Product Review: Pelco Sarix IME319-IES Network Camera

Learn if Pelco Sarix IME319-IES camera is the best product for your project in this security product review.

The Pelco Sarix IME319-IES network camera from Pelco/Schneider Electric is part of a line featuring several types of indoor and outdoor models available in ceiling-, surface- or pendant-mount designs. There are four levels of image resolution offered in the product line starting with a 0.5MP (megapixel) imager on the entry model and progressing with 1MP, 2MP and 3MP versions, the latter being the model I reviewed.

The IME319-IES is the environmental version of the Sarix Series and is designed for extreme weather (-40⁰ to 122⁰ F) operation. This range would allow it to be installed in cold-weather applications such as commercial freezers. The camera assembly has a heavy aluminum base and there is a solid feel to the camera’s design. The installation manual cautions users to be wary of the camera assembly’s aluminum base as it may heat up during operation, which isn’t too unusual as most IP cameras tend to have heat generated and dissipated through the base but it is something to remember when servicing the camera. The camera’s mounting components are also equally solid in their design and feel. The Sarix IME319-IES is shipped in three separate parts: the camera assembly, the mounting base and the clear polycarbonate dome. The base is designed to be mounted to a standard 4×4 electrical box or it can be piped with .-inch electrical conduit through the supplied openings on the base. When properly mounted the enclosure is IP-66 and NEMA 4 rated.


Like most network cameras today, the IME319-IES is designed to be powered via PoE through its RJ-45 network connector. This provides a simple “one-wire” solution for the installer when mounting the unit in its location. The camera can also provide two-way audio through the use of an eight-pin connector plug supplied with the unit. This connector will also allow the installer to provide a relay and alarm connection for locations that require additional utilization of the camera’s software functions. There is also a built-in slot for a Micro SD memory card to allow remote video storage at the camera assembly, useful should the network connection be lost. The video server (if so equipped) would be able to recover any lost frames from the Micro SD card and maintain a continuous video stream on the server. The IME319-IES is designed to provide multiple video streams (H.264 and MJPEG) and is designed for seamless integration to the Pelco Endura and Digital Sentry systems. The camera’s built-in analytics can provide alerts when motion is detected in a set area and when the camera lens has been obstructed or moved from its original position. This feature would be good in an area where vandalism with spray paint is an issue.

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