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.

*** **** **** ** ****** *****'* ***** ******** *************** ** the ***** ***** ** ******* ** ******, *** ********* ************* to ******** *** *** **** ******* ******.

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

** ******* **** ************'* ******** **** ************* ******** ** ********, in***********, ***** ** ****, *********** * ******** *************.

Key ********

** ******* *** ********* ** **********, *** ***** *** *** selection *** **** ************ *** * ** ***** ******* **** changed ************* **** *** **** * *****.

Form *******

** ********* *** *** ********* ** ** **** **** ********* minidomes, **** **** *****,**********, ***, ********** ** ******* *** ******* *******.

Manufacturer ********

** ******** **** ******** ** ** *************, ******* ** *** good *** *** ****** ****, *******, ********, ****, *****, *****,*********, *********, *****, *******, ****, *** *******.

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

**** *****'* ***** ******* ** *********** *********** (********* ***** *******) and ***** (**** **, *** ****** **** ********* ******** *** a ***** *********** / ******* *****).

***** *** ******** *** *** **** *********** ** ********** *********.

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

*********** *** ***** *** ********* *** **********. ******, * ****** of ********/***** ******* ***** ***** ****** ********* **** *** ****** the ***** ** **** *********, *********:

  • ***** ***** *******: ** ********** *** ********** ****** * ******* **** ******** lower ******* ** ****** ***** ** *** ************'* ******** ***** person ******** ********* *******. ********, ** *** **** *** ** the **** ** **** ******** ***** ** ********** *** ******* / *******.
  • ******** ********* *******: ************* **** ** ***** ********* *******, **** ** ******. A ************ *** ** ***** ** ***** ******** *** **** the ***** **** ** ********* ******** *** *********** *** ******** needs *** ******* * ********.
  • ******** **************: ***** *** **** ********* ******** *********** ** * ******* manufacturer *** *** ****** ** ******** **** **** ************ ** simplify ********, *********** / *******. *************, **** *** ** ****** in *** ** ************ ** ***** ***** *******.
  • ********* ** ******* / ********: ***** ************ ********* ****** ********* **** * ***** (*** often ******), ********** ***** *** ****** * **** ********* ****** from * ************ *** *** ************ * ***** ****** ** supporting ********* **** ****.

*******, * ******** ************** ****, *** ****** ** *****, ****** their ********** ***********:

  • *******/*********: ** '********' ******* *** ***** ******** *******/*********/********** ********** *** integrator ** ****** ***** ********.
  • ***** *******: ** **********'* *** ***** ****** *** **** **** ** have ******** *******/******* *** * ******** *******. ****** **** **** in * **** ** **** *********** **** **** *****(*), *** integrator *** **** *** * ***** ******* *** **** ****** available ******* ** ******** ***** ***************.

Manufacturer ******

***** ******* *****'* *****, *** *********** *********** ** *** ****** *** ******* *************.

******

**** *** *** **** ******* ************* ***** *******/***** *** *********:

  • ********:***** **** ****** ******* ** ****, **** **** ****** **** stronger ** *** **** * *****, ******* *** ***** ********* with ***** *** *****, ********** **, **** ******* *** ****. *******, they *** *** ** ********** *********** ** **** **** ****, simply ******* ***** ********* **** ****** **** ********** ** *****.
  • ***** ****/*********:* *** ***** ***, ***** ******* *** ************. *******, ** recent ***** (*** *** ***** *******************), *** *********** *** ******* ***** ***** **** ****** *** majors **** ** ****, ****, *** ***** *** ******** *************.
  • *******:******* *** **** * ****** **** ** **** *** ****, where **** **** *********** * ***-****** **********. ************ *** ****** ********** *********** ********** ******** ******* **** ** ****, *****, *** ****, though ** ******* ******** ** ******* ****. 
  • *****: ** *** **** *** *****, ***** *** ********** ******** *** IP ****** ****, ***** ********** **** ******, **** **** *** megapixel *******. ** ****, **** ******************* *** ***** ****** **** ****** ***********. ** ****, **** *** ********** ** ******* the ***** ** *** *******, *** ***** ***** "*********" *** light ********** **** *** *******, **** **** *********** *********.

