Worst Features for Camera Installation (Statistics)

By Sean Patton, Published on Jun 07, 2018

4 clear worst features for installing were identified by 140+ integrator respondents to:

What feature(s) make a camera hard to install?

The following features were mentioned many times in the responses:

  • Camera Pigtails / Cable Whips
  • Manual Focus / Zoom
  • Non-Standard Mounting Dimensions
  • Poor Gimble Adjustment

By contrast, integrators cited 6 top / best features. Inside this post, we share integrator's explanations and experiences plus we include graphical demonstrations of the problems involved.

Camera ******* / ***** *****

*** *** ******** **** integrators *** ********** ***** whips ** "********".

***** **** * ******* reasons ********** *** ******* for ****, ****** ******* them ***** *******, *** being ******** ** ***** much ******-****-********-***** ***** ***** in *** ******** *******:

  • "******* ** *****. **** means *****'* * ********** that *** ** ** to * ********* *** that ** ******* *** included **** *** ******."
  • "**** *** ********** ******* (have ** **** * 1" **** ** *** a *** * ***** through)"
  • "****** * **' ******* (Axis). ****** * **** 3/4" ** *" *** pigtail ** *** (**** to ***** * ***** hole ** ********)"
  • "****** ** **** * way ** ****** ****** dongles."
  • "**** *** ****/********* ** the ****** ***** ** additional ***. **** ** a ******** ******* ** makes *** ******* **** ugly.
  • "******* ******* **** **********, storing ** *** ******* outside *** ******. **** of ********** ** *** pigtail ********* ****** ***** in ******** *******."
  • "***** ***** ***** ******** are *** *****."
  • "*** ***** *** ********** CAT5 ******"
  • "**** ***** **** **** be ****** ** ****** or ***** **** * large **** ******* *** wall *** ***********"
  • "**** *** ****/********* ** the ****** ***** ** additional ***. **** ** a ******** ******* ** makes *** ******* **** ugly."
  • "******* ** **** ***** cameras."

****** ***** / ****

**'* ** ******** **** manual ***** *** **** are ** *** **** of ***** ********, *********** installing ******* **** ****** or ********* *** **** was *** ** *** best ******** ***** *** easy ************.

 

******** ******** * ****** typically ***** * ***********, or * **** *******/****** on * ******, *** generally ** **** ******** than ********* *****. ************ manually ******** *** ****** in *** ****** ****** off *** ******* ***** of ****, *** ******* 2 ***** *** ********** (a ****** ***** ** the ********** **** *** a ****** ** *** ladder):

 

  • "*** **** ** ****** focus *** ****. ** won't *** * ****** without **."
  • "*** ****** **** *****'* auto ***** ** **** difficult ******* *** **** to ***** *** ****** and **** ******* *** screws ** **** ** the "*****". * *** of ***** **** *** tighten *** ****** *** move *** **** *** take *** ****** *** of *****."
  • "*** **** ** ****** focus *** ****. ** won't *** * ****** without **."
  • "**** ** **** ***** and * **** ***** that **-******* * **** focused ***** **** *** dome ** *********."
  • "*** *****-****** ****** **** requires ****** ***** *** alignment (**** ***** - go ****)"
  • "******** ****** ****/***** - it ***** *** **** effort"
  • "****** *****"
  • "****** *****/****"
  • "***** ****** **** **** zoom/focus *****"

Poorly ******** ****** / ***-******** ******** **********

******** ****** ** ******-**** box ********** (****-*** ************** [link ** ****** *********]) mounts ** ********* *** a ******** ** ***********, so **** *****, ******* without **** ******* **** a ****** ******* ** the ***** ******** ******:

  • "******* **** ***'* *** onto * *-****** ******* are * ****."
  • "**** *** ****** **** are ********* ** *****. Back ***** **** *** small ** *** * camera ****."
  • "*********** ******** ****** *** systems."
  • "**** ****** *** ***** management. *** ****** * backbox **** **** * standard ********** ***"
  • "******* **** ******* ***-******** adapters ** ********."
  • "****** ******* ** *********** mounting ********. ***** * love *****, ***** ******** hardware *** **** *********** hole ********"
  • "*** ************** ** ******** brackets"
  • "**** ** ******** *********** like ******** ***** ***."

Proper ****** ********** ********

********* **** *********** ****** mentioned ** *** **** features, **** ***** *** stable *-**** *******. * gimble **** * **** range ** ******** ****** eliminates ******** ** *** camera ********* *** ******* target ***** ** **** regardless ** ***** ** is *******. **** *** mentioned ** * ****** pain *****:

  • "*******/******** **** ***'* **** 360 *******."
  • "**** *****, ** **** don't **** * *** degree ******** *** **** mount **** ** *** wall **** ** *** ceiling."
  • "******* ***** ** ******* due ** *** ******/********* of ********* ****"
  • "**** ******* ***** **** don't **** *** *** degrees ** ******** *** inconvenient ***, ******* ***'** sometimes ****** ** *** a **** ***** ********* on *** ******** ****. "
  • "****, *** ******* **** don't **** ****** ****** or *** ** **** way ** ******** ******."
  • "****** **** ******* ***** (Axis) ** **** * 2-axis ****** (***** ***, Vivotek)"

 

Comments (3)

These reports are great! I can't stand cable whips!

Yes, whips are a pain. But I'm usually more concerned about water ingress than than a hole that I'm about to cover. 

Thanks for the feedback Colin, and welcome to the comments section! What are the primary steps you take to prevent water ingress? 

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