Are your customers complaining about black and white images coming from their camera at night? We have a solution. SecurityTronix would like to proudly introduce the Chroma Series Cameras, or as we like to call them the Color Night Vision cameras! These cameras operate 24/7 with a full color display, day & night. In this article, we walk through the IP and the HDoC versions, and review the benefits of upgrading to the Chroma Series. At SecurityTronix, we are excited to illuminate all of the new features, and conveniences these cameras have to offer.
The Chroma series cameras do not rely on black and white technology to see at night. These cameras use a new breakthrough technology that allows a small amount of light to let you see your camera feeds in color 24/7. You can even set these up in complete darkness, and still see a color image! These cameras are great for indoor and outdoor installations.
We offer these cameras in the Turret Dome, Bullet, and Mini Bullet styles. For the HDoC cameras, these styles are available in 2MP and 5MP. They also are the 4-in-1 style cameras which allows them to switch between TVI, CVI, AHD, and CVBS. The IP Chroma series cameras are only available in 4MP currently. They also have “Smart Triggers” which include: Scene Change / Unattended Baggage / Object Removal / Line-crossing / Intrusion / Motion / Face Detection, Dynamic analysis, Video Tampering alarm, Network disconnect, IP address conflict, Illegal login, and SD card Storage full / error.
Additionally, these cameras have high performance lenses, enhanced image sensors, advanced iris designs, and other features that separate these cameras from the older IR black and white night cameras.
Let’s start off with the 4-in-1 feature. On the camera’s wire ponytail, you will find a third wire that is capped by a twist off covering. Twist off the cap to reveal the 4-in-1 switcher button. This will allow you to switch between TVI, AHD, CVI, and CVBS (This will be the order the outputs are in when switching). Simply hold this button for 5 seconds, and the video output will change.
Now that you have the desired video output, you can start accessing the GUI for more configurations.
The GUI can be accessed multiple ways. To access the GUI from the recorder, you can simply Fullscreen the image, select the “PTZ Control” icon at the bottom, and then select the “Iris Plus” icon in the “PTZ Control” menu.
The GUI can also be accessed, if you have one of our IP Buddy test meters. You can select the app you have your video output set to (TVI, CVI, AHD, or CVBS), and access the GUI simply by pushing the “OPEN” button on the test meter. You can also select the “PTZ” icon > Port: UTC > Coaxitron: Menu, and this will bring up the menu as well.
You can adjust the resolution output by selecting the right & left arrows on the test meter or the recorder’s “PTZ Control” menu. You can choose between different resolutions (if available) and frame rates.
For the “Smart Triggers”, you will have to configure these through the recorder’s configuration settings. This will be explained in the future “Tech Bulletin: Version 4.2 / 4.3 firmware”.
Now on to configuring the “Smart Light” settings for 24/7 color video.
In the GUI of the camera, you will see “Smart Light” which controls the settings of the spotlight. You can turn the light on/off by toggling between “Auto / Off” in the “Light” option. When set to Auto, the light will come on automatically when there is not enough light in the area.
The “Threshold” is the environmental light level at which the spotlight turns on. The greater the value is, the darker the environment has to be when the light is activated.
The “Level” controls the brightness of the spotlight. The greater the value is, the brighter the light will be.
The “Mode” option lets you choose between “Mode1” & “Mode2” to get a brighter image in low light conditions.
Configuring the “Smart light” for the IP cameras is a bit different. You will have to activate and log into the camera via web browser to access these settings.
Once you are logged into the camera, you will go to CONFIGURATION > SYSTEM > SYSTEM SETTIINGS > EXTERNAL DEVICE to access the setting for the light.
Check the Enable Supplement Light checkbox to enable the Smart Light. Move the slider to adjust the brightness of the light. Timing and Auto are selectable modes for light. Timing: The LED will be turned on by the schedule you set. You will select “Timing”, and a window will populate that will allow you to set the “Start Time” and “End Time”. Auto: The LED will be turned on according to the environment illumination. The “Sensitivity” controls how dark the environment needs to be for the light to activate.
You don’t need the spotlight of the camera active to get a 24/7 color image with our Chroma Series cameras. The natural light from the night time environment will allow your camera to display color video. In pitch black settings (Example: Inside of buildings with no windows / lights), you will need to have the light on. These cameras don’t have IR’s and require a small amount of light to be able to display color images at night.
This next segment will show you the difference between a CNV, and an IR camera in low light settings. You will see the benefits to having full color display over the black and white image.
This concludes the Chroma Series Tech bulletin. We hope this document has been informative and stay tuned for next month’s bulletin where we will cover our PoC (Power over Coaxial). If you have any questions about any SecurityTronix product, please don’t hesitate to contact us:
SecurityTronix Support Line: (610) 429-0334
SecurityTronix Support Email: Support@SecurityTronix.com