Samsung's Next Big Thing: VGA?

Author: Brian Rhodes, Published on Apr 02, 2012

"More pixels, more cheaply" has been the camera market mantra in IP video for the last several years. Despite (or perhaps because of) the hyper-competitive nature of this market segment, Samsung Techwin is promoting a line of VGA resolution IP cameras at the low-end of the market. In this note, we examine how well this line price competes against similar analog offerings, and how VGA resolution pricing compares against other IP resolutions.

Overview

Selected models of Samsung's iPOLis series are positioned to be inexpensive 'general purpose' units. These models are not uniquely identified by series name, but are commonly built around the new 'WisenetS' VGA DSP imager chip.  These value-series camera models share the following attributes:

  • VGA resolution
  • H.264 
  • ONVIF compliant
  • PoE powerable
  • SD Card support (except the SNO-1080R)

Six cameras comprising the series are: SNB-1001 (box), SNO-1080R (IR bullet), SND-1011 (dome), SNV-1080 (vandal dome), SNV-1080R (IR vandal dome), and the SND-1080 (WDR dome).

The key distinction of this series is the VGA resolution. When measured in pixels, VGA effective range is expressed as 640 x 480. By contrast, SVGA ('Super' VGA) is expressed as 800 x 600 pixels, and Megapixel ranges can be expressed at 1280 x 720 and greater.

Analog vs. IP

IP cameras are almost always more expensive than equivalent analog counterparts. This cost difference is due to a variety of technical factors and economies of scale. When megapixel imagers were developed, IP based cameras gained marketshare based on better performance, not price. Until recently, competing at the low-end of the market has been significantly tilted to less expensive analog technology.

Given that Samsung produces both analog and IP based surveillance cameras, we are able to contrast the price differences between the two types. Consider the following examples:

Samsung Dome Cameras

  • IP: SND-1011, about $220 online
  • Analog: SCD-2021(B), about $120 online
  • Price difference: about $100.

Samsung Box Cameras

Get Video Surveillance News In Your Inbox
Get Video Surveillance News In Your Inbox

  • IP: SNB-1001, about $200 online
  • Analog: SCB-1000, sells for $100 online
  • Price difference: about $100.

Cost between the two types may not yet be equal, but is very close at this low end of performance. When including additional costs like external power supplies and power cabling, this price difference is almost negligible. For a VMS based system, adding even the most inexpensive IP encoders (around $100 per channel) drive analog prices above IP. 

Samsung vs Competitive Options

Below is a comparison of Samsung vs rival manufacturer's box cameras:

  • Vivotek IP8161 (2.0 MP, includes lens)  $550 USD total
  • ACTi TCM-5111 (1.3 MP, fixed lens only)  $310 USD total = ($230 camera + $80 lens for a varifocal lens)
  • Sony SNC-CH120 (720p, includes lens) $500 USD total
  • Samsung SNB-1001 (VGA, no included lens) $280 USD total = ($200 camera + $80 lens)

The key takeaway from this comparison indicates the Samsung VGA line is considerably less expensive than other MP manufacturers, except for ACTi. Budget oriented customers may find using this Samsung line helpful in observing non-critical fields of view or supplementing gaps in camera coverage for low cost.

The ultimate success of this offering resides with the performance and build quality of the cameras. The Samsung name provides a familar brand among lesser-known Taiwanese cameras, which may diminish the perceived risk in using them.

Comments : PRO Members only. Login. or Join.

Related Reports on Low Cost

Top 4 Biggest Problems Selling Access Control 2018 on Mar 23, 2018
We received 150+ responses from integrators when we asked them "What is the biggest problem you face when selling electronic access control?...
Camera Form Factor Guide on Mar 16, 2018
When selecting surveillance cameras, users may choose from a number of different form factors, each with its own unique strengths and weaknesses,...
Hikvision IR Bullet Camera Shootout on Jan 08, 2018
Hikvision's widely used Value Plus line claims 30m/~98' IR illumination range, on multiple lens options ranging from wide angle (100°+) to...
$800 Axis Thermal Camera Examined on Jan 02, 2018
Axis is releasing two of the lowest cost thermal IP cameras ever. But will low cost be enough to spur adoption? In this note, we examine the 2 new...
Hikvision NVR 4.0 Tested on Nov 14, 2017
Hikvision has released firmware version 4.0 for select NVRs, touting two years of research and development, and claiming "the new generation GUI...
Milestone XProtect Essential+ Free VMS Tested on Nov 09, 2017
Milestone continues to expand its aggressive free and low-cost offerings, with this year, Milestone releasing XProtect Essential+, part of their...
Cisco Falling - Favorite Network Switches 2017 on Oct 20, 2017
1 major manufacturer fell and 1 outsider manufacturer gained as integrator favorites for network switches from more than 140 votes / explanations...
Exacq M Series Low Cost NVR Tested on Oct 12, 2017
With recent cyber security issues hitting NVRs and cameras from low cost leaders Dahua and Hikvision, users are increasingly seeking alternatives...
Geovision 4MP Super Low Cost Turret Tested (EBD-4700) on Sep 29, 2017
~$100 cameras, even for 4MP, are now expected by many dealers, as price cuts and ongoing sales have set this expectation. At the same time, many...
Low Cost, Low-End Competitors Challenge SMB Surveillance Market on Sep 01, 2017
SMB video surveillance systems are a tough market. From IPVM's new survey results of 135 integrator responses, we have identified the key...

Most Recent Industry Reports

May 2018 Camera Course on Apr 20, 2018
Save $50 on early registration until this Thursday, the 26th. Register now (save $50) for the Spring 2018 Camera Course This is the only...
Global Real-Time Video Surveillance - EarthNow on Apr 20, 2018
A new company, EarthNow, with backing from Bill Gates, Airbus and more, is claiming that: Users will be able to see places on Earth with a delay...
Dedicated Vs Converged Access Control Networks (Statistics) on Apr 20, 2018
Running one's access control system on a converged network, with one's computers and phones, can save money. On the other hand, hand, doing so can...
April 2018 IP Networking Course on Apr 19, 2018
This is the last chance to register for our IP Networking course. Register now. NEW - 2 sessions per class, 'day' and 'night' to give you double...
Rare Video Surveillance Fundraising - Verkada $15 Million on Apr 19, 2018
Fundraising in video surveillance (and the broader physical security market) has been poor recently. Highlights are few and far in between...
'Best In Show' Fails on Apr 19, 2018
ISC West's "Best In Show" has failed. For more than a decade, it has become increasingly irrelevant as the selections exhibit a cartoon level...
Security Camera Cleaning Frequency Statistics on Apr 18, 2018
150+ integrators told IPVM how often they clean cameras on customer's sites and why.  Inside we examine their answers and break down feedback...
Worst Access Control 2018 on Apr 18, 2018
Three access control providers stood out as providing the most problems for integrators. In this report, we analyze the answers to: "In the...
Axis VMD4 Analytics Tested on Apr 17, 2018
Axis is now on its 4th generation of video motion detection (VMD), which Axis calls "a free video analytics application." In this generation, Axis...
Arecont CEO And President Resign on Apr 17, 2018
This is good news for Arecont. Arecont's problems have been well known for years (e.g., most recently Worst Camera Manufacturers 2018 and starting...

The world's leading video surveillance information source, IPVM provides the best reporting, testing and training for 10,000+ members globally. Dedicated to independent and objective information, we uniquely refuse any and all advertisements, sponsorship and consulting from manufacturers.

About | FAQ | Contact