The company claims $263 million in 2013 revenue and to be the third largest Chinese surveillance manufacturer (after Hikvision and Dahua).
Despite being owned by American investment firm Bain Capital and spending hundreds of thousands on an ISC West 2014 booth, Uniview is not well known internationally.
However, given their size and the strong interest IPVM members have in Chinese cameras, we decided to test a Uniview camera.
We tested their high-end 1080p box camera, IPC542E-DU, claiming both super low light and true multi-exposure WDR performance. The camera has a 1/1.9" imager which is one of the largest we have seen in 1080p cameras. Despite these features, the pricing was extremely low.
Competitors tested against the Uniview included high-end models from:
Below is a preview of our WDR test showing how each camera did in the outside / bright area vs the inside / dark area:
In this report, to determine how Uniview matches up against major competitors, we answer these questions:
- How does the IPC542 perform in low light and WDR scenes?
- How well does it integrate with VMS platforms?
- How does bandwidth consumption compare?
- What sales and support channel exists?