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IPVM delivers the world's most comprehensive video surveillance tests, featuring video screencasts, image quality comparisons, and break downs of strengths and weaknesses.
Arecont Omni on Oct 20
The Arecont SurroundVideo Omni is one of the most novel new camera offerings in the past few years. Like their 180 and 360 predecessors, the Omni supports 4 imagers / cameras inside. The major advance is that the imagers can now be repositioned and the lenses can be...
The Worst HD Quality Camera Ever on Oct 15
Samsung, what are you doing? Their new 1280H offering significantly stretches video and is one of the most bizarre offerings we have ever seen. Earlier this year, Samsung trumpeted that 1280H would "allow HD quality video to be deployed without the need to rip and...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2f03bd%2ffb09%2fviv-smart-ir Smart IR Panoramic Camera Tested on Oct 10
Panoramic cameras are overwhelmingly quite bad in low light. Now, manufacturers are starting to add IR to them. We tested the Hikvision panoramic IR earlier this year. Now, Vivotek has released the FE8181, which claims improvements such as more LEDs and...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2f2dfa%2f948e%2fspeco%2520news Speco IP Intensifier on Oct 06
Chances are you have seen Speco's promotion of its Intensifier HD IP line, with ads online and in trade mags claiming color images down to an incredible 0.0005 lx. Speco funded a vacation for security trade magazine editors this summer, showcasing...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2fa60e%2f2c87%2flatency-square IP Camera Latency on Sep 26
How much does latency impact IP cameras? We tested a number of combinations, like so: In this report, we break down: Average latency metrics in our test Key drivers of latency Variations in latency across different systems Variations in latency between...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2f2306%2f63cc%2fahd%2520news Analog HD on Sep 24
This is where the innovation is at. During Essen and days before ASIS, IPVM is leading with a test of an analog (HD) camera, reflecting both how bad the big names are doing and the key trend we see accelerating. A number of non IP HD offerings are emerging (for...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2fad99%2fba6a%2fsony-e-square Sony HD Dome Camera on Sep 18
Top WDR and low light performance are generally only offered in manufacturer's high end cameras. In particular, Sony users historically needed to use their expensive high end V series cameras for these options. Now, Sony says their new 6th generation mid-level...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2f8341%2f6089%2flenel Lenel OnGuard Tested on Sep 17
Lenel is one of the biggest names in Access Control with many thousands of systems installed around the globe.  In this report, we examine Lenel's OnGuard access management platform, look how it is typically used, organized, and configured with over 25...
Axis High End HD Camera Q1615 on Sep 15
Axis core focus is the high end of the market. Their newest high end camera is the Q1615, aims to continue that, which they claim offers industry leading image quality and novel features, such as: Super low light 'Lightfinder' at 1080p A new form of WDR...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2f3211%2f61e9%2facc5testnews Avigilon ACC 5 VMS on Sep 10
In this report, we provide in-depth videos covering Avigilon Control Center 5's operation and configuration with 30+ minutes of screencasts providing clear explanations of ACC features including: Applications review for live viewing and configuration Viewing...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2f9463%2f8192%2fnews License Plate Recognition Axis App Tested on Sep 08
License plate recognition (LPR) has historically been very expensive, requiring specialized hardware and software. An embedded LPR app from ipConfigure aims to change that, turning compatible Axis cameras into all-in-one LPR systems, now with integration to...
March MegaPX Domes on Sep 04
March Networks has been one of the bigger names in video surveillance recorders for a decade, with significant adoption especially in banking and retail. For a number of years, since the Cieffe acquisition, the company has offered IP cameras as well. In this...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2f0ebd%2fe82b%2fmilestone%2520logo%2520news Milestone XProtect 2014 Tested on Sep 03
In this third entry in our ongoing VMS test series we provide in-depth explanation and analysis of Milestone XProtect Enterprise 2014. Inside this report, we have 40+ minutes of video screencasts providing clear explanations of Milestone VMS features...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2fee09%2f6ebd%2fhik-square Hikvision High End Camera on Aug 27
Chinese manufacturer, including the two mega ones, Dahua and Hikvision, are best known in the West for super low cost, entry level cameras. However, how well do their 'higher end' ones one work? We bought a 3MP WDR, Integrated IR Hikvision dome (the awkwardly...
A Major Flaw in Long Lenses and PTZs Found on Aug 26
Theoretically, long lenses should let you capture faces and license plates very far away. For example, over 900 feet away from a 1080p camera one should get over 40ppf from a 100mm lens. But how well does this work in practice? In this test, we took 3 long lens...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2f6985%2f9580%2fvivotek-lipstick-square HD Lipstick Camera on Aug 15
Miniature IP / HD cameras are a growing trend. One of the downsides has been the addition of a 'head' or 'base' unit to do the encoding, often large or cumbersome enough to create installation challenges. We bought a new Vivotek 'lipstick bullet (the IB8168C),...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2fec79%2fede9%2fdial-up IP Video - Super Low Bandwidth on Aug 08
Even today, there are remote locations, especially in security applications, where extremely limited bandwidth is available. Despite that, users want to be able to monitor video live. In a world where HD video is the norm, what can you do when you only have 56 Kb/s...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2ffd8d%2f2459%2fexacq%2520front%2520page Exacq VMS on Aug 06
This test is part of an ongoing VMS test series were we provide in-depth explanation and analysis of video management software manufacturers. Inside this report, we have 40+ minutes of video screencasts testing ExacqVision version 6.2. The 14 videos cover: Client...
Genetec Security Center on Jul 23
This is IPVM's first in a series of all new, in-depth test reports on video management software. We start with Genetec's Security Center. Here's a 50 second video overview: Inside this report are 40 minutes of video screencasts break down live monitoring,...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2fb2c8%2f7b0d%2fpanasonic-6-square Panasonic Series 6 IP Cameras Tested on Jul 21
Can Panasonic make a comeback? One of the early entrants in IP cameras, Panasonic has been slipping, dues to faster and more aggressive competitors. Now, Panasonic has released a sixth generation plus added a 20%+ price cut. We tested two models from their new 6...
Samsung vs Google/Dropcam on Jul 14
Samsung is charging hard into IP cameras. Last year, they attacked the professional market with their WiseNet III launch. Now, they are going after the consumer / residential market with their "SmartCam" offering. Not only does Samsung have brand, they are...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2f0b74%2f97c9%2fcovert-camera-square the Smallest HD Cameras on Jul 09
Miniature HD IP cameras are a growing trend. It started with cameras that had small 'heads' but large 'base' units. Increasingly, though, the bases are shrinking. Recently, we even found one without any base at all, just a small head, like the one displayed in the...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2f1468%2f0a9b%2falliance-mini-square Varifocal Minidome (IQeye) on Jul 02
Minidomes are increasing in popularity, as IPVM statistics show. However, the most common objection to using minidomes is the lack of varifocal lenses. In this report, we tested the IQinVision Alliance-Mini, specifically the IQD52WV-B7 that integrates a...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2f610b%2f6cf0%2fcanon-test-square Canon IP Cameras on Jun 30
Canon now owns one of the top global VMS offerings but how good are their IP cameras? Will the combination of Canon IP cameras and Milestone VMS create the next Avigilon? Or will Canon's cameras be the anchor that drags down Milestone to mediocrity? To find out, we...
H.264 High vs Main vs Baseline Tested on Jun 27
In surveillance, H.264 is often considered a single 'thing' but there are many different sets of capabilities, called profiles, to choose from. The most well known of these are: Baseline Main High This chart shows the theoretical tradeoffs amongst...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2f09bd%2f1727%2fscreenshot%25202014-08-08%252008.13.49 GPS Tag (Tile) on Jun 26
$20 for a device that will find the locations of lost or stolen objects. That's the potential of a startup, Tile, that has crowdfunded more than $2.5 million worth of orders. We were one of the first backers / purchasers and recently received our...
Smoked vs Clear Domes on Jun 19
The best way to conceal where a camera is pointed is to use a smoked dome. Here's an example of a clear vs a smoked dome: However, smoked domes pass less light and can reduce low light performance. We tested two models of the same camera, one with a vendor...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2f8351%2fe660%2fnews+image 4K Monitors for Surveillance on Jun 19
4K televisions and monitors are becoming increasingly available and affordable.  We tested a 4K monitor vs a 1080p one. For testing, we purchased a 39" 4K Seiki SE39UY04 for ~$400 USD online, which is one of the lowest priced 4K displays available. We compared...
Simplisafe - The Startup Silicon Valley Bets Wil... on Jun 18
$57 million. That's the big bet by one of Silicon Valley's top VCs that a Massachussets based startup, Simplisafe, can knock off behemoths like ADT. And in typical Valley style, they are not shy about what they think of incumbents, declaring: "Most home security...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2fae88%2f5448%2f100-fingerprint-square The $100 Fingerprint Reader Tested on Jun 11
Want to add biometrics but avoid spending nearly $1,000 per door for it? When it comes to fingerprint readers, there are lots of options that all claim to perform the same. However, the ZKTeco F7 Fingerprint Reader is the least expensive Wiegand/Fingerprint...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2ff7d7%2f29b3%2fqsee-kit-square Q-See Analog HD Kit on Jun 09
This kit is so inexpensive we could almost not believe it. 8 HD IR cameras plus an DVR with a 2TB hard drive for $499 total. Here's what it looks like, laid out on our table: $499 is so incredibly low you can barely buy a single integrated IR camera...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2f272e%2f00cf%2fdahua-ir-ptz-square Dahua Integrated IR PTZ Tested on Jun 04
Integrated IR cameras are growing rapidly in popularity, as they help solve a key surveillance problem - poor low light imaging. However, integrated IR is rarely offered inside PTZs. Indeed, no major Western manufacturer offers an integrated IR PTZ. Recently,...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2fa27f%2fe289%2fpolarize-square Polarizing Filters on HD Cameras on May 30
Sun glare is particularly challenging for surveillance cameras. Even top cameras struggle with such conditions. One technique suggested is using polarizing filters. Simply put, these filters pass certain polarizations of light, while blocking others, reducing...
5MP Super Low Light Tested (Bosch) on May 27
Low light performance remains the biggest showstopper for multi-megapixel cameras. Test after test, 5 MP and even 1080p cameras are consistently outperformed by 720p models. Bosch is aiming to change this, however, with their new NBN-80052, a 5 MP model using a...
Low Cost License Plate Capture Shootout on May 21
License plate capture (LPC) is very popular as shown by our License Plate Capture Shootout 2014's high member interest.  One challenge is that purpose built LPC cameras can get quite expensive, even an inexpensive one, like the Geovision MP LPC we...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2fb773%2f713d%2fhdcvi%2520front%2520page Dahua HDCVI on May 19
Have IP cameras met their first real HD challenger? Dahua, a major Chinese surveillance manufacturer approaching a billion dollars in annual revenue, is now aggressively targeting a non-IP, coax based HD offering to Western markets, they call HD-CVI. Coax based,...
