Riptide Goes Hands on with an Advanced Preview of the UniFi UVC-Micro Camera
Their small footprint, excellent video quality, ease of installation and use, allows Riptide to easily recommend the Ubiquiti UVC-Micro camera for your security and monitoring needs. There are some browser compatibility issues with the web interface, specifically with Microsoft Edge, which can make the initial configuration and stream viewing a bit cumbersome.
The Details of Our Analysis of the UVC-Micro Camera
Riptide Software received an advanced shipment of Ubiquiti's UniFi UVC-Micro Video Cameras. Our technicians were eager to test the small cameras.
The first thing you’ll notice about the cameras is their size. Measuring in at 1.61 x 1.61 x 1.61 inches, the cameras are indeed micro. They are aesthetically pleasing to the the eye, and their small size makes them incredibly unobtrusive in any environment. Their light weight of 1.87oz adds to their ability to be mounted in places that would be difficult, if not intrusive, for larger cameras.
Don’t let their small size deter you, though. The UVC-Micro’s lense is a 2.38MM/F2.4, and is capable of some fantastic night vision with Infrared LEDs and an onboard mechanical IR Cut Filter. The camera uses a standard H.264 video compression, and is capable of streaming 720p HD video at a max resolution of 1280x720 and 30 frames per second. The wide field of view the cameras provide allows for sufficient coverage of a small server room from a single device.
Ubiquiti also managed to pack in onboard speakers and microphones to the cameras, allowing for audio monitoring and two way communications. Riptide technicians noted that the sound volume needs to be immediately adjusted on the cameras, as it comes in at 100% on the remote viewing software. For best results, each camera should have it’s microphone adjusted to the environment it is in.
The base of the cameras is magnetic, allowing the camera to be instantly mounted and adjusted on any metallic surface. If no metal surface is available, the camera ships with a mounting bracket that can be screwed onto a wall, and also a double sided adhesive to simply stick the camera where you need it to be.
The camera draws 3.2W of power, and comes with a 5.5V power supply with a proprietary connector. The power cable itself is 16 feet in length, but has a very unique way of coiling itself into the power brick so you just expose the amount of cable you actually need to supply power to the camera.
The cameras are wireless, and push about 5Mbps of data per camera onto your wireless network while viewing the video feed at the highest resolution. If your network cannot support the amount of bandwidth needed for the camera, the NVR Software will recommend a lower resolution for your viewing.
Initial configuration of the cameras happens across a small ad hoc wireless network hosted by each camera itself. The configuration method can either be web based or using Ubiquiti’s UniFi Mobile Video app available for Android or iOS devices. Once logged into the camera, select which wireless network the camera should join, provide the credentials, and reboot. If DHCP is used, be prepared to search leases for the camera name. The camera will provide audio feedback if the configuration was successful, otherwise it will revert to it’s original settings. After the cameras have joined the proper wireless network, it is important to update their firmware to the latest version available from Ubiquiti’s website.
Riptide technicians installed Ubiquiti's UniFi Video software to use as a Network Video Recorder (NVR). The software can be installed on a Linux or Windows platform, providing that the OS is 64 bit, and running the latest version of Java 7. If you’re familiar with any of Ubiquiti’s server applications, you’ll feel right at home with their NVR. A floorplan can be uploaded and cameras can be dragged and placed on the map exactly where they were mounted. Clicking on the camera icon will allow the user to face the camera in the direction it should be facing, and the interface will provide a field of view pertaining to that camera. Riptide engineers feel this tool could be used to pre plan where cameras should be placed to provide optimal coverage.
Riptide's Conclusion About the UVC-Micro Camera from Ubiquiti
There are some browser compatibility issues with the web interface, specifically with Microsoft Edge, which can make the initial configuration and stream viewing a bit cumbersome. The cameras attach magnetically to their base, and can be easily adjusted, which can lead to unintentional misalignment if not careful. Their small footprint, excellent video quality, ease of installation and use, allows Riptide to easily recommend the Ubiquiti UVC-Micro cameras for your security and monitoring needs.
About Riptide Software
Founded in 1995, Riptide Software Inc. is an employee owned company that develops custom software solutions for the department of defense and multiple fortune 1000 customers. Riptide Software has a passion for supporting military simulation & training (MS&T) projects for the modern warfighter and providing cloud and mobile technology integrations for our worldwide customer base. Riptide’s innovative e-learning platform delivers training content on any device in any language. Riptide provides all of their customers with unwavering support, intricate attention to detail, and first class solutions by remaining on the cutting edge of emerging technologies. Riptide Software’s broad range of capabilities allows us to customize services that exceed the needs of our customers.