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Hikvision NVR 4.0 Improvements Tested

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Hikvision has released firmware version 4.0 for select NVRs, touting two years of research and development, and claiming "the new generation GUI will allow operators to do a lot more, much more intuitively." We installed this firmware on a DS-760...

By Ethan Ace - 8 days ago

Milestone XProtect Essential+ Free VMS Tested

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Milestone continues to expand its aggressive free and low-cost offerings, with this year, Milestone releasing XProtect Essential+, part of their new "plus" lineup based on the same code as the high-end XProtect Corporate VMS, including features no...

By Ethan Ace - 14 days ago

Cisco Falling - Favorite Network Switches 2017

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1 major manufacturer fell and 1 outsider manufacturer gained as integrator favorites for network switches from more than 140 votes / explanations submitted. These 2017 statistics is the successor to our Favorite Network Switches for Surveillance ...

By IPVM Team - about 1 month ago

Exacq M Series Low Cost NVR Tested

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With recent cyber security issues hitting NVRs and cameras from low cost leaders Dahua and Hikvision, users are increasingly seeking alternatives to this low priced gear. Exacq's M series NVRs aim to challenge low cost models from Dahua and Hikvi...

By Ethan Ace - about 1 month ago

Geovision 4MP Super Low Cost Turret Tested (EBD-4700)

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~$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 dealers are looking for alternatives to Dahua and Hikvision, due to cybersecurity concerns, dealer sa...

By John Scanlan - about 2 months ago

Low Cost, Low-End Competitors Challenge SMB Surveillance Market

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SMB video surveillance systems are a tough market. From IPVM's new survey results of 135 integrator responses, we have identified the key challenges here. Cost Is King SMB customers are extremely price sensitive. There were 4 main challenges re...

By Brian Karas - 3 months ago

Favorite SMB Recorder Manufacturers 2017

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Low cost cameras have been a major force in the small to medium business (SMB) market (as our 2015 SMB favorites and 2017 SMB camera favorites) have shown. But, our 2015 SMB recorder favorites showed strong results for more expensive, Western rec...

By IPVM Team - 3 months ago

Favorite SMB Camera Manufacturers 2017

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Small to Medium Businesses (SMB) have been hotly pursued by lower-cost entrants over the past few years. Nowhere has that been as strong a factor as in the camera segment. But who are the favorites amongst integrators? 5 top manufacturer choice...

By IPVM Team - 3 months ago

Camera Application Selection Guide 2017

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Entrances, hallways, rooms and parking lots are perhaps the 4 most common areas where surveillance is deployed. But what is the best type of camera for each? What resolution, form factors and FoV are best? Where do special features like WDR, integ...

By Ethan Ace - 3 months ago

Dahua 4K Turret Tested Vs Hikvision (N84BG44 )

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Dahua has released their latest low cost 4K model, the N84BG44, claiming Smart H.265+ and 50m IR range. We bought and tested this new model against Hikvision's recent low cost 4K camera to see how it compares in: Full light scenes IR range and...

By John Scanlan - 4 months ago

IR Surveillance Guide

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Infrared (IR) has become an increasing core component to video surveillance systems. In particular, the expansion of integrated IR cameras that build IR illuminators within the camera has become common. On the positive side, this means that camer...

By IPVM Team - 4 months ago

Hikvision 8MP Low-Cost Camera Tested

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Hikvision has introduced their latest generation of low-cost Value Plus cameras, now including smart H.265 and up to 4K resolution, with prices much lower than existing 4K models. We bought and tested the 8MP DS-2CD2385FWD-I turret to see how i...

By Ethan Ace - 4 months ago

Uniview Low-Cost Bullet PTZ Tested

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Uniview is offering a HD zoom bullet camera, the IPC742SR9-PZ30-32G, with an integrated pan / tilt positioner, for the price of a low-cost bullet. This demo shows the camera panning and tilting through just part of its range: We bought this ca...

By Ethan Ace - 5 months ago

Chinese Direct Disruptor Reolink Tested

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Another Chinese disruptor, Reolink, is gaining attention. This one is selling direct from its own website, with fulfillment by Amazon. And a number of their prices make Dahua and Hikvision look downright expensive. For example, a fixed lens 4MP c...

By Ethan Ace - 6 months ago

Axis Lowest Cost Outdoor IR Camera M2025-LE Tested

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Axis has lagged offering low cost IR cameras while their Asian competitors have made IR standard even in their most entry level cameras. Recently, Axis has added the M2025-LVE, a 1080p outdoor, integrated IR camera that sells online for $300 or l...

By John Scanlan - 7 months ago

Uniview NVR Tested

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Uniview, China's self proclaimed #3 video surveillance manufacturer behind Hikvision and Dahua, is ramping up its international sales efforts. In this report, we test Uniview's NVR and, in particular, its extended PoE claim to double or triple ra...

By Ethan Ace - 9 months ago

Avigilon Shifts Strategy To Maximizing Profitability (Q4 2016 Results)

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Avigilon had previously been known for big spending, hiring a large sales force and throwing lavish partner parties at tradeshows like ISC West. Now, the company says they are going to focus on profitability first. In this report we analyze Avigi...

By Brian Karas - 9 months ago

Uniview (UNV) IP Cameras Tested

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"We're #3," in China says Uniview (UNV). While the company significantly trails Hikvision and Dahua in total sales, one notable difference is that Uniview is owned by Bain Capital, the American investment firm. In the past few years, Uniview, has...

By Ethan Ace - 9 months ago

Hikvision Best Alternatives Picked By Integrators

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While Hikvision has driven the market with an unprecedented combination of low cost, support, sales and marketing expenditures, integrator opposition to Hikvision is rising (see Hikvision's favorability results). To that end, 200+ integrators tol...

By John Honovich - 10 months ago

WDR Shootout 2017: Low vs High Cost Cameras

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Multi-exposure WDR was once only available in expensive cameras but in the past few years, this capability has become available even in sub $200 cameras. But is the multi-exposure WDR in low cost cameras just as good as more expensive ones or is ...

By Ethan Ace - 10 months ago

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 - 11 months 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 - 11 months 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 - 12 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 - about 1 year ago

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