IP Camera Buyer's Guide 2011

Author: John Honovich, Published on Oct 05, 2011

WARNING: This report is out of date and only left for historical purposes. See the 2014 IP Camera's Buyer Guide.

Before picking a specific camera or manufacturer, you should consider a few fundamental issues. The key ones we review are:

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****: *** ************ ******* **** ***** *** ****** ** *********** issues.

Image *******

* ***** ******* ******* ********** *** ***** ******* ** * surveillance ******. ***** ***:

  • ********** (******** ** ******)
  • ***** *****/****** ***** ******** (***** ****** ***)
  • *** ***** ***********

***** *** *** *** **** ****** *** **** *** *** big *****.

***** ****** ***** **** ***** ******* = ********** *** **** is *****. * ****** **** **** **** ********** *** **** really *** ****** ***** ** *** ***** *********** *** *** will ***** **** ** **** *** ***** *******. ** *** other ****, ****** ********** **** **** ** ******** ***** *******, just *** ******. **** **** ** ****. ** **** **** at *** ********** *****.

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*** **** ****** ****** ** ****** ******** ** ** ******* is ***** ********** - **, ****, **, ****, *****, ***, 5MP, ***.

** *** ****, ****** ******** **** **** ******** ********** (**). Now, ** ****, *** *********** ***** ** ** **** ********** (HD - ****, *****).

**** ****** *** ***? ***'* **** ** *** *******:

  • ** (******** **********) ***** ******** ** ** **** ** ***: Avoid ***** *******. **** **** ** ** *** *** **** likely **** **** ** ************. *****'* ** **** ***** ******* relative ** *** **** ***** ** (****)
  • **** (***** ***): *** ***** ******* ** *** **** ** minimize ******** *** *** ****** *********. ****** **** *** *** major ****** ************* ***** **** ******. **** **** ***** **% greater ********** **** ** *** **** **** ** **. ******* SVGA ****** **** ** **** ****** **** *** $** - $100 *** ******.
  • ** (**** ** *****): *** ***** ******* ** *** **** of **** ***********. ******** ** **** *** **, ************ ** image ******* *** ******* ******** *** ***********. ***** *** ********** low ******* *** ******, ** ** ********* **** ** *******.
  • *.*** ** ***: ***** ******* *** **** ******* ** **** or ***** ** *******. ****** ***** ******* ******* **** ******** (e.g., * *.*** *** ** **** **). *** **** ********** is **** *** ** ****** ** **** (** ** *) while *** ** ****** ** **** ****** (* ** *). For ************, **** ****** *** ***** ** *** ** ****** tends ** '***' ******. *******, **** ** * ***** **********.
  • **** ** *****: ****** ****. ****** *** ** ********, ***** are *** *******. ***** ******* **** ***** *** ****** ** 720p (*** ** ***). ** *** *****, ** ** *** see ***** ********* ******* *********** ******* *** ***. ***** ** often ******** **** ***** *** ********* *** **** **** *****.
  • *** ** *** *******: *** **** *** ***, ****** ***, bright *****. ***** ******* **** ******* ******** ******* ***** ******* and **** **** ** ***** ********* (*.*., *** ** ****** or * *****). ************, **** **** ****, **** ***** ***** rates *** **** ** **** ***** *** ***** *** ****** light ***********. ****** **** *** ******* *** ** *** ****** care ***** *********** *** *****, *** *** *** **** ** be * *****.

********, ********** ** **** *** ***** **** ** *** ***** big ********.

Harsh *****/****** *****

**** ************ ******* **** ***** ** *** *** **** ****** bright ******** ****** ** ****. ******* ** ** *** ******* or ****** *** ** *** ****** ******* * ****** ** doorway, ******** ***** ** **** **** ** *** * **** image. **** ** * ***** ******* *** ****** *********** ******* dramatically ** ***** **********.

