WDR Camera Mega Shootout 2019 - Avigilon, Axis, Bosch, Dahua, Hanwha, Hikvision, Panasonic, Vivotek

By Ethan Ace and Derek Ward, Published Sep 04, 2019, 10:29am EDT

This is the biggest WDR Shootout ever, with 23 cameras from 8 manufacturers:

We included true multi-exposure WDR and non-WDR models, ranging from 1080p to 4K, low cost to high, to see how they compare and examine key trends in WDR in 2019.

Cameras tested included:

Note: We test new cameras weekly and other cameras not included will be WDR rated/ranked as we release new test reports.

Our testing evaluated performance in common WDR scenarios such as this door entrance:

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In this report we examine:

  • Which camera models perform best and worst overall?
  • How does 2019 WDR performance compare to 2015?
  • How does decibel (dB) rating impact real world performance?
  • How does WDR impact color fidelity and saturation?
  • Does WDR performance impact low light performance?
  • What impact did manufacturer optimizations have on WDR performance?
  • What difference is there between high motion/variable and static WDR scenes?

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

*********** *********** *********** ** more ******* **** **** as, ** ****, **** cameras ******* ****, *****-******** WDR. **** **** *** cost ****** ** ** some ***** **** **** resolution (**+) ****** **** this *******.

*** ***** ******** *** following *** ********:

  • *** *********** ******* ******** greatly:** ****, **** ******* performing *** ******* ********** those **** *** **** shootout, **** **** ******* details ******* ****** ********* and ****** *********** ** darker *****. **** ** not ** *** **** all ******* *** ****** are **** **********, *** they ****** **** ******* better **** ***** ******.
  • ******* (**) ******* ** not ******* ***********:***** ** ***** ** true *** ******* ******* from *** ** ** 150 **, ** ** clear **** ******* ***** decibel ******* *** ***********. Cameras **** "***" *** or *** ** ******* frequently ************ ***** ******** 130, ***, ** ******, and **** *****. **** than ****, ***** ****** be ********* ** ******* decibel **************.
  • **** ***** ********/************ ******:**** ****** ****** ********* slight ** ******** ***** fidelity ****** **** *** enabled. *******, ***** ****** are ******* **** ********** than ******* ******** *****, in ***** ****** **** often ****** *** ** blue ** ***********.
  • ** ****** ** *** light ******:*** ****** ****** ****** disabled *** ************* ** low ***** ** ********* effectively *** ****. ************, enabling *** ******** ** decreases ** *** ***** performance, **** *** ****** automatically ********* ** ** night.
  • ** ******** ****** ** manufacturer *** *************: ** ***** **** manufacturer **** ************* **** recommended *** *** *********** and ***** * ******* recommendations (*****, *****, *** Hanwha), ***** *** *** make * ******** **********. Axis, *********, *** ******* recommended ******** ** ****.

Manufacturer / ***** ***********

**** *** *** **** overall *********** ******, **** the *****-*** ** ** providing *** **** ****** of ******* ****** **** especially ****** *********** ** the ********* *** **** test *****, ***** ***** Q35 ******* **** **** average ** ***** *******. Other ************* ****** **** widely, **** **** **** as ******* *** ********* performing ***** ******* ** some ****** *** ***** average ** ******.

*******, ***** ***** *** some ***** *** **********, no ************ ********* ******* "worst", ** *********** ****** varied *** **** ** declare ***** ***** ***********.

Chart2

****:****** ****** **** *** chosen ** ** ********** selection ** **** ************. Instead, **** **** ******** to ********* * ***** section ** ******* *********** and *** *******. ******* should ******** ***** ************ trends ** ** ****, but *** * ********** list ** ****/***** ***********.

Newer ******* *** ********* ******

**** **** ****** **** past *********, ***** ******* do *** ******* ********* better ** **** ****. For *******, *********'* *** Panasonic's ** ****** *** some ** *** ****** tested, ******** ** **** (in ***** *******), *** offer *******/***** ******* *********** in *** *****. ** contrast, *** **** *****-*** Mk ** *** **** available ***** ***** ****.

