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Third Generation MV Cameras: Overview and Specifications

Overview 

Introducing the MV63 and MV93, the third generation of smart cameras from Cisco Meraki which brings faster edge analytics, up to 4K video recording  and machine learning for custom computer vision and camera intelligence. This new generation of smart cameras also introduces the ability to deploy outdoors, as well as wirelessly allowing for seamless deployment in almost any environment. They also include IR illumination to ensure visibility in a dark environment and during the night. 

The MV63 is a fixed focus camera that includes all the advanced analytics, computer vision, audio detection and other new features introduced along with the capability to record up to 4K in a smaller form factor to more easily integrate into existing environments. The MV93 features the same innovative architecture as the rest of the MV family, and adds 360° viewing to provide greater context of an area.

Alongside the new edge analytics and 4K capabilities the third generation also introduces integrated IR illumination, up to 1TB of onboard storage, and physically adjustable pan and tilt for the perfect view of the space being monitored. The MV63 and MV93 also come with built-in automatic security with secure boot and signed firmware, backed by a hardware security chip. All third generation cameras are also NDAA compliant.

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                                                              MV63                                                                                                                                         MV93                           

Features 

  • Managed via Meraki Dashboard
  • Integrated IR illumination for dynamic Day-Night transition 
  • Built-in analytics like motion search, motion recap, and motion heatmaps
  • Intelligent motion indexing with search engine
  • Historical person tracking
  • Secure video access to ensure privacy with role-based user accounts
  • Shared, customizable video wall via Meraki Dashboard 
  • Built-in automatic security with secure boot and signed firmware, backed by a hardware security chip
  • NDAA Compliant
  • Customizable recording and retention settings with higher retention using smart codec
  • Always-on, Scheduled, or Motion based recording options
  • Cloud-augmented edge storage for minimal physical infrastructure
  • More detailed information with up to 4K resolution*
  • High dynamic Range capability for recording in harsh lighting conditions
  • Event search via Meraki vision portal
  • Configurable Privacy Windows 
  • Wired / Wireless deployment

*2880x2880 for the MV93

Configuration 

The basic initial configuration of the third generation cameras is just as simple as any other model of MV camera. The links below provide additional information and instructions relating to each step in getting the device setup and configured for the first time. 

  1. Claim the device to an Organization on the Meraki Dashboard
    1. If a Dashboard Organization does not yet exist, Create one
  2. Add the device to a Dashboard Network 
    1. If a Network does not yet exist, Create one first
  3. Physically connect the device to the local network
    1. Follow the steps in the corresponding Installation Guide
    2. Connect the device to any existing network infrastructure that provides PoE, DHCP, and Internet access
    3. Boot the device and let it check in to the Dashboard
  4. Allow the device to completely check-in and perform any initial firmware upgrades
  5. Finish configuring the device from the Meraki Dashboard 
    1. Configure Wireless Profiles 
    2. Configure Privacy Windows 
    3. Configure Recording / Retention Settings

Technical Breakdown  

Hardware Breakdown

 

MV63/MV63X

MV93/MV93X

Maximum Possible Video Quality

(Full quality options here)

Up to 4K with H.264 Smart Codec at 15fps

Up to 8MP(2880x2880) w/ H.264, at 15fps

Image Sensor

1/2.8” 8.41MP (3854x2176) progressive CMOS image sensor

1/2.3” 12.4MP (4072x3046) progressive CMOS image sensor

Focal Length

3.3 mm focal length

1.6 mm focal length

Aperture 

f/2.0

f/2.0

Shutter Speed

1/30s - 1/32000s

1/30s - 1/32000s

Field of View

Horizontal: 102°
Vertical: 55°
Diagonal: 120°

Horizontal: 180°
Vertical: 180°
 

Lens Adjustment Range

Tilt: 65°
Rotation: 350°
Pan: 350°

NA

IR Illuminators

Yes, up to 20m (66ft)

Yes, up to 20m (66ft)

Video Storage

MV63- 256GB high endurance solid state
MV63X- 1TB high endurance solid state

MV93- 256GB high endurance solid state
MV93X- 1TB high endurance solid state

Wireless

802.11a/b/g/n/ac

802.11a/b/g/n/ac

Thermal Elements

Yes

Yes

Ratings

IK10+ and IP67

IK10+ and IP67

 

For details on how many days of retention can be achieved per MV model, please refer to the Video Retention knowledge base article. 

Wireless Radio

  MV63/93
Radios

2.4 GHz 802.11b/g/n 

5 GHz 802.11a/n/ac

Antenna

Integrated 1x1 MU-MIMO Omnidirectional 

(4.4 dBi gain at 2.4 GHz, 6.3 dBi gain at 5 GHz)

Channel Width 20, 40, and 80 MHz channels
Supported Frequencies

2.412 - 2.484 GHz

5.150 - 5.250 GHz (UNII-1)

5.250 - 5.350 GHz (UNII-2)

5.470 - 5.600, 5.660 - 5.725 GHz (UNII-2e)

5.725 - 5.825 GHz (UNII-3)

QAM Up to 256 QAM on both 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands
802.11 Security WPA, WPA2-PSK, WPA2-Enterprise with 802.1X, EAP-TTLS, TKIP and AES encryption