***** ** * ****** ** * ******* **** *** **** resolution *** *********** *********** ** ****** *********** **** ******* **** bright *****:

**** ** ****:

  • *** ** **** ******* ***** ** *** ******* ****** ************* market *** ******* **** **** *******.
  • *** ******* ** ****** *** *** **** *** *** *** many ****** ** ********** ** **** ***********.
  • *** ** ******** ** ******** ** ***. **** **** *** cameras ***** ** ** ***** ** ******.
  • *** ******* ** ****** *** *** ***** ******* **** *** dynamic ***** **** ****. ** *** ****** ****.

****** **** ** **** *** ****** ***** ************'* ******* *** WDR ** ********. **** ******* ** *** *** ******.

** *** *****, **** ** **** ** *******:

  • **** *** ********* ******* ******* *** *** **** ** ***. Note *****, **** *** ******* ******* ****** ** **** *** WDR. ** *** ***, **** ** ****** ********** ** ****** tough ******.
  • ***** ** * ****-***** ***** ********* ***, *** ***** **** supports ** ******* *** ***** ***** *********** *** *** ***** Sony *** *********.
  • ****** ********** ***** ******* *** *********** ********. ** **** *** equal **** ** *********'* *********** *** ** *** ****.

********* ****** ******* ****** ********* ************ *** ** **** **** to **** ****** ** ** ********* ******* ** ******* **** strong ********.

****, ** *** *** ** ****** *** ********** ** ***** levels ** *** ****** ** **** **** ********. **** **** not **** **** *** **** **** ***** **** ***** ****** the ***** ***** ** ***.

Low *****

*** *** **** ***** *** **** **** ******* ** *****, unless *** **** ****** ****** ******** ** **********, *** **** select ******* **** * ********** *** ******. *** ********* **** for **** ** "***/*****" ********* ****** "**** ***/*****". **** **** it *** * ********** *** ****** ** **** ******* **** 'electronic' ***/***** ***** ***** *** *********** ****. **** **** ** most ************ ******* **** * ********** *** ****** ** **** is *** **** ** ****.

********, ***** *** *** ******* ************ ************** **** ******* *******. Just ***** **** ***, ** *** **** ******** ****. *********. Theoretically, ******* ************ ** ******** ** **** ***** *** **** a ***** *** ** *** * ************ ******. *************, *** numbers **** ****** ** ** ********** *****. **** ********* ********* true *** ***** ***********. ****, ** ** ********** ** ******* cameras **** ********* ************* ** *** *********** ******* ** ******* arbitrary. **** ***** ***** ***** ** ** ****** **** *** only '*************' ********. *******, ** ** ****** **** *** ***********, which ** * ***** ***** ****** ******** *** ************ **** deceitful ****-*************.

*******, ****** *** *********:

  • **** **** **** *** ****** *** * ********** ** *** filter, *.*., **** ***/***** (***). *** ***** **** ********** **** these ******* ******* ******.
  • ****** **** ** ** *.*** **** ****** ********** *******. ********* low ***** *********** **** ***** ** ****** ***********. **** ****** who ****** **** *** *** ***** *********** **** *** ** or **** *******.

****, ****** ** *** ***** ******. **** ************* *** **** slow ******* ********* ***** **** *** ***** **** *** ******. This ** * ***** ***** ****** ******* ** ******. ** a ****** ** ******, ********** ** ** ** **** (*** driving, ****** *******, ***.) *** ***** *** ***** *** ****** unusable.

  • ** *** *** ******** ***** ** * **** ** ****, make **** *** ***** **** *** ******* ******** ******* ** (force ** ** */*** ** *********).
  • ** *** *** ********* * ******, **** **** *** ***** try ** *** **** **** ******. ** ** *****, *** may **** ** ******* *** ******** ***** **** ******* *** blurring *** **** *** ***** ******* ******.

