Foscam might make 'real' cameras but they are far from a premium brand.
There may be some 'real' manufacturer who makes / sells dummy cameras but I bet they would downplay it as (1) selling something for $20 instead of $200 is not a great idea and (2) their integrator customers hate dummy cameras, partially for legitimate security concerns, partially because it undermines their reason for existence.
Isn't there some legal issues about providing a "false sense of security" if you install and utilize dummy domes?
IPVMU Certified | 01/22/15 09:57pm
From Night Owl... Notice the lifetime 24/7 phone support on bottom right.
Finally, a job I am qualified to do. Phone support for dummy cameras.
Scenario #1 "Light not blinking" - Update firmware then replace battery.
The most believable dummy cameras I've seen are from Q-See, because as far as I can tell, they use the same housing and LED ring as their actual cameras.
Here are two cameras from their website:
One of them is non-operational. Granted, they're also an OEM, and they're not exactly a major brand, but you can buy them at Costco, and I've seen the dummies pop up at Home Depot lately.
IPVMU Certified | 01/23/15 06:21pm
Here's what I'm really trying to say about selling both dummies and real cameras with the same logo, on retail shelves.
It sacrifices the security of people who buy the real camera for those who buy the dummy!
If a criminal sees a Q-see dummy display at Home Depot, he may have the impression that Q-see is only a maker of dummy cameras, and therefore will not be deterred when he sees the logo on a real camera.
Loser - Real camera owner.
Conversely, if a criminal sees a Q-see real camera display at Costco, he may have the impression that Q-see is only a maker of real cameras, and therefore will be deterred when he sees the logo on a dummy camera.
Winner - Dummy camera owner.
Conclusion, unless Q-see, (and Swann, Night Owl, etc) care more about their dummy business, they should stop the identical branding practice at once, and come up with a unique dummy brand name.
IPVMU Certified | 01/24/15 03:25am
From a burglar survey, no dummy questions though. :(
But for arguments sake let's say you are right and burglars are either clueless or could care less.
Fair question: You buy a top of the line Foscam system, (I know, I know, just pretend...), you peel and place the Fostickers, you plant the Fostake, you practice your wireless PTZ moves and imagine the look of a would be trespasser as he dejectedly moves past your fortress to another less defended bastion. All good. Then you see at another store at the 1/10 the cost, the identical Foscam dummy setup. Are you happy?
I just don't think that it is worth the brand hit. To be clear, I'm not saying they shouldn't sell dummies; only that they shouldn't brand them the same.
IPVMU Certified | 01/28/15 07:35am
Update: After looking at the websites of a couple of these suppliers I see why they do it.
They are promoting hybrid systems consisting of both real and fake cameras together. So the fake ones have to look the same as the real ones.
If you want just a little extra deterrence you might choose a 2:1 fake to real ratio, the more adventurous might go 5:1 or greater!
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"Real" manufacturers who currently offer or have offered dummy cameras based on actual working models: