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TEST PRODUCT TEST Concept Pro AIR3526-IP4M-Z What’s in the box? 4MP Bullet style camera Sunshield User manual Software CD Drilling template Allen key 3 x screws and wall fixings Weatherproof RJ45 connector seal BNC to 2 pin socket test lead NOTE: This PSI Product Test was carried out by an independent third party, not editorial staff. The manufacturer had no input in the review or the final result This camera is promoted as an ONVIF compliant 4MP 2.8 - 12mm motorized zoom lens weatherproof bullet camera with 35m IR range, suitable for short to medium range applications. It is the in-house brand from the distributor Videcon. The camera housing is IP66 rated and therefore is suitable for internal and external use. A 4MP 1/3” CMOS sensor provides images of up to 2560 x 1440 pixels at 20fps with 3MP and 1080P options at up to 30fps. A motorised 2.8mm to 12mm lens with one-shot focus simplifies the installation effort. Smart IR support is rated to 35 metres. Power is via PoE or external 12v DC; Power is 10W maximum including LEDs and heater. Internal memory card capacity of up to 64GB for edge storage. Software The supplied disc included a range of folders and files that did not seem to have been compiled with any logical structure or sufficient explanatory notes. Six top level folders were titled Adobe Flash Player, Adobe Acrobat Reader, Documentation, IMS (Inview Management Station), Tool and Update Tool. With the first two being self-explanatory the Documentation folder included an IMS Operation Guide and two versions of their Web Operations Guide (Camera set-up). The Web Operation guides were a useable V1.9 dated August 2014 and an apparently irrelevant V1.8 incorrectly dated May 2015 on the front cover and not relating to the installed firmware browser presentation style. Sub folders provided some IP support help files and an ONVIF-sourced help document. The IMS folder provided an executable that acts as a licence-free application for accessing Concept-Pro NVRs and Cameras. This includes facilities for multiple camera layouts and recorded image playback by time selection or alarm search. The Tool folder included sub folders for an IP Search Tool that required the IP range once entered to be added to a secondary selection box before a search is started. This is not very intuitive and took some time to work out in the absence of any instructions however it discovered the camera and allowed modification of basic camera network settings. Further sub-folders included an RTSP tool, an SD Driver, SNMedia Player and a Time Tool where only the Time synchronisation tool had any reasonable support documents. Some attention to appropriate detail and selection of the right documents is needed to suit the likely audience for this information. Menu Options The camera can be configured using a Web browser or via the IMS software although a “More” option on the IMS configuration tree takes you directly to the Web browser view so this is probably the preferred method for camera configuration. There are no settings for the image quality such as day to night switching, IR control and back-light compensation etc. Right clicking on the live image however, brought up a “Sensor Settings” window providing access to Tabs for Time Segment, Image, Scene, Exposure, WB, Day Night, Noise Reduction, Image Enhancement and Zoom Focus. Only a single mention to this Sensor Settings window was found in the Web Operation guide after time was spent searching through all available documentation provided on the disk and the suppliers website. No information on the individual settings was given. While these could be considered standard items, some of the parameters such as Time Segment were given no context so must be assumed to relate to alarm handling. To make changes to these settings a lower drop down box required changing from “Standard mode” to “Debug Mode” where Operation and Configuration may have been more appropriate if indeed necessary at all. This area provided access to the Zoom and Focus adjustments which operated in the manner of a typical vari-focal lens where the focus goes out as soon as the zoom is adjusted but the oneshot focus button worked well in optimising the image. It was found during more detailed testing that the camera struggled to find focus in lowlight scenes if the IR illumination was turned off; while this mode would not normally be used, 12 www.psimagazine.co.uk

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