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.

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