IP Camera Buyer's Guide 2014

Author: Ethan Ace, Published on Apr 28, 2014

The 2014 IPVM IP Camera Buyer's Guide provides recommendations on the right types of cameras to choose, the strongest manufacturers to consider and the best overall values.

Trending Manufacturers

We explain what manufacturer's products have significantly improved or declined, in performance, value or both, identifying 9 specific manufacturers.

Key Features

We explain the tradeoffs in resolution, low light and WDR selection and more specifically how 2 of these factors have changed significantly over the past 3 years.

Form Factors

We breakdown the key decisions to be made when selecting minidomes, full size domes, panoramics, box, integrated IR bullets and thermal cameras.

Manufacturer Profiles

We conclude with profiles of 12 manufacturers, looking at the good and bad behind ACTi, Arecont, Avigilon, Axis, Bosch, Dahua, Hikvision, Panasonic, Pelco, Samsung, Sony, and Vivotek.

*** **** **** ** Camera *****'* ***** ******** recommendations ** *** ***** types ** ******* ** choose, *** ********* ************* to ******** *** *** best ******* ******.

Trending *************

** ******* **** ************'* products **** ************* ******** or ********, *************, ***** ** ****, identifying * ******** *************.

Key ********

** ******* *** ********* in **********, *** ***** and *** ********* *** more ************ *** * of ***** ******* **** changed ************* **** *** past * *****.

Form *******

** ********* *** *** decisions ** ** **** when ********* *********, **** size *****,**********, ***, ********** ** bullets *** ******* *******.

Manufacturer ********

** ******** **** ******** of ** *************, ******* at *** **** *** bad ****** ****, *******, Avigilon, ****, *****, *****,*********, *********, *****, *******, Sony, *** *******.

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Performance / ***** *****

**** *****'* ***** ******* on *********** *********** (********* video *******) *** ***** (that **, *** ****** less ********* ******** *** a ***** *********** / quality *****).

***** *** ******** *** the **** *********** ** purchasing *********.

Other ********/***** *******

*********** *** ***** *** certainly *** **********. ******, a ****** ** ********/***** factors ***** ***** ****** decisions **** *** ****** the ***** ** **** treatment, *********:

  • ***** ***** *******: ** ********** *** reasonably ****** * ******* with ******** ***** ******* or ****** ***** ** the ************'* ******** ***** person ******** ********* *******. Likewise, ** *** **** may ** *** **** if **** ******** ***** an ********** *** ******* / *******.
  • ******** ********* *******: ************* **** ** their ********* *******, **** by ******. * ************ who ** ***** ** solve ******** *** **** the ***** **** ** repairing ******** *** *********** for ******** ***** *** justify * ********.
  • ******** **************: ***** *** **** extensive ******** *********** ** a ******* ************ *** may ****** ** ******** with **** ************ ** simplify ********, *********** / service. *************, **** *** be ****** ** *** to ************ ** ***** party *******.
  • ********* ** ******* / Presence: ***** ************ ********* should ********* **** * years (*** ***** ******), reasonable ***** *** ****** a **** ********* ****** from * ************ *** has ************ * ***** record ** ********** ********* long ****.

*******, * ******** ************** that, *** ****** ** worse, ****** ***** ********** preferences:

  • *******/*********: ** '********' ******* may ***** ******** *******/*********/********** motivating *** ********** ** select ***** ********.
  • ***** *******: ** **********'* *** local ****** *** **** with ** **** ******** pricing/support *** * ******** product. ****** **** **** in * **** ** head *********** **** **** rival(s), *** ********** *** seek *** * ***** quality *** **** ****** available ******* ** ******** their ***************.

