Favorite Camera Manufacturers 2018

By IPVM Team, Published Mar 12, 2018, 08:56am EDT

A number of major moves in integrator's favorite camera rankings for 2018:

  • Two manufacturers make major moves up
  • One major manufacturer moves down
  • Two of the three mega Chinese manufacturers did not make the favorites

This is the companion to the Worst Camera Manufacturers 2018 report. Compare to the 2011 Favorite Camera Manufacturers, 2014 Favorite Camera Manufacturers, and the 2016 Favorite Camera Manufacturers.

Inside we break down the rankings, including detailed integrator commentary (from 220+ integrators) and analysis of the trends.

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Executive *******

**** *** *** *** findings **** *** ********:

  • **** ********* ** ********, as **** **** ***** each **** ***** ** started ******* **** ** 2011. *******, **** **** is ********** ***********, *.*., in ****, **** ******** more **** ** *** number ** ***** ** any ***** ************, **** year **** '****' ******** 2.7x *** *****.
  • ********* *** * ******* second ** **** ** favorite ***** *** *** tied *** ***** ******* ***** (**** *******). *** ******* **** certainly ******** *** *********, as ** ****, ********* was *** ******** *** now ** ****, **** were ******** *** ********. However, ********* ** ***** far *** ** ********** net ************.
  • ******** ******** * ***** second *** *******, ***** same ******** ** ****.
  • ****** ******** ************* **** 2016, ***** **** ******** to ***** *******, ******* that ******* *** ******** the******* ***** ***** ******* ***** ********* ********** in ********, ***** *********** reduced **********.
  • **** **** **** ***** to * ****** **** favorite ***** **** ***** and *********. *********'* '*************' / *********** of ***** ***** ************ business ** *****, ** ** ********** good *******.
  • ***** *** *** ********. On *** ******** ****, they *** ******* **** favorite ***** **** ****, when **** **** ***** to **** *** **** had ************* **** ***** votes.
  • *******'* ******* *** **********, reflecting ***** ********** **** investment ** ***** *** marketing ** *** ****.

#1 - **** ***** ******** / ******** **** **

**** ******** **** ****** with *** **** ****** expressed: (*) *** ******* value, *********** *** ******* that **** ******** ********* their ******* ***** *** (2) **** **** ******* / **** *************** *** improved.

*** *** ***** *****:

  • "****, ***** ********, ******* performance, *** *** **** though **** *********"
  • "***** **** ****. ******, always, ******. **** ** another ************ **** *** the *************, *******, ***********, support *** **** ** use/setup *** **'** ** all **** **."
  • "****. ** *** ***** the ***** *****, **** makes *** **** ******* I ****** ****. *** amount ** **** ***** on * ****** ************* and *** ***** **** put ** * ******* is **** *** ********** to *** ***** *******."
  • "****. ** **** * strong ************ **** **** and **** **** * solid, ******** *******. **** also **** ***** ******** seriously, **** * **** quality ** ***********, ************* and *******. **** ****'* the ******** ******* *** there, *** ***** ***'* what **'** ******* *** - **** *** ******** is. ** ***'* **** to **** ** ****** regular *******, *********** *** replacement ******, *** ** have *** ***** ** those **** **** ******** than *** *****."
  • "****. ******* ** *****, Quality ** *** *******, reliability. *** ***** ***** is ****** **** ****, but *** **’** ***** money ** ****** ***** time *** **** ***** by ***** **** ** the ***** ** ****’*."
  • "****, **** ** **** to ****** ********** **** are * *** ** install *** *********** **** are * ******** ** configure. ***** **** ** all ***** **** **** I **** ****** ***'* look ** ***** *** I ***** ********* **** to ******"

*** *** ****** *****, more **** ***** ****, many *********** ***** **** price ** ***** ***********:

  • "**** **** *******, ****** pricing **** **** *****."
  • "****, ******* **** **** great ***** *******, * full **** ** ********, generally **** ****** ***'* and *********** *******."
  • "****. *** ****** **** always ** ********* ***** for *****. *** **** are **********."
  • "****. ***** ********, **** price *****, **** ** install *** *********."
  • "****. **** ***** * wide ***** ** ****** makes, ******, ********* ** many ***** ******."
  • "**** - **** ******* performance *** ****** ***'* coupled **** ********* ********** updates. ******* ** **** quite ****."
  • "****, **** ******* ** a **** *****. **** reliable *** **** ** install"
  • "****, **** ***** ** options, ***********, **** ***** and *******."

