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Blink Totally Wireless Camera Tested

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Wireless cameras almost always still need a wire for power. Given that, many argue to just used wired cameras anyway. Now, startup Blink has released a battery powered wireless camera that needs no wires. Plus, the camera / kit sells for just ~$1...

By Ethan Ace - over 3 years ago

Face Recognition Camera Tested (Netatmo)

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Can face recognition make home security "better"? That is the bold claim from startup Netatmo with their Welcome camera. But with face recognition's historical challenges, can it really work in a sub-$200 consumer camera? In this test, we take a...

By Ethan Ace - over 3 years ago

UPS Backup Power for Surveillance Guide

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Backup power for surveillance systems generally rely on batteries, especially since UPSes for computers are common and easily available. However, uncertainty in picking the right backup power supply sized with the right batteries is a common prob...

By Brian Rhodes - over 3 years ago

Home Security Camera Statistics 2016

~20% of US homes use security cameras, according to an IPVM survey of 2,000 consumers. Inside this note, we break down the stats, share full statistic reports and examine the trends over the past 3 years and the factors driving growth.

By John Honovich - over 3 years ago

Ezviz = Hikvision = Chinese Government

Ezviz has seemingly come out of nowhere to become a major player in consumer electronics / security. Unfortunately, Ezviz consistently hides the truth of who they are from the mainstream press. Ezviz claims to be an American company (e.g., "EZVIZ...

By John Honovich - over 3 years ago

Testing Smart Home PTZ (Remocam)

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The consumer cloud video market is dominated by wide angle, fixed cameras (Dropcam/ Nestcam, Simplicam, Canary, Piper, etc.) Startup Remocam is taking a different approach with a pan/tilt camera for the cost of most fixed options, with novel IR d...

By Ethan Ace - over 3 years ago

Hikvision Responds to Ezviz Direct Sales + Changes Marketing

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Hikvision has responded to IPVM's concerns about their new direct sales company Ezviz, has also changed their marketing and sent a letter to their dealers. In this note, we examine their response, the dealer letter, and break down their changes.

By John Honovich - over 3 years ago

Testing Petzi, The Pet Cam That Shoots Treats

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Do you love dogs? Do you love the Internet of Things? Then we have a product for you. Half camera, half remote-controlled pet treat dispenser, Petzi lets you shoot treats at your dog. That's my dog going for a Petzi treat: After doubling the...

By Derek Ward - about 4 years ago

Google / Nest is Destroying Dropcam

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Wow. The most popular consumer camera has suddenly become one of the most hated. Just add Google. In this note, we examine the four main complaints and what this means for the consumer market.

By John Honovich - about 4 years ago

New Google Nest Cam Tested

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The most important advance for the new Google Nest Cam is video analytics. Though this has not been the focus in the mainstream press, IPVM testing shows that their video analytic advances are significant. We bought a Nest Cam and conducted testi...

By Derek Ward - about 4 years ago

iControl Piper NV Camera Test

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iControl has raised over $100 million in VC funding to transform the home security market.  Last year, they acquired Piper, a camera / home automation startup. iControl now faces off against two other super well-funded Silicon Valley competitors...

By Derek Ward - about 4 years ago

The $40 Million Funded Startup Canary Tested

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This startup, Canary, has raised $40 million total since 2014. With Google buying Dropcam for $555 million, investors see big opportunity in security / video startups. Canary now has a sizeable warchest for aggressive expansion. But is Canary's...

By Ethan Ace - about 4 years ago

Amazon Aims To Compete With ADI and Anixter

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The ambition of Amazon has no end. Recently, we explained how Amazon has gotten into the security installation business which generated strong debate and concern. At the same time, Amazon is also expanding into commercial distribution. How much...

By Brian Rhodes - about 4 years ago

Panasonic Unveils 'Dropcam Killer' Nubo

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Many have tried, but no manufacturer has yet toppled Dropcam as the most well-known consumer IP camera, despite strong brand recognition (Samsung) or bells and whistles like facial recognition (Simplicam). Now, Panasonic is entering the market wi...

By Ethan Ace - over 4 years ago

Dropcam's Massive Marketing Effort

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The hidden key to Dropcam's success has been its incredible marketing. Being from Silicon Valley, the attention and focus has been on the technology. While that was solid, it was not revolutionary nor even significantly better than what incumbent...

By John Honovich - about 5 years ago

FLIR Goes Consumer - Dropcam Killer?

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Following one of the most surprising video deals in years (Flir acquiring Lorex), FLIR has announced its first consumer IP camera, a release that clearly takes aim at hot startup Dropcam. In this note, we break down the features, positioning and p...

By John Honovich - over 5 years ago

3 Key Surveillance Product Shifts For 2014

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Three surveillance product shifts are changing the market and what you should expect from quality products. We discovered these from over 70 unique IPVM tests in 2013. They are: Mainstreaming of True WDR and Super Low Light 'Dropcamming' Cons...

By John Honovich - over 5 years ago

Surveillance Video Wall Guide

(PRO Only)

Relic, Eye Candy, or Critical? All three labels may describe surveillance videowalls - vast arrays of monitors used to display hundreds of camera outputs and other security information. They provide an efficient way to display video for large grou...

By Brian Rhodes - almost 6 years ago

Shootout: 4K vs 1080p vs 720p Video

4K is the next big thing in video. While 1080p has become the 'standard' for HD, the next step is 4K, quadrupling resolution / pixel count from ~2MP to ~8MP. It is already showing up in TV sets as well as consumer cameras. Indeed, the first 4K sur...

By Ethan Ace - about 6 years ago

Testing VSaaS / Dropcam HD

Dropcam is pretty clearly the strongest upstart in the VSaaS market. While Axis has pushed their hosted service offering for years, it is beset by poor ROI and weak performance. There are dozens of other VSaaS Startups but no one matches Dropcam's...

By John Honovich - over 6 years ago

Dropcam Sales Surge and Amazon's Growing Power

VSaaS's weak ROI has caused considerable debate over the future of cloud based video surveillance. Now, one upstart, who recently received over $18 million in funding and released an HD version, is claiming surging 2012 sales. Is this finally a si...

By John Honovich - over 6 years ago

Why Consumer Surveillance Will Flip to IP

The last still strongly analog segment is the consumer market. Cost is king for home use and the marginal increase in value with IP for their needs has not yet been enough. However, an emerging technology will fundamentally transforming the consum...

By John Honovich - almost 7 years ago

Wearable Surveillance Disrupted? (Memoto)

A Swedish manufacturer has taken aim at revolutionizing wearable cameras that could disrupt personal surveillance. They are getting huge tech coverage and skyrocketing sales. And no, it's not Axis. In this note, we review the company, examine the...

By John Honovich - almost 7 years ago

Testing Lorex LNC

Lorex has quietly become one of the biggest forces in the consumer / home surveillance market, on pace to sell over 500,000 cameras this year through mass distribution and big box retailers (like Costco). Indeed, the company was just acquired by t...

By Ethan Ace - almost 7 years ago

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