Vivotek 4K S-Series Camera Tested

By Derek Ward, Published Sep 30, 2019, 11:24am EDT

Vivotek's highest-end S-series camera claims "Supreme Night Visibility", "Smart IR II", "Smart Stream II", "WDR Pro for unparalleled visibility in extremely bright and dark environments" and a "Neural Network-Powered Detection Engine".

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But how do these features hold up in real-world scenes? We bought and tested the FD9391-EHTV to find out.

This is the latest in our continuing series of updated 4K camera testing, following these other reports:

Coming soon: Avigilon H5 and Illustra Pro Gen 3. Additional suggestions? Let us know what other 4K cameras we should test.

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** *** *****, *** FD9391-EHTV *** **** ******* positives:

  • ****** *** ***********:*** *********** *** ****** in ** ******** *** door *****, **** ***** details ******* ****** *********, in **** ***** ** the *****, *** ** motion (**** *** ******* entering). *** ******-**** *** one ** *** ********* performers ** ****** **** ********.
  • ******* ***** ******* *****:***** ******* ** ******* scenes *** *****, **** details ****** ************ *** to ****** ***** (~**-** PPF).
  • *** ***** ***** *******:*** ******* ******-****'* ***** Stream *** *.*** ******** were *** ******** ** many *********** ** ******, ~1 **/* ** ******* with ******** ****** ** the ***** ** **** light, *** ~*.* **/* in *** ****.
  • ******** ****** ********* *********:*** ******-**** ***************'* ***** ****** ********* (see *** **** ****), **-***** ********* **** strong ***** ***** **********, much ****** **** ******* VMD ** **** ****** analytics.

*******, ** ******* **** some *** ******, ** well:

  • *********** ** ************:** *** *****, ******** within ~**' ***** **** overexposed, **** ****** ******* difficult ** *******. ******** IR ** ******** ************ options *** *** ********* in *** ******'* *** interface.
  • **** *** ***** ***** Quality:** *** ***** ****** (~2 ***), **** *** artifacting ********** ****** ***** quality. ******* ****** **** and ******, **** ******** beyond ~**' ********* ** silhouettes.
  • **** *.*** & ********* VMS ***********:*** ****** ** **** fully ********* ** ******* and ********* ***, ********* H.265 *** *.*** *******, camera **** ***, *** camera **** *********. ***** VMSes ********* **** *.*** and ****** ***.

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*** ******* ******-**** ***** for~$*,*** *** ******,***** ** ****** **** cameras **** ********'* ***-*****(~$*** ******) ********** **********-****(~$*** *** ******). *******, **** ** less **** **** ** the**** *****-*** (~$*,***)*********** **-******(~$*,***).

Size **********

*** ******* ** ******-**** camera ** ******* ** size *** **** ****** to *********** **** ** the*********'* * ******, *** ********** ****** than *** **** *****-***.

Similar Size To Competitive Domes

Physical ********

*** ***** ***** ******* the ******** ******** ** the ******* ******-****:

Mounting *********** ******* ** ************

*** ****** ************* ******* which ** **** *** used *** ************ ***** on * *****-** **** sensor, ******** **** * "Mount ****" ****** ** the ******'* *** *********:

Vivotek FD9391-EHTV Mount Type Selections Screen Layout

***** ****** ****** **** the ******** ***** ******* and *** ******'* ****** mounting********* ** ** **** may *** **** **. For *******, ** *** image *****, ** *** camera ** "**** *******" (base ******* **** ** wall) *** *** ****** set ** **** ***** the ************ ** *** left ** **** ***** are ****. ** ** is *** ** ******* mount ** *** *** interface, **** **********. *******, if ** ** ******* 90° *** ******** ****, different **** *** ****.

Vivotek IR Illuminator Manipulation

** ***** ******* ***** this ***** ** ** found ** ********* **** LEDs *** *** **** out ** *** *** because ** *** *** changed *** ******** **** and **** *********:

******-**** ** ********* **** (a) ****** ***** ***** actively ****** *** ******* rotation ****** *** **** tilting ****** *** ***** type, **** *** ********* numbers ** ** ************ accordingly. *** ****** ** to **** *** **** experience **** ********** ** illumination *** **** ****** been ******** ** ** reflection ***** ********* ************/*********. Hence, *** ******** ** IR *********** *** ** different **** ***** ****** different ***** ****, *** it ** ********* ** select *** ******* ***.