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

*** ********* **** *** **** ** **** ***** *** ********** strong, *** ********* ******** *** ** *********** *********:

  • ****: **** *** ********* ** *** ****** ** ***** **** ** the **** *** *** ** ***-******** ************ (******, *******, ***.), but ***** *** *** ****** ****** ****** ***** ******* **** as ***** *** *********, * ********* ******** ** ***** **** low *** ******* *** ****** ********.
  • *******: ******* ********* ** ******* ***** ****** ****, *** ***** ******* is ***** **** ** *** **** *********** ***** ************, ****** *********** ** *******, ********* ***** ********.

*********

**** *** *** **** ******* ************* ***** *******/***** *** *********:

  • *********:********* ** *** ** *** **** ************* ** ******* * new ********** ** ******* (*** * ** ****** ****), *** their ******** ****** *** ****** ***** *********** *******. ************, ******* remains ****, **** ******** ** ***** ***** ************* **** ** Axis, ****, ***.
  • ****:**** *** **** ** ********* ***** ***** ********** ** ** cameras, ** **** ********* ** ***** ******* ** ***** ************* such ** *****, ****, *** *******, *** ********** ******* ** better *********** ** ****** ***** **** ********** *.

*** ******** - **********, *** *****, ***

**********

** *** **** **** *********** ***********, **** **** *** ****** not **** ******** **** ** ** ******, ***** *** ***** premium ** ***** ** **** **/*** ** *******. ** ********* not ****** *** ** ** **** ******* ** *** *** do *** ** ******* ** ******** **** ****** **** *** low *****.

**** ***** *** ********** ******** ******* *** *** *** ******* (including ****/*****). *** ****** ********** ******* ***** *** *******, **** in ***** ******** **********, ***** ** ** ******. *********, *** areas ******** **** ** **** ****, *** ** ****. *** ****** areas, *** *** **** **** ********.

*** ****** ** **** **** ***** ******* ** **** **** tend ** **** **** ******** ***** ******* **********, ********* **** WDR *** ***** *** ***** ***********.

*** *** ****** ***** *** ******* *****/*********** ** *** ***** and *** *********** ******* ****. **** ******** *** *** **** much ******* **** **** **** * *** ***** ***. **************, 5MP+ ******* **** ** ** **** ** ***** *****, *** be ******* ** *** **** *** ***** **********, ***+, **** with ***** ** ************ **** **** ** ** ** ****** than ***** ********** *******.

******* *** *** *** *********** ******/***** ** **. *****-********* ************** **** *********** ** ***** ******.

*** *****

********* ******* **** ****** **** ****** ** *** ***** **** the **** *** *****, ****** ** *** ************ ** '*****' low ***** ******* *** *** ********** ** ** **** ****** every ************'* ****** *****. ******** ******* ***** *** ************ ******* on *** ***** ***** ******.

** *** ***** ******, *-* ***, ***** *** ***** ******* are ********, **** ****** ******* ** ***** ***** *** ****** detection *********** ** ****** *****. *******, ** ***** **** ****** below * ***, ********** ** ** * ****** ******, ** these ****** *** ****** *** **** **** *** ***** *** light ******. ****** **** ** ********** ** **. ***** *** ***** ********** **** *******.

*********** **** *** **** ***** *** ***** ******* *** ** ********* to ********* **** **** ******, ** ***** ** ** ******** wide ******** *** ******* ******* ************. *****, ************* ***** ********* low ***** *********** ** ***** ********* ********. **** ***** **** unfortunately *** **** *** ** **** *** ***** *********** ** in *** *****, ** *** ****** ***** *******. ***** *** also *** ************ ** ***** ** *** ***** *******.

