Camera Size Search Engine

By: John Honovich, Published on Jan 22, 2015

Small cameras are highly desirable.

And manufacturers want to deliver them - minidomes, microdomes, nanodomes, etc.

But figuring out which cameras are really the smallest compared to all the other cameras on the market has been hard.

Now IPVM has solved it with the first ever software tool that scans, sorts and ranks cameras by size.

The Challenge

Manufacturers will call anything a minidome.

Here is a Pelco self-proclaimed minidome [link no longer available]:

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Now, perhaps this was 'mini' in 1995 but times have changed.

The IPVM Soluton

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Now, with the IPVM Camera Finder, you can filter cameras by relative size:

Because size is part of the Camera Finder, you can combine queries. For example, show:

What We Did

Here's how we solved this:

  1. Gathered the dimensions and weight of ~2000 cameras, entering it into our database.
  2. Calculated the volume of each camera, based on its form factor.
  3. Ranked the size of each camera, splitting them into 5 categories - the smallest 20% - mini, the next 20% - small, the middle 20% average, etc., etc.
  4. Added search for size to the Camera Finder.
  5. Enabled sorting based on volume to see the very smallest cameras.

Try It Out

Go to the Camera Finder, under the hardware tab, and try size search out.

Oh and that Pelco camera, compared to nearly 900 domes it was analyzed against, is ranked 'giant' .

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