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IQEye Alliance Pro IQA32N 1080P Dome

Most of the cameras I’ve reviewed have built-in illuminators. This is something I like because external illuminators are costly and require additional wiring. What if there was a camera that worked well in low light without the need for illuminators? That’s the question that the LightGrabber II Low-light feature of IQEye cameras answers.

The Alliance-Pro is a vandal resistant dome that comes in different resolutions up to 5 MP. I chose the 1080P (2 MP) model which is capable of 30 fps. It’s a rugged camera with an aluminum housing and a Lexan bubble.

Main Features
• Resolutions available up to 5 MP (this camera is the 1080P version)
• H.264 + MJPEG Compression
• 60 fps @ 720p, 30 fps @ 1080p
• Two-Way Audio ports
• IQrecorder feature
• Day/Night Movable IR Filter
• Lightgrabber™ II Low-light Feature
• Power Over Ethernet, 12-24 VDC, 24 VAC
• IP66/NEMA 4 Outdoor Enclosure
• Indoor/Outdoor Vandal Resistant Dome
• On-Camera microSD Card Storage
• Direct-to-Storage via FTP or NAS
• 5 Year Warranty

The camera comes as an indoor camera and an outdoor housing separate. To mount it outdoors, you remove the indoor ring and install the camera into the outdoor housing. Installing the camera involved attaching the housing to where you want the camera, plugging the ethernet cable in and snapping the camera into the housing. The dome cover is attached with 4 security torx screws using the included tool. This is the easiest dome I’ve ever installed. It has a 3-axis adjustment that’s fairly simple to use. You rotate the entire camera in one axis, the lens tilts up and down and you can rotate the lens for image tilt. Again, very simple to do.

They provide an analog video port in the front to aid in focusing and pointing the camera. Focusing and varifocal adjustment is similar to other cameras with wands that screw in to set the focus and focal length. Use the web browser with the magnification up to get the sharpest focus.

This is what the web interface looks like when you first log in

IQEye Alliance Pro - IQ32N 1080P Dome

There are basically two tabs, “live” and “setup”. This camera has the optional tab for “IQrecorder” feature. This allows you to record to the SD card on the camera and view the recordings like NVR software would using a timeline as shown below. Here you can also export the video as an AVI file. The ability to add apps to the cameras is one of IQEye’s strong points.

IQEye IQrecorder

I found this worked as advertised, but it would be great if they provided this capability with NAS recordings. Their support team said they are reworking this option and expect to have a new improved version out very soon.

I mounted the camera at the front of my garage, under the eave which is tilted about 30 degrees. With the varifocal lens set at 3mm, it was perfect for viewing the entire front of my home. While at that wide of an angle, you can not ID someone across the street, it was very effective as people approached my front gate or driveway. As with my other reviews, click on the images below to see the full size image, straight from the camera.

IQEye Alliance Pro IQA32N 1080P Vandal Dome

Here’s a night-time image. This is without any lighting other than the streetlights across the street and two 15W flourescent porch lights. The image is a little soft and that’s due to in-camera noise reduction. This is a trade-off between noise and a smooth image that impossible to avoid.

IQEye Alliance Pro IQA32N 1080P Vandal Dome

I took a day and a night video and posted them on Youtube. I had some issues with the recordings from the SD card not working correctly with my video editing software so I relied on BlueIris for the videos. View it at the highest resolution you can which is 1080P. The video was recorded at 15 fps, a limitation of the BlueIris software. You can see that the video at night starts off in B&W night mode, but the car’s headlights trigger it back into color day mode. Most of the time, the camera did not even have to go into B&W night mode. There is a color night mode, but the colors are way off and I recommend you stick with B&W for dark situations. The camera was set to a minimum shutter speed of 1/30th of a second. Setting it to a faster 1/60th of a second did force it into B&W night mode all the time but reduced motion blur on fast-moving cars on the street.

Daytime Video
Nighttime Video

Setup on the camera is where it differs from most. On most cameras, you make changes to a set of parameters and then click a save button. With this camera, most settings are applied immediately with about a 1 second delay. You’ll see the word Completed in red when a change is confirmed.

The first screen you come to when you select the “setup” tab is this one where you set the camera name. You see other tabs for advanced, exposure and streams and are all key in setting the camera up. Also across the top you see new tabs for window, network, security, event and so on.

IQEye Alliance Pro - IQ32N 1080P Dome

In the advance screen is where you setup the image settings, daynight settings and audio.

IQEye Alliance Pro - IQ32N 1080P Dome

You can use up to 4 motion detect zones. This is one of the few screens where you have to click “apply” to save the settings.

IQEye Alliance Pro - IQ32N 1080P Dome

Another thing that makes this camera a little quirky is that not all the settings you may want to set are done from the web browser interface. For example, to set the minimum exposure to 1/30th of a second, you enter this command in your browser – http:///set.oid?OidTB1.2.8.27.1=30. You can view all the cameras options by using this command – http:///oidtable.html. It displays as a 5 column grid with all the possible configuration options. In the next release, their support promised that many of these options will be configurable in the web browser interface.