** ** *******, *** ************* ***** ****** ** **** ***** of ** ************ *****. **** ** ***** ********** ** ** much ** **-**%. ***** ****** **** **** **** ******* **** selecting *******, *** ** ************ ***** **** ***** ************, ******** to *** ******** ** ***** *********.

***

*** *********** *** ******** ************* **** *** **** *** *****. Back ** ****, **** *** *********** *** ******* ** * handful ** ********* ******* (**** **** *** *********). ***, **** manufacturers ***** ******* *** *******, ** *** ***** ******.

*** *** *****/******* ** ******** ** **** **** ** *** the ****** ******. ************* **** ******** *** ***** ** ***** marketing ***** (******* *** ** ***?) **** ******* **** ** ******** ***** ****, **** **** ******** their ****** **** ** ***, ****** **** ****** ***** **** electronic ***, ********* ******** *** ********, ***** *** ****** ** no ****** ** ****** *** ******. 

*** **** ***********, **** *** ******* ****** ** ****. ***** models combine ***** *** **** ********* ** ******* ********** ** ***** lighting ******, ******** *********** **** ****** ********** *** *******.

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

Camera **********

**** *****

***** *** *** *** ******* ** ******** **** ******* ** mini *****:

****: **** ****** ***** ****** ***** ** *******/******** *** ******** ** surveillance. *******, ************* *** ******* ** ************ ******* ***** ***** are ***** "****." ***** ** ** *** ********** ** **** constitutes * "****" **** ****** * ******** **** ***** ***** **** camera. ********, ***** **** ** "*****" ** "****" *** **** ** **** *************, ****** **** **** ****** that **** *** ***** *** ******* **** ******. ********* ********* are *-*" ** ******** ** ***** *******, **** * ***** 1-2" ******, *** ***** *-*" ** ******.

****** **********:**** ********* ***** ***** ***** ****, *** ******* *********** ****** above *** ******* (*.*., ******** **** *********) ** ** * ******** "******" ********** ******** *** ***** electronics (*.*., ********************). **** *** ***** * ******* ** ******* ************* ***** room ** ******** *** *** ********* ** *** / **** these *****. ****** ****** ****** ***** ****** **** ****** *** beware ** ***** ******.

**** *******:****** *** ********* *** ***** ***** ****** ****. **** *** cause * ******* ** * **** ***** ** ******** ** adjust *** ***** ** **** ** *** **** *******. *********, buyers ****** ******* **** ** *** ****** **** ****** ** make **** ** ** *** *** **** ** ****** *** their *** *****. ****** ********* ******* ********** ***** **** *** very **** ** ~*** *******, **** ** ******** **** ** 50 *******.

******** ********: ****** *** ********* **** ******** ******** **** ** ***, ***** *** light ***********, **** **** *****, *****, ** */*. ***** ******* best ** ***** ***** ******* *********** **** ****** ** ************ by ******** * ********.

********** **: **** ********* **** ********** **. *** ******* *** **** ** increased ********** ** *****, ********* ********* (******* **) *** ********* quite **** ** (******* **** ********* **** ***** **** ******). *******, *** ********** ** ** ********* ** ********* ***** range **** (********* ******* **** ** ** ** ****) *** can ***** ************ / ******** ** ****** **** *** ******. Additionally, ***** ****** ************* ****** ****** ***** ********* **** ********** IR, ******* ************* (****, *.*.,) **** ********** ** ** ***** *********. For *** **** *********, *** ***** **** ********** ** *** light, ********** ** ********* *** ***** ********** *** ******.

******** *** ******:********* ******************** ** ** ******* **** ** *** ******* ** ****, **** separate **** ** ******* ****** ********. **** ****** ***** *** in ***** ***** **** ** ******* ****** *** ** ********, and *** ****** ** ***-***** ****** ** ***** **** ****** ceilings. 

