Arecont Magnetic Dome Mount Examined

By: Brian Karas, Published on Oct 07, 2016

Manufacturers are increasingly trying to differentiate cameras with features to simplify / speed up installation. At ASIS 2016, Arecont showed an upcoming magnetic mounted dome camera.

In this note, we examine Arecont's mounting system and the trend towards manufacturers innovating more on non-resolution aspects of cameras.

************* *** ************ ****** to ************* ******* **** features ** ******** / speed ** ************. ** ASIS ****, ******* ****** an ******** ******** ******* dome ******.

** **** ****, ** ******* Arecont's ******** ****** *** the ***** ******* ************* innovating **** ** ***-********** aspects ** *******.

[***************]

Magnet ***** *****

******* *** ********* * ******** mounting ****** *** ***** newest ******** ********. *** installer ******* * *********** bracket *****, ***** ******** 4 ******* ** **** that ***** **** *** body ** *** ****. The ******* **** ****** force ** **** *** dome **** ** ***** while *** ********* **** secures *** **** ** the ******* **** ****** for **********.

******* ************ *** ******** bracket *** **:

**** ******** ****** **** be ******** ** ********** Arecont ***** ** **** are *******.

**********, ******* ************* ******** **** *** the **** ***, *** *** ****** camera ****.

Benefits ** ****** *******

******** * *********** ******* is ****** ** ** on * ****** ** lift **** ****** ** hold * ******* *** ******* camera **** ** *****. Trying ** *** *** optimal ******** ******** ***** up *** ** ********* at *****, ************ **** working ****** ***-*** ******. Many ************* ******* ******* templates *** *********** ******** holes, ****** ***** ** not ****** ***** **** to ******** ******** ** surfaces **** *** ** dirty/dusty, ****** **** *** very ******.

***** ** ** ***** safety *** ********* ******* as ****, ** *** installer ************ ***** *** bracket, ** **** ***** less ******, *** ** cheaper ** *******, **** if *** ****** ****** were ******* ***** ****** to ***** ** ** mark *** ***** ******** holes.

Installation ********** *****

******* ** *** *** only ************ ******** ** installation **********, ******** ** ******* **** of ************ *** ** cameras, *** ******* ************* have ***** ***** ******** that reduce ************ ****, **** motorized ****/***** ******, *** clips ** ******** ********* for ******* ************ *****.

******** *** **** *** complexity ** ******* * camera ***** *** ****** overall ******* ** ******* for *** ********, ******** Western ************* ** ******** some *************** **** ***** cost ******* *******.

Installation **** *********

**** ***'* *** ****** installation **** ** ****, but ** *** **** a *** ******* *** camera, *** **** ** a ****** ****** ** the ****. ** ***** jobs ** ** ******** to **** **** ****** on ***** ************ ****, but ****** ******** *** be **** ** ***** an **** ** *** of ***** ********** **** from *** *****.

Low *********** ****

****** * ******* *** a *-***** ******** ******* is ****** **** *** cost ** *******, ****** this ******** ****** * way *** **** ** add **** ******* *************** without ****** ** ***** up *** ****. **** mounting ****** *** **** of * *** ******* rollout, ******* **** ******* costs *** *********** ****, as ******* ****** ** be **** ******, ** the **** **** ********** costs *** *** * magnets.

****

 

Comments (15)

I hate holding anything over my head and fumbling for the fasteners. This looks like a good idea.

I want to pause the animated gif to see if there is some sort of safety catch for the dome.

OSHPD, here is my 8.5"x11" detail for this new camera, please accept.

I like this idea for a lot of reasons, technicians will not have to run to ADI to buy a security screwdriver because they lost the bit that comes with the camera.

I think this is a terrible idea. Pretty much anybody can turn a screw to attach a camera to secure it to the base. What about somebody just being able to pull the camera off? If they wanted to they can do it anyway but this just makes it a whole lot easier. Also if it is a security screw anybody that does this regularly doesn't have to worry about losing the tool that comes in the box since most likely they aren't using that anyway.

The magnets hold the dome body to the base bracket while you secure it permanently with regular screws. It is not meant to be the only thing holding the camera up.

It is not meant to be the only thing holding the camera up.

Because that would just be crazy :)

Too bad it had to come from Arecont. Still won't be enough to persuade me to purchase their junk.

Why do you hate Arecont?

#6, welcome to IPVM, thanks for your first comment.

I don't know if #4 'hates' Arecont or not, but the 'junk' comment relates to Arecont's history of QA problems, e.g., Worst Camera Manufacturers 2016, Worst IP Camera Manufacturer 2014, etc.

John, where is the data that support the claims in the article you suggested about those manufacturers? Do you have any test reports that compare similar products from each manufacturer that are recent that I can view?

For article, you mean the 'worst' reports? For those reports, we survey over 100 integrators each time who give detailed answers about which products they have the best and worst experiences with. For example, on the other side, see: Favorite Camera Manufacturers 2016

In my experience we have had plenty of hardware issues with Arecont. New cameras DOA and manufacturing defects. Image quality is terrible in low light on many models. Firmware is buggy and nobody should have to climb a ladder due to a firmware issue. I can handle these types of issues, but not at their price point

Just wondering, does your experience apply to their current products? Which cameras were you implying to?

Interviews are fine but I cant base any decision on public opinion. I would love to see the data, the actual hands on, side by side results in various settings. Are there any recent articles that provide detailed testing?

