Ubiquiti $79 Flex IP Camera Tested

Author: Rob Kilpatrick, Published on Dec 07, 2018

U.S. Manufacturer Ubiquiti has released a 1080p, integrated IR IP camera, selling it directly for $79, making this one of the least expensive IP cameras available.

We bought and tested the Flex vs the Axis Companion Mini L, Hanwha LND-6011R, and Hikvision Value Express cameras.

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Inside we examine:

  • Full light performance
  • Dark IR performance in <1lx
  • Integrated IR coverage
  • WDR performance
  • Installation pros and cons
  • Camera setup options
  • Bandwidth consumption
  • Physical features

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similar or better ir subject and chart details

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flex camera similar ir facial details better ir chart details

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wdr test field of view

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bandwidth comparison

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