Uniview "ColorHunter" White Light Cameras Tested

By Derek Ward, Published Jul 22, 2021, 11:31am EDT

Uniview claims their NDAA-compliant ColorHunter cameras "guarantee video with colorful details when you need them", with white light illumination, super low light performance, and AI analytics.

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We bought and tested two 5MP ColorHunter cameras (IPC2225SE-DF40K-WL-I0 and IPC3615SE-ADF28KM-WL-I0), examining:

  • How do they perform in full light (~400lx), low light(~2lx), dark (~0.02lx), and WDR scenes?
  • How do they compare to Hikvision and Dahua white light cameras?
  • How does U-Code smart codec H.265 bandwidth compare day and night?
  • How well does it integrate to VMSes?
  • Were there false alarms on lighting/shadows?
  • How do prices compare to other competitive white light cameras?

Note: the cameras are NDAA compliant though made in the PRC China.

These cameras are also included in our Color Low Light Shootout 2021 and White Light Camera Shootout.

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** *** *****, *******'* ColorHunter ******* ******** **** severe ************ ** ***** range (~**-**' ********), *********** motion **** *** ***** in *** *****, *** ghosting ** *** ******. However, **** ******'* *** performance *** ***** ** static ****** *** ***** light ************ ** *** IPC2225E ****** *** ******** at ****** ****** **** other ******* ******.

********* ****** **** *******. The ******'* *****-** ** analytics *** *** **** humans ** ******** *** did *** ***** ***** indoors, *******, **** ********** classified ***** ******* ** vehicles (******* *********) ********. Additionally, ******** ***** *********** has ******** ************* ******** **** *****, *** ******* ** Exacq, *******, *** *********, but *** ******** ** NxWitness.

*******, ******** (******* **** ~2.5-4 **/*) **** ******* double ***** ** ******* 5MP *.*** ***** ****** cameras ** **** ******.

Vs. ***** *** ********* ***** ***** *******

******* *********** ******, *** ColorHunter **** *** ** attractive ** ***** ******* lower-cost (~$*** **. $***-***) NDAA-compliant ************ ** ***** and ********* ***** ***** cameras.

*** *********** ****** ****** produced ******** ****** ****** than ***** *** ********* with ***** ***** *******, while *** ****** (****) suffered **** ********** ****** images *** **** ********** artifacts/blur, **** *********** ******* to ********* *** ******** worse **** *****.

**** ******* ******* ******** details ******* ** *****/********* in *** ***** (~*-* lux) **** ***** ***** off *** ****** *********** against ****** *********, ****** Dahua *** ********* ** not ****** **** *** same *** ******** *******.

White ***** *********** (~*.** ***)

** *** **** (~*.** lux) **** ***** ***** enabled, *** ******* *********** cameras ******* ***** ***** details, ****** *** *******'* facial ******* ****** ********* and ***** ** *** IPC3615SE-ADF28KM, ******* ** *********'* 4MP *******.

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**** *** ******* ~**' away (**-** ***), ****** performance *** **** ****, though *** ********* ****** again ******** ****, **** the ******* ******, *****, and ********* ******* *** blurring ******* *******.

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White ***** ************ ** **-**' *****

**** ***** ***** ******* on *** *********** *******, overexposure *** ******* ********** of ******** ****. ***** the ******* "******" ****, the ****** *********** ******** at ~**' ********. ********* to "************ ********" *******, his ******** *** ** seen ** ~**', *** he ******* *********** ** closer ***** (~**-**').

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***** *** ****** *** white ***** ************ ******* mode ******* "******" (*******), "Overexposure ********" *** "******". "Global" *** "********" ************* control ************ *****, *** "Manual" **** ***** ****** the ************ ***** ******* "0 (***) ** **** (Max). ***** ** ** insert **** *** *** GUI:

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***** ** *******'* **** manual, "****** ****" (***** is *** ******* ****) is "*********** ** ********* range *** ***** ********** is ***** ********", ******* "Overexposure ********" ** "*********** if ******* ** *** central **** ** *** image ... *** ***** priority". ** ******* **** the ****** ** *****:

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White ***** ******** ************

*** ******* *********-*****-**-** *********** is *** ********* ***** light ****** ** **** tested, ********* **** * lux ** **' ********, compared ** *-* ** others. *******, *** ***** of *** ***** ** view *** *********** ******, only ~*.* ***, * ~15x ********** **** ****** to ****.

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**** ****** ***** ******* deliver ******-***** ********* ***** quality ** *** ******* of ********* ************ ***** to *** ******.

Weak *** ***** *********** **** ***** ***** ***

*** ******* *********** ******* displayed *********** ***** *** artifacting ** ~* *** scenes **** ***** ***** illumination ********, ******** ******* Subject ******* ****** ******* to ***** *** *********, though *** ***** ** not ** ***********.

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Artifact ****** ** *** *****

******* ******* *** ~* lux *****, ******* *********** blurred ****** ******* ** the *******, **** ** artifact ***** ****** ***.

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**** **** *** *** to ***, *** ******* speed (*** ** *** default */***). ** ***** be ******* ** ******** DNR ********, *** ******* remained *********** ******* *** to ********* ******* *****.

White ***** ******* *********** ** ~* ***

******** ***** ***** ************ in *** ~* *** scene ******** ******* ***********. Color ******** ******** ********, but ****** ******* *** similar, **** ***** *** artifact ****** *******.

