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The ADVIDIA B-5360 360 5MP Dome camera is powered over the CAT5 cable, using a Power Over Ethernet (POE) switch, it is a POE class 1 device so it only requires 4W the Switch port, but if you are running IP phones over POE and other cameras, you may want to check the spec of the switch so that it can support all your POE devices.  In case you don’t have POE switch you can use a POE injector to power the camera.  Next to the data/power cable there is a 3.5mm microphone jack if you want to capture audio. The fish eye lens has a fixed focal length and aperture of f1.19 mm / F2.0.   The image sensor is a 1/3.2″ Progressive Scan CMOS sensor.

The technical specs of a camera are important, but I find that it is the software and the device interface usability that makes the big difference when looking at a camera. The quick start guide got me connected to the camera quickly and I could start looking at the management interface for the camera.   In the quick start guide it states to use Microsoft IE for full feature support.  Not being a big fan of IE I tried Fire Fox and Chrome and I could not use all the features of the camera using those browsers.  I also tried connecting with Safari from my Ipad, and with Chrome from my android phone, and neither was working , so it looks like I will have to monitor and manage it from my Windows PC. The web based interface is pretty basic and at times feels a little sluggish when making updates to the settings.  You can adjust settings, zoom in and out, get the video in full screen, take a snapshot, turn on or off a mini fish eye view, talk to the camera (since the camera do not have a speaker, I am not sure how that will work), adjust the volume for the audio captured from the camera microphone (if you have it installed), and select from three different views.

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The different views you can set up is ePTZ , Panorama, and Fisheye view.   ePTZ  is a virtual pan tilt and zoom, and since it is a fixed lens camera, you are panning, tilting zooming the fish eye view.  The way you do this is by clicking with the mouse in the picture and drag it to a different angle and then clicking again, it is not the most easy way to navigating around in the picture, more often than not I ended up sideways or upside down from what I wanted to see.  The Panorama view is taking a cross section of the fish eye view to create a panorama type view, and the Fisheye view just shows you the full fisheye image. The camera is not made for very low light or night activity.  In lower light condition the image quality is drastically reduced, but with a porch light on it gives adequate lighting to spot the subjects. Advidia_B-5360_web_configurator_3 Advidia_B-5360_configuration

The Advidia B-5360 has a lot of settings and is very configurable.  For example you can set up multiple users, configure the camera to synchronize time from a time server.  Filter/ block specific IP addresses or a range. Configure a self-signed certificate, setup port based authentication, SNMP support to monitor state of camera, and configuring the video and audio streams (it can stream two video streams).  To get the audio you do have to connect an amplified microphone, if you try a microphone without amplification you will hardly hear anything at all. Advidia_B-5360_server_event

The event handling uploading has some things to be desired.  There is no SSL/TLS support or SFTP, so if you are using a web server, FTP and SMTP your information will be submitted in clear text over the network, which is bad even if the servers are stored locally, not to mention if the servers are remote in the ‘cloud’.

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E-mail a snapshot of a motion event

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Upload video from stream 1 or 2 to an FTP server or a HTTP CGI server.   You can submit snapshots to a web server, FTP and SMTP server, while video can be uploaded to FTP or a web CGI server.  There is also a local storage (MicroSDHC/MicroSDXC memory card slot).  There are ten different Event notifications, each Event notification can be individually configured to be sent out a schedule, triggered by motion or if camera is rebooted, boots up successfully, fails to write to storage or storage media is removed. Advidia_B-5360_event_list1

For notifications on motion you can notify on the three different zones of the camera image, and you can adjust and set the individual zones to different sensitivity, the length of the event trigger interval, and trigger threshold. I liked that you can adjust and overlay zones, and set the sensitivity per zone and see the activity and event threshold in the right part of the screen, making it easier to configure   so that it will reduce the false positive events. Advidia_B-5360_web_configurator

If there is sensitive information in the video feed which should be blocked from view you can configure to privacy mask a portion of the image which can come handy if computer screens are in the direction of the camera.

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The video streams are configurable to use H. 264 or MJPEG configured to use a maximum of 15 fps using H. 264 at a maximum resolution of 2592×1944.  The two video streams can have different configuration settings.  You can also configure the image settings, the exposure and white balance.

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Verdict

The ADVIDIA B-5360 Mini 360̊ Dome, is a very sturdy camera which is providing excellent picture and video quality in good lighting, but in low lighting the image and video starts having some noise, with the digital WDR it is still good in fairly low light conditions.  The onboard web based software has a lot of configuration options, but there is not much help information on the different options.  Navigation, saving settings and testing applied settings could be better, and it is lacking full support for mobile devices, so it would probably be better to look at using a different video management solution.

 

For the full spec sheet of this camera http://advidia.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/B5360-Mini-360-Dome-2.pdf
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