Crazy answer? Sony XIS http://ipvm.com/updates/1331
Tip of the tounge answer - Mobotix, because they are one of the few manufacturers that consistentley make me say "Huh, that's neat".
Company affiliations aside, and yes, I do work for them, Panasonic has some great imagers. I'd install them.
Anything Axis, we have done many side by side comparisons and Axis always wins.
Hands down if price were not an issue I would use the new H4 PRO series cameras and digital SLR lenses from Avigilon.
I have just never been dissapointed with an Axis camera, especially the higher end ones. Obviosly I have not tried every camera from every manufacturer. Like I said if it were me and money was not an issue, it would be Axis cameras.
To elaborate a bit (I cant edit the initial post). If you knew you had a job, (so there was no bidding) and the customer told you to give them the best, but without wasting money, what would it be?
We've had a situation like that, but were able to do multiple locations for a customer with different brands. We used Sony, Axis, and Samsung. Without question, my customer was most impressed with the Sony picture and that is who they have directed us to use going forward.
One note on the installation side, with the particular VMS that they use, we have to make more adjustments to the Sony cameras than Axis. For example, they come defaulted at 30 IPS and (IIRC) a CBR of 8000. Unlike Axis, where it really doesn't matter what the cameras are set to initially, the Sonys choke the server unless we pre-program them, or turn off the VMS services until we get the settings correct.
I'm partial to Avigilon and Sony. Those are the two brands that seem to have the least amount of problems, come with tech tools, and provide an amazing picture. Sony's DH series are great for indoor retail installs. Avigilon's HD PTZ works great even when mounted mulitple stories up. I've read license plates of parked cars several hundred feet away with the digital zoom.
Only if money was no object, L3 Wescam. Very large aperture, PTZ, from wide angle to mega zoom, laser illuminator, laser rangefind, etc. etc., what's not to like? I'd fit the product to the space (eg 25" ball might not work under eaves).
Pro Focus LLC | 05/24/15 06:17pm
I've installed or supported many brands, but I always come back to Hik/Dahua as my pick. Sure, they are already affordable, but we have better outcomes when using them. We are currently working on a larger project with a variety of existing Axis cameras and I can say that I just don't care for them much. I also personally own an Axis box cam that was originally about a $700 camera and a very similar Dahua that cost around $250 and the Dahua always looks much better in the tough scene I have them in, my garage.
We also assisted a client who purchased their own Sony cams, and the image quality was far inferior to the $200 Hik mini domes we used side by side.
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Better have $300K for each camera location!
I agree with Avigilon H4PRO Series with SLR lens without a doubt.