Budget IP Camera Competitive Comparison 2010

Author: IPVM Team, Published on Jul 29, 2010

This report provides an extensive comparison of budget, home and SMB IP cameras. Inside the premium section, we examine and rank the results of 8 IP cameras available for sale on the Internet (and through Amazon where we purchased most of the cameras).

Vendors Compared

This comparison is based on the following test results:

  • Archerfish Solo
  • D-Link DCS-920
  • Linksys Cisco WVC-80N
  • Logitech HD USB Camera Pro 9000
  • Lorex LNE1001
  • Microsoft Lifecam Cinema USB
  • Panasonic BL-C210A
  • Trendnet TV-IP110
  • Viaas

This collection provides a broad range for very inexpensive ($50) to advanced functionality including analytics, megapixel video and hosted/managed video support.

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