*****:********* *** *** ** *** ***** ******************** ********* (****** **** ** **** ******* **** *** ****** used **************). ****** ******* ****** ******, **** ***** $*** - 400 USD ******. 

************ **********:***************** *********, **** $***-*** ******, ************ **** ********* ************ **** ** Axis *** ***** ** *** *********.

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

**** ******* ** **** ***** *****, **** *** *** *** points ** ********:

****:** **** *********, ***** ** ** ***** ******** *** **** is ********** "**** ****" ** *****. *********, ******** ** *-*", ** ** ***** as ***** *" ** ******* ******. ****** ** ******* **** greater **** *********, ** ***** *".

**** *** ** ** ********* *****, ********* ** ***** *** camera ** *******. ***** ********* ****** ****** ****** ** ** ***** as ******** (**** ****** ******** ******), ***** ** ******* ****** size *** ** **** ** ** ***** *** **** ***** surveillance ********* *** *** ********* ********* *******.

******* ***: **** ***** ***** **** ***** ******* ***** *** */*, ******** missing **** **** *********. **********, ************* ***** ******** ****** ** full **** *****, **** *** ****** *** ****** ********* "*****" *** light *** "****" *****-******** ***. *******, **** ***** ****** ** more ***** ****-**** ***** **** ***** ********.

********** ** *** ****** ********** ****** ** ****, ****** ******* are ***** ********* ** ***** *** ************** *********** ********** *** ** *** ****** ** *****. ****** ******* *** ********* **** ***** *** ******* ************ ****** are ********.

**** *******:**** **** ***** **** ***** **** **** ********* ******. *******, motorized **** *** ****** **** ****** ** *** **** *-* years. **** **** ***** ** * ****** ******* ** **** size *****, ****** *** ******** ** *** ******, ********* ******* to ****** ***** ** ******* *****.

******** *******:* ***** ******* ** ******* *** ********* ********* *** ******** full **** *****, **** ** *******, ****, *** **** ******, allowing **** ** ** **** ** **** ************ **** *********. Recessed ****** *** **** *********, *************** ** *** ****** ** *** *******, ******** **** *** bottom **** **** *** **** *** ****** **********.

*****: *********, ******/******* ***, *** ******* *** **** ** ****** ** full **** *****, ******* ****** ** ****. ** *** *** end, ****** ***** ******* ** ** ***/*** ***** ************ *** be ***** *** ***** ~$***-***. ******* ****** **** **** ******, with **** ******* *** ** ****** ** $***, ************* ** ****** ** $***-***. **** *** ****** **** ***** low ***** ************ *** *** *** **** *********, $***+. 

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

*** *********** ******** **** *********** ********* ******* ** ******* ** use ****** ****** ******* ******* ** *****-******:

*******:***** ******* *** *** ****** *** **** ** ***** * broad ****, ********* *-* *********. ****** **** ***** * **** FOV, ******* *** *** ******** ** ******* *******, *** ***/*** light ********************* ******.

*****-******: **** ***** ** ********* **** ******** ******* (**** ***** ****) to ***** *** ** *** ****** ****** ** ****. **** provide ****** ********** **** *** *** **** ****** ****** ******* (typically *-** *********), ****** **** *********** ********* ********* *** ******* needs. ***** ******** ******* ********* ******** ****** *** *** *** light ***********.

***** ******* *** **** ****** ** *** ********** ******* ***** two *** *** *** ********* ****** ***** *** **** ***********.

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

**** *** *** *** ******* *** *****-****** *******:

**********:*****-****** ****** *** ********* ** * ****** ** ***********, **** 8 ** ** **. *******, *** ** ***** **** ********** users ****** ****** ** ********* *** ***** *********** ************** **** ** ***** ******. 

******* ************: ***** *** *** ******* ********* *** *****-****** *******, **** ******* by *** *** **** ******. *** ** *** ****** ****** from********,******* *******, *** * ****** ***** *************** **** *********.

