Uniview Pro 4K Camera Tested (IPC3238ER3-DVZ)

By Derek Ward, Published Aug 29, 2019, 10:21am EDT (Research)

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Comments (35)

Why was testing done with a firmware that is over a year out of date?

Uniview has a cloud firmware update feature in the web gui.

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Hello UM1,

Appreciate the voice of concern, however, it was found that the version of firmware tested is the latest version available. No firmware updates found on either the web GUI:

Nor was there an update available through Uniview's EZTools program:

If you have a link to some site or file that contains "newer" firmware, please post! We will make appropriate updates if a newer version of firmware has an impact on camera performance. Also, I'm sure many of our members could make good use of an additional resource for Uniview firmware updates, as support is limited but growing, as the report states.

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The camera that you used for your testing is over 2 years old. The IPC3238SR3-DVPZ replaced the camera used for this testing back in December of 2017. I don't know of any of the authorized resellers that still carry the DVZ model anymore.

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is WorldEyeCam not authorized?

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WorldEyeCam is no longer an authorized reseller. Long history of posting pricing online.

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If you check the list of distributors in the US today, you'll see they are not on that list.

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If you check the list of distributors in the US today, you'll see they are not on that list.

nope, they’re still there (alphabetically, at the bottom, link in my previous post)...

what do you think, I keep old screenshots of Uniview’s authorized distributors list around just in case somebody happens to challenge me on them?

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Partner—Zhejiang Uniview Technologies Co., Ltd.

National Distributors: DH Vision and Eastern CCTV

Regional Distributors: All CCTV Supply.com, CCTV.net, GenIV, Low Voltage Direct, Pam Distributing and Security System Depot.

I had everyone in sales pull up the partner page for Uniview and none have World Eye Cam listed.

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We bought from authorized Uniview distributor CCTV.net

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I had everyone in sales pull up the partner page for Uniview and none have World Eye Cam listed.

have them pull up google for “uniview official partners north america”, choose the page for North America - Zhejiang Uniview Technologies Co., Ltd.

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Out of curiosity, are you in South Korea?

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Out of curiosity, are you in South Korea?

because then it would be authorized?

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There's a more banal explanation for the 'kr' link, Google US returns it in search results for Uniview partners, e.g.:

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Rich emailed me the following in response:

1. Not sure what I said was so controversial, the 'kr' link is being cited because Google USA returns it in a relevant web search.

2. Not clear why people think implying or threatening to cancel their membership has any impact on us. It does not. See: Axis Brags About "Whiskey Tasting" With Independent Consultants

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You really are an arrogant douche

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I'm not sure how John was being an "arrogant douche". He basically posted the same thing I was going to when I read your responses yesterday. I followed your links and everything worked. I then Googled the same thing last night using the terms that UD#2 listed, "uniview official partners north america" and the kr link was the third link down and that page includes WEC as a North American partner. I am in NA. The kr site lists copyright 2011-2018, while uniview.com lists copyright 2011-2019. So it appears as though that site should be taken down or hidden from search results as it lists incorrect information.

You just seemed to refuse to acknowledge that Uniview made an error in their website and should fix it to prevent Google from showing a user in North America potentially incorrect information.

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it's more directed at his use of the word banal. Call it trivial but it was enough to set me off.

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use of the word banal

I was not calling you banal. The 'banal explanation' I mentioned was that contrary to your binary contrast of "What the rest of the world sees" was simply that anyone who google'd this term would get a similar search result, that is, it was not an issue with U2 particularly, just that Google was returning that to anyone who searched for such information.

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that's how I read it.

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it's more directed at his use of the word b****.

thems fightin’ words...

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Otherwise, sorry they sold you a really old camera they wanted to get rid of.

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trust me, i’m no fan of WEC.

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We have no problem testing a newer model, we always strive to be accurate, but for over two months, we have had the discussion on what we were testing available: 4K Shootout 2019 - What Should We Test? Notifications were sent out to members and it has been cited at the top of every 4K report we have done in the past month, including Axis, Bosch, Dahua, Hikvision. No one from Uniview or distributors has mentioned a problem until now.

We are going to purchase and test the DVPZ model. For confirmation in advance, what is the most current firmware version of both of these cameras?

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Why not contact the manufacturer directly prior to testing to ensure the latest model and firmware is being used? If you already did this, then this is UNV's fault for allowing an old camera to be tested

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That is our fault. While they do not have any local office, we can contact them in China and ask.

Ethan, before proceeding with Rich's recommendation, ask Uniview HQ.

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As an authorized distributor for Uniview products, I know I wasn't notified. Firmware for that model will end in D1812

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Rich, we are not going to contact each authorized distributor.

You read IPVM regularly, right? Our point is that we publicized that we were doing this test for 2 months, we listed the exact Uniview model number we tested here for the past 2 months there.

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I'm just a lowly sales person at one of the distributors. I have mentioned to my superiors but if they didn't do anything about it and neither did any of the other distributors, well, that's above my pay grade.

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Lets just admit it, we all failed society on this one!

btw, im just popping in to say that I like the new design on how the email comment subscriptions show up now

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The newer IPC3238SR3-DVPZ has latest firmware IPC_Q1203-B0008P30D1812

The older IPC3238ER3-DVZ (one in this test) has latest firmware IPC_HCMN2105-B0009P30D1711

FYI the last four numbers indicate the date when the firmware started its development...

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I've tested the IPC3238SR3-DVPZ.

Daytime: Great image and video.

Nighttime Lowlight: Unusable and useless.

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