IP Camera Installability Shootout 2019 - Avigilon, Axis, Bosch, Dahua, Hanwha, Hikvision, Uniview, Vivotek

By: John Scanlan, Published on Dec 09, 2019

What are the best and worst cameras to install? Which manufacturers make it the hardest or easiest to install their cameras?

We tested 35 total models, with 16 new for 2019, including:

Plus, we expanded the test, including multiple new features like PTRZ (pan/tilt/roll/zoom) positioning, conduit entries, snap-in camera bodies, and more.

We examined key installation features suggested by IPVM members (see: Worst Features for Camera Installation and Top Features For Easy Camera Installation, including:

  • Does the camera have a cable whip? How easy is it to manage?
  • Do weatherproof gaskets stay in place or hang loose?
  • Can the camera mount to standard backboxes?
  • How easy and precise is the gimbal to adjust and does it stay in place while adjusting?
  • Does the camera include an installation template?
  • Does the camera include video out for connecting a service monitor?
  • Is the dome/housing connected with a safety leash/cable?
  • Do housing screws fall out easily or stay captive?
  • Does the camera include a desiccant or other dehumidifier device?
  • Does the camera's web interface open on all browsers without plugins?
  • How convenient are the conduit entries?
  • Does the camera body snap-in or use screws?

Inside, we provide full details on our rankings, showing what makes these 35 cameras good, bad, and average, as previewed below:

For those interested in more in-depth installation training please check out our upcoming Surveillance Installation Course which starts January 21, 2020.

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  • ** ************ ******* **** in ***** ** **** loose?
  • *** *** ****** ***** to ******** *********?
  • *** **** *** ******* is *** ****** ** adjust *** **** ** stay ** ***** ***** adjusting?
  • **** *** ****** ******* an ************ ********?
  • **** *** ****** ******* video *** *** ********** a ******* *******?
  • ** *** ****/******* ********* with * ****** *****/*****?
  • ** ******* ****** **** out ****** ** **** captive?
  • **** *** ****** ******* a ********* ** ***** dehumidifier ******?
  • **** *** ******'* *** interface **** ** *** browsers ******* *******?
  • *** ********** *** *** conduit *******?
  • **** *** ****** **** snap-in ** *** ******?

******, ** ******* **** details ** *** ********, showing **** ***** ***** 35 ******* ****, ***, and *******, ** ********* below:

*** ***** ********** ** more **-***** ************ ******** please ***** *** *** upcoming************ ************ *********** ****** ******* **, 2020.

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***** ** *** *****, performance ***** **** * groups:

  • ****:*** **** ******(*) ** each ***** ****** ****** on ****, ** *** all, ** *** ********** tested, **** ** ***** usability ****** *** **** ease ** *** ********.
  • ******:**** ***** ********* ******** well ** ******* ************ tasks, *** *** ** missing **** ** *** or ******** ******** ***** on **** ******.
  • *******:*** ******* ***** *** perform ***** ** *** or **** ***** ******* features *** ** *******
  • *****:*** ***** ***** ******* tended ** **** **** basic ************ ********, **** few ******** **** ** use/bells *** ******** ******** found ** ****** ***** cameras.

** **** ******* ******** by ***** ***** ***** and ********* ********* ***** below ***** ***** ********* have ********* *********** ******** and *******.

PTRZ ******* ** ******* *******

** *** *******, **** cameras **** *** ******* to *******. **** *******, users *** ****** **** away, ********* *** ***** of **** ******** *** the ******'* *** ********* or ****** *** ******* of ***** * ******* monitor, ******, ** ****** person, ****** *********** ****.

******'* ******* * **** edged *** ***** **** models (**** *** *** Bosch *****) *** ** its ********* ** * few ********** ********, ********* its ******** ****-** ************.

*******, *** ** ***** high ***** (~$*,***+ ***) PTRZs *** *** ******** for ***** ************, ** a ****** **** ***** may **** ** **** as ** ****** ****** used ** ***** ********** systems ***** ***** **** cameras *** ******** ****. But **** *** ******* which ******* ****** ***** or **** ***** **** work *** ******* *** likely ** ********** *** gains ** ************ ****, ease, *** ****** ** installation.

