50 IP Camera Deployment Education - Axis? Exacq? Hikvision?

I'm working on a new deployment of 50 IP camera in an educational environnement as project manager and I have few question for the community as a new "integrator".

The networking part will be on a dedicated 1G LAN.

For camera I have few questions ;

  • Am I better with "real" brand like Axis or it can work great with "chinese" like Hikvision?
    I know the price difference is really huge, but I don't want to deal with rma and troubleshooting everytime.
  • Could you give me some product to avoid and some good one?
  • I will probably choose Exacq for the VMS, is it a good one? I notice that playback software could run on both PC and MAC, in my case it's a bonus because they have a lot of mac in the working environment.

Regards,

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