**** *** ******** * number ** ***** **** lines, **** *** **** recent * ******, *** Companion ****** ** **** as ***** **** ********** with ********* *** **** projects.

****** ***** * ******, integrators ********** ***** ******* and ***********, **** **:

  • "****. ***** *******, ********* feature ***, ****** ******** service *** **** **** brand ***********."
  • "****, **** ******* *** built **** *** ******, many ******* ** ******, consistency ***** *********** ******* and **** *******. **** to **** ****** ***********."
  • "****. ***** ******* ***** and **** *** **********, it's ****** *****. ***, having * ******* ******* is *** *** **** thing **** *******. **'* Axis' ****** *** *** support **** **** ******* us."
  • "****. **** **** ***** employees, ***** ******** *** you *** ** ********* that **** *** ****** is *** **** *** will ** *********."
  • "****, **** ******* *********. Cameras **** **** ***** quality *** **** ************. Best ******** *******. ** trustworthy * ************ ** partner **** ** ***."
  • "****. ** ** ** excellent ******* *** ** always *****"
  • "**** - ******, ********, high ***********, **** ***** of *******"
  • "****. *** ******* *** outstanding *** *** ******* we ******* **** *** and **** ***** ** top *****."
  • "****. ***** ***********, **** to *** **, ******, well *********. ***** ********* program ** ***** ** well."
  • "****. ***** ******* *** any *********. ***** **** just ***** *** ******. We ****** **** *** issues **** ***** *******."
  • "****. ***** **** ** always ****** *** * like *** **** **** they ******* **** *********** with ***** ******** *********."
  • "****. ********* ******* *** customer *******."
  • "****. ***** **** *******, have ***** *** * failed ****** ** **** 6 *****. **** *** extremely **** ** ******, manage ********* *** ********. Great ******* **** ************ and ******* ***** *****."
  • "****. **** ***** ********** what * *********** ******* should ** *** **** have ****** ******* ** as ******** ********. ****, they ******** ** ** technology ********** ** *** surveillance ****** *** **** it **** **** ** incorporate ***** ******** **** an ********* ******** ********."
  • "****. **** *****, ****** for ***** ****, ********, mount *** *******. *******-**** cameras, ********** ******** *******, good ****** *******, ****** low ******* ****."
  • "****. ***** ******* *** warranty. ***** ************* **** VMS's *** *** ****** get ***** *******. ************ and ******** ******* *** very ****. **** ****** quirks."

#2 - ******** ******* ******

******** ******** ****** *** strong *******, **** * variety ** *********:

  • "********. **** ******* *******"
  • "******** *****. ** *** works ********. ** ****** to **** **** *** back *** ***** ******** upgrade ** *** ******** push *** **** *** saying ** ** ****** and **** *****. *** throat ** *****. *** quality ** *** ****** is ******** **** ******* it ** **** ****, and ** ***** ****** to ***. ** ********** performs *** *** ******* is ***** **** *** an *** ****."
  • "********. ***'* ** ******* for ****** ****** *** offer ***** *** ************."
  • "********. *****-** ***** *********, high ******* *****, *** minimal ******."
  • "********. *** ***** ******* of *** ******* ** excellent. *'** **** ********* over **** **** **** they ******** **** ******** into *******. ***** *******."
  • "********, ***** ******* *** customer ******* ** *****."
  • "******** *** ***** ******** and *******."
  • "******** ******** ******* *** pricing"
  • "********, * **** ** their ***** *** *** the ******* ** **** making *** ******* ***** cameras."
  • "******** -- ******* **** of ******* ****** *** our ***********, ***** *******, and ********** ** ******** -- *** ******** *** sell **"
  • "********. **** **** ******* performance *** **** *** failure ****."
  • "********. **** **** ***** products *** ********* *******. We ****** **** *** advanced *********** *******."

****: **** ****** *** run ***** ** ********'* Motorola ***********.

#3 - ****** ***** **

****** (******** *******) ***** up ** *****. *********** emphasized *** ***** / lower **** ** ******, which ** ****** ** reference ** ******* ******, like **** *** ********, including:

  • "****** (*******). **** *** good ******* *** *** cost, ** *** *** level. *'** ********* ******** and ******** **** ** fails"
  • "******. **** ** **********. Excellent ***** *******, ***** price *****, ********** ** feature ***********, **** *** failure ****, ***** **************."
  • "****** ******* - * think **** **** ** absolutely ********* ******* *** have * **** ******** and ***** ******* ** excellent."
  • "*******/****** - ******* ** the *****, ******** *******, and ***** *****."
  • "*******. **** ******* *** it's *****."
  • "******, **** ******* *********, vast *********** **** ***'* and *********** *******."
  • "****** *******. *** ** high ************ ** *** Economical *****. ******** ** happy **** ***** *** price , **** ** use *******(***** *******)"
  • "****** *******. **** ***** for ***********, *********** *** trustworthiness, **** * ***** selection *****."
  • "****** (*******). ******** ****** the ***** **** ** navigate, ***** ********** ** very ************* *** **** had ** ******** ** the ********, ******* ******* or ***** **********."
  • "******. **** ********* *** the ********** ** **** as ********* ** ********* or *** ** *** other ********** ************ ** terms ** ******** ******* and *********."

