Review of ANNKE NC800 Smart IP camera with color night vision – Part 1: unboxing

ANNKE NC800 is a 4K security camera with people and vehicle detection, and other AI features as tested in our Annke CZ400 review. The main differentiating factor is support for “true full color” night vision that does not rely on a spotlight, but instead a “soft light”, a BSI sensor, and f/1.0 aperture as we’ll explain in a bit more detail below.

The company sent me a sample for evaluation, and today I’ll check out the specifications of the “NightChroma NC800” camera and the content of the package, before installing and focusing testing on night capture in the second part of the review.

ANNKE NC800 (I91BQ) specifications

  • Camera
    • Image Sensor – 1/1.2″ Progressive Scan CMOS
    • Video Codec
      • Main stream – H.265+/H.265/H.264+/H.264
      • Sub-stream – H.265/H.264/MJPEG
      • Third stream – H.265/H.264
    • Framerate and Video Resolution
      • 20 fps @ 3840×2160, 3072×1728
      • 50 Hz: 25 fps @ 2688×1520, 1920×1080, 1280×720
      • 60 Hz: 30 fps @ 2688×1520, 1920×1080, 1280×720
      • Substream
        • 50 Hz: 25 fps @ 640×480, 640×360, 320×240
        • 60 Hz: 30 fps @ 640×480, 640×360, 320×240
    • Video Bitrate – 32 Kbps to 16Mbps
    • Lens – 2.8mm
    • Min. Illumination – 0.0005 Lux @ (F1.0, AGC On), 0 Lux with Light
    • Aperture – f/1.0 “Super Aperture”
    • Wide Dynamic Range – 130 dB WDR
    • Field of View (FoV) – Horizontal FoV 102°, Vertical FoV 52°, Diagonal FoV 124°
    • Night vision – Up to 40 meters
    • Image Enhancement – BLC, HLC, 3D DNR
    • AI features
      • Perimeter protection – Line Crossing Detection, Intrusion Detection, Region Entrance Detection, Region Exiting Detection
      • Smart Event – Motion Detection 2.0 (Human and Vehicle), Line Crossing Detection, Intrusion Detection
      • Face detection
  • Audio
    • Built-in Mic
    • G.711 ulaw, G.711 alaw, G.722.1, G.726, MP2L2, PCM, MP3, AAC
  • Storage – MicroSD Card and NAS support
  • Networking
    • 10/100M Ethernet RJ45 port
    • RTSP, ONVIF support
  • Power Supply – DC 12 V, or PoE (802.3af, Class 3)
  • Dimensions – 78.8 x 78.6 x 215.2 mm (Aluminum Alloy, PC, PC + ABS)
  • Weight – 860 grams
  • Temperature Range – -30°C to 60°C
  • IP Rating – IP67

Compared to ANNKE CZ400 specifications, we got an upgrade from 2K to 4K resolution support, the full-color night vision features, as well as better smart event handling with Motion Detection 2.0 adding vehicle detection to the existing human detection. H.264+ and H.265+ solutions developed by Hikvision based on H.264/H.265 codec but with a lower bitrate at about the same quality thanks to prediction encoding, noise suppression, and flexible bitrate control.



The company tried to send me the package last December, right after they got the first samples, but it took forever as the sample was sent back to China the first time, but I finally got it. That may explain why it did not come in a retail package, but instead in a cardboard box showing the model number as “I91BQ”.

ANNKE NightChroma NC800 accessories

The content of the package is pretty standard with the camera, a screw kit for mounting, a drill template, a waterproof cover for the Ethernet cable, an L-shape Torx key used for adjusting the camera, and two Quick Start Guides that are not very useful since they are written for generic ANNKE IP and analog cameras without anything specific to the NC800 model.

Ethernet & power cable

The camera comes with standard cabling RJ45 and power. The plastic bit to close off the power plug/socket is a nice touch for people who are going to use PoE.

ANNKE NightChroma NC800 Review

We’re getting close to the kilogram mark with this relatively heavy, large camera. I selected the bullet camera, but the company is also offering a turret camera for ceiling mounting.

soft light night color camera

The “soft light” at the front, right under the lens, is where part of the color night vision “magic” is supposed to happen. The company explains this is a supplement light that turns on automatically in 0 lux illumination to ensure the best color night vision without glare. The other parts are the f/1.0 “super aperture” which collects four times the amount of light compared to the traditional f/2.0 aperture, and a 1/1.2-inch backside illumination (BSI) sensor that doubles the light-sensing area.

microSD reset ANNKE camera

There’s a small compartment at the bottom of the camera for access to the microSD card and reset button. It is secured with two Torx screws which we can loosen with the key included in the package.

microSD slot, Reset button, alarm connector

Besides the microSD card socket and Reset button, there’s also a 4-pin connector that’s not documented. That type of connector is usually designed to connect an alarm or speaker. [Update from ANNKE: “The 4-pin connector isn’t for a speaker but a serial communication port for the product engineers to conduct hardware testing”].

I’d like to thank ANNKE for sending the NightChroma NC800 for review. It’s currently listed on Amazon, but currently unavailable/out of stock. You can also find it on ANNKE website for $279.99 plus shipping.

Continue reading “ANNKE NC800 Review – Part 2: color night vision, vehicle & human detection“.

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