Examining Pelco Sarix Megapixel Cameras

Author: John Honovich, Published on Mar 03, 2009
While Pelco is the largest analog camera supplier, its existing IP offering have been limited and sales modest. In an effort to close that gap, Sarix is Pelco's new IP camera line that focuses on H.264 megapixel video surveillance. Pelco pre-announced Sarix at ASIS 2008 and will be showcasing Sarix at ISC West.

[Update Dec 2009: Review our completed test results for the Sarix 2MP camera.]

Given's Pelco overall position, understanding the strengths and weaknesses of Sarix will be important to most industry people. 

Here is a video from Pelco that overviews the line and shows the key features that Pelco is emphasizing:

 

A key theme is the webcam vs. security comparison, attempting to leverage Pelco's historic strengths in security and contrast to the legacy of early network cameras as webcams.

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