5MP Pelco Sarix IR on May 15
Integrated IR has become a common solution for low light problems, but resolutions have remained relatively low, usually 1080p and below. Now, 5MP bullet cameras have become common, but this brings up two key new questions: Does this increase in...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2f0c4b%2f6e68%2fscreen+shot+2014-05-14+at+8.16.17+am Hikvision IR Panoramic Camera Tested on May 14
Low light has been one of panoramic cameras' biggest challenges, with most essentially useless in low light, becoming a key barrier for panoramic adoption. For instance, here's one comparison from our original panoramic shootout: As can be seen, performance...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2f7439%2f4b5c%2fday-sample-square IP Camera Sample Shots Directory on May 05
16 total shots - 6 cameras, side by side, from 720p to 10MP, were recorded at 8 different scenes. We tested entrances, fields, intersections, parking lots, parking ramps, vehicle exits, and city streets. Here's an overview of the day time shots: We repeated...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2f00bd%2f1259%2faudio-guide-square Audio Surveillance Guide on Apr 30
Audio for surveillance is a complex topic with a lot of confusion and poorly implemented systems out there. We regularly get questions from users, such as: What kind of mic should I use? Where should it be mounted? How do I configure my system for best...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2f72b5%2fd491%2ffront+page+image Samsung WiseNet III Panoramic Camera on Apr 25
Samsung's IP video expansion efforts continue with their recent panoramic offerings. Their SNF-7010 series claims true WDR and uses their WiseNet III chip. IPVM bought an SNF-7010 and tested it head to head against Axis, Brickcom and Vivotek panoramic cameras (from...
Genetec and Milestone Access Tested on Apr 23
Video management software companies entering access control is a growing trend. One of the first to do this was Genetec, who now has a long history in both video and access. Indeed, they market their Security Center as a 'unified security platform' rather than...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2f8a6c%2f5c1b%2fnews+image Vivotek Smart Stream on Apr 18
Reduce storage costs by 30%, claims Vivotek. Their new "Smart Stream" feature intelligently compresses video streams such that moving objects get higher quality than background, stationary parts of the scene. Here is their promo video: How Is This...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2f9e54%2fc05e%2fonvif-square ONVIF Mega Test on Apr 16
In this groundbreaking report, we share findings of in-depth ONVIF testing. ONVIF Real World Integration We tested 14 camera manufacturers with 5 VMSes, performing 70 total integrations. The camera manufacturers included: ACTi, Avigilon, Axis, Bosch, Dahua, DRS,...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2fe233%2fb104%2fgeo-super-square Super Low Lux Minidome Tested on Apr 10
'Super' low light cameras have become increasingly common in box and full size cameras. However, no one we know has offered them in a minidome, the most common form factor for many users, valued for their small size, aesthetics and low cost. Recently, Geovision...
'Megapixel' Analog Camera on Mar 26
Megapixel analog sounds like a contradiction in terms. 'Analog' by definition, or at least in common use, is constrained by 60+ year old NTSC / PAL specifications and cannot be 'megapixel.' However, now manufacturers are starting to incorporate megapixel sensors...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2f8b47%2f3d54%2ftest-results-2014-square 2014 Surveillance Test Results Guide Released on Mar 19
Inside, get the 50 page IPVM 2014 Surveillance Test Results Guide. In the past year, IPVM has spent thousands of hours conducting over 75 tests, representing the global surveillance industry's most sophisticated and comprehensive testing program. However, to read...
Pelco SureVision 2.0 on Mar 17
Pelco's new SureVision 2.0 line promises superior low light and wide dynamic range capabilities, claiming "industry-leading image quality in the most difficult lighting conditions." But does it deliver? In order to test these claims, we shot out 1MP and 3MP...
Shootout: Megapixel vs Analog Cameras on Mar 12
How much does resolution really make a difference? For those purchasing budget or entry level systems, what, if any gain, does one get for higher resolution? In this test report, we did head to head testing of: 450TVL 600TVL 700TVL 960H 720p 1080p We...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2f0e15%2f3c6a%2flicense-plate-preview-square License Plate Capture Shootout 2014 on Mar 10
What should you be using to capture license plates consistently? We tested 3 major types of cameras head to head to see the tradeoffs: Super Low Light cameras: Day / night MP cameras with advanced night time performance have emerged over the past couple of years....
IP Camera Bandwidth / Storage Shootout on Mar 05
Bandwidth consumption can vary tremendously, even with the same resolution, frame rate, compression and scene, by 50% to 80% in our tests. This is because cameras process video differently (e.g., gain control applied, noise reduction technology, etc.). The Test We...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2fa576%2fea16%2fnews+image Geovision MP License Plate Camera on Feb 28
Capturing license plates is one of the most requested, and underserved areas, in IP cameras. The question comes up a lot, and there are not many purpose built options. One of the few IP / MP License Plate Capture cameras is from Geovision, the GVLPR HybridCam. So we...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2fa7bc%2fbfb8%2fnew+image Honeywell HD WDR IP Camera on Feb 25
Honeywell is a huge name, but not one well respected in video surveillance, unless you are an alarm dealer. The company was late into IP but now offers their own IP camera line, including their high end positioned HCW1F, a 720p HD WDR ONVIF camera that they claim...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2fbd81%2f4664%2fcompression+news+image IP Camera Manufacturer Compression Comparison on Feb 21
Compression is very important. While resolution gets the attention, compression is critical and can be a silent killer - both for quality and bandwidth. Regardless of resolution, all surveillance video is compressed. And even if 2 cameras have the same resolution,...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2f997f%2f41e9%2fid-test-thumb Camera Test: PPF Needed For IDs, Text, Money on Feb 19
Need to see the fine print of a dollar bill, euro, driver's license or text on a document? We tested 3 different types of print. Currency, both the US dollar and the Euro: Identification card, a US state driver's license And text, with point size ranging from...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2f46ea%2fd6b2%2f50-off-sqaure Arecont Bandwidth Savings Mode Tested on Feb 14
How would like to reduce your storage costs by up to 50% with just a click of a button? That's the promise of Arecont's 'Bandwidth Savings Mode', a new option that slashes bit rate up to half 'with least impact on image quality.' On the other hand, we are skeptical...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2ff263%2ffed2%2fhigh-server-load-wordpress VMS Server Load Fundamentals Tested on Feb 11
How powerful of a server do you need to run VMS software? What drives VMS server load? There's manufacturer recommendations but, until now, there's has never been an independent test of VMS server load. In this report, we share our test findings experimenting with...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2f0ec1%2fd75c%2fwodsee%2520nvr%2520front%2520page $39 ONVIF NVR on Feb 05
You are probably used to paying thousands of dollars for NVRs and even hundreds for budget ones, like the Q-See kit we tested. But how about just $39 for an NVR? That's the price we paid, responding to a Chinese spam email promotion. And it was done based on your...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2fdf49%2f5046%2fcompress_photo Time Compressor on Jan 31
Our VMS Search Shootout showed that performance varies greatly and is an important differentiator in product selection. One uncommon but interesting feature is the ability to overlay people and vehicles from different times on a single video to quickly show who and...
D-Link vs. Dropcam Shootout on Jan 29
D-Link is not happy. Over the last two years, upstart Dropcam has received a ton of coverage from dozens of publications, including IPVM (see our 2 Dropcam tests - original camera and new 'Pro' camera).  Meanwhile D-Link, who reports selling far more IP...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2f864f%2fb996%2fnews+image the Lowest Cost HD PTZ on Jan 24
The $68 SD PTZ we tested disappointed, due primarily to poor image quality and high bandwidth consumption. A member suggested we test a newer HD version that cost $40 more - the Foscam FI9821W, so we bought one from Amazon for $127 to put this to the...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2f0ede%2fe1a3%2fnews%2520image Avigilon / VideoIQ Rialto on Jan 22
After years of supplying their analytics only on their own cameras, VideoIQ released the Rialto series in 2013, allowing third party cameras to be used. We tested the Rialto with 7 cameras from major manufacturers Axis, Bosch, Sony, and Avigilon (who recently...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2fb020%2f704e%2ffree+image Ranking IP Camera Low Light Performance on Jan 20
This first ever program rates and ranks IP camera low light performance, introducing LL-TVL counts, enabling accurate and quantified comparisons. This has been impossible to do historically, as minimum illumination specifications are untrustworthy, with...
Camera Slow Shutter / Ghosting Tested on Jan 17
Wrong. Your first impression of an IP camera's performance in low light is frequently wrong. The reason is simple: slow shutter. Many manufacturers default their cameras to go to a shutter speed that is too slow to capture moving objects without creating...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2ff3eb%2fb03b%2fe97%2520front%2520page ACTi E97 10MP Camera on Jan 13
$200 for a 10MP camera? Too good to be true or the next big thing to stand out from the commoditizing HD market? After years going sideways, ACTi is pushing hard with an ambitious, broad line of low cost products. Their recent release of the 10MP E97 minidome is...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2f3cc6%2fd7ee%2fwodsee%2520news $29 ONVIF IR IP Chinese Camera on Jan 08
The #1 IP camera problem is cost, as unique IPVM survey results show. Rectifying that is critical. Last month, we received a (spam) email offering IP cameras, with integrated IR and ONVIF support for $29.90 from Wodsee. We get hundreds of Chinese manufacturer spam...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2fea3a%2f75a8%2fa-vmd-news VMD Shootout II - Hikvision, Dahua, Samsung on Jan 06
Our first VMD Camera Shootout included Avigilon, Axis, Bosch and Sony. Members enjoyed it and asked for more manufacturers to be tested. This test includes 3 new manufacturers - Dahua, Hikvision and Samsung, building on our original camera test...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2f59cd%2f362d%2facti-e96-square ACTi E96 Panoramic Camera on Dec 30
Not too long ago, panoramic cameras typically cost $1,000 or more. In the past year, the prices have come down significantly, where $500 or $600 is feasible. Now, ACTi has been running a crazy promotion where they are selling their new E96 panoramic camera for ~$200...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2f14d0%2fa71b%2fnumber-3-icon 3 Key Surveillance Product Shifts For 2014 on Dec 24
Three surveillance product shifts are changing the market and what you should expect from quality products. We discovered these from over 70 unique IPVM tests in 2013. They are: Mainstreaming of True WDR and Super Low Light 'Dropcamming' Consumer...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2f2d56%2f6b1b%2ffoscam-mini-ptz-square the Lowest Cost PTZ on Dec 23
$68 for an IP PTZ? That's what the Foscam FI8910W goes for on Amazon where it is the #2 overall selling surveillance camera. We bought one to try it out. Obviously, at $68, it's no enterprise speeddome. Indeed, there is no optical zoom, and it's SD...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2fa7af%2fd5f5%2foutoffocussiemens Autofocus Accuracy on Dec 17
Integrators love autofocus. It takes the pain out of getting precise focus manually, especially important for hard to reach cameras. However, some question the accuracy of autofocusing versus manual where a human can carefully determine and verify best...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2f0d56%2fd631%2fcolor-wheel-square Color Analytics Performance on Dec 16
In an industry known for overhyping its own value, color analytics have been considered pure science fiction, with few, if any, stories from the field to back up manufacturer claims. In this report, we test Bosch's IVA color analytics to see which practical...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2fe363%2fa2da%2fline-count-square The Real Resolution of MP Cameras on Dec 11
Resolution has become ridiculous. IP cameras equate resolution with pixels, ignoring that pixels are simply mechanical components of a camera, not the full performance of said camera. Indeed, it has gotten so bad, we have recommended that we Ban...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2fb45c%2f2b46%2fblu_eye The Resolution of the Human Eye on Dec 04
All sorts of wild guesses and theoretical calculations exist about what the resolution of the human eye is, with 576MP a common claim. No one we can find has ever actually tested it . . . until now. In this report, we share our findings of testing various...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2f6793%2f35d1%2fhik-square Hikvision 2013 IP Cameras Tested on Dec 02
Hikvision claims to be the #1 surveillance manufacturer in the world. That's, well, debatable. What's not in dispute is that they have become huge, fueled by the massive Chinese market, with revenue rocketing over $1 billion USD last year (by contrast Axis is the in...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2f40ee%2f77c2%2fdropcam.200 New Dropcam Pro Camera on Nov 25
VSaaS, overall, has been a disaster with nearly every provider, including gorilla Axis, struggling to make it big. The one clear exception has been Dropcam. It's end to end solution, targeted for maximum simplicity and its direct to end user business has resulted in...
