Turing Video Smart Series IP Cameras and NVR Tested

By Rob Kilpatrick and Derek Ward, Published Sep 30, 2021, 09:50am EDT

Turing Video has made aggressive moves in 2021, hiring 30+ Hikvision USA employees and an ex-Honeywell president, and is now distributed by ADI, but how do their cameras actually perform and who makes them?

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In an IPVM LinkedIn poll, most respondents voted that Hikvision made them, but is this true?

To find out, we bought and tested two Turing cameras, the TP-MED5M28C (5MP fixed lens, integrated white light) and TP-MFD8M28 (4K fixed lens, integrated IR), along with the Turing TR-MRP08T 8-channel NVR, examining:

  • How does image quality compare in full light (~200 lux), color low light (~1 lux), dark (~0.01lux) with IR on and WDR scenes?
  • Are noise and/or blur issues in low light scenes?
  • How well does the camera integrate with VMSes?
  • Does the web UI have any usability issues?
  • Were there false alarms on lighting/shadows?
  • How does the NVR perform?
  • How does Turing compare to Dahua/Hikvision offerings?

Uniview *******

*** ****** ***** ****** is ********* ******* (**** AI *********), ***** *** lower-price ********* ****** ** relabelled ****** (******* ** analytics).

****** ******** ***** *** VsaaS/video ************** ******, ***** ** **** to **** **********.

Performance *******

*** ******* ****** ****** Smart ******' *********** ** very ******* ** ********** Uniview ****** ** *** scenes, ****** *** *******, including ******, ******** **** low ***** (~* *** color) ****** **** ** well ** ***** ******* overexposure (***** **** ** and ***** ***** ************). Neither ***** ***** ** removed *** ******** *******.

******'* *** *********** *** strong ** ***** ******/****** scenes, *** ******** *** noticeable ** ****** ******* in ****** ***** ** the ***** *** ******** adjustment *** **** **** doors **** ******/****** ******* strong *********.

******'* ********* ********* ****************** ** *******, ******** ********* ****** walking, *******, ********, ** obstructed ** ** ****** in *** *****. ************, common ******* ** ***** alerts **** ** ***** changes, *******, ** ******** being ******** ** ****** were *******.

*** ****** **-****** *** offered ********* ********* ** their *** ** ******* when ********* ******** ** the *** ******* ********* manual ******* ** ********** configuration. *******, ****** *** cameras **** **** * LAN ** *** *** is * ******* *****-**** process, **** ** *** to ******* *** ******** cameras *** ****** ** manual *****, ********* ******* to ** ***** *** at * ****.

*******, **** ****** ***** series ******* ********** **** all ***** ***** ****** via *.***/*.***, ****** ******-**** analytics **** ********** **** Milestone, *** **** *** supported ** ********, ***********, Genetec, ******* *****.

Compared ** ***** & *********

******** ** ***** ******* with ** *********, ******'* Smart ****** *********** ** competitive, **** ******* ***** quality *** ********* ***********, but ******* ****** ***** and ********* ** *****:

  • *** ****** *** ***** light ******'* ******* ** competitive **** ******* **** Hikvision ******* (***) ** Dahua ***** ***** (***) white ***** ******, ~$*** USD *** ************, ******** to ~$*** *** ********* and ~$*** *** *****.
  • *** ****** ** ** dome (~$*** ******) ** priced ****** **** ********* ($225) *** ***** (~$***).

****** ****** ********** ******* ************ ******** ********** ********* off ** ***** **** distribution ******, ******* **** 3% ** **% ********* on ******* *****, ******** prices ****** ** ***** or ***** ** **** cases (********* ** ******* levels).

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Turing ********* ****** – *****-****** ****** *******

*** ***-****, ***-** *******, Turing ****** *** ********* series (********** ******) **** is ******* ** ***** to ***-**** ***** *****.

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**** ********* ****** ******** of *** *** ** models, ****** ************* ***** than *** ***** ******, with **** ****** **** for ~$***-*** *** ******* distribution, *********** **** ***** and *********'* *****-**** ****** (e.g. ****/*****). *******, **** series ***** *** ** and ***** ***** ******* found ** *** ***** Series.

Turing ***** ****** **** *******

*** ****** ***** ****** is ********* *******, ************ by *** ******'* ******** construction, **********, *** *** interface.

*****, *** ******** ************ of *** ******* *** similar, **** ********* ***** light ************, ********** *********, housing *** *****. ***** is *** *** *** Turing **-******** ********** **************** ***** *******.

