Uniview Pro 4K Camera Tested (IPC3238ER3-DVZ)

By: Derek Ward, Published on Aug 29, 2019

In our 8MP / 4K Fixed Lens Camera Shootout, Uniview's low end 8MP was firmly in the middle of the pack.

Does their higher end Pro Series 4K camera improve on this?

We bought and tested the IPC3238ER3-DVZ to see how it performs, examining:

  • How does this new 4K model perform in full light (~400lx), low light(~2lx) and dark (~0.02lx) scenes?
  • How does installation compare to other dome models?
  • How does U-Code smart codec H.265 bandwidth compare day and night?
  • How well do they integrate to VMSes?
  • How does it compare in price to competitive 4K domes?

This is the latest in our continued series of updated 4K camera testing, following these other reports:

Avigilon, Panasonic, and Vivotek are coming soon. Suggestions? Let us know what other 4K cameras we should test.

** ****** / ** ***** Lens ****** ********, *******'* *** *** 8MP *** ****** ** the ****** ** *** pack.

**** ***** ****** ****** ****** ** ************* ** ****?

** ****** *** ****** the**********-***** *** *** ** performs, *********:

  • *** **** **** *** 4K ***** ******* ** full ***** (~*****), *** light(~2lx) *** **** (~*.****) scenes?
  • *** **** ************ ******* to ***** **** ******?
  • *** **** *-**** ***** codec *.*** ********* ******* day *** *****?
  • *** **** ** **** integrate ** *****?
  • *** **** ** ******* in ***** ** *********** 4K *****?

**** ** *** ****** in *** ********* ****** of ******* ** ****** testing, ********* ***** ***** reports:

********, *********, *** ******* are ****** ****. ***********?*** ** **** **** other ** ******* ** should ****.

[***************]

*******

** *** *****, *** Uniview ** **********-*** *** multiple *********:

  • **** *** *****/**** ***** quality:*** ***** (~* ***) and **** (~*.** ***) images **** *****, ********** of ********, ******* ** produce ****** ******* ** even ~** ***.
  • **** ** *********** **, depending ** ****:***** *******'* ******* ** mode (******), ******** ** the ****** ** *** field ** **** **** moderately *********** ** ~**' and ******. *** ******'* "Restrain" **** ******* **** overexposure, *** ****** *** edges ** *** ***** of ****, ******** *******.
  • **** *** ******* *********:******* ****** *********, ******* features **** ****** ***, producing ** ****** *******.
  • **** ********:*-**** ***** ***** *.*** bitrates **** ****** **** average ******** ** *********** 4K ******, ** ~**+% during *** *** *** significantly ****** ** ***** (~20-30%).

***** ****** *** ****** to **** **** ******* 4K ***** ************ ** many *****.

*******, *** *** *****, a ******** ** *** cost ** **** *********** 4K ****** ******, ** well ** *******'* **** closely ********* ******* *** limited ****** ***** ***** be ********** ** *********** looking *** ************ ** other *** **** ***** such ** ***** ** Hikvision.

*******

*** ******* **********-*** *** be ***** ***~$*** *** ******. **** ******* ** well ***** **** ***** 4K ****** ******, ********* $900+. **** ******* ** somewhat ******* ** *****'* newer **** ** *****, the*******, ***** ***** *** ~$375.

Limited ******* *********

******* **** *** ***** open ****** ***** ** pricing (**** ****), **** a******* ****** ** ************, ****** **** ***** brands ***** *** ** found *********** ********. **** may ** ********** ** many *********** **** ** customers ***** ******** ***** products.

*******, **** ********* ** decreasing ********. ** **** tests, *** **** ******* results *** ******* ******* were ***** ** **** or *******. *******, ** 2019, ******* ****** *** now ** ***** ********* ****** ************, **** ** *** margin. ***** *** ** widespread ** ********* ** Dahua, **** ** * moderate ********* ** ***** channel *********.

Size **********

*** ******* ** ****** is ******* ** **** and **** ****** ** competitors **** ** *** Axis *****, ******** ******* than*********'* * ******.

Loose ******* *****

** ******** ******* *****, gaskets **** ***** ** falling *** ** *** dome *****, ***** *** lead ** **** ***** lost, *******, ** ********** sealing *** ****, ******** moisture **** *** ******. However, **** *** ***** has ***** **** *****, with *** ****** *** held ** **** ********, remaining ** ***** **** when ******, * *** improvement **** **** ******.

Double ***** ****

*** ******* ******** *** cable *****, *** *** PoE/Ethernet *** ***** *** another *** */*, *****, and *** ***** *** for ******. **** ******** issues **** ******* ******** the ******, ** *** whips *** ****** *** enough ***** **** **** likely ******* *** ************ to ** **** ** the ******** ******* ******* of ***.