Manufacturer ******

***** ******* *****'* *****, *** *********** *********** of *** ****** *** shifted *************.

******

**** *** *** **** notable ************* ***** *******/***** has *********:

  • ********:***** **** ****** ******* in ****, **** **** gotten **** ******** ** the **** * *****, filling *** ***** ********* with ***** *** *****, integrated **, **** ******* and ****. *******, **** *** not ** ********** *********** as **** **** ****, simply ******* ***** ********* have ****** **** ********** on *****.
  • ***** ****/*********:* *** ***** ***, their ******* *** ************. However, ** ****** ***** (see *** ***** *******************), *** *********** *** between ***** ***** **** brands *** ****** **** as ****, ****, *** Bosch *** ******** *************.
  • *******:******* *** **** * strong **** ** **** and ****, ***** **** were *********** * ***-****** previously. Their******* *** ****** ********** *********** ********** ******** ******* such ** ****, *****, and ****, ****** ** pricing ******** ** ******* less. 
  • *****: ** *** **** *** years, ***** *** ********** revamped *** ** ****** line, ***** ********** **** narrow, **** **** *** megapixel *******. ** ****, they ******************* *** ***** ****** **** ****** ***********. ** 2014, **** *** ********** to ******* *** ***** 4K *** *******, *** build ***** "*********" *** light ********** **** *** cameras, **** **** *********** potential.

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

*** ********* **** *** well ** **** ***** are ********** ******, *** weakening ******** *** ** competitive *********:

  • ****: **** *** ********* ** add ****** ** ***** line ** *** **** end *** ** ***-******** applications (******, *******, ***.), but ***** *** *** models ****** ****** ***** options **** ** ***** and *********, * ********* weakness ** ***** **** low *** ******* *** budget ********.
  • *******: ******* ********* ** ******* their ****** ****, *** their ******* ** ***** that ** *** **** *********** Dahua ************, ****** *********** ** similar, ********* ***** ********.

*********

**** *** *** **** notable ************* ***** *******/***** has *********:

  • *********:********* ** *** ** the **** ************* ** release * *** ********** of ******* (*** * in ****** ****), *** their ******** ****** *** behind ***** *********** *******. Additionally, ******* ******* ****, even ******** ** ***** major ************* **** ** Axis, ****, ***.
  • ****:**** *** **** ** releasing ***** ***** ********** of ** *******, ** were ********* ** ***** quality ** ***** ************* such ** *****, ****, and *******, *** ********** similar ** ****** *********** at ****** ***** **** Generation *.

*** ******** - **********, Low *****, ***

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** *** **** **** essentially ***********, **** **** new ****** *** **** offering **** ** ** option, ***** *** ***** premium ** ***** ** 720P **/*** ** *******. We ********* *** ****** any ** ** **** cameras ** *** *** do *** ** ******* or ******** **** ****** them *** *** *****.

**** ***** *** ********** deciding ******* *** *** 2MP ******* (********* ****/*****). The ****** ********** ******* these *** *******, **** in ***** ******** **********, tends ** ** ******. Generally, *** ***** ******** **** 20 **** ****, *** is ****. *** ****** areas, *** *** **** some ********.

*** ****** ** **** over ***** ******* ** that **** **** ** have **** ******** ***** quality **********, ********* **** WDR *** ***** *** light ***********.

*** *** ****** ***** has ******* *****/*********** ** low ***** *** *** performance ******* ****. **** products *** *** **** much ******* **** **** were * *** ***** ago. **************, ***+ ******* tend ** ** **** in ***** *****, *** be ******* ** *** need *** ***** **********, 5MP+, **** **** ***** IR ************ **** **** to ** ** ****** than ***** ********** *******.

******* *** *** *** comparisons ******/***** ** **. *****-********* resolutions*** **** *********** ** these ******.

*** *****

********* ******* **** ****** much ****** ** *** light **** *** **** few *****, ****** ** the ************ ** '*****' low ***** ******* *** the ********** ** ** into ****** ***** ************'* camera *****. ******** ******* these *** ************ ******* on *** ***** ***** viewed.

** *** ***** ******, 1-5 ***, ***** *** light ******* *** ********, with ****** ******* ** close ***** *** ****** detection *********** ** ****** range. *******, ** ***** dark ****** ***** * lux, ********** ** ** a ****** ******, ** these ****** *** ****** too **** **** *** super *** ***** ******. See*** **** ** ********** IR **. ***** *** light ********** **** *******.

*********** **** *** **** ***** low ***** ******* *** is ********* ** ********* from **** ******, ** there ** ** ******** wide ******** *** ******* minimum ************. *****, ************* often ********* *** ***** performance ** ***** ********* material. **** ***** **** unfortunately *** **** *** to **** *** ***** performance ** ** *** field, ** *** ****** scene *******. ***** *** also *** ************ ** ***** ** low ***** *******.

** ** *******, *** specification ***** ****** ** most ***** ** ** illumination *****. **** ** often ********** ** ** much ** **-**%. ***** should **** **** **** account **** ********* *******, and ** ************ ***** real ***** ************, ******** to *** ******** ** where *********.

***

*** *********** *** ******** significantly **** *** **** few *****. **** ** 2011, **** *** *********** was ******* ** * handful ** ********* ******* (like **** *** *********). Now, **** ************* ***** quality *** *******, ** far ***** ******.

*** *** *****/******* ** navigate ** **** **** of *** *** ****** offers. ************* **** ******** all ***** ** ***** marketing ***** (******* *** ** ***?) **** ******* **** ** actually ***** ****, **** some ******** ***** ****** line ** ***, ****** most ****** ***** **** electronic ***, ********* ******** and ********, ***** *** little ** ** ****** in ****** *** ******. 

*** **** ***********, **** WDR ******* ****** ** used. ***** ****** ******* ***** and **** ********* ** improve ********** ** ***** lighting ******, ******** *********** well ****** ********** *** methods.

*** *** ******** ****** *** *********** ******* these ***** ** *******, and **** ** **** for ** *** ******.

Camera **********

**** *****

***** *** *** *** factors ** ******** **** looking ** **** *****:

****: **** ****** ***** ****** sizes ** *******/******** *** presence ** ************. *******, manufacturers *** ******* ** misrepresent ******* ***** ***** are ***** "****." ***** is ** *** ********** of **** *********** * "mini" **** ****** * ******** full ***** ***** **** camera. ********, ***** **** as "*****" ** "****" *** **** ** some *************, ****** **** does ****** **** **** are ***** *** ******* than ******. ********* ********* are *-*" ** ******** at ***** *******, **** a ***** *-*" ******, and ***** *-*" ** height.

****** **********:**** ********* ***** ***** small ****, *** ******* electronics ****** ***** *** ceiling (*.*., ******** **** *********) ** ** * separate "******" ********** ******** and ***** *********** (*.*., the*****************). **** *** ***** a ******* ** ******* installations ***** **** ** surfaces *** *** ********* to *** / **** these *****. ****** ****** double ***** ****** **** sheets *** ****** ** these ******.

**** *******:****** *** ********* *** fixed ***** ****** ****. This *** ***** * problem ** * **** wants ** ******** ** adjust *** ***** ** size ** *** **** covered. *********, ****** ****** clearly **** ** *** listed **** ****** ** make **** ** ** not *** **** ** narrow *** ***** *** cases. ****** ********* ******* frequently ***** **** *** very **** ** ~*** degrees, **** ** ******** FoVs ** ** *******.

******** ********: ****** *** ********* **** ******** features **** ** ***, super *** ***** ***********, auto **** *****, *****, or */*. ***** ******* best ** ***** ***** quality *********** **** ****** be ************ ** ******** a ********.

********** **: **** ********* **** ********** IR. *** ******* *** this ** ********* ********** at *****, ********* ********* (without **) *** ********* quite **** ** (******* they ********* **** ***** **** ******). *******, *** ********** IR ** ********* ** typically ***** ***** **** (typically ******* **** ** to ** ****) *** can ***** ************ / blooming ** ****** **** the ******. ************, ***** budget ************* ****** ****** offer ********* **** ********** IR, ******* ************* (****, *.*.,) lack ********** ** ** their *********. *** *** cost *********, *** ***** some ********** ** *** light, ********** ** ********* are ***** ********** *** viable.