** ****** **** ******* to ******** *** ******* to ****, *******, ** these ****** *** ********** new, **** ***** *** Hanwha ******** ** **** and **** ** ****.

Motorized ********* ****** ********

********'* ***/*** *** ****/**** and ******'* ******* * cameras ****** ********* ********, doing **** ****** ***** install ********** **** ** cable ***** (******** ** none ** ***** ******), quality *******, *** ******** adapters, ***** ***, **** safety ******, *** ****. Uniview's *** *** **** series ******* *** ********* Value ******* ******* ********* worse, *** ***** ***** whips (**** *** ******* models ***** *** ******** cable ***** *** ******), lacking ******** *** ******** options, *** ***** ***** gaskets.

*** ***** ***** ******** an ******** ** *** features ***** ** *** best ****** *** ***** lacking ** *** ******-***** camera:

*** *******' *********** ** reviewed *** ******* ** these ******:

Fixed ***** ****** ********

***** ** *** *****, the ***** ***** ******* fell **** ***** ******:

****, *****, *** ****** led **** ***** *** better ******* *** ****** base ******** (*** ********, no ***** *****, ***** gimbals, ***.), ***** *** Hikvision ***** ******* ***** last *** ** ***** use ** * *-**** gimbal *** ***** ****, and *******'* **** ******' use ** *** ***** whips.

*** ***** ***** ********* these ******** ** ******:

*** ***** ***** ***** rankings *** **** ********:

China ***** ** *******

** *******, ***** *** Uniview **** ***** ******* to ***** ** *** tests, **** ******* *** mounting *******, ***** ****** issues, **** ** ******** options (*.*. **** ****** and ***** ***) *** common ******.

*********'* ***** ***-**** ***** Express **** **** ***** poorly, *** ***** *** average ** ***** *******. However, ***** ****** **** Performance (***-*****) *** ***** (high ***) ****** ****** included ******** **** ******* to ***** *************, ****** they **** **** ** the ******** ** ******, such ** **** ****** or ****.

What *** ******* ****** *** *****

** *** *****, ***** were *** ********** ** which ** *** ** issues ** *** ****** tested:

  • ******** *********/********:****** ***** ***** ****** included ** ******** ** paper ******** ***** ***** be **** ** ***-***** holes *** ********. **** a *** ***** ***, these **** **** ** lower *******, **** *****, instead ** *** ******** type ******* ******** ***.

***** ****** ***** *** not ******* ******** ********* all **** ********* ********** which *********** ***** ** templates ** **** *** be ****** **** ** and ***** ******/****** ******.

  • ******* ****** ****** *******:** *** ********* ******** *** **** Camera ************, *********** ********** ********* captive ****** ***** ** issue, **** **** *************' falling *** ** **** covers **** *******. *******, in *** *******, ******* screws ******** ** *** housing ** *** ******* tested.

Improvements ** ****

** *** *****, ** found ******* ************ ******** to **** * **** ago ***** **** ************ easier ** **** ****** lines, **** **:

  • ****-** ****** *******
  • ********* *********/*******
  • ***** ******* *******
  • ****** ****************
  • ********** *******/********* ********

Snap-In ****** *******

******* ****** ************* *** include ****-** ******** ** the ****** **** *** housing ** *******, ***** clips ** *******. **** is ********** ****** *** simpler **** ***** ******* screw-in *******, *** **** hands *** ** **** since ** ***** *** required *** **** ****. We *********** **** ******* and ******* ** **** video:

Removable *********/******* **********

*** *** ** ******** backplates *** ****** ** several ******* ****** * clear ******** ** ***** when ******* ** ****** projects, ** *********/********** *** be ***** ** *** electrical **********, ******* ******** and ****** *** ****** the ************ *****, **** camera ******* ******** ***** painting *** ******** *** complete, ******** *** *********** of ****** ******.

Fewer ******* ******* ********

***** ******* ******* ******* this **** ******** ** last ****. ** **** 40% ** ******* ** this **** ******** *******, and **** ****** ******* to **% ** ****.

*******, ***** *** ********* still ******* ******* ** some ****** ***** (***** below), ***** ***** ****** running ******* ******** ** not. ******* ******** ** ActiveX ****** ** *** models ******.