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Wide ******* *****

** ****** *** ******* an **** *** **** on * ***** ***, ~22,000 *** ******* ******** to ~** *** ******.

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**** ******* *********** ******* provide ******** ******* ******* than *** ***** *** Hikvision ******, ****** *** background ** **** ******* washed ***. ******, *** cameras ****** ****** ***** shadows ** *** ***** side ** *** ******** face, ****** *** **** chart ** **** *********** with **** ******* ******* down ** **** ~*.

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*** ******* *********** ******* are ***** ** ****** exposure ** *** ******, such ** *** *** below. *******, ***** *********** and **** *** ** seen ** *** ******* once *** **** ****** and ** ***** **** the ******.

** ********* ******* ********* the *** ***********, *** they *********:

*** *&* ********** ******* the ************* ** *******:

  • *** ***Exposure **** to custom;
  • ***** ***slow ******* ** */*** ** */***to reduce artifacting;
  • **** ******3D ***** ********* to 115, 2D ***** ********* to 140 to reduce noise.

** ****** *******'** *********** suggestions, *** ***** ** did *** ********* *** WDR *********** *** ****, subject ****** ******* *** slightly **** ******* ** motion, ** **** *****.

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Full *****

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

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

*** *********** *******' ** analytics *** *** ***** alert ** ****** *******, such ** ***** ******* in *** *****.

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** ******* ****** ** and *** ** *** room:

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Mislabeling ** ********

*******, ********, *** *********** camera ************ ******** * dumpster ** * *******.

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***** ******* *** ********** with *** **** ***** of*******'* ** (*** *** report).

Bandwidth **********

********* *** ****** **** both ******* ***** *******'* H.265 ***** *** *-**** set ** "********". **** ColorHunter ******* *** **** bitrates **** ******** ****** in *** *****, ******* between ~* **/* *** close ** ~***/*. *** IPC2225SE, ** *******, ******** ~25-30% **** ********* **** the *********.

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

**** ******* *********** ******'* H.265 *** *.*** ******* connected *** **** ************ in *** ***** ******. Camera **** ****** *** analytics **** **** ********* in *****, ******* *** Milestone, *** *** ** Avigilon ** ******* *****.

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Similar **** ** *********** ****** ***** & *******

*** ******* *********** ******* are ******* ** **** to *********** ****** *** turret **** *******, ** seen *****, **** ******** to *** ***** ******* and ********* ** ******* bullet.

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Made ** *****

**** ******* *********** ******* are **** ** *****.

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SigmaStar ***

******* *********** ******* *** NDAA ********* *** *** the ********* ***.

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*******

****** ***** *** **** ColorHunter ******* ** ~$***, lower **** **** *** Dahua ******* **~$*** *** ********* *** ********* **-*********-** at ~$*** ***.

Test **********

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

  • ******* ************ ***** *** used *** *** ******* ColorHunters.
  • ************ ******** *** **** for ***** ***** ***********.
  • *.*** *** *******, **** U-Code ******** ****
  • ************ *** *** ** ~30 ***** ** *-**** being ******* ***, **** smart ***** *******, **** varied ****** ********* ** scene ********.

Versions ****

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

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

Comments (5)

*** *** *** *** performance ****** ** *********** lag **** ***** *** camera's *** *********? ** have **** ******* *** UNV ** ****** ***** IPC2328SB-DZK-10. ** *** *** analytic ******** ***** *** lines ** **** ** use *** ******* ****-**. When ** *** * Chromium *******, ** *** see *** **** ****** but *** *** ********. But *** ******* ****-** is ** ******** ********* that ** *** ****** massive *** (**+) ******* and ********** ******* ** the **** ****, *** it ** ******* *** processor ** *** * cores ** *** ***'*, which *** ***** ***** with ***-***** ***** ***** CPU's. ** **** *** no **** ****** **** the ****-*** ** ***** vendors ** **** ****** (Dahua, *******, ******, ***.). All *** ****** **** run **** **** ****** the *********** ******** ** our ***'*.

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***** *** *** *** feedback ** #*!

****** *** ******* ** the ******* *** *********** cameras, ** *** *** notice ********* ** ***** performance ****** ****** *******.

**** ******** ******** **** you ***** ** *** 4K ******? *'* ******* if **** *** ******** to ** **** **.

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***** *** *** *** response. ** **** ***** both *.*** *** *.*** without *******. ***** ****** or **** ** **** about * * ****** lag *** * ****** CPU. ***** ** *** the ******* ****-** ** is ****** **** ********, with *** ***** ********* exceeding ** *******. ** are ******* ** ** resolution *** ** ***. It ******* **** **** we **** *** ********** down ** *****. ** tested * *** *** from *** ***** **** year *** ** *** a ******* ***** *** us - ** **** hoping **** *** *********** hours *** ******, *** it **** *** **** to ** *** ****.

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* ** *** ***** White ***** ******* ** too ***... * ** not ****** ** **** technology...

* ****** **** ********* can *** ** ***** what *** *** *** covering...

** * ****** ** years *** ***...

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***** ** ******** ******** (I ********* **** ******* else *** ***** ***** cameras ***** ****) * completely ********. ****** ***** (and * **** ****’** unpopular ** ****) **** just ***** *** **** even ******* **** ***** laser *** ***** ***** cameras. ********* **** *** visible ********* ** *** white ***** *** *** fact **** **** ****** their ******** ** ***********, it’s *** ***** *** jarring. *** *** ***** sleep **** ***** ****** on ******* **** ******.

**** ** *** ********* want * ******* *********. And ***** ***** ******* are ***** *** ****.

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