Uniview Color Low Light Camera Tested Vs Hikvision ColorVu

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

********* *** **** ****************************. ***, ********* ******** ***** ******* (UNV) ** ******** ********** ******* *** their *** ***** ***** ***** *** camera.

** ****** *** ****** *******'* ***** low-cost ***** ***** *********** *****, ********** *******-**-****-*-**** *** *** ** ******** ****** recent ***** ***** *********** ****** **** AVTech *** *********. ** *******:

  • *** **** **** ***** ******* ******* in **** ***** (~*** ***), *** light (~* ***), *** **** (~*.** lux) ******?
  • *** ** ***** ******* ***** *** light ******* ******* ** ******* ****** in ******** *** ***** **** ********?
  • *** ** ***** ******* ******* **** and ******* ***** ***** ************?
  • *** **** ** ******* ** *** scenes?
  • *** **** **** ** ********* ** common *****?

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*******, *** ******* *******-**-****-*-** ***** ***** camera ****** ******** **** ********* *******, *** ***** **** ************ *******. *** ***** ********* **** *********'* political ******** *** ******'* ***********, ******* is ** ********** ***********. *******'* ***** low ***** ****** ** **** *********** the ********* ***** ***** *** ***** we've ******, *** ***** **** *********.

*******, *** *******'* ***** *** ***** scene ******* *** ****** *********** *** blurred, **** **** ***** ******** *** to **** ***** *********, ****** ** standing *****. ****, *** ******* **********-***** with ********** ** *** *********** ***** and *********** ** *** *****. ******** to *** ******** **** ******** *** ***** ********, ***** ******* **** ****** ******* to *****-*******.

Key ********

***** ** *** *****, *******'* *** light ******* *** **** *********:

  • *********** *** ***********: *** ******* *** light *****'* *** *********** *** ***** when ******** ** *** ****** *** Hikvision *******, **** ******* ******* ****** discernible ******* ****** ********* *** ** darker ***** ** *** *****.
  • ***** **** ***** ***********: ** **** light, **** ******* ***** *** ***** models ******** ***** ****** **** ** artifacting ** **** ** *******.
  • ***** *.*** *** *******: *** ******* low ***** ******* **** **** ** connect *** ****** *** *.*** ** all ***** ******, ****** ********, ***********, Genetec, ********* *** ** *******.

*******, ***** **** ******* *************:

  • ***** ***** ************: *** ******* *******-**-****-*-** (white ***** ******) ******* **** *********** overexposure **** *** ***** ***** *********** on, **** ******* ******* ******* ** ~20' **** *** ******** ****** *** at ~**' *** ******.
  • **** *** ***** ***********: ** *** light (~* *** *** *****), **** Uniview ******* ********* ******. ****** ****** overexposed *** ****** ** ****** ****** or ****** ******.
  • ******** ** ***** *** ***** ********, Uniview ** ******* ** ***** *******: Both ******* ******* ****** ********* ** cameras ***** ** *** ******* ** below ******* ***** **** *** ********* Color *** ***** ********. *********** ******** similar ** *** ***** *******, ****** XNV-6080R *** ********* **-******* ****** ** both ****** *** ****** ****** ** various *** ******.
  • ** ***** *********** ** ****** **** White ***** *** ***** *****: *** Uniview ***** ***** ****** ****** ***** to ****** * ***** ***** ******* 1000 (***) *** * (***), **** "800" ***** *******. ***** ******* ******* ranges, ***** *** *** ****** ** be * ***** ********** ******* ****, as ************ *** **** *** ********** on **** *** ******* *** **** chart **********.
  • **** *********: *** ******* **********-***** (********** IR ******) *** **** ********* **** moderate ***** ****** ** **** ***** (~200 ***) *** **** (~*.** ***) using *.*** *** *-**** **. *** rates ******** ******* ~* **** ** ~3.5 ****, ******* *** ******* ***** light ****** *** *** ******* ~* Mbps ****** *******.