Improved ****************

** ****, **** ************* are ****** **** **** disposable ****** ********* ***** for **************** (***** ****** be ************ ******* *** rarely ***) *** ****** to ***** ***** **** as ******* ******/*******.

***** ****** ***** *** to **** ******* ******* allowing ***** **, ******** better *********** ** *** housing. **** ***** ********** during ***** ** ******** temperature **** ** **** when ******** *** ****** fogged. ***** ** ** illustration ** *** **** valves **** ********* *** Gore ***** ***** ** Hanwha's ******* * **** line.

********* ***** *** **** common ** ***** **** models *** *** *** preferred ** **** **** effectiveness *** ****** ** periodically ********, ****** ** practice, ********** ****** ******* them.

Growing *****: ***************

**** ************* **** ***** including ******** ******** ** improve ****** ******* *** documentation.

*** *******, ****, *****, and ****** **** ******** which ******* *** ******'* MAC ******* ***/** ****** number **** ***** *******, which *** ** ****** stuck ** ******* **** of ***** ** ******** which ******* **** ********* in **** ********, ** to **** ****** ******* in **-***** *************. ***** are ******** **** *****:

************, ******'* ******* * Plus ******* ******* * flap ** *** ******'* packaging ***** *** ** opened ** ****** *** camera ******* ******** ** from *** ***, ** installers *** ******* *** update ******* ** *** bench ******* ********.

Cable *****

**** ************** ***** *****. ***** ***** ******* additional ****** ****/******* ************, better ********** ** ****** cable, *** ********* ******* additional ********* *** ***********.

******* ** **** **** ranged **** ***** ** cable **** (*********/****) ** using * ****** *****/***** cable ****. ***** *** the ********* ***** **** series ********* *** ******* Prime/Easy ****** *******, ***** used *** ***-********* ***** whips ** *** ******, one *** ********/***** *** another *** *****, */*, etc. ***** ***** ***** were ****** *** ****** apart ** ******* ******** wall ************, ****** **** very ********* ** ***** through * ****** *"+ hole.

******* ****** **** ****** **** ****** ** cable **** **** *** cons.

Gasket *******

****** ******* ** * key ******* ** ******* cameras. ***** ******* *** be ******* ** **** off **********, ******** ********, dust, ** ***** **** the ******'* *******.

** *** *****, **** models **** ******* ******* which **** ******** **** grooves ** *** **** or ******* *** ***** not **** ***. *******, Hikvision *** ******* ****** were *********** ***** ** loose ******* ****** *** board.

*** **** ********** *** examples, *** *** **********:******* *** *****: ***** Dome *******.

Standard *** ********

******** *** ******** ****** users ** ***** *** camera ******** ** *** or **** ***** ** electrical ***** ** *** voltage *****, ***** ****** users ** **** ****** manage ***** *****/************ *** pre-wire ******* ***** ** installation. ************, ***** ******** mounting ******** ****** ***** to **** **** * failed ** ***** ****** and ******* ** ******* making *** ******** *****.

******** *** ***** ******** were *** * ********* feature, **** ** **** size ********* ********* *****. This ******* *** ****** available **** ** *** cameras ****** ** ****/******, with ****** ******* **.

*** **** ***** ***** camera ***** ******** * box ******** ****** *** the ******** ***********/****** *.* series. ************, **** ***** focal ****** ****** *** smaller **** **** ********** boxes/low ******* *****, ****** this * **** ********* feature **** ** ****** domes, ****** **** ***** it ** ** ***-** accessory (**** ** ****).

** ******* * ********** in *** ***** *****.

Easy/Precise ****** **********

****** ******* **** ****** on ***** *** *******:

  1. *** ** *-**** ** 2-axis? ** ****, *-**** gimbals *** ******* ******* upon ** **** ********** camera *********** *** ******.
  2. *** **** *** *** gimbal ** ****? *** it ***** ** *****/**** jerkily ** ********? ***** tilt, ***, ** **** all ** ******** ************ without *********** ********* **** other/knocking *** ****** *** of ********?
  3. *** *** ****** **** in ***** **** ***** or ****** *** "**** back" ***** ******?

