IP Camera Buyer's Guide 2014

By Ethan Ace, Published Apr 28, 2014, 12:00am EDT (Info+)

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

**** *****'* ***** ******* ** *********** performance (********* ***** *******) *** ***** (that **, *** ****** **** ********* products *** * ***** *********** / quality *****).

***** *** ******** *** *** **** foundations ** ********** *********.

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

*********** *** ***** *** ********* *** everything. ******, * ****** ** ********/***** factors ***** ***** ****** ********* **** are ****** *** ***** ** **** treatment, *********:

  • ***** ***** *******: ** ********** *** ********** ****** a ******* **** ******** ***** ******* or ****** ***** ** *** ************'* regional ***** ****** ******** ********* *******. Likewise, ** *** **** *** ** the **** ** **** ******** ***** an ********** *** ******* / *******.
  • ******** ********* *******: ************* **** ** ***** ********* support, **** ** ******. * ************ who ** ***** ** ***** ******** and **** *** ***** **** ** repairing ******** *** *********** *** ******** needs *** ******* * ********.
  • ******** **************: ***** *** **** ********* ******** deployments ** * ******* ************ *** may ****** ** ******** **** **** manufacturer ** ******** ********, *********** / service. *************, **** *** ** ****** in *** ** ************ ** ***** party *******.
  • ********* ** ******* / ********: ***** ************ ********* ****** ********* last * ***** (*** ***** ******), reasonable ***** *** ****** * **** expensive ****** **** * ************ *** has ************ * ***** ****** ** supporting ********* **** ****.

*******, * ******** ************** ****, *** better ** *****, ****** ***** ********** preferences:

  • *******/*********: ** '********' ******* *** ***** superior *******/*********/********** ********** *** ********** ** select ***** ********.
  • ***** *******: ** **********'* *** ***** ****** may **** **** ** **** ******** pricing/support *** * ******** *******. ****** than **** ** * **** ** head *********** **** **** *****(*), *** integrator *** **** *** * ***** quality *** **** ****** ********* ******* to ******** ***** ***************.

Manufacturer ******

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

******

**** *** *** **** ******* ************* whose *******/***** *** *********:

  • ********:***** **** ****** ******* ** ****, they **** ****** **** ******** ** the **** * *****, ******* *** their ********* **** ***** *** *****, integrated **, **** ******* *** ****. *******, they *** *** ** ********** *********** as **** **** ****, ****** ******* other ********* **** ****** **** ********** on *****.
  • ***** ****/*********:* *** ***** ***, ***** ******* was ************. *******, ** ****** ***** (see *** ***** *******************), *** *********** *** ******* ***** lower **** ****** *** ****** **** as ****, ****, *** ***** *** narrowed *************.
  • *******:******* *** **** * ****** **** in **** *** ****, ***** **** were *********** * ***-****** **********. ************ *** ****** ********** *********** ********** ******** ******* **** ** Axis, *****, *** ****, ****** ** pricing ******** ** ******* ****. 
  • *****: ** *** **** *** *****, ***** has ********** ******** *** ** ****** line, ***** ********** **** ******, **** very *** ********* *******. ** ****, they ******************* *** ***** ****** **** ****** ***********. ** ****, **** are ********** ** ******* *** ***** 4K *** *******, *** ***** ***** "Starlight" *** ***** ********** **** *** cameras, **** **** *********** *********.

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

*** ********* **** *** **** ** 2011 ***** *** ********** ******, *** weakening ******** *** ** *********** *********:

  • ****: **** *** ********* ** *** ****** to ***** **** ** *** **** end *** ** ***-******** ************ (******, thermal, ***.), *** ***** *** *** models ****** ****** ***** ******* **** as ***** *** *********, * ********* weakness ** ***** **** *** *** cameras *** ****** ********.
  • *******: ******* ********* ** ******* ***** ****** line, *** ***** ******* ** ***** that ** *** **** *********** ***** ************, ****** *********** ** *******, ********* their ********.

