Vivotek 4MP Camera Tested (FD8379-HV)

By Ethan Ace, Published Sep 13, 2018, 02:20pm EDT

Next in our series of updated 4MP testing, we bought and tested Vivotek's FD8379-HV, and entry level 4MP model claiming "top-notch quality video in high contrast environments", 30m integrated IR, smart codec, and more.

[effects output image]Inside, we examine:

  • Full light performance
  • Low light performance
  • Integrated IR coverage
  • Integrated IR range
  • WDR vs. non-WDR modes
  • WDR performance
  • Bandwidth consumption
  • Physical features
  • Pricing compared to others

Readers should also see our tests of other 4MP models, including:

And coming soon, a shootout of these and other 4MP models.

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*** ******-** *** ***** key ********* ** *** tests:

  • ****** *** *********** (*** ~5% ******* **********):*** ******-** *** **** of *** ********* **** WDR *********** ** *** models ******, **** ***** details ******* ********* *** dark. *******, ***** **** WDR ******** *** ****** to ** *** ** Quad ** ****, ******** PPF ** ~*%, *** not ******** ** *** competitive ***** ******.
  • ****** ************ ******:*** ******'* *-**** ****** was **** **** ** position *** **** ** place, ****** **** ***** cost ****** ***** **** jerkily ** ***** **** when *****.
  • ***** *** ***********:*** ******-** ********* *** streamed ** ********, *****, Genetec, *********, *** ******* Optix *****, ***** ****** side *** *** ********* by *****, *******, *** Milestone, ****** *********** **** many ***** **** *********** such ** ******* *** DW.

*******, *** ****** *** weak ** **** (lux) ****** *** ** IR ************ ******:

  • **** ** ************:*** ******'* ********** ** was **** **** ** its ********* ***/~**' *****, with ******** ********* ** detect *** ** ******* available. ****** ** ****** range **** ********** ****** than *********** ******, ** well, ******** *******.
  • ****** ** ********: ** ************ ** **** darker ** *** ***** of *** ***** **** the ******, **** ******* reduced ** *** ****.

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*** ******* ******-** *** be ***** ****** *** ~$230 ***, ************* **** than **** ********* *** cameras, **** ** *** Dahua ******* ** ********* DS-2CD2145FWD-I, **** ~$*** ******. However, ** ** ******* in ***** ** ******, such ** *** ****** QNV-7010R, ~$*** ******.

Physical ********

*** ******-**'* ************ ** typical ** ******* *****, though ******** ****** **** some (***** *****), **** two ******* ********, *** positive *** *** ********:

  • **** ** ******** ******:*** *-**** ****** ** the ****** *** **** to ******** ** ******* compared ** **** *********** models. ***** **** ***** tend ** ** ****** easy ** **** ** stay ** ***** ******* "snapping" **** **** **********, the ******'* ****** *** both, ****** ** ****** to ******.
  • ****** ****** ** *************:******* *** ****** **** a ***** *********** ********* for ***** *****, **** bare, ************ ****** *** be ****. ***-********** ***** cables ****** ** *** into *** ******* ******* cutting *** *** ***. Additionally, **** ***** *** do *** *** *** jack *** ***** ****** of ********** ******* *** find **** ***********, ** the ***** **** ** run **** *** ****** before ***********.

Size ******** ** ***********

*** ******-** ** ********** larger **** *****'* *******  and *** ********* **-**********-* in ******** *** ******, but **** *** *** a ***** **** *** connectivity **** ***** ***** models.

moderately bigger than competitive domes

Competitive *******/**** ***** **** ***** *******

** **'/~** ***, ******* subject ******* *** ************, with **** ****** ************ on *** *******'* ****. Nighttime ****** (appear ******/******* **** ********* visible, ******** ******* *******.

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****, ** ~**'/~** *** during *** ***, *** subject *** ***** ****** moderately ****** *** *** to ************ *** *** subject ** ***** ************. Below * *** ** night, **** ********* ** possible *** ** **** chart ***** *** *******.

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*******, ** ~***'/~* ***, no ******* ******* *** provided, **** ********* *** to *** ***. ** night, *** ******* *** chart *** ****** *********** and ********* ** ***.

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Uneven ** ********

*** ******-**'* ** ************ is ********** ****** ** the ****** *** ****** at *** *****, ****** more **** **** **** low **** ****** ******, with *** ******* ***** easily ******** *** ***** details *******.

uneven ir coverage

Slight **** ********** **** ** *****

**** ***** *** ****** we **** ******, *** FD8379-HV ******* **** **** distortion ** ******** ** the **** ** *** field ** ****, ***** below. **** *********** ******* of *** ******* *** available, ****** **** *******, shown *****.

True *** ******** ******* **********

*** ******-** ******** ***** to ****** ** **** HD (~*.***) **** ** enable **** ***, **** only ******* *** **** at **** *** **********. **** results ** * ~*% reduction ** *** (**** vs. ****) *** ******* FPS **** ** ** 24.

**** **** **** **** switch ** *** ***** in ***** ***** ******** by **** *****, ******* installers *** ****** ** see ** **** ** they **** ** **** for **, ****** ** easily **********. *********** *** models **** *** ******** this **** ******/********** *********, either.

Strong *** *********** ** **** ** **** / **** *********** ** ***

** ****** *** ** a ********* ***** **** open ******** ****, **** a *** ******** ******** (~90 *** ******* **. 6,000+ *******).

*** ******'* **** *** performance ** **** ** mode ******** ****** ******* of *** ******* *** test ***** ******* *** backlit *** ****** ***** of *** *****, ***** the **** ********** *** models ** **** ******. However, ** *** **** with ******* ***, ******* details *** ******* ********** against *********, *** ********* to ******* ** *** in *** **** **** of *** *****.

Broad *** ***********

*** ******* ******-** *** listed ** ********* ** most ***** ****** (*****, Genetec, *********, ******* *****) and ********* *** ******** to *** ** ****. However, ****** **** *** worked **** ** *****, Genetec, *** *********. **** that *** ****** **** not ******* ** ***** analytics.

No *.*** / *.*** **** *********** ** ****

*** ******-** **** *** support *.*** *********, ****** most ***** *** ****** tested ** ****, ** well ** **** ** Vivotek's ***** ******. *.*** streaming **** *******'* *********** II ***** ***** ** included.

High *** ********/***** *******

*** ******-**'* *.*** ******* smart ***** ******** **** notably ****** **** **** competitive *** ******, **** as *** ****** ***-***** (~370 **/* ***). *******, night (were ******* ** ***** average, **** ******** ** H.265 ***** ***** ******, though *** ******* ******'* images **** ********** ****** and **** ********.

bitrate comparison

Test **********

*** ********* ******** **** used ****** *******:

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*** ******-** ** ****** as **** ** ******.

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