*** **** ******** ** camera ******* ****** **** 3-axis *** ****/******* ** adjust, ** **** ****** motorized ********* ****** *** smaller ***** **** *******. However, ** *** *******, we *** *** *** issues ** ***** ***:

  • ********* ***** *******/****** *** Vivotek * ****** ***** lens ******* **** **** 2-axis *******, *** **** models ** *** **** to ** **, ****** them **** ********* *** less ******** ** ********.
  • *** ****** ****** ****** were ********* ** *****. Hanwha's ****** ****** ******** users ** ***** ** the **** ** *** imager ** ***** **, making ** **** ** knock *** ****** *** of *** ****/*** ******** and ********* ********** **-******.

** **** ** *********** gimbals ** **** *****:

Video *** ***********

******** ******* ***** *** allows ********** ** ******* a ******* ******* ** the ****** *** ******/********. This ** ********* ********* analog ***** ***, ****** the **** *** ****** also ****** ****, *** found ** ***** *******.

** ***** ***** *** on **** *****:

  • ****: ** ***** ***** out ** **** **** integrated ** *** ****, not ** *** *** of *** ***** ****, whether ********* (***** * pigtail) ** *** (***** BNC/RCA/2.5mm). **** ****** ****** users ** *******, *** the ****** ******* ****** it, *** **********.
  • ****: **** **** ** placing ***** *** ** the ******'* ***** ****. This ****** *** **** in **** *************, **** as **** ******* ** when ** ********** ******* is ****, *** ** installations **** **** ******** or ******** *****, *** video *** ********** *** simply ** ************, ****** it *********** *******. ************, these ********** *** **** to ***** **** ****, increasing *********** ****.
  • *****: *******, ** ***** cameras **** ** ***** out *****. **** *** have ***** ***** ** connect ** *** ******, such ** ******** ******* or ****** ****, *** these ********* ********** ********** compared ** ***** ***, which **** ***** *** likely ******** ****.

Dome *****/****** *****

**** "*******", **** ****** safety ******, ******* *** camera's **** *** ******* to ******* ** **** falling ** *** ****** while ******* ** * ladder/lift. **** ** * key ******* ** ************, as ***** *** ******** ******* ** ******* which *** **** ******* impact ** ***** *******.

**** ***** *** ****** widely **** ************ ** manufacturer *** ***** ** model *** *** ******** on **** ** *** compact ***** **** ******* tested. ***** *** ********* varifocal ******, **** *** manufacturers *** *** ******* leashes ** *** ******: Axis *** *****, ***** all ****** ******** **** feature.

Camera *********** ********

****** *********** ******** ***** installers ** ******** ******* whether *** ****** ** level. **** *******, **** as *** ***** ********* 7000 ******* ***** ******** (people ** * ******* line) ***** *** ** recognized ******* ********, ***** others *** ******, ***** may ***** ** ** down, ********* ** *** camera.

**** **** *********** ******** are *** ******** ** PTRZ ****** ** **** tested, ******* **** *** effectively *** ******.

Wifi ******: **-***** *** *******

**** ****** ** ** emerging ******* ** ** cameras. **** ****** ****** installers ** ****** ** ad-hoc ******** ******* ** powering *** ****** *** PoE *** ******** ** a *** ****** ** connecting ** * ***** in ******** *******, ***** they *** **** ******* to ***********/****** ****,****** *******, ** *******.

** ****** ******, **** Avigilon, *****, *** ****** offered ***** *******.

** ****** ******** *** Hanwha **** ******* ** detail, *** *** ******:** ****** ************ **** Shootout - ********, ****, Ideal, ******, ********, ********.

Web ********* ***** ******* ****-***:

*******, *** ** *** parameters ***** *** ******** installation ******, *** *********** also ********* *** **** for ******* ** ****/********* the ****** ***** * significant *****. ****** **** interfaces ***** ********** ** view *** ******'* *** interface **** ****** *** table ** ****** ***** and ****** ******* **** browser ****** **** **********.

