Ranking The Lowest Cost True Minidomes

By Derek Ward, Published Jun 10, 2015, 12:00am EDT

Minidomes are popular.

But lots of manufacturers fake being truly mini.

To help surveillance professionals, IPVM has ranked the lowest cost, true minidomes, using our unique size search engine.

This compact form factor is most commonly used indoors, when aesthetics are key.

In this analysis, we examine 12 manufacturer products (from ACTi, Arecont, Axis, Bosch, Dahua, D-Link, FLIR, Hikvision, Panasonic, Samsung, Sony and Vivotek), breaking down the following:

  • Lowest Cost Compact IP Domes
  • Lowest Cost Compact HD Analog Domes
  • Trends/Differentiators

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Comments (1)

This is helpful, one thing that came to mind when reading this...

There is an almost 5x price delta between the lowest and highest-priced items in this list of low-cost mini domes.

Is $375 really "low cost" or is that more like median price of all mini domes?

It would be cool if IPVM could publish a sort of "stock market listing" of going rates for comon products. EG: Median price for a mini dome is currently $400, anything that is .75 of that ($300 or less) would classify as "low cost" and so forth. You'd probably only need to update this once a quarter or so. Is there a trend of falling prices, or more features for the money in any given category?

I think it would be helpful to put things in context sometimes.

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