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**** *** *** **** ******* ************* whose *******/***** *** *********:

  • *********:********* ** *** ** *** **** manufacturers ** ******* * *** ********** of ******* (*** * ** ****** 2014), *** ***** ******** ****** *** behind ***** *********** *******. ************, ******* remains ****, **** ******** ** ***** major ************* **** ** ****, ****, etc.
  • ****:**** *** **** ** ********* ***** sixth ********** ** ** *******, ** were ********* ** ***** ******* ** other ************* **** ** *****, ****, and *******, *** ********** ******* ** better *********** ** ****** ***** **** Generation *.

*** ******** - **********, *** *****, WDR

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** *** **** **** *********** ***********, with **** *** ****** *** **** offering **** ** ** ******, ***** the ***** ******* ** ***** ** 720P **/*** ** *******. ** ********* not ****** *** ** ** **** cameras ** *** *** ** *** be ******* ** ******** **** ****** them *** *** *****.

**** ***** *** ********** ******** ******* 1MP *** *** ******* (********* ****/*****). The ****** ********** ******* ***** *** options, **** ** ***** ******** **********, tends ** ** ******. *********, *** areas ******** **** ** **** ****, *** is ****. *** ****** *****, *** may **** **** ********.

*** ****** ** **** **** ***** cameras ** **** **** **** ** have **** ******** ***** ******* **********, including **** *** *** ***** *** light ***********.

*** *** ****** ***** *** ******* value/application ** *** ***** *** *** performance ******* ****. **** ******** *** not **** **** ******* **** **** were * *** ***** ***. **************, 5MP+ ******* **** ** ** **** in ***** *****, *** ** ******* if *** **** *** ***** **********, 5MP+, **** **** ***** ** ************ will **** ** ** ** ****** than ***** ********** *******.

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

*** *****

********* ******* **** ****** **** ****** in *** ***** **** *** **** few *****, ****** ** *** ************ of '*****' *** ***** ******* *** the ********** ** ** **** ****** every ************'* ****** *****. ******** ******* these *** ************ ******* ** *** scene ***** ******.

** *** ***** ******, *-* ***, super *** ***** ******* *** ********, with ****** ******* ** ***** ***** and ****** ********* *********** ** ****** range. *******, ** ***** **** ****** below * ***, ********** ** ** a ****** ******, ** ***** ****** are ****** *** **** **** *** super *** ***** ******. ****** **** ** ********** ** **. super *** ***** ********** **** *******.

*********** **** *** **** ***** *** ***** cameras *** ** ********* ** ********* from **** ******, ** ***** ** no ******** **** ******** *** ******* minimum ************. *****, ************* ***** ********* low ***** *********** ** ***** ********* material. **** ***** **** ************* *** best *** ** **** *** ***** performance ** ** *** *****, ** the ****** ***** *******. ***** *** also *** ************ ** ***** ** *** ***** cameras.

** ** *******, *** ************* ***** should ** **** ***** ** ** illumination *****. **** ** ***** ********** by ** **** ** **-**%. ***** should **** **** **** ******* **** selecting *******, *** ** ************ ***** real ***** ************, ******** ** *** external ** ***** *********.

***

*** *********** *** ******** ************* **** the **** *** *****. **** ** 2011, **** *** *********** *** ******* to * ******* ** ********* ******* (like **** *** *********). ***, **** manufacturers ***** ******* *** *******, ** far ***** ******.

*** *** *****/******* ** ******** ** what **** ** *** *** ****** offers. ************* **** ******** *** ***** of ***** ********* ***** (******* *** ** ***?) **** ******* **** ** ******** ***** done, **** **** ******** ***** ****** line ** ***, ****** **** ****** offer **** ********** ***, ********* ******** and ********, ***** *** ****** ** no ****** ** ****** *** ******. 

*** **** ***********, **** *** ******* should ** ****. ***** ****** ******* ***** and **** ********* ** ******* ********** in ***** ******** ******, ******** *********** well ****** ********** *** *******.