** **** ** ***** and ***** ******** ****** in **** *****:

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

*** ******* ****** *** not ******* *** ***** of ************ *** ****** without ****** **, ****** by ******** ** ******* it, ***** **** ******* field ** **** ***** more ******* **** ***** models ***** ******* **** feature.

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

** ***** ***** (~**'), the ******* ** ************ in *** ***** (~* lux) *** **** **** IR ** (~*.** ***), though ****** *** ***** in **** ******, ********* and ******** ********* *******. Full ***** ****** (~*** lux) *** ***** *** easily ************ *** ****** exposed, **** ***** **** to **** */* ** the *****.

Weak Low Light Dark Details At Close Range

*******, ** ~**' *** beyond, *** ***** *** dark ***** ******* ****** very ****, **** *** camera ****** ** ******* recognizable ******* ** *** subject ******* * ********** high ~** ***. **** light ******* *** ************ but ****** **** *********** the **** ***.

Weak Facial Details In Full Light Recognition Only In Low Light Dark

IR *****: ******** ************ ** *** ** ***

*** ******* ***-*******-*** ******** to ** ** ******* named "****** ****" ***** attempts ** ******* ***** and ********** ****** *** full ***** ** **** but ******* ** ******** overexposure ** ~**' *** nearer, ****** ***** **** moderately *** *****.

********* ** *** "************ Restrain" ****, *** ****** reduces ************ ** *** center ** *** *****, with *** ******* ******** exposed. *******, *** **** of *** ***** ** view ******* ********** ******.

********** ****** ** **** test **** ***** ***** IR ******** **** ** reduce ************.

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

** ****** *** ******'* WDR *********** ***** * backlit ******* ** ***** 2,000 *** **** ** indoor *** ** ~**, a ******** ** ~***.

******* ****** *********, *** subject's **** ** ******* washed ***, **** *** simply ********* ** * silhouette *** ***** **** lost ****** **** *. In *** ****** **** next ** *** ****, details *** *****, **** of *** ******* *** test ***** **** ** line ~*/*.

H.265/Smart ***** *******

******* ******* ******* *.*** as **** ** ***** "U-Code" ***** *****, **** two ***** ****** ******* "Basic" *** "********." ** our *****, *** *** modes ******** *********** ********* bitrates.

*-**** *.*** ******** **** higher **** ******* *** other ***** ***** ** models ** **** ******, with **** ****** ********* <2 **/* ****** *** day *** at ***** **** ** on. ***-***** *.*** ******** were **** ******, *** and *****, *********** *** camera's ** **/* *** (the ******* ******* ******* in *** *** **).

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

*** ******* **********-*** *.*** and *.*** ******* ******* and **** ************ ** all ***** ******. ****** side ****** ********* *** supported ** *** ***** but ******* *****. ****** side ********* ******* *** weaker, ********** **** ** Exacq *** ********* (*** *** **** ** Uniview's *********/***).

Country ** ******

*** ******* **********-*** *** made ** *****:

Test **********

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

  • *** ******* **** ****** WDR *******.
  • ************ ******** *** **** for ** ***********.
  • *.*** *** *******.

Versions ****

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

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

Comments (35)

*** *** ******* **** with * ******** **** is **** * **** out ** ****?

******* *** * ***** firmware ****** ******* ** the *** ***.

***** ***,

********** *** ***** ** concern, *******, ** *** found **** *** ******* of ******** ****** ** the ****** ******* *********. No ******** ******* ***** on ****** *** *** GUI:

*** *** ***** ** update ********* ******* *******'* EZTools *******:

** *** **** * link ** **** **** or **** **** ******** "newer" ********, ****** ****! We **** **** *********** updates ** * ***** version ** ******** *** an ****** ** ****** performance. ****, *'* **** many ** *** ******* could **** **** *** of ** ********** ******** for ******* ******** *******, as ******* ** ******* but *******, ** *** report ******.

*** ****** **** *** used *** **** ******* is **** * ***** old. *** **********-**** ******** the ****** **** *** this ******* **** ** December ** ****. * don't **** ** *** of *** ********** ********* that ***** ***** *** DVZ ***** *******.

**************** **********?

*********** ** ** ****** an ********** ********. **** history ** ******* ******* online.

** *** ***** *** list ** ************ ** the ** *****, ***'** see **** *** *** on **** ****.

** *** ***** *** list ** ************ ** the ** *****, ***'** see **** *** *** on **** ****.

****, ****’** ***** ***** (alphabetically, ** *** ******, link ** ** ******** post)...

**** ** *** *****, I **** *** *********** of *******’* ********** ************ list ****** **** ** case ******** ******* ** challenge ** ** ****?

*******—******** ******* ************ **., Ltd.

******** ************: ** ****** and ******* ****

******** ************: *** **** Supply.com, ****.***, *****, *** Voltage ******, *** ************ and ******** ****** *****.

