Vivotek 12MP Fisheye Camera Tested (FE9391-EV)

By Rob Kilpatrick, Published May 08, 2018, 08:20am EDT

Next in our 12MP fisheye camera evaluation, we bought and tested Vivotek's latest generation FE9391-EV, a new model claiming improved smart IR features, their latest Smart Stream III H.265 smart codec, and more.

Inside, we look at:

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******* ****** **** *** our **** ** *********** ** ******* *** ***** *** *** upcoming **** ** ****, Dahua, ********* ****** ** well ** * **** ********* shootout.

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*** ******* ******-** *** several ********* ** *** tests:

  • **** ** ********/************ **:*** ******'* ********* ** ********* LEDs *** *** **** beneath *** ******, *** control ** **** ************ zone ******** ****** *** more **** ******** ****** the ****** ***** ** view **** **** ***** cameras ******, **** ** overexposure **** ***** **** zone ** ****.
  • ****** ****** **** *********:********* *** *******'* *** SDK ** ***** *** Genetec ** *********** ** Milestone ****** ********. *****'* integration ***** *** ******* SDK ******** ******** **** as ***** *********, *******, and ******** ***** *** found ** *** *********** SDK. 
  • *.*** ***********: *.*** ******* ****** **** no ****** ** *****, Genetec, *** ******* *****, rare ** ** ******* in ****, ***** ********* require ********** ****** ** VMS ************* ** ****** do *** ********* ** all.
  • *** ***** ***** ********:*.*** ******** ***** *******'* Smart ****** *** ***** codec **** ** *** as ~** **/* ** our *****, ** ** ~99% ***** **** ******** H.265 ******** ** ***** scenes, *** ~**% ***** in ****** **** ******** motion.

***** *** *** *** negatives:

  • ** ************ ** ******* settings:***** *** ******* "**** IR ******" ****, *** camera ******** **** ******** IR ************ ** ***** range (details. ***** ****** ***** settings ******* ** ********** this ************.
  • ** ****** **** *********:*** ******-** ******** ** options *** ****** **** dewarping, ******** *** *** in ***** ***** ***** do *** ******* *** Vivotek ** *********** ****.
  • ** ********* *.*** ***********:***** *.*** ******* ** Milestone ******** ****** ******* to *****, ****** ************* and ********* **********, ***** both ***** *** ******* direct *******.

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*** ******-** ***** *** ~$900-1,000 *** ******, ********** higher **** ****** **** as *** ********* **-********-** and **** *****-****, **** ~$800-850.

Separate ** **** *** ******** **** *** *********** ******

****** ***** ****** ******, the ****** **** ******** LEDs *** *** **** beneath *** ****** **. the ***° ***********, ******* into five *****: *** ***** illuminators ****** ******** **** (Zone *) *** **** illuminators ***** ** * 360° ******* (***** *-*). Power *** **** **** is ************ ** *** camera's *** *********, ********* later ** **** ******.

***** **** **** *** configuration, *** ******-** ** physically ******* ** ***** IR ******* ******* ** size *** **** ******, with ** **** ******* and ************ ******* ****** a ***** ** *********** cover *********** *** ****. We ****** *** ****** of *** ****** ** this *****:

Client **** ********* (*******/***********)

***** ****** **** ********* SDK ** **** **** the ******-** ****** ********* on *** ***, *** reviewed ** **** ****** below.

  • ***** **** * *********** "Vivotek" ********* ******. ***** may ****** ***** ****** model **** *** ***** from * ******** (****** the ****** ** *** listed, ****** **** "*******").
  • ******* **** *** ******* SDK, ** ****, ************* selected **** ***** ******* fisheye ******.
  • ********* ******** *** ****** as ** *********** ********* (*** *****).
  • ******* ***** *********/** ********/****** **** ** *** *** ****** ***, but ***** *** ********* dewarping *************, ***** ****** without ****** ** *** tests.

**** **** *** ****** ***** not *** ** ******** using *****, ** ** were ****** ** **** dewarping *******.

Exacq *********: *********** ******* ***

***** **** * ******** Vivotek ********* *** ******* of *** *********** *** used ** ***** ***** such ** ******* *** Milestone (*** *****). *** main ********** ** **** integration ** **** ***** select ***** ******* ***** from * **** ** cameras, ******* ** ******* to **** *** *********** RPL ******.

