Uniview Prime Series 4K Camera Tested

By: Derek Ward, Published on Sep 18, 2019

Is the new Uniview 'Prime' better than the more expensive existing Uniview 'Pro'?

In August, IPVM tested Uniview 4K 'Pro' but members advocated for us to test the new Prime Series IPC3238SR3-DVPZ model.

To see how this newer model performed against the Pro series, we bought and tested the DVPZ, examining:

  • How does this updated 4K model perform in full light (~400lx), low light(~2lx), dark (~0.02lx), and WDR scenes?
  • How does it compare to the Pro Series IPC3238ER3-DVZ in these scenes?
  • How does U-Code smart codec H.265 bandwidth compare day and night?
  • How well does it integrate to VMSes?
  • How does pricing compare to competitive 4K domes?

This is the latest in our continuing series of 4K camera testing, see these other recent tests:

Avigilon H5, Illustra Pro Gen 3, and Vivotek's FD9391-EHTV are coming soon. Suggestions? Let us know what other 4K cameras we should test.

** *** *** ******* 'Prime' ****** **** *** more ********* ******** ******* 'Pro'?

** ******, ********** ******* ** '***'*** ******* ********* *** us ** **** *** new***** ****** **********-**** *****.

** *** *** **** newer ***** ********* ******* the *** ******, ** bought *** ****** *** DVPZ, *********:

  • *** **** **** ******* 4K ***** ******* ** full ***** (~*****), *** light(~2lx), **** (~*.****), *** WDR ******?
  • *** **** ** ******* to *** *** ****** IPC3238ER3-DVZ ** ***** ******?
  • *** **** *-**** ***** codec *.*** ********* ******* day *** *****?
  • *** **** **** ** integrate ** *****?
  • *** **** ******* ******* to *********** ** *****?

**** ** *** ****** in *** ********** ****** of ** ****** *******, see ***** ***** ****** tests:

******** **, ******** *** Gen *, *** *******'* FD9391-EHTV *** ****** ****. Suggestions?*** ** **** **** other ** ******* ** should ****.

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*******

** *** *****, *** lower **** ***** ** camera (**********-****) *** *** advantages **** *** *** model (**********-***):

  • **** ****** *** ***********:*** ***** ****** *** performance *** ***** ******* (see ****** **** *********** **********), **** ******* details ****** *********** ******* strong ********* *** ** darker ***** ** *** scene *** ***** ********** to ** ******* ******* with ******* ********. *** Pro ** ****** ********* significant ********* ** ********' faces, ********* *******.
  • ******** *** ***** ***** Details:** *** ***** (~* lux, *****), *** ***** model ******* ******** ***** quality, ********** **** ******* than *** *** ***********, which ******** **** **** and ********* ** *** light.

*******, *** ***** *** Pro ****** **** ****** from ******* *************, *********:

  • **** ** *********** *******:**** (~*.** *** ** lower) *********** **** ** was ******* ** **** models, **** **** ******* produced **** ** ***** range (~**') *** **** noticeable ********* ** ******** moved ******* **** *** cameras (~**'+).
  • **** ********:*-**** ***** ***** *.*** bitrates **** ******* ** both *******, ****** **** average ******** ** *********** 4K ******, ** ~**+% during *** *** *** significantly ****** ** ***** (~20-30%).
  • *** ******** ****** *****:**** *** **********-***, *** IPC3238SR3-DVPZ **** ******** ****** whips *** ***** *** audio */*, ******** *** 12VDC, ****** ************ **** difficult.
  • ** ****** **** *****:**** ****** **** * dedicated **** ***** *******, instead ******** **** *** camera ** ******** ******.

Uniview *** **. *****

**** ** *** ******* uses *** "***" *** "Prime" *****:

  • *** ****** ** ***** more *********, ***** ******-********** line ***** **** ******** as ******** *** "**********" projects.
  • ***** ** ***** ***-***** line ***** ** **** expensive *** ******** ** commercial ********.

***** ***** *** *********** similar ** **** * vs. * ** ********* Smart **. ***********.

********* ** *******, *** Pro ** ******, ** this ****, ** ***** than *** ***** *****, with * ******* */*.*" sensor **. */*" ** the ***** *****, ******* to *** *********** ***********. If/when * *** *** Series ** ****** ** released, ** *** ********** Prime ******.

*******

*** ******* **********-**** ***** for~$*** *** ******, **** ***** **** other ** ****** ******, typically $***+. **** ******* is ******** ******* ** Dahua's ***** **** ** model, **********, ***** ***** *** ~$375. *** ******* *** Series **********-*** ***** ***~$*** ******.

Even ** ************

*** ******* ***** ** camera's ********** ** ****** covered *** **** ***** of ****, **** ******** near *** **** ** the ******'* **** ******* illuminated, ***** *****. *** camera ******* ******** ***** on ***** *** ******* is ****** *** ***** of ****, ********* ** the ****** ** ******* brightness **** ** *** left.

IR *****: ******** ************ ** *** ** ***

*** ******* ***-*******-**** ******** to ** ** ******* named "****** ****" ***** attempts ** ******* ***** and ********** ****** *** full ***** ** **** but ******* ** ******** overexposure ** ~**' *** nearer, ****** ***** **** moderately *** *****.

********* ** *** "************ Restrain" ****, *** ****** reduces ************ ** *** center ** *** *****, with *** ******* ******** exposed. *******, *** **** of *** ***** ** view ******* ********** ******, although ** ******* *********** when ******** **** ** the ***** ** ******* back ** *** *****.

