IP Camera Mount Shootout - Axis, Bosch, Dahua, Hanwha, Hikvision, Vivotek

By: John Scanlan, Published on Nov 04, 2019

Which manufacturers offer the best or worst mounts?

We bought and tested ~50 IP camera mounts and related components from Axis, Bosch, Dahua, Hanwha, Hikvision, and Vivotek:

Our test includes multiple mount scenarios like pendant, pole, recessed and surface mounts (wall / ceiling):

We evaluated features and key criteria that make some mounts better than others. The criteria we used includes:

  • Does it make the installation easier / quicker?
  • Do the aesthetics improve by using the mount?
  • What kind of mounting hardware is included, if any?
  • Are the directions helpful and clear?
  • Do the Mounts line up to standard electrical patterns?
  • Does the mount include a template?
  • Does the mount have captive screws?
  • Is there a picture of the component on the box?

Inside, we provide detailed analysis on makes each mount or component bad, average, or good. Our test includes several video demonstrations along with results based charts and information.

***** ************* ***** *** best ** ***** ******?

** ****** *** ****** ~50 ** ****** ****** and ******* ********** **** Axis, *****, *****, ******, Hikvision, *** *******:

*** **** ******** ******** mount ********* **** *******, pole, ******** *** ******* mounts (**** / *******):

** ********* ******** *** key ******** **** **** some ****** ****** **** others. *** ******** ** used ********:

  • **** ** **** *** installation ****** / *******?
  • ** *** ********** ******* by ***** *** *****?
  • **** **** ** ******** hardware ** ********, ** any?
  • *** *** ********** ******* and *****?
  • ** *** ****** **** up ** ******** ********** patterns?
  • **** *** ***** ******* a ********?
  • **** *** ***** **** captive ******?
  • ** ***** * ******* of *** ********* ** the ***?

******, ** ******* ******** analysis ** ***** **** mount ** ********* ***, average, ** ****. *** test ******** ******* ***** demonstrations ***** **** ******* based ****** *** ***********.

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*** ********* ***** ************ various ***-***** *********** ****** these ******:

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***** ** ********* ***** of *************' ****, *******, pole, *** ******** ******, we ***** *** ********** differences ******* ************* ***** from ****, **** ***** and ********* **** **** expensive **** ***********. **** offers ** *** *** broadest ********* ** ******, with ******** *** ***** in ***********, ****** **** are ******* ** ********** applications *** *** *********** for ******* *************.

Key ********

***** ** *** ********** of ~** ***** ********** from *** *************, ***** are ******* *** ********:

  • **** ***** ******** *******:**** * ******* **********, differences ******* *************' ***** mounts *** *****, **** some ****** ********** ** disadvantages *** **** ****** installation ** ********** *********** different.
  • ***** *** ********* ***** advantage:***** *** ********* **** offered ********* ****** **** integrated ******* *** ************* less (~$**+) **** ***** manufacturers' **** ***** *****. Similar ***** *********** **** present ** ***** ***** types, ** ****.
  • ****, ******, ******* *** profile **** ***** **********:** ******** ** ******** gooseneck *****, ****, ******, and ******* ***** ***** profile *-******* ******, ***** offer ****** ********** *** require ***** **********, ****** them ********* ** **** installations. ****** ****** ** not ***** ***** ****** or ***** **** **** on *** ********** ******.
  • ****, ****** **** ******** pendant ***** *******:**** *** ****** ***** more ******* *** ******* mounting ******* **** ******, with ********* ****** *** telescoping ***** ***** **** them **** ********* *** specific ********. ****** ***** only ***** ****** **** fixed ****** *****.
  • **** ******** *********:**** ******* *** ****** variety ** ******, **** several ******* *** **** application ***** ***** ************* may **** ***** *** or ***, ** **** as ******** ******** **** punch **** ***********, **** to ***** *********** **** media ********** ** ***********, etc. *******, ***** ***** mounts *** **** ********* than **** ** ******' typical **** ***** ******, are *** *********** ** everyday *** ***** ***** features *** *** ********.

