Vivotek Low-Cost NDAA Compliant C Series Cameras Tested

By Derek Ward, Published Aug 06, 2021, 08:49am EDT

Vivotek's NDAA-compliant C Series competes against Dahua and Hikvision but which is better?

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To find out, we bought and tested the Vivotek 1080p IT9360-H (fixed lens, 30m IR spec) and Vivotek 5MP IT9388-HT (vari-focal lens, 30m IR spec), and tested them against Hikvision Performance Series and Axis' M3065-V, examining:

  • How does image quality compare in full light (~200 lux), color low light (~1 lux), dark (~0.01lux) with IR on and WDR scenes?
  • Are noise and/or blur issues in low light scenes?
  • How does pricing compare to other low-cost models?
  • How well does the camera integrate with VMSes?
  • Does the web UI have any usability issues??

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***** ** *** *****, the ******* * ****** 1080p ******* ******** ******* details ** ***-**** **** and ********* ***** ****** in **** *****, **, and *** ******. *** 5MP ******* ****** ******** noticeably ****** ******* ** full ***** *** *** scenes, *** *********** ******* details ** ***** ** low ***** *** **.

****** **** *** ** overexposure **** ******* ** all ******* ******. **** could ** ******* ** turning *** ****, **** the ******** ** ********* digital *****, ********* *********** similar *******. ************, ********* to *******'* "************ ********" mode *** *** ********* overexposure.

**** ******* *******' ***** H.265 ********* ******** **** high, ~*-** ****** **** daytime ****** (***** ****** III *******, ******* *-***** on).

*****-***** *** *********** ** solid, **** *********, *************, and *** ****** ********** to *** ***** ****** (Avigilon, *****, *******, *********, Network *****).

*******, *** ******* *** UI ~* ******* **** time * **** *** loaded ***** *** ******'* stream *** *******. ***** long **** ***** ******** on ******, *******, ******** Explorer *** ********* ****.

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*** ******* ******-* ***** for~$*** *** ******, ******** ****** **** Hikvision's***** ******************** ************* ***** (~$***/~$*** ******), similar ** *** ****** LNV-6012R (~$*** *** ******) *** ***** **** Axis' ******-**** ****, *** M3065-V (~$*** ******, ** **, ****** only).

*** ******* ******-** ***** for~$*** *** ******, ********** ****** **** Hikvision's********* ******************* ************ (~$***/~$*** ******).

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

***** ** ***** ******* and ***********, *******'* * Series ***** ******* *** competitive **** ***-**** ***** and ********* ***** ******, though *** ****** *** moderately **** *********.

******* *** * ***** variety ** ***** *** 5MP ** ******* **** various **** ******* **** as *******, *****, *******, and **********. *******, ***** and ********* ***** **** resolutions **** ** ***, 4MP, ***, ***, *** 4K ** ***** ***** cost *****.

************, ***** ******* *** Vivotek ****** **** ********* (Smart ***) **** **** to ****** ***** ***** more ********* * *** V ***** (****** **************** * *** USD ** ***** ** our *** ******* ********** *** ******** ***). Dahua *** ********* ***** these ** ***** ***-**** lines (********** ****** *************** ** ****). ******* **** *** offer *** ********** ***** light ******.

5MP ***** **** **. ********* *********** *******

**** **** ** ******** to *** ********* *** model ***** *****, ** also ********* ****** ******* ******-****** **** *****. *******, the *********** *** **** similar, ** ** **** omitted ** *** ***** reasons *****.

Dark/IR ***********

** ~**' ******** *** ~0.01 ***, *** ******* C ****** ******* ******** similar ******* ** *** Hikvision *********** ****** ******, with ***** ******* ********* and *-* ***** ** the **** ***** ******* in ****. **** **** the **** *****-* *** not ******** ** **** testing ** ** *** not ******* * ****** image ** **** ***** level.

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**** ** ************

*** ******* * ****** cameras **** * ******** central *******, ****** *** edges ** *** *** are ******* ***********, ********* details *** *********.

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Vivotek ** "************ ********" ** *******

*** ******* * ****** cameras ****** ******* ** IR **** ****** "************ restrain" (******** ** *******) which ** ******** ** reduce ***** **** ******** are ******* ** *** near ***. ******* **** mode **, ******* ** still *** ****-****** ******** improve, ******** ************ **** using *** ******'* ******* mode.

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*******, ********** ** ************ restrain ***** ** ** off, ******** ~**' *** closer **** ***********, ** the ****** *** **** to ****** ********, **** with ************ ******** ****** on.

