Uniview Color Low Light Camera Tested Vs Hikvision ColorVu

By Derek Ward, Published Jan 07, 2020, 09:12am EST

Hikvision has been marketing ColorVu aggressively. Now, Hikvision domestic rival Uniview (UNV) is offering aggressive pricing for their new rival white light LED camera.

We bought and tested Uniview's super low-cost white light illuminator model, the Uniview IPC242E-WH-PF40-C-DT to see how it performs versus recent white light competitive models from AVTech and Hikvision. We examine:

  • How well does image quality compare in full light (~300 lux), low light (~2 lux), and dark (~0.02 lux) scenes?
  • How do these Uniview color low light cameras compare to cameras tested in our Color Low Light Mega Shootout?
  • How do image details compare with and without white light illumination?
  • How does it perform in WDR scenes?
  • How well does it integrate to common VMSes?

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*******, *** ******* *******-**-****-*-** white ***** ****** ****** stronger **** ********* *******, *** ***** **** the********* *******. *** ***** ********* with *********'* ********* ******** and ******'* ***********, ******* is ** ********** ***********. Uniview's ***** *** ***** camera ** **** *********** the ********* ***** ***** LED ***** **'** ******, but ***** **** *********.

*******, *** *******'* ***** and ***** ***** ******* can ****** *********** *** blurred, **** **** ***** fidelity *** ** **** white *********, ****** ** standing *****. ****, *** Uniview **********-***** **** ********** IR *** *********** ***** and *********** ** *** light. ******** ** *** findings **** ******** *** ***** ********, ***** ******* **** within ******* ** *****-*******.

Key ********

***** ** *** *****, Uniview's *** ***** ******* had **** *********:

  • *********** *** ***********: *** Uniview *** ***** *****'* WDR *********** *** ***** when ******** ** *** AVTech *** ********* *******, with ******* ******* ****** discernible ******* ****** ********* and ** ****** ***** of *** *****.
  • ***** **** ***** ***********: In **** *****, **** Uniview ***** *** ***** models ******** ***** ****** with ** *********** ** loss ** *******.
  • ***** *.*** *** *******: The ******* *** ***** cameras **** **** ** connect *** ****** *** H.265 ** *** ***** tested, ****** ********, ***********, Genetec, ********* *** ** Witness.

*******, ***** **** ******* disadvantages:

  • ***** ***** ************: *** Uniview *******-**-****-*-** (***** ***** camera) ******* **** *********** overexposure **** *** ***** light *********** **, **** subject ******* ******* ** ~20' **** *** ******** washed *** ** ~**' and ******.
  • **** *** ***** ***********: In *** ***** (~* lux *** *****), **** Uniview ******* ********* ******. Colors ****** *********** *** blurry ** ****** ****** or ****** ******.
  • ******** ** ***** *** Light ********, ******* ** Average ** ***** *******: Both ******* ******* ****** similarly ** ******* ***** in *** ******* ** below ******* ***** **** our ********* ***** *** Light ********. *********** ******** similar ** *** ***** N45EM63, ****** ***-***** *** Hikvision **-******* ****** ** both ****** *** ****** scenes ** ******* *** levels.
  • ** ***** *********** ** Detail **** ***** ***** LED ***** *****: *** Uniview ***** ***** ****** allows ***** ** ****** a ***** ***** ******* 1000 (***) *** * (Off), **** "***" ***** default. ***** ******* ******* ranges, ***** *** *** appear ** ** * major ********** ******* ****, as ************ *** **** was ********** ** **** the ******* *** **** chart **********.
  • **** *********: *** ******* IPC262EBR9-HDUPZ (********** ** ******) had **** ********* **** moderate ***** ****** ** full ***** (~*** ***) and **** (~*.** ***) using *.*** *** *-**** on. *** ***** ******** between ~* **** ** ~3.5 ****, ******* *** Uniview ***** ***** ****** did *** ******* ~* Mbps ****** *******.