Gooseneck ***********

*************' ********** **** ********** similar *******, **** ** significant ********** ** ********** or ************ *** ***** were ******* **** *********** which ** **** ** the ***** *** ****** list *****:

  • **** "*******" *** ********: Axis' ******* "*******" ** not ********, **** *** back ******* ****, ****** all ****** ******, ********* users ** ********* **** all ***** ** *** unit ** ******* ******** ingress. **** **** **** sells * ***** ******** box, *** *** ********* series, *** **** ** much ****** *** **** expensive (~$***).
  • ****** *** ********* ****** backbox: ****** *** ********* backboxes **** *** * hinged *****, ******** *** camera ** ** ***** away *** **** ***** connections *** **** ** cables ******, *** ***** in ***** ******.
  • ****** *** ********* ****** than ***********: *******, ****** and ********* **** ********** larger **** ******, ***** may ** ** ***** in ***** ***** ********** are * *** *******.
  • ****, *****, ********* ***** entries ** *********: ****, Bosch, *** *********'* ****** all ******* ***** *****/**** points ** ******* ****** may ** ****** ******** into/out ** *** ***** without * *******.
  • ******* ***** ******** ***** do *** ****** ****** hardware: ******** ***** ** Vivotek's ********* *** ******* were *** ***** ** accept ****** ******* ******** hardware **** ** ******* or */*"-** *****, ***** may ******* ********* ** carry ********** ********. *** other ****** ****** ******** these *********.

Low ******* / *-******* **** ******

******** ** ****** **********, low ******* *-******* ***** wall ****** **** *** key **********:

  • ***** **********: *-******** ** not ******* ******* *** adapters ** ********** **** the ***** ** *** dome ******. *******, *** camera ****** ******** ** the *** ** *** bracket, ******** ****** ** components ******** *** **** to *******.
  • ******* *********: ******** ** goosenecks, *-****** **** *** camera ****** *** ****** to *** ****, ****** it **** *********.

******* ** ***** **********, L-brackets *** ****** ** be ********** ** **** installations.

Gooseneck Vs  Low Profile L-Bracket Mount

L-Bracket ***********

**** **********, *-******* ************ was *******, **** **** fine *********** ******* *************.

  • ****: ****' *-******* ** made ** *******, *** metal **** ****** *** Vivotek, *** **** ********* to *********. *******, ** also ******* **** **** for ***** ********** (**** included ****** ******) *** had ***** ** ******** points *** ****' ******** over **** ******, ***-** microphone, ** ***** *********** not ***** ** ******.

  • ******: *** ****** *-******* used * **** ***** base **** ******* *** cover, **** ** ******** electrical *** ******** ***** which **** **** *** offer.

  • *******: *******'* ******* ******** fewer ******** **** ******, as ** *** *** include ** ********** *** mount *** *** *** open **** *** *** to ****** ******. *******, it *** *** **** all-metal ***** *** **** sturdiest *** ***** ****** to ** **********.

**** **** ***** *** Hikvision ***** **** ***** of ******* *** **** models, *** *** ***** most ** ** **** cameras **** ** *** Performance ** ***** ******, so ** **** *** included **** ****. ***** does *** ***** *-********.

Axis ********* ******

** ******** ** ******* models, **** ****** ******** wall ****** **** ********** features *** ***** ** others. ** **** ** these *** ****** ** this *****:

***** ****** ***** ******** a ***** ** *** punchdown ***** ** ***** may ******** ******* ****** inside *** *****, **** a ***** ***-********** ***** cable ********* ** *** camera. **** ***** *** find **** ****** **** secure *** ******* **** terminating ******* ***** ** the *****, ********** ** ladders ** ** ***** where ****** **** ***** free ** ********* * plug ** **** *********.

************, *** ****** ***** includes ** ******** ******** space *** ***** **********, wireless ******, ***., ** users *** ***** ********** a ******** ******* *** these **********.

*******, **** **** ****** mounts *** ***** ********* applications, **** ** *** T91A33, ***** ****** ******* to ***** ***** ****** in ****** ************ (*****).

*** **** ******** ** these ****** ** *****. The ****** **** *****-** punchdown ***** *** ~$***, more ********* **** ******* goosenecks. *** ****** (**** internal *********) ***** *** nearly $***, **** **** expensive **** **** *** highest ***** ********** **** backbox. *******, *** ****** track ******** ***** ***** for ~$**, *** ** inexpensive ********.

Pole ****** *******

***** ** *** *******, manufacturer **** ***** ******** are **** ******* ** well, *********** **** ************** by **** **** ** strapping ******** **** ******* and ******* **** ******* teeth ** **** ****** poles.

*** ******* ********** ** found *** ******** ******, with *** ******* ***********:

  • **** ******** ***** ****** which *** * **** drive ******* ** ******** or **** **** ** others.
  • ** ********, ********* ******** a "***** *******" ******** which ****** *** ***** to ** ****** ***** by **** ******* ** screw, **** ******* **** to ** ***** **********.

