I have been tasked with setting up a system that records the packing progress of parts to customers. If the customer comes back later and says the part was not included in the packages, we can go back and verify that the part was included or not. Due to the nature of the parts being packed and the customers involved, the retention time of the footage has been requested to be at 2 years.
In planning stages Ive decided that a server rack with Synology Rackstation RS3618xs NAS with all required rack, expansion, drives etc for a total storage of 288TB to record from 12 Cameras, 8 Hours a day on Motion detect triggering.
Now here is where I need help…
The bosses want to be able to video a 4ft by 8ft table where the parts are tagged, bagged and laid out for the work order. In the video footage we want to be able to zoom in on the parts tags to find the part or parts in question the day they were prepped for shipping. My issues is…I cant seem to be able to find cameras that can view a 2in x 4in mailing label with the part information CLEARLY from 5 to 8 feet directly overhead. The Max I can go is 8ft up from the top of the table. Each Table will have its own fixed camera directly above.
Im testing a couple Amcrest Cameras…One is 5MP HD and one is 4K UHD. The 5MP camera zoomed in can’t read the label, lighting is all washed out and when I do get the lighting right the text is too blurry… The 4K is better but not much better than the 5MP. The 4K camera had washed out colors and I was able to read the text on the label but it too was blurry after some work with camera settings. Bother cameras exhibited an intense amount of video noise as well. I was very disappointed in the performance of these cameras.
With that said, does anyone know of cameras ideal for use in this type of application? I need something with superior clarity in video quality in resolution ranging from HD to 4K.
Camera requirements: Motorized Zoom and focus control, ONVIF protocol for use with Synology hardware. IP Communication with POE, basic motion detect done on the camera preferred to keep load off the Synology NAS. Cost is not a issue but the cheaper the better $999 for an axis is steep but if we have to use those, so be it. I just can’t seem to find any reviews or image samples of some of the better cameras out there.
To summarize the set up:
Table is 4ft by 8ft, camera mounted 8ft up and need to be able to zoom in and read a 2in by 4in label with the part information. 16-18pt bold fonts are used. Label contains Part#, Description, QTY, Bag#, OP#, W/O# 000000000
The cameras Im testing have very good images when looking out into a room or large area…but zooming in on near targets from 8ft up just doesn’t work very well. The company is ready to invest in this project, but I need to find the right cameras that will work the first time. Any and all suggestions about good cameras to use based on experience or knowledge of Optics, FOV and Sensor sizes are greatly appreciated.
Edit: Typo/Grammatical errors