Uniview Super Low Cost 4MP Tested

Author: 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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Image *******

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moderate artifacting lr3

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difficult to detect

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wdr inside vs threshold comparison

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similar details in well lit short range

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similar details in well lit mid range

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Comments (15)

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