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Bosch AUTODOME IP starlight 5100i Unboxing

Matt Golueke June 30, 2021 18:44 PM

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In this video, Tom and Brad give us a sneak peek of the unboxing of one of the Bosch AUTODOME IP starlight 5100i camera models. Their unboxing provides key information about how the AUTODOME cameras are packaged and what needs to be done prior to installation. Watch here >>



AUTODOME 5100i All Variants narrow-1
The AUTODOME IP starlight 5100i camera extends the camera range of the series to the next level. The camera has a 1/2-inch, 4MP sensor, which is specially tuned for applications that need surveillance in scenes with varying light levels. The camera has an integrated 20X optical zoom to identify people at a maximum distance of 168 meters (551 feet). The smart camera features Essential Video Analytics, which detects objects within, entering, or leaving an area or crossing a line and provides instant alerts. This feature lets operators react early and quickly to possible intrusions, and prevent damage of property or assets.

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The AUTODOME IP starlight 5100i IR camera extends the camera range of the AUTODOME IP starlight 5000i series for outdoor installations. Specially designed for covertness, and tuned for applications where surveillance in scenes with changing light levels is necessary, the camera has an integrated 30X optical zoom to identify people at a distance of more than 280 m (919 ft). The new HDR technology (HDR X) is ideal for PTZ cameras. With the motion-optimized HDR feature, operators can use HDR imaging in scenes with challenging light levels without seeing blur when the camera is moving. With a 1/1.8-inch HD sensor and integrated IR and white light illumination, the camera provides superior low-light and no-light performance for outstanding image quality with sharp focus details and excellent color reproduction even under challenging lighting conditions. The integrated, rain-sensing wiper automatically wipes water from the camera window to ensure outstanding image quality in bad weather.

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Outstanding image quality
The 1/1.8-inch CMOS HD sensor combines outstanding sensitivity and sophisticated noise
suppression with High dynamic range of 133dB. The camera provides superior low-light performance as well as outstanding image quality, with sharp focus details and excellent color reproduction even under challenging lighting conditions.

Pre-programmed user modes
The camera has several pre-configured scene modes with the best settings for various applications. With one click, users can optimize image settings to match the camera’s lighting conditions. Users can also configure individual image settings.

  • Standard: For indoor fluorescent lighting.
  • Sodium-lighting: For scenarios where the video is captured under sunlight in the day or under sodium vapor lamp at night.
  • Vibrant: For enhanced contrast, sharpness, and saturation
  • LPR Mode (IR Version): For applications to capture reflective number plates in combination with IR lighting.

HDR X for IR Version - High Dynamic Range 
HDR X is a new technology that combines unique sensor functionality and advanced algorithms. It is a huge leap forward in capturing high-quality video of moving objects in scenes with a large dynamic range. It also allows HDR imaging at lower light levels in which traditional HDR technologies are non-functional. This is possible because the HDR X - Motion optimized mode takes two different readouts from one exposure to capture details in both the highlights and the shadows of the scene, instead of blending multiple exposures as do standard HDR technologies. Blending multiple exposures reduces sharpness and creates
unwanted imaging artifacts on moving objects. HDR-X resolves these issues, providing a crisp image with improved dynamic range. In case an even larger dynamic range is required, HDR
X - Optimized DR or HDR X - Extreme DR will further increase performance to an absolute maximum by adding another fast exposure. This combines the benefits from HDR X - Motion optimized and traditional HDR.

H.265 high-efficiency video encoding
The camera is designed on the most efficient and powerful H.264 and H.265/HEVC encoding platform. The camera is capable of delivering high-quality and high-resolution video with very low network load. With a doubling of encoding efficiency, H.265 is the compression standard of choice for IP video surveillance systems.

Intelligent streaming
Smart encoding capabilities, together with Intelligent Dynamic Noise Reduction technology and analytics, make the bandwidth consumption drop to extremely low levels. Only relevant information in the scene, such as motion or objects found with the analytics, are encoded.