Physical 

  MV63 MV93
Mount Type (out-of-box) Wall / Ceiling Mount Wall / Ceiling Mount
Supported Mount Accessories Pole mount, Wall mount L bracket, Wall mount arm, Conduit back box, T-rail adapter, Corner mount Pole mount, Wall mount L bracket, Wall mount arm, Conduit back box, T-rail adapter, Corner mount
Dimensions (dia x h)

5.1 x 3.7 in /

130.98 x 95 mm

5.4 x 2.6 in /

137.68 x 67.9 mm

Weight 2.02 lb / 0.92kg

2.31 lb / 1.05 kg

Power Supply 802.3at PoE 802.3at PoE
Power Load (max) 25.5W 25.5W
Operating Temperature (starting / working)

0°C - 40°C (32°F - 104°F) /

0°C - 40°C (32°F - 104°F)

0°C - 45°C (32°F - 113°F) / 

0°C - 45°C (32°F - 113°F)

Accessories

A complete set of options and guidelines are outlined in the article: MV Mounting Options and Guidelines.

  Description
MA-MNT-MV-18 Wall Mount Arm. Used for attaching camera perpendicular to mounting surface
 

Dimensions for wall bracket (l x w x d) 160 x 104 x 286mm

Combined weight: 0.67kg

MA-MNT-MV-28 Pole Mount. Can be used in conjunction with MA-MNT-MV-18. 
 

Dimensions : 46.5 mm x 181.193 mm x 110 mm

Combined weight: 0.509 kg

MA-MNT-MV-38 Wall Mount L-bracket. Used for attaching camera perpendicular to mounting surface.
 

Dimensions : 179.55 mm x 159.954 mm x 104 mm

Combined weight: 0.547 kg

MA-MNT-MV-48 Wall-mount arm bracket
 

Dimensions: 339.55 mm x 159.54 mm x 104 mm 

Combined weight 0.908 kg

MA-MNT-MV-58 Conduit back box. 
 

Dimensions: 46 mm x 150.681 mm

Weight: 0.671 Kg

MA-MNT-MV-68 T-rail adapter
 

Deep:

Dimensions: 34.242 mm x 72.142 mm x 74 mm

Weight: 0.040 kg

MA-MNT-MV-88 Corner Mount
 

Dimensions: 218 mm × 150 mm x 135 mm

Weight: 0.781 kg

MA-PWR-MV-LV

Meraki Low Voltage Power Adapter for MV cameras.
MA-INJ-4-US Meraki 802.3at PoE Injector (US plug)
MA-INJ-4-EU Meraki 802.3at PoE Injector (EU plug)
MA-INJ-4-UK Meraki 802.3at PoE Injector (UK plug)
MA-INJ-4-AU Meraki 802.3at PoE Injector (AU plug)

Comparisons with Similar Models 

  MV63 MV63X MV93 MV93X
Max Video Quality 4MP (2560 x 1440) with H.264 Smart Codec encoding, up to 24fps 4K video recording (3840x2160) with H.264 Smart Codec encoding, up to 15fps

4.2MP (2112x2112) 360° overview with H.264 encoding, up to 24fps

8MP video recording (2880x2880) with H.264 encoding, up to 15fps
Video Storage 256GB 1TB 256GB 1TB

Troubleshooting 

Common Troubleshooting

My MV isn't connecting to the wireless network. 

Ensure that the Wireless Profiles are configured correctly on the Dashboard (Camera > Settings > Wireless) and that the device has checked in to the Meraki Dashboard to pull the configuration and perform any necessary firmware updates via a hardwired connection before attempting to connect to a wireless network.

 

The Video Feed is all white / too bright

Ensure that Night Mode (Camera > Settings > Night mode) is not set to 'Always On' if the camera is in a location with adequate lighting. This makes the camera much more sensitive to infrared light and can cause the picture to appear washed out.  

 

The Video Feed is all black / too dark 

Ensure that Night Mode is not set to 'Always Off' if the camera is in a location that experiences low lighting levels. Night Mode makes the camera much more sensitive to infrared light and can help improve visibility in low light conditions. 

 

I can't get the direct LAN stream to work, even when connected to the same network

Each MV will generate a unique domain name to allow for secured direct streaming functionality. These domain names resolve an A record for the private ip address of the camera. Any public recursive DNS server will resolve this domain.

If utilizing an on-site DNS server, please allow '*.devices.meraki.direct' or configure a conditional forwarder so that local domains are not appended to '*.devices.meraki.direct' and that these domain requests are forwarded to Google public DNS. 

Event Log 

The most common Event Log messages and their meaning are listed below.

Night mode transition

This event indicates the camera transitioned into or out of Night Mode. Includes the current lux reading and the new state of Night Mode.

Image settings change

Indicates there was a change to the image or recording configuration. Includes the user that applied the change, the option that was changed, old value, and new value

 

FAQ 

How do I know if the MV is using a wireless connection? 

The Status LED on every MV model will display a solid Blue LED if the device is connected using a wireless connection and a solid Green LED when using a hardwired connection.


How do I know if the MV is recording Audio? 

Any MV that has audio recording enabled will always display a solid Purple LED to indicate it is recording audio, regardless of the connection type used by the device. 

 

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