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*** *** ****** **-******* Smart ****** ** ******* equivalent ** *******'* ***** series *****, **** ** the********.

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*** ****** ***** ****** and ******* *** *** are ********* *******, **** identical **** *** **** size, *** *******, **** the **** *********** ****** logo *** ***** ******. Below *** *** **** web ** ************* ***** for **** ****** *** Uniview.

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****** ************* ******* *** similar *** **** ****** and ******* ** ****, such ** ********, ***, and ***** ************ *** control *****.

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

**** *** ****** ***** white ***** *** ** cameras **** ****** ******* hotspots, ************ *** ****** of *** **** ***** and ******* ******** *** clothing ** *** *******, though ************ ** ****** at *** ***** ** the *** **** ******* and ***** ******* ******* discerned.

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**** *** ******* ** ~20' ********, **** ****** cameras *** **** ** produce ***** ****** *** chart *******. *** ****** and ******* ***** ***** cameras ******* ******* ****** on *** **** *****, and *** ****** ** IR ****** ******** * clearer ***** **** *****, which ******* ***.

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** *** **** *****, the ******* ***** **** the ****** ** ****** twice, ***** ***** *** camera's ******* "****** ********" mode *** ***** ** "Overexposure ********" ****. ***** the ******* ** ******** overexposed **** **** ************ Restrain **** **** ~**' away, **'* * ****** improvement **** ****** ********, which ****** *** ******* overexposed **** ~**' **** and ****** ** ** walks ******* *** *****.

***** *** ****** **-******** white ***** ****** ***** overexposure ********, ** *** able ** *** ******* such ** *** ***** of *** *****, ***** and *****, ****** ****** details ****** ****** *** overexposed **** ~**' ****.

Turing *** ******* ******* ***** ***** ************ ********

*** ****** ***** ****** and ******* *********** ******* similar ***** ***** ************ strength. ***** ** *** FOV ** *** ****** TP-MED5M28C ** *** **** with ***** ***** *******, and ***** *** ****** FOV ** ***********, *** sides *** **** ****** than *** ******, ***** could ****** ** ***** image *******.

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Weak **** ******* **** **** *****

**** ** *** ****** Smart ****** ******* ** not **** * ****'* max ***** *****/** *****. Although, **** *** ******* ~100' **** *** ******* in *** **** ***, little ****** ** *** or *** **** ***** can ** **** (~** PPF ** *** ** camera, ~** *** ** the ***), *** ******** are ****** ********.

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WDR *********** ***** ** ****** ******

** **** *** ***********, we **** *** ******* in ** ******** ******* WDR *****, ***** *****, with * ******** ******** of ~*,*** *** ******* and ~** *** ******.

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** **** *****, *** Turing ***** ****** ******* performed ********* ** *** Uniview *** ***** *******, with ******** *** ******** subject *** ***** ******* easy ** **** *** identify.

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*******, ** *** *******, we ******* **** * subject ****** ******* * low ***** ***** (~** lux) **** *** ******* caused ******** *** ****, as **** *****.

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**** *** ******* ******** from *******, ** ** overexposed ***** ******* *** underexposed ******, ****** ***** are * *** ****** with ***** ****** *******.

~1 *** ***** *** Light ***********

** ~* ***, *** Turing ***** ****** ******* with ** *** ***** light ************ *** ******** chart *** ****** ******* similar ** ******* *** stronger **** *****, ***** is ***** **** **** color ********.

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*******, **** *** ******* walking ******* *** ~* lux *****, ****** **** and ******** **** ****** details ************.

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Full ***** *****

**** ****, **** ******** (~200 ***), *** ******* tested ******** ****** ****** and ***** *******.

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People ******** *******, ********, **********

** *** *******, *** Turing *******' ********* ********* accurately ******** ******** ***** running ** ********.

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************, ******** **** **** detected ***** ****-**********, *.*., by *** *** *****.

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No ***** ****** ** ****** ****** *******

****** ****** ******* ** false ****** **** ******* such ** ***** ***** changes.

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******* ******* ** ****** moving **** *** ***** were **** *******.

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No ***** ****** ****** ** ********

****** ******* ***** **** no ***** ****** ****** on ******** *** **** versa.

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People ******** ******** ** ~* ***

****** ******* ******* *** scene **** ******** ******** at **** ~* ***, competitive **** ***** ********* such ** ****, ********, or ***** (*** ********* ********* ******** ****).