Bosch Flexidome Micro Shootout on Nov 22
Minidomes are very popular, likely the most popular of all IP camera form factors, due to their relative low cost and small size. Earlier this year, we tested 3 Axis M30 minidomes. Now, we are testing 3 Bosch minidomes head to head against Axis. First, our typical...
10MP vs 5MP vs HD Shootout on Nov 20
HD cameras are commonplace. Everyone offers 1080p. The big question now is how much better is 5MP or 10MP? Is a 10MP camera 5 times better than 1080p as pixel count proponents claim? In this report, we share test results of a head to head shootout between 1080p, 5MP...
VMS Mobile Apps Guide on Nov 19
Every VMS supplier has mobile app clients now, even if many are still not using them. However, significant differences can exist across VMS implementations. In this guide, we review 15 key features / components, including: Mobile Platforms Device Size...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2f678b%2f4fc3%2fsamsung-logo-square Samsung Wisenet III Camera Shootout on Nov 18
Samsung has never been a serious player in IP cameras, despite their success in other markets. Now, Samsung is pushing their Wisenet III release as their breakthrough offering. Is it really? We bought the Samsung 720p SNB-5004 and 1080p SNB-6004 and ran a...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2f5106%2fe4a8%2ffree+image Camera Selection Guide on Nov 14
Entrances, hallways, rooms and parking lots are perhaps the 4 most common areas where surveillance is deployed. But what is the best type of camera for each? What resolution, form factors and FoV are best? Where do special features like WDR, integrated IR, super low...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2fa89f%2f0165%2ffront+page Geovision Mini IR Camera on Nov 01
Integrated IR continues to be a growing trend, moving into cameras at both the high and low ends of the spectrum. One new model from Geovision, the 1.3MP GV-UBX1301 claims 10m illumination range and adaptive IR at a price point barely above $200. To see how this...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2f7100%2ffdd6%2fmapshome%2520-%2520version%25202 VMS Mapping Shootout on Oct 30
Maps are used for situational awareness, but what is that exactly? What features do they have and how do VMSes differ in what they offer? In this report, we share our test results of reviewing the map features for Milestone, Genetec, Avigilon, Exacq, AxxonSoft, and...
VMD Camera Shootout on Oct 28
Video motion detection's inaccuracy can have disastrous effects on your VMS system, with recordings due to positives easily consuming far more storage than estimated. On the other hand, optimizing VMD to reject these alarms can decrease detection rates, missing real...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2fb218%2f8c65%2fdummy%2520camera%2520news%2520image%2520700 Dummy Camera Shootout on Oct 23
Despite violent opposition from most in the industry, dummy cameras continue to be one of the top selling security products online. Right now, a dummy camera is currently the #2 top result for "surveillance camera" on Amazon.com. But how realistic are...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2fcabf%2f0c27%2fupgrade VMS Upgrade Comparison on Oct 22
Which VMS offers the best way to upgrade VMS software versions? Who makes it simple and automated and who forces you to figure it out on your own? In this report, we answer these questions, examining the upgrade capabilities for Avigilon, Exacq, Genetec,...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2fff1a%2f5c3d%2fcrossline%2520rain Analytics vs Rain: Axis, Bosch & Sony on Oct 21
Rain. This was a key objection to our Camera Analytics Test: Axis vs. Bosch vs. Sony. Members rightfully noted it is one thing for an analytics to do well indoors and outdoors at night but what about in the rain? In this report, we share our findings of testing the...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2f728b%2fcfc2%2fispy iSpy Open Source Windows VMS Tested on Oct 18
Open source software has had a huge impact on the web and IT, with solutions like Linux, Apache, PostgreSQL, Wordpress, Firefox, Audacity, VLC, etc., becoming major forces. However, in video surveillance, that has not been the case. The most well known open source...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2f16cb%2f0c09%2fcc8130%2520news Vivotek Cube Panoramic (CC8130) on Oct 16
A cube panoramic? Plus a wall mount facial camera? That's what Vivotek is proposing with its recent CC8130 camera. That's certainly different from the legion of ceiling mounted minidomes that have become the industry norm (see our panoramic shootout results). In...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2f89b5%2fe6fc%2fsearching-300 Surveillance Search Shootout on Oct 14
Searching for video is the most important function for many VMS users. While they may not have the time or interest to watch video live regularly, whenever an issue arises, they want to be able to quickly and accurately find the issue of interest. In this report, we...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2f2fba%2f5d5c%2fscreen%2520shot%25202013-10-08%2520at%25207.58.58%2520pm Brickcom Immervision Panomorph 360 Test on Oct 09
Immervision was one of the earliest providers of 180 / 360 imaging in the surveillance market. With their CS mount lenses, Immervision offered a different technology (panomorph) and approach to adding 180 / 360 imaging to conventional box cameras. However, the...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2f76af%2f33e6%2findoors Super Low Light vs Integrated IR Shootout on Oct 07
Two of the biggest trends in IP cameras collide in this unique IPVM shootout. In the past few years, a surge of manufacturers have released integrated IR cameras as well as 'super' low light ones. Indeed, many manufacturer now offer both types. They both address...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2fbdf7%2fb402%2fluxi-shot Luxi iPhone Light Meter Tested on Oct 04
Adding a free app to your smartphone to measure light levels sounds great but our recent test showed how poorly they performed. However, a new iPhone accessory, Luxi, claims to deliver far more accurate results at a fraction of the cost (online for $29.95 USD)...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2f0cfa%2facfa%2fhid-edge HID Edge Solo on Oct 03
HID is the biggest name in IP door controllers, especially for single or dual door controllers, with their Edge line. Now, as surveillance companies, like Axis and Milestone, target the access control market, competition may heat up. HID offers a very...
Test: H.264 I vs P Frame Impact on Oct 02
Codecs like H.264 reduce bandwidth by only sending full frames every so often, mixing them with partial frames only capturing changes in between the full ones. They are called 'I' frames because they are the initial / full frames, followed by 'P',...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2fe842%2f1720%2fscreen%2520shot%25202013-09-26%2520at%25209.46.06%2520pm Camera Height vs Image Quality on Sep 27
A critical debate amongst surveillance professionals is how high should cameras be mounted. The higher the camera is mounted, the less likely it is to be vandalized, stolen or obstructed. But the higher it is mounted, the more likely image quality suffers as the...
VMS Health Monitoring Shootout on Sep 18
Monitoring the health of video surveillance systems is critical to ensuring reliability and eliminating the security risks of outages. VMS software, as the central component of viewing, recording and managing video is typically looked at for monitoring the health of...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2f8c7e%2f67b7%2fscreen%2520shot%25202013-09-16%2520at%25203.59.31%2520pm Camera Analytics Tested: Axis vs. Bosch vs. Sony on Sep 17
With the move to IP and HD now commonplace, companies are looking for new ways to compete. While analytics has long disappointed, many still hold out hope for it being the next big thing. Many major camera manufacturers offer analytics built-in or for a minimal...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2f4cc4%2f9051%2flight%2520meter%2520apps-square Failed! Lux Meter Apps on Sep 10
Manufacturer illumination ratings cannot be trusted, so you should use a lux meter and test yourself. Some people, though, are too lazy to get their own lux meter or want to use an application that can be loaded on their smartphone. However, this begs the question -...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2f8e16%2fd774%2fadd-camera VMS Camera Connection Comparison on Sep 09
Adding cameras to a VMS is the most basic admin task in any surveillance system. And, of course, it is one of the first. Worse, it can be one of the most frustrating if a camera cannot connect. Which VMSes are better or worse at managing camera connections? In this...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2f2a57%2f7154%2fm3007 Axis Panoramic M3007 Test on Sep 06
Continuing our series of individual panoramic tests, this report covers the Axis M3007, one or the more recent and least expensive options on the market. We dug into the camera's setup, integration and performance to reveal its strengths and weaknesses. Here's...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2fdfdb%2fa1db%2fmacbeth-chart-square Camera Color Fidelity Shootout on Sep 04
The surveillance industry is obsessed with more and more pixels. But color fidelity - accurately rendering yellow as yellow or blue as blue - can be critical for identifying individuals or objects. We decided to test 5 camera manufacturers - Axis, Avigilon, Bosch,...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2ffd17%2f985c%2finstaller VMS Installation Comparison on Aug 28
The first real experience most integrators have with a VMS is installing the software. Immediate issues can create a bad impression. Worse, challenges can lead to integrators giving up in favor of an easier to install products. Installation impacts ongoing...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2faaa7%2f9142%2favmd-icon Advanced VMD - Axis / Mobotix Tested on Aug 26
Surveillance professionals prefer motion based recording over continuous but the main weakness of motion detection is its inaccuracy. Sure, it saves a lot of storage over recording continuously but it still can be very inefficient, triggering against leaves,...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2f5a51%2faaa7%2floading VMS Remote Monitoring Tested on Aug 21
Remote monitoring of VMS systems is often critical. Large organizations have campuses, offices or branches scattered across a country, with a need to access that surveillance video. Indeed, all organization, large and small, frequently want to watch video from their...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2fb2da%2fd2f5%2fqsee-square The Q-See HD IP NVR Kit on Aug 14
The Q-See HD IP kit may be the hottest budget product around. At just $699 online for (4) 720p HD IP IR cameras plus a 1 TB NVR with a built in PoE switch, it is an absurdly inexpensive. It is hard to buy a single low cost NVR unit for this price, forget about...