*** *** ******** ****** *** *********** ******* ***** ***** of *******, *** **** ** **** for ** *** ******.

Camera **********

**** *****

***** *** *** *** ******* ** consider **** ******* ** **** *****:

****: **** ****** ***** ****** ***** ** conceal/downplay *** ******** ** ************. *******, manufacturers *** ******* ** ************ ******* their ***** *** ***** "****." ***** is ** *** ********** ** **** constitutes * "****" **** ****** * ******** full ***** ***** **** ******. ********, terms **** ** "*****" ** "****" *** **** ** **** *************, though **** **** ****** **** **** are ***** *** ******* **** ******. Typically ********* *** *-*" ** ******** at ***** *******, **** * ***** 1-2" ******, *** ***** *-*" ** height.

****** **********:**** ********* ***** ***** ***** ****, but ******* *********** ****** ***** *** ceiling (*.*., ******** **** *********) ** ** * ******** "******" containing ******** *** ***** *********** (*.*., the*****************). **** *** ***** * ******* in ******* ************* ***** **** ** surfaces *** *** ********* ** *** / **** ***** *****. ****** ****** double ***** ****** **** ****** *** beware ** ***** ******.

**** *******:****** *** ********* *** ***** ***** length ****. **** *** ***** * problem ** * **** ***** ** optimize ** ****** *** ***** ** size ** *** **** *******. *********, buyers ****** ******* **** ** *** listed **** ****** ** **** **** it ** *** *** **** ** narrow *** ***** *** *****. ****** available ******* ********** ***** **** *** very **** ** ~*** *******, **** to ******** **** ** ** *******.

******** ********: ****** *** ********* **** ******** ******** **** as ***, ***** *** ***** ***********, auto **** *****, *****, ** */*. Those ******* **** ** ***** ***** quality *********** **** ****** ** ************ by ******** * ********.

********** **: **** ********* **** ********** **. *** benefit *** **** ** ********* ********** at *****, ********* ********* (******* **) are ********* ***** **** ** (******* they ********* **** ***** **** ******). *******, *** ********** ** ** minidomes ** ********* ***** ***** **** (typically ******* **** ** ** ** feet) *** *** ***** ************ / blooming ** ****** **** *** ******. Additionally, ***** ****** ************* ****** ****** offer ********* **** ********** **, ******* ************* (Axis, *.*.,) **** ********** ** ** their *********. *** *** **** *********, who ***** **** ********** ** *** light, ********** ** ********* *** ***** attractive *** ******.

******** *** ******:********* ******************** ** ** ******* **** ** *** ceiling ** ****, **** ******** **** or ******* ****** ********. **** ****** their *** ** ***** ***** **** or ******* ****** *** ** ********, and *** ****** ** ***-***** ****** in ***** **** ****** ********. 

*****:********* *** *** ** *** ***** expensive*********** ********* (****** **** ** **** cameras **** *** ****** **** **************). Street ******* ****** ******, **** ***** $100 - *** *** ******. 

************ **********:***************** *********, **** $***-*** ******, ************ **** expensive ************ **** ** **** *** Bosch ** *** *********.

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

**** ******* ** **** ***** *****, here *** *** *** ****** ** consider:

****:** **** *********, ***** ** ** fixed ******** *** **** ** ********** "**** ****" ** *****. *********, ******** ** 4-6", ** ** ***** ** ***** 8" ** ******* ******. ****** ** usually **** ******* **** *********, ** least *".

**** *** ** ** ********* *****, depending ** ***** *** ****** ** mounted. Users ********* ****** ****** ****** ** as ***** ** ******** (**** ****** mounting ******), ***** ** ******* ****** size *** ** **** ** ** issue *** **** ***** ************ ********* for *** ********* ********* *******.

******* ***: **** ***** ***** **** ***** ******* audio *** */*, ******** ******* **** most *********. **********, ************* ***** ******** series ** **** **** *****, **** the ****** *** ****** ********* "*****" *** light *** "****" *****-******** ***. *******, many ***** ****** ** **** ***** full-size ***** **** ***** ********.

