Ubiquiti $29 G3 Instant Camera Tested

By Ilya Ignatenko, Published Jul 29, 2021, 09:46am EDT

Ubiquiti's $29 UniFi Protect G3 Instant is NDAA compliant and one of the lowest cost cameras in the industry, but how does it really perform?

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We bought and tested the Ubiquiti G3 Instant (1080p, IR, indoor only) against low-cost models from Axis (M3065-V) and Hikvision (DS-2CD2325FHWD-I), as well as $30 rival Wyze Cam V3, examining:

  • How do they perform in full light (~300lx), low light(~1lx), dark (<0.01lx), and WDR scenes?
  • How does it compare to Axis and Hikvision low-cost cameras and Wyze Cam V3?
  • How even is IR illumination and does it overexpose objects?
  • Does it integrate to third-party VMS?
  • How does pricing compare to competitors?
  • How does the G3 Instant compare to Dahua and Hikvision?

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***** ** *** *****, the ******** ** ******* camera ********* **** ******** to ~$** ********** **** Cam ** *** ***-**** offerings **** **** *** Hikvision, ********* ******* ** better ***** ******* ** full ***** *** ***** low *****.

*******, ** ******* **** weaker **** ****, *** stronger **** *** ********* 2325 ***** *********** ********. The ** *******'* ** coverage *** **** **** than **** ** *** Hikvision *** ****, ******* overexposing *** ******* ** close ********* (~** ****) and ********* ****** ***** to ******* ***** ******* at ******* ********* (~** feet). **** **** ****' lowest **** ****** ****** (M30) ** *** ******* IR.

** ***, *** ** Instant ********* ***** ******* compared ** **** *** Hikvision, ************ *** ******* in *** ****** ***** and ************* ** *** dark **** ** *** scene, ******** **** ******** than **** *** **.

*******, *** ** *******'* lack ** ***** ** direct **** ********* ** a ***** ********** ******** to ******* ********** ******* and *** **** ** direct ***** ****** ** a ********** ******** ** Wyze, ***** ******** ** other ******** ** *******.

Pricing *** ************

*** ** ******* ***** for $** ******** **** Ubiquiti. *******, ** *** been **** *** ***** its ******* *-* ****** ago. ** ************ ** ***** ****** for ******** ******, ********* ~$**-*** ***, but ** **** **** some ******* *** **** $200.

******** *** *** ******* the ******* *** ***** shortages ** ** **** of *******. ** **** update **** ****** **/**** they ******* ********.

*** $** ***** ** similar ** *** **** Cam ** ($**.** ***) and **** ***** **** typical ********** ******* **** the **** *****-* ($***) or ********* **-*********-* (~$***).

*****'* ******* *** ********, required ** *********/****** *** G3 *******, **** ** several ** ***** ********, including *** ******* *** ($299-499), ******** **** **** ($199), ** ***** ******* Pro ($***).

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****: **** ***** ** test ********'* ******* *** in *** **** *** weeks.

Compared ** ***** *** *********

** *** ******** **** for ********, *** ** Instant's ***** ******* *** similar ** ****** **** low-end ***** *** ********* models *** ** ** significantly **** ********* (****** from ********) **** ***** lowest **** ** *******. Additionally, ** ** **** compliant, ****** ***** **** in *****.

*******, *** ************ ** a ***** *****. ***** the ** ******* *** been **** *** *** months, ***** *** ********* are ******* ********* *** any ****** ** ************.

*******, *** **** ** ONVIF ** **** ******* limits *** ********, ** it **** ****** *** work *** ***** *** have ******** **** ** VMSes, ****** ******* ******** customers *** **** ****** market.

Full ***** ***********

** ** ****** *** daytime ***** (~*** ***), the ** ******* ****** provides ******* ******* ** the ***** ****** ****** at ***** ********* (~** feet/~100 ***).

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** * ******* ******** (~20 ****), ** ******* provides ********** ****** ******* and **** ***** ******* than *** ***********, *** subject ******* *** ***** recognizable.

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****** ******* ******* **** clear ** *** ** Instant, *********, *** **** V3, ***** *** **** M30 ********** *******.

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Low ***** ***********

** * *** ***** scene ** ***** **** (~1 ***), *** ******** camera *********** *** **** M30 *** ********* **** producing **** ***** ******* overexposing *** *****. *******, it ** ********** ****** than *** **** *** v3, ****** **** *********** nearly **** ** *** test ***** *** ******* colors.

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** ~** **** ** low *****, ******* ****** details *** *******, ******* to *** ***** *******, and ****, ******** *** chart ******* *** ******** than ***** ******* ******, and *** ***********.

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Moderate *** ***** ****** ****

**** * ****** ******* at ~* ***, ******** delivers ***** ***** ******* than *** ********* *********** Series *** ******* ******* to **** *** ****.

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

** ***** ***** ** a **** ***** (lux) **** ** **, the ** ******* ******** better ******* **** *** Hikvision ***** ***** ** does *** ********** *** subject *** *****. *******, the ***** **** *** Wyze ****** ******* *******, providing ******** ****** *******. Note **** **** *****-* doesn't **** ********** **, therefore ** ** *** able ** ******* *** usable ******* ** **** scene.

