Uniview LightHunter – 4x More Light CapturedJaeden Wiens
Introduction – Next Generation Starlight
The next generation of starlight cameras from Uniview have arrived. Labeled under the ‘LightHunter’ moniker, these new CCTV cameras are able to capture about 4x more light than previous starlight cameras. Traditional IP cameras rely on IR to illuminate a scene at night, resulting in no colour information and less detail at a distance. Uniview’s LightHunter cameras are able to capture maximum light from the environment, resulting in sharp and colourful images, even in low lighting conditions.
Uniview has redesigned the IPC from the ground up, focusing on better image at night. The newly designed components include fixed F1.2 aperture, larger 1.8” back-illuminated CMOS, multi-layered IPC lens, and enhanced signal processing algorithms. You can read more about the technology behind the LightHunter series here – LightHunter Technology.pdf by Zhejiang Uniview Technologies Co., LTD.
IPC3234SA-DZK – Vari-focal 4MP LightHunter Dome
The list of LightHunter cameras are available on Uniview’s website under the ‘Prime IV’ series. Currently, there are four bullet cameras and one vandal-dome camera in this series. The IPC3234SA-DZK Vari-focal 4MP Dome is the product we are most excited about. Some key features of this camera include:
- 2.8-12mm motorized lens, with auto-focus
- 120dB True WDR
- 0.0005 min lux
- Versatile power (AC24V±25%, DC12V±25%, PoE)
- Smart IR, up to 40m IR distance
- IP67, IK10 weatherproof / vandalproof
- Built-in MicroSD slot – Edge storage or standalone application
- Support Uniview’s Deep Learning algorithm
Testing Uniview LightHunter Camera
To demonstrate the new LightHunter features, we choose IPC3234SA-DZK. We installed this camera at the back of our office, overlooking the parking area. Here, we have a good scene for showing the vivid details of LightHunter cameras during day and night.
Additionally, we installed a regular 5MP Starlight dome IPC325ER3-DUVPF28 to use as a comparison. Unfortunately, the location we choose already has a lot of ambient light during nighttime. This reduces the challenge for both cameras, resulting in an evenly lit scene for both. Take a look for yourself and see if you can spot the difference between the starlight and LightHunter series.
The IPC3234SA-DZK also has a motorized 2.8-12mm lens with auto focus. The added versatility is great to have on a powerful camera such as this, especially for those outdoor scenes where you need to get the perfect angle. Additionally, you are easily able to control the zoom from the web browser, NVR, or mobile app. And because of auto-focus, you never have to worry about a blurry scene.
Uniview’s new LightHunter series is a large step in the right direction. By focusing on improving the image at night, Uniview has differentiated themselves from the competition in a positive way. Additionally, the price is very reasonable for a camera jam-packed with solid features. We look forward to seeing how Uniview will expand their LightHunter lineup in the future.
If you have any questions about Uniview’s LightHunter cameras, feel free to contact us. We’re always happy to help!