BestMatch Any Camera Manufacturer

By IPVM Team, Published Oct 22, 2015, 12:00am EDT (Info+)

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.

Original

*** ****************************** ******** *** *** ** ******* across *** ****+ ******* ******* **** any ************, **** **:

*******, ** *** ****** ** **** the ********* *** * ******** ************ not ** *** *** **, ** was *** ********.

***

***, *** *** *** *************** *** ****** ** *** ************. You ****** ****** *** ****** *** the ******** ************ *** **** ** compare ***** *****:

Benefits / ****

** *** **** * ********* ************ and **** ** **** *** **** stack ** ******* *** ******** ******, this ** *** ***** **** *** you.

*** *** ********* ***!

Comments (15)

Great feature especially for doing competitor comparison spreadsheets!

Agree: 1
Disagree
Informative
Unhelpful
Funny

Just saved me a bundle!

Just kidding, it's great!

Agree
Disagree
Informative
Unhelpful
Funny: 2

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.

Agree
Disagree
Informative
Unhelpful
Funny

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.

Agree
Disagree
Informative: 1
Unhelpful
Funny

There are no close matches between Foscam and the Avigilon 30L-H4PRO-B

Thanks! Works for me, though Avigilon fans were hoping for the haughty:

Nothing compares with Avigilon.

Agree
Disagree
Informative
Unhelpful
Funny

Update: we have modified the algorithm to more heavily weight closer resolution matches. This helps especially for very high resolution cameras.

Agree
Disagree
Informative
Unhelpful
Funny

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

Agree
Disagree
Informative
Unhelpful
Funny

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.

Agree
Disagree
Informative
Unhelpful
Funny

Coincidentally I was just ordering something from mouser and noticed how they handle this situation. You check the attributes that are important to you.

Agree
Disagree
Informative
Unhelpful
Funny

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!

Agree
Disagree
Informative
Unhelpful
Funny

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?

Agree
Disagree
Informative
Unhelpful
Funny

Which new cameras do you want included?

Agree
Disagree
Informative
Unhelpful
Funny

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.

Agree
Disagree
Informative
Unhelpful
Funny

Perhaps an EOL flag should be added to the database, since just because they are EOL doesn't mean they are OOS.

Agree
Disagree
Informative
Unhelpful
Funny

We have an EOL flag, we need to determine how to show / not show. Default now is to hide completely. Perhaps we can show all but mark which are EOL or include an option to let people add it EOL models.

Agree
Disagree
Informative
Unhelpful
Funny
Login to read this IPVM report.
Why do I need to log in?
IPVM conducts reporting, tutorials and software funded by subscriber's payments enabling us to offer the most independent, accurate and in-depth information.
Loading Related Reports