Support for H.264 and H.265 with Encoder Regions
Set a region in the field of view and define a specific encoder profile to it. This setting reduces the bitrate of the stream further than intelligent streaming alone.

Recording and storage management
Recording management can be controlled by the Bosch Video Recording Manager application, or the camera can use local storage and iSCSI targets directly without any recording software.
A memory card with a maximum of 32 GB (microSDHC) / 2 TB (microSDXC) can be used for
recording at the edge or for Automatic Network Replenishment (ANR) technology to improve the overall recording reliability. Pre-alarm recording in RAM reduces bandwidth consumption on the network and extends the effective life of the memory card.

Essential Video Analytics on the edge
The camera includes the latest release of Essential Video Analytics application from Bosch for
use on pre-positions. The Essential Video Analytics application provides reliable video analytics for small and medium business, large retail stores, commercial buildings, and warehouses. Advanced tasks like multiple line crossing, loitering, idle / removed object detection, crowd density estimation, occupancy and people counting are available for live alarming and forensic search. Object filters based on size, speed, direction, aspect ratio,
and color can be defined. A simplified calibration mode reduces installation time
significantly, because you only need to enter the installation height once for each camera, independent of pre-positions. After the camera is calibrated, the analytics engine
can automatically classify objects as upright person, car, bike, or truck.

Sophisticated alarm responses
The camera supports advanced alarm control that uses sophisticated rules-based logic to determine how to manage alarms. In its most basic form, a rule could define which input(s) should activate which output(s). In a more complex form, inputs and outputs can be
combined with pre-defined or user-specified commands to perform advanced camera functions.

Superior privacy masking
The camera allows for a total of 32 individual privacy masks, with up to eight masks displayed in the same scene. Each mask can be programmed with eight corners. Each mask changes size and shape smoothly and quickly, ensuring that the covered object cannot be seen. With the AUTO Privacy Mask, the color of the Privacy Mask will adapt to the color of the surroundings.

Dual-mode Illumination (IR Model)
The camera has an integrated, long-life, infrared (IR) Illuminator and White light LEDs.
The illuminator enables viewing of objects even in total darkness, ensuring high-quality images regardless of the lighting conditions. The illuminator allows Detection of objects at a
maximum distance of 320 m (1049 ft) with infrared (850 nm) and 60 m (196 ft) with White light. The following table identifies the application for each type of LED:

IR illuminator (IR Model)
As ambient light decreases in the scene, the camera switches to monochrome mode and automatically activates the IR LEDs of the illuminator. The IR mode AUTO can steer IR beam dynamically to match the illumination coverage and intensity with the camera’s field of view.
Beam intensity is controlled automatically or manually, depending on user preference. Decreasing intensity reduces overexposure. For close-range illumination, the wide angle IR LED will strengthen to cover the whole scene. With the increase of camera lens zoom ratio, the narrow angle of IR LED intensity will be increased. A spotlight mode is provided to allow IR illuminator to brighten the center of the camera’s field of view.

White light illuminator (IR Model)
White light mode allows operators to capture full scene details in color. Operators can turn the White light LEDs on and off as necessary, especially to use as a deterrent effect. Operators have the option to set automatic timeout of the White light mode. After this mode times out, the illuminator will operate in IR mode. Operators can disable the White light functionality
permanently or by sector in order to prevent activation in situations where White light might create a hazardous situation such as distracting a driver on a highway.

Snap to zoom
Drawing a box in the image will trigger the camera to zoom to the correct position.