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** *** ******* ***** through *** ***** **** overexposure ******** "**", ******* are ****** *** ** he ** ~**-**' ****. As ** **********, *** camera *******, *** * few ******* ** *** subject *** ** ****, though *** **** ** the ***** ******* **** dark.

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** ******* *** ** Vivotek ********* *** ****** to ******* ************ ******** by *******, **** ***** response *****:

*** ***** ****** ** to ******* ********** *********** images ** *********. ***** default ** “****-************” (***), sometimes ******** ************ ******* may ****** ** *** dark ***** ** *** far *** *******.

Color *** ***** (~* ***) ***********

** ~* ***, *** of *** ******* ****** were ****** ** ******* clear ****** ******* *** to ***** *** *********. Both *** ******* ***** IT9380-H *** ******-** *** cameras ******** ******* ***** charts, **** *** **** chart ********* **** **** 3.

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Low ***** ****** **** *** ***********

****** **** *** ********* make ********* ****** ******* on ****** ******** *********, shown *****. ** *** subject ******, ****** ******* are **** *** *******, and * ***** *** be **** ****** ***.

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This **** ***** ** ******* ** ******** *** ********, *** *** **********. ************, ******* ***** ********* **** *** *******, ********* ** ********* *********.

*** ******* ****** *** similar ****** **** ****** with ****** ******** ** ~1 ***. **** ** similar ** **** ** have *********** **** **** high *** ****** **** were ******* ** ******* ***** *** ***** Shootout.

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

****, ** ****** *** Vivotek * ****** ** an ******** ******* *** scene, ***** *****, **** a ******** ******** ** ~100x ******* ******* (~** lux) *** *** (~*,*** lux).

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** **** *****, *********** of *** ***** ******* was ******* ** **** and ********* **** * subject ** *** *******, though *** *** ******-** Vivotek ******* ********* ******** better, **** **** ********** and ******* ******* ********. Inside, ***** ******* **** clear, *** ******* ******* were **** *** ** shadows **** ** *** subject's ****.

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Slow *** **********

** ******, *** ******* C ****** ******* *** slow ** ********** ******** for *** ******* ** the ****. *** ******* is *********** ***** ******* and ************ ******, ********* weak *******.

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WDR ********

**** *** ******* (~** lux ** **** *****), ghosting ** ***** *** noticeable ** ****** ********.

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*******'* ******** ** **** blur ***:

**’* * ***** ***** in ***-***** ******. *** to *** ********** ** ISP’s **********, ****** ****** estimation ** *** ******** in *** **** ****.

Full ***** *****

** ****, **** ******** (~200 ***), ******* ** all ******* ****** **** solid, **** ** ***** issues *****.

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Long *** ** **** *****

******* ** ***** ***** displayed *** ******'* **** stream **** ~* ******* to **** ****** *** tests. ** ***** ******* the **** ******, **** times **** ~* *******. The *** ***** ************ the **** ** **** for *** *** ** to ****** **** *** menu/configuration **** ** *******. Long *** ** **** times **** **** ** Chrome, *******, ******** ******** and ****.

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******* **** **** ******** on ***** **** *****:

**’* ******* ** **** specific ***’* ***********. ***** process ***** **** ** the *** ******* ** the ***.

Bandwidth **********

*** ******* * ****** cameras *** ****** ********* consumption ** ****, **** light (~*** ***) ****** with *.*** / ***** Stream *** *******, ~*** Kb/s ** *** ***** IT9360 *** ~*** **/* in *** ******. *******, bit ***** **** ~*-** in ~* *** ***** low ***** *** **** w/IR ******* ****** *** to ***** *** *********.

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

*** ******* * ****** cameras' *.*** ******* ********* and **** ************ ** all ***** ******, ** did ****** **** ***. Network ***** *** *** only ***** *** ****** that ***** *** ****** any ** *** * series ******* *** *.***.

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******* *****'********** ******* ********* **** ** ****** connect *** ****** *** Vivotek * ****** ******* via *.***. *******, * connection ***** ********, *** then ****, ************, ** the *** ***** ************:

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** *** ***** *** most ****** ******* ** NX ******* ******, ***** is ******* *.*.*.**** ** time ** *******.

Size **********

*******'* * ****** ****** domes *** ******* ** shape *** **** ** competitive ******, **** ** Dahua's *** ****** ******* and *********'* *********** ****** DS-2CD2325FHWD-I.