******** *** ******:********* ******************** ** ** ******* **** to *** ******* ** wall, **** ******** **** or ******* ****** ********. This ****** ***** *** in ***** ***** **** or ******* ****** *** be ********, *** *** result ** ***-***** ****** in ***** **** ****** ceilings. 

*****:********* *** *** ** the ***** ******************** ********* (****** **** to **** ******* **** are ****** **** **************). Street ******* ****** ******, from ***** $*** - 400 USD ******. 

************ **********:***************** *********, **** $***-*** ******, outperformed **** ********* ************ such ** **** *** Bosch ** *** *********.

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

**** ******* ** **** sized *****, **** *** the *** ****** ** consider:

****:** **** *********, ***** is ** ***** ******** for **** ** ********** "**** ****" ** *****. *********, diameter ** *-*", ** as ***** ** ***** 8" ** ******* ******. Height ** ******* **** greater **** *********, ** least *".

**** *** ** ** aesthetic *****, ********* ** where *** ****** ** mounted. Users ********* ****** ****** models ** ** ***** as ******** (**** ****** mounting ******), ***** ** outdoor ****** **** *** be **** ** ** issue *** **** ***** surveillance ********* *** *** potential ********* *******.

******* ***: **** ***** ***** **** often ******* ***** *** I/O, ******** ******* **** most *********. **********, ************* offer ******** ****** ** full **** *****, **** the ****** *** ****** including "super" *** ***** *** "true" *****-******** ***. *******, many ***** ****** ** more ***** ****-**** ***** lack ***** ********.

********** ** *** ****** relatively ****** ** ****, though ******* *** ***** preferred ** ***** *** to************ *********** ********** *** of *** ****** ** domes. ****** ******* *** ********* used ***** *** ******* illumination ****** *** ********.

**** *******:**** **** ***** **** often **** **** ********* lenses. *******, ********* **** has ****** **** ****** in *** **** *-* years. **** **** ***** is * ****** ******* on **** **** *****, though *** ******** ** all ******, ********* ******* to ****** ***** ** ******* lines.

******** *******:* ***** ******* ** options *** ********* ********* for ******** **** **** domes, **** ** *******, wall, *** **** ******, allowing **** ** ** used ** **** ************ than *********. ******** ****** are **** *********, *************** ** *** ****** in *** *******, ******** only *** ****** **** ring *** **** *** better **********.

*****: *********, ******/******* ***, *** feature *** **** ** widely ** **** **** domes, ******* ****** ** well. ** *** *** end, ****** ***** ******* IR ** ***/*** ***** capabilities *** ** ***** for ***** ~$***-***. ******* models **** **** ******, with **** ******* *** as ****** ** $***, though******* ** ****** ** $400-600. **** *** ****** with ***** *** ***** capabilities *** *** *** more *********, $***+. 

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

*** *********** ******** **** considering ********* ******* ** whether ** *** ****** imager ******* ******* ** multi-imager:

*******:***** ******* *** *** imager *** **** ** cover * ***** ****, typically *-* *********. ****** they ***** * **** FOV, ******* *** *** relative ** ******* *******, and ***/*** ***** ********************* ******.

*****-******: **** ***** ** ********* uses ******** ******* (**** often ****) ** ***** 180 ** *** ****** fields ** ****. **** provide ****** ********** **** the *** **** ****** imager ******* (********* *-** megapixel), ****** **** *********** increased ********* *** ******* needs. ***** ******** ******* generally ******** ****** *** and *** ***** ***********.

***** ******* *** **** detail ** *** ********** between ***** *** *** see *** ********* ****** ***** *** **** ***********.

