Xvision Speed Dome X104S review
All-weather IP cameras usually come with a hefty price premium, but although Xvision’s latest Speed Dome costs over £400, it offers a lot of features. This 1.3-megapixel camera has PTZ capabilities, two-way audio, motion detection, Power-over-Ethernet support, H.264 recording and more.
The camera body is aluminium with a polycarbonate dome protecting the lens. Xvision advised us the camera is IP65 rated, so it’s sealed against dust and low pressure jets of water.
It’s designed to be ceiling-mounted, and all network, audio, power and alarm cables are routed through the top of the shell and sealed in the lens body. The camera doesn’t have autofocus, so after mounting it you’ll need to set the focus manually.
Image quality is reasonable, with focus a little on the soft side. This is a camera best used at close quarters, as we found detail drops off markedly with distance. If you want the full 30fps you’ll need to drop from Mega mode to VGA, which has a top resolution of 640 x 480 and lower quality.
The Speed Dome only has a 4x digital zoom, which is of limited value. You can move to areas of interest using a small navigation window alongside the main view, but quality is very poor.
Pan and tilt functions are controlled from the live view. The camera has excellent horizontal coverage of 355 degrees, and lives up to its name by completing a 180-degree sweep in only one second.
The camera can be set to auto-pan, and a tour scans up to 16 pan and tilt preset positions. Motion detection features are good, allowing you to create up to ten windows, each with their own sensitivity. You can set the lens to move to a preset position and send images via email or to FTP, HTTP and Samba servers.
For an externally rated PTZ IP camera, the Speed Dome is one of the most affordable we’ve seen. The average image quality and digital zoom restrict its range of uses, but it does offer plenty of surveillance features for the price.
|Warranty RTB years||2|
|Video frame rate||30fps|
|Wired adapter speed||100Mbits/sec|
|Power over Ethernet||yes|
|Compression scheme||MJPEG, MPEG4, H.264|