IPVMU Certified | 03/26/14 11:43am
A wide selections is attractive, but in an increasingly cost competitive market it has to be more costly for them and therefore end users also. When you're a top tier well branded product you can get away with it longer than most, but for how long.
Chesapeake & Midlantic
Until someone invents a one-size-fits-all camera, choice is good. In fact, I am more likely to recommend an Axis product because they usually have a product that solves a problem or fits a niche. If I want an ONVIF compliant 720P dome camera with a wide angle lens and WDR, I have a hundred cameras to choose from. If I need a discrete weatherproof PTZ camera that supports edge recording and has a long zoom and WDR and is pretty vandal resistant and also isn't too expensive, I have the P5414-E.
Too many models? As entrepreneur and marketing guru Marlo Stanfield once said, "Sounds like one of them good problems".
Inaxsys Security Systems
I think a wide selection is a good thing - customers have a wide variety of requirements and Axis seems to have the selection of cameras to suit just about any application.
A number of Asian manufacturers also has a vast selection: ACTi has 185 models on their product selector website !
In the end, I would think that most integrators would select a small portion of the available cameras and always quote the same models...
IPVMU Certified | 03/26/14 02:40pm
The vast selection is one of the many reasons AXIS is our standard. They always have a camera that suits our needs. Also “hard to keep track and figure out which one to choice (overload)”? (First change that to choose from choice) The product selector could not be any easier or straight forward to use which cuts down on the overload. In fact it is specifically made so you don’t get overloaded. If you know what you are looking for or even if you are just kind of hunting for what could be the right thing this tool works great. Of course that could be because I have used it for so long I am so used to it?
IPVMU Certified | 03/26/14 03:19pm
I've always taken product selectors with a grain of salt. I may use them once on awhile, but I'll double check them. Reason being, there's always a possibily they program the product advisor to promote one model higher (more expensive) than what you really need. Which would be easy to do if you have a lot of products that overlap to a certain degree.
We don't deal in Axis so this should not be taken a commentary on Axis, but I've seen in a few times, mostly in the IT realm with some brand name and providers.
One other point. The big practical issue I have with Axis assortment of cameras is that while it has a ton of similar options in the mid to upper tier, they have few inexpensive offerings. Look at their domes - they have 30+ domes but none of them are under $250 MSRP and the outdoor versions are even way more expensive.
Maybe it was addressed and I missed it, but... before getting overly excited (one way or the other) about such extensive selection, I'd have to wonder just how much variation there is between models and what those variations comprise?
I mean, some manufacturers may offer one camera with three different lens options... another may list the same thing as three seperate camera "models". Are they considering, for example, the P3384-V (interior) and P3384-VE (exterior) as two different models, or the same model with different enclosure options?
That aside, more choice is always a plus... at least within reason.
Walmart Axis cameras
Woow, I never knew that Walmart selling Axis cameras
Chesapeake & Midlantic
Those are all third party sellers.
I pity the poor Walmart customer service agent who gets screamed at because no one told the customer the camera needed a PoE midspan to work.