Philips WelcomeEye View surveillance camera test: rather well thought-out little touches

The WelcomeEye View can film up to 2K (2560 x 1440 pixels) and offers a 130° field of view, as well as an infrared mode for the night. Again, the settings are basic to say the least. The application only gives the choice between two definitions: 2560 x 1440 pixels, therefore, and 1280 x 720 pixels.

The second makes it possible to obtain lighter recordings to keep more of them on the memory card, but also to facilitate access to them when the connection is degraded. An automatic mode also makes it possible to adjust it automatically according to the quality of the network. No setting is provided to compensate for exposure and there is no HDR mode either.

To report on the image quality delivered by the Philips camera, we decided to compare it to the Ezviz HB8 2K+, which is also motorized and very well placed in our comparison.

By day

Ezviz HB8 2K+
Philips WelcomeEye View

The WelcomeEye View delivers somewhat disappointing images. Under our lighting set to simulate daylight, our test scene looks slightly overexposed and many details are hidden behind excessive smoothing – when they’re not burnt out, then. This is all the more obvious when looking at the image captured by Ezviz’s camera. It manages the exposure better and brings out much more detail on the cards, but also on the different portraits of the scene by accentuating the contours. A treatment which could also be considered just as excessive for a camera, but which makes it possible to quickly recognize a face and is therefore perfectly suited to a surveillance camera.

By night

Ezviz HB8 2K+
Philips WelcomeEye View

The infrared vision of the Philips camera unfortunately does not give better results against our test scene plunged into darkness. The level of detail drops further, so that the cover of the book becomes unreadable, and it’s not really better on the side of the column of portraits. If the faces remain recognizable, the rendering is in no way comparable to that offered by the HB8 2K+ which manages to keep the main features perfectly legible while offering a much better exposed image. Ezviz also offers color night vision with an on-board projector.

Unsurprisingly, Ezviz’s camera easily beat our face recognition test, as it allowed us to identify an individual from a little over 4m away, while it becomes difficult beyond 3 m with the WelcomeEye View.

It also failed to detect activity at more than 7.50 m, while silhouettes are no longer detected beyond 5 m in the dark. It should also be noted that the activation of the infrared vision is quite long – it takes 5 s – and that the camera also uses it with our lighting at 4 lux (low light).

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