*****-****** *********

**** *** *** *** factors for *****-****** *******:

**********:*****-****** ****** *** ********* in * ****** ** resolutions, **** * ** 40 **. *******, *** to ***** **** ********** users ****** ****** ** decreased *** ***** *********** and*********** **** ** ***** models. 

******* ************: ***** *** *** ******* available *** *****-****** *******, with ******* ** *** the **** ******. *** or *** ****** ****** from********,******* *******, *** * ****** entry *************** **** *********.

*********: *********, *****-****** ******* ******* only *** *** ******* each. **** **** **** first **********, **** ***** required *** *** **** imager, *** **** *** fallen *** ** ********. However, ***** ****** ***** confirm **** ***** ****** recording ******** ** ********** licensing **** *** *******.

*******:*****-****** ********* ******* ********* sell *** $*,*** *** up, ********* ** ********** and ********, **** ~$*,*** an *********** *******. **** pricing ** **** ***** most ******* ********* *******, which **** *** $***-***, typically.

************ **********: *********** ********, ******* ** the **** ****** ** multi-imager ********* *******. ** ***** SurroundView ****, *** **** *********/********* *** ***********, ** **** ***** individual ****** *********** ******* to ******** *** ********, ***** ********* **** in *** *****.

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

**** *********** *****************, ***** *** *** key ****** **************:

*** **********:***** **** *** ******** a **** ***** **** with **** *** ******, typically *-* **, ******* quickly **** *** ** distance **** *** ****** increases, **** ****** *********** difficult **** ** **-**'. This ***** ******* ******* best *** ********** ********* activity ** **** ***** areas.

****** ***********:********* ******* **** ********* had *********** *** *** light *** *** ***********, limiting ***** ********** ** scenes **** ***** *** issues. ****** ****** **** begun ** *******, *** are ***** **** ****** other **** *******.

****** *************: ********* ****** **** **** often ************** *** *** ******, with *** **** ****** overview ***** **** **** the ******. **** ****** ***** to ******* *** ****** the ****, ******* ******* at****** ******** *****, *********** the **** **** ******* PTZ ********. *** ******** is **** *** *** cameras *** ********* ** all *****, ** **** requires * ******************, ***** *** ***** available ******* *** *****' ****** VMS.

****** *************: **** ********, ****** **************** **** **********. **** allows ******* ************** **-*****, ******* *** or **** ********* ****** from *** ****** ** the ***. *** ********* is **** **** *********** is ******** ** *** VMS. *******, ***** ***************** *** ********, ***** is ** ****** **************** ***** *** ******** use. ***** ******* ** overview **** ****** * second ****** **** * ******* or ********* ********.

*********** **. *******:***********'**************** ***** ****** ********** than ******* ******* ******, by ***** ** ********** image ******* ** *****, which ****** **** ** the ******'* ***** ******. ************, their *** *** ******* adoption **** **** ********* cameras, *** **** ***** is **** ****** *********. However, ** **** ***** limited ***** ** ***** quality **** *********** ******* cameras, ** ** ******* on **** ********** ************, or *** ****** **** with ***** ** ******.

*****:******* ********* ******* ****** widely, **** ***** $*** on *** *** *** to * **** ** about $***. *********** ****** sell *** ***** $*** for *** *.* ** version, **** *** **** of * *** ******.

************ **********: *******'* ***-**** ********* ************* ****** *** *********** beyond ***** *********** ******* we **** ******, ***** priced ***** ******* (~$***). ******* *****-**(~$***) *** *** ** the **** *** ****** panoramic *******, *** ***** and *** *********** ***** average, *** **-******************** ********** **** **** various *****.

*** *******

***** *** *** *** factors ** ********* *** cameras:

*** *******: *** ** **** ***** of *** ******* ****** for *** **** *********** in **** *********, ** users *** ****** ***** long *****, ***** ****, or *** *-**** ******* as ********. **** ** a ******* **** ****** found ** **** **** domes, *** ********* *** at *** ** ***** form *******, ****** *** cameras *** **** ****** in ***** *********.

