Ubiquiti G4 IP Cameras Tested

By Ilya Ignatenko, Published Sep 10, 2021, 08:43am EDT

Ubiquiti is expanding its camera line with its G4 series but how do they compare to surveillance incumbents like Axis and Hikvision?

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To find out, we bought and tested the Ubiquiti G4 Pro (4K IR, varifocal lens), G4 Bullet (4MP IR, fixed lens), and G4 Bullet IR Extender, examining:

  • How do they perform in full light (~300 lux), low light(~1 lux), dark (<0.01 lux), and WDR scenes?
  • Are noise and/or blur issues in low light scenes?
  • How even is IR illumination and does it overexpose objects?
  • How does the IR range compare to other models tested?
  • Does it integrate to third-party VMSes?
  • How does bandwidth compare day and night?
  • How does pricing compare to other models?

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** *** *****, ********'* G4 ** ******'* ******* performance *** ***** ******** to **** *** ********* models, **** *********** *********** in **** ***** *** WDR ******, *** ****** performance ** *** ***** and ****/**.

*** *** ** ****** performed ********** ****** ** dark/IR, **** **** ******* due ** ***** *** blurring. *******, ********'* ******** IR ******** ($**) ************* reduced ***** ****** *** increased ** *****.

************, ***** ******** ******* have ******* *** ***** integration, **** **** **** (no *****). **** ******** favors ***** ********'* *** recording / ********** *** is ******** ** ****, Hikvision, ***., ****** ****** than ****** ****** **** as *******.

*******, *** ******** ** Pro *** ** ****** cameras ****** **** **** H.264 ******** ** *** scenes, ** ** ~* Mb/s ** *** ***** scenarios, ***** *********** **** typically ***** *.* **/* (aside **** *** ********* Performance ****** **, ***** required ~* **/* ** low *****). ******* ****** supports *.***.

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

*** ** *** ***** for $*** *** ******** from ********, ******* ****** than *********'* *********** ****** DS-2CD2785G0-IZS (~$*** ******), ****** lower **** ****** **** Axis, **** ** *** P3228-LVE (~$*,*** ******).

*** ** ****** ***** $199 ** ********'* ******** website, **** ***** **** the **** *****-*** (~$*** online), *** ****** **** the ********* **-*********-* (~$*** online).

**** **** *** ** Ubiquiti's ****** ******, ***** included, **** **** **** out *** ******* ******, with ******* ***** ************ available.

Protect *** ********

*****'* ******* *** ********, required ** *********/****** *** G4 *******, **** ** several ** ***** ********, including *** ******* *** ($299-499), ******** **** **** ($199), ** ***** ******* Pro ($***).

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Below ******* *** ***** *********** (~*.* ***)

** *** ***** ****** in ***** ****(~*.* ***), both ******** ******* *** moderately ***** *** ******, obscuring ******* ****** *******. However, *** *** ** Bullet ***** ******** ****** overall *********** **** *** Axis ***, ****** ****** details **** ****** ** the ********* ****.

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**** * ****** ******* in *** ***** ** ~1.0 ***, *** ******** cameras ******* **** *******, with ******** ******* *****, blur, *** ******** ******.

*** ** ******** ** Pro ******** **** ***** image ******* ** ***-***** scenes **** ****, ****** it ** **** ***** than *********.

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Dark/IR *********** (

** ***** ***** (~** feet) ** * **** scene (IR **, *** ** G4 *** ******** ****** facial ******* **** **** and ********* *** ** increased ***** *** ********** blurry ******.

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*******, *** *** ** Bullet ******** ***** ******* than **** *** ********* in *** **** *****, with ****** ********* **** and *****, ********* **** facial *** ***** ******* even ** ***** ***** (~20 ****).

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*** ***** ***** ************ the ***** ******* ** the ******** ******* **** a ******* ****** ******* the ***** ** lux **** ** **. Note **** **** ******* moderately ********** *** ******* in *** ****** ** the *** *** *** 4K ** *** ****** produces ********** ******* ******.

IR ***** ********

*** ** ** *** model ** ********** ** have "****-******* ******** **** for ***** ******", *** in *** *******, **** the ****** ** *** scene ** ****-***********, **** the ***** ** *** field ** **** ***.

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** ********, *** *** G4 ****** ******** **** IR *****, ****** ** illuminates *** ***** ** view **** ****** **** the ** ***.