Advanced Camera Bandwidth Test Results on Aug 12
[WARNING: If you think surveillance is all about 'leadership' and 'salesmanship', leave now. This in-depth technical report exposes never revealed patterns significantly impacting bandwidth and storage.] There's much more going on than might appear. Surely you are...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2fa15d%2fe898%2flive-featured VMS Live Video Shootout on Aug 06
Viewing live video is the first and most fundamental feature of video management systems. In this study, we tested 7 VMSes, comparing and contrasting features and the ease of use of the offerings. We evaluated Avigilon, Exacq, Genetec, Milestone, Network...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2f15e5%2f4e1b%2fvivotek-pano Vivotek Panoramic Test on Aug 02
Continuing our panoramic camera shootout series, this report shares our findings from testing the Vivotek 5MP 360 vandal dome camera, the FE8172V. The report contrasts Vivotek's performance to Axis, Mobotix and Panasonic panoramic cameras, featuring a series of image...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2fcaf8%2f8d4d%2fm3005 Axis M30 Minidome Shootout on Jul 29
Minidomes are popular. Their combination of low cost and small size make them a common choice for many surveillance applications. One series in particular, the Axis M30, is mentioned on IPVM frequently, both positively and negatively. We bought the Axis M3004, M3005...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2f14ac%2fdf6a%2fexport-icon VMS Exporting Shootout on Jul 22
When incidents occur, exporting video quickly, easily and securely is critical. In this comparison we tested 6 VMSes head to head, comparing and contrasting which ones were better or worse. In our study, we have found 6 main...
Shootout: 4K vs 1080p vs 720p Video on Jul 17
4K is the next big thing in video. While 1080p has become the 'standard' for HD, the next step is 4K, quadrupling resolution / pixel count from ~2MP to ~8MP. It is already showing up in TV sets as well as consumer cameras. Indeed, the first 4K surveillance camera was...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2f4a1d%2f0493%2favigilon-ir-bullet Avigilon Integrated IR on Jul 15
Integrated IR is a big trend in IP cameras. After years of major manufacturers criticizing IR illumination inside their cameras, pretty much all IP camera manufacturers offer integrated IR options. Avigilon's integrated IR cameras claim to now only eliminate IR...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2f643e%2f75e3%2fmultistream-icon VMS Multistreaming Comparison on Jul 11
With megapixel now mainstream, surveillance systems need to deal with unprecedented loads of live video display and recorded storage. One emerging technique for VMSes to handle this is using multistreaming. Three main benefits exist: Reducing load on viewing...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2fc061%2fc041%2fdahua-logo Dahua Cameras on Jul 08
You may not know Dahua, but you should. They are the 'other' big Chinese surveillance manufacturer (besides Hikvision) that is aggressively expanding throughout the rest of the world. However, unlike Hikvision, Dahua is much more reluctant to use its own brand...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2fc9fe%2f883d%2fxeoma-logo Super Low Cost VMS (Xeoma) on Jun 27
VMS software for less than $3 per channel? Prices have certainly come down over the last few years, but a relative newcomer is pushing them even lower. FelenaSoft's Xeoma charges no more than $19.95 per channel and under $10 per channel for 32 cameras ($299.95), down...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2f1ba2%2f6a4c%2fpanasonic-panorama Panasonic Panoramic Test on Jun 24
Panasonic has gotten into panoramic cameras, with their launch of their WV-SF438 and WV-SW458 models. As part of our groundbreaking Panoramic Camera testing series, we ran a shootout of Panasonic against Axis, Mobotix and Vivotek panoramic cameras, as shown...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2fe200%2f27e3%2fsentry360-logo 10MP Panoramic Test (Sentry360) on Jun 21
A 10MP panoramic camera? While 3MP and even 5MP cameras are increasingly common, a 360 degree 10MP offering is rare. In this report, we share test results of Sentry360, a panoramic specialist, that offers 3MP, 5MP and 10MP panoramic cameras. We tested them side by...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2f2e8c%2f44ce%2fpinhole-cam Axis MP Pinhole Shootout on Jun 18
For covert surveillance, pinhole lenses / cameras are a common choice because they can be hidden behind walls, or in ordinary objects. Until recently, the only options were analog / SD. However, Axis launched the P12 series, bringing 720p MP to pinhole. How much...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2f2c51%2f9105%2fpelco-sarix-il10 Pelco Sarix IL10 on Jun 12
Value / budget cameras are becoming increasingly important for even 'professional' oriented manufacturers and are viewed as a key means to expand IP to the lower end of the market. This spring, Pelco joined this trend with its IL10 series Sarix cameras. In this...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2fafd6%2fb959%2fdrivercam Advanced Drivercam on Jun 07
Most dash or driver cams have few features - they record audio and video to an SD card which you pull out and manually review. That is certainly the case with the top selling CarCam on Amazon which we recently tested. We wanted to compare to a higher end drivercam...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2f9230%2f1fe4%2fsony-6th-gen Sony's 6th Gen IP Cameras on Jun 03
Sony's long awaited 6th generation IP cameras are now available. In our 2010-2011 tests, Sony's 5th generation cameras were one of the top offerings of that era. However, the market has advanced in the past few years. In this report, we share our test results of...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2fc890%2fc55d%2favigilon-image-enhance Avigilon's Image Enhancement on May 27
Typically, VMS software displays video 'as is'. While there may be basic brightness, contrast and saturation controls, those require manual adjustment with significant tradeoffs. By contrast, Avigilon's VMS has an interesting feature called 'Display Adjustments'...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2f0587%2f57da%2ffps-shootout 30 vs 60 FPS Shootout on May 21
30 frames per second used to be the maximum practical limit for surveillance cameras. Now, it is becoming increasingly common for IP cameras to support double that, 60 frames per second. (For background, see our training on frame rates and industry statistics on...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2f9cd7%2fa2f9%2fdropcam VSaaS / Dropcam HD on May 14
Dropcam is pretty clearly the strongest upstart in the VSaaS market. While Axis has pushed their hosted service offering for years, it is beset by poor ROI and weak performance. There are dozens of other VSaaS Startups but no one matches Dropcam's relatively huge VC...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2f2a93%2f5ce9%2fpanoramic-shootout Panoramic Cameras Outdoors on May 12
Outdoors, PTZs tend to be a favorite for covering large open areas but they only see whatever they are currently pointed at. Panoramics are an emerging alternative but how well do they perform and what type of video quality do they deliver? Following our...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2f9a05%2f323f%2fdrivercam1 CarCam on May 07
Dash cams are getting a lot of attention for the amazing video they inadvertently capture, like a crashing 747 in Afghanistan, a meteor explosion, Russian crazy fights and accidents, etc. Moreover, in many countries, dash cams have become extremely popular ways to...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2fff41%2f5f2e%2fcovert Covert Cameras on May 01
Covert cameras are regularly referenced in TV shows and undercover reporting. We ordered two of the most frequently sold covert cameras on Amazon - a Car Key cam and a PenCam, as shown below: We then put them to the test, examining video performance in low light,...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2f5e23%2f9d68%2fpanoramic-shootout Panoramic Camera Shootout on Apr 21
Panoramic cameras are one of the hottest growing markets within surveillance. The combination of multi-megapixel resolution and super wide FoVs claims to deliver greater coverage than conventional cameras. But how well do they work and how do the options...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2f5192%2f251f%2fmini-pc Android MiniPC and Raspberry Pi on Mar 27
Local viewing is a common problem for VMS software based systems. Even for DVR/NVR appliances with direct video output, if the video needs to be viewed elsewhere, it typically requires a monitor and a PC. One solution gaining attention is deploying super low cost...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2fbebf%2f3091%2fthermal-cam Axis Q19 Thermal Cameras on Mar 26
Over the last few year, Axis has expanded into thermal cameras. While the company is well known and respected for conventional IP cameras, thermal is outside their historic sweet spot, raising questions of how well would their thermal offerings compete. We put the...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2fbcca%2f4a17%2fsightlogix-thermal SightLogix Thermal SightSensor on Mar 23
With the release of its Clear24 image enhancement feature, SightLogix claims "the most detailed thermal image possible, 24 hours per day", as demonstrated in their marketing video. We put it to the test against Axis, DRS, FLIR, and Pelco to see just how...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2fe409%2f3a61%2fsarix-thermal Pelco Sarix Thermal Cameras on Mar 12
In this report, we share our test findings of Pelco's Sarix TI Thermal cameras. While relatively new to the thermal market, Pelco has been making big claims about how its all digital processing and design increases image quality and detection range. We put it to the...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2f56ab%2fc1c1%2fbosch-starlight Bosch Starlight Tested vs Axis on Mar 03
[UPDATE June 2013: We tested the Bosch Starlight camera against the new Sony Gen 6 camera. When doing so, we upgraded Bosch to its newest available firmware (5.80). We found this change (moving from 5.70 to 5.80), resulted in significant improvements in image quality...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2f3eaa%2f752e%2flowest-cost Lowest Cost Thermal Camera Tested on Feb 25
Recently, DRS entered the IP thermal market with far lower pricing than any incumbent, aiming to make this technology affordable to users who could never previously consider it. However, with such low pricing, performance and usability concerns are obvious, wondering...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2f2a8d%2f5c7a%2fflir_f-series-250x250 FLIR F Series Cameras Tested on Feb 19
In this report, we share our test findings of FLIR's F series IP thermal cameras, one of the most widely used and highly configurable lines they offer. We compare the F series against models from Axis, DRS, Pelco, and SightLogix at various ranges. We also provide an...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2f0f02%2f7bca%2favigilon-h3-wdr Avigilon's H3 WDR Camera on Feb 14
Avigilon has long marketed itself as delivering 'the best evidence' but until recently they did not have any WDR cameras. However, their H3 release introduced WDR up to 3MP. In this report, we share our test findings of Avigilon's H3 3MP WDR camera compared against...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2f58d5%2f13c3%2fav3116dn Arecont's WDR Camera (AV3116DN) on Feb 07
Arecont Vision has long offered many of the highest resolution cameras in the market but they have never been particularly strong in WDR nor low light. Now, Arecont Vision is releasing a new series of cameras that are explicitly marketed for WDR performance and...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2f75ba%2f5d82%2fbosch-hdr-dinion Bosch HDR HD Dinion Test on Jan 29
In this report, we share our results of the BOSCH HDR HD Dinion, NBN-932V. Compared to the Bosch NBN-832 we tested last year, the 932 adds in WDR (which Bosch refers to as HDR). We tested the 932 against offerings from Arecont, Avigilon, Axis, Panasonic and Sony in...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2ff87e%2fc1d5%2fwdr-shootout WDR Shootout 2013 on Jan 22
One of the most important surveillance camera differentiators is Wide Dynamic Range (WDR) performance. Dealing with bright sunlight and shadows is a key problem for most surveillance deployments and, historically, most cameras were poor. Indeed, in our first two WDR...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2f7af2%2f9ace%2fthermal-snow Thermal Performance When Snowing on Jan 14
Thermal cameras have long been marketed as able to "see" when traditional cameras cannot, whether in low light or adverse conditions. Certainly there is much truth in this, especially in low light as our thermal vs D/N shootout shows. But what about when the...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2ff63e%2fab9c%2flow-light-vs-quality Low Light Vs Image Quality on Jan 07
While minimum illumination ratings imply a magical point where image quality goes from good to bad, the reality is that image quality gradually degrades as lighting levels lower. In this report, we share test results showing what this looks like and the rate of...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2f42c5%2f21a6%2fthermal-day-night-shootout Thermal Resolution Shootout on Dec 06
Even for thermal cameras, resolution is a critical differentiator. While no MP thermal network cameras exist, users must choose between the equivalent of CIF and 4CIF cameras or roughly double the resolution. Doing so is important because the cost increase between...
