New Full HD Height Strip Camera Reviewed

Author: John Honovich, Published on Oct 16, 2013

Getting clear facial shots is often one of the most critical tasks in surveillance. Doing so is hard because it demands the camera be mounted low, increasing the risk of vandalism or overtness.

Height strip cameras are one way to achieve this, though only Axis has offered a megapixel one - a very expensive 1MP model - the P85. Now, a rival manufacturer is offering a 2MP version at a much lower cost. In this note, we examine the offerings and competitive options.

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Comments (9)

John, do you have any information on what VMS and/or NVRs this will integrate with? I don't see ATV cameras on the supported list for Exacq, which is our main product currently.

The camera is ONVIF Profile S. I left that out originally and just added that in. Thanks for bringing this up.

I don't think Exacq will have direct support any time soon, but we use lots of ONVIF Profile S cameras with Exacq regularly. That does not guarantee support obviously plus there remains the issue of camera side motion deteciton support.

For Barry and all, is this something you are interested in seeing tested?

Thanks John. It would be useful to know if it does work OK with Exacq and other systems - especially as you mention camera-side motion detection, which a lot of VMS platforms require.

I'm not 100% convinced of how useful it is to hide a camera in a 'height strip' which can look out of place in some locations, but the principal is sound. We've all seen hundreds of video clips on the news where the perp is inevitably wearing a baseball cap - yet still we insist on mounting our cameras well above head height in convenience stores & retail in general.

I think what would be more useful is to have the camera sold separately as a covert kit, that the integrator can build into whatever suitable location presents itself. I know Axis do a couple but they are pretty expensive and only SVGA or 720p and quite bulky.

John, I am with Costar Video and we alos have a 2MP height strip camera. It is very similar to the ATV, we too have a similar price point and are Profile S, as well as being full integrated with Verint.

Thanks, I added that to the post.

Are you both OEMing from the same source or? This is what confuses me with many smaller manufacturers.

No, we manufacture the housing right here in Dallas Texas USA, the ATV is manufactured in Korea.

This does not ease my confusion. The housing is the housing. In terms of video quality, it's the lens/imager.

In any event, it's good to know that there are multiple options.

I have seen a couple of Korean vendors selling IP board cameras lately and everyone is trying to get them incorporated into different housings. They have 2.1 and 3 megapixel versions, use board and pinhole lenses, and they have an optional 170 fisheye lens option. Since the majority of my installations are clandestine, I have been looking for a US distributor, or US made option, if anyone has any suggestions.

Steve, Good feedback. As I hear new things, I'll add them to this post.

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