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Optional ** ****** ** ***** ********

******** ********** ***** **** ***** ************ ($** ******) *** the ** ****** ****** (but *** ***) ***** is ******** ** ******** the ** ***** ** the ****** ** ** meters (** ****).

************ ** *** ** extender ************* ******** *** illumination ******* ** *** camera, *********** *** ***** of *** *** *** producing ******** ****** **** less *****.

***** *****, **** *** IR ********, ****** *** chart ******* **** ******* significantly.

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

** ****** *** *** performance ** ** **** door ***** ***** ************ varied **** ~*,*** *** outside ** ~** *** inside.

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*** ** ** *** provides ***** ******* *** chart ******* ****** *** against ****** ********* ********* in ******* ***** ******* to *** ********* ****.

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*** *** ******** ** Bullet ******** ***** ************ facial ******* ** **** scene, ****** *** ******* is ********* ******** ******. However, ** **** *** overexpose *** ********** ** much ** *** ********* 2346.

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*******, ** ******, **** Ubiquiti ******* *** **** to ****** ******** *** the ******* ** *** door, ****** * *** frames ** ****** ****** details *** *******. ****** artifacts *** **** ******* in *** *****.

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

** **** ***** ****** (~200 ***), **** ** cameras ******** ******* ******* to *** ***** ****** tested **** ***** ***** fidelity.

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No ***** ***********, **** ********* ****

*** ** *** *** G4 ****** ******* *** not ***** **********. *******, they ***** * "**********" mode ***** ****** **** to ** ***** ** third-party ***** *** ****. In *** *******, ***** streams ****** **** **** VMSes, ********* ********* *** Nx *******, *** ***** not ******* ** *****, regardless ** ********.

************, *** ******* *** also ****** **** *********** of *******, **** ******** URLs *** *** **** stream *** **********, ****** this **** *** *********.

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Bandwidth *** ************ ********** / *.*** ******* ****

********'* ** ******* *** much ***** **** ******* quantization *** ******* **** H.264 *****, ********* ** significantly ******-****-******* ******** ** most ******.

***** **** ******* *** be *** ** ** "average" ************ ** ~**-**, the ** ****** ******** to ***, *** ** its ****** ******* *** only ** *** ** Q24. *** ** *** uses ********** **** ***********, Q22-24, *** ***** **** lower **** ******* *******.

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******* ** **** ***** low ***********, *** ********* of **** ******* ** drastically ****** **** ***********, ranging **** ~** ** >10x.

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******* **** **** **** drastic ** *** *** bullet, ******* **** ~** to ~*** ******** ** the **** ***.

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**** **** **** ********* models **** ********* ********* poorly ** *** ***** (~1 ***) **** ******** similar ** ********, ******* H.265 ***** ****** ***** used.

Size **********

*** ******** ** *** and ****** ******* *** similar ** ****, ****** the ** *** ** slightly ******. **** ******* are ***** ** **** to ****-****** ******* **** other *************, **** ** Hikvision **-**********-*.

*******, **** *** ************* smaller **** ******* ****-**** varifocal *******, **** ** the ****** ***** *****. Notably, ******* ****** ****** uses * ***** ****, with ****** ******* ******** connected ** *** ******.

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

*** ******** ** ********** ********* *** ************ ******** **** ****. Rare *** *** ********, Ubiquiti ***** **** *********** in ***** **** ******:

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******** ************ *** ** line ** *******, ***** is ********* **** ***** *********** ** ************ ** China.

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Insecure ***** *** *********** ********** ****

**** ******** ****** ******* use * ********** **** to **** *** ****** into ********. ***** **** is ****** ** ***, there *** *** *********:

  • *********** ****:********* *** ********** *** camera's ***** ******** * tool ******** **** *** camera ** **** *** ring, ***** *** ** lost ** ****** **** after *******. ** ** difficult ** ******** ******* the **** ** ****, though ** ***** ** done **** ***** ****** or * **** ******, though **** ***** ******** the *****.
  • ****** ***** *** ** position:**** **** ***** *********, the ****** *** ***** be ****** ****** *** of ******** ** **** with ****** **********.

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

  • ******** ** ******, ** Pro: *.**.*
  • **** *****-**, *****-***: **.*.*
  • ********* **-*********-***: **.*.* ***** 190923
  • ********* **-*********-*: **.*.*** ***** 210108

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