. Since *** ******** ** the ***** ******* *** unique ******** ** *****, it **** *** ******* for *** ********** *** law. ******* ****** ******** one ** ** *** then ****** * ********* with *** *****...

***** *** ******* ***** of *****/***** *** ****** forces *** ** ****** the ******** ****** ******* you ** ********* ********. Not **** ** ** can ******* **** * VMS/NVR **** *** *****/***** password ******.

*****/*** ** ****** *********? Is ** * ************ product ** ******-**-****** *******?

*****/*** ** ****** ********* in *** **? ** it * ************ ******* or ******-**-****** *******?

***** ** #*,

** ********* *** ******* directly **** *** ************ (Tiandy), *** ** *** or ****** **** ** interested ** ******** ****/********** their *******, ****** ***** me *******@****.***,*** * **** **** you ** *** ******* Tiandy **** **.

**'** ******** ****** *** Tiandy ******* ** ***** but ***** **** ** results (** **** *** have ******* ****). ** answer **** ********, ** would ** ******-**-******, ** there ** ********* ** distribution ***.

********* **** ***** ** interesting ** ********** *******, SnapAV *** **** *********, and ********* **** ** least *** ********** ********* Tiandy. ******* ** *** other *******.

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

***'* ***** ********* ******* of ****** ******** ** keep *** ****** ** color **** ** **** lower ***** **** *****?

***** *** **** ** very ***********, * **** of **** *** ********** on *** *** ****** performs ** *** ******* light ***** ******* *** mode ** ******. *** compare *** ****** ** that ** ***** ******* like *** ******* **..

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