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Distributor's #1 Challenge

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Manufacturers and integrators are not the only ones challenged in the security market, distributors are also impacted, fighting to maintain margins and profit. For this report we analyzed responses from dozens of distributors revealing their #1 c...

By Brian Karas - 19 days ago

WDR Tutorial 2017

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Understanding wide dynamic range (WDR) is critical to capturing high quality images in demanding conditions. However, with no real standards, any manufacturer can claim WDR, and many do even if actual performance is weak, causing confusion for eve...

By IPVM Team - about 1 month ago

Hikvision vs Dahua Mobile Apps Tested

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With smartphone use and low-cost video recorders surging, many user's main interface to their surveillance system is their phone. With mobile video apps becoming commonplace, the questions are: How good are they really? Can they really replace a f...

By Ethan Ace - about 2 months ago

Longse vs Dahua and Hikvision Tested

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For many, even $100 cameras are too expensive. That is where spam king Longse comes in with their relentless offer of ~$20 cameras. In our past tests, Longse was no match for Hikvision or Dahua, with numerous quality flaws. But with cameras advan...

By Ethan Ace - 2 months ago

Smart H.265 Samsung Test

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In our first test of H.265 cameras (including Samsung and Vivotek), H.265 benefits were essentially nil, both versus leading H.264 cameras and, worse, to emerging smart codec H.264 cameras. Now, Hanwha is claiming improved H.265 performance combi...

By Ethan Ace - 3 months ago

Samsung 'Q' Low-Cost 1080p Dome Tested

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The most competitive part of the market is for low-cost cameras. Hanwha Techwin / Samsung has released its new low-cost Q series to go after this segment. We bought two of these new Wisenet Q models and tested them against competitive domes from...

By John Scanlan - 4 months ago

Top 5 Biggest Access Control Problems 2016

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New IPVM survey data reveals integrator's top 5 problems with electronic access control: High Cost Complex Doors and Hardware Lowball Competition Grudging Customers Legacy Systems Inside, we collect integrator comments that explain these...

By Brian Rhodes - 4 months ago

Avigilon Stock Plunges On Bad Financials (Q2 2016)

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Avigilon's stock went down 25% the day after it announced earnings. The stock had already been down by more than 60% from its peak. The market is very unhappy with Avigilon's performance, and it has to do squarely with Avigilon's quiet slashing ...

By John Honovich - 5 months ago

Hikvision's Most Innovative Competitor - LTS

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It should sound surprising. After all, as our recent LTS test shows, LTS products are Hikvision with very little changes. But LTS has an innovative business model, with an approach we have never seen any other surveillance company take. Indeed,...

By John Honovich - 6 months ago

Selling Low Cost Kits

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Low-cost kits have become a direct threat to security integrators. These kits offer a drastically discounted alternative to professional brands, used by more than just residential users, as our Police Buys FLIR at Costco, Industry's Worst Fear re...

By Brian Karas - 7 months ago

Axis Chinese Competitor Companion Dome V Tested

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A $169 1080p dome from Axis? The Companion Dome V is, by far, Axis' lowest cost 1080p dome, a full $100 less than even their new M3045-V. Every manufacturer has been hit by rapid Chinese expansion over the last few years. Axis is clearly trying ...

By Ethan Ace - 7 months ago

Hikvision vs Dahua High-End 4MP Cameras Test

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4MP models hit with a splash last year, offering increased resolution and true WDR at past 1080p prices. However, these models have been limited to the low end, with fixed lenses and limited options.  Now, Dahua and Hikvision have released new do...

By Ethan Ace - 7 months ago

IP Vs Analog Intercoms

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Intercoms, even within physical security, are a niche. But Axis' acquisition of intercom manufacturer 2N represents a significant investment into this market segment. Indeed, Axis is emphasizing the value of IP intercoms both for doing the deal ...

By Brian Rhodes - 7 months ago

Avigilon Quietly Slashes H3 Camera Pricing 30-50%

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Pricing has fallen throughout the camera market. But Avigilon has held firm. Until now. Avigilon's legacy H3 cameras are now getting major price cuts. In this note, we examine the specific numbers, the impact of this and the competitive position...

By IPVM Team - 7 months ago

Axis New Lowest Cost Dome M3044-V Tested

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It has been 4 long years since Axis launched new low cost domes. In that time, the industry has changed massively, with massive price drops driven by Chinese manufacturers. Now, Axis' new dome release claims better low light, true WDR, and Zipst...

By IPVM Team - 8 months ago

Panoramic IR Illuminator Tested (Axton Nano)

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The Axton Nano is designed to illuminate large areas from above, aiming to cover much wider areas, up to 4,600 square feet, unlike typical illuminators or integrated IR cameras that provide spot illumination. We bought one of these compact ceilin...

By IPVM Team - 9 months ago

"The Company The Industry Always Feared Would Arrive" Is Here

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Not only will entry level product profits be wiped out, but so will integrator labor rates, if this company has its way. A US company is building a super low cost flat-rate nationwide install option. We spoke with David Happe, who is leveraging ...

By Brian Karas - 9 months ago

Axis Launches Chinese Competitor Line

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After years of letting Chinese manufacturers bully Axis out of the low end of the market, Axis has launched its most aggressive entry level offering ever. In this note, we examine the new Axis Companion line, its features, pricing and how it matc...

By John Honovich - 10 months ago

The Super Low Light Shootout

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How good are surveillance cameras in low light? With the advances in integrated IR, image processing and larger imagers over the past few years, we wanted to find out. We tested 12 cameras in two key scenes, a dark field, below 0.1 lux, and a par...

By Ethan Ace - 10 months ago

Axis Launches New Low Cost Cameras

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Evidently, now is the time to retire the M3004. After releasing dozens of cameras in the past few years in the mid to high end, Axis is now releasing new entry level domes for the first time in years. These cameras will be better and less expensi...

By John Honovich - 10 months ago

Raytec Vario IP Illuminator Tested

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The Raytec Vario IP offers advanced features not commonly found, including interchangeable lenses with varying angles (10-120˚) and ranges (98'-550') plus network control of power, switching, "deterrent" patterns, illuminator groups, and more. Th...

By Ethan Ace - 11 months ago

FLIR IP Cameras Tested vs Hikvision

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Hikvision is well known for being a low cost leader, but our recent Camera Price Comparison Report showed an unexpected challenge from FLIR, one of Dahua's top OEMs, and one of ADI's favorite vendors.  We bought two FLIR models representing the h...

By Ethan Ace - 11 months ago

Hikvision H.264+ Tested

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Is 'regular' H.264 soon to be a thing of the past? Last year, Axis started the 'smart' H.264 trend with their Zipstream release. Later last year, Hikvision announced their own offering, named H.264+. IPVM finds 'smart codecs' to be one of the mo...

By Ethan Ace - 12 months ago

Favorite Camera Manufacturers 2016

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The market has changed significantly since 2014, where our previous Favorite Camera Manufacturer report was led by traditional brands. Now, with the Chinese surge, will the favorite camera rankings be shaken? 150 integrators told us who their fav...

By John Honovich - 12 months ago

Resolution Usage Statistics 2016

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In the past few years, 4MP, 6MP, 4k (8.3MP) and 12MP cameras have become increasingly commonplace. By contrast, our 2014 resolution usage statistics showed that the most common resolution used then was only 1MP / 720p. How much has this changed i...

By John Honovich - 12 months ago

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