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.

Setup

When testing other Pelco network cameras I have had to load proprietary software in order to access the cameras for setup and testing. Regular Bench Test readers know this forced use of additional software has always been a bone of contention with me. Reading the supplied installation manual for the IBP519-ER I was pleasantly surprised to discover I could directly access the camera from a preset IP address via my Web browser. I did need to load a Pelco video driver from the supplied CD to view a better video stream than the embedded QuickTime viewer provided; this is something I can live with. Once into the camera’s menu it was very easy to navigate through the various tabs and camera settings. The camera is factory preset to provide dual video streams, with the primary video stream set for 5MP and the secondary video stream set for just under 0.5MP. Both of the video streams are set to deliver 12 images per second (IPS), which will provide an adequate frame rate. We generally specify a minimum of 15IPS when we are designing a CCTV system for our clients, so the factory settings of the IBP519-ER are close to our parameters.

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Setting up the camera with a static IP was easy and the unit is preset to utilize the standard communication ports that most every IP camera uses these days. Turning features on and off requires the operator to save the actions, and the camera will perform a “mini-reboot” to save the changes but the unit is quick to return to online status.

Testing

I set up the IBP519-ER in an outdoor environment for testing the video streams and the camera functions. It’s a good thing the camera has a -40⁰ C to 50⁰ C rating because the night I tested the unit it was 10⁰ F with howling winds. I utilized the camera’s PoE connection as I wanted to see if the unit could muster through without the use of 24VAC to bolster its performance. The camera performed very well in the harsh environment and I did not notice any degradation of the video quality due to the inclement weather. My overall field of view was a low light environment and the integrated IRs helped considerably with providing effective viewing during the night. I set the camera up to view an area approximately 150 feet from my mounting location and the IBP519-ER provided a good overall image.

Verdict

  • Features: 4/5
  • Construction: 5/5
  • Setup: 4/5
  • Performance: 5/5
  • Overall: 4/5

As part of my testing I adjusted the camera’s video settings to see how the image would change from 5MP to 3MP and lower. In the 5MP and 3MP mode the IBP519-ER provided a very clear 4:3 video image; the 2MP mode provided a nice 16:9 image that, for my test viewing, was more suited for an overall “surveillance” environment. The camera’s power zoom is a nice feature that allowed me to close in on my preset area and get a better view on the surroundings. Later during my testing more snow started coming down so I had to turn off the IR illuminators since all I could see was white stuff swirling around in front of the camera. Even without the IR illuminators the IBP519-ER provided a usable image at night.

Conclusions

The IBP519-ER is
a solid camera for the money. As I previously noted I prefer to have a dome style camera for the majority of the installations we specify, but the IBP519-ER would serve you well for those applications where a heavy-duty camera is warranted to fill a specialized need.

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