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****** ***** *** *** Uniview *******-**-****-*-** ~$**, *** ~$260 *** *** ******* IPC262EBR9-HDUPZ. *** ***** ***** Uniview ** ******* **** that ** ***~$** ****** ******, *** ************* **** expensive **** ***~$*** *** *************** *******.

Low ***** (~* ***) ***********

*** ******* *******-**-****-*-** (***** light *** ******) *** the ********* ******* ******* white ***** ************ ** the ***** ***** ***** LED ******* ** **** tested (****** *** ********* ColorVu). *******, ***** ***** illumination ** ******, **** the ***** ** *** FOV ********* ********** ******.

*** ******* *******-**-****-*-** ***** light *** ****** ****** users ** *** *** illumination ***** ** *** camera, ******* * ***** of **** ** *. Below ** ** ****** from *** *** ***:

*******'* ***** ***** ************ are *** ********* **'** tested ** ***.

*******, ********** ** **** power ***** *** ****, details ** *** ****** any ******* **** * close ******* ******* ***** levels ** **** **** to ***. ** ************ power *, ***** ** noticeable **** ****** *** subject.

**** ***** ***** **** off ** * *** light ***** (~* ***), the ******* ******* *** issues ********** **** *** test ***** *** ***** chart ** ***** ******** like *** ********* *******.

Dark (~*.** ***) ***********

** *** **** (~*.** lux), *********** *** *** Uniview ***** ***** ****** was ******** **** *** AVTech ******, **** ******** more ****** *********** ** our *******'* ****, ** it *** **** ***********. However, *** ******* **** both ***** ***** *** cameras **** **** ******** and ****** ***** *******. The ******* ** ****** provided * ***** ***** of *** *******'* **** and ****** ******* ** the **** *****.

**** *** ******* ** ~40', *** ***** ***** LED ******* **** ******** more **** ** ***** of ***** ******** ** well ** ******. *** Hikvision ******* ******** ***** chart **** **** ** line *, *** ***** is ********** ***** ** our **** *******. *** Uniview ***** ***** ****** provided ******** ****** ************ on *** **** *******, but *** ****** *** able ** ******* **** text ** *** **** chart. *** ******* ** camera *** ********** ***** on *** ******* *** test *****.

**** *** ******* ******* towards *** *******, *** Uniview *** ****** ***** light ******* *********** *** blurred *** ******** ****. The ********* ******* ******** strongest ** *** ***** light *******, *** ***** is *********** *** ******** on ********* ***** ** our *******. *** ******* IR ****** ******** ************ quickly *** ***** ******* strong ******* ** * close ****** *******.

Compared ** ***** ***** *** ***** ******* ******

******** ** ******** ******* tested ** *** ***** Low ***** ********, *** Uniview ******* *** ******* average *** *** ***** light ***/*******-** ***** *** below ******* *** *** IPC262EBR9 ********** ** *****. Noise *** ***** ******** appears ******* ** *** Dahua *******, ****** ***-***** and ********* ******* ** a ~* *** *****.

Daytime ***********

** ****, **** ******** (~200 ***), ******* *** chart ******* ****** *****, with ** ***** ****** noticeable **** ***** *******.

WDR ***********

*******, ** ****** *** Uniview ***** *** ***** cameras ** *** ******** mandoor *****, **** * strong ********* ***** ****** the **** *****. ***** is *** ***, **** our ******* ** *** door ** ~*,*** ***, and *** **** ******* at ~** ***.

**** ******* ******* ******** stronger **** *** ****** DGM2043 **** *** ******* and **** ***** ** front ** *** *********, with ****** ************* ** our *******'* **** ** this *****. ** *** dark ******* ** *** scene, ******* *** ** seen ** *** **** and ** *** *****, but **** *** ******* white ***** ****** ********* darker **** ***** ******* tested ****.

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

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

********* *** **** ****** with ******** ****** ** the ***** **** **** cameras ***** *******'* *.*** codec *** *-**** *** to "********". ******* *-**** H.265 ******** **** **** for *** ********** ********** IR ******, ** ~* Mbps ** **** ***** (~200 ***), *** ~*.* Mbps ** *** **** (~0.02 ***). *******, *** IPC242E ***** ***** ****** was **** *****, ** ~660 **** ** **** light *** ~*** **** in *** ****. **** was * ******* **-**% difference ********* ** *****.

