Favorite IP Camera Manufacturers 2011

Author: John Honovich, Published on Nov 13, 2011

What IP camera manufacturers do integrators really like the best? Over the last month, we ran an in depth survey gathering results from over 80 integrators across 19 countries to understand what technologies, approaches and products they preferred. As part of the survey, integrators explained why they preferred what they did. In this report, we share our findings for IP cameras.

The Question

We asked integrators the following question:

We left it open ended so that integrators could propose whatever they liked and not be constrained to a predefined or preferred list. We also gave them space to explain their choices.

The Responses

Of the 80+ total responses, integrators recommended 18 unique IP camera manufacturers and provided more than 15 pages of written explanation behind their choices.

The Analysis

With IP cameras, the big challenge in analyzing favorites is dealing with Axis. Because Axis sells so many more IP cameras than other vendors, the analysis runs the risk of declaring Axis the favorite simply because it is so often used.

To deal with this problem, we factored in two other metrics to better assess Axis's real standing:

  • The percentage of integrators declaring Axis to be their favorite relative to Axis's market share: If the level of favorites is lower than their market share, this is a bad sign as it signals that integrators are likely disatisfied. However, if the level of favorites is higher, this is a strong indicator that Axis could still be strengthening.
  • The level of negative reviews. We asked a related question about worst experiences with IP cameras. Vendors, including Axis, that received a disproportionate high number of negative reviews provide a strong indicator of poor overall experiences.

Finally, as we did with Integrator's VMS favorites, we examined and categorized integrator's detailed responses to better understand why integrators choose different companies - whether it was for image quality, technical feature sets, support, price, etc.

Use of the Favorites

As with all IPVM research, manufacturers are strictly forbidden from using the results to market or promote their products. This information is offered only to help the community understand what integrators prefer, not to assist in the selling of surveillance products.

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