Mobotix's Megapixel Offering Examined

Author: John Honovich, Published on Dec 13, 2008

While Mobotix sells the most megapixel cameras in the world, Mobotix's product strategy is significantly different from other well known megapixel manufacturers such as IQinVision, Arecont Vision, Lumenera and Axis (who is expanding their megapixel offerings). Most striking differences are:

  • Mobotix manufacturers 3 megapixel cameras - no 1.3MP, 2MP nor 5MP as most other manufacturers offer (Note: SD options are available for most cameras and the BW sensor in the dual DN cameras is 1.3 MP).
  • Mobotix offers MxPEG, a proprietary yet more efficient CODEC than MJPEG, in addition to standard MJPEG.
  • Mobotix provides and advocates the use of its own IP Video surveillance software, provided at no charge. Where other megapixel manufacturers may offer basic recording tools, competitors essentially require the purchase of 3rd party IP video surveillance software offerings.
  • Mobotix advocates direct recording to storage, eliminating the need for a video management server.

If you are not familiar with Mobotix, you should watch a few introductory views including a case study, setting up a Mobotix camera and using their video management software.

***** ******* ***** *** **** ********* ******* ** *** *****, Mobotix's ******* ******** ** ************* ********* **** ***** **** ***** megapixel ************* **** ************,******* ******,***************(*** ** ********* ***** ********* *********). **** ******** *********** ***:

  • ******* ************* * ********* *******- ** *.***, *** *** *** ** **** ***** ************* offer (****: ** ******* *** ********* *** **** ******* *** the ** ****** ** *** **** ** ******* ** *.* MP).
  • ******* ****** *****, ************ *** **** ********* ***** **** *****, ** ******** ** ******** *****.
  • ******* ******** *** ********* ****** ** *** *** ** ***** ************ ********, ******** ** no ******. ***** ***** ********* ************* *** ***** ***** ********* *****, competitors *********** ******* *** ******** ** *** ***** ** ***** surveillance ******** *********.
  • ******* ********* ****** ********* ** *******,*********** *** **** *** * ***** ********** ******.

** *** *** *** ******** ***********, *** ****** ***** * *** ************ ***** ********* ***** *****,******* ** * ******* ************** ***** ***** ********** ********.

[***************]

** * ***********, *******'* ****** ******* ** ************* $** * USD *** *** **** ******* ****** **% *** **** (******* available ** ***** **** ********* ******).

Camera ***** 
*******'* ****** **** ** ****** ** **********, ********** ** * camera ***** (*** * **) **** **** * *** ***** models.

  • * ******* ****** ****: *** *** **** 
  • * ***/***** ****** ****: *** ********* *** 
  • ** ****** **** ****** ****: *** ***
  • * *** ****** **** ******: *** ***
  • * *** ****** ****** **** * ***** ******** ******: *** ***

** ********, ******* ****** * ********* ****** (***) *** * DevKit *** *********** ** ****.

******** ** ***** * ** *******, *** ******* ** *********** and **********. *** *** ***** ************ ** ***** *********** ***** *** their **** ***** ********** ******.  *******'* ****** ** **** ******* architecture ** * ************* ****** *** ******* ** *** **** makes **** ********** ********* **** *********.

Mobotix's *****

******* ****** * *****, *****, **** ** ** ** **% **** ********* **** *****.  Like ****-*, ***** ******* ****** **** ** *********** ******** ** ****** **** ****** *** **** ******* frames. *******, ****** ****-*, ** ** * **** *** ********* and ******** ***** - ******* **** ** ** ****** ** decode *** **** *** ****** *** ****** **** ** **** as ****-* ** ****** **** **** ********.

******** ** *****, ***** *** ****** ******* ***** ** **% or ******** ** ******* *** ******.

Mobotix ***** ********** ******

******* ****** *** ***** ********** ******, ***************, *** ****. *************** ****** **** *********** ***** ********** ******** such ** **** *** ******** ********, ******** ******* *******, ****** viewing, *** ** **** ** **** ******** ************* **** ** alarm ********** *** ******* ***********.

******* ******** *** ********* ** ****** *** ** ******* ***** MJPEG.  *** *** ***** ******* ******* *** *** ** ******** *** ********* *** ******** ***** (******** ** *** ****** *** simply **** *******).  ****** ******* ******** * ******** ***** ** framegrabber *** ******** *** *****.