******* ***: ********* ********, ************* **** include ***** **** *** and *** ***** *********** in *** ******* (*** full **** ***** ** a ****** ******). *****, I/O, ****** *******, *** SD ****** **** ***** are ***** ******** ** box ******* **** *** present ** ***** **** factors ** *** ************'* line. 

**********:*** ******* *** *** most ***** **** ******, which *** ** * positive ** ******** ********* on *** ***********. ****** *** banking ***** ****** **** overt ************ *** *** deterrent ******, ***** **** commercial *** *********** ********** prefer ***** ** **** blend **** *** *********** more.

********: *** ******* **** **** different ******** ******* *********, for **** ** **** ceilings, *****, *****, ***. However, ****** ***** **** factors ***** *** ********* in ******* ******, *** cameras ******* * ******** exterior ******* **** **** are ******* ** *** weather, ********** **** *** installation ****.

*****:*** ******* ******* $***-***, ********* on ******** **** ** WDR, *** ***** ***********, resolution, ***. *******, **** high *** ******, **** *** as **** **$*,***+.

************ **********: *******'* ***-**** *.* ********* box ************ * ****** *********** of *** *** *** light *********** ***** **** very *** ******** ******** to ***********, ** * price **** **** **** that ** ****** **** previous ******* **** ** Axis *** ****.

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

****** ******* **** ****** in ********** ********, **** most ***** ************* ******** options. ***** *** *** key ******* ** ********:

******* **. **** ****: **** ************* *** **** compact *** **** **** bullet *******, ******* ** mini/full **** *****. ******* models ********* *-*" **** (not **************). **** **** ****** are ********* *-**" *** include **** ******** ******, better *** *** ** off-level ******** *** **** mounting.

** ******** ** **** differences, ********* ******* ****** **** shorter ************ *****, **** smart ** ********, *** use fixed ****** ****. ***** looking *** ***** **** advanced ******** ****** **** at **** **** ****** models *******.

** *****: ************ ****** **** ****** between ************* *** ******** models, *** *** ***** overstated ** **-**% ** more. **** **** ********* ranges *** *******, ************ power ** ********* ****, and ******* *** ***** be ********* ** ******. ******* of ****, *** *******, ** users **** ** **** a ****** ** *** range, a ****** ******** *** or **** ****** ** used. 

***** **: ***** ** ********** ******** automatically ******** *** ******** illuminator ***** ** ******* overexposure ** ******* ** the *****, * ****** issue ** ** *******. Some ******* ********** ******* effects ** ********* ********, but **** ** *** as ********* ** *** decrease ** *****, ** it ******* *** **** of *** *****. 

*** **** "*****" ** may **** ** ******* to ********* **** ****** which ****** ***** *** illumination ******* ***** ** zoom ***** ** **** fit *** *****. **** ***** to ******* *** ***** and **** *****.

**** ****:** **** ******* ******, fixed ****** *** ****, though ******** ***** ******* are ***** ********* *** different ****** ** ****. Full **** ****** ******* normally *** ********* ******, offering ****** *********** **** adjusting ** *** *** scene. ********* **** ****** have ****** ********** ****** in ****** *******, ** well, ******** *** ***** of **** ** ** changed ******** ***** *** camera ** *********, *********** the **** *** * tech ** ***** *** camera.

*****: ******* ******* **** *** as ****** ** $***, with ** ******* ****** $300, ***** **** **** models **** *** $*** to ** **** ** $1,200+ ********* ** ********.

************ *********:** *** *****, ** found *********** ** ****** ************** *** ******* ** illumination ******, **** ***** smart ** ********** ******* well ** ****** ***** based ** ******* ** the *****, ** **** as **** *****. 