********** ** *** ****** ********** ****** as ****, ****** ******* *** ***** preferred ** ***** *** ************** *********** ********** *** ** *** inside ** *****. ****** ******* *** ********* **** ***** the ******* ************ ****** *** ********.

**** *******:**** **** ***** **** ***** **** with ********* ******. *******, ********* **** has ****** **** ****** ** *** past *-* *****. **** **** ***** is * ****** ******* ** **** size *****, ****** *** ******** ** all ******, ********* ******* ** ****** ***** of ******* *****.

******** *******:* ***** ******* ** ******* *** typically ********* *** ******** **** **** domes, **** ** *******, ****, *** pole ******, ******** **** ** ** used ** **** ************ **** *********. Recessed ****** *** **** *********, *************** ** *** ****** ** *** ceiling, ******** **** *** ****** **** ring *** **** *** ****** **********.

*****: *********, ******/******* ***, *** ******* *** vary ** ****** ** **** **** domes, ******* ****** ** ****. ** the *** ***, ****** ***** ******* IR ** ***/*** ***** ************ *** be ***** *** ***** ~$***-***. ******* models **** **** ******, **** **** selling *** ** ****** ** $***, though******* ** ****** ** $***-***. **** end ****** **** ***** *** ***** capabilities *** *** *** **** *********, $800+. 

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

*** *********** ******** **** *********** ********* cameras ** ******* ** *** ****** imager ******* ******* ** *****-******:

*******:***** ******* *** *** ****** *** lens ** ***** * ***** ****, typically *-* *********. ****** **** ***** a **** ***, ******* *** *** relative ** ******* *******, *** ***/*** light ********************* ******.

*****-******: **** ***** ** ********* **** ******** imagers (**** ***** ****) ** ***** 180 ** *** ****** ****** ** view. **** ******* ****** ********** **** the *** **** ****** ****** ******* (typically *-** *********), ****** **** *********** increased ********* *** ******* *****. ***** multiple ******* ********* ******** ****** *** and *** ***** ***********.

***** ******* *** **** ****** ** the ********** ******* ***** *** *** see *** ********* ****** ***** *** **** ***********.

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

**** *** *** *** ******* *** *****-****** cameras:

**********:*****-****** ****** *** ********* ** * number ** ***********, **** * ** 40 **. *******, *** ** ***** high ********** ***** ****** ****** ** decreased *** ***** *********** ************** **** ** ***** ******. 

******* ************: ***** *** *** ******* ********* *** multi-imager *******, **** ******* ** *** the **** ******. *** ** *** degree ****** ************, ******* ******* [**** ** ****** available], *** * ****** ***** *************** **** *********.

*********: *********, *****-****** ******* ******* **** *** VMS ******* ****. **** **** **** first **********, **** ***** ******** *** for **** ******, *** **** *** fallen *** ** ********. *******, ***** should ***** ******* **** ***** ****** recording ******** ** ********** ********* **** are *******.

*******:*****-****** ********* ******* ********* **** *** $1,200 *** **, ********* ** ********** and ********, **** ~$*,*** ** *********** average. **** ******* ** **** ***** most ******* ********* *******, ***** **** for $***-***, *********.

************ **********: *********** ********, ******* ** *** **** option ** *****-****** ********* *******. ** ***** SurroundView ****, *** **** *********/********* *** ***********, ** **** ***** ********** ****** performance ******* ** ******** *** ********, ***** ********* **** ** *** tests.

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

**** *********** *****************, ***** *** *** *** ****** considerations:

*** **********:***** **** *** ******** * **** large **** **** **** *** ******, typically *-* **, ******* ******* **** off ** ******** **** *** ****** increases, **** ****** *********** ********* **** at **-**'. **** ***** ******* ******* best *** ********** ********* ******** ** very ***** *****.