******* ****** ******* ******* *** *********** ** ***, *** *** access *******, ********* ******* ****** **********.

******* **** *** ***** *********** ********** ** ******** *** **************. Administrators *** ****** ********* *** ************** ** ******** ********** ** individual *******. 

Direct ********* ** *******

*******'* ***** ********** ******, ***************, **** *** ******* ******* ** a ******. *************** ** * ****** **** *********** **** ** *** on ** ********'* ** (****** *** ********'* ** *** ** used *** ******* ** *******). ** ****, *******'* ***** ** *** need ** ****** ******* *** ***** ********** ******. *******, **** **** frequently *** *** ********** ** ******* **-***** *** ******. **-***** storage *** ** ************ ******* ***** ******* ** ** **** models **** ** ********** ***** ****** ** ** ****.

Competitive ********

********* ****** *** ** ********** ******* (*** ******* ** ********* at **% ****** *** ****) ******* ** ********** ** ******** camera ***** *** ********** ********** ******** ** ******** ********** *******.  As ****, *** ****** ******* ******** ** ****** *** ************ attractive ** *** *****.

** ********** ** ***** ********* ****** *************, *******'* ******* ** reduce *******, ****** *** ***** ********** ******* ***** *** *** **** critical ********* ******* ** *******'* *******.

***** ******* *** ****** ******* ****** ***** ** $*** *** per ****** ** ****. *** ********* **** ************** *** **** area ** **** ********* *******:

  • $*** ********* ******* *** *** ** ***** ****** **** *****
  • *** ********* ******* *** *********** ** * ******* *** *** video ********** ******
  • $** ********* ** *********** *** *** ** ******* *** ******* video **********

*** ************ ***** ***** *** ***************, ****** ** ***** ** mid **** ***********, *** ***** *********** *** ******* ** **** strong.

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

  • ********** ******** ** *.*** ** *********** ********* *************
  • ***************'* ******* *** *** ** ********** *** ******* ******** ***** management *********

*.***

** *** **** ****, ** ***** * ********* **** ********* H.264 ********* ****** ***** (**** ******* * ********* ********* ** ** plans).  ********* ******** *.*** ********* ******* (********* ***** ******** ***********) contend **** ***** ******* **** ****** ********* ** **% ******** to ***** *** **% ******** ** ***** ** *****. ** the ****** **** *.*** *** ** ******** *** **** ******* side *******, **** ***** ****** *** ******* ***** ***********.

*** *** **** ** *.*** ** *** ********** ******** *** decoding ** ******* *** *******. **, ** ******* *****, **** overhead ** **********, *.*** **** ** * ***** ******. *******, this ******* ** ** ****** *** ********.

MxControlCenter ************ *** ******* ************

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

  • Custumers ******* ***** ***** ** *******: Since Mobotix only manufacturers 3MP cameras, customers will routinely prefer cheaper or simpler cameras for many applications (e.g., SD resolution is often good enough, why buy a 3MP Mobotix camera when they can buy a standard definition Axis or ACTi for significantly less). While Mobotix supports 3rd party cameras, they must be encoded in MJPEG which is significantly less efficient than MPEG-4 or H.264, common amongst standard definition cameras.
  • Lack ** ********** **********: MxControlCenter does not support enterprise management which has become a critical requirement for many organizations that have hundreds or thousands of sites. While they are not free, many customers pay $200 per camera for this functionality.- MxControlCenter does not support integration of leading PoS or ATM systems. This is a significant limitation for retail and banking.
  • 3rd ***** ***********: MxControlCenter does not offer 3rd party access control integration with leading providers. This is a significant barrier to its use in large corporations and government organizations whereas access control integration is often viewed as critical.

**** ***** ******, ******* ** ********* ** * ******* ** leading ***** ********** ******* ********* *********, ******, ****** *** ******. As **** ******* *** *** ** **** ******* ***************. ***********, the ***** *********** ** *** ** ******.

Login to read this IPVM report.
Why do I need to log in?
IPVM conducts unique testing and research funded by member's payments enabling us to offer the most independent, accurate and in-depth information.

