WDR Camera Shootout 2015

Author: Ethan Ace, Published on May 04, 2015

This is the most comprehensive Wide Dynamic Range (WDR) IP camera shootout ever.

We tested 10 of the latest generation multiple-exposure true WDR cameras, including:

Even among these true WDR cameras, there were clear superior and inferior performers as this preview from out test inside shows:

In addition, we tested two non-WDR cameras to show the performance difference between cameras which use true WDR methods and those which do not:

The Test

We tested three key scenes representing common WDR use cases:

(1) Inside, with our subject entering a man door, showing how the cameras dealt with a quick and powerful burst of sunlight:

(2) Through an open overhead door in a warehouse:

(3) Finally, outside, against the setting sun:

Inside, we break down the results of who did the best and worst.

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