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Turing *** ********

*** ****** **-****** **** is * ******* ** PoE ****, ** ****, similar ** *******'* *** NVRs, ***** ***** *** back ****:

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Turing ****** ************* *****

*** ****** ******* **** easily ******* ** *** NVR ******* *** **** to ********* ** ******* any ** *** ******* fresh **** *** ***. After ~** *******, *** camera ****** ********* *** users *** ****** ********.

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*******, ****** ***** ******* was **** *******, ********* multiple *****, *** ******* to ** ***** *** at * ****, ******* of ** ****** ** select *** *** ********. We ****** **** ***** and ***** ***** *** configuration ***** ** *** NVR.

Bandwidth **********

********* *** ****** **** both ******* ***** ******'* H.265 ***** *** ***** Encoding ******* *** *** to "********". **** ****** Smart ****** ******* *** moderately **** ******** **** motion ** *** *****, ranging ******* ~*.* **/* and ~*.***/*.

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

*** ****** ***** ****** camera's *.*** *** *.*** streams ********* *** **** configurable ** *** ***** tested. ****** **** ****** and ********* **** ********* in *****, ******* *** Milestone, ****** *** ** Avigilon ** ******* *****.

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Similar **** ** *********** ****** ***** & *******

*** ****** ***** ****** and ******* *********** ***** light ******* *** *** same ******** ****** ****, though *** ****** ** TP-MFD8M28 ** ******** ******* than *** ***** **** Series *******.

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SigmaStar *** **** ** ****** ** ******* *** ***

**** *** ****** ***** series ** ******* *** NVR *** * ********* SoC. *** ******* *** NDAA *********.

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Made ** *****

****** **** *** ****-*********, the ****** ** ******* and *** ****** *** made ** *****.

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Test **********

*** ****** *** ********* prior ** ******* **** a *** *********** ** standardize ******** **** **:

  • ******* ***** ***** *** IR ************ ******** *** used.
  • ************ ******** ** **** was ****.
  • ******* ***** *** ** 1/30s.
  • *** *** ** **.
  • *.*** *** *******, **** Advanced ***** ******** ****.
  • ************ *** *** ** ~30 ***** ** *-**** being ******* ***, **** smart ***** *******, **** varied ****** ********* ** scene ********.

Versions ****

*** ********* ******** ******** were **** *** *******:

  • ***** *******: *.***.********
  • ****** **-********: ****-*****.*.**.*******.******
  • ****** **-*******: ****-*****.*.**.*******.******
  • ****** **-*******: ***-*****.**.**.******.******
  • ******* *********-*******-**-**: ****-*****.*.**.******

Comments (8)

* ****'* **** ** their ***** ** * didn't **** ***** ******, but **** *** * robot **** **** *******. Not **** **** *** the ****** *** ******** to ** *** ***** were * *** **** looked ** **.

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****** *** ******'* ******** offering, *** ****:******* ****** ***** ******-***** Security ***** *******.

**'* **** **** **** recently ****'** ******* ** fever ******* *** *********** Uniview, ***.

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** ** *** * thought **** *** * paper ******** ** ***** glance?

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*** * ******

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**** **** ****. *********** and ********. ******.

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*** ** ******* **** in *** **** *** weeks ***** ****** *** a *********. ** *** a ***** ************ ***** the ******* *** * tried ** *** *** the **** *********. ***** guys **** *** ******* forward *** *** ********* I ******* ** ***** product. **** ***** **** highly ** ***** ******* crew ** **** **** are * ***** ** 'guys (*****) ** ********** actually ******* ** *******" I ***** *** *****, but ** *** **** it ****.

*** ******* * **** will ** *********** ** the **** ***** ***** fell ******. **** ******* sets **** *** **** in ** *******. *** gentleman ** *** ***** were **** **** ******* up *** ****** *** the ***** ****** *****. There **** ****** * found ********, ** *** good ** ** ******* for *** ***** ** service ** **** * bridge. ** **** * am **** **** **** test **** *** *******.

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** *** *** ******* on * ***** ***** change ** * ***** question - **** ******* if *** ****** **** is *** ** ***** loss *** ******* **** black?

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** *** ***** **** black (*** ***** ***'* lost), ** ***** ** a ********* *****, *** an ********* *****. ** the ***** ** ***, the *** ** *** would ****** ** ** offline.

** ** *** *******, I ***** **** ** those ****** *** ***** overlooked. ** ********** *******, I ****** ****** ** know **** **** ** image ** ***** ** a ****** ** ***.

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