New camera test for our Solar Surveillance Unit (Scarecrow). Axis Communications claims to have the solution for low-light applications with their new Q1602. We thought we would test our good friends at Axis, so we ordered two of the Q1602 IP Cameras and added them to one of our solar units. This will be the true test. Our Solar Surveillance Unit has no lights or IR and the site we picked is 60 miles south of San Antonio watching the backside of a large commercial construction project.
As you can see in the pictures, there is no additional lighting or structures in the area that could aid the cameras view at night. This is a true ambient light scenario. Because this site is in a rural area, we’ve decreased the resolution to 320×240 to allow us to continuously monitor the site live with little or no interruption in the video stream (limited bandwidth).
Now that the night views are in, we have an idea of the capabilities of the Axis Q1602. The first camera was in our opinion a good enough view, but the second was not. The light in the distance blinded the camera. If it was equipped with wide dynamic range, this view may have looked much better.
Pro-Vigil has to be ready to stand up to any environment and this latest camera is another tool in our belt for low-light situations. If you need intrusion prevention, including a low-light scenario, Pro-Vigil has a Mobile Surveillance Unit ready to go.