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The IP8362 is part of the Supreme series of IP cameras from Vivotek. They claim best-in-class 1080P outdoor bullet camera. It’s a 2MP camera that has taken on the popular 16:9 aspect ratio. It has built in IR illuminators rated at a working distance of 20 meters (60′), micro SD card storage, vari-focal auto-iris lens and wide dynamic range (WDR) enhancement.
The camera retails for just under $1,000, but street price hovers around $700.
– 2-megapixel CMOS Sensor
– 3 ~ 9 mm Vari-focal, Auto-iris Lens
– Up to 30 fps @ 1080p Full HD
– Removable IR-cut Filter for Day & Night Function
– Built-in IR Illuminators, effective up to 20 Meters
– Supports WDR Enhancement for Unparalleled Visibility in Extremely Bright and Dark Environments
– Real-time H.264, MPEG-4 and MJPEG Compression (Triple Codec)
– Weather-proof IP67 rated Housing
– Power over Ethernet (PoE)
– Built-in micro SD/SDHC Card Slot for On-board Storage
– Mounting Bracket with Cable Management
This is what the web browser interface looks like when you first log into the camera. Nice clean interface. It has the ability to do virtual PTZ via the mouse or on screen buttons. Also has buttons to manually record and take a snapshot,
You configure the camera by clicking on the Configuration button. This puts you into a choice of Basic Mode or Advanced Mode. To do what you normally need to do to configure this camera, Advanced Mode is what you’ll probably use the most.
This is the network setup screen where you setup the IP address and ports.
You setup the motion detection windows and options on this screen. You can apply different settings for day or night mode or on a specific schedule using profiles. This comes in handy because it’s tough to use just one set of motion detection parameters that work well for both day and night modes
The camera has onboard storage in the way of a micro SD card slot. This windows shows where you would setup the SD card, format it, set the maximum number of days to store events. You can also setup networked storage (NAS) for external storage, both very nice features if you chose not to setup a PC or NVR to do the recording.
Once video’s are recorded, you can search for them under Local Storage > Content Management. You can see from the screen below that 4 videos were recorded. A one minute video was 29 MB in size. I was not able to play it with any standard players on my PC (Quicktime, Windows Media Player, DIVX). I downloaded a program called VLC which worked well and is free.
To setup the exposure control and WDR options, use the Media > Image > Preferences window to display the following screen. Sort of odd that they would put this under a catagory called Media.
These two images were taken in middle of the day. The image quality is good during the day and many options to chose brightness, contrast, saturation and sharpness to make it the way you like. Click on the images below to see the full sized 1080P image straight from the camera.
These two images were taken late at night. They were put into auto mode where at night the IR cut filter is removed, the IR Illuminators turn on and the image is displayed in B&W. A lot of detail has been lost making the images not so great for surveillence. Notice the detail on the cars (yes, there’s a car in each image) and even the brick work detail is mostly gone.
Since there’s already lighting from a porch light and street lighting, the camera was put into color “day” mode. This produced the best night shots for this camera in this situation. Adding additional white light would enhance the image quality further. In this mode, the built in IR illuminators have no value.
After playing with this camera for a while, while the daytime image is quite good, it became apparant that the night vision mode is not very good, certainly not as good as other cameras in this price range. If you are in a dark area where the only light is the IR illuminators, it may be better, but in the real world, there’s other light sources from cars, street lights, home lighting and it just doesn’t work well at all. If you have adquate outdoor lighting, putting the camera in day mode helps, but then you have to ask yourself, why did you pay this much for a day/night camera if you can’t make good use of the night mode and illuminators.
The other thing that became apparant was the procesor in this camera is underpowered for 2MP video with h.264 compression at it’s full frame rate. Video recorded exhibited many dropped frames, where you would see a car approaching, there would be a 1-2 second gap, and then see the car 200-300′ further down the road. Changing the frame rate or quality helped this problem out, but again, I would expect the camera to operate properly at all advertised resolutons and frame rates.
Competitors to this camera are the Messoa NCR875, Geovision GV-BL220D, ACTi TCM-1231, Ganz HWB2-413C2M, IQ INVISION IQ853V7NPSS, Toshiba IK-WB80A, Sony SNC-CH260.
The pluses for this camera are;
- 2 MegaPixel 1080P resolution
- Micro SD card storage and support for NAS storage
- 3-9mm Varifocal Lens
- Automatic IR CUT filter and auto iris
- Built in IR illuminators
- Powered by PoE or 12/24 VDC
The shortfalls of this camera are;
- Poor night mode quality, loss of detail
- Glitchy video, not able to keep up in 1080P mode at full frame rate
- Vivotek’s reputation for poor customer service
- This camera works OK for home or small business surveillance but there’s better choices at this price point.
The Vivotek web page for the IP8362 can be found HERE
It contains a detailed specs, sample videos and manuals.