Uniview Super Low Cost 4MP Tested

By: Ethan Ace, Published on Jul 25, 2018

Even lower cost than Dahua and Hikvision, China's self-proclaimed 3rd place company, Uniview / UNV, is offering aggressive pricing including for the increasingly commonly used 4MP category.

We bought and tested two Uniview turrets to see how they performed:

Inside, we examine:

  • Low light performance
  • Integrated IR coverage
  • Integrated IR range
  • WDR performance
  • Full light performance
  • Bandwidth consumption
  • Physical construction
  • VMS integration

Interested readers should also see our previous 4MP tests, including Hanwha and Digital Watchdog, with tests of new generation Dahua, Hikvision, and others upcoming plus a final 4MP shootout to conclude.

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***** *** *** *** findings **** *** **** of *******'* *** ****** cameras:

  • ***** ******* ****/** ***********:**** ******* *******' ** illumination *** ****, ******* to ********** ******** ** even **** ***** ********* 30m/~98' ** *****, **** noticeable *********** **** ** close ***** ** *** lower **** *** ******.
  • *** ****** **** ***:*** *** ****** ********* poorly ** *** ****** due ** *** **** of **** ***, *** practically * ******** ******* on ***** *****-***** *** models (**** ** ****** or **).
  • *** ****** ***** ***:** ********, *** *** turret's **** *** *********** was *****, **** ***** details ** *** ******* against ****** ********* *** in ****** ***** ** the *****.
  • ****** **** ******* ********:******* ********* *.*** *** their *-**** ***** *****, both ******* ******* ******** were ********** **** *** and *****, **** ******* bitrates **** * **/* (compared ** ~* **/* average ** **** *** smart ***** ******) *** night **** ******** **** 3 **/*.
  • *** ******* ************, *** weather *****:*** ***** **** *** turret ** ***** **** of *******, ******* ** more ****** **** ******** used ** **** ****** cameras, **** ** ** rating. ************, *** ****** has ** ****/****** **** with ******* ****** ******* visible *** ******* ** moisture/dust.Uniview *** ******** ** updated *** ***** (**********-*****), ***** ** **** rated.

******* ***** ***********, ***** their ***** *****, ********** for *******, **** ***** may **** ***** ****** to ** ** ********** alternative ** ******* ********* or ***** ******.

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********* ****** ***** (***** Uniview *** ******* ****** sales) ** ***** ******* models **:

**** ** ******* **** expensive **** ******* *** turrets/domes, **** ** *** Hanwha ***-***** ** ********* DS-2CD2342FWD-I (**** ~$*** ***).

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

*** ********* ******** *** negative ************** ** ******* for ******* **: ********, Uniview *** ******* / restricted ****** *****, ****** it ****** *** ********* to ***** ****. ********, Uniview *** ******* ** no '*******' ****** *******, so ********* ****** **** to ** ******* *** variety ** ***** ************ Uniview ***** *******.

Physical/Feature ***********

****** **** *******, **** low **** ******, *** IPC3614LR3 **** * ******* housing ******* ** ********. Additionally, *** **** ** the ****** ** ******, with *********** ******* ******* these *****, ****** ******** moisture ** ****** *********.

** ******** ** *** LR3 ******, *** ********** uses *** **** ******** housing ******* ** *******, fully ****** *** **** rated.

** * ****** *** based ** **** ******, both ******* ****** *** the **** ****** ****, lensing, *** ** ************, with *** **** **** difference ***** **** *** included ** *** ***, but *** *** ***. However, ** *** *****, IR *** ***** ******* differences **** ********** ******* the ***, ********* *****.

** ****** *** ******** features ** *** ******* in **** *****:

Size **********

*** ***** **** ******* LR3 ****** ** ******** smaller **** *********** ******, while *** *** ** ********* sized ** ********* *** Dahua ******.

Image *******

** ***** *****, *** *** turret ******** ******** ***** details **** *** *** turret, **** **** ***** on *** *******'* ****. Text ********** ** ******* in **** *******.

moderate artifacting lr3

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

***** **** ******* ***** 30m/~98' ** ************ *****, at **** ~**', ************ was **** ****, **** the ******* ********* ** detect ** **** *******.

difficult to detect

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

*** *** ******'* ** illumination *** **** ****** the ***** ** ****, with **** **** ****** darkening ** *** **** edge *** ** ************ in *** ****** ** the *** ****** *** tests, ***** ****:

LR3 ******* *** ********** ******** *********

******** ******* *** ** the ********** ********* ******** at ***** ** *** tests, **** ******** ********** more *******. *******, **** setting **** ********* ******* noise, *** **** *** provide ********** *********** *******.