***** ***** *** ******* bullets, **************-*******-*********** ****. **** ***** suffered ***************** *** ****** ** the *****, ****** **** less **** *********** ******, with ****** ************ ** the ***** ** *** field ** ****.

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

**** *** *** *** factors ** ******** **** considering******* *******:

**********: ****** ********** ** *** most ********* ************** ** ******* cameras. 320x240 *** ******* *** the **** ****** ******* used, *** ********** "********" resolution. **** ********** ****** are **** *********, ***** use ******* (***) ******* for ****** ********* ******, though this ******** ***** ** a ***** ***** *******. Lower ********** ****** *** also *********, ******* *** even *****, ****** ** longer ** ******.

**** **** ***** ******* ******* moved ************* *** *****-********* *********** years ***, ******* ******* above *** *** *** commercially *********. 

*** **. ******** *******: ****** ******* *******, ***** higher *********** ******* **** usable *******, ******* ******* do *** ******* **** fine ******* ** ***, regardless ** **********. ** best, ***** *** ** able ** ********* ******* clothing **** ** **** close ******, *** ****** this, **** ******* ******** and ****** ** ******* may ** ****.

*********, *** **** ******* higher ********** ******* ***** is ********* *****. *** cameras *** ******* ** detecting ******* ** ** to ***** *** ***** of ******* ******. *******, ***** few ****** ** ****** are ******** ** ************ ** ******* *******, this ********** ********* **** ******* to **** **** ********* (1,000' ** ****). ** shorter ****** (~***'), ******** resolution ******* ******* ****** pixels ** ****** * human ******.

******** *** "*** *******": ***** **** ******* *** *** provided, *** ******* ******* are **** *** ********* only, ******** ** *** key ***** ******* ****** of ******* *******. ****** all ************* ***** **** tuning ** ******** *** specific ******, *******, *** temperature **********. ************, **** have **** ** *** as ** *****"**** *******" *******. ***** ***** ******** ******* image ******* **********, **** that **** ** * software ***** ***********, *** a **** *** ************** using ******** *********.

*****: *********, ******* ******* **** sold *** ~$*,***+ *** 320x240 *******, *** $*,***+ for ***. *******, ****** have ******* ********, **** DRS ************ ******* **************** *** ***** $*,****************** **** **** ** more ********* ******. ************, **** ******** ********* * **** of ******* ******* ******** at $***, * **** **** in *******, ****** ***** ******* sensors ***** ********** ******* (*****, smaller **** **** ******** low ********** ******* ******).

************ **********: ****** *********** ****** * ****** ****** for ********** *************. ** found *** *********** ******* to ***** ************* ** temperate **********, ****** ****** ~50% *****.

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

**** ** ******* *** competitive ***********, **** *** bad, ** **** ** the**** ******* ****** *************:

****

****:***** **** ** ******* in******* ** **** ******* and *********** ** ** 10 **, *********** ******** to ****.

***:***** ******* ** *******,*********** **** ******* *** reliability ********, ***** ****** ** multiple ****** ******, ** longer ****** **** ******** to ****** **** ** Dahua *** *********.

****** ****:**** ** *** * bad ******, *** ***** lines ******* ******* ** better ***** ******* ** lower ******.

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

****: *** ** *** makers ** *****-****************. ***** ******* *** performance. Fairly ***** **** ** to ** **.

***: ******* *** *********** remain * ***** *******. Image ******* ******, ********** desaturation *** ***** *******. 

****** ****: *************** ***** ****** *********************** **** ** *** ********, but *** ******** ***, lower **** *** **** reliable ******* *****.

********

****: ***** ******* **** average ** ***** ******* image *******, ***** **** average *******, ********** ** bullets have **** ** *** longest ************ ****** *********.

***: *** ****** *********, sold **** ******* ****** channel.

****** ****:********** * ***** ****** in *******, ********** ********** to *********** ******* *** a ******* **** **** limited ************. *** ***** may have limited ********* ** *********** and ***** ******* ** procure *******.