****** ***********:********* ******* **** ********* *** *********** bad *** ***** *** *** ***********, limiting ***** ********** ** ****** **** these *** ******. ****** ****** **** begun ** *******, *** *** ***** well ****** ***** **** *******.

****** *************: ********* ****** **** **** ***** ************** *** *** ******, **** *** full ****** ******** ***** **** **** the ******. **** ****** ***** ** ******* the ****** *** ****, ******* ******* at****** ******** *****, *********** *** **** with ******* *** ********. *** ******** is **** *** *** ******* *** supported ** *** *****, ** **** requires * ******************, ***** *** ***** ********* ******* for *****' ****** ***.

****** *************: **** ********, ****** **************** **** **********. **** ****** ******* to************ **-*****, ******* *** ** **** corrected ****** **** *** ****** ** the ***. *** ********* ** **** less *********** ** ******** ** *** VMS. *******, ***** ***************** *** ********, ***** ** ** option **************** ***** *** ******** ***. ***** needing ** ******** **** ****** * second ****** **** * ******* ** ********* overview.

*********** **. *******:***********'**************** ***** ****** ********** **** ******* fisheye ******, ** ***** ** ********** image ******* ** *****, ***** ****** more ** *** ******'* ***** ******. ************, their *** *** ******* ******** **** most ********* *******, *** **** ***** is **** ****** *********. *******, ** have ***** ******* ***** ** ***** quality **** *********** ******* *******, ** it ******* ** **** ********** ************, or *** ****** **** **** ***** CS ******.

*****:******* ********* ******* ****** ******, **** about $*** ** *** *** *** to * **** ** ***** $***. ImmerVision ****** **** *** ***** $*** for *** *.* ** *******, **** the **** ** * *** ******.

************ **********: *******'* ***-**** ********* ************* ****** *** *********** ****** ***** competitive ******* ** **** ******, ***** priced ***** ******* (~$***). ******* *****-**(~$***) *** *** ** *** **** all ****** ********* *******, *** ***** and *** *********** ***** *******, *** on-camera************** ********** **** **** ******* *****.

*** *******

***** *** *** *** ******* ** selecting *** *******:

*** *******: *** ** **** ***** ** *** cameras ****** *** *** **** *********** in **** *********, ** ***** *** select ***** **** *****, ***** ****, or *** *-**** ******* ** ********. This ** * ******* **** ****** found ** **** **** *****, *** typically *** ** *** ** ***** form *******, ****** *** ******* *** only ****** ** ***** *********.

******* ***: ********* ********, ************* **** ******* ***** best *** *** *** ***** *********** in *** ******* (*** **** **** domes ** * ****** ******). *****, I/O, ****** *******, *** ** ****** card ***** *** ***** ******** ** box ******* **** *** ******* ** other **** ******* ** *** ************'* line. 

**********:*** ******* *** *** **** ***** form ******, ***** *** ** * positive ** ******** ********* ** *** application. Retail *** ******* ***** ****** **** overt ************ *** *** ********* ******, while **** ********** *** *********** ********** prefer ***** ** **** ***** **** the *********** ****.

********: *** ******* **** **** ********* ******** options *********, *** **** ** **** ceilings, *****, *****, ***. *******, ****** other **** ******* ***** *** ********* in ******* ******, *** ******* ******* a ******** ******** ******* **** **** are ******* ** *** *******, ********** cost *** ************ ****.

*****:*** ******* ******* $***-***, ********* ** ******** such ** ***, *** ***** ***********, resolution, ***. *******, **** **** *** models, sell *** ** **** **$*,***+.

************ **********: *******'* ***-**** *.* ********* *** ************ * ****** *********** ** *** and *** ***** *********** ***** **** very *** ******** ******** ** ***********, at * ***** **** **** **** that ** ****** **** ******** ******* such ** **** *** ****.

