Testing HD Lipstick Camera

By: Derek Ward, Published on Aug 15, 2014

Miniature IP / HD cameras are a growing trend.

One of the downsides has been the addition of a 'head' or 'base' unit to do the encoding, often large or cumbersome enough to create installation challenges.

We bought a new Vivotek 'lipstick bullet (the IB8168C), shown below, to see how it performs against other compact cameras.

********* ** / ** cameras *** * ******* trend.

*** ** *** ********* has **** *** ******** of * '****' ** 'base' **** ** ** the ********, ***** ***** or ********** ****** ** create ************ **********.

** ****** * *** Vivotek '******** ****** (*** *******), ***** *****, ** *** how ** ******** ******* other ******* *******.

** ***** *** **** results ******* ******* ********,*****, ************.

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Key ********

**** *** *** *** findings **** **** ****:

  • *********** ** **** ***** is ** *** **** other *** **** ******* with ****** **** ***** fidelity *** ** ******* issues.
  • *** ***** *********** *** the *****-**** ****** ** on *** ** ******** worse **** *** **** M3005, **** ********* ******* noise ********* ******* *******.
  • ** ****, scenes, *** ****** ******** no ****** ******.
  • ******* **** ******, ******* in ******** *** **** compact **** ******* ****** cameras
  • ******* ********* *********** ** full ***** ******, ***** also ****** *** ****** bandwidth *********** ** *** cameras ****** ** *** light (~* ***) ******.

*******

*** *****-**** ******* ****** is *************** *** ~$*** ***. **** ***** ** **** lower **** ***** ******* cameras **** ** *** ~$*** **** *****. *******, *** **** ********** IR ******* **** ** the ********-******** (~$***) ************ **-*******-* (~$***) ******* ** ** ******* price ******.

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*** **** *** (>* lux) ****** ***** ***** such * **** ****** is * *** *******, the ~$*** ******* ****** 1080p ****** *** ** a ****** ******. *******, if *** ***** ** a *** *******, ********** IR ******* *** * better ****** ** * similar ***** *****.

Physical ********

*** **** ******* ******* of *** ****** ** its ******* ****, **** below ******** ** **************** ** ******, ***** twice *** ********.

** *** ***** ***** we ***** **** *** other ******* ******:

  • ******* ****, ***** *.*" x *" ********, ******** larger ** ******** **** a ** *******.
  • ** ***** ***** **** Ethernet/PoE.
  • ******* **** ******* ****** *******.

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*** *** ********* ** the ****** ** ******* to ***** ******* ******, with ******* *** ** ****. This ***** ******* *** settings:

Conference **** ***********

** ******** ********** ****** ** *** Axis *****,********-******** *** ********* **-*******-*. ******* **** *** up ** **** *** same *** *****.

**** *****

** **** *****, *** IB8168 our ******* ** **** lit, with ******* ********* *******. 

*** *****

** * *** ***** ~2 *** *****, **************** *** *** **** digital ***** ** ******* in **** ****, ******** visible ******* ** *** subject's **** ******** ******** to ***** *******. *******, the ***** ** ******* to **** *, ******* to *** **** ***** and*************.

****

** **** **** * lux, *** ****** ** unable ** ******* * usable *****, ** ** the **** *****. *********** ********* ******* ******* from ***** ***** ** IR.

Office ***********

** *** *** ******* up ** ** **** office ** **** *** differences ** *** *** resulting *** *** ** the *******' ********* ***** focal ****** ******. ***** are *** ****** ** view *** *** ***** bullet ******* **** *** testing.

** *** ******* ***** around *** ****** **** ~**' away **** *** *******, our ******* ** **** lit, *** *** ******* are **** ** *********** some ******* ** *** subject, **** ** ******** and *****.

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*** ******* **** ********** ** ***** **********, ** ***, 1/30s ******* *****, ******.***, ***** * ****** **** ~28-29.

*** ******* ****** *** the ****** ********* *********** of *** ******* ****** in *** *****, ** well ** *** ****** lowest ******* ** **** light, **** .** **/* higher **** *** **** M3005 ** *******.

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******* **** ****** ***** default ******** **** ******* speed ************ ** */*** max, *** ***** **** set ** ** **** quantization ~**-**.

******** ******** ** ***** cameras **** **** *** testing:

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

*********** ******* *.*.*.***** *** **** used ** ******* *** test.

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