Thermal vs Day/Night Shootout on Nov 27
What should you do for dark outdoor scenes? Thermal cameras are getting a lot less expensive. Conventional cameras are getting better in low light. We decided to test these two categories - thermal and day/night - head to head to better understand what's better to...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2f1ee6%2f4bb1%2flowest-bandwidth-dvtel-quasar-1 Lowest Bandwidth Camera? (DVTel Quasar) on Nov 12
DVTel is making bold claims about their new HD camera line, Quasar, boasting that: "DVTEL’s Quasar video surveillance cameras offer the highest quality video with the most cost effective, lowest bandwidth and storage requirements on the market today."...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2fc2c5%2f1f2f%2florex-lnc Lorex LNC - Hosted Video Killer? on Oct 29
Lorex has quietly become one of the biggest forces in the consumer / home surveillance market, on pace to sell over 500,000 cameras this year through mass distribution and big box retailers (like Costco). Indeed, the company was just acquired by thermal manufacturer...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2f5d82%2fc8fe%2fsmartphone-surveillance Smartphones as Surveillance Cameras on May 24
Using smartphones as surveillance cameras is one of the biggest trends in 2012, with multiple manufacturers announcing apps. These apps allow live video to be streamed from the phone's camera directly to a VMS, for viewing and recording by central operators,...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2fede5%2f62ea%2fhikvisionds-2cd864fwd-e+ Hikvision IP Camera 2012 Test Results on May 15
Hikvision is the most valuable video surveillance company in the world, going public in 2010 at $6 Billion USD and now trading at over $7 Billion USD, far higher than Axis Communications. Even in total revenue, Hikvision tops Axis. However, Hikvision is greatly...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2f2dc0%2f22a1%2faspect-ratio Aspect Ratio 16:9 vs 4:3 Shootout on May 03
You are wrong about the best aspect ratio for surveillance, at least statistically speaking. In the past few years, as HD swept into living rooms, people have moved from watching video on 4:3 aspect ratios to the wider 16:9 format. This has carried over into...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2f2f2c%2f440a%2fpanasonicwv-sp509 Panasonic WV-SP509 Camera Test on May 02
The world's best all around HD camera - that's what the new Panasonic WV-SP509 was declared at the Milestone shootout. But is it really? That's the goal of this test. We took the Panasonic WV-SV509, testing it against Bosch and Sony's Full HD cameras as well as...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2f4c8f%2f4cdc%2fedge-recording Top Trend - Edge Storage Test on Apr 24
The top technology trend for Spring 2012 is edge storage, as selected by your fellow IPVM readers. While edge storage has slowly evolved it had never made a big push to the 'core' of the video surveillance market. Now, with a major boost by Axis plus new support...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2f41ef%2fdf34%2fprivacy-mask Reducing Bandwidth Through Privacy Masks? on Apr 23
Reducing your surveillance bandwidth means lower storage costs and better remote monitoring. As such, professionals are always looking for techniques to do so, including improved codecs (MPEG-4 to H.264, H.264 Baseline to High Profile), VBR vs CBR modes, etc. Rarely...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2f3224%2f6fe9%2faxis-camera-companion Axis Camera Companion (ACC) on Mar 20
No more VMS? That's the plan for Axis's new Camera Companion (ACC). The 800-pound IP camera gorilla has taken aim at the low end of surveillance, looking to displace analog cameras in the sub-16 camera market segment. Not only free, it eliminates having a PC or...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2f6a7a%2f95e7%2faxis-q1604 Axis Q1604 Shootout Results on Feb 27
In the past year, Axis has advocated improved image quality versus more 'megapixels'. The two cameras most central to that are the Q1602 Lightfinder camera and the Q1604 WDR camera. In this report, we share test results of the Q1604. Areas Tested We focused our...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2fa30d%2ffeb3%2fh.264-1 H.264 Codec Shootout on Feb 21
While H.264 is often considered a single 'thing', many different 'types' of H.264 exist. These types have performance tradeoffs. For the past few years, most IP camera manufacturers only supported the most basic type - baseline profile. Now, increasingly,...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2f61f9%2fceb2%2fir-measuring How to Measure IR Illumination on Feb 15
Using IR for night time surveillance is a popular choice. The added non visible light can improve image quality when ambient street or visible lighting is absent. However, adding the right amount of IR light can be challenging. Add too much and the scene is over...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2f8dd7%2f2243%2fpelco-surevision Pelco's Surevision Cameras on Jan 09
Undoutedbly, Pelco was a leader in analog CCTV. Years ago, integrators would have likely choosen Pelco as the most respected company in the industy. Yet times have changed. In the last decade, with a sharply shifting industry and a company in transition, Pelco's...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2f3604%2f51f0%2fbosch-hdr-dinion Bosch Dinion Camera Testing on Jan 08
In this report, we test Bosch's Dinion IP cameras against leading cameras from Axis, Pelco and Sony. Our goal in this test was to understand (1) how Bosch's cameras compared to one another and (2) more importantly how they matched up against competitor's...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2f360a%2f7788%2faxis-q1602 Axis Q1602 Lightfinder Test on Dec 12
Axis says its new Q1602 camera with 'Lightfinder' technology is a 'revolutionary improvement' for video surveillance cameras. It is a very bold claim. Until now, the only thing available has been Axis produced demos so we bought an Axis Q1602 and did our own...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2f996a%2f5efa%2fmp-featured MP Camera Low Light Shootout 2011 on Dec 05
With the market sharply moving to megapixel cameras, an increasingly important question is: what MP cameras offer the best low light performance? In this report, we answer this question based on months of field testing. We then take the best performing megapixel...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2f9736%2f542a%2farecont-20mp Arecont's 20MP SurroundVideo Camera on Nov 29
Should you be using 20MP cameras? Once considered science fiction, 20 Megapixel cameras are now a reality for the video surveillance industry. This year, Arecont Vision announced a 20MP camera. That camera is now shipping so we bought a unit to find out how well it...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2fe720%2f8c73%2ffov Wide Vs Narrow Camera FoV on Nov 24
Determining the correct Field of View (FoV) for each surveillance camera is one of the most important decisions in designing surveillance systems. It can also be one of the most challenging as a fundamental tension exists: People prefer wide FoVs because the wider...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2faaf6%2f495d%2fubiquiti Ubiquiti Aircam Bullet Test on Nov 19
Can a $100 HD network camera change the surveillance industry? We are about to find out as Ubiquiti, a company whose massive growth has disrupted the wireless network industry commences its attack on the video surveillance market. What makes Ubiquiti really...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2f2900%2fe71b%2fpentax-plus Pentax Plus Megapixel Lens Test on Nov 02
Last month, we released the first ever Megapixel lens test where we did a shootout between 5 leading surveillance lens manufacturers - Computar, Evetar, Fujinon, Tamron and Tuss. Member feedback was very encouraging and the lessons learned in image quality...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2f64a4%2ff266%2f720v1080shootout 720p vs 1080p Camera Shootout on Oct 25
When choosing High Definition cameras, one of the most fundamental questions is what of the two common resolution levels one should choose: Do you use 720p or 1080p cameras? The fundamental alternatives are familiar to any user who has bought a TV in the last few...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2f4568%2fad25%2fip-camera-boot-time IP Camera Bootup Shootout on Oct 19
IP cameras, like PCs, take some time to boot up. And just like PCs, the amount of time can vary greatly. Many people do not care but some people find it annoying. Perhaps more importantly, in surveillance, the longer it takes to boot, the longer the camera is down...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2feda5%2f4761%2fmotion-boost-running Motion Boost Recording Test on Oct 11
Both motion and continuous based recording have downsides. In this test, we look at a feature that aims to rectify both of them simultaneously. With motion based recording, you can miss relevant events that the camera or VMS does not detect. This exposes user to...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2f87c5%2f45b4%2fhd-lens-shootout HD Lens Shootout on Oct 02
Conventional wisdom says that lenses make a big difference in image quality but the question remains: "How much of a difference?" With the shift to megapixel cameras increasing demands for higher quality lenses, this question has gained even greater importance. We...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2f1f8e%2fe6dd%2fmotion-detection Motion Detection Performance Tested on Sep 05
Motion detection is an important element of many, if not, most surveillance systems. It plays a central role in both storage search time reduction. Storage is routinely reduced by 30% - 80% by using motion based rather than continuous recording. Likewise, an...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2f6272%2ff7c0%2fbw-vs-frame-rate Bandwidth vs Frame Rate on Aug 30
Frame rate selection has a major impact on bandwidth consumption for surveillance cameras. While most cameras have a maximum frame rate of 25 to 30 frames per second, users typically choose significantly lower frame rates, driven by a desire to minimize storage...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2f9861%2f2958%2fhd-vs-sd-ptz SD vs. HD PTZ Shootout on Aug 20
PTZs, like fixed cameras, are moving to megapixel. With PTZs, though, real questions remain about the value of going to megapixel. Some people say that megapixel eliminates the need for PTZ, regardless of the PTZ's resolution. Our Fixed MP vs SD PTZ camera test...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2fa0bb%2fbfd1%2fwdr-icon WDR Megapixel Camera Shootout on Jul 30
Dealing with direct sunlight is one of video surveillance's toughest problems. Avoiding the sun is frequently impossible. Making things worse, when a scene has direct sunlight creating both dark and bright areas, image quality can suffer dramatically. In video...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2fe059%2f5166%2fbw-vs-image-quality Bandwidth vs. Image Quality Shootout on Jul 23
When thinking about maximizing image quality, resolution is usually the first thing that comes to mind. However, resolution is not the only factor that impacts quality. The amount of bandwidth available and used can have a dramatic impact on image quality. In this...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2f2163%2f1be5%2fwhite-light-illuminator Night Surveillance - White Light Illuminator Test on Jul 17
Getting quality surveillance images at night can be quite a challenge. A number of techniques, with widely varying price points and tradeoffs, are possible. In this report, we share our test findings on the newest emerging trend in night time surveillance - adding...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2f574a%2f4dd4%2favigilon-h264-tets Avigilon's H.264 HD Camera on Jul 12
Avigilon is one of the better known and respected recent entrants in the video surveillance market. While they have received significant praise for their quality and usability, historically they had two important constraints: The company's cameras were only...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2ff0cf%2f9305%2fgain-agc1 Testing: Gain / AGC Impact on Surveillance Video on Jul 09
Gain control is a critical, though often overlooked, factor in low light surveillance video. It is generally only noticed when the negative side effective of aggressive gain levels are seen, namely noise / snow on screen. The picture below, from one of our parking...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2fa7e3%2ff2d9%2faxis-vs-sony Axis vs. Sony HD Shootout on Jul 02
When deciding on camera selection, one of the toughest decisions is determining which camera has better image quality. You can try to guess based on certain image features but it is an inexact science as 'good' marketing can cause confusion. You might choose on the...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2f6dab%2f763f%2fdirectory-ipvm-solution Directory of HD / MP Camera Tests on Jun 30
We have completed the broadest and deepest testing programing of megapixel cameras. This directory provides links to all 30+ tests. Megapixel Camera Tests Conducted The list below provides an index of all megapixel camera tests performed. Each test provides video...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2f8927%2f2598%2fsony-shootout Sony Camera Shootout on Jun 21
Sony has a strong reputation for video quality in consumer electronics. Indeed, in our ongoing shootout series, a Sony surveillance camera, the CH140, has done quite well in many tests. However, in the last year, Sony has significantly expanded their network...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2f5054%2fc19f%2faxis-shootout Axis Camera Shootout on Jun 19
With so many cameras from each manufacturer to choose from, determining quality differences can be difficult. This challenge is increasing as IP camera manufacturers offer more resolution options (SD, HD, 3MP, 5MP, etc.) and different product tiers (entry level, mid...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2fcd4b%2fd184%2foptimized-camera-shootout Optimized Camera Shootout on Jun 05
If you optimize a camera's settings, how much can you improve its performance? An interesting and important question, this report provides concrete evidence based on our systematic experimentation. Over the last two months, our camera shootouts have become our most...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2fda9b%2f2748%2findoor-shootout The Indoor 7 Camera Shootout on May 28
Indoors, surveillance cameras are used all over. Given the generally small areas monitored and their shelter from the weather, getting good surveillance video is easier than outdoors. It raises the question: Does it even matter what type of surveillance cameras you...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvideomarket.smugmug.com%2fphotos%2fi-5xzkfzj%2f0%2fs%2fi-5xzkfzj-s License Plate Capture Tested on May 21
