The Super Bullet outdoor camera
uses advanced video processing functions that lift
traditional CCTV video technology to a new level. Each member of
this product line provides the user with crystal
clear video images that can be modified using a variety of
Advanced OSD Menu
Users and installers alike will
appreciate the advanced video features available with this
camera. These features are courtesy of the Nextchip® video
processing system and you access them through the OSD menu. For a full
discussion and explanation of all selections, and how to
navigate through the OSD menu, click here.
The following sections explain some
of the new icons/features you see above.
Pre-Programmed Saves Time & Money (PrePro)
OSD menu cameras can sometimes
require the installer to spend several minutes adjusting
menu settings. This eats up time.
This can be daunting and expensive when faced
with numerous cameras. PrePro (Pre-Programmed by
Professionals) helps you out. When you reset the camera PrePro
makes sure all options are set to optimum. Use this option
if you adjust settings, or find someone
else has adjusted settings, and the result is a bad picture.
Reset the camera, check the image, and it's
probably good to go.
NOTE: This camera is also set to PrePro
straight from the box.
Higher Voltage (Overvoltage) Tolerance
This camera requires 12VDC. Some power
supplies exhibit voltage "drift", especially if they
are older. During "drift" (or surge) voltage may go up to
13VDC, 15VDC or higher for a short period of time. This
camera has been built to tolerate higher voltage surges - up
to 20VDC - and won't be damaged during a surge condition.
NOTE: We do not recommend prolonged
exposure to DC voltage above 12V. Supply voltage should be
checked during regularly scheduled maintenance periods.
Continuous exposure to voltage levels above 12VDC may void
Wide Dynamic Range (WDR)
WDR (or DWDR - the "D" stands for "digital) is a
form of enhanced backlight compensation. This features
protects video images by filtering out high levels of
backlight while preserving foreground colors & luminance
values. In action, WDR captures two images - one with short
exposure and one with longer exposure - and combines them to
retain the best features of both images. The images below display
WDR in action.
High Light Compensation (HLC)
For a long time now thieves and unsavory
individuals have known that you can "blind" a CCTV camera by
shining a bright light directly into the lens. HLC was
designed to combat this disabling technique.
HLC finds the brightest point of an image and replaces it
with a mask color. This technique
reduces the hazy white "cloud" around the light
source and eliminates disabling glare. Depending on the
product, you may be able to select the mask color, the
sensitivity of the mask, and transparency of the mask.
True day/night operation without
infrared LEDs depends on the video sensor and shutter
design. True day/night cameras let you see colors in the
dark, compared to standard IR enabled cameras that are
limited to black-and-white when they switch to night mode.
The camera has various OSD settings that allow you to tailor
exposure and light sensitivity for your surveillance
Dynamic Noise Reduction (DNR, 2DNR & 3DNR)
This refers to the cameras ability to
dynamically adjust the picture, using various methods, to
eliminate noise (sometimes seen as "grainy" or blurred
video). OSD settings can allow you to manipulate this
Auto-Tracking White Balance
If you recall ever seeing photographs of
winter scenes where the snow has a blueish-tint, then you have witnessed a
failure of the camera to produce accurate white balance.
Florescent light, sunlight, incandescent
light and other light sources exhibit different color
temperatures. Auto-tracking white balance makes sure that as
light color temperature changes, the color white is
reproduced accurately. This is important to understand,
since some surveillance environments present unique lighting
challenges, such as a public transit platform that is
illuminated by differing combinations of sunlight,
incandescent light and florescent tubes throughout the day.
Backlight Compensation (BLC) & Intelligent Backlight
Backlight compensation refers to
techniques that enhance the appearance of objects in the
foreground of a video image that has a bright light behind
the subject. A camera without backlight compensation will
render a foreground image that may be too dark to view,
since it is compensating for the bright light that is
overwhelming the video sensor.
Intelligent backlight compensation takes
this one step further. I helps to insure that foreground
image colors as well as contrast are protected and
reproduced accurately. This form of backlight compensation
appears in products with advanced chipsets.
Adaptive Tone Reproduction (ATR)
ATR helps to bring out the tone of
colors on objects that are located between a bright area and
a very dark area in the field of view.