DORI coverage
DORI (Detect, Observe, Recognize, Identify) is a standard system (EN-62676-4) for defining the ability of a person viewing the video to distinguish persons or objects within a covered area. See DORI explanation here >>

The maximum distance at which a camera/lens combination can meet these criteria is shown below:

Data security
Special measures are necessary to ensure the highest level of security for device access and data transport. On initial setup, the camera is only accessible over secure channels. You must set a service-level password in order to access camera functions. Web browser and viewing client access can be protected using HTTPS or other secure protocols that support state-of-the-art TLS 1.2 protocol with updated cipher suites, including AES encryption with 256 bit
keys. No software can be installed in the camera, and only authenticated firmware can be uploaded. A three-level password protection with security recommendations allows users to customize device access. Network and device access can be protected using 802.1x network authentication with EAP/TLS protocol. Superior protection from malicious attacks is guaranteed by the Embedded Login Firewall, onboard Trusted Platform Module (TPM) and Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) support. The advanced certificate handling offers:

  • Self-signed unique certificates automatically created when required.
  • Client and server certificates for authentication.
  • Client certificates for proof of authenticity.
  • Certificates with encrypted private keys.

Software sealing
After camera configuration is set it should not be changed, and system administrators can enable software protection to seal the camera configuration. Any change of the sealing status or of the static configuration, accidental or intentional, will break the seal. The camera then sends an alarm message that the video management system can use to start an appropriate alarm scenario. The camera creates a  separate log file of all changes that have an effect on
the sealing status.

System integration and ONVIF conformance
The camera conforms to the ONVIF Profile S, ONVIF Profile G and ONVIF Profile T specifications. For H.265 configuration, the camera supports Media Service 2, which is part of ONVIF Profile T. Compliance with these standards guarantees interoperability between
network video products regardless of manufacturer. Third-party integrators can easily access the internal feature set of the camera for integration into large projects. Visit the Bosch Integration Partner Program (IPP) website (ipp.boschsecurity.com) for more

PTZ drive and mechanism
The camera supports 256 pre-positions and two styles of Guard Tours: Pre-position and Record/Playback. The pre-position tour has capability for up to 256 prepositions with a configurable dwell time between prepositions and can be customized as to the order and
the frequency that each pre-position is visited. The camera also provides support for two (2) recorded tours, which have a total duration of 15 minutes of movements. These are recorded macros of an operator’s movements, including pan, tilt, and zoom activities, and can be played back in a continuous manner.

Pan and tilt preset repeatability are accurate to within ±0.1 degrees to ensure that the correct scene is captured every time. The camera delivers maximum pan speed of 300 degrees per second and maximum tilt speed of 200 degrees per second. The camera is capable of manual speeds (pan and tilt) of 0.1 to 120 degrees per second. The camera provides a pan range
of up to 360 degrees continuous rotation.

Ease of installation and servicing
The camera has been designed for quick and easy installation, a key feature from Bosch IP video products. All housings feature recessed screws and latches for increased tamper resistance. Bosch designed the camera with the knowledge that field cables and mounts are installed before the camera is mounted. The installation concept allows a single person to connect the cables directly to the camera without re-routing cables. The camera is easily
secured to the mount with 1 screw.

The pendant housing is rated to provide IP66 protection and offers an operating temperature range down to -40° C (-40° F). The pendant camera comes fully assembled with a sunshield and ready for pendant arm or pipe applications with the proper mounting hardware (sold separately).

Bosch offers a full complement of hardware and accessories (sold separately) for wall, corner, mast, roof, pipe mount, and in-ceiling applications for indoor and outdoor environments, which allow the camera to be adapted easily to individual site requirements.

Project Assistant
Project Assistant by Bosch is the market’s most easy-to-use app for initial installation and basic configuration of IP cameras. Off-site and without connection to the camera, basic configurations can be created and then shared with colleagues. On-site, these pre-configurations can be pushed onto the camera, making the installation procedure easier and
less time-consuming. Cameras previously configured can be integrated as well. The app allows easy viewing and adjustment of the camera's field of view. The app automatically generates a comprehensive report of the commissioned cameras.

Certifications and approvals
For a full list of all related certifications/standards, refer to the Product Tests Report, available on the online catalog, on the Documents tab of the product page for your device. If the document is unavailable on the product page, contact us.


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