Testing the Smallest HD Cameras

Author: Derek Ward, Published on Jul 09, 2014

Miniature HD IP cameras are a growing trend. It started with cameras that had small 'heads' but large 'base' units. Increasingly, though, the bases are shrinking. Recently, we even found one without any base at all, just a small head, like the one displayed in the middle:

We bought three (super low cost) models from Chinese manufacturer Censee:

And shot them out against Axis's P12 series (tested previously) to see how they compare.

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