Capturing license plates is one of the best ways to identify suspects and intruders. As such, it is highly desirable that outdoor surveillance cameras are able to do so. However, capturing license plates is challenging. While license plates are relatively small,...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2fc8ef%2f23d2%2fhow-to-handle-headlights How to Handle Headlight Surveillance Problems on May 17
Headlights are a painful problem for video surveillance. Figuring out how to overcome headlight's glare is both a fascinating and frustrating endeavor. Unfortunately, these challenges have not received enough attention and focus. If you want to capture...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2ff2cf%2f8a36%2fparking-garage-shootout Parking Garage Shootout on May 14
Parking garages are a key area for using surveillance cameras. Thefts, assaults, vandalism and accidents are among the many incidents that cameras can help solve. Monitoring parking garages effectively is more challenging than it first appears. On the plus side,...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2f904f%2f81e7%2finsection-shootout Intersection Shootout on May 07
Intersections are an important area for using surveillance cameras. Accidents, thefts and traffic congestion are among the many common incidents that cameras can help solve. However, intersections are particularly challenging to monitor. The scenes are complex with...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2ffa99%2f508e%2fmp-vs-ptz PTZ Versus Megapixel Shootout on Apr 30
As megapixel surveillance cameras become mainstream, many have begun questioning the value of PTZs. The main criticism of PTZs is that they can only provide good image quality by 'looking' at a very small area at any given time. Megapixel cameras, on the other hand,...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvideomarket.smugmug.com%2fphotos%2fi-xpvf5gt%2f0%2fs%2fi-xpvf5gt-s Parking Lot Shootout on Apr 24
Parking lots are one of the most important areas for using surveillance cameras. Thefts, assaults, vandalism, loitering and accidents are among the many common incidents that cameras can help solve or stop. However, parking lots are particularly challenging to...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2f4762%2ff45f%2fbosch-dinion-hd Testing: Bosch Dinion IP (SD and 720p) on Apr 19
In January 2011, Bosch announced the release of an HD camera line. This was anticipated for 2 reasons: (1) Bosch became one of the last major brands to release their own HD line (previously they OEMed Arecont's MP) and (2) Bosch Dinion SD (analog and IP) have a...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvideomarket.smugmug.com%2fphotos%2fi-kjgkxkf%2f0%2fs%2fi-kjgkxkf-s Color Versus Day/Night Shootout on Apr 16
Most people prefer color over black and white but when it gets dark out, almost all surveillance experts agree that black and white video provides superior performance. To that end, professional surveillance users generally choose Day / Night cameras over Color only...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2f7a6b%2f21f1%2fdirectory Directory of Video Management System (VMS) Tests on Mar 26
We have developed the broadest and deepest series of testing series on Video Management Software systems.This directory provides links to each test, guidance on future tests and reference to our testing guidelines. VMS Tests Published The following is the list of...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvideomarket.smugmug.com%2fphotos%2f1229775904_mevhn-s Analog vs HD Night Shootout on Mar 26
The whole point of megapixel is better image quality but what if megapixel was actually worse than analog at night? In the consumer world, maybe this is acceptable but in surveillance, most cameras need to 'see' 24 / 7. [WARNING: This report is OUT OF DATE and...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2f7101%2f12b2%2fdvr-vs-vms-anqique DVR vs VMS Software: Test Results on Mar 22
DVRs don't get much respect anymore. Widely viewed as old and antiquated, the buzz now goes to VMSes. When IP video people think good software, DVRs are generally far from their mind. Plus since VMS software, by design, works with megapixel and IP cameras, they...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvideomarket.smugmug.com%2fphotos%2f1217571407_vbjvp-l Testing: HD Decoder (NLSS) on Mar 15
The typical way of displaying IP surveillance video is dedicating a PC and loading a network viewing client. In the analog world, this was simpler as many DVRs had 'spot monitor' outputs that connected a display to the back of the DVR. Unfortunately, in the IP world,...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2fa691%2f0c41%2fgenetec-trickling Testing: Edge Recording (Genetec Trickling) on Mar 12
Edge recording is one of the most promising emerging video surveillance technologies. In many scenarios, it is highly desirable to record video (at least temporarily) on the camera. For instance: You have a remote site that only needs a few cameras. Rather than...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2f762d%2f573a%2fonvif-in-action ONVIF Integration 2011 on Feb 12
The IP Video market has come a long way since 2008 when 'standards' were first proposed by 2 industry trade groups. Now, 'standards' are widely supported in production, primarily through ONVIF. However, an important question remains: How well does ONVIF work in the...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvideomarket.smugmug.com%2fphotos%2f1186535835_vi3op-s WDR Camera Shootout on Feb 05
One of surveillance's biggest challenges is bright sunlight, especially when that sunlight shines into a building's entrance. Sunlight tends to wash out images, often making it impossible to determine the person entering. Unfortunately, capturing people as they enter...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2f21e2%2f25df%2fp-iris-lens Testing: P-Iris Lens Performance on Jan 30
A new form of iris control, called P-Iris, is emerging as a challenger to manual and auto iris lenses. P-Iris can more 'precisely' control the aperture size than auto iris lenses. P-Iris providers claim this can provide important quality benefits. For the P-Iris...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2fd892%2fc989%2faxis-p1347 Testing: Axis P1347 5MP Camera on Jan 24
Up until 2 years ago, a common criticism of Axis was a relatively weak megapixel camera line. Since then, Axis has rapidly and broadly expanded their megapixel offerings. One of their most interesting and controversial approaches was their emphasis on HDTV. This was...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2f3d0f%2f8332%2fmarch-campx Testing: March CamPX Microdome 2011 on Jan 22
In this report, we examine a new camera from March Networks that incorporates 2 new industry developments - the use of ONVIF and the incorporation of improved WDR performance.  March Networks is historically known for recorders, not cameras. However, with their...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2f849b%2f7b54%2florex-baby-cam Lorex's Home/Baby Monitor on Jan 18
For home surveillance, you can get really fancy and expensive but how simple and cheap can you get? Homeowners generally do not want to spend a lot of money on this and, often as important, dread having to figure out how to set up complex systems. Last month, while...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2f2a12%2f0763%2fvideoalarm-liberty Videolarm's Liberty (Cellular Housing) on Jan 12
One of the largest challenges for outdoor surveillance is backhaul: How do you bring the video back to the central monitoring location? Without question, doing so consumes a large part of any outdoor surveillance deployment’s capital and operational budget --...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2f54b6%2f109e%2faxxon Axxon's Smart VMS (16 Channel Free) on Jan 10
In this report, we test Axxon's Smart VMS. The most intriguing feature is a free version for up to 16 cameras that includes fairly broad 3rd party IP camera support. This is the second 'open' VMS to be offered for free (following Milestone's free Go offering and...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2fe667%2ff663%2ftrendnet TRENDnet's IP Camera (TV-IP110) on Dec 20
TRENDnet offers one of the most well known and least expensive IP cameras in the budget/home market. In this report, we test the TRENDnet's TV-IP110, a cube camera that we purchased from Amazon. We tested the TRENDnet with its own SecureView VMS as well as a number...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2fa09e%2fba69%2fubiquiti-nano-station Testing: Ubiquiti Wireless IP Video (NanoStation) on Dec 18
While the increasing maturity of IP cameras makes using IP wireless networks easier, the lack of inexpensive IP wireless transmission products is a barrier to expanding wireless IP video surveillance. Many offerings cost a $1,000 or more per link (see our test...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2f2411%2fa91d%2fav1005 Arecont's 10MP Camera on Nov 09
With megapixel adoption surging, manufacturers are expanding their product offerings to even higher resolution levels. Up until this year, the highest resolution 'normal' megapixel cameras were 5MP. Beyond that, only a few multi-imager cameras existed at 8MP and a...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2f3d8d%2fc1cc%2finterneteyes Surveillance as a 'Game' (Internet Eyes) on Nov 02
What if you could have live monitors watch your business around the clock for about $100 per month? If they see a threat, they trigger an alarm that goes to your phone? Would you do it? If those monitors were regular people at home watching on their computers, would...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2f45fe%2ff3bc%2faxis-corridor-format Testing: Axis Corridor Format on Oct 26
HD cameras are well known for their wide aspect ratios. However, what if you turned the camera to display a 'tall' aspect ratio instead? What benefits or issues would this create? What, if any, applications might benefit? In October 2010, Axis announced a...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2f1dcb%2f8152%2fgbo-infinity Testing: GBO InfinityLens Lenses on Sep 29
Ensuring surveilled objects are in focus is a common concern. In this report, we examine lenses claiming to offer a massive depth of field (MDOF), allowing objects in both the near and far fields to remain simultaneously in focus. This test evaluates GBO's...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2feec2%2fe4ea%2fozvision-4hvr OzVision 4-HVR VSaaS / Video Verification on Sep 21
Using existing analog cameras and implementing a hosted service on top can create a 'comfort zone' for users hesitant migrating to IP. In this report, we test OzVision's 4-HVR VSaaS hosted solution. Analog cameras are connected to their on-site encoder that can...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2fff50%2fbcad%2fioimage Testing: ioimage wdc100dn Video Analytics on Sep 14
In early 2010, one of the most well known analytic developers, ioimage, was acquired by DVTel. This triggered a debate about its meaning and the state of the overall video analytics market. No doubt, the initial wave of enthusiasm for video analytics in the security...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2f5f06%2f64dd%2fenterprise-switch Training: Enterprise Network Switches for IP Video on Sep 07
Many surveillance systems use non-enterprise class switches. These switches are simple to administer as they typically rely on GUI driven interfaces for configuration and management. (As an example, see our test of Cisco-Linksys's basic managed switch). However, they...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2f382b%2f6ea2%2fir-illuminator-performace IR Illuminator Performance on Sep 05
Low light can cause problems for surveillance cameras. IR illuminators may improve this situation. However, questions remain about the price and performance of IR illuminators. Over the last year, we have examined a variety of issues and approaches for dealing with...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2f6c77%2fc760%2fcisco-linksys Cisco-Linksys Switch for IP Video (SRW208P) on Aug 31
Switch selection for IP video surveillance is a key consideration in overall design. Unfortunately, it is often less scrutinized than the 'stars' of the solution (i.e., VMS and cameras). Moreover, sufficient due diligence in evaluating switches may not...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2f0318%2fd3e1%2fmilestone Milestone GO VMS (Free 8 Ch) on Aug 28
Milestone's aggressive moves targeting the smaller video surveillance systems continue. This month's release of a free 8 channel VMS, called XProtect Go, adds to their June 2010 release that dropped its price by more than a half for their 25 camera version. It is...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2f8f0b%2f9a9a%2ficam the iCam VMS / iPhone App on Aug 28
Home video surveillance systems are quickly getting a lot better and a lot cheaper. A good example of this is an application called iCam that has recently been in the news for helping a homeowner detect a burglary in real-time. Here is the news story. While the...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2f504c%2fa1e9%2farcherfish-solo Archerfish Solo Smart Camera / DVR / VSaas (Cern... on Aug 08
Combining many video surveillance functionalities in a single device is a growing trend. The hope is providing a turn-key, 'all-in-one' solution simplifies deployment and provides everything one needs less expensively. In this report, we test the Cernium Archerfish...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2fb6ba%2f5116%2fbudget-piggybank Directory of Budget / Home / SMB IP Cameras on Aug 06
We have completed a broad testing program of budget IP cameras for use in the home or SMB markets. This directory provides links to each test. Full test results including video screencasts and video samples are available for members only. The Trendnet test result is...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2f4fb3%2f4a66%2frogo-vsaas Rogo's Managed VSaaS on Aug 03
Managed / hosted video offerings continue to expand with a variety of technical and business approaches. In this test, we examine Rogo's Managed Video offering. The system uses an on-site recording application that interfaces with USB and network cameras, providing...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2fb46d%2fce3d%2florex-1001 Lorex's IP Camera (LNE1001) on Aug 02
Simplifying remote viewing is a key element in choosing and using IP cameras for home and small business users. Doing it the 'old fashion' way can require technical skill, be cumbersome and frustrating. A number of providers are now marketing 'easy' or 'plug n play'...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=dl.dropbox.com%2fu%2f3889140%2fgloves-head-on-featured H.264 vs MJPEG - Quality and Bandwidth Tested on Jul 28
Encoding video optimally is critical for IP video surveillance systems. Should you choose H.264 or MJPEG? While industry momentum certainly favors H.264, when and how to best use H.264 are important questions. We believe the 3 key questions in considering H.264 vs...
