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Milestone Essential v Express

November 24th, 2016 by Paul Sandford

Milestone XProtect Essential and Express

On October 10th this year, Milestone replaced XProtect Go with XProtect Essential as their free Video Management Software (VMS) option for entry-level users.

Ahead of this change, we posed the question “What’s the real cost of making Milestone Essential free?” in a blog post that highlighted the known limitations of the newly positioned product. It was clear even back then that it would actually make more sense for many users to use Milestone Express rather than Essential but, the real difference in cost was still unknown.

It’s now 6 weeks since Milestone launched the new free 8ch version of Essential and we now know more about the new annual subscription packs, the availability of key features and software updates plus the associated costs.

Milestone XProtect Essential is now a non-starter whether your CCTV system is large or small and it all boils down to one crucial element – provision of Care Plus.

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Axis Camera Station V4 launched

March 27th, 2014 by Frank Crouwel

axis-camera-stationAvailable at £70 per video channel Axis Camera Station software offers an attractive video recording and management solution for small and medium-sized installations up to 100 IP camera channels. Version 4 of this software was launched this week and is now available for purchase or as a free trial download.

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NEW: LILIN Z-series. What’s different?

November 28th, 2013 by Kevin Bowyer

lilin-zr6122Part of their popular iMEGAPRO camera range, LILIN have launched the new Z-series of network cameras. The Z-series is different in that the cameras benefit from a handy new feature: ‘auto-focus with zoom’ using a motorised lens. The auto-focus feature makes installation a doddle, allowing remote, optimised focussing by a simple click.

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NEW: Axis Q604-E outdoor PTZ dome series. What are the improvements from the Q603-E range?

November 13th, 2013 by Kevin Bowyer

Early this December Axis Communications are launching the new Q604-E range of outdoor PTZ dome network cameras to replace the existing Q603-E range. With 360° endless panning, 20° above horizon tilt and optical zoom abilities up to 36x, all the Axis Q60-E models provide high performance, high-end surveillance. So what’s new and what’s the difference between models?

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Useful frame rate comparison tool

September 18th, 2013 by Kevin Bowyer

Frame rate comparison toolTo make it easier to understand the visual differences between frame rate options, we thought we’d share this handy video frame rate comparison tool with you, and make it available as a free download.

The tool allows you to easily visualise different frame rates ranging from 1 fps to 30 fps, and how this appears as video footage, and is ideal for helping you decide which frame rate best suits your requirements.

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First look – Sony SNC-EP521 PTZ IP camera

December 12th, 2012 by James Drinkwater

Sony SNC-EP521The Sony SNC-EP521 is a feature-packed pan-tilt-zoom IP camera at an attractice price point. With 340° pan, 105° tilt and impressive 36