*********: *********, *****-****** ******* ******* **** *** *** ******* ****. **** they **** ***** **********, **** ***** ******** *** *** **** imager, *** **** *** ****** *** ** ********. *******, ***** should ***** ******* **** ***** ****** ********* ******** ** ********** licensing **** *** *******.

*******:*****-****** ********* ******* ********* **** *** $*,*** *** **, ********* on ********** *** ********, **** ~$*,*** ** *********** *******. **** pricing ** **** ***** **** ******* ********* *******, ***** **** for $***-***, *********.

************ **********: *********** ********, ******* ** *** **** ****** ** *****-****** ********* cameras. ** ***** ************ ****, *** **** *********/********* *** ***********, ** **** ***** ********** ****** *********** ******* ** ******** *** ********, ***** ********* **** ** *** *****.

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

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

*** **********:***** **** *** ******** * **** ***** **** **** **** one ******, ********* *-* **, ******* ******* **** *** ** distance **** *** ****** *********, **** ****** *********** ********* **** at **-**'. **** ***** ******* ******* **** *** ********** ********* activity ** **** ***** *****.

****** ***********:********* ******* **** ********* *** *********** *** *** ***** *** WDR ***********, ******** ***** ********** ** ****** **** ***** *** issues. ****** ****** **** ***** ** *******, *** *** ***** well ****** ***** **** *******.

****** *************: ********* ****** **** **** ***** ************** *** *** ******, **** *** **** ****** ******** ***** sent **** *** ******. **** ****** ***** ** ******* *** ****** the ****, ******* ******* ******** ******** *****, *********** *** **** **** ******* *** ********. The ******** ** **** *** *** ******* *** ********* ** all *****, ** **** ******** * ******************, ***** *** ***** ********* ******* *** *****' ****** ***.

****** *************: **** ********, ****** **************** **** **********. **** ****** ******* ************** **-*****, ******* *** ** **** ********* ****** **** *** camera ** *** ***. *** ********* ** **** **** *********** is ******** ** *** ***. *******, ***** ***************** *** ********, ***** ** ** ****** **************** ***** *** ******** ***. ***** ******* ** ******** **** record * ****** ****** **** * ******* ** ********* ********.

*********** **. *******:***********'**************** ***** ****** ********** **** ******* ******* ******, ** ***** an ********** ***** ******* ** *****, ***** ****** **** ** the ******'* ***** ******. ************, ***** *** *** ******* ******** **** most ********* *******, *** **** ***** ** **** ****** *********. However, ** **** ***** ******* ***** ** ***** ******* **** ImmerVision ******* *******, ** ** ******* ** **** ********** ************, or *** ****** **** **** ***** ** ******.

*****:******* ********* ******* ****** ******, **** ***** $*** ** *** low *** ** * **** ** ***** $***. *********** ****** sell *** ***** $*** *** *** *.* ** *******, **** the **** ** * *** ******.

************ **********: *******'* ***-**** ********* ************* ****** *** *********** ****** ***** *********** ******* ** **** tested, ***** ****** ***** ******* (~$***). ******* *****-**(~$***) *** *** ** *** **** *** ****** ********* *******, low ***** *** *** *********** ***** *******, *** **-******************** ********** **** **** ******* *****.

*** *******

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

*** *******: *** ** **** ***** ** *** ******* ****** *** *** most *********** ** **** *********, ** ***** *** ****** ***** long *****, ***** ****, ** *** *-**** ******* ** ********. This ** * ******* **** ****** ***** ** **** **** domes, *** ********* *** ** *** ** ***** **** *******, making *** ******* *** **** ****** ** ***** *********.

******* ***: ********* ********, ************* **** ******* ***** **** *** *** *** light *********** ** *** ******* (*** **** **** ***** ** a ****** ******). *****, */*, ****** *******, *** ** ****** card ***** *** ***** ******** ** *** ******* **** *** present ** ***** **** ******* ** *** ************'* ****. 

