IP Camera Statistics 2011

Author: John Honovich, Published on Dec 11, 2010

In this report, we analyze trends, features and pricing for IP cameras. We achieved this by using our Camera Finder to query 40 different criteria for approximately 550 IP camera models. We encourage you to use the Camera Finder so you can run your own reports and better understand product tradeoffs and trends.

This is the sequel and complement to our Megapixel Camera Statistics Report. Where the Megapixel report focused on high definition cameras, this report covers all IP cameras - both SD and megapixel.

Table of Contents

The list below items each chart/statistic we have analyzed:

  1. Cameras per Resolution (Percentage)
  2. CODEC Support (Percentage)
  3. Form Factor Type (Percentage)
  4. Average Price Fixed IP SD Cameras (Online)
  5. Average Price Fixed IP 720p/1.3 MP Cameras (Online)
  6. Cameras with PoE Support (Percentage)
  7. Indoor vs. Outdoor (Percentage)
  8. Outdoor IP Rating (Percentage)
  9. IR Built-in (Percentage)
  10. Day/Night Support (Percentage)
  11. Interchangeable Lens (Percentage)
  12. Sensor Type (Percentage)
  13. Average Lux Rating per Resolution
  14. Audio Support-type Breakdown (Percentage)
  15. Audio Support (Percentage)
  16. On-board Storage Support (Percentage)
  17. PTZs per Pan Range (Percentage)
  18. PTZs per Tilt Range (Percentage)
  19. Indoor vs. Outdoor (Percentage)
  20. Average Online Price (Cube Cameras)
  21. Average Online Price (Box Cameras)
  22. Average Online Price (Dome Cameras)

The first 2 statistics and corresponding analysis are shared below in the public section. The other 20 are available inside the Pro section.

Cameras per Resolution (Percentage)

Here's how IP cameras breakdown by maximum resolution supported:

Notice three important trends in the breakdown by resolution:

  • The majority of IP cameras offered are now megapixel (54.1%). This is somewhat amazing as megapixel was a distinct minority just two years ago. With new camera releases being overwhelmingly megapixel (e.g., Sony released only HD in its new generation), the shift happened very quickly. No doubt this trend will continue. While megapixel does not yet represent a majority of IP camera sales, this will follow in the next few years.
  • Relative shortage of 3MP and up cameras. There are 2.5 models of 1 and 2 MP cameras for every 1 model of 3MP or higher cameras. This shows a gap in the market.
  • SVGA expanding as an alternative to SD. There are now 30 SVGA models, up from basically none a few years ago. SVGA provides modestly better resolution than VGA (i.e., SVGA = 800 x 600 where VGA = 640 x 480 or 25% more horizontal pixels). A few manufacturers are now standardizing their SD offerings on SVGA including Axis, Pelco and Vivotek.

CODEC Support (Percentage)

Take a look at how support for the 3 most common CODECs break down:

With all the attention on H.264, it may be surprising that more IP cameras support MPEG-4 than H.264. However, this reflects many of these cameras being released a few years ago. Older cameras tend to support MPEG-4 rather than H.264.

If you look at megapixel cameras, which are generally newer, you see a much different trend. Over 60% of megapixel cameras support H.264 while only about 20% support MPEG-4.

The percentage of support for H.264 will continue to rise as new releases standardize on it and older models are discontinued.

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