Hikvision ******* - *** ** *********, **** *** *** ** *****

*********'* *** ************ *** behind ****, ******** *** Hanwha *** ** ***** high ****** ** ***** selections. *******, ********* *** receive * ******** *.* favorites *** **** ***** (though **** *** * 10 / * *****, to **** * ***** of **********).

** *** ******** ****, more *********** **** ****** Hikvision's ******* *** ***** than ** ****, *.*.:

  • "** *** *** ****** Hikvision ******* ** *** good ******** **** ****. Good **** ******* *** prices."
  • "*********. ** **** * very **** ************ **** them *** **** ***** us ** ****** ******** to **** **** **** are *** *** ********* to *** ******."
  • "*********. *********** *** ************* are **** **** ** look ***. *** **** support ** *** ** is ****** ** ****."
  • "*********. *** ***** ***'* be ****. ***** ******* is *******. *'** ********* cameras ** ****** ** would **** ***** ******, due ** *** ***** point. ********* *** **** happy **** *** ***** quality."
  • "********* ***** ** ***** product ****, **** *******, high *********** ********, *** overall ***** ** ** clients."

*******, *** ******** ***** for ********* ********** *** price, *** ***** **** price, **** **:

  • "********* *****!"
  • "*** *** ***** ****"
  • "*********. *******"
  • "********, **** ******* ** cheap *****."
  • "********* - *** ***. Popular, *** *********, ***** support."
  • "********* - ***** *** model ******."
  • "*********, **** ************ **** good ***** *** *******."
  • "********* - ***** ******* are ***** *** ***********, and **** **** *** VMS"
  • "********* - ********, **** selection *** ***** *****/*****."
  • "********* - *** *** price ** *** *** most ******** & **** have **** ********"
  • "*** ******. *****/***********/*******."

********* ** ********** *** the ****** ***** ******* on *** ******, *.*., Longse, ******, ********* *** often *****. *******, ********* is *** ****** ***** product **** ***** **** major ***** *** ********* spending ****** **, ****** it *** **** ****** low-cost ******* **** *********** consider.

*******, **** * *** of *** ******** ********** noted ******** ******, ****** were **** ** ****** them:

  • "*********. **** ***** *** the *****. ***** ******** is ****, *** ** don't ***** *** ******* cameras. ** **** ******* on ***-****** ******* **** only ******** ** *** VMS."
  • "********* - **** *******, not **** ******** ***** is ********* ***********."
  • "***. **** ****/*********** *****. Our ******* *** *** freaked *** ***** ***** security ****** *** ** take ********** *********** ** mitigate ********* ******** (*****, strong *********, *** ********* etc)"

*** **** ** ****, see********* ***** ****** **** integrator **********.

Tied *** - *****, *********, ****

* ********* ************* *********** tied *** ***** - Bosch, *********, *** ****, though **** ***** **** to **** ********. *** 3 ************* *** *********** focusing ** ***** ******* quality.

***** ********** ******** ********:

  • "***** *** ** **** cameras **** ***** ***** works **** ** *** light. ***** ****** *** competitive ***"
  • "*****-**** ******* ******** **** a *****. **** **** the ********* ******."
  • "** ******** ****** ************ is *****. ***** ******* work ********* **** ** almost *** *********, ********* on *** ***** ** course. *** ***** ** analytics ******** **** **** most ***** *************"
  • "*****. **** ******* ***** performance ******** **** **** quality ******** ***********."

********* ********** ******** ********:

  • "********* *** **** *******..."
  • "********* - *** ******* imager, *********, **** ****** and * *** ****** always *** * ******** if ******* ** ***** upon ******* ** *******."
  • "********* ***** ******* *** failure ****"
  • "*********, **** ***** *******, very ***** *******, **** time ************"

**** ********** ******** ******** focused ** *******, *********:

  • "****. **** **** ********* cameras *** ********** *****."
  • "****, **** **** ***** in *** ***** *********. Even ****** ****** ** normal **********."
  • "**** ** ***** ** favorite ************. **** ******** to **** ***** ******* that **** **** *** have ******* ******."
  • "**** *** ****** *** years. **** *******, **** to *** **. *** technicians **** ** *** we ***'* **** * lot ** ********."