***'* ******* **? **** * **** ** **** *****:

*** ***** ** *** ***** ***** ***** ** ** *** better *****, *****? **'* * ***** ****** ******* ** **** the ******* ***** *****. *** **** * **** ** *** image ***** **** *** ******* ** ******:

********* *** ******** *** ******* ******** *** ** *** ** tricked ** ************ ********* *****.

*******, *** *** *** ********. **** ****** ** *** **** to ** **** ******* ** **** *********, *** ** ** the **** ******** *** ** ******* ***** **** ***** *******. In *** *********** *******, ** ****** ******* *** ***** ** lighting ** **** ** *** ** ********.

Form ******

**** ****, ******* **** ** ********* ****** *** *****. **** are *** *** ******* *** **** ********* ****** ********* **** our ** ***** '******** *** ***** ******' ******.

****

**** ******* *** ********* *** ***** *********, ****** ********** ****** type ** *** ******. **** **** **** ***** ****** **** budget ** **** *******. ******** ******* *********** ******* *** *** light ***********, *** *** ***********, ** *** ** ****** ***** of **** *** ***** **********.

**** ** ** ******* ** **** **** ******* **** ****:

***

*** ** *** **** ****** **** ****** *** ******** * wide ***** ** ******** *** *******. ******* **** *** **** reason *** ** ****** *** ******* ** ******* ** **********. They **** ** ** ****** *** **** *********** **** *** other *** **** ****** ****** - **** *******.

**** ** ** ******* ** **** * *** ****** ***** like:

****

***** *** **** ******* ********** *** ***** ******* * *** profile, *********** ****. ******** ** *** *******, **** **** ** be ******** **** ********* (******* ~$*** ***) *** **** **** limitations ** **** ****** **** ******* *** *** *** **** they *** ****.

*** ***** ** ** ******* ** **** ***** ** **** the **** ** ***** *** **** ************* - **** ****-***** to ********** *** *****.

**** ** ** ******* ** ***** *** ***** *****:

******

******* **** **** *** ******* *** *** ******* ******** *** outdoor ***. **** ***** **** **** ***** ** ** ************ good *** *** ***** ************. *******, ****** ******* ******* ***** limited ********** ** ****** *** *** ** ******** *** **** light ** ***** ***** (**** **** ** **** ****).

**** ** ** ******* ** * ****** ****** **** ********** IR ****:

Common ******* ****

*** - **** **** *** ** *********. **** ** ****** always ********* ****** ** ** * ***** ***** ******** ******. PoE ** ***** **** ******** ***** ******** ******* **** ******. It ** * ** *******. *** *********** ** *** ******* power *** ******** *******, ***** ** * **** ** *** ass. ** **** *** **% ** *** **** (**** * few ***** ***** **** ***** *** *** ** *** ***).

******* - *** ***** ** **** ** *** **** *** probably ***. **** ******* ***** **** ** **** ***** ******** recording ** ***** ****** *** ******. *******, **** ** ***** have ** **** *** ** ****** *** ***** ** ********* it **** * ***. ****, ** ***** ******* **** *** enough ******* *** **** **** ********* (********* ** **** **** a *** ****). **** ****** **** ** *** *** ** advanced **** ** **** ** ******** ********** ******* **** ***.

********* - **** **** **** ******* **** ********* ****** *** really **** **** *** *** *****. **** **** **** ******.

Safe *******

*******: **** ****** ** *** ** **** *** **** **** for ********** ********. *** ******* ** ******'* ***** *****.

** ************ *****:

********

**** *****: ********* **** ***** *******, ************* *****, ********, **** to ***, ***** ******* *** ******* * *** ******** ***** knowledgeable ******

*** *****: **** ** ***** ******* *** ********, ** ***** codec **** ***** * *** **** ******* *** *********. ***** the ***** ******* **** ******* *.***. ****, **** *** ***** cameras ******* *** ***** *** *******. *** *** ***** ***** and *** *** ****** **** ********'* *** ***. ******** ** famous *** ***** ***** **** ********** ******* (*** ** ** 29MP). ** *******, **** *** ***********, *** ***** ****, ********* hogs. *** *** ********* ****** *** **** **** ********* ** cameras **** ******** ** ***** *******. *******, *** ***** ****** that ******** *** **** ** ****** ******* *******. ** *** want ** ** ** ********, **** **** ** * *******.