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

**** ******* ***** *** light ******'* *.*** *** H.264 ******* ********* *** were ************ ** *** VMSes ******. ****** **** motion *** ********* **** only ********* ** *****, Gentec *** *********, *** not ** ******** ** Network ***** (*** *** **** ** Uniview's *********/***).

Uniview *******

******* ********* ****** ***** or ******* (**** ****), with ******** ****** ** ************, ****** **** ***** brands ***** *** ** found *********** ********. **** may ** ********** ** many *********** **** ** customers ***** ******** ***** products.

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

Similar **** ** *********** *******

*** ******* *** ***** cameras *** ******* ** size ** *** ********* Smart ****** *** ****** P-Series *********** *******.

*******, *** ******* ***** light *******-**-****-*-** ***** **** not **** ******** ******** hardware ** ******. ******* separately *** * *** mounts ********* *** **** camera, ****** *****-****-*,**-****-*-**, *****-****-*-**.

No ********* ******, *** ************ *********

*** ******* ********** ** IPC262EBR9-HDUPZ ****** *** *** provide *** ***** ** autofocusing *** ****** ******* altering *** ****, ****** by ******** **** ** rotating *** ***** ** the *** ********* (**/***/***). This **** * ******* field ** **** ***** more ******* **** ***** models **** ******* **** feature.

Country ** ******

*** ******* ******* *** IPC262EBR9 **** **** ** China:

Test **********

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

  • ******* ************ ***** *** used *** *** ******* white ***** ******.
  • *** *** ******* (***** 5, *******).
  • *.*** *** *******, **** U-Code ******** ****.
  • ************ *** *** ** ~30 ***** ** *-**** being ******* ***, **** smart ***** *******, **** varied ****** ********* ** scene ********.

Versions ****

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

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

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***** ***** *******..

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* ****** *** **** people **** **** ***** IR ****... * ** not **** ** ******* is ***** ** ****** itself *** ****** ***** is * ***-**** ****** to ******* ***** *** light ***********.

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****'* * '******' ****?

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**** ***** ***** ** a "******" **** ** a **** **** * lower *-****, ***** ****** for ********** **** ***** to **** ******* *** lens, **** ******** * brighter *****. **** * look ** *** ******* below (**** ****-**** ********):

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** *** *** ****** different *-***** *********** **** against **** *****, *** out ****-**** **********. **** **** ******!

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****** *** *** *-**** tutorial.

** ********* *******/**** ******** to *** **** '****' in ********** * **** vs *** *******.

******* ** **** ******** referred ** - ** least ** ** ********** - ** ***** ****** fast ** ****. ******* their ** ***** ******** in **** * *****.

* **** ***** ***** anyone ******** * **** in ***** ** ***** before - ***** ** attempt ** ******.

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****'* **** ** ***** like * *** ******* U3, * **** ** as * ******* ******** haha. *** *****, ***** someone **** *** ******* from *** ******* **** a "****" **** ** mentioned.

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** *******, ***... *** just ****' **** *** do - ** **** your *** ** ******** lame ******** ** *****. :)

**** ** *** **** work!

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***** **** * ***** it * ******* ** strange ** ****, *** seems ** ** *** description ** ****** ** the *********** *****.

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* ******* *** ** a *** * **** who ****** *** **** years ** * ****-***** photography ***** - *** he ****** **** **** is * ****** **** in **** *****.

*******, ** ******* *** that **** ****** ****** apertures (*.*. ***** *-****) aren't**********'****'... ** ***** *****, fast ******* ** ******* coupled **** ****** ******** for ******* ******** *******.

**. *****'* ****.

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****** ** *** "****" than "***** ********", ** it ****** ** **** way *****. *** ******** guys *** *** ***** opening *** ******** *** the *** ** **** the **********.