We have tested several of the recent G5 MegaVideo line this year:

The WDR and Stellar models were fair, but not outstanding in any way. The 10MP performed poorly compared to other 4K/12MP models.

We also have a test of their original generation SurroundVideo Omni and may test the newer generations of that or 180° SurroundVideo.

We also have multiple discussions about Arecont quality:

I personally have experienced the stuck cut filters and image flipping both at IPVM and in my past work as an integrator. On a non-trivial percentage of Arecont cameras.

I recognize that you're looking for side by side results, but we do not do long term testing, generally, and quality issues rarely surface immediately (outside of out of box failures and the cut filter/flipping issues mentioned above). Because of this, our survey results are a more effective way of gathering quality information from multiple integrators around the world, as opposed to only the relatively few Arecont cameras we touch during testing.

We have done a few of our own tests of Arecont cameras, these are all fairly recent:

Arecont Stellar Camera Tested

Arecont 10MP G5 Tested

Arecont HD WDR G5 Camera Tested

The survey results John is referred to come from our base of thousands of integrators, and are often open-ended questions asking integrators which products they prefer (or not), which products have had issues, etc. For these surveys we do not provide a list of specific manufacturers, so that responses are not limited to just the companies we select, integrators enter their own responses based on whatever products are most memorable or noteworthy to them.

Arecont cameras have had regular mentions on IPVM, not just in surveys, but also in discussions relating to reliability issues. Common problems are stuck IR filters and flipped images and the multi-sensors.

Here is a long thread on Arecont IR cut filter issues as one such example.

Have you had better personal experience with Arecont?

Login to read this IPVM report.
Why do I need to log in?
IPVM conducts unique testing and research funded by member's payments enabling us to offer the most independent, accurate and in-depth information.

Related Reports

Security Installation Tools Guide - 22 Tools Listed on Feb 19, 2019
In this guide, we cover 22 tools that security installers frequently use. This is one part of our upcoming Video Surveillance...
Outdoor Camera Mounting Hardware Guide on Feb 21, 2019
Mounting cameras outdoors can be challenging, requiring understanding different types of equipment and methods. In this guide, we teach this...
Camera Pendant Mounting Guide on Mar 07, 2019
It is often necessary to suspend a camera from a high open ceiling. This is commonplace in retail, warehouse, industrial sites, hangars, and other...
Installation Course January 2020 - Last Chance on Jan 16, 2020
Thursday, January 16th is your last chance to register for the Winter 2020 Video Surveillance Installation Course. This is a unique installation...
Outdoor Camera Installation Guide on Mar 25, 2019
Outdoor camera installation can be fraught with problems. Creating a sturdy and weather tight mount is key for camera performance and longevity,...
Pole Mount Camera Installation Guide on Apr 11, 2019
Poles are a popular but challenging choice for deploying surveillance cameras outdoors. Poles are indispensable for putting cameras at the right...
Riser vs Plenum Cabling Explained on Apr 18, 2019
You could be spending twice as much for cable as you need. The difference between 'plenum' rated cable and 'riser' rated cable is subtle, but the...
IP Camera Mount Shootout - Axis, Bosch, Dahua, Hanwha, Hikvision, Vivotek on Nov 04, 2019
Which manufacturers offer the best or worst mounts? We bought and tested ~50 IP camera mounts and related components from Axis, Bosch, Dahua,...
Camera Cable Whip Guide on Oct 02, 2019
Cable whips are one of integrator's least favorite camera features but seem to be unavoidable, now commonplace on dome, turret, and bullet cameras...
Horizontal Cabling for Video Surveillance Guide on Jan 03, 2020
There are a few options when it comes to professionally installing horizontal cabling for video surveillance networks. The three options examined...

Most Recent Industry Reports

Every VMS Will Become a VSaaS on Feb 21, 2020
VMS is ending. Soon every VMS will be a VSaaS. Competitive dynamics will be redrawn. What does this mean? VMS Historically...
Video Surveillance 101 Course - Last Chance on Feb 20, 2020
This is the last chance to join IPVM's first Video Surveillance 101 course, designed to help those new to the industry to quickly understand the...
Vulnerability Directory For Access Credentials on Feb 20, 2020
Knowing which access credentials are insecure can be difficult to see, especially because most look and feel the same. Even insecure 125 kHz...
AI/Smart Camera Tutorial on Feb 20, 2020
Cameras with video analytics, sometimes called 'Smart' camera or 'AI' cameras, etc. are one of the most promising growth areas of video...
China Manufacturer Suffers Coronavirus Scare on Feb 20, 2020
Uniview suffered a significant health scare last week after one of its employees reported a fever and initially tested positive for coronavirus....
Cheap Camera Problems at Night on Feb 19, 2020
Cheap cameras generally have problems at night, despite the common perception that integrated IR makes cameras mostly the same, according to new...
Milestone Launches Multiple Cloud Solutions on Feb 18, 2020
Milestone is going to the cloud, becoming one of the last prominent VMSes to do so. Milestone is clearly late but how competitive do these new...
Video Surveillance Architecture 101 on Feb 18, 2020
Video surveillance can be designed and deployed in a number of ways. This 101 examines the most common options and architectures used in...
UK Stands Behind Hikvision But Controversy Continues on Feb 18, 2020
Hikvision is exhibiting at a UK government conference for law enforcement, provoking controversy from the press, politicians, and activists due to...
IronYun AI Analytics Tested on Feb 17, 2020
Taiwan startup IronYun has raised tens of millions for its "mission to be the leading Artificial Intelligence, big data video software as a service...