*** **** ****** **** easier ** ***** ** the **** *** **** securely ***** *** *****. Additionally, ** ** ********** more ****** ***** ********* are **** ****** ** have **** **** ***** while **** ***** **** Phillips ** ****.

******, ** ***** **** some ************* ******* ***** on ***** **** ***** brackets ***** *** ******** to *** **** ****** poles *** ****** ****. However, ** **** **** few ****** **** ***-******* mounts ******* ** *** tests ** ** **** experience.

*** **** *********** ** installing ******* ** ***** see ******* ***** ****** ************ Guide.

Pendant *****

**** *** ****** ******* two *** ********** ** pendant ****** ***** ****** did ***.

*****, **** ***** * swiveling ***** ***** ***** adjust *** ***-***** ******** or ******** *****. **** helps ** ****** ***** cameras *** ******* ********** as ****** ***** *** kept *****.

Swivel-Pendant-Mounts-Correct-Off-Level-Mounting-(Axis_Hanwha)

******, **** ***** *********** mounts ***** ***** ***** to **** **** ******** height ** ******** ************. Others *** ***** ****** poles *** ********** ***** may ** ******/******* **** desired.

***** **** ***** ********, mounts **** *******, *********** consisting ** * *.*" pipe ******** **** * base, **** **** *********** in ******, *** *********** providing ******* ********.

Recessed ****** ********

** *** *****, *** Axis ******* *** *** easiest ******** ***** ** install, **** ** ***** required (***** **** ******* the **** *** ********* camera ** *** *****). The ***** **** * threaded **** ****** **** depth ** ** *** be ***-*** ** ***** installation.

***** **** ***** *** definitely ******* *** ******* some ********** ** *****, installing ******* ****** *** not **** *********** ******, perhaps * ********** ** 1-2 ******* ** * 10 ****** *******.

***** ******** ** ******** mounts **** *******, **** as *** ******* ***** plate *** ****, *** ~7-8" ** ********. **** and ***** **** *** exposed ****** (****) **** to ****** *** **********, while ****** ******* ** snapped **, **** ** the ********* *****, ** well ** ***** *** Hanwha.

**** **** **** *** Axis *** ****** ******** enclosures **** ***** ******** and ****** *****. *** example, *** **** ****** shown ***** ** ******** with * ******* ********** on *** ** ****** may ** ****** **** the *******. ** ********, the ***** ******** ******* is **** ** *** ceiling, ******** *** ****** and *** *********.

Mount *******

*****'* ***** ******* *** lowest ** *** ********** by **-**% ******** ** competitors. *********'* ********* ******* was ***, *** ****** were **** ******* ** others. ************, ***** *** Hikvision ********* ******* **** integrated ******* *** ***** than ******' ********* ******* alone.

****** ***** *** ****** price **** *** ***, but *** "********" ************ price, ******* *** ********** dealer *********. ******* ** this, ****** *** ** slightly ****** ** ***** depending ** ****** *****.

Manufacturer ***** *********

****, *****, *****, ******, and ******* *** ******* some ***** ** ********** mount *********, ******** ***** to ****** ***** ******* camera **** ******** ********, outputting *** ****** ***** combination ** ************.

**** ******** *** **** interactive ********* (**** ********* ********) *** ******** *** most ******** *******, ***** we **** ** **** video, ***** ***** ***** through ********* ****** *****(*) for ***** ******** ******, depending ** *** ********, and ******* ******** *** optional **********, ** ****.

***** *** **** ***** ********* *****(******** *******) ***** ***** an ***** ** *** mount **** **** **** installed *** ***** **** component ******, ** ***** in *** ****** **** below:

***** ************* ******* ******* lists ** ********** ******. For *******, ******* **** not **** ** *********** selector *** ******** * PDF ********** ******** *********** for **** ******, **** illustrations ******* ***** *******.

**** ********* *** *** have **** **** ** selector.

Country ** ******

**** ******* ******** *** their ****** ******* ** China. ****** **** ***** for ** ***** **** mounts.

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

*** ***** ********** ** learning ***** ********** ******* check *** *** ************* ************ ******, *** *** ***** installation ******** ******:

Comments (26)

** ***** *** ************* in **** ******** ******* they *** ****** **** and **** * ***** number ** *******. ** planned ** ******* ********, but **** *** *** respond ** *** ******. There *** **** ***** camera ************* *** ***** parties **** **** ****** mounts ***** ** *** not ******* ** ********* in *** ******, *** needed ** *** ****** on *** ******* ********. As ** *******, ** also ****** ******* *********** and ********* ****** *** plan ** *** ***** later.