**********:*** ******* *** *** **** ***** **** ******, ***** *** be * ******** ** ******** ********* ** *** ***********. ****** *** banking ***** ****** **** ***** ************ *** *** ********* ******, while **** ********** *** *********** ********** ****** ***** ** **** blend **** *** *********** ****.

********: *** ******* **** **** ********* ******** ******* *********, *** **** or **** ********, *****, *****, ***. *******, ****** ***** **** factors ***** *** ********* ** ******* ******, *** ******* ******* a ******** ******** ******* **** **** *** ******* ** *** weather, ********** **** *** ************ ****.

*****:*** ******* ******* $***-***, ********* ** ******** **** ** ***, *** light ***********, **********, ***. *******, **** **** *** ******, **** *** as **** **$*,***+.

************ **********: *******'* ***-**** *.* ********* *** ************ * ****** *********** ** *** *** *** ***** *********** along **** **** *** ******** ******** ** ***********, ** * price **** **** **** **** ** ****** **** ******** ******* such ** **** *** ****.

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

****** ******* **** ****** ** ********** ********, **** **** ***** manufacturers ******** *******. ***** *** *** *** ******* ** ********:

******* **. **** ****: **** ************* *** **** ******* *** **** **** ****** *******, similar ** ****/**** **** *****. ******* ****** ********* *-*" **** (not **************). **** **** ****** *** ********* *-**" *** ******* **** flexible ******, ****** *** *** ** ***-***** ******** *** **** mounting.

** ******** ** **** ***********, ********* ******* ****** **** ******* ************ range, **** ***** ** ********, *** *** ***** ****** ****. ***** looking *** ***** **** ******** ******** ****** **** ** **** size ****** ****** *******.

** *****: ************ ****** **** ****** ******* ************* *** ******** ******, *** are ***** ********** ** **-**% ** ****. **** **** ********* ranges *** *******, ************ ***** ** ********* ****, *** ******* may ***** ** ********* ** ******. ******* ** ****, *** *******, ** users **** ** **** * ****** ** *** *****, * ****** claiming *** ** **** ****** ** ****. 

***** **: ***** ** ********** ******** ************* ******** *** ******** *********** ***** to ******* ************ ** ******* ** *** *****, * ****** issue ** ** *******. **** ******* ********** ******* ******* ** adjusting ********, *** **** ** *** ** ********* ** *** decrease ** *****, ** ** ******* *** **** ** *** image. 

*** **** "*****" ** *** **** ** ******* ** ********* zoom ****** ***** ****** ***** *** ************ ******* ***** ** zoom ***** ** **** *** *** *****. **** ***** ** ******* hot ***** *** **** *****.

**** ****:** **** ******* ******, ***** ****** *** ****, ****** ******** focal ******* *** ***** ********* *** ********* ****** ** ****. Full **** ****** ******* ******** *** ********* ******, ******** ****** flexibility **** ********* ** *** *** *****. ********* **** ****** have ****** ********** ****** ** ****** *******, ** ****, ******** the ***** ** **** ** ** ******* ******** ***** *** camera ** *********, *********** *** **** *** * **** ** visit *** ******.

*****: ******* ******* **** *** ** ****** ** $***, **** ** average ****** $***, ***** **** **** ****** **** *** $*** to ** **** ** $*,***+ ********* ** ********.

************ *********:** *** *****, ** ***** *********** ** ****** ************** *** ******* ** ************ ******, **** ***** ***** ** adjustment ******* **** ** ****** ***** ***** ** ******* ** the *****, ** **** ** **** *****. 

***** ***** *** ******* *******, **************-*******-*********** ****. **** ***** ******** ***************** *** ****** ** *** *****, ****** **** **** **** competitive ******, **** ****** ************ ** *** ***** ** *** field ** ****.