Related Reports

Vulnerability Directory For Access Control Cards on Aug 14, 2017
Knowing which access credentials are insecure can be unclear, especially because most look and feel the same. Even the most insecure 125 kHz types...
IP Camera Specification / RFP Guide 2017 on Aug 14, 2017
RFPs are hard. Do them 'right' and it takes a lot of knowledge and time. Do them 'wrong' and you can be (a) unwittingly locked into a specific...
Competing Against G4S on Aug 09, 2017
G4S Secure Solutions is a global company, operating in multiple countries and offering a suite of products and services from guards to their AMAG...
ONVIF Releases Profile A for Access on Aug 08, 2017
ONVIF has struggled so far in access control. In 2014, ONVIF released Profile C for access control, but in the 3 years since, only 2 companies...
Access Control Commissioning / Install Checklist on Aug 03, 2017
This 80+ point checklist helps end users, integrators and consultants verify that access control installation is complete. It covers the following...
Bosch G-Series Intrusion Tested on Jul 26, 2017
Bosch is one of the biggest names in intrusion, and the company's G-Series panels are their most advanced commercial and high-security panels. But...
Nest Cam IQ Tested on Jul 10, 2017
Nest has released their latest entry in their camera line, the Nest Cam IQ, touting 4K "Supersight", facial recognition, "HD audio", invisible IR,...
Smartcard Copier Tested (13.56MHz) on Jul 05, 2017
Copying 125kHz cards is certainly easy, as our test results showed, but how about 13.56MHz smart cards? Are they more secure? IPVM focused on the...
Biometrics Pros and Cons For Electronic Access Control on Jun 26, 2017
Biometrics has been long sought as an alternative to the security risks of cards, pins and passwords. While biometrics has improved somewhat over...
Covert Cloud Camera Service Launching (KJB) on Jun 22, 2017
Cloud IP cameras, for consumers, has become increasingly commonplace. However, covert cameras, lag there, with few options. Now, North America's...

Most Recent Industry Reports

Avigilon CEO Attacks Asian Companies Cyber Insecurity on Aug 18, 2017
Avigilon CEO is taking aim at their Asian competitors. And he is going directly after these company's cyber security issues. In this note, we...
Sony Next Gen HD Dome Camera Tested (SNC-EM642R) on Aug 18, 2017
Sony has released their latest generation, claiming improved WDR and low light, increased IR range, and more. We tested the SNC-EM642R outdoor IR...
IP Networking Course September 2017 on Aug 17, 2017
This is the only networking course designed specifically for video surveillance professionals plus it includes live training, personal help and...
Knightscope Raises $10 Million With $3,320 Average Per Investor on Aug 17, 2017
Congrats to Knightscope. And condolences to their legion of little investors. Knightscope has disclosed they have raised $10+ million from their...
Axis and Arecont Legal Conflict Over Multi-Imager Cameras on Aug 17, 2017
Arecont threatened Axis. Axis has responded by moving to invalidate an Arecont patent. It is an important contest. Multi-imagers are Arecont's...
Directory Of Consumer Security Cameras on Aug 16, 2017
The consumer camera segment continues to grow, with new startups and models from existing players released seemingly every month. In this report we...
Cat 5e vs Cat 6 vs Cat 6a Network Cable Usage Statistics on Aug 16, 2017
Cat 5e? Cat 6? Cat 6a? What do integrators use in practice, today? 140+ integrators told IPVM. Here are the results: For those who want to...
Hikvision Responds To Cracked Security Codes on Aug 15, 2017
Hikvision has responded to IPVM's report on Hikvision's security code being cracked, both with a 2 page update to dealers and communication...
Stolen Video NVR / DVR Statistics on Aug 15, 2017
"But what happens if someone steals my recorder?" Anyone who has done more than a handful of jobs has probably heard this question several times....
Hikvision Europe Cutting Out Unauthorized End User Sales on Aug 15, 2017
The days of anyone buying Hikvision from anywhere off the Internet are numbered, at least in Europe, if Hikvision's plan comes to fruition. In...

The world's leading video surveillance information source, IPVM provides the best reporting, testing and training for 10,000+ members globally. Dedicated to independent and objective information, we uniquely refuse any and all advertisements, sponsorship and consulting from manufacturers.

About | FAQ | Contact