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Image Quality - more

Lastly we'll look at horizontal field of view with an outdoor shot. Since I've been evolving my testing protocol, this is new data. The first image is the TV-IP5551WI with it's 38 degree horizontal field of view, while the second shot is the TRENDnet TV-IP572PI image with the 51.8 degree field of view. The last shot is the AXIS M1031-W with a 47deg horizontal field of view.

Figure 13 is the TRENDnet TV-IP551WI outdoor field of view.

38deg Field of View from the TRENDnet TV-IP551WI
Figure 13: 38deg Field of View from the TRENDnet TV-IP551WI

Figure 14 is the TRENDnet TV-IP572PI outdoor field of view.

51.8deg Field of View from the TRENDnet TV-IP572PI
Figure 14: 51.8deg Field of View from the TRENDnet TV-IP572PI

Figure 15 is the AXIS M1031-W outdoor field of view

84deg Field of View from the Axis M1054
Figure 15: 47deg Field of View from the Axis M1031-W

These three images were done just minutes apart and were done with the camera's default image settings vs trying to adjust for a better picture. The field of view is obvious when you look at the miniature slide on the left and the fence decoration on the right. As expected, the TV-IP551WI and AXIS M1031-W are very close in that regard. Response to natural light is also much different between the two pictures.

Bear in mind that the M1031-W is over $200, whereas the TV-IP551WI is under $100, but look at the detail in the far bushes. Leaves are distinct and visible in the M1031-W image, whereas the TV-IP5551WI image is noticeably darker. Near objects, such as the blades of grass, are very distinct in the M1031-W image as well, whereas they are darker and barely identifieable in the TV-IP551WI image. Careful placement of the TV-IP551WI in response to light sources, as well as fine tuning of the Image settings may be in order to get the desired result.

Closing Thoughts

The TRENDnet TV-IP55WI gets you into a wireless N day/night camera for under $100. For this you get a basic feature set, good wireless and decent night mode illumination. However, I feel if you want to stay in TRENDnet's line of offerings and motion detection configured at the camera is a priority (based on the two I've reviewed), you may be better served with the TV-IP572WI for wireless or the TV-IP572PI if wireless isn't a priority. At about $50-60 more with smart shopping, you get HD video and the great motion detection I found in the TV-IP572PI. With the TV-IP572PI, motion detection was spot on and very reliable, it was also more configurable. With the TV-IP551WI I never did get motion detection to work as I wanted it to.

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