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****** ***** *** *** ******* *******-**-****-*-** ~$60, *** ~$*** *** *** ******* IPC262EBR9-HDUPZ. *** ***** ***** ******* ** cheaper **** **** ** ***~$** ****** ******, *** ************* **** ********* **** the~$*** *** *************** *******.

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

*** ******* *******-**-****-*-** (***** ***** *** camera) *** *** ********* ******* ******* white ***** ************ ** *** ***** white ***** *** ******* ** **** tested (****** *** ********* *******). *******, white ***** ************ ** ******, **** the ***** ** *** *** ********* noticeably ******.

*** ******* *******-**-****-*-** ***** ***** *** camera ****** ***** ** *** *** illumination ***** ** *** ******, ******* a ***** ** **** ** *. Below ** ** ****** **** *** web ***:

*******'* ***** ***** ************ *** *** brightest **'** ****** ** ***.

*******, ********** ** **** ***** ***** was ****, ******* ** *** ****** any ******* **** * ***** ******* between ***** ****** ** **** **** to ***. ** ************ ***** *, there ** ********** **** ****** *** subject.

**** ***** ***** **** *** ** a *** ***** ***** (~* ***), the ******* ******* *** ****** ********** both *** **** ***** *** ***** chart ** ***** ******** **** *** Hikvision *******.

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

** *** **** (~*.** ***), *********** for *** ******* ***** ***** ****** was ******** **** *** ****** ******, with ******** **** ****** *********** ** our *******'* ****, ** ** *** less ***********. *******, *** ******* **** both ***** ***** *** ******* **** even ******** *** ****** ***** *******. The ******* ** ****** ******** * clear ***** ** *** *******'* **** and ****** ******* ** *** **** chart.

**** *** ******* ** ~**', *** white ***** *** ******* **** ******** more **** ** ***** ** ***** fidelity ** **** ** ******. *** Hikvision ******* ******** ***** ***** **** down ** **** *, *** ***** is ********** ***** ** *** **** subject. *** ******* ***** ***** ****** provided ******** ****** ************ ** *** test *******, *** *** ****** *** able ** ******* **** **** ** the **** *****. *** ******* ** camera *** ********** ***** ** *** subject *** **** *****.

**** *** ******* ******* ******* *** cameras, *** ******* *** ****** ***** light ******* *********** *** ******* *** subjects ****. *** ********* ******* ******** strongest ** *** ***** ***** *******, but ***** ** *********** *** ******** on ********* ***** ** *** *******. The ******* ** ****** ******** ************ quickly *** ***** ******* ****** ******* on * ***** ****** *******.

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

******** ** ******** ******* ****** ** our ***** *** ***** ********, *** Uniview ******* *** ******* ******* *** the ***** ***** ***/*******-** ***** *** below ******* *** *** ********** ********** IR *****. ***** *** ***** ******** appears ******* ** *** ***** *******, Hanwha ***-***** *** ********* ******* ** a ~* *** *****.

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

** ****, **** ******** (~*** ***), subject *** ***** ******* ****** *****, with ** ***** ****** ********** **** image *******.

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

*******, ** ****** *** ******* ***** low ***** ******* ** *** ******** mandoor *****, **** * ****** ********* setup ****** *** **** *****. ***** is *** ***, **** *** ******* in *** **** ** ~*,*** ***, and *** **** ******* ** ~** lux.

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

******* ******* ******* *.*** ** **** as ***** "*-****" ***** *****, **** two ***** ****** ******* "*****" *** "Advanced." ** *** *****, *** *** modes ******** *********** ********* ********.

********* *** **** ****** **** ******** motion ** *** ***** **** **** cameras ***** *******'* *.*** ***** *** U-Code *** ** "********". ******* *-**** H.265 ******** **** **** *** *** IPC262EBR9 ********** ** ******, ** ~* Mbps ** **** ***** (~*** ***), and ~*.* **** ** *** **** (~0.02 ***). *******, *** ******* ***** light ****** *** **** *****, ** ~660 **** ** **** ***** *** ~760 **** ** *** ****. **** was * ******* **-**% ********** ********* on *****.

