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