******, **** *** ******* approaching *** ****** **** Overexposure ******** **, ** is *** ***********. *******, facial ******* *** ********** weak *** ** ***** and *********.

********** ****** ** **** test **** ***** ***** Overexposure ******** **** ** reduce ************.

Similar **** / ** *********** ** *** ** *****

** *** *****, *** Prime *** *** ****** performed ********* ** *** dark **** ** **, with ******* ****** ** subject ******* ** **** and *** *****, ***** below. *** ***** ***** was ******** *******, *** exposed *** ******* *** chart ****** **** *** Pro ******, *********** *******.

Better *** ***** ***** *********** **** *** ***** (~* ***)

** *** ***** (~* lux) **** ******* ****** into ***** ****, *** Prime ***** ******** ***** recognizable ******* ** *** subject ** ~**', ***** the *** ** **** not. *******, *** ***** 4K *********** *** **** chart

** ****** ********, ****** in *** ***** ****** are *******, *** ******** than *** *** *****, providing ******** ****** ******.

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

****** *** *** (~*** lux), **** ******* ******* similar *******, ****** *** Prime ****** ***** ****** overexposure ***** *** *** 4K *** * ****** tint *** ******* ******.

Above ******* *** ***********

******* ** **** *** door, *** ***** ****** Uniview ** ******** ****, displaying *** ******* ** both ***** *** **** areas ** *** ***** and ********** ********** ******* (green *****, ******* ******, etc.) *** **** ** many ******.

** ******, *********** ** average ** ***** *******. The ****** **** *** require **** ******* ** time ** ****** ******** as *** **** ***** and *** ******* ********** is *** ******* ****** out. *******, *** *******'* face ******* **** ** he ***** **** *** building, **** **** ********** artifacts.

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***** ****, ***** *** motion ********* ****** ** the ******* **** ** the *******, ******** *******.

*** ***** ****** ** camera ******** ****** ***** details ** *** ******* and **** ***** **** the ******* *** **, which **** ******* ***** artifacts ******* ****** *********, obscuring *** *******'* ****.

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

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

*-**** *.*** ******** **** higher **** ******* *** other ***** ***** ** models ** **** ******, with **** ****** ********* <2 **/* ****** *** day *** at ***** **** ** on. ***-***** *.*** ******** were **** ******, *** and *****, *********** *** camera's ** **/* *** (the ******* ******* ******* in *** *** **).

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

*** ******* **********-*** *.*** and *.*** ******* ******* and **** ************ ** all ***** ******. ****** side ****** ********* *** supported ** *** ***** but ******* *****. ****** side ********* ******* *** moderate, *********** **** *****, Gentec *** ********* (*** *** **** ** Uniview's *********/***).

Uniview *******

******* **** *** ***** open ****** ***** ** pricing (**** ****), **** a******* ****** ** ************, ****** **** ***** brands ***** *** ** found *********** ********. **** may ** ********** ** many *********** **** ** customers ***** ******** ***** products.

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

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

*** ******* **********-**** ** similar ** ***** *** size ** *********** ***** such ** ************ *********** ****** **-**********-********** *****-***.

*******, ******* ** ***** models ******* * ***** whip, ***** *** ******* dome **** ***, ***** may **** ************ **** challenging.

Loose ******* *****

** ******** ******* *****, gaskets **** ***** ** falling *** ** *** dome *****, ***** *** lead ** **** ***** lost, *******, ** ********** sealing *** ****, ******** moisture **** *** ******. However, **** *** ***** has ***** **** *****, with *** ****** *** held ** **** ********, remaining ** ***** **** when ******, * *** improvement **** **** ******.

Double ***** ****

*** **********-**** ******** *** cable *****, *** *** PoE/Ethernet *** ***** *** another *** */*, *****, and *** ***** *** for ******. **** ******** issues **** ******* ******** the ******, ** *** whips *** ****** *** enough ***** **** **** likely ******* *** ************ to ** **** ** the ******** ******* ******* of ***.

** **** ** ***** and ***** ******** ****** in **** *****:

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

*** ******* ****** *** not ******* *** ***** of ************ *** ****** without ****** **, ****** by ******** **** ** rotating *** ***** ** the *** ********* (**/***/***). This **** ******* ***** of **** ***** **** tedious **** ***** ****** which ******* **** *******.

Country ** ******

*** ******* **********-**** *** made ** *****:

Test **********

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

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

Versions ****

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

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

Comments (2)

**** ***** *** **** team,

****** *** ******* ****** products.

* **** ** ******* one ** *** “*************” in **** **** – No ****** *********.

*******, **** ********** ** a ********* **** ****** installation *** ********* *******. Uniview’s ******* ******* **** focusing ***** *** ******* are ******** ****** ** provide ****** ***** *******.

**** ******** ****** ******** autofocus ** **** ** a ***** ******, ******* to ***** ******* ******* autofocus ** ********* ***** change. ** ******* **’* more ****-**-*** *** ** meets *** ***** ** the **********.

***** ***.

****** *** **** ***********. I ***** **** **** main ****** **** **** focusing ***** ******* ** necessary *** ******** ** scene ****** ** * good *******, ** ***** in ******.

*** ***** ** **** seen ** **** **** focus ** ***** ****** sometimes *****, *** **** that ******* ***** ** no ****** *** ** trigger **** ***** ***** to *** *** ****** in *****. ** ******** have **** **** ***** sometimes **** **** ******* from **** **** ** telephoto, ** ****. ** having * *** ** trigger ********* ******** ********** things ** ***** **********.

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