The Finer Aspects of Pelco’s Sarix 5MP Surveillance Camera

Security industry expert T. Riley Pierce gives his opinion on the Pelco Sarix IBP519-ER IP camera in SSI’s latest Bench Test security product review.

Pelco by Schneider Electric has many models and styles of analog and IP cameras in its portfolio. The Sarix line of CCTV cameras represents the majority of the IP product offerings in the Pelco line, and the Professional Series is the brand’s upper level. The IBP519-ER IP camera is part of the Professional Series and is designed for specialized applications in a CCTV system.


The IBP519-ER is described as a “bullet camera” in Pelco’s literature; perhaps “cannonball camera” would be more appropriate, considering the size of the unit. At 4½ inches in diameter, 10½ inches in length and almost four pounds in weight, it is far from small and unobtrusive. In fact, it is roughly three to four times the size of a “typical” bullet camera. That being said, the IBP519-ER has a very solid feel to its die-cast aluminum case design. The case and components are well-designed and have a nice fit and finish to all of the camera’s parts. The camera has an integrated sunshield that can be pulled forward to provide protection from the sun, rain and snow. The integrated mounting base allows the camera assembly to be swiveled in varying positions to provide a level viewing image even when the mounting surface isn’t. While I usually prefer a dome-style camera (the IBP519-ER’s design allows the field of view to be easily determined by ne’er-do-wells) I can see its place in the CCTV world.

Pelco Sarix IBP519-ER 5MP Camera


  • Ruggedized, fully sealed IP 5MP camera
  • IP66 rated


  • Solid construction
  • Power zoom
  • Articulating mounting base for camera adjustment
  • IR illumination


  • Fixed body design gives away the camera’s field of view
  • Best for “specialized” applications

The camera has an IP66 rating for water/dust intrusion and an IK10 rating for impact resistance. The case is completely sealed since there isn’t any need for a technician to gain access to the camera assembly itself. The camera has an approximately 8-inch umbilical cord that protrudes from the mounting base; this has all of the physical connections for the camera. In order to maintain the camera’s protection ratings the IBP519-ER must be mounted utilizing one of its environmental bases or back-boxes to provide these connections protection from the elements.

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There is a small “trap door” on the base of the camera assembly that provides access to the internal RJ45 connector, the micro SD card slot, the default and reset buttons for the camera. The door also has an integrated ¼-20 threaded mounting hole if the included mounting base is not utilized. We would be very leery of using this mounting option given the size and weight of the camera assembly.


The IBP519-ER has a 5-megapixel (MP) imager that is mated to a 3mm to 9mm power zoom lens. As the unit is completely sealed, Pelco has incorporated an auto-focus function to provide the best usable image from the camera. As with most IP cameras the IBP5129-ER has the capacity for one hardwired alarm input and one hardwired contact output to trigger a device as necessary. According to the camera’s literature, the unit has the ability for bidirectional audio but our review unit only had a line-in audio terminal block. There was another terminal block that was labeled N/A; it is possible this feature may be available in the future but my test model didn’t have the capability for an audio output.

The IBP519-ER is equipped with a mechanical cut IR filter and also has 48 LED IRs to provide plenty of illumination in low light and nighttime conditions. The camera is also equipped with a micro SD slot that can accept up to a 32GB card to allow for edge video storage in the camera for retrieval at a later time in case there are any network interruptions. The IBP519-ER is also equipped with motion detection and notification of sabotage capabilities, the latter of which can be useful where the camera is installed in vandal-prone areas.

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