******** *** ***** ***********: Why **** ****** ******** sell/install (**** **** *'** seen ********) *** *********/*-******* mounts ** **** ********** the ****** ******** ** the ****? ** ** for *** ********** ********* markup, ** ** *** have ** ****** ****** for **? *'** ***** these ******** ***** ***** my ******** **** ***** (when ******* ******), *** they **** ********** **** to *******?

******** ***** **** ** the **** **** **** issues **** **** *****. This **** ****** *** with *****-** ** ** you *** * *** of ********** ***** ***** your ***** ***** ********* useless. ** ****** ******* as **** *** ****** to *** *** **** of *** **** ***'* have *** **** ***** issues.

* ****** ******* **** bullets ** ********* ** bullets **** ** **** themselves **** ****** ** spiders **** **** *** birds ******* ** ****.

******** ******** ** * wall ****** *** **** rain, ****, ***. ** accumulate ** *** ******. You **** *** *** more *** *****, *** need * *** ******. Mounting **** ******* ****, you **** * ***** range ** ******* *** the *********** ** *** view. ** **** ****** the ****** **** **** the **** **** ** get * ****** *****. Finally, **** ************* **** a ******** *********, ***., allowing *** ** ******* a ****** **** ***** later ******* ****** ** drill *** ***** ** to *** ****, ***. Simply ******* *** ****** and ***.

* ** **** ****** will ******** ********** ********...

**** ** * ****** dome ****** **** ** 5 ***** *** *** wall *******, **** **** at * ****** **** camera **** ** * years *** *** ******* using *** *******. **** closed ;)

***** *** ***** ******* than *** **** ********* listed *****. *'** **** noticed **** **** ******* domes **** ****** **** their ** ***** ****** in *** ****** ********, which **** **** ** obstructed ****** ** **** as ***** ******** *** allowing ** ******** *** debris. ****, **** ***** are ******** *** ********** to **** ** ********. They **** **** *********.

***,

***** * ***'* ***** to ***** **** ****** ever ****, * *** tell *** **** ** all *** **** ******* I *** **** ******** in ****** ** ***'***, we ******** ********* **** and ** ******* ** both *** ******* "**** down" ******** ** **** as ** *** ******* wall ***** ********. * don't ****** **** ******* that *** **** **** was **** ****** ** fail ** *** ******* wall ***** ********.

*** *** ** ********, HALT ******* ****** ****** indications **** *** **** life ******'* ** ** long *** ******* **** mounted ***** **** ******** direct ******** **** ***. Thus, *'** ********* *********** to ******* *** ***-***** to *** ******* **** mount **** *** ****** mounted *******.

******** ****** *** ****. Some ************* ****** **** from **** **** ******.

*** ***'* **** *** camera *** ***** ********. Eventually **** ****** **** to ****.

********* **** ** *** the ***** **** *** are *******.

********** * ***** ** looks *****. ****** *** disagree *** ** ** it ***** *** ********* look **** ** *** taking *** ***** **** to ***** ********. **** that **** **** ** the ******* ****** **** extra **** ** **** so ******** ******** ****** better.

***% *****!

*** **** **** ** certain, ******* *** *** an **** *** ** not, ***** ****** **** improved * **** **** over ** ***** ***.

***** *** ***** ****, very **** *******.

***** *******, ********** *** photos ******* *** **** and ****** **** ** side ***** * ****** perspective ** **** *** aesthetics. *** ******** ********* I ** ***** ***** with ** ***** ******* panoramic ******* ******* ***** to ***** *** ******* too **** '*******'. *'* love ** *** ************* offered * '*****' **** mount ** **** *** camera **** ***** **-** degrees. *'** ***** ********** wedge ****** *** **** are *****, *** ******** a ********* ** * gooseneck ***'* ****** ********* as *** ****** ****** may *** ***** * 'ceiling' ******* ******** ** provide * ***** ****** 180-degree ****.

****** (****** ******** ****) has **** ****** *** various **** ******* *** fisheye ******* ** **** you ***'* **** *** much *** ** *** field ** ****, ** you ********...