******* ****** *** ** ranked ** ***** *********:

  • **** *** ******* ***** provide *.***/*.*** ***** ** the ******* **** ** plugin. ** *** *****, this *** ******* ** Axis *** ****** ** all ****** ******, *** Bosch *** ********* ** some ******** ********, *** yet ********* ** *** models.
  • **** ****** ** ***** which ** *** ******* plugins, *** ******* **** MJPEG ** *** *******, not *.***/*. **** ***** includes ********, ***** (***** interface), *** *******.
  • ***** **** ***** ******* which ******* * ****** to **** *** *****, including **** *****, **** Hikvision, *** *** ** Uniview ***** ** **** tested.

** **** * **** report ** ******* ******* with ******* ** **** manufacturer, ********* ******* ******* *** Video *************** **** ***********. *** video ***** **** **** report ************ *.*** ***** in *** ******* ***** an **** ******.

Camera ****** ****** ** *******

**** ******** ******* ** installability ** *** **** cameras ********** ** ***** and ********, ******* ********** mount ********, ***** ** review ** ****** ** our** ****** ***** ********.

** **** ****, ** found **** **** ****** practically ******** *********, **** some ****** ** ******** advantages *** ************* ** some *********, **** ** Axis' ******** ******* ***** did *** ******* ***** to ****** ** ** the *******, ** ******'* low ******* *-*******, ***** included * ********* *** and ******* ********** *** mounting *******.

*******, ************ ** ***** gooseneck **** *** ******* mounts *** ******* ****** all *************, *** * practical ********** ** *******.

*** **** ***********, *** our** ****** ***** ********.

Country ** ******

**** ****** ** ****** with *** ********* ******* of ******:

  • ******** **/**: *** & Canada
  • ******** ** **** ****: Canada
  • **** ***: ******
  • **** ***: ***** ********
  • **** ***: ********
  • ***** ********* ****: ********
  • ***** ********* ****/*****: *****
  • *****: *****
  • ****** ******* *: *****/*******
  • ****** ******* *: *****/*******
  • *********: *****
  • *******: *****
  • *******: ******

******* ****** **** *** our ***** ************ ******** guides:

Comments (7)

****, *** *** ******** I **** **** ******* with ***** ***** *** the *******-**-**** ***** *** connector ** **** *** can **** *** ****** WITH *** **** ** LOCALLY ****** *** *** down **** * ****** or ****. **** ****** domes *** ***** **** the **** *** *** slightly "*****" *** **** when *** **** ** getting **** **. ***** times, *** **** ********* obscures *** ****, ** you *** **** * quick ********** ***** *** whip (** *********). *** the **** ****** **********, but ****** ** & when **********.

************: *** ** *** access *** *** ** the ***** **** ** a ****** ****'* ******* been *******? *** **** you ****, **** ***'** learn ** **** ****** the **** ** ******* and *** ***'* **** to **** *** **** off, ** **'* ********* and *** **** ** take *** **** *** regardless, **?

********* ** *** ************ environment, * ********** *** focusing ** *** **** isn't ******, ** ** may ** ************ **** the ****** ** *******... If ** ** * drop ******* *** *** just **** ******* **** to *** ******, *** other ******** *** **** the **********, **** *** cables ****** *** **** is **. **** ** there ** * **** box, ** ** ***** stuffed ** ***** *** very ********* ** *** to. ****** * **** to ******* ** (***, wifi, ******, ***.) ** the **** **** *** be * *** **** saver...

************: *** ** *** access *** *** ** the ***** **** ** a ****** ****'* ******* been *******?

** *** **** *****, or ** *** ***? :)

****** *** ***** **** would ** ***** **********’* worst *********:

* ** ****** ******* with ** ********* ****** !

****** **% ** *** new ****** *** ****** for *** ** ******* installations. ** *** *** models ******** ** ***** two ************* **** ** the **** *****?

****** **% ** *** new ****** *** ****** for *** ** ******* installations

****, ***************** ********** *** ***** rights ******.

** *** *** ****** released ** ***** *** manufacturers **** ** *** same *****?

*******, ******** ***. ***** and ********* **** *** more ****** **** *** other ************. ****, **** who *****, ** ***, the **** ** ***-***** models, **** *** **** anywhere ** ***** *** Hikvision.

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