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.

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

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Key ********

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

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

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

Physical ********

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  • ** ***** ***** **** 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*************.

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** **** **** * 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 ~**-**.

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