Well for one thing it is the 24/7 operation.
PoE, analytics, R&D, DSP etc.
That GoPro uses the same encoder chip as many IP cameras (Ambarella).
How much does PoE cost?
How many people are using analytics?
I am not saying that each part cost a lot but it does add up. The main thing is the ability to operate 24/7 using higher quality components to last many years.
Vincent, I am curious about the components side. What specific parts are different and more expensive?
24/7 operation time and network connection cannot be the only difference. in fact camcorders have more equipped (3ccd, hdd, optical zoom, quality audio recording, many different outputs, remote control, lcd screen, battery, software etc).
Obviously there is a creamy market and all manufacturers are happy about this poli monopol system. Use less component in different housing and sell it for 4 times more expensive. Sweet:)
Cctv installers and customers should raise their voice. I am not saying reduce the prices. If we are paying that much money, we should get proper quality of images. Manufacturers not hesitating to release misleading ads and dear Vincent, I don't see any point to defend them. Advertisely 60fps camera processing only 30fps and captured image quality is terrible then we calling this HD? You are buying and paying for 30fps HD(fake) camera and it's processing only 15fps so who and how can justify that?
What's weird about the IL Pelco line is that, it's 'cheap' for Pelco, but it's still more expensive than ACTi/Vivotek comparables with 'regular' size imagers.
The Hero3 has limited networking, and perhaps that’s the culprit for the higher price of a CCTV camera. Is there a MJPEG, H264, or ONVIF license/royalty that needs to be paid? Perhaps the multi streaming & encoding requires more horsepower, and thus additional expensive components.
These sports cameras can take fabulous video in good lighting, heck movie theater quality! What about poor lighting, I didn't see a LUX rating on any of their cameras.
For fun you should get a Hero3 and run it thru the IPVM image quaility tests. Compare it to ACTi/Vivotek, etc. Amazing what passes for fun when dealing with tech-heads.
Aaron, GoPro supports H.264. ONVIF requires no license/royalty, just a cheap annual membership.
As for the horsepower, perhaps but the encoder chip is from the same vendor (Ambarella) as many big surveillance manufacturers use.
Ignore lux ratings. The main issue I would see is the F stop of the lens, f2/.8 which is pretty high compared to box surveillance cameras (typically f/1.2 to f1/1.4). I am curious why they choose f/2.8. I doubt it's simply to save money.
Btw, HERO3 imager size is bigger than most surveillance cameras so that wouldn't be a cause of poor low light performance.
All that said, we are planning to do a test of the HERO3 Black against leading surveillance cameras.
Video showing low light performance of the HERO3. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B2Os4BsNZd0
All of this is explained with a simple statement: Pricing of Consumer Electronics devices is (almost) always lower than Professional Electronics devices. It's a function of markup percentages, sales quantities and development costs, plus competition.
Ok we agree the price difference between CE and Professional!! products but why we don't get acceptable quality from professional cameras then?I just watched the video that Aaron sent, it's amazing. Cannot be compared to any CCTV camera. If you know any CCTV camera which can give even close result please post the model here so we can hug our dream CCTV camera.
The GoPro low light demo is not impressive at all (it's not terrible but from what I can see on par with budget HD IP cameras). Many HD professional surveillance cameras would easily do better in those low light scenes (see Axis Lightfinder, Bosch starlight, the new Sony, etc., etc.).