WebcampXP Pro's VMS on Jul 27
For those looking for an inexpensive video management system online, WebcamXP Pro has been frequently cited for many years. At no more than $120 per computer, it's inexpensive. But how good is it and what should it be used for? In this test, we examine WebcamXP Pro...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2fbe8a%2ff027%2fusb-mp MP USB Cameras for Video Surveillance on Jul 25
A frequently cited downside of megapixel cameras is their cost. Even a 'cheap' megapixel network camera is $250 or more (compare that to cheap SD cameras which can be under $100 or analog cameras that can be under $50). Recently, we were scanning online for USB...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2fa742%2fc87c%2fdlink-dcs-920 D-Link's IP Camera (DCS-920) on Jul 19
D-Link is one of the most commonly selected IP cameras in the budget/home market. In this report, we test the D-Link DCS-920, an inexpensive cube camera that we purchased from Amazon. One of the least expensive IP cameras available, we examine the use and...
Argus Surveillance VMS on Jul 12
In this test, we examine Argus Surveillance's VMS, an offering that provides licensing for unlimited numbers of cameras and servers for less than $1000 and for 16 cameras at less than $200. Can a price so low be for real? What tradeoffs and issues will you...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2fddad%2fcc88%2findigovision IndigoVision's VMS (Control Center and NVRs) on Jul 06
In this report we test IndigoVision's VMS software, Control Center (version 3.19), their NVR recorders and their different approach to enterprise management. Control Center was hosted on a Windows 7 workstation with a local database (see architecture video for...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2f0a7d%2f96ed%2fblue-iris Blue Iris VMS Software on Jul 04
What kind of open Video Management Software can you get for $50? Not $50 per channel but $50 for an entire server? In our first report on 'entry-level' or 'budget' lineup, we test the most inexpensive open video management system we have found, Blue Iris's VMS...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2f0c90%2f9339%2fpanasonic-blc210 Panasonic's Remote Monitoring Network Camera (BL... on Jun 26
Panasonic is one of the most well known network surveillance camera providers in both the consumer and professional market.  In February 2010, we tested their megapixel/HD camera (WV-NP502). Now, we turn to one of their higher end consumer/residential...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2f14fe%2f6757%2fcisco-wvc80n Cisco-Linksys IP Home Monitoring Camera (WVC80N) on Jun 19
How well can a $120 camera from Cisco work? Is it good (and simple enough) for your home? Does it make sense to integrate with a VMS system? In this report, we examine our test results of the Cisco-Linksys home monitoring camera (WVC80N). Quite a number of people...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2f55c6%2f6edc%2findigovision11000 HD PTZ Camera (IndigoVision 11000) on Jun 14
Popular opinion contends that high definition (HD) will eliminate pan tilt zoom cameras (PTZs). However, what then, is the value of combining the two and providing HD PTZ cameras? In this test, we examine a PTZ with HD resolution (IV11500) from IndigoVision...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2f9c1d%2f110a%2fnuuo Central Management System (NUUO) on Jun 13
Larger surveillance systems generally demand centralized or enterprise management to provide simplified access and administration of hundreds (or more) cameras. Increasingly, VMS systems provide such functionalities either built in or through add-on modules. In this...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2fb9aa%2f41dd%2fbudget-money-time-value-dice Budget VMS Tests on Jun 12
This summer, we will introduce a new series testing and comparing the performance of budget video management software. Our goal is to analyze and inform the community on the strengths and weaknesses of product options that receive less marketing attention but may...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2f469e%2f1a26%2findigovision-11600 IndigoVision's HD Fixed Camera (IV11600) on Jun 08
In this test, we examine IndigoVision's HD Fixed Camera integrated with IndigoVision's Compact NVR. The camera offers 720p, 30fps with H.264. The camera uses a CCD imager. Given these specifications, we pay special attention to bandwidth consumption, frame rate...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2ff4f0%2fd46e%2fagentvi Video Analytic Alerting (Agent Vi System) on Jun 06
Video analytic debates often center around edge vs core and which is 'best'. By contrast, Agent Vi offers a 'hybrid' solution where part of the analytics runs on third party IP cameras and the remainder is performed on a server. It is definitely a different approach...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2fa4be%2fd7d5%2faxis-q1910 IP Thermal Camera (Axis Q1910) on Jun 01
In the last 6 months, interest in IP based thermal cameras have increased with Axis, FLIR and Pelco announcing relatively low cost product offerings.  In this test report, we investigate how well the Axis Q1910 thermal camera works in the field, integrating it...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2fb830%2f7b76%2fipad-surveillance The iPad and iPhone for Video Surveillance on May 25
The iPhone and iPad are certainly hot, capturing popular interest around the globe. The question, for us, is: What value do these devices have for video surveillance? Will they improve surveillance monitoring? If so, how and in what ways? What material limitations do...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2f11aa%2f1cc8%2fvms-comparison VMS Competitive Comparison 2010 on May 22
This report provides the most extensive comparison of Video Management System software in the world. Inside the premium section, members may watch 1 hour of video screencasts, review 20+ comparison tables and benefit from dozens of recommendations on strength and...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2f0aa8%2f6f19%2fmobotix-mxcontrolcenter Decentralized / Edge Recording (Mobotix / MxCont... on May 10
What if you could eliminate your VMS servers and get your video management software for free? That's the value proposition behind Mobotix's IP video surveillance solution. They refer to this architecture as 'decentralized' in contrast to 'centralized' approaches...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2f3f6e%2f16ad%2fmobotix-q24 Panoramic / 360 Cameras (Mobotix Q24) on May 08
Panoramic / 360 cameras are a growing trend within video surveillance. Megapixel resolution enables cameras to cover wider field of views. 360 cameras take this to the extreme and essentially look in 'every' direction.  Important questions remains on the use of...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2f2622%2f7b0d%2fmobotix-camera-config Mobotix Camera Configuration Tested on May 06
We find Mobotix camera's configuration to be significantly different from almost any other IP camera we have tested. The sheer number of options were far greater. Plus the complexity in finding and determining the appropriate settings was unique. These present both...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2f7bf0%2ff9df%2fpelco-digital-sentry Pelco Digital Sentry VMS Software on May 03
Pelco is not known for its software. While the company is one of the largest global analog surveillance providers, this is primarily for its cameras and recorders. However, Pelco does have VMS software. As they and other incumbents move to IP, these offerings will...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2fd041%2fd49e%2fmilestone-xprotect Milestone XProtect Corporate VMS on May 02
As IP video surveillance systems continue to grow, deployments of 1000 or more IP cameras become increasingly common. Larger systems often have special requirements for video management system (VMS) applications including more sophisticated enterprise management, 3rd...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2fbdad%2f090d%2fmileston-smartwall Milestone SmartClient and SmartWall on May 01
Enhancing the usability of video management clients is a major trend within video surveillance. As VMS offerings increase, superior user interfaces are viewed as ways to differentiate offerings. In this test, we examine Milestone's VMS client (SmartClient) and their...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2fe342%2f37cf%2fmilestone-logo Milestone XProtect Central on Apr 27
Alarm monitoring and response are key elements for monitoring large surveillance systems. With hundreds or thousands of cameras, many users prefer to receive important information rather than attempting to watch all their cameras. While Milestone is a well known VMS...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2f9bc8%2f87ca%2fipconfigure-logo ipConfigure Enterprise Surveillance Manager v. 5.1 on Apr 19
With interest in web based solutions growing, ipConfigure is an interesting option to explore. Unlike most VMS systems, ipConfigure is a fully web based VMS system targeted at the enterprise market. In this test, we examine ipConfigure Enterprise Surveillance...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2f3742%2fbd40%2fvivotek-7361 Vivotek's 2MP Bullet Camera with IR (IP7361) on Apr 13
Low light performance is a key consideration for using megapixel. While some 'tricks' can improve low light quality, most megapixel cameras have similar challenges in low light (review our MP comparison report). One approach is to integrate IR illumination with the...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2f64de%2f1566%2fgenetec-omnicast Genetec's Omnicast Video Management Software on Apr 10
Genetec is one of the most used and well known VMS systems in the marketplace. While it does not generate the same level of press as its most commonly compared rival, Milestone Systems, Genetec has a strong technical reputation. In this test, we examine Genetec's...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2fc7ba%2fadbb%2fviaas Viaas Hosted Video / VSaaS Offering on Apr 06
With all the hype growing for managed/hosted video, a key question remains: How well does it actually work? To answer that, we are starting a series of in-depth tests to examine the functionality and performance provided in these systems. In this report, we test...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2f1a82%2f35bc%2fppf PPF Test - Getting High Quality Surveillance Video on Apr 04
Megapixel cameras foster hope for much higher quality surveillance video but how much more and in what conditions? In this report, we answer these questions in depth based on extensive testing. The most aggressive marketing claims suggest a single megapixel camera...