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

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

**********: ****** ********** ** *** **** ********* ************** ** ******* *******. ******* *** 388x288 *** *** **** ****** ******* ****, *** ********** "********" resolution. **** ********** ****** *** **** *********, ***** *** ******* (VGA) ******* *** ****** ********* ******, ****** **** ******** ***** ** a ***** ***** *******. ***** ********** ****** *** **** *********, 160x120 *** **** *****, ****** ** ****** ** ******.

**** **** ***** ******* ******* ***** ************* *** *****-********* *********** ***** ***, ******* ******* ***** *** are *** ************ *********. 

*** **. ******** *******: ****** ******* *******, ***** ****** *********** ******* **** ****** *******, thermal ******* ** *** ******* **** **** ******* ** ***, regardless ** **********. ** ****, ***** *** ** **** ** determine ******* ******** **** ** **** ***** ******, *** ****** this, **** ******* ******** *** ****** ** ******* *** ** seen.

*********, *** **** ******* ****** ********** ******* ***** ** ********* range. *** ******* *** ******* ** ********* ******* ** ** to ***** *** ***** ** ******* ******. *******, ***** *** ****** on ****** *** ******** ** ************ ** ******* *******, **** ********** ********* **** ******* ** **** long ********* (*,***' ** ****). ** ******* ****** (~***'), ******** resolution ******* ******* ****** ****** ** ****** * ***** ******.

******** *** "*** *******": ***** **** ******* *** *** ********, *** ******* ******* *** **** for ********* ****, ******** ** *** *** ***** ******* ****** of ******* *******. ****** *** ************* ***** **** ****** ** contrast *** ******** ******, *******, *** *********** **********. ************, **** have **** ** *** ** ** *****"**** *******" *******. ***** ***** ******** ******* ***** ******* **********, **** **** **** is * ******** ***** ***********, *** * **** *** ************** using ******** *********.

*****: *********, ******* ******* **** **** *** ~$*,***+ *** ******* *******, and $*,***+ *** ***. *******, ****** **** ******* ********, **** DRS ************ ******* **************** *** ***** $*,****************** **** **** ** **** ********* ******. ************, **** ******** ********* * **** ** ******* ******* ******** ** $***, * **** **** ** *******, ****** ***** ******* ******* ***** ********** cameras (*****, ******* **** **** ******** *** ********** ******* ******).

************ **********: ****** *********** ****** * ****** ****** *** ********** *************. ** ***** *** performance ******* ** ***** ************* ** ********* **********, ****** ****** ~50% *****.

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

**** ** ******* *** *********** ***********, **** *** ***, ** some ** ******* ******* ****** *************:

****

****:***** **** ** ******* ********* ** **** ******* *** *********** ** ** ** **, inexpensive ******** ** ****.

***:***** ******* ** *******,*********** **** ******* *** *********** ********, ***** ****** ** ******** ****** ******, ** ****** ****** cost ******** ** ****** **** ** ***** *** *********.

****** ****:**** ** *** * *** ******, *** ***** ***** ******* similar ** ****** ***** ******* ** ***** ******.

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

****: *** ** *** ****** ** *****-****************. ***** ******* *** ***********. ****** ***** **** ** ** ** MP.

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

****** ****: *************** ***** ****** *********************** **** ** *** ********, *** *** ******** ***, ***** **** and **** ******** ******* *****.

********

****: ***** ******* **** ******* ** ***** ******* ***** *******, lower **** ******* *******, ********** ** ******* **** **** ** *** longest ************ ****** *********.

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

****** ****:********** * ***** ****** ** *******, ********** ********** ** *********** looking *** * ******* **** **** ******* ************. *** ***** may have limited ********* ** *********** *** ***** ******* ** ******* *******.

 

****

****: **** ***** ****, **** ******** ****** ********* ** *** form *******. ********* *** ***** *** *** ***********. **** ***** ***** party *******. ****** ********* **** ******** *******.

***: *** ***** *** **** *******. *** **** ****** ***** the **** ********* ******* *********. **** *********** **** ***** **** unprotected ***** *******.

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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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