Great feature especially for doing competitor comparison spreadsheets!
BestMatch Any Camera Manufacturer
BestMatch is IPVM's exclusive camera comparison algorithm, that shows what cameras have the closest specifications to any other camera. This lets you find alternative options and save significant money for the same feature sets.
Just saved me a bundle!
Just kidding, it's great!
You're a comedian!
There are going to be some edge cases like that, especially when comparing 2 completely different manufacturers, so I have been thinking about setting some minimal match level to not show in some cases. I've filed this as an issue/bug. Thanks.
Ok, here you go:
We set it a minimum score to show any results. This will stop weird mismatches for companies that really do not have anything comparable.
Also, I realized that our resolution matching needs to be adjusted to more heavily penalize cameras with much lower resolution against super high res one. That is in queue.
Amazing tool! Very easy and convenient. We ran a few cameras, and matches, in most cases were very relevant.
Not always, though. For example, if you put Vivotek’s IB8338-H, you’re getting many cameras without WDR, while IB8338-H is billed as high-performance WRD camera.
And I know that this is hard to overcome, but prices skew results quite a bit. Even when I follow the link to Google Shopping, the actual price there doesn’t support the number in the database. For example, the price for the same IB8338-H is listed in the tool as $630 (as ‘Estimate US online price’), but if you go to Google Shopping, the highest price is $562, while average is no more than $470
Not always, though. For example, if you put Vivotek’s IB8338-H, you’re getting many cameras without WDR...
Were there better Vivotek matches than the ones shown though? Some specs are not going to align, determining which would make or break the result would border on AI, IMHO.
Boris, good feedback.
On WDR, we do factor in who has true WDR but it is not exclusive, meaning that it is one of the weights used but not matching on that one feature will not ommit the result.
As for price, my guess is that Vivotek has dropped their pricing in the past year. Given the state of the industry, I bet there is a lot of price dropping recently. I am having one of our guys go and price check all models over the next 2 weeks so we can update with most current pricing. Thanks!
Nice work! One issue with your list of Avigilon cameras is about half of the part numbers are for old cameras that are EOL. Any plans to update the Avigilon list to current models?
All the H3a cameras you have listed (and the one you use to test) has been EOL and replaced with new model numbers. The L line has also been EOL.
Perhaps an EOL flag should be added to the database, since just because they are EOL doesn't mean they are OOS.