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Compared ** ***** ***** *** ***** ******* ******

******** ** ******** ******* tested ** *** ***** Low ***** ********, *** Uniview ******* *** ******* average *** *** ***** light ***/********** ***** *** below ******* *** *** IPC242E-WH ********** ** *****.

**** *********** ** ****** bit *********.

** ***** **** ******-** and ********** **** ****** average *** ******-** ********** IR ***** *** ****** below *******

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

**********-** ********** ** *****’ means ‘*******-** **** ***** light *** ***’?

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***** *****,

* ***** *'** ***** the *******/*********. *** ******* titles ** *** ********** image **** *******, **** the ***** ***** ***** titled ** *** ** model, *** **** *****. I've **** *** ******.

*** ***** ***** *** was ** ****** *******.

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** *** ****** **** exchange, * ***** *** description ****** **
'******* *** *** ***** light ***/******-** *****' *** 'below ******* *** *** IPC262EBR9 ********** ** *****’ ?

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*** **, ******!

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********** * ***’* **** the *** ** ***** light ** *** *** light ***** ****** ** it ***** *** *** guys ******** ***** *** cameras *** *******.

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****** **** *** **** are *** ******* ** DeNiro *** **** **** HEAT, * ***** **** average ***** ***** ****** the ***** ***** **** a ******. * ***** most ****** ***** ******* it ** ** * simple ***** **** *****.

******** *** ***'* **** the ***** ***** ** the ******* ** *** good ***** ****** ** night. ** ******** ******* light ********* ****. * have *** ******* ***** that * **** ****** where ***** *** * clear *** *** **** moon, *** ******** ******** it's * ******* **** until **** **** ** the *********.

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** ******** ******* ***** extremely ****.

** ********** ** **** others ******** ** '***-*****' cameras, *** *******?

********, ** **** ******** have ******** *** ***** camera ********** - ***** you ******* - *** lead **** ***Full ***** ** ******** ******** tag line?

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** ********** ** **** others ******** ** '***-*****' cameras, *** *******?

***** *** ***** **** Camera ******** - ********, Axis, *****, *****, ******, Hikvision, *********, *****, ****, Vivotek

********, ** **** ******** have ******** *** ***** camera ********** - ***** you ******* - *** lead **** ***Full ***** ** ******** ******** tag line?

* ***'* **** *** Hikvision. *** ****.

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***.

* ***'* ***** *'** ever **** * ****** comparison **** **** - as * **** ** IPVM *** ***** ******.

**** ******* **** *****, however, * ***** ******-**** on ** ******* **** whomever ******* **** '** Complete ********' *** **** should **** ***** ** another ********** **** ******** their ****** ******.

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* ***'* ***** *'** ever **** * ****** comparison **** **** - as * **** ** IPVM *** ***** ******.

**** *** ******** **** what ** *** **** here ***? ****** **** in *** ********** *******?

**** ******* **** *****, however, * ***** ******-**** on ** ******* **** whomever ******* **** '** Complete ********' *** **** move ***** ** ******* profession **** ******** ***** actual ******.

***** ***'* **** *** Hikvision's ********* ***** ** be **** * ********* topic *** ***, *** clearly **** ****** ** market *** ***** ***** aspect ** *** *******. Is ** ******** ********** in **** *** ****** isn't ****** **** ***** images *** ** ***** black "******** ********"? ****. Does *** ******* ** a ***** *******, **** pitch ***** *** - using *** ***** ***** - ******* * **** color ***** ** ** area **** ******** ***** be ** "******** ********"? Yes ** ****. *** over **.

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* **** **** ******* ***********.

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***** ***'* **** *** Hikvision's ********* ***** ** be **** * ********* topic *** ***

*****.

*********'* *** ** ****-**** in ********************* ******** ** *** sensitive ***** *** ** personally. * ***'* **** how * ***** **** this **** *****.

*** ****** ******** ******** ********* campaign**** * ********* ***** to **** * * years ***?

******: ******* ** *** flim-flam.

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* **** ******* **** for *** ********** **** their ****** *** *******Full ***** ** ******** ********.

******** **** **** ****** this *** **** '***** *********', * **** ** flim-flam.

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