Integrated IR Camera Usage Dominates - 2016 Statistics

By: IPVM Team, Published on Aug 03, 2016

In 2014, IPVM statistics showed integrated IR camera use was surging.

Now, new IPVM statistics show that the surge continues, with integrated IR camera use now dominating the market.

In this note, we provide the statistics and examine trends that have led to increased integrated IR usage.

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Comments (7)

Brian a very interesting piece of research which I think confirms the Chinese approach to achieving commodotization of cameras. Bundle more features / functions and reduces the range of cameras. The two leading Chinese suppliers are in a position to do this on the back of their massive home market.

Are there any stats of the range/number of different cameras comparing say Axis and Hikvision.

Allan McHale - memoori

Are there any stats of the range/number of different cameras comparing say Axis and Hikvision.

In terms of models, about 10% of Axis models have integrated IR vs ~70% for Hikvision models. Those stats are calculated from our Camera Finder / database.

It is a dramatic difference though Axis is slowly improving while Hikvision typically has integrated IR standard.

John thanks for the prompt response.

Do you have any figures to compare the number of different camera models between Axis and Hikvision. This may give some further bearing on the strategy to embrace commoditization between these major competitors.

Do you have any figures to compare the number of different camera models between Axis and Hikvision.

Axis has a lot of models. In terms of what is currently shipping in the 100 - 200 range.

Hikvision has far far more, in the 400+ range though with them it is hard to say exactly how many models. They have different models for different areas of the world and they have different models that they OEM, etc.

The business models are significantly different that it is hard to compare exactly. Relative to everyone else, Axis has a very high number of camera models but Hikvision still has much more.

Did any Hikwha dealers say they don't typically deploy integrated IR?

Did any Axis/Sony/Panasonic dealers say they usually do?

What lines they carry may be the biggest reason for choosing IIR, IMHO.

What is the trend for integrated IR PTZ cameras. I believe it completely makes sense to buy IR PTZ models over non-IR PTZ.

We did not measure / track integrated IR PTZs but that is a good question.

I do not know the answer but suspect that integrated IR PTZs are most likely to first / most dominate where integrated IR fixed cameras have - in the low to mid market, where low light capability tends to be poorer.

Also, I am not an expert on PTZ designs but adding integrated IR in PTZs seems to be more complex than that of fixed cameras, given the fact that the PTZ must move in multiple planes and is expected to see much longer range than fixed cameras normally.

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