Bosch Flexidome Micro Shootout

Author: Derek Ward, Published on Nov 22, 2013

Minidomes are very popular, likely the most popular of all IP camera form factors, due to their relative low cost and small size. Earlier this year, we tested 3 Axis M30 minidomes. Now, we are testing 3 Bosch minidomes head to head against Axis.

First, our typical indoor conference room:

Next, an open office:

Finally, an outdoor parking lot:

To find out how these models perform and which applications they best fit.

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Competitive ***********

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***** ******** ******** ***** ****** **** ** *********** **** (~$** more **** ****' *****) *** ***** ******** (~$** **** **** Axis *****). *******, **** ** ***** *********** ************** *** ******* ***, **** **** ****** ********* ****** ** a **** ****** ***** ***** (~$*** *** **** *****-**).

Physical ********

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Web ********* ********

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Indoor ***********

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Axis *** ****** **. ***** **********

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WDR ***********

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Test **********

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Comments (2)

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