Dahua - *** ********

*** **** ******** ***** for ***** ** **** far **** (*******) *********** are ***** ***** ** 2018 **** ** ****. In ****, ***** *** a ***-****** **** ** the ********* *** ***** results. *******, ** ****, Dahua *** * ******* number ** ********* (***) but *** *** ******** overall, ****** ** ***** right ****** ******* *** Hikvision ** ********* (***** having **** **** **** of ********* ******** **********).

*****'* ******** ********** ********* integrators **********:

  • "*****. ********* ************ **** main ***********, ***** ***** support ********** **** * have * ********** ******** and *** **** ******** technical *********."
  • "*****, * **** **** using *** ******* *** over ***** ***** ***** had *** ****** **** the *********. * **** a ***** ************ **** the *********** ********** **** in *** **. ***** working ** * *** big ******** *** ********* and ***** ****** **** in ** ** **** me ****** *** *** and ******* *******."
  • "*****, ** **** *** a *** ** ******* and ********** **** **** and **** ****** * personal ********** **** ** rep"
  • "***** **** **** *** buck ***** ** *** a ********* ** ***** great ** ** ** not **** ** **** on ***** *********"
  • "*****, ******* ** *****/******* ratio"
  • "***** ***** ******* *** price ** ********* ** see *** ****** *** compete."

Trends / ******* ******* ****

*** ****** ** ******** for **** ** *** manufacturers ** *** **** looking ******* ** ****:

  • **** *** *** ***** questions. **** ******** ** significantly ******** *&* ********** and ******* ******* *** products. **** **** *** been ***** ** ***** for * ***** *** no *********** *******. ** long ** **** ***** the ****, *** **** questions **** ** ******* competitors *** *** **** Axis ****.
  • ******** *** *** *********. Their ***************** *********** *************** **** ***** ******* for ********, ********* ** how ************* ******** ******* Avigilon ** **** ****** safety ******** *** ****** sales / ************. *** more ******** **** ** that, *** ***** ** likely **** ****** ******** integrator ************.
  • ****** *** ** *********** to **** **. *** main ******** ** ******* the ******* *************, **** their, ** ***** *** now, ********* ********* ***** and ********* ****** *** willingness ** **** *******, eventually ******** ****** **** further ***** ***********, ** it *** *** **** other *************.
  • ********* ** *** **** likely ** **** * big **** **... ** down. ** ********* *** rectify ***** ******* ****** and ****** ************* ********, the ******* ***** ****** vault **** *** *** 2 *********. *******, ** Hikvision ***** ** ***** sales *** ********* ******** and ******* ** ** often *** *** ******, Hikvision ***** **** ***, as **** **** **** artificially ******* ** ** those *****.
  • *****, *********, *** **** all **** ** ********* how **** **** *** really ***** ** ****** and ***** ** *** market. **** *** **** few *****, ***** **** the **** ** *** bottom, *** ** **** have *********. **** **** continue ** **** **** be **-*********?
  • *****, ** *** ********** side, *** ****** *********'* path, **** * *** years ******. **** **** time *** *****, ***** may ***** **** *** positive ********* **** ********* did ** ****. *******, on *** *********** ****, Dahua's ********* *** ********, resulting ** *** ******* decreasing *** ********** / spend ********.

** **** ** ** exciting **** *** ***** as **** ** *** manufacturers ** **** **** face *** ********* *********.

Comments (6)

Good to see Hanwha getting what I think is their due. Reasonable value for good performance without the race-to-the-bottom pricing (ergo trading off quality, cybersecurity, and a false claim to caring about outside channel sales).

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I'm confused. We're only 5 months into 2018 and favorites have already been chosen? Wouldn't you wait until the end of the year to judge favorites and worst for a particular year?  Just wondering.

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Could be worse - auto makers release next year's models months before the year arrives.

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Joseph,

(1) The responses were gathered in 2018.

(2) If we call it 2017 or wait until the end of 2018, then in a month, e.g., far more people will wonder why this is a 'year old'.

(3) Integrator preferences on manufacturers do not change that quickly. For example, that is why we only run these every 2 years, not every year.

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I agree Joseph. What's with the rush IPVM?

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Thanks John to you and your team for running these types of reports!  This is extremely important for us as we look to stay up to date with with trends / industry research. 

Keep them coming!

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