** **** ***** ***** things ** *** ****** based ** ********:

*****, ** ***** ****' T91A33 ***** ******** *****, another ******* ** ***** specialty ****** ***** ***** manufacturers ** *** *******.

******, ** ***** * video *****************' ******* ******** *****, ***** *** ******** to ********** ****** ** install **** ***** ******** housings, ***** * ******** design.

*******, ** ***** * note ***** *****'**** ***** ********* *****(******** *******) ***** ***** similarly ** ****, **** images ** **** ************ scenario ** **** ** all ********** ********.

**** **** *** ***** ceiling **** *****. * haven't **** ** *** but ***** **** ***** be ******** *** *** right *********. ***** ***** for ******* **** ******.

** ***** *** *** Pelco ***** ******* *****. I *****'* ***** ****** to **** * ***** near *** ******* ** this *****.

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******* ** ** ***, mounts **** * **** in ***** ************ * spec. *** ** *** vendors ** **** **** who * *** **** automatically ************ ********** *** loses *********** **% ** sales ** **** *** ugly ** **** ** variety ** *** ****** they *****.

************* ************ ********** *** loses *********** **% ** sales ** **** *** ugly ** **** ** variety ** *** ******

* ** *******. ***'* that?

* ***** ***** *** Vision, * *** ** their **** ****** *** quite ****, *** ********* lack ** *******, ** confusing. ********* **** ** tell ***** ****** **** which *****. *** ********* will ********* *** *****, which *** ***'* **** on ***** *** *******. I ***'* ********* **** for ** **********, *** I ***** ********** *** some *****.

*******. * ***** ***** L ******* ** ***** ugly. ****, *** * universal ******* ******* *** meant *** ***** ******* domes ****. **** *** put * ******* **** on **, ** ***** awkward. ****, *** ******* on ***** ******** ** overpriced.

* **** *** ****** with ******* ******** ******. They **** * **** layout ******* **** *********** of ****** ** *** together *** **** ** their *******. ** **** putting ** * ******* and ** *** ********* their **** ******* ****** could **** ** **** I ****** ** *** to *** **** *** camera ** * **** mount ********* *** ******* buying ***** * *** or *** *** ****.

************* ** ** ***** on **** ** **** to *** ** *** this ******* ******* *** not ***** ** ** an ************. ** ** damn ********* **** ** dont *** ******** ** need ***** ****** ** the *******, ********** **** delivery *** **** ******* days *** *** **** the ***** ***** *** into ****** ** *** accounted ***.

* ********** ******** ****** that **** ****** ** no ***** "*****" *** critters *** ********* ** call ****. ******* ***** like ***** **' ** in * ****** ***** and ********* ** **** a ***** **** **** to **** ***** **** have ***** ** *********, and *** ***** *** didn't ***** *****...

********, *'** **** ***** a ******* ****** ***** in/around ****** ** ****. They **** ** **** up ** *** ******* shields, ********* ** ********.

*'* ********** ** ****** that ****** ******** ** gang ***** *** *** construction. * **** ** have *** ************ ******* a *** **** * mount *** ****** ** directly ******* ******* ** put ******* ** ***** rock. * **** ******** found *** ***** ******* which ***** ***** *** that. ** ***** **** it ** ** *** first ******* ** **** article *** ***** *** no ******* ** **. I ***** ** ** Amazon **** *** **** Loryta *******.

** - ****** *** the *******. **** ***** is *****'* ******** ** their ******'* ***-******** **** patterns. *** ***** **** patterns ** **** ***** cameras *** *** **** out ** *** ******** electrical ******** ** *", octagon, ****** ****, ****** gang. *** ********** ******, like ****, ******** ******* standard ********** **** ******** on ***** ****** ***** plates.

**** ******* ***** ** two *****, ** ******* plate *** * *****/***** plate. *** ******* ***** has *" ******, *******, single **** *** ****** gang **** ******** ** well ** *** ***-******** hole ******* *** *** Dahua ******.

***** ** * ***** camera **** * ***-******** 3 **** ******* * 4" ****** ********* *** with *** ******* ******* plate ******* ** **, and *** ***** ***** to *** *****:

***** **** ********: *" box / ******* ***** / ***** ***** / camera **** ***-******** **** patterns:

***** **** ** * separate ~$** ********* ** is ********* ****** ** and ***** ****** **** using * *** ** top ** ** ********** box.

** ******** ********* ****-**** ******** ***** ******* *** are ********** ** ******** about *** ******** *********** across *** ************'* ******:

*** ** **** ** you **** *** ********.

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