?h=100&q=80&t=square&url=ipvm-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2fb49f%2f8e9a%2favigilon-jpeg2000 Avigilon's 2MP and 5MP JPEG2000 Cameras on Mar 29
Avigilon is well known for its focus on High Definition video surveillance, offering a complete HD solution combining a broad range of megapixel cameras (from 1 - 16 MP) and and integrated Video Management System. In this test, we examine Avigilon's High Definition...
Ikena's Video Enhancement Software on Mar 16
Driven by Hollywood sensationalism, public interest and expectations for miraclous video surveillance enhancement is common -- unrealistic and dangerous. A popular YouTube video captures the essence of Hollywood's approach: By contrast, we are...
Avigilon ControlCenter VMS on Mar 08
While Avigilon is best known for its high resolution cameras (up to 16 MP), Avigilon offers its own VMS, Control Center, a system that is required for using their cameras. With interest in megapixel high, many are curious to understand the capabilities and features...
Digifort's VMS (Version 6.3) on Mar 06
As video management software matures, more choices are emerging from around the globe. In the past year, we have heard increasing discussion about the use of Digifort, a company based in Brazil, now expanding internationally. In this test, we examine Digifort's...
Vitamin D Video Analytics Software on Mar 05
With significant tech blog coverage, Vitamin D has generated widespread interest in using their video analytics. Two of the most commonly cited points is their technology, called HTM, that is based on a "new theory of human intelligence" and their "freemium" business...
LuxRiot VMS (Version 1.7) on Feb 28
As video management software matures, complaints increase about its high price. Even a small deployment of 16 cameras in a single site can cost $1,500 - $2,500 for basic VMS software without any enterprise management. There are free VMS options but those usually...
Sony's HD Camera (SNC-CH140) on Feb 23
Sony is well known and respected in the consumer market for its electronic products. The question, though, is how well does that carry over into their security products? In this test of the Sony SNC-CH140, we tested their H.264 720p stream integrated...
Megapixel Camera Comparison 2010 on Feb 22
Megapixel cameras are clearly 'hot' - the fastest growing segment in the industry for multiple years now. Which should you use? What makes one megapixel camera better than another? In this groundbreaking comparison report, we provide novel insights into these issues....
HikVision's 2MP Camera (DS-2CD852MF-E) on Feb 08
Hikvision is one of the fastest growing video surveillance manufacturers in the world. Already a leader in their home market of China, Hikvision is aggressively expanding direct sales efforts throughout North America and Europe. While HikVision is best known...
DVTel's Latitude 6.0 VMS Software on Feb 07
One of the key selling points for IP Video software is its greater scalability, flexibility and advanced functionality compared to traditional DVRs. This test of DVTel's Latitude VMS version 6.0 provides an interesting look at the tradeoffs of this...
IQinVision's 4 Series and PSIA Integration on Feb 02
IP camera standards are a hot topic. Determining how, when and with whom these 'standards' will work are key questions. IQinVision was the first company to announce support for the PSIA IP camera 'standard'. With Milestone releasing support for PSIA/ONVIF, it is now...
Panasonic's Megapixel Camera (WV-NP502) on Feb 01
In this test, we examine's Panasonic WV-NP502 megapixel camera. The camera provides a number of advanced features including wide dynamic range optimization (their Super Dynamic technology), facial detection, image stabilization and more. The WV-NP502 is a...
Videofied's Video Security System on Jan 24
Videofied has gained significant attention for tightly integrating video monitoring/recording into an intrusion detection system. The most commonly cited differentiator is the lack of any wires for any of the equipment. All of the equipment (the cameras/detectors as...
AvaLAN's Wireless Video Surveillance on Jan 23
Wireless IP video surveillance has plenty of hype (claims of 300 Mb/s city wide meshes) and also significant challenges (repeated deployment nightmares). Recently, we helped an integrator friend of ours who needed to deploy a wireless link. He has many years of...
OnSSI's NetDVMS and Ocularis Client Lite on Jan 18
OnSSI, one of the most well known VMS providers, gained significant attention with their 2009 announcement of the Ocularis 'platform'. The most regularly mentioned item was the Ocularis's client with its 'slick' user interface. In this test, we examine OnSSI's...
Exacq's VMS Software (exacqVision 3.7) on Jan 10
Exacq provides VMS software and multiple lines of DVR/NVR appliances. While not as well known as some VMS providers, we regularly hear positive comments from integrators and competitors (in the North American market). In this test, we examine the performance of...
LILIN's PTZ (IPS-2124) and ONVIF Integration on Jan 09
Merit LILIN was the first manufacturer to announce production support for IP camera 'standards' - specifically ONVIF's protocol. In January 2009, Milestone announced its production support for both PSIA and ONVIF protocols, allowing for a test of production deployed...
Axis's Q1755 HD Surveillance Camera v. 2 on Jan 04
This report shares extensive test results, video clips and training screencasts on the Axis Q1755 HD camera. The goal is to educate on how the camera works and what issues to consider when selecting or deploying this camera. The Q1755 is a High Definition, 2MP, 30...
Milestone XProtect Enterprise VMS Software (6.5f) on Jan 03
Milestone is one of the most used and well-known Video Management Software providers, with 4 VMS versions. Of them, Milestone XProtect Enterprise is the most commonly discussed and referenced by industry people. In this report, we test Milestone's XProtect...
Canon's PTZ Camera (VB-C60) on Dec 27
While megapixel cameras are hot, PTZs remain an important part of video surveillance deployments. Probably the most frequently mentioned product of Canon is their 40x optical zoom, network PTZ camera - the VB-C60. We tested the Canon VB-C60 PTZ with...
Oncam Grandeye's Panoramic Cameras (IPC) on Dec 20
For almost a decade, panoramic surveillance cameras have been promised as a 'next big thing' but has yet to meet its potential. In that last few years, however, the situation is changing as megapixel and IP video systems become increasingly main stream - enabling...
How Exposure Impacts Low Light Video Surveillance on Dec 12
Exposure, and the tricks manufacturers play with exposure, are key to accurately and fairly assessing low light performance of cameras. For instance, take these two images: The images capture the same scene but look substantially different. However, which one is...
Pelco's Sarix Megapixel Cameras (IXE20DN) on Dec 06
While Pelco is a leader in analog surveillance cameras, they are not even in the top 10 for 2008 global network camera sales. Pelco aims to rectify this with their Sarix family of IP cameras supporting both megapixel resolution and H.264 processing. We...
Sanyo's HD Surveillance Camera (VCC-HD4000) on Dec 01
Sanyo is making an aggressive push into the IP video surveillance market introducing a broad line of HD cameras in 2009. Sanyo is positioning high video quality at relatively inexpensive prices.  Their 'flagship' model is the VCC-HD4000. See the...
Basler's Megapixel Cameras (BIP-1300/1600) on Nov 30
Basler is a recent entrant into the IP video surveillance megapixel market. Leveraging its extensive expertise in machine vision, Basler's megapixel surveillance cameras offer CCD imagers, H.264 encoding and a small form factor. Below is a short overview from the...
Avermedia's Hybrid DVR (EH5216+) on Nov 23
Hybrid DVRs make the transition to IP simpler. Plus, if the units are close in price to entry level analog only DVRs, the case is easier even for basic applications. In this test we examine Avermedia, a manufacturer of multiple lines of hybrid DVRs....
EzWatch's Analog CCTV Kit on Nov 17
The future may belong to IP but the present is still dominated by analog cameras. In this report, we test one of the least expensive analog CCTV camera kits (EZKIT1/4-OUTDOOR) from online retailer EzWatch Pro. The kit includes a 1 channel capture card, 1 IR...
Axis STS/AVHS Hosted Video (Secure-i) on Aug 04
Axis' hosted video offering, formerly called STS, now called AVHS, is a key contender in the future of video surveillance.  Hosted video offers simpler and more accessible video surveillance solutions. It also has the potential to re-align the power structure...
VideoIQ's Video Analytics (iCVR) on Jul 30
In this test, we examine one of the most discussed manufacturers in video analytics - VideoIQ. Their claims of automatic calibration and self-learning technology has drawn substantial interest. Their most recent product offering, the iCVR, is one of the only products...
StarDot's 5MP Camera (SD500BN) on Jul 16
While not well known in the security market, StarDot is one of a few manufacturers providing 5MP cameras. Though StarDot has been producing megapixel cameras for the tourism, construction and entertainment markets for years, they only recently entered security....
Arecont Vision's AV3105 H.264 Camera on Jul 07
Arecont Vision's H.264 megapixel product line has drawn an immense amount of interest. At the beginning of 2008, Arecont was the first surveillance company to announce H.264 multi-megapixel and is currently the only manufacturer offering H.264 megapixel up to...
Cisco SMB Software and PTZ Camera (PVC300) on Jul 03
This report examines and shows the abilities and performance of key products in Cisco's emerging Small Business Video Surveillance product line. Specially, we test their IP video surveillance software and their PTZ camera (the PVC-300). For background information,...
NUUO's IP Video Surveillance Software on Jun 23
NUUO aims to beat companies such as Milestone, OnSSI and Exacq with broader functionalities and product lines at lower cost. What ACTi is to Axis, NUUO hopes to be to the IP video software providers. NUUO is prominent in Asia but not well known in the West. For...
How Well do IP Cameras Work in Low Light? on Jun 06
IP cameras have a bad reputation of working poorly in low light conditions. It's part of a greater problem with all surveillance cameras - as critical as low light performance is to video surveillance, high quality low light performance can be difficult to...
Vivotek IP7161 - 2MP MPEG-4 Camera on Jun 03
Vivotek's new 2MP camera (the IP7161) expands low-cost product options in multi-megapixel cameras. The IP7161's specification include support for MPEG-4 (but not H.264) and has a maximum frame rate of 10fps at 1600 x 1200. The test results show the camera's...
Axis Camera Station - VMS Software on May 31
Axis is much better known for its IP cameras than its VMS software. Nonetheless, their VMS, Camera Station, is quite interesting because of the relative sophistication of the product, Axis' market size and speculations about the future of Camera Station. [For...
Wide Angle Megapixel Lenses - Theia SY125M on May 26
More pixels provide the opportunity for greater field of views and less cameras. However, stock lenses provided with cameras only offer moderately wide fields (60-70 degrees). A few companies are now developing wider angle lenses to help solve this problem. In this...
Guidelines for IP Cameras on May 25
What is the best way to test an IP cameras? We have established guidelines for our tests. These guidelines are listed below for your review and comment: Objective The goal of our tests is to provide recommendations on the real world capabilities of cameras and the...
Do Megapixel Cameras Provide Better Image Quality? on May 19
Pixels get all the attention but image details are what is really important to video surveillance users. The more image details, the more cases that can be solved and the fewer cameras that need to be deployed to obtain that evidence. More pixels do not guarantee...
No Config IP Camera Remote Viewing (StarVedia) on May 13
Managed IP Video is hot but one of the key practical problems is making installation simple. While local access is trivial, remote access of IP video can be challenging. Network cameras usually require network configuration, making users deal with technical details...