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

****** ******* **** ****** ** ********** recently, **** **** ***** ************* ******** options. ***** *** *** *** ******* to ********:

******* **. **** ****: **** ************* *** **** ******* *** full **** ****** *******, ******* ** mini/full **** *****. ******* ****** ********* 4-6" **** (*** **************). **** **** ****** *** ********* 8-12" *** ******* **** ******** ******, better *** *** ** ***-***** ******** and **** ********.

** ******** ** **** ***********, ********* compact ****** **** ******* ************ *****, **** smart ** ********, *** *** ***** ****** only. ***** ******* *** ***** **** advanced ******** ****** **** ** **** size ****** ****** *******.

** *****: ************ ****** **** ****** ******* ************* and ******** ******, *** *** ***** overstated ** **-**% ** ****. **** when ********* ****** *** *******, ************ power ** ********* ****, *** ******* may ***** ** ********* ** ******. ******* of ****, *** *******, ** ***** **** to **** * ****** ** *** range, a ****** ******** *** ** **** should ** ****. 

***** **: ***** ** ********** ******** ************* ******** and ******** *********** ***** ** ******* overexposure ** ******* ** *** *****, a ****** ***** ** ** *******. Some ******* ********** ******* ******* ** adjusting ********, *** **** ** *** as ********* ** *** ******** ** power, ** ** ******* *** **** of *** *****. 

*** **** "*****" ** *** **** be ******* ** ********* **** ****** which ****** ***** *** ************ ******* based ** **** ***** ** **** fit *** *****. **** ***** ** ******* hot ***** *** **** *****.

**** ****:** **** ******* ******, ***** ****** are ****, ****** ******** ***** ******* are ***** ********* *** ********* ****** of ****. **** **** ****** ******* normally *** ********* ******, ******** ****** flexibility **** ********* ** *** *** scene. ********* **** ****** **** ****** relatively ****** ** ****** *******, ** well, ******** *** ***** ** **** to ** ******* ******** ***** *** camera ** *********, *********** *** **** for * **** ** ***** *** camera.

*****: ******* ******* **** *** ** ****** as $***, **** ** ******* ****** $300, ***** **** **** ****** **** for $*** ** ** **** ** $1,200+ ********* ** ********.

************ *********:** *** *****, ** ***** *********** ** ****** ************** *** ******* ** ************ ******, with ***** ***** ** ********** ******* well ** ****** ***** ***** ** objects ** *** *****, ** **** as **** *****. 

***** ***** *** ******* *******, **************-*******-*********** ****. **** ***** ******** ***************** *** ****** ** *** *****, though **** **** **** *********** ******, with ****** ************ ** *** ***** of *** ***** ** ****.

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

**** *** *** *** ******* ** consider **** ****************** *******:

**********: ****** ********** ** *** **** ********* differentiator ** ******* *******. ******* *** ******* *** the **** ****** ******* ****, *** considered "********" **********. **** ********** ****** are **** *********, ***** *** ******* (VGA) ******* *** ****** ********* ******, though this ******** ***** ** * ***** price *******. ***** ********** ****** *** also *********, ******* *** **** *****, though ** ****** ** ******.

**** **** ***** ******* ******* ***** ************* *** *****-********* *********** ***** ***, thermal ******* ***** *** *** *** commercially *********. 

*** **. ******** *******: ****** ******* *******, ***** ****** *********** produce **** ****** *******, ******* ******* do *** ******* **** **** ******* at ***, ********** ** **********. ** best, ***** *** ** **** ** determine ******* ******** **** ** **** close ******, *** ****** ****, **** general ******** *** ****** ** ******* may ** ****.

*********, *** **** ******* ****** ********** sensors ***** ** ********* *****. *** cameras *** ******* ** ********* ******* at ** ** ***** *** ***** of ******* ******. *******, ***** *** ****** on ****** *** ******** ** ************ ** ******* *******, **** ********** ********* only ******* ** **** **** ********* (1,000' ** ****). ** ******* ****** (~500'), ******** ********** ******* ******* ****** pixels ** ****** * ***** ******.