Conclusions

Compared to other cameras I’ve tested, this one does very well at night with available light. Not the sharp crispness of the previously reviewed ACTi TCM-7811 in low light, but without the noise and better resoluton. Where the ACTi dome can only go down to 22F without the heater, this camera can go to -4F without a heater. Considering the higher resolution and low light capabilities, the camera’s street price of about $800-900 is appropriate. This does not included the IQrecorder feature which is an additional $100.

It is not able to see in complete darkness as there aren’t built-in illuminators but works well in most suburban and urban environments using street and porch lighting. For a dark alley or backyard, I would recommend the use of external illuminators or a camera with built-in illuminators.

The pluses for this camera are;
• Very good low light capability using their Lightgrabber II feature
• Day and night function with mechanical IR cut filter should you need it
• Built-in f3-13mm, F1.4 lens
• Can write AVI files directly to NAS
• HD 1080P resolution at 30 fps (or 720P at 60 fps)
• Selectable H.264, MJPEG compressions with triple streaming

Drawbacks for the camera include;
• IQRecorder feature only use the internal SD card
• Web browser interface lacks the ability to set key options

Recommended for those needing to protect their homes or business that need a high quality professional camera with very good low light capabilities and all the features one could want.

Spec sheets, manuals, overview are available here

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Paul
Paul
3 years 9 months ago

I just installed a Sentinel 832N. The video in Blue Iris looked really good. 45 minutes later it was very grainy. Somehow it lost quality. Also, if the camera is set to H.264 1080p, Blue Iris will not recognize it as 720×480. Set at MJpeg, it does recognize the higher resolution.

If anyone has any suggestions, I would appreciate it!

Thanks!

Patrick C
Patrick C
4 years 2 months ago
Just wondering if this is a fixed lens without optical zoom. I’m looking for something similar to this but with roughly 8x optical zoom if possible. I looked at the product sheets and they list some great lenses but do not at all indicate zoom strength. If this isn’t the case, can you propose a decent PTZ for me? 30fps at 720p or 1080p, with decent optical zoom (4x-10x), Outdoor capable, PoE, mountable by gooseneck or similar and weather resistance isn’t too much of a problem. The budget is a rough $1000… I can push to $1500 if it means a more complete solution(I’m assuming so after much research). My objective is to mount this on the top of a pole on our company roof. I might even buy another later for the higher rooftops. We have lots of special equipment and rooftops at our level with our wireless equipment that would be nice to monitor. I have worked with Axis before strictly and their support shoved a great PTZ but with no PoE capabilities at me(even bought the “recommended PoE injector). I’m more hesitant to say the least. Wasn’t able to test it in time to refund so I… Read more »
david
david
4 years 6 months ago

Hi, I’m looking for a camera probably similar to this to monitor fires in the foothills of Colorado. (We’ve had a lot of them lately). So this is an unusual application. I apologize for not being familiar with this kind of forum, I’m still using a tube radio in the basement 😉 Could any of you suggest a PTZ camera that would work in harsh weather, have a reasonable zoom (5x mechanical or better?) have good low-light sensitivity and have web-accessible software? Or could you suggest a more appropriate forum? Ideally I could find a solution that’s reasonably priced such that many people in the foothills could adopt this approach to watch for and monitor wildfires, and have a wide enough coverage that we could provide a public service with this ability. Thanks for any input!

EatMy45
EatMy45
4 years 7 months ago

Just curious what is the length and width of your driveway? The eave on my hose has a 2ft overhang and aluminum soffit, noting solid to mount to. Any suggestions on how to mount a dome type camera? Thanks!

Roger
Roger
4 years 7 months ago

I’m having difficulty with recording to the microSD card. Are there limitations on the type of card that’s compatible? Special formats I must be concerned with? Ideally, I’d be able to stick in a 16GB microSDHC card and record 24/7, with the oldest material getting overwritten. Any troubleshooting tips?

ranchcam
ranchcam
4 years 7 months ago
I personally like the smallness of the Axis M3114-VE since that one is smaller than my hand and the quality of the image is pretty good. I believe that once thugs see that a home has camera’s they will do their best in covering their faces so having something that doesn’t catch their eyes would be good. I’m actually looking at ways to add something to the camera either a vent with a cut out for the bubble or something else that would camouflage it. If I would get one of those Axis PTZ’s I might even place it in the housing for one of those high pressure sodium lights as they seem to fit in it and would then definitely be less conspicuous. I’ll revisit that idea when the time comes. Any othere great idea’s out there for hiding dome camera’s? Then again, since we’re all a little bit addicted to IP camera’s by now and are probably proud of having added the camera’s to our houses hiding them may go against our instinct… The Axis M3114-VE do lack the additional options that others have (no mic, no in/out, no SD) but otherwise happy. I now have three of… Read more »
Adam
Adam
4 years 7 months ago

Nice review. One suggestion when reviewing cameras. Can you show actual pictures of the camera as it’s installed? Nice to see how the camera actually looks to gauge its appropriateness for residential/commercial installations.

Thanks!

DSod
DSod
4 years 7 months ago

Actually, I find even the day shot to be quit soft too. Notice the tree and front grill. Looks out of focus or low res – doesn’t look HD (2Mpixel) to me.

David
David
4 years 7 months ago

Looks like a nice camera overall. The night shot is a little soft as you mentioned, but overall a good picture.

thanks for the reviews.

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