Messoa NCR870 MegaPixel Outdoor Camera

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Messoa is lesser known than ACTi or Vivotek, but makes some unique cameras in the marketplace that distinguish themselves. The NCR870 is a new camera from Messoa that offer somes a good value. It’s a 2 MegaPixel camera in 1080P HD format with a good frame rate of 15 fps at that resolution but can be scaled down to 720P for those needing 30 fps.

It has decent IR illuminators that work at least as well if not better than competing brands like ACTI. To keep costs down, it uses a fixed 3.1mm lens which is a decent sized wide angle. Another feature that’s starting to become popular is H.264 compression. It doesn’t support this codec from a web browser as other cameras do, but if you use this with software that supports this, it will consume a lot less network bandwidth at home.

As with just about any megapixel camera, this one is PoE, meaning that it gets it’s signal and power from an ordinary ethernet cable. You will need either a PoE injector or PoE switch to place the power on the ethernet cable, but this saves you from having to run seperate power to the camera, especially on one that designed to be outdoors.

So how those this compare to the competition? The closest competitor that I have personally used is the ACTi ACM-1231. Where the ACTi is superior is in that it as a varifocal lens (manual zoom), where the Messoa excels is in just about every other catagory including better resolution, faster frame rate, compression and price. Image quality is about the same, both day and night. The user interface for setting up is easier to work with than ACTi, but doesn’t offere as many options. Most people would use this camera with NVR software so it’s not likely an issue for most.

The camera retails for $565, but street price seems to be around $400 which is a great value for a camera of this calibre.

Now for the meat of the review, the screen shots, first this is a day shot, the best I got tweaking settings. In this case, the camera was oversharpening with the default settings, lowering it to about 60 improved the image quality by reducing sharpening artifacts. Click each image to see the original from the camera.

Messoa NCR870 Day Shot

This is a night shot, the porch light is on, but you can see some noise, but stil a pretty decent image for it being in the middle of the night –

Messoa NCR870 Night Shot

Here are some screenhots from the interface. You can see that it’s simple to move around and the screens are for the most part, self descriptive.

Event Menu
Messoa NCR870 Event Menu

Image Menu
Messoa NCR870 Image Menu

Network Menu
Messoa NCR870 Network Menu

System Menu
Messoa NCR870 System Menu

The conclusion is that this camera is a good value for those looking for an outdoor camera. The features you need in an outdoor camera are; extra resolution because you are trying to cover a larger area than indoors, lighting, has to work day or night which means an IR CUT filter is mandatory, and you need it work in all weather. For this, the camera delivers. The only real downside is that because it’s not a popular commercial camera, I’ve found that it’s not always supportted by all surveillence recording software.

The pluses for this camera are;

•2 MegaPixel resolution (6 times that of CCTV camera)
•Built in IR illuminators, good for about 60′
•Automatic IR CUT filter (suitable for day or night with IR)
•Can send emails or FTP
•Powered by PoE

The shortfalls of this camera are;

•Fixed focal length lens
•Does not have built in storage, like an SD card

Recommended for;

•this camera works as well for home surveillance as it does for large business, very versatile, priced right.


7 Responses to “Messoa NCR870 MegaPixel Outdoor Camera”

  1. April 2, 2011 at 2:14 am

    Wow! Your reviews are great. I’ve learned alot from reading your posts. But I’m still learning and was hoping you could recommend an outdoor camera for my home.
    Being that 3 of my neighbors have been robbed in the past couple years, I’m looking for a high resolution outdoor camera for my driveway. Day and nighttime. Driveway is 400ft long but only need to view the parking area by the garage. The camera would be mounted on the garage.
    The detective (from the neighbor’s robberies) suggested the best thing to do is to get a camera with motion sensing. The resolution must be high enough to get a good picture of the faces and license plates, etc. So this is a priority. Cost is second (except for that Mobotix at $1500 – ouch).
    I am a Unix/C programmer so understand the terminology. I have Win7 and Linux laptops. Would need access to snapshots and live feed video off-site(internet) and email notification if there is motion detected. I don’t have any new fancy phones so ‘low tech’ and simple should be fine.
    Currently this is somewhat implemented using a cheap USB webcam and ‘Motion’ software on Linux. It works fine along with some utility program I wrote to glue it together.
    But with the high cost of a good quality IP video cam I don’t want to make a mistake. There are soooo many choices to pick from…. And I may want to add another camera in the future.

    • April 9, 2011 at 5:49 pm

      For home use, the ACTi acm-1231 I reviewed is what I personally use on the outside of my house. The Messoa ncr870 is a better value but because it’s a new camera, it’s bound to be buggy and that’s true for most camera manufactures. Geovision is coming out with a 3MP bullet camera in the $600 price range, but again, new model, new code = buggy.

  2. 3 Adam
    September 2, 2011 at 12:26 pm

    Are the IR LEDs visible (i.e., 840nm)? Looking for an IP camera that uses the less visible 930-940nm LEDs.

    By the way, I like your reviews. Any chance you could upload short video clips so we can get a better sense for the video quality and frame rates? Maybe you could create your own YouTube channel to host these videos. Just a thought, not a complaint 🙂

  3. October 2, 2011 at 9:25 pm


    Just wondering where you found this camera available for $400. I’ve been searching high and low on the internet and can’t find it any cheaper than $640. Care to share where you found it for so much less?


    • October 7, 2011 at 12:22 am

      A few places had this for $400 when it was first released but it appears the price has gone up. Frankly, while the image quality was on par with ACTi, the software was not and I would get an ACTI 1231 any day over this camera.

      • October 7, 2011 at 12:48 am

        Interesting! I have the ACTi 1231. I’m happy overall, but the frame rate is rather crummy at 8fps. I was attracted to the Messoa because of the increased frame rate and touted lack of blur.

        Is it the firmware that’s funky or its lacking compatibility with the software you’re using?

        Thanks for your informative reviews!


      • October 7, 2011 at 1:05 am

        I also use the tcm-1231, then you get 18 fps. Don’t get too hung up on fps because most cameras ever reach these. At night when the the exposure time increases, many 30 fps cameras crawl along at 8 fps. The Messoa firmware was buggy, not unnormal for a new camera, what was not normal was the lack of support and unwillingness to help. For example, it would not stream at 2MP no matter what you did, only worked at 1MP. You can view it from the web browser at 2MP, but when you streamed it to any software we tried the camera didn’t transmit the video, even with Messoa NVR software. A bug they can surely fix, but not reponsive. For example, I had the Axis M10 when it first came out and it was quite buggy. Took a few revisions of the software before it was usable/stable, but support was there for me and resolved the bugs. Same with AVTech, I discovered some bugs, a few days later it’s fixed in a new firmware release and all is well. Not so with Messoa. So I do like the camera, but I need a company that stands behind what they make. The reason I got rid of my Arecont, again, poor support. None of these cameras are perfect, so it’s critical to buy a brand you trust, more so than buying a toaster or TV.

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