******** *** "*** *******": ***** **** ******* *** *** ********, *** thermal ******* *** **** *** ********* only, ******** ** *** *** ***** quality ****** ** ******* *******. ****** all ************* ***** **** ****** ** contrast *** ******** ******, *******, *** temperature **********. ************, **** **** **** so *** ** ** *****"**** *******" *******. ***** ***** ******** ******* ***** ******* moderately, **** **** **** ** * software ***** ***********, *** * **** WDR ************** ***** ******** *********.

*****: *********, ******* ******* **** **** *** ~$4,000+ *** ******* *******, *** $*,***+ for ***. *******, ****** **** ******* recently, **** *** ************ ******* **************** *** ***** $*,****************** **** **** ** **** ********* models. ************, **** ******** ********* * **** ** ******* cameras ******** ** $***, * **** **** ** *******, though ***** ******* ******* ***** ********** ******* (*****, smaller **** **** ******** *** ********** 160x120 ******).

************ **********: ****** *********** ****** * ****** ****** *** ********** installations. ** ***** *** *********** ******* to ***** ************* ** ********* **********, though ****** ~**% *****.

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

**** ** ******* *** *********** ***********, good *** ***, ** **** ** the**** ******* ****** *************:

****

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

***:***** ******* ** *******,*********** **** ******* *** *********** ********, ***** ****** ** ******** ****** tested, ** ****** ****** **** ******** to ****** **** ** ***** *** Hikvision.

****** ****:**** ** *** * *** ******, but ***** ***** ******* ******* ** better ***** ******* ** ***** ******.

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

****: *** ** *** ****** ** multi-imager**********. ***** ******* *** ***********. ****** ***** line ** ** ** **.

***: ******* *** *********** ****** * major *******. ***** ******* ******, ********** desaturation *** ***** *******. 

****** ****: *************** ***** ****** *********************** **** ** *** ********, *** *** everyday ***, ***** **** *** **** reliable ******* *****.

********

****: ***** ******* **** ******* ** above ******* ***** *******, ***** **** average *******, ********** ** ******* **** **** of *** ******* ************ ****** *********.

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

****** ****:********** * ***** ****** ** *******, especially ********** ** *********** ******* *** a ******* **** **** ******* ************. End ***** *** **** ******* ********* ** *********** and ***** ******* ** ******* *******.

 

****

****: **** ***** ****, **** ******** models ********* ** *** **** *******. Excellent *** ***** *** *** ***********. **** broad ***** ***** *******. ****** ********* from ******** *******.

***: *** ***** *** **** *******. Top **** ****** ***** *** **** expensive ******* *********. **** *********** **** issue **** *********** ***** *******.

****** ****: **** ** ****** *** safest ****** ********* ** ** *******. Some *********** ****** *** ********** **** ** some **********, *** *********** ******* ** above *******, *** ** ****** *** so ******* *********. 

*****

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

***: *** *** **** ******. ** camera **** *** ** ***** ** some ***********.

****** ****: *** *** ***** *** WDR ******, ***** *** **** ** the ************************. ** ************ *** ********* **** high ***********, ** ******-********* ********, ***** options *** ******* ************ ** ***** prices.

*****

****: ******* ** ***** ******* ***** quality, ** *** **** **** ********* mainstream ******, ** ****** **-**% *****.

***: **** **** ******* **** ** North ******* **** ** ****** *****, representation, ** ******* ***** *** ***** name. **** **** ** *** ********* **** ** *******, ******** *******. Low ***** *** *** *********** *** average, *** *** ***********.

****** ****: ***** (*** ***** ****) are *** ** *** **** ********* low **** *******, ****** ***** ******* availability ** ***** ******* ****** ****** in ******.

*********

****: ***** **** ** ******* ** most **** ******* **** ***** ***** quality *** *** ***********. ****** **** below *******.

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

****** ****: ***** **** *****,*********** *** ** *** **** ********* low **** *******. ***********, *******,************** *** ******** ******* ** ***** America *** ***** *** ****, *********** that *** **********.

*********

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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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