From the reports we hear, Sony is reliable though tech support gets mixed reviews (see Worst Manufacturer Support 2014). The bigger issue is that Sony is about the same price, level for level, as Axis.
In terms of reliability, ACTi has gotten a lot of complaints (see Worst IP Camera Manufacturers 2014). Vivotek less so.
We have been using Hikvision for the past year in applications ranging from small convenience stores, transportation facilities to pharmacies. We had one issue last November; Hikvision sent us a replacement camera in two days. Our regional Tech support guy from Hikvision is awesome, he came out on a few jobs to help us out in the beginning, no cost and preformed well. The sales reps are great.
Chesapeake & Midlantic | 09/12/14 03:09pm
Samsung's Wisenet III series is really great, for a cheap price, although they certainly don't have as many models as Axis does. No one has as many models as Axis does, though, so that's understandable. They got bullets, domes, boxes, and a PTZ, for indoor and out (except the PTZ).
Do any of these companies offer a utility similiar to Axis Camera Manager? Specifically I would be speaking of Hikvision and Samsung which everyone has pointed to as respectable options.
Pro Focus LLC | 09/14/14 02:32pm
We have used Dahua, HikVision and Samsung in the last two years and probably favor HikVision overall. Samsung still has some wierd glitches with their UI. Dahua seems to be a little higher cost than HikVision for similar specs and they don't (yet) have US based support. HikVision seems to be a better balance of value and quality. It's just our experience and we will continue to use the other brands when called for.
Price, Price, Price....? Cant wait until everything is plug and play, and then no need for integrators. I know of 4 larger electrical contractors that are ready when it happens. Thier labor rate is really cheap. They have guys on site and are very responsive to our demands. Thier mark ups are resonable. MSRP only.
Those electrical contractors waiting for plug and play IP cameras seem... let's go with "optimistic".
IPVMU Certified | 09/21/14 06:07pm
Quality low cost cameras aren't really the problem. Its the onvif support thats the hold up - all the mainstream manufacturers are botching the onvif integration purposely because they know it changes the game.
Low end VMS products - like Blue Iris etc are the wave of the future ... but tech service/support is going out the window with it. I just spent a lot of time with Exacq recently and it all came up short - they've purposely coded their integration so you can't add non participant cameras easily. sigh. My codeing work has been debugging onvif so I can break the grip of the manufacturers - its not been easy!