********* ** ***** ** smooth, **** ****** ******* ** jumpiness. ***** *** ****** from ***** ***** **** dewarping, **** *** ***** in ***** *****:

  • ******:* ****** ******* *** zone, ***** *** ** moved ***** ******** *** controls. ***** *** **** set ******* ******* ** specific ******* *** ** quickly ********.
  • ********:**** **** ***** *** entire ***** ** **** in * ********* ***° image, ***** *** ** easiest *** ************* *****. However, ** ** ************* warped, **** **** ** the *** ****** **** the **** ***** *** camera, *** *** ***** of *** ***** ** view **** ******, ****** details ** ***** **** difficult ** *******.
  • **** ****:**** **** **** *** panorama ** ****, **** two ****** ******* ** top ** **** ***** forming *** **** ********. Note ******* **** ** is ** *** ****** ratio, ****** **** ** is ****, ***** *** make ** ******* ** view ** ***** ****** windows.

** ****** ***** ******* and ***** *********** ** this *****:

Genetec: ******* ***

******* ************* ******* *** Vivotek *** **** ***** Vivotek ******* ******. ***** may ********* *** **** by ********* *** ***** circle ******** *** ******, shown *****:

******* ******** *** ******** ********* feature *** ***** ** ********* or *****, ***** ****** users ** ******** *** dewarped ******* *** ****** by ******** ** * thumbnail ** *** **** warped ********, ***** *****.

Milestone *********: *********** ***

** *********, *** ******-** is ******** ***** *** ImmerVision ***. ********* ** Milestone *** ******, ****** lacked *** ******* *** viewing ***** ***** ** the ***** *********** *****.

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

*** ******-** **** *** ***** *** camera **** *********, **** as ******** *****, **** views, *********, ***., ****** ****/**** ******* models ** ****, ***** generally ***** ******** ** dewarped *******. *******, **** most ****** ***** ********** ImmerVision ******, **** ** unlikely ** ** * significant *****.

Image *******

** ***** *****, *** FE9391-EV ***** ***** ******* of *** ******* ** full ***** *** **** scenes (**** ** **). In *** ***** ***** scenes, ***** ******* ******* are ************, *** ***** is ********** *********. **** that *** ****** ******* IR ************ ** **** range, **** ******* ******* clear, *** *** ********** of *** ***** ******** significantly ** **********, ***** on *** ***** *****.

******** ******** ** ~**', daytime ****** ******* ****** clear *** *** *****/***** details ******** **********. ****/** details *** ******* *****, though ***** ******* *******.

**** **** ** **** to ******* ********** *** and ***** ******* ** more ****** ******* *** out ** ******** *********.

Zone ******** **/** ************

*** ****** ****** ***** to ****** ** ******** of **** **** ********, shown *****. **** *** be ********** ****** ** some ********* **** *** camera ** **** * reflective ******* ** *********** causing ***********. *******, ** our *****, **** **** mounted ~*-*' **** ** interior ** ******** **** or **** * ****** reflective ******* ***** ** the ****, *** ****** did *** ********** **** set ** ****** ****/***% on *** *****.

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

*******, **** ***** "**** IR ******", *** ******* mode, ******** ************ *** visible ** ******** **** the ******. **** **** this **** **** *** automatically ****** *** ************ individually, *** ******* ********** the **** ********* ***** ****** *** zones.

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

*** ******'* *.*** ****** was ********* ** *****, Genetec, *** ******* ***** without *****, **** ** additional ***** ******** ***** than ****** *** ****** to *** ***, **** as ******** ****** ********* or ****** *************.

No ********* *.*** *******

*******, ** **** ****** to ******* ** *** camera's *.*** ****** ***** Milestone ********, **** **** using *** ****** ******* driver, ** **** ** ONVIF. 

  • ***** *** ****** ******, the ********* ********** ****** crashed **** *.*** *** selected, ****** ******** ******* impossible. ********* ******* ** H.264 ****** **** ** issues.
  • ***** *****, *.*** *** simply *** * ****** option ** *** ********** Client, **** **** *.*** (baseline, ****, ****) *** MJPEG *********.

Smart ***** *******

*******'* ****** ***** ****** III ***** ***** ** included ** *** ******-**, available ** **** *.*** and *.*** *******. ******* to ****** **** ** Axis ********* * *** Avigilon's **** ***** *****, Smart ****** *** *********** adjusts *********** ** ****** objects *** ********* *-***** interval/decreases *** **** *** scene ** *****.

***** **** *****, *.*** stream **** ********* ** as **** ** **% in ***** *** *** night ****** (********* ***** Stream *.*** ** **. off). ** ****** ****** scenes, **** ******** ****** through *** *****, ******* decreased ** ~**%.

Versions ****

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Comments (2)

Awesome

Update: In Security Center 5.7 SR2, Genetec has added dewarping support using the Vivotek SDK, which is automatically selected when using Vivotek fisheye models. Users may calibrate the lens, adjusting the center point and diameter of the fisheye circle, shown here:

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