Solid *** ***********

** ****** *** *** turret ** * ****** WDR *****, * ********* with **** ******** ****, shown *****:

wdr inside vs threshold comparison

*** **** ********* *** turret ********* ****** ** this *****, **** *** background ****** ******* ****** out *** ******* ******** moderately ****** ***. ** contrast, *** **** *** SR3 ****** ******* ********* details ** *** ******* both ******* ****** ********* and ** ****** ***** of *** *****.

lr3 poor wdr sr3 solid 

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

*********** ** *** *** cameras *** ******* ** well *** ******, ***** below ** ***** ***** (~15'/~50 ***), **** ****** differences *** ********* ******* similar.

similar details in well lit short range

** ****** ***** (~**' shown/~20 ***), ******* ** the *******'* **** **** slightly **** ***** ** the *** ******, ****** the ***** ** ******* in **** *******.

similar details in well lit mid range

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

******* ******* ******* *.*** as **** ** ***** "U-Code" ***** *****, **** two ***** ****** ******* "Basic" *** "********." *******'* documentation ****** **** "***** Mode" ** **** **** third ***** ***/*********, ***** "Advanced ****" ***** ** conjunction **** ***** ****. We **** *** *** tested ******** **** **** Uniview ****, *** **** using ***** ***** ***, the *** ***** ******* effectively ********* ********.

******* ***** *.*** *** smart ******, ******** ** both ******* **** ********** high *** *** *****, over * **/* ****** the *** *** *****. Typical *** ***** ***** bitrates **** ******** ~* Mb/s ** **** ***** using ******* ******** ** similar ******.

VMS *******

*** ******* *** ******* connected ** *** ****** VMSes ***** *****, **** varying *******.

  • *.*** *******:******* *** ******* ***** were *** **** ***** able ** ******** ******* to *** *******' *.*** stream. ********** ** *** the ****** ** ********* using *.*** ******** ** the ******** ********* ****** service ********, ********* * manual *******. ***** ****** did *** ********* *.*** as ** ******.
  • ****** **** ***:*** *******' ** ***** VMD ****** **** ********** with ********, *****, *** Milestone, ********** ******** ** start *** **** *********. However, ****** **** *** was ******** **** ***** Genetec *** ** *******.

vms camera side dewarping

Versions ****

*** ********* ******** ******* was **** ****** ******* on **** *******:

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******* **** ****** ***** default ********, **** ******* standardized ** */*** ***, codec *** ** *.***, VBR, ***** *** *******. Other ******** **** ******** as ***** ** *** report *****.

Comments (15)

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** * ***** ****** for * *********** ** Uniview, * ****'* **** know *** *** *******. We **** ****** **** the ***. ** *** point *** *** *** plastic *** *** **** of *** ******* ********** and ** ******* ** the ***-*. *** *** IPC3615 ** ********* **** IP67.

******** ****'** **** **** ******* ********* ** *** **** ****** be * *** **** *** ****.

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

****, *** *** ***** details ** ** *** evaluate? ****** ****, **********, frame ****, *********** *****, scene, *** *****, ********* consumed, ***.

*** ****** ********* * have ****** *** **********-*****-*.

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******* *** ******** ** that *** **********-**** ** discontinued *** ******** **** the **********-*****, ***** **** * sealed **** *******, ***** was *** **** ***** which ****** ** ****** linked ** *** ******.

**'** ******* *** **** to *** ******* ***** model. *** ********** *** -D ***** ********* ****** no ** ****** ** its *****.

**** **** ******* ******** their *** *****, ** phasing ***** ***. ***- they *** ********* *** cost ********* ****** ****** application.

***** ** ****-******* ***** to ****, *** ** shows.

*******, ******* ** **** and ****** *** *** feedback.

***** ***, *******'* ****** marketing ******** ******* *** to ***** *** **** and **** ** ******* of **** *****-***.

***, ***** *** *** in ***** ******, ***** these *** ***** ****** out ** **** ******. In *** **, ***** are ******* ****** ****** through ** ********** ******* distributor.

*** *** ************* ** are ******* *** ******* for, **** **** *** or *** ** ** cameras, ***. *** ****** we *** ******* *** cameras ** **** ****** is **** *** ** increasingly ****** *** '******' choice *** **********.

** *** ***** ** continue ****** ******** *** if ***** *** ******** Uniview ****** *** **** us ** ****, ****** share.

*****.** ***** ******* *** there ****** ********* **** 5 ********* ** *** an ****** *** ****? You **** **** ***** more *** * *:* ratio **** *** *** making *** ** **?

****, *** ******* ***** is ** **** *** widescreen **:* ****** ***** cameras,*** *** *** ******* Going **********, *******:

New *** **:* ***********

** ******* **** ****** releases, ******** ************* **** as****,*****, *** ********* *** use **:* *** ********** (3072x1728) ******* ** *:* 2592x1944, ** ***** ** the ********* ** ******* **********:

************, ***** ** * second, ********* *** **:* resolution, *********, **** ** Hikvision ** **** ******:

****'* ***********.****'* ****** **.*** are *** **** **'* UNV's ******?.** **** **** them *** ** *** all *** * ** testing ******** ****'** **** to ** *** ********* that ***** * *:* ratio.Also ** *** * MP ********* *****'* *'** been ***** ** *** (moslty ****** ***) *** 4:3

**** * **** ** UNV's ****** *** * meg ***

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** *** *** **** i **** **** ******* the ******* ***** * MP ***** **:* ****'* really *********** ***** *** sharing

* ** *** ******** all *** ******* *** now **********, **** **** there *** ** ********** number ** *** ****** that *** **********, ******* historically **** **** *:* only.

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