Camera ***** ********

***** ****** **** *******, resolution, ** ******, *** price *** **** *****:

WDR Shootout Results Overview

Decibel ******* ** *** ******* ***********

****** ************* ***** ****** and ****** *** **************, 130db, *****, *** **** 150dB. *******, *** ***** show **** ***** ****-******* are *********** *********** *** do *** ******* **** world ***********.

*** *******, *** **** Q3517-LVE *** ***** *******, both ***** ** *** dB, ************ ****** **** higher *******, **** ** the ********* ***** ****** 4MP *** ******'* ******* X *****, ***** *****.

Decibel Ratings Do Not Reflect Performance3

**** **** ***** ** by *** *** **** common *** ****** ** the ******** ***** *** higher ****-***** ******** **** as ****** *** ********* uncommon.

2019 *** *********** ******** **** ******** ******

** ****, **** ******* performing *** ******* ********** those **** *** **** shootout, **** **** ******* details ******* ****** ********* and ****** *********** ** darker *****.

*** *******, "*******" *********** models **** **** **** such ** *** ***** N45DL7Z ********** ******** ***** average ******, **** ** the **** ***** ***** below **** ******* *** ****** ********.

Average 2019 Performance Better Than Past Tests  2

************, ** **** *******, the ***** ****** ** our ******* **** ** facing * ******* ***** (~7,000 *** *********/~*** *** indoors) **** *** **** (~5,500 *** *********/~** *** indoors).

**** ** *** ** say **** *** *** WDR ****** *** **** performing, ** ***** ** this ****. *******, ******* models *** ****** ** outperform ***** ****** **** the **** ************, *** in ******* ** ****.

Reduced ***** ******** / ************ ******

** **** *****, ******* manufacturers ******** **** ********** color ****** (********** ***) and/or ************ **** ******** WDR. *******, ** ****, these ****** *** ******* reduced.

*** **** ******** ***** fidelity ** *** ******* was ***** ** *** Dahua *******, ***** ******** from ******** ******* ******** but *** ******** ** all ******.

*** **** *****-*** ******* from * **** ****** loss ** ********, **** the *****, ******, *** pink ******* ** *** top **** ****** ** the ***** ***** ********, though ****** *** ***** roughly ************.

*******, **** ******* ******* were ************* ***-******, **** the *****/**** ******** ********* pink/purple *** ******* ****** appearing **********.

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

** *** *****, ** cameras' *** ***** *********** was *********** ******* **** WDR *******, **** *** cameras ****** ************* ********* WDR ** *** *****/***** mode, ** ** ********* difference ** ***********.

*** *******, *** ****** PNV-9080R ** ******* ******** darker **** *** ***, but ********* ******* *** the ****.

Hanwha-PNV-9080R-Minimal-Nighttime-Performance-Difference-With-WDR

*** **** *****-*** ** II ***** ********* ********* at ***** **** *** enabled *** ******** ** the *** *********:

Nighttime-Performance-Identical-With-WDR

Performance **** *: **** ****** / **** ****** *****: ******* ******** *** ****

** *** **** *********** WDR *********** ****, ******* viewed * ******* ******** through * ******** *** door, **** **** **** outdoor *** ****** (~*,***) vs. **** *** *** indoors. **** ***** ****** us ** ******* ***** factors:

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** **** *****, *** Axis *****-*** ** ** performed **** ** *** models ******, **** ***** subject ******* **** ******* to ******, **** **** moderate ********* ** *** scene (****** *** *******'* face ******* ***** **********). Others ******** ***** ******* details, **** ** *** Dahua *** ******* ******* below, *** ****** *** the **********. *** **** M3106-LVE *** *** *****-********** true *** ****** ** this ****, **** *** subject *** ********** **** totally ****** ***.

