How a Security Camera is Made

By: Ethan Ace, Published on Nov 18, 2015

While in China, we toured factories, seeing how cameras were made.

In the 15 minute video inside, we show step by step how a camera is made / assembled to help you understand what it takes to build a camera.

The camera chosen is an entry level HD IP camera with integrated IR:

Here is an overview of the components:

Watch the 15 minute video below:

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Comments (3)

This is a fascinating video. I do not perceive this assembler is moving as fast as he could or even normally might.

Here is the screw assembly tray. It's simple and I imagine this cuts down assembly time by a bunch.

Mike said that the assembler was relatively slow because he was being filmed, so presumably this could be significantly faster, especially if the tasks were divided up.

Related (but not recommended):

Make Your Own Cameras in Your Garage

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