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******* ****, ** ~**' distance, ******* ******* *** more ***** **** ***** from *** **** *** and ******* ** *********. Conversely, *** ** ******* provides ****** ***** ******* than *********'* **** *** to *** ************ *** chart *** ******* ****** than *** ****.

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**** * ****** ******* at delivers *** "****" ***** quality *** ** *** even ** ******** ******* the ***** ******* ************ the ******* ** ***** distances (~** ****).

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Even ** ********

*** ** ******* ****** clearly *********** *** ******* in *** ****** ** the ***** ** **** without ************ *** ******* the ***** ** **** more ****** **** *** Hikvision **** *** **** Cam **.

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

** ****** *** *** performance ** * ***** where ************ ****** **** ~3,200 *** ******* ** ~24 *** ******.

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******** ** ******* *** below ******* ** **** scene, **** ****** ******* inside *** *** **** Axis *** *********. *******, it ******** ****** ******* against ********* **** *** Wyze *** **, ***** drastically *********** ******** *******, making ****** ******* **** to *******.

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*** ** ******* *** not ****** ******* ****** to ********** *** ** exterior **** ******* *** closing, **** ********* ************ the *******, **** ************* as ** ***** ******.

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Pixel ****** ********* ****

*** ** ******* ****** includes ***** ****** *********, with ** *************** ** people, ********, ** ***** objects. ** *** *******, motion ******* ** **** nuisance *******, **** ** lights ** *******, ***** below:

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******** ** ********* ********** AI ********* ***** ******** object *********, ****** **** did *** **** *** timeline *** *******.

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

*** ** ******* ** not ***** **********, *** does ** ****** **** directly **** *** ******, possible ** **** ******** versions ******* ******** ********* * ******* ********** mode. *** ****** *** a *** ** *** it ******** **** ***** configuration *********.

*******, ***** *** **** stream **** **** *** UniFi ******* ***, **** specific **** *** *** full ****** *** **********:

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******** **** *** **** plans ** *** ***** support ** ********** ****, only ********** **** *********** RTSP **** *** *** was *** **** ****** for *****-***** ***********.

**** ***** ** **** Ubiquiti's ******* *** ** the **** *** *****.

Bandwidth **********

****** *** ***, *** G3 ******* ****** ******** slightly ****** ********* **** other ******* ******. ** night, **** *********'* **** spiked ***** *** *** value, ******* *** ***** cameras ******** ************* *** same ********* **** ******** requiring ~*** **/* **** than **** *** ****.

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Size **********

*** ** ******* ** similar ** **** ** the **** *** **, shown *****, **** * small **** ****** **** factor.

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NDAA ********* / **** ** *****

******** ***** *** ** Instant ** **** *********. Tearing **** *** ******, we ***** * ********* SoC, ******* ** **** other **** ********* ****** recently ******:

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*** ** ******* ** made ** *****, **** shown ** *** ******'* box:

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*** ********* ******** ******** were **** ** *** test:

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***** *****-**! :) ***** they ***** ** ******** its ***** ** ******** RTSP / ***** *******.

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***** **'* ***** *** of ******* **** ****.

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******** ** ** **** ways ******* ** *** Cisco *** ****** ******* of ******* ************. **'* not ******* ******** ** its ***, *** ***** UBNT ****** **** ******** another ****** ****. **'* a *** ** *** incremental ******* ** ***** sale.

** * ******* ****** a *** ** *** my ******* *** ********, adding ******* ******** ** licensing, **** ********. **'* hard ** **** **** pricing, ********** **** ****'** selling $** **$** *********** ******* ****** ****.

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******** ** *** ********* mentioned. * *** ** wait ******* (*** **** - ***** ****) *** an *** ** * pair ** ** **** cameras. ******** **** ** was ***** ********* ** the **. ********** **** did *** **** ***** in *** ****** ** RMA **** * ** Flex *** * ** Bullet. ** *** ** Instant ****** ***** **** the **** (* *** it ****) * *** see *** **** ***** have ******** ******* ****.

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@**** *********** *** ** * writeup ** *** ***** Key ****, ***** *** also ******* *** **** and ******* ********* ******** channel *******? *'** **** using *** **** ******* channel ** * **** for *** **** *** months ******* *** ** Doorbell *****'* **** ******** with *** ********** ******** release. ** ********* ***** disconnect **** *** ********** a *** ***** * day. * ***'* *** device, *** **** * new **** *** *** same ******* * ******* digging ****** *** ***** people ** *** ******** site ********** ** *** the **** ********, *** enabling **** ***** ** problem. **** ** *** don't ** **** **** detail **'* ***** ********** this ** *** ****** so ****** **** **** have **** ******.

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****, **** ****. ******** actually ********* **** ** should **** *** ******* beta, ** **** ** our ****. ********, ***** from *** ******** ************, are *** ******* **** other *********** ** *** beta ******** ** *** last ****** *******?

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* *****'* ******* **** difference ** *** **** software. ** ***** ** be ****** *** *** most ****.

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***** ***** ****** *** you **** ******* ******? You ********** *** **** is ****** **** ***** but ** ******** ** supplied ** ******* **** assertion.

*** ******** ***** ****** available ** *** ** is *** * ** IPC-HFW1530S-S6 ***** ** £** ($65) ** **** *** it’s ************* ****** **** the ******-**** ** ******* in *** *******.

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$** *** * ****** is *****, *** *** one **** * ******* overlay, **’* ******!

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