Examining Cisco's Two New SMB IP Cameras: VC220 and VC240

By: John Honovich, Published on Oct 04, 2010

Cisco is adding two (2) new VGA resolution IP cameras to their SMB IP camera line up. The new VC220 (dome) and the VC240 (bullet) cameras use a different imaging sensor than the previous Cisco SMB IP cameras' 1/4" CCD and CMOS chips. The new additions will use a 1/3.3" Wide Dynamic Range capable CMOS sensor, which is meant to allow improved image performance in more challenging lighting environments.

  • Both the VC220 (MSRP $794) and VC240 (MSRP $921) are currently shipping
  • Both models support the same maximum resolution of 640x480 (VGA) and MPEG-4/MJPEG codecs as the existing models
  • Both new models provide a 4x optical zoom
  • The VC240 Bullet camera is outdoor rated IP66
  • Both models are true day/night with IR cut-filters, have integrated infrared LEDs that allow 0 Lux operations (from specifications sheet).
  • The VC220 Dome camera has a built-in PIR sensor for thermal based motion detection 

The new cameras don't support H.264 or HD/Megapixel resolutions. The emphasis appears to be on low-light performance and wide dynamic range scenes with the new CMOS sensor and built-in IR LED illuminators. For price comparison with the VC220, the D-Link DCS-6111 [link no longer available] SMB network camera retails for $659.99 (WDR, D/N, VGA, IR LED Illuminators, PoE). D-Link also offers a 1.3 megapixel D/N DCS-3110 [link no longer available]box style camera at MSRP $549.99.

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