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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  1. *********** ** **** *****: ** *** ****** ***** ** *** scenes, *********** *********** *********** *****, **** **** ****** ********** ****** details, **** ****** **** ** *** ******** ** ***, *** the ******** ******* **** *******, ****** ******* ******.
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***** *: *********/******** ****

*** *** ***** **** ** **** * ****** *** *****, a ********* **** ** **** ******** ****. ***** ****** **** nearly *** ********* ****** *** ******* *** ** *** ****** sunlight.

******* *** ****** ********* ** *** **** ****, *** ******* perform ****, **** **** ****** ** ******** ********** ** ***********. Subject ******* *** ***** ** *** *******.

** *** **** **** ****** *** ****, *********** ****** *************, with *** ******* *******-** ********* ************* ****** ******* ** *** subject. ******, **** ** *** ********* **-*******, ******* ***-****, *** Axis *****, *** ***** ***-**** ******* ****, ****** ********** ***** than *******. *******, *** *******, ********, *********, *****, *** **** cameras ******* ***** ******* ** **** **** ** *** *****.

***** *: *** ****** *******

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** ****** *** *********** ** ********** ******* ** **** ***** screencast:

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*** ********** ***** ***** ******** *********** ** **** ****** ** the ******* ****** *** ****, ***** **** *** ***** *****:

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** **** ****** *** ******* ** *** ******* ****** ***** to ******* ******** ***** ******* ***********. ** **** *****, ***** quality ** ******* ***** *** *******, ****** *** ********* **** is ******* ****** **** ******.

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Comments (29)

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