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Uniview 4MP Dual Light Turret Camera Review

What is a Dual Light Security Camera?

A Dual Light security camera has two built-in light sources; IR (infrared) light and white light LEDs. This allows you to customize the settings of the camera at night to suit your preferences.

Do you want a camera that blends into the background with invisible IR light? How about a camera that provides 24/7 colourful image even in a dark scene? Or, what if your security camera acted more like a porch light, illuminating the environment with warm light only when a person walks by?

Uniview’s Dual Light cameras are able to fulfill all these requirements and more! The dual light feature is currently available in three models:

Video Review

We’ve uploaded a video showcasing the features of this camera. The video presents the information in a slightly different format, so feel free to watch the video and come back to this article for a better understanding of the 4MP Dual Light camera.

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Key Technology & Features

Dual Light Illumination Mode

The dual light mode for this camera is really exciting, as it’s something we’ve heard customers asking for in the past. Specifically, a lot of people are looking for a camera that provides white light only when somebody walks by. This is perfect for lighting dark walkways and front porches.

Two-way Audio

This is Uniview’s most affordable camera with two-way audio yet. With two-way audio, you can have a conversation directly through your security camera. 

If someone is trespassing on your property, a verbal warning lets them know they are actively being watched. This can be done by pressing the 2-way Audio button in EZStation 3.0 or the EZView app.

EZView App on smartphone showing two-way audio feature being used
Tap the 2-way Audio button and talk into your smartphone to activate the camera's built-in speakers.

Ultra Motion Detection (Human + Vehicle Detection)

A welcome feature for Uniview cameras; Ultra Motion Detection allows for you to filter motion specifically to vehicles and people. It can be configured to record vehicles, people, or non-motor vehicles (bikes, motorcycles).

Additionally, when the camera is set to Dual Light mode, the light will turn on a night when motion is triggered via Ultra Motion Detection. So, if you want to trigger the light on people only, make sure you adjust this setting according to your preference.

For more information on Ultra Motion Detection, read our full analysis here: How to Setup Uniview Ultra Motion Detection | XLR Security

EZStation 3.0 software on PC showing a security camera with a red bounding box around vehicles and people
The camera will only trigger recording on vehicles or people, depending on how you configure Ultra Motion Detection.

Testing the Dual Light Camera – Snapshots & Performance

We choose the Dual Light 2.8mm turret for our testing; IPC3614SR3-ADF28KMC-DL. This camera has has a wide 112.9° angle of view, and records at 4MP (2688 x 1520 @ 25fps).

EZStation 3.0 software on PC showing a security camera with a red bounding box around vehicles and people
4MP Dual Light turret camera mounted outside our office, viewing the parking lot.

We installed this camera outside our office, mounted ~11 feet above the ground. From here, the camera provides a nice overview of the parking lot. We can easily read license plates too.

Snapshot #1 – 4MP Dual Light Camera

EZStation 3.0 software on PC showing a security camera with a red bounding box around vehicles and people
I was really impressed with the image quality of this 4MP camera. No issues reading license plates from this distance.

Audio Quality & Speaker Loudness

One of the selling points of this camera is the two-way audio feature; we were curious to see how it performed. There are two important factors when it comes to speaker performance on security cameras:

  • Loudness – Is the speaker audible from a distance? Can it serve as a warning?
  • Clarity – Are you able to hear what the person is saying? Can you communicate two ways?

Watch the video below to hear the speaker performance. The audio output was set to 80% for maximum clarity. We found the speaker sounds the best when set to 80% volume; any louder will distort the sound.

Ultra Motion Detection Performance

As discussed in a previous article, Uniview’s UMD feature is an intelligent algorithm that detects motion from humans and/or vehicles only. We can see a red bounding box around the object being detected, allowing us to confirm if the detection is working properly.

We recorded a short 30-second clip from the Dual Light turret camera demonstrating the performance of Ultra Motion Detection. It was very accurate on walking and standing subjects; however it was not able to detect the subject while crouched.

Watch the video below for a demonstration of Uniview UMD (Ultra Motion Detection).

Dual Light Performance & Settings

The white LED light on the 4MP Dual Light camera is clear, bright, and powerful. The light has three illumination modes:

  • White Light – The LED turns when the environment is dark, providing supplementary illumination and colour information. This light is visible to anyone in the area.
  • Infrared – The IR LED turns on in the dark, providing a black & white image of the scene. This light is nearly invisible to people passing by, minimizing the attention to the camera.
  • Dual Light – When the scene is dark, the IR LED will turn on and provide a black & white image of the scene. When ultra motion detection is triggered, the white LED will turn on and provide a colourful image.
Uniview's dual light mode allows the camera to switch from infrared to visible light when motion is detected.
The difference between infrared and colour can be seen in the video above. This clip was recorded directly from the 4MP Dual Light camera.

Final Thoughts

In terms of price to performance, Uniview’s new 4MP Dual Light cameras are hard to beat. With so many features such as:

  • Dual Light Illumination
  • Two-way Audio
  • Ultra Motion Detection

We really enjoyed testing this camera, and could not find anything to complain about. I hope you found this article helpful and informative. If you have any additional questions, or would like to purchase this camera, please visit our contact page.

Jaeden Wiens

Jaeden Wiens has been working in the CCTV industry since 2018. He started with technical support, then quickly moved into sales and marketing. When he's not writing articles or optimizing the performance of his website, you can find him listening to music or practicing piano at home. You can follow him on LinkedIn.