Greg, they report having 500+ employees. That said, I have never heard of them, can find little information on them online and no references in cctv discussion groups online. This does not mean they are bad. However, it strongly implies that they sell only to other companies who then rebrand / package their products.
I do not know who your current camera company is but, in general, the 'we just buy the housing' argument is a lie. Your current camera company may very well be a phony manufacturer.
If you can share more details about the model or company, we can be more specific.
John, I have this camera and really like the image, and so did my client. I have sold 7 for home security to him an IT guru who did some comparisons with some of his own cameras at 2mp. Could this possibly be a manufacture you test if I was to provide you cameras at some point?
I enjoy reading and learning about this industry from your site. I would like to entertain buying direct and doing some distribution however not being educated yet on all the manufacturing process I will have to wait.
Have you ever been to China to see how the sourcing of CCTV equipment is done over there?
There are companies that just make camera housings for sale to other companies to fit whatever combination of internal components you specify.
You can work with them to design your own housing and have them make it exclusively for. They usually have some sort of regular minimum quantity order. If you do not maintain the regular orders they often reserve the right to sell the housing to others.
The camera in the picture is also made by Sunell one of the better Chinese CCTV camera manufacturers and I can guarantee you they are a real manufacturer not just a trading company. I am also pretty sure they will not entertain small orders and will only deal with established CCTV companies.
At least Howen Technologies is not listed when searching on HW Address directory: http://hwaddress.com . On the other hand Digimerge, Sunell and Flir do appear, so youl´ll have to search using the camera mac address and see results.
Remember that a search result doens´t mean that this would be the "real" manufacturer because anyway MAC addresses are programmable on Ethernet interfaces, so they can put "whatever" address the manufacturer wants there.
Also remember that a brand name is made on many things besides the HW, the brand great values resides on its support, representation, ... It´s probably that Hower Technologies or whatever company names gives a better support than the "real" camera manufacturer