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

**** ******* ***** *** ***** ******'* H.265 *** *.*** ******* ********* *** were ************ ** *** ***** ******. Camera **** ****** *** ********* **** only ********* ** *****, ****** *** Milestone, *** *** ** ******** ** Network ***** (*** *** **** ** *******'* *********/***).

Uniview *******

******* ********* ****** ***** ** ******* (even ****), **** ******** ****** ** ************, ****** **** ***** ****** ***** can ** ***** *********** ********. **** may ** ********** ** **** *********** wary ** ********* ***** ******** ***** products.

*******, **** ********* ** ********** ********. In **** *****, *** **** ******* results *** ******* ******* **** ***** on **** ** *******. *******, ** 2019, ******* ****** *** *** ** found ********* ****** ************, **** ** *** ******. ***** not ** ********** ** ********* ** Dahua, **** ** * ******** ********* in ***** ******* *********.

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

*** ******* *** ***** ******* *** similar ** **** ** *** ********* Smart ****** *** ****** *-****** *********** cameras.

*******, *** ******* ***** ***** *******-**-****-*-** model **** *** **** ******** ******** hardware ** ******. ******* ********** *** a *** ****** ********* *** **** camera, ****** *****-****-*,**-****-*-**, *****-****-*-**.

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

*** ******* ********** ** **********-***** ****** did *** ******* *** ***** ** autofocusing *** ****** ******* ******** *** view, ****** ** ******** **** ** rotating *** ***** ** *** *** interface (**/***/***). **** **** * ******* field ** **** ***** **** ******* than ***** ****** **** ******* **** feature.

Country ** ******

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Test **********

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  • ******* ************ ***** *** **** *** the ******* ***** ***** ******.
  • *** *** ******* (***** *, *******).
  • *.*** *** *******, **** *-**** ******** used.
  • ************ *** *** ** ~** ***** to *-**** ***** ******* ***, **** smart ***** *******, **** ****** ****** depending ** ***** ********.

Versions ****

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  • ******* **********-*****: ***-*****-****************
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Comments (30)

Do you have any images or video comparative to the colorvu with the white light turned off?

I find that the most intriguiging aspect about the colorvu than i do the built in light

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Hello Sean,

Yes, there is already an image with all the white light LED's off (In the "Low Light" section). I've also attached it here.

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awww my bad. Didnt see the header on the image block.

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No worries Sean! Please let me know if you have any other questions.

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Those model numbers..

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Taking cues from Hikvision.

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Seems so simple and cheesy to add a white light LED to a camera. It certainly hasn't caught on in the professional realm. However, with color classification being all the rage now, I wonder if this tech will end up across all business demographics.

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Seems so simple and cheesy to add a white light LED to a camera

A decade ago many people said that about IR LEDs... I am not sure if history is going to repeat itself but adding light is a low-cost option to improve color low light performance.

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In Hik's case at least, they did also thrown in a bigger sensor and a faster lens.

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what's a 'faster' lens?

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Hello Undisclosed #3,

What Chris means by a "faster" lens is a lens with a lower f-stop, which allows for relatively more light to pass through the lens, thus creating a brighter image. Take a look at the example below (from our F-Stop tutorial):

Technically, F-Stop contrasts the length of the lens and the diameter of the iris. Understanding the role F-Stop plays in low light performance is a critical metric, but is one many struggle with at first, especially when comparing 2 different lenses. A "slower" lens would have a higher f-stop, meaning less light would pass.

To see the impact different f-stops potentially have against each other, try out the F-Stop calculator. Hope this helped!

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thanks for the F-Stop tutorial.

my sarcastic comment/joke referred to the term 'fast' in describing a lens vs the shutter.

shutter is more commonly referred to - at least in my experience - as being either fast or slow. because their is speed involved in such a thing.

I have never heard anyone describe a lens in terms of speed before - hence my attempt at comedy.

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Didn't mean to sound like a wet blanket U3, I read it as a general question haha. Who knows, maybe someone else can benefit from the factoid when a "fast" lens is mentioned.