* *** ******** ** sales **** ** *** partner **** *** ******* and **** **** ***** Eye *** ******.

** ****** **** ********** Uniview *********** ****.***

* *** ******** ** sales **** ** *** partner **** *** ******* and **** **** ***** Eye *** ******.

**** **** **** ** google *** “******* ******** partners ***** *******”, ****** the **** ******** ******* - ******** Uniview ************ **., ***.

*** ** *********, *** you ** ***** *****?

*** ** *********, *** you ** ***** *****?

******* **** ** ***** be **********?

*****'* * **** ***** explanation *** *** '**' link, ****** ** ******* it ** ****** ******* for ******* ********, *.*.:

**** ******* ** *** following ** ********:

*. *** **** **** I **** *** ** controversial, *** '**' **** is ***** ***** ******* Google *** ******* ** in * ******** *** search.

*. *** ***** *** people ***** ******** ** threatening ** ****** ***** membership *** *** ****** on **. ** **** not. ***:**** ***** ***** "******* Tasting" **** *********** ***********

*** ****** *** ** arrogant ******

*'* *** **** *** John *** ***** ** "arrogant ******". ** ********* posted *** **** ***** I *** ***** ** when * **** **** responses *********. * ******** your ***** *** ********** worked. * **** ******* the **** ***** **** night ***** *** ***** that **#* ******, "******* official ******** ***** *******" and *** ** **** was *** ***** **** down *** **** **** includes *** ** * North ******** *******. * am ** **. *** kr **** ***** ********* 2011-2018, ***** *******.*** ***** copyright ****-****. ** ** appears ** ****** **** site ****** ** ***** down ** ****** **** search ******* ** ** lists ********* ***********.

*** **** ****** ** refuse ** *********** **** Uniview **** ** ***** in ***** ******* *** should *** ** ** prevent ****** **** ******* a **** ** ***** America *********** ********* ***********.

**'* **** ******** ** his *** ** *** word *****. **** ** trivial *** ** *** enough ** *** ** off.

*** ** *** **** banal

* *** *** ******* you *****. *** '***** explanation' * ********* *** that ******** ** **** binary ******** ** "**** the **** ** *** world ****" *** ****** that ****** *** ******'* this **** ***** *** a ******* ****** ******, that **, ** *** not ** ***** **** U2 ************, **** **** Google *** ********* **** to ****** *** ******** for **** ***********.

****'* *** * **** it.

**'* **** ******** ** his *** ** *** word *****.

***** *******’ *****...

*********, ***** **** **** you * ****** *** camera **** ****** ** get *** **.

.

***** **,*’******** ***.

** **** ** ******* testing * ***** *****, we ****** ****** ** be ********, *** *** over *** ******, ** have *** *** ********** on **** ** **** testing *********:** ******** **** - What ****** ** ****?************* **** **** *** to ******* *** ** has **** ***** ** the *** ** ***** 4K ****** ** **** done ** *** **** month, *************,*****,*****,*********. ** *** **** Uniview ** ************ *** mentioned * ******* ***** now.

** *** ***** ** purchase *** **** *** DVPZ *****. *** ************ in *******, **** ** the **** ******* ******** version ** **** ** these *******?

*** *** ******* *** manufacturer ******** ***** ** testing ** ****** *** latest ***** *** ******** is ***** ****? ** you ******* *** ****, then **** ** ***'* fault *** ******** ** old ****** ** ** tested

**** ** *** *****. While **** ** *** have *** ***** ******, we *** ******* **** in ***** *** ***.

*****, ****** ********** **** Rich's **************, *** ******* HQ.

** ** ********** *********** for ******* ********, * know * ****'* ********. Firmware *** **** ***** will *** ** *****

****, ** *** *** going ** ******* **** authorized ***********.

*** **** **** *********, right? *** ***** ** that ** ********** **** we **** ***** **** test *** * ******,** ****** *** ***** Uniview ***** ****** ** tested **** *** *** past * ****** *****.

*'* **** * ***** sales ****** ** *** of *** ************. * have ********* ** ** superiors *** ** **** didn't ** ******** ***** it *** ******* *** any ** *** ***** distributors, ****, ****'* ***** my *** *****.

**** **** ***** **, we *** ****** ******* on **** ***!

***, ** **** ******* in ** *** **** I **** *** *** design ** *** *** email ******* ************* **** up ***

*** ***** **********-**** *** latest ******** *********-*************

*** ***** **********-*** (*** in **** ****) *** latest ******** ************-*************

*** *** **** **** numbers ******** *** **** when *** ******** ******* its ***********...

*'** ****** *** **********-****.

*******: ***** ***** *** video.

********* ********: ******** *** useless.

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