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.