 

****

****: **** ***** ****, with ******** ****** ********* in *** **** *******. Excellent *** ***** *** WDR ***********. **** ***** ***** party *******. ****** ********* from ******** *******.

***: *** ***** *** cost *******. *** **** models ***** *** **** expensive ******* *********. **** integrators **** ***** **** unprotected ***** *******.

****** ****: **** ** likely *** ****** ****** available ** ** *******. Some *********** ****** *** ********** them ** **** **********, but *********** ******* ** above *******, *** ** others *** ** ******* supported. 

*****

****: ********* *********** ***********. **** ******* ***** quality. **** ** *** lowest ******** ***** ******* we **** ******.

***: *** *** **** models. ** ****** **** not ** ***** ** some ***********.

****** ****: *** *** light *** *** ******, Bosch *** **** ** the ************************. ** ************ *** requiring **** **** ***********, or ******-********* ********, ***** options *** ******* ************ at ***** ******.

*****

****: ******* ** ***** average ***** *******, ** par **** **** ********* mainstream ******, ** ****** 50-75% *****.

***: **** **** ******* OEMs ** ***** ******* with ** ****** *****, representation, ** ******* ***** the ***** ****. **** OEMs ** *** ********* **** ** *******, limiting *******. *** ***** and *** *********** *** average, *** *** ***********.

****** ****: ***** (*** their ****) *** *** of *** **** ********* low **** *******, ****** their ******* ************ ** North ******* ****** ****** in ******.

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****: ***** **** ** cameras ** **** **** factors **** ***** ***** quality *** *** ***********. Prices **** ***** *******.

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Comments (10)

This is fantastic. Thank you for this.

Hi. We have been hearing some discussion of Ubiquiti finally refreshing their several years old AirVision line, any thoughts on price/performance for this vendor vs. other low cost/end offerings? thanks

Yes, I have heard about Ubiquiti's new camera line. I don't believe it's out yet but I have been told it is coming soon.

The original line ($100 for simple fixed focal 720p cameras) were impressive for its time but they do need a refresh.

We'll definitely be covering it when it's released.

Dahua has a U.S. distribution channel that is authorized to use the Dahua name and not OEM. They are also in the process of opening a service/rma center in the U.S. this year.

Not sure where you get the idea that Hikvision has stability/reliabilty issues. We have purchased well over 1,000 cameras in the past year with only one confirmed defect.

What's your opinion of Mobotix. They were the leader in 3MP cameras, long before Axis about 5 years ago.

We survey 100+ integrators and speak regularly with integrators around the world. Hikvision has clearly gotten better over the past few years but we still have had some recent reports.

I know Dahua opened a US office in Souther California recently. Who is their US distribution channel?

As for Mobtix, before 2008, they were one of only a few manufacturers who even made megapixel cameras, so certainly they were a leader. They still have high quality and advanced feature sets but they are far more expensive than almost anyone in the market plus lack H.264 / ONVIF. They have not kept up with the times, though.

DH-Vision is authorized by Dahua in the U.S. to use the Dahua model numbers and I've confirmed with Dahua at ISC-West that they are authorized to sell Dahua branded products. They also mentioned new distributors coming online this year.

This amzing article but can I know your opinion about Taiwan brand called Aver information? I work on hybrid DVR and IP cameras and it is v.good but I need more feedback from you about this brand

I don't see stuff like March Network Cameras. Can somebody share inputs on this camera please.

Jimmy, March has a lineup of IP cameras, but its relatively limited compared to most competitors. Because of that, you rarely see people using them.

If you are looking for an end to end system, and want March's recorders, using their cameras would make sense. Otherwise, there's not anything in their camera line that really stands out - its not super high end, its not very broad and it is not really inexpensive.

I joined my organization nearly a year ago and inherit a vast end to end March System (2000+ camera). I am dealing a lot of issues daily and want to see how this products are fairing in the market.

Thanks John.

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