I might be wrong but the Gen2 ColorVu 8MP camera is a box camera? Its a different beast but yes, from what I've seen in a number of reviews it produces outstanding night images. Maybe that's where I should be looking. Its just that I really like the Turret format.I'm not sure what's wrong but I've tested a G2 colorvu (8MP) at a site where there was no lighting, nothing, pointed away from any street, only partial moon lighting and the picture was day like, it was crazy. Offcourse standard 1/12 but I've set it to 1/25 and still a daytime full color image with a lot of detail. Customer was also really blown away, I've installed 2 of them at that customer. He didn't need it for person identification, only watching the scene (loading dock with all lights off) for activity and the result was a lot better then your picture, and there wasn't even ANY light so I'm not sure what you're missing.
I agree that needing some light sounds like a very sensible conclusion but, reading the Hikvision sales blurb it states (or implies) that the cam produces full colour image in any light conditions and uses the supplemental "white light" leds where no light is present.As others have said, all cameras need light regardless of what any marketing claims. I can make a crap camera look like noon at midnight, but then motion is a blur. But with any light at all, this camera does really well.
I agree that sounds like a very sensible conclusion but, reading the Hikvision datasheets it states that the cam produces full colour image in any light conditions and uses the supplemental "white light" leds where no light is present.
Since you have said person identification isn't needed and running a slow shutter, why not go with auto to lighten up the image?
The 2CD2335FWD-I in the comparison image is running under identical conditions to the 2CD2347G2-LU. No IR illumination in either case. That was the reason for showing a side by side comparison of two cameras, several generations of technology difference.With that said, I would think the camera would perform better than what you are showing when compared to another camera...although that other camera appears to have IR going....
Honestly I don't know what that statistic really means, but clearly it doesn't mean it is a level that will be sufficient for personal identification. It doesn't mean that for any camera or manufacturer.If a vendor quotes 0.0005lux in its specs, its reasonable to conclude that it means the image produced at 0.0005lux light level is sufficient for person identification. That's what the cams are primarily for.
I'm still trying various settings to find something that I think I can live with.Did you try to enable the LED's on the camera as this makes a MASSIVE difference in very low light. I do have solar lights but not much spread of light TBH but with the Camera's Built in LED's a different story.
Settings are the same on both pictures just enabled the LED to 100%