Mobotix M12 DualNight Review

I consider Mobotix to be one of the top IP camera companies in the marketplace. Their image quality alone is worth the cost, but the true value is their decentralized approach to video management fogoing the traditional DVR, NVR or central server. The high resolution 1/2″ CMOS 3 MP sensor allows it to cover a larger area without sacrificing detail needed for facial recognition. This is 10 times the resolution available on traditional CCTV analog cameras. In many cases, you can use a single M12 to cover an area where several CCTV analog cameras would be required. The other amazing feature is the seperate night vision sensor that allows you to capture crisp night video with less light required than other cameras.

The key features of the M12 DualNight are:

  • Dual sensors/lenses, one optimized for day use, one for night use
  • Up to 3 MP resolution on the day lens or 1 MP resolution on the night lens
  • IP66 weather proof
  • Ability to write to built in SD drive or network storage (NAS)
  • 2 way audio
  • PIR motion detect
  • 3 lens options (22mm, 43mm and 135mm)
  • Virtual PTZ
  • no moving parts, very reliable

Mobotix M12

What Mobotix offers that’s unique is the de-centralized approach to recording video. Most other cameras depend on a central server to record and view video events and then seperately purchased software to view multiple cameras. This can get expensive, having a server and network with enough capacity to manage multiple high resolution cameras. Mobotix solves this by including the video management in each camera, allowing it to record to a networked hard drive or an internal SD card and then allowing you to retrieve the video through the camera. No need to have a central server or NVR (network video recorder), no need for external storage arrays, no need for sophisticated networks.

In addtion to the built in software, Mobotix provides for no additional charge, the MX ControlCenter where you can manage multiple cameras from one location. Since the PC is not recording or playing back from it’s own resources, this can be an inexpensive PC.

Check out the images below and click on the small image to see a full size version. You will then see the beauty of what 3 MP offers and the crisp images Mobotix is known for. Many times you wish you can zoom in to see more detail, but after a video event is recorded, you can’t zoom in. Having 10x more resolution than a traditional CCTV or VGA cameras allows you can move around the image to see the detail you need and you can do it after the video is captured all without any moving parts of a PTZ camera.

This is a daytime image taken at the full 3 MP resolution
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This is a night time image of the same area
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This is a daytime image taken at 1024×768 resolution
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This is a night time image of the same area
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My conclusion is that this camera is a good value for those needing a high resolution image, typically in an outdoor area. Althought the suggested retail of $1,499 may seem high to many, understand that this is a complete solution, no need to buy a seperate outdoor housing, no need to buy seperate software or an expensive server, no need to buy a seperate PIR motion detector and quality that will last for many years. The costs savings also comes from being able to use fewer cameras to cover the same area as low resolution cameras.

The pluses of this camera are:

  • Best image quality in the industry
  • Excellent Mobotix tech support
  • Seperate day & night sensors
  • Megapixel resolution
  • Outdoor ready in any climate

Shortfalls of this camera are:

  • Lenses are fixed, changeable only by the factory
  • Initial price is a deterent to many

Recomended for:

  • High end security for commercial or community surveillence

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1 year 10 months ago

Currently it appears like Movable Type is the top blogging
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3 years 9 months ago

Thanks for the review, and for posting full-resolution photos! Those are so hard to find — most of the public “demo” cameras are at reduced sizes.

One thing that would have been really helpful in the camera images would have been to have one or two people in frame when the shots were taken. When trying to evaluate a camera like this, it’s really helpful to be able to tell how good the images are for identification at various distances.

Richard Lyders
Richard Lyders
4 years 3 days ago
Does the Mobotix have auto-focus on moving objects? I am hoping that you can help to find the following: a 3+ megapixel security camera that can: 1) automatically detect moving objects AND 2) auto-focus to the focal distance of any moving object, to ensure the clearest image possible of what is actually moving. With multiple objects, ideally the camera would auto-focus on one object at a time, automatically swapping the focus so that each moving object receives an equal share of auto-focused recording time. Does this kind of camera exist or am I asking too much of a security camera today? My house has a wide yard that is 306ft (93m) across. If I had to pre-set the focal length of a camera to 150ft (47m, the middle of the yard and driveway), then only objects at that distance (in the exact middle of the yard and driveway) would be in focus. Everything else would be out of focus. That seems like quite a waste to use a high-quality megapixel camera that records a view that is 90% out of focus. Without the auto-focus on motion detection feature I feel I need, I would simply be forced to use multiple,… Read more »
Salako Oldipupo
4 years 1 month ago

Nice post. Pleae, what is the best cisco PoE swwitch to power mobtix cameras? I am also proposing to using Aventura NVR.

Randy C Curry
Randy C Curry
5 years 14 days ago

Thanks for your information on ip cameras. We are in the midst of adding to our exisiting cctv cameras at our small amusement park. We plan on complementing what we have with mobotix cameras.

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6 years 6 months ago

Hi Guy, this good blogs, thanks