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Panasonic’s Elite range features 9 ‘go-to’ choices for high-performance IP CCTV

March 21st, 2017 by Bethanne Pugh

Panasonic highlight 9 'go-to' IP cameras in their Elite range

Panasonic has made the task of choosing a suitable IP camera from their extensive product catalogue a little easier by creating their new Elite range. It’s an interesting collection of 9 popular models, each one chosen to deliver high performance IP CCTV that you can rely on.

Panasonic’s announcement of an Elite range piqued our interest. Which models had been picked and what were the criteria? We decided to group the feature-sets and take a closer look at just what is on offer in this newly labelled assortment.

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Using image rotation to optimise coverage and bandwidth usage

March 8th, 2017 by Nathan Mount

Demonstrating how rotating the image is beneficial

When choosing a camera for video surveillance in narrow scenes such as long corridors, staircases, aisles and tunnels, the traditional landscape-oriented setup may not be the optimal choice. If you’re monitoring a narrow corridor or passageway, a sizeable portion of the scene is going to be walls either side, making a lot of your image redundant. The full area and resolution of the camera’s image sensor is not being fully utilised and this means that evidence of events occurring outside this limited area of coverage may be missed. These redundant sections either side of the image also consume bandwidth and storage that could really be put to better use.

This is where the ability to rotate the image proves to be very handy. This feature allows you to obtain a portrait-oriented video stream – effectively turning an HD camera’s 16:9 aspect ratio to a 9:16 aspect ratio. By filming in this orientation, you are ensuring that the whole sensor covers the area of interest, maximising coverage and eliminating bandwidth and storage waste.

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The Axis V59 series – made for live streaming

February 23rd, 2017 by Nathan Mount

Axis V59 live streaming camera

In recent years we have seen the continued growth in live streaming. This is not surprising when you think of the many benefits of live streaming for both marketing and interacting with your audience. While IP cameras are already currently used for streaming in sectors such as hospitality, leisure and tourism, we’re seeing more varied applications becoming more popular – for example, business events, Q&A’s, university lectures and sporting events.

There are a number of camera options available for live streaming, but there is something to be said about using a camera that is built for the job. For starters, you get a camera that has all the right features and is designed to produce the best results. That’s certainly been the thinking behind Axis’ V59 series.

The 2 models in the series (Axis V5915 and V5914) take the versatility of IP cameras and combine them with live production features that help you create high quality video without the broadcast-quality price tag.

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Choosing the right camera for live streaming your next event

February 20th, 2017 by Nathan Mount

IP live streaming cameras

When it comes to choosing a camera for live streaming, there are plenty of options out there from high-end HDMI cameras to cheap USB webcams, but if you’re looking for that best-value balance between quality, versatility and price, we recommend that an IP camera is the way to go.

But which one is right for you? And what features should you be looking for?

If you’ve read our recent blog post – 5 mistakes to avoid when live streaming an event, you’ll know it’s important that the camera you choose has great image quality and supports high quality audio but there are some other features worth considering to ensure you get the best results.

We’ve picked out a few of the main attributes that you should look for when choosing a camera for live streaming your next event.

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Bosch introduces new feature-packed FLEXIDOME and DINION Starlight models

February 15th, 2017 by Bethanne Pugh

Bosch's latest Starlight dome and bullet IP cameras

Since the announcement back in September 2016 that Bosch would be expanding their FLEXIDOME and DINION ranges, we have been eagerly awaiting the arrival of these new models. Finally, the DINION Starlight 6000/7000 and FLEXIDOME Starlight 6000/7000 VR units are now available – aiming to offer high-performance security surveillance in the most demanding conditions.

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The Axis M31 series – smart and affordable IR domes

February 8th, 2017 by Bethanne Pugh

Axis M31 domes are a smart and affordable choice for any small business

Axis has responded to strong demand for compact and cost-effective infrared (IR) domes with their new M31 series.

This versatile range consists of three indoor and three outdoor models, all of which deliver clear images round-the-clock in up to 4 megapixel resolution – even in difficult lighting conditions or near darkness.

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5 mistakes to avoid when live streaming an event

February 7th, 2017 by Nathan Mount

mistakes to avoid when live streaming

So you’ve decided to stream your next live event. You already know there are plenty of benefits to live streaming, but how can you ensure you make it a real success and get the most from your setup?

Picking the right equipment for the job, using a suitable hosting service and a little preparation goes a long way to ensuring your live stream looks and sounds great for all of your audience, but if you’re not sure where to begin, this can seem a little daunting.

To help get you started, we’ve got some practical tips that will help you avoid 5 common mistakes made when streaming a live event.

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The benefits of live streaming your next event

January 26th, 2017 by Nathan Mount

benefits of live streaming

Your next event is all set up and ready to go. The guest speakers have their time slots and your attendees have settled into their seats. There’s no reason why it shouldn’t be a great success and all the people invited will find it rewarding and informative. But, have you ever thought that maybe you could get even more out of your events?

Could you be reaching a wider audience? Is the marketing potential maximised? Are you getting best value from your venue? These are all things that live streaming your next event could help improve.

This medium has become increasingly more popular in recent years and is already being utilised by a wide range of organisations including companies promoting their services, universities streaming educational seminars and start-ups conducting Q&A sessions.

There’s no reason why you can’t do the same and in this blog we pick out some of the big benefits to live streaming your next event.

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Best seller IP camera contenders for 2017

January 25th, 2017 by Nathan Mount

List of the Best seller IP camera contenders for 2017

With a continually growing catalogue of IP cameras to choose from, it can be tricky trying to decide which camera is the best fit for your requirements. As always, our aim is to make it easier for the customer to find the right camera and we recently brought you a blog that looked back and highlighted our best selling cameras for 2016. This time, we’re narrowing the field by looking ahead and listing models that we feel have all the right attributes to make them a popular choice in 2017.

We’ve selected a variety of camera types in a broad price range, so whether you need simple monitoring for your retail store or you have more demanding surveillance requirements at a large industrial site, there’s something here of interest.

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Axis Q1659 raises the bar for image quality in video surveillance

January 20th, 2017 by Bethanne Pugh

Axis incorporate Canon's professional-level lens design into new IP camera

Following the acquisition of Axis by Canon back in 2015, the Q1659 launch reveals the first Axis IP camera to feature Canon’s professional photographic imaging technologies.

This innovative model will combine a high-performance image sensor, Canon EF/EF-S lenses and a host of advanced security features from Axis – offering high performance video surveillance with exceptional image quality.

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