****** ****: ******** ** * **** ********** ****** ******* ** mind *** *********** ** ***** ***** ******.

****

**** *****: *** ****** *** ****** ** ** *******, *** an ********** ***** ******* *********, ********* ** *********** ********, ********, feature ****

*** *****: **** ** *** ***** *** **** ** **** lots ** ******* ** ***** *** **** *****. ***** *** still ********* ******** **** ********* **** ********** ******* **** ******. Many *********** *** ******* ** *** **** **** **** *** be ****** **** ****** ********.

****** ****: **** ** *** **** **** ******. ***** ****** might *** ** *** **** ******* *** ****** **** *** models *** ************* ****** *** ****** **** ********.

*********

**** *****: **** *** ****** **** ****** **** ****** ***** / *** ***********, ***** **** ** *******

*** *****: **** ** ***** **** *** ******** **** **** finding *** **** *** *** *** ** **** ** *** tests. ** ******* **** ***** ******** ******. **** **** ******* third ***** ******* *** *** ****** ********* *** ***** ******* sets.

****** ****: ********* ** * **** ******, ****** * ****** less **** **** ****.

*******

**** *****: *** **** ***** ******, ***** **** ** *******, widely *********

*** *****: **/***** ** ******** ******, ***** ******* ***** ** lag *** ***** **** *******

****** ****: ** *** **** * ***** ****** *** **** to ******** **** ****, ******* ** * ****** ******.

****

**** *****: ***** *** ** ***** **** *** ******, ***** line ** *******

*** *****: **** ******* ** ******** ****** ***** *** ***** annoyances ***/** ***** ****** (***/***** ********* *** *******, ******* ***** disappearing, ***.)

****** ****: **** *** ********* *** ****** ***** ******* ****** we ***** **** ***** ** ********** ****** *******.

********** *******

***** *** ******* **** ****** ******* ******* *** **** **** important ********** **** ***** ** **** **** * ***** ***** the **** *******.

****

**** *****: ***********, ****** ***** **** ** *******, ****** *********

*** **********(*): *** ** ***** ** **** ** ****** ***** Vivotek, ******** ***** **** *** **** *** *****, *** **** the ****** ******, *** ****.

****** ****: *** * *** ****** ** ***, **** * lot **** ******* *** * ****** ******* *** * ****** more *******.

******

**** *****: ***** **** ****** *** *******

*** ***********: ****** ****, ****** ** **** ***** *** ***** performance *** ** **** *** **** **** ** *** *****, not *****

****** ****: ** ******, ******* ****** **** **** *** *** company **** **** *** ***** *** *** ***** ****** *** cheaper **** *** **** ******* ********* **** **********

*****

**** *****: ** ********** *******, ******** ***-** *********

*** ***********: ****** ** ****** ****, **** ***** ***** *******, imaging ** *** *** *****, *** *****

****** ****: ***** *** ** ** ** ******* **** *** they **** *** *** **** ****** *** **** ************ *****. If *** **** ** ** ********** ******, * ****** **** choice *** *** ******* ** ***** *** **** ****** *** cheaper *******.

**********

**** *****: ***** ****, ******* *********, ******** ***-** *********

*** ***********: ******* *** ******* *** **** *** ***** *** just ****** **** **** ** *** ********** ****. ***** *** products *** *****, **** *** *** ************ ***** *** *********** (relative ** *** **** *******).