IR ************ ***********

** *** *****, *** Vivotek ******-****'* ******** *********** subjects ** ***** **** IR **, **** ** the ****** *** ***** of *** ***:

IR Overexposure Throughout Scene At 20'

**** ************ *** ** seen ******** ** ~**' distance, **** *** ****** barely ******** ******** ** he ****** ******* *** overexposure.

Subject-Overexposed-As-He-Walks-Through-Scene gif

**** ************ ************* ******* low ***** *******, ***** below.

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

**** *** ******* *** test ***** ~**' **** from *** ****** (~*** PPF), **** ***** (~*** lux) ***** ******* ** solid, ***** *** ***** (~2 ***) ******* **** artifacts **** ******* ****** details ** *** *******. In *** ****, ** overexposure ** *********, ********** obscuring ****** ******* *** most **** ** *** chart.

Near Range Image Details

** ~**' ******** (~** PPF), *** ***** *** dark ***** ******* ******, with *** ****** ****** to ******* ************ ******* of *** ******* ******* a ********** **** ***. Full ***** ******* *** recognizable *** ******* **** artifacts, ** ****.

Mid Range Image Details

** ~**' ******** (~** PPF), **** *** ***** and **** ****** ******* to ***** *********, ** visible ***** ******** *** subject *** **** *****. A *** ********** ** line * ** *** test ***** *** *******, but ****** ** ** details ** *** *******.

Long Range Image Details

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

** ****** *** ******-****'* WDR ******* *** ******** mandoor, **** * ~*** differential ******* ******** *** exterior *** ******.

Exterior Mandoor WDR Field Of View

*** ******* ******-**** ******** a ***** ***** ** our *******, **** ***** and ******* ********** ** this *****, ********* ****** details. ************, *** ******* was ******* ************ ** the ****** **** **** to *** ****.

Exterior Mandoor WDR Performance

** ******, ******* *** also ******, **** ******** shifting ******* ** ******* overexposure ** *** ******* as ** ***** ******* the ****, **** *** background ******* ******* ********.

Exposure-Even-and-Consistent-as-Subject-Leaves gif

Lower **** ******* *.*** ********

*** ******* ******-****'* ***** Stream *** *.*** ******** were ***** **** ******* in **** **** ***** and **** ****** (~*.** lux) **** ******** ******. These ******** *** ***** than ******* ***** ** cameras ******, **** ** the*********************** *** ********** ** the********* **-******.

H 265 Smart Codec Bitrate Comparison

**** **** ***** ************ were ***** **** ******** motion ** *** *****, with ******** ******* **** the ******.

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

*** ******* ******-**** *.*** streams ********* *** **** configurable ** *** ***** tested. *******, *.*** ************* was *******, ********* **** in ******* *** *********. Camera **** *** *** supported ** *** ***** tested, *** ********* ******* was *******, ***** **** supported ** ******* *** Milestone.

VMS Integration Comparison

Accurate ****** ********* *********

*** ******-**** ******** *******'* "neural *******-*******" ****** ********* analytics, ****** ***** ****** Detection (***). ** *** tests, *** ******* ***** alerts ** ******* ***** trigger **** ********* *** camera ***, ********* *******:

** **** ** ******* and ******* ******** (**** people ********* ** *******).

*** ***** ******* ** alarm **** ** ******, Smart ****** ********* ** highly ***********.*** *** **** ** SMD *** **** *******.

******* **** ****** ******* analytics ***** * ******* detection ****** ** ***** Smart ***, ****** ** requires ** ********** *******.

Trend ***** ***** ******** ********

************, *** ******-**** ******** Trend *****'* *** ************* suite ***** ******* *** blocks ****** ********, **** as ***** ***** *******, exploits ** ******** ********, and ****. ******** ******* may ******* ****** **** as ****** ** ***** party *** *** ****** trends *** **** *** be ********* *** *******'* VAST ******** (***** *****).*** *** **** ** Vivotek's ***** ***** ****** for **** *******.

Vivotek VAST Client Event Search And Trends

Country ** ******

*** ******* ******-**** *** made ** ******.

Vivotek FD9391-EHTV Made in Taiwan

Test **********

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

  • ******** *** *** ** a ******* ** */***
  • *.*** *** *******, **** Smart ****** *** ******* (High)

Versions ****

*** ********* ******** **** during *******:

  • ******* ******-****: *****

Comments (1)

***** ****** ****** **** the ******** ***** ******* and *** ******'* ****** mounting********* ** ** **** may *** **** **.

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