WDR Motion Performance Comparison

** ******, *** *********** between ***** ******* *** even **** ********** **** best ** *****. ******** with *** **** *****-*** Mk **, ***** ******* details *** ** **** as ** ******, **** outside ** ******.

** ********, *** **** below ***** *** *****-***, which ** ****** *** practically *** ****** **** the **** ** ****.

Performance **** *: ****** / ******* ****** *****: **** ********* ****

** **** ****** *** performance ******* ***** **** less ******* ******, ** open ********* ****, ** see *** *********** ******** compared ** *** *** door *****. *********** ****** somewhat, *** *** ***** model ***** ********* **** in *** *** **** scene ********* **** ****.

** **** *****, *** AxisQ3518-LVE ***** ********* ****. However, *** ********* **-****** performed **** ****, ** contrast ** *** **** performance ** *** *** door *****. *** ******* true *** ********** **** were ******'* ***-*****, ***** appeared ********* *** *** not ******* *** ******* in *** **** **** of *** *****, *** the ******* ******-**, ***** produced **** ******* ******** and **** ********* ** the **** ****** *** door.

WDR Static Scene Performance Comparison

** ********, ******* *** full ***** ** **** of *** ********* **-******, contrast ** **** **** across *** ***** ** view:

** *** ******* ******-**, which ***** **** ***** images ** *** ******* beside *** ****, *** darkens *** *******'* ******** in *** ****** ** the *****, ********* *******.

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

** *** *****, **** cameras ********* ********** ****** artifacts, ********* ** "******" images ** ******** ******* bright ********* ** ** artifact ******. ***** ******* were **** ******* ******* the **** ******** **** as ** ******, ***** below ** *** *******'* legs *** ****.

*** **** *****-*** ******** slight *********, *** *** subject's **** ******* *****. The ***** ******* ** this ***** ******* ***** doubling ** ******.

WDR Motion Artifacts Comparison

**** **** ** *** above *** **** *****, motion ********* **** *** a ********* ***** ** subjects' *****. ******** **** were ******* ** **** cameras, **** *** *** impact ********* ****** *******.

***** ********* *** ** seen ********* *** ******* in **** ******* **** the ***** *******:

WDR-Motion-Artifacts-Visible-In-Moving-Objects

** **** **** **** significant *** ******** ****** in ***** ****** ******* of **** ****, *** worst ** ***** *********'* ***, ***** ******** ****** details **** *** ** enabled, **** ** ******** very ***** ** *** camera:

Verkada D40 Extreme WDR Artifact Issues

Pricing / *********** *********

** **** ********, ****** priced ******* *** *** consistently **** ****** *** performance. *** *** ********* Axis *****-*** ** ** sells *** ~$*** ***, far **** **** **** poorly ********** ******, **** as *** ********* **-****** (~$1,050) ** ***** ********* Starlight ***** (~$*,***+). *** same ** **** ** the ~$*** ********* **-**********-*** and ***** ******* (~$***), which ******* ***** ******* performance ** *** ***** points.

* **** **** ** estimated ******/****** ***** ******** to ****** ** *****, listed **** ****** ** highest *****:

Camera Price Performance

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

** **** *******, ** judged ***** ** *** main ********:

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  • *** ****** ***********:** **** ******** **** with ******* ******** ** the **** *** ** the **** **** **** to **, ~*,*** *** outdoors *** ~*** *** indoors

** ** *** ************* more *********, ** **** heavily ******** **** ******/*** door *********** **** *** motion, ****** **** **** considered.

*** *** ****** ***** default ********. ************* **** given *********** ** ******* optimizations, *** ** *** tests, ***** ******** ******* had ****** ** ** practical ****** ** ***********.

**** ***** ******** **** standardized ***** *** ******:

  • *********** *** ************ ** ~28-30 ************ ** *** cameras ***** ** *******.
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** **** ** **** H5 *** **** **** in ************* **** ********. We'll ****** **** ****'* released. ***** *** ****** new ******* ****** *** and **'** ***** ******* tests, *.*., *** ** shootout ** ********* *** later **** ***** *** our *** ** ** have ** ** **** report **** **'* ********.