****** ****: ** *** *** **** *********** **** ***** *** a ****** ** ***** ****, **** *********** ************ *********.

*******

**** *****: *********** ******** ********* *********, ******** ******* ********, ***** with **** *** ********

*** ***********: ******* *** ***** *******, ******* ** ***** *** use.

****** ****: ***** ******* ** * *** ******* ** ****** manufacturer *** *** ** *** ***** ********, ***** *** *** lots ** *********** ******* ** ******* **** **** ******* ***** quality *** ****** ** *** *** ****** ** ********* **** others. ****** *** ****** **** ******** ****** ************* *** ***** technical **********, **** ***** ******* *** **********.

*****

**** *****: ************ ****** ********* *******.

****: **** ***** ** **** *** *****'* **** ** ****** (the **** ******* ******** **********) *** ** **** *** ****** it *** ** *** *** ***** ** *******.

*** ***********: *** ** ***** * **** ** ****, ********* or **** *** *** ** ******* ********* ** ***** *******.

****** ****: *** * *** ****** *** **** ********** ****** options *********. ***** ** **** **** ******* **** ** ***** continues ** ** ******** **** ***** ****** ************.

Risky *******

***** *** ************* ** ********* *** ****** **** **** **** or ******** ******* ******* ****** ******:

American ********

****: ******* *** ***** *******, ****** **** **** * ******* in *******; *****'* **** ****** ****** ** ****** **** **** so **** **** ******* *****.

**** ** ***: *** *** ** ******** ******** ******** ******** but **** **** *** ***** ** **** ** ****** ***** grip.

Arecont ******

****: **** ********** *** *********** *** *******, ******* ***** *** bad ********, *****, **** ** *** ************* ********, ******** ******** firmware ******** ** *** ********

**** ** ***: ******* ****** ** * *** ******* ********* camera ************ *** *** ** *** **** ********** ******* ** the ******. **** ****** **** **** *** ***** ***** ********, others **** *** **** ******** **** ******* ** ***** ******* quality ******. ***** **** ********** ******** *** *** *** *** now **** *****-****** *******.

*****

****: **** ******* ****, ******* ***** ***** *******, **** *****, questions **** *****'* **** **** ********** ** ************.

**** ** ***: *****'* ******** *********** **** ***** ******** ***** be *********** ** *** ** *** ***** ********. *********, **** to ******* ** **** ********* ** *********** *******.

*********

****: *****, **** ***** *******, ****** *****

**** ** ***: **** **** ***** **** *** ******* * quality ******* ** ********** ****** ** ***** *** **** ********* such ** ******* *** ****. ********* ** * **** ******* and * ****** ** **** *** **** *** ********** *** and ******** ** *** ** ****** ******.

************

****: **** *** **** ******** ********* *** ******* **** *** 3rd ***** *******

**** ** ***: **** ***** ************'* *** ****** ***** ** a ***** **** ****** *** **** *** ******** ** **** up ** ***** ****** *******.

*******

****: ***** *******, ******* ****** ****, *** ******** ******** ******* this **** ** *****

**** ** ***: **'* **** ** *** ** *** ******* have **** ** **** *** ***** ******** *** ***** ****** is ******* ** ****. **** ** **** ***** ******* **** far **** *****, ****** ****** ** ******.

******

****: ** ***** ***** *******, ** ******** ***** ***

**** ** ***: ** *** ****** ******'* *** ** ****, otherwise **** ** **** ** **** ** ****** ******* **** more **** *** ****** **** *********.

*******

****: ********** *** *** ************* ***********, ********* ** *** ** not **** ********* ** **** **** **** *********

**** ** ***: **** ** *** **** ** ** ********* or **** ** *********** ***** *** **** ** **** **** term ******* ** *** ****. *** ********* *** **** ******* but ** *** **** **** * ******, ******* **** *** make *****.

*******: **** ****** ** *** ** **** *** **** **** for ********** ********. *** ******* ** ******'* ***** *****.

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