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no worries, man... you just doin' what you do - it aint your job to decipher lame attempts at humor. :)

keep up the good work!

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First time I heard it I thought it strange as well, but seems to be the description of choice in the photography world.

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i reached out to a guy i know who worked for many years at a well-known photography joint - and he agrees that this is a common term in that world.

further, he pointed out that even though larger apertures (i.e. lower F-stop) aren't themselves 'fast'... in their world, fast shutter is usually coupled with larger aperture for optimal exposure results.

so. there's that.

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Easier to say "fast" than "large aperture", so it caught on that way maybe. The portrait guys are all about opening the aperture all the way to blur the background.

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Compared to other Color Low Light Cameras Tested

Compared to previous cameras tested in our Color Low Light Shootout, the Uniview cameras sit between average for the white light LED/IPC262EBR9 model and below average for the IPC242E-WH integrated IR model.

This description is little bit confusing.

It seems that IPC242-WH and IPC262EBR9 were ranked average and IPC242-WH integrated IR model was ranked below average

But IPC242E-WH doesn't integrated IR model.

Does IPC242-WH integrated IR model’ means ‘IPC242E-WH with white light LED off’?

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Hello Jiang,

I think I've found the problem/confusion. The Uniview titles on the comparison image were swapped, with the white light model titled as the IR model, and vice versa. I've made the change.

The white light LED was on during testing.

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hi Derek,

If the titles were exchange, I think the description should be
'average for the white light LED/IPC242-WH model' and 'below average for the IPC262EBR9 intergated IR model’ ?

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Got it, thanks!

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Personally I don’t like the use of white light to get low light color images as it shows the bad guys directly where the cameras are located.

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Unless your bad guys are the caliber of DeNiro and crew from HEAT, I doubt your average crook would equate the white light with a camera. I think most people would suspect it to be a simple small area light.

Secondly you don't need the white light on the ColorVu to get good color images at night. It collects ambient light extremely well. I have one example photo that I show people where there was a clear sky and full moon, and everyone believes it's a daytime shot until they look at the timestamp.

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It collects ambient light extremely well.

in comparison to what others marketed as 'low-light' cameras, for example?

Secondly, if they actually have superior low light camera technology - which you suggest - why lead with the Full Color In Complete Darkness tag line?

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in comparison to what others marketed as 'low-light' cameras, for example?

Color Low Light Mega Camera Shootout - Avigilon, Axis, Bosch, Dahua, Hanwha, Hikvision, Panasonic, Speco, Sony, Vivotek

Secondly, if they actually have superior low light camera technology - which you suggest - why lead with the Full Color In Complete Darkness tag line?

I don't work for Hikvision. Ask them.

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huh.

I don't think I've ever read a camera comparison post here - as I come to IPVM for other things.

With results like those, however, I would double-down on my opinion that whomever created that 'In Complete Darkness' tag line should move along to another profession that utilizes their actual skills.

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I don't think I've ever read a camera comparison post here - as I come to IPVM for other things.

Begs the question then what DO you come here for? Debate club in the discussion threads?

With results like those, however, I would double-down on my opinion that whomever created that 'In Complete Darkness' tag line move along to another profession that utilizes their actual skills.

Still don't know why Hikvision's marketing seems to be such a sensitive topic for you, but clearly they wanted to market the white light aspect of the product. Is it somewhat misleading in that the sensor isn't making full color images out of pitch black "complete darkness"? Sure. Does the product as a whole however, take pitch black and - using the white light - produce a full color image in an area that normally would be in "complete darkness"? Yes it does. Get over it.

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i come here for Sean Nelson posts.

duh

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Still don't know why Hikvision's marketing seems to be such a sensitive topic for you

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Hikvision's use of flim-flam in this specific marketing campaign is the sensitive topic for me personally. I don't know how I could make this more clear.

Why was one specific Avigilon marketing campaign such a sensitive topic to John H 7 years ago?

answer: because it was flim-flam.

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I give Uniview cred for not pretending that their camera can provide Full Color In Complete Darkness.

Although some have called this tag line 'smart marketing', I call it flim-flam.

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