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***** ** **** ** add ******* ****** ** this **** ** *** future.

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*** ******* ****** ** shipping ** ** ******** and ** **** ** add **** ** ***** rankings ** **** ** possible.

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***, ****** ** **** probably **** **** ** the **** ***** **.

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* **** ** *********** that **** *** *** changed ***** ** ******* as ***** ******** **** continued ** ******* *** are ******* ****** **** previous ***********. * ***** that ***** **** *** useless ***** ******* *** even ****** *** **** manufacturer.

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***** ** *** **** testing ****!!! *** ********** and ****** ****** ** dealers/integrators ** **** *** real ***** ** * manufacturer's ******** *** ***** us * *** ** time ****** ******* ********* for * *******.

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**** **** ******* ** you *** ****** **** one. * **** ****** to **** ** *** devices **** ****** ***** on *** ** *** settings ** **** ****** had *** ******** ** the **** *****.

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***** **** ** ****** that. *** *** ******* if ** *** *** enabled *** ** *** box. *** *** *** of ** **** * can't ****** *** ***** enabled/disabled, *** ** *** gather **** **** ** needed.

** *** *** *** everything ** **** *****, because ****'* ****** **** impossible. ******** **** ********* settings, ********* ***********, ********* scales, ***. ** ***** manufacturers ***** *********** ******** in ***** ******, *** nearly *** ******* **** some ***********. *******, ***** adjustments *** *** **** much ********* ********** ** all, ** ***** *********** are ***** **** ******* WDR ********.

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* **** *** *** tested *** ****** ***-**** instead ** *** ***-*****, as **** ****** *** outperformed *** *** ***** low ***** ***** ******* I **** ****. ** is * **** ****** low ***** ***** ****** than **** ***-*****.

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**** ****** *** ************ all *** ***** *** light ***** ******* * have ****

*** *** ******* *** you *** *********** *** light **** **** *** a *** ********?

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*** **** **** ** not ****** ?

***-****** ** * ***** WDR ********* ...

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****, ****** *** **** first *******!

** ****** ** ******* and ***** ** **** so **** ***** *** time. ************, *** ****, the ***** *** **** the *******'* ********* ********** and ********** ** ***** surveillance, *.*.,***** *********** **** ***** Security ***** *** ********* Team. ** ***** **** Sony ** *** ****** depending ** *** ******** and ********* ******* ****** video ************.

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***** **** ****** ****** global *********? *** **** cameras **** *** *** Dahua, **** ********* *** have ******** ****** *** known ************ ********* *** Sony ***'* "********* ******"? What ******* ****** **** be ********* **?

****'* *** **** ******** response *'** **** ****, CONGRATS!

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*****, ****'* **** ******** response ***!

** **** ** ***-***** now? ***

**** ******* ****** **** be ********* **?

******** *** *******. **** knows ****, *** ***'* remain *********** ** ********** your **** ***** * decade. * *** ********** with **** ***** *********** by *** **** ** the ****** *** **** other ***-******* ************* ********* to ****** *** ******* various *** ********, **** did ***.

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******** ******,

***, * **** ** compare **** ******* ****.

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*** ** ****** *** same *********** ** *** P3225LVE *** *** ****** or ***** ? * would *** *** ***** on *** ***** *** I ***** ********** **** input.

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

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******* ** *** *** ARTPEC-7 ** *** ***** tests ******* *** ******-* of *** ***** (***** current *** ******).

*** ****** ** ***** that ** **** ******* now **** ***** *** been *** *** * bit? * ******* *** WDR ********* ******* **** end ** ** ** early ** ** ****** not ** **** :-)

***-***** ** ****** ** ARTPEC-7 *** * **** not **** ** *** has ****** ** ******** of ** ******* **** that *** ****.

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