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Made ** ******

*** ** *** ******* C ****** ******* ****** are **** ** ******.

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Vivotek *** ****

*** ******* * ****** use *******'* *** ****-**** SoC.

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Test ***********

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

  • ****-************ *******.
  • ******* ***** *** ** 1/30s.
  • *.*** *** ****, **** Smart ****** *** *******.
  • ************ *** ** ~**.
  • *** *** ** **.
  • *** *** & *** Enhanced *** **** ** WDR *******.

Firmware ******** ****

*** ********* ****** ******** versions **** **** *** testing:

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

Comments (10)

** *** ******** *** has * ****** *** slightly **** ********* *********** to *********... ***** ******** a ********** **** ********* recording ********. ** **** the ********?

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***** *** ****** ** NVRs **** **** ******* that *** **** *********.

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***** ***’* *** ********** priced *** ** *** order *** **** **** are ****** *** ****** the **** ** * cameras *****. *** *** to *** ** *** poe *** **** * 2tb *** *** * cameras ****.

*** *** ******* ********* in **** ******* *** on *** **** **** compared **** ****** *******, especially ** *** **** the **** ** *** setup ** * ******* partner.

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**** **** **** ** testing *******'* ***** *******?

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** *** ********* ********* along **** **** ***** IViewer *** ***** ***** VMS ********.

** ***** ** **** to *** **** ** over *** ** ***** as *’* ** ******* to *** *** **** of **** **** ******* the ***********

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********** ** *** *** were ***** *** ******* into **** **** *** recognition. *'* ******* *** 7.14 **** * ****** IT9380-H ******* ******* *** testing ******** *** **** not **** **** ** add *** ******* *** ONVIF, **** ******* ****.

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**********, *** ***** ******* supports ** ****** ** card ******* ******* ** onsite ***. **** **** of ************* ** ******* if *'* *** ********. Maybe *** ** **** featured *** **'* ****... I'm ********** ** *** well **** ** ******* because ** ***** ** a ***** ******** *** some ************.

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********** ** *******' ********** with ******* ******* *******/*********. We ********* ***** ******* for * ***** ****** four ***** ***, **** to ********** ** ********* high ******* **** ****** 6 ****** ** ************. While **** **** ******* under ********, ** ***** away *** ** *** failures.......and **** *** **** back.

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**’** ********* **** ******* cameras **** *** **** 6 ***** **** * could **** *** ** count. **’** *** **** than * **** ** that ****. * ****** were *** ** ********* strikes *** * ****** were ********* *****(****’* ****** the ****** *** ** its *******) *** ***** got **. *** *** that ****** * **** of **** *** ****** a **** ** ************. Other **** **** **’** had ****** ***** **** with ***** ********.

**** *** **** **** issues **** ***** ***’* years *** *** ** ended ** ***** ******** related *** ***** ********** quick. *** ***** * will *** ** **** their **** ******* *** always **** *** ***** for **. ****** ***** to ****** *** **** when ** **** ***** stuff ** *** ********* that ****** ** ***** they *** ** ******** within * *** ** so.

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***** *** ****** ** quality ******* *** ** cameras/NVRs ** *** *********** and ******* ** ********* one ** *****. ** one ****** ** ****** to *******, *** *** those *** ****** ******** with *******, * ***** this ****** *******:

*) ******* *** **** producing ** ******* ***** 2000. *** ** *** oldest ************* ** *** planet ** **** **********. Their ********* *** ********** is ******* ***** *** many ***** ****** ** the ****** **** ****** boards ** **** ***** private ******* ** *******. No ***** **** ** the ****** ** *****, but ****** *** *** sweet **** ** ******* and ********* ***********.

*) *******'* ******* ******* Partner ** * **** value *** **** *** very ******** ***** ********** pricing *** ******* ************* (versus ****** ** ******** to ***** ** ** others).

*) ******* ******** *** not ********** ********* *** X% *** ** ***** wholesaler ***** *****. *** specify/promote/sell ******* *** ***'** not ** ** *** mercy ** * ********** being **** ** ******** you ** *** ****.

*) ****** *****- * think **** ****** ******* for **** *******.

* *** ****** ******* we ****** ******** **** Vivotek **** ******* ***** name ** *** **** announced **** **** '***********' their *** ** ******* back ** *** ** 2001 *** ** ******* it *** *** ******* and ***** ******* ******* was **** ****** ******** norms ** **** ****. Having **** ***** *********** labs ***** ****, * was ****. **'** **** their ******* ******** *** firm ******* ***** ****.

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