Take a look at the latest releases from Panasonic and Vivotek, now available for purchase.
Panasonic i-Pro WV-SC384
The WV-SC384 is a new addition to Panasonic’s pan-tilt-zoom SmartHD camera range and is very similar to the WV-SC385 model with the only difference being that it does not have a removable infrared cut filter, meaning the WV-SC384 is more suited to day-time operation only whereas the popular WV-SC385 is true day / night and can be used for 24/7 operation.
Both cameras benefit from features such as Wide Dynamic Range (WDR), on-board SD-card recording for backup and 18x optical zoom, which combined with the HD 720p resolution provides crisp, detailed footage of objects and activity at long distances. The WV-SC384 is available as an indoor unit as well as an outdoor bundle.
The odd thing is that Panasonic has launched the WV-SC384 at a higher price point than the WV-SC385, which you would not expect given the true day/night facility in the latter. We expect this will be corrected over time, at which point this camera will become very attractive indeed in the marketplace.
Axis has released two new cameras to its existing M30 camera range.
The M30-V series are small enough to fit in the palm of your hand, ideal for unobtrusive surveillance, and are vandal-resistant for mounting in exposed locations.
The integrated recording system helps to lower system costs with video stored either to MicroSD memory cards or local networked drives. Axis Camera Companion support offers easy viewing and management of up to 16 Axis IP cameras.
With this price point and level of functionality, the M30-V IP cameras, like others in the full Axis camera range offer exceptional value.
Axis communications, the world leader in IP network cameras, have expanded their range with the release of their first infrared indoor IP cameras.
The M11-L range features integrated infrared lighting, enabling the capture of video in complete darkness. In addition to this, SVGA or HD 720p resolution models are available with true day/night switching, PoE support, and integrated edge storage.
Aimed at the small-business market, the Axis M1143-L (SVGA) is available at £324, while the HD 720p Axis M1144-L comes in at £389. Both are perfect for use with the new Axis Camera Companion software, making it very easy to monitor live feeds and review recordings from a single application.
With such a large feature set and cost-effective price point, we expect the new M11-L IP cameras to compete well in the IP video marketplace.
Axis have released the latest addition to their P55 pan-tilt-zoom range, the Axis P5544. Like the rest of the range, the P5544 features 18x optical zoom, day/night switching and IP51-rated casing. Where this IP camera differs is in the addition of a second lens to the base of the camera dome.
This additional hemispheric lens covers a full 360° view, letting viewers see footage from all around the camera at once. The video below shows the camera in action.
The Axis P5544 enjoys the benefits of both a 360° field of view and a 2nd pan, tilt and zoom camera, meaning video is captured from all around with no blind spots and manually-controlled, high detail shots are available on demand with the combined PTZ lens.
We think this camera is great for monitoring large, wide-open areas with high levels of pedestrian traffic such as supermarkets, malls, stadia and airports, capturing general overview footage with the ability to optically zoom in to capture clear facial features when required. The Axis P5544 is an innovative camera and a welcome new approach from the market leader.
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Axis is launching one of the most affordable HD IP cameras on the market today. The new Axis M1014 has High Definition 720p resolution and will cost just £158.
At the same time Axis will introduce an SVGA version of this model, the Axis M1013, which at just £124 sets a new price-performance benchmark at the entry-level of the IP camera market.
The Axis M1014 and Axis M1013 IP cameras are targeted for use in small-scale CCTV installations and the domestic security market. Both have the capacity for on-board MicroSD card recording, making the cameras perfect for use with Axis Camera Companion, Axis’ edge-based recording system allowing easy viewing of live footage and recordings through use of mobile phones, tablets and other handheld devices.
In combination with the free Axis Camera Companion, the Axis M1014 and Axis M1013 mini IP cameras offer a cost-effective CCTV solution that is simple to set up and use. We expect them to sell well.
View the Axis IP camera range.
Update: Both cameras are now available.
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We recently announced that Axis had released their Axis Camera Companion IP surveillance tool; a quick and easy way to create a surveillance system encompassing edge recording and remote access.
Axis say that the software is “the easiest way to network video surveillance”. We take a quick look at the new software to see whether it is as easy to use as Axis suggest.
With IP-based security technology progressing ever onward, cameras are often replaced with an improved, next generation version. To help you keep up to date with these changes, here are the latest end of line Axis IP cameras and their successors.
For more information on further end of line products visit our IP camera store or call 0151 633 2111 to speak to a technical sales specialist directly.
Security camera placement can often make face detection difficult when reviewing footage due to obstructions such as hats and hoods; leaving many business owners struggling to identify intruders and vandals after incidents. Axis have attempted to solve this issue with their latest offerings; the Axis P8513 and the Axis P8514.
These unique cameras are designed to be mounted at eye level, allowing close up images of facial features to be captured without obstruction for easy recognition, with footage available in either SVGA or HD720p resolution for sharp footage. With three colour schemes in place to mimic heating pipes or electrical conduit, the cameras blend in with surroundings for a true covert solution.
These cameras are quick to install, coming with a pre-mounted network cable, thereby reducing the need for wires, and as they support Power over Ethernet, no separate power supply is required. Additionally, Axis’ pixel counter system provides data on the resolution of objects such as faces in view, letting installers verify that requirements for identification are being met.
This intelligent approach to IP surveillance offers an ideal security measure where facial features need to be captured for identification but where a conventional camera might be not be ideal such as service stations, small business receptions, shops and public transport terminals.
Designed specifically to allow smaller businesses to enjoy the benefits of IP video surveillance, the Axis Camera Companion is a free software client for Axis network cameras or video encoders with SD-card support. This solution is designed for 1 to 16 cameras – perfect for retail, offices and hotels.
This software brings together all aspects of edge recording including live monitoring, reviewing recordings and exporting evidence. Since recordings are stored internally to the camera on an SD memory card, the system is more reliable and cheaper than a conventional NVR-based solution.
Footage can be accessed locally or remotely, even using iPhone, iPad or Android devices. The camera companion makes edge storage a viable alternative to centralised systems, making it easy for simple and cost-effective security solutions to be created.
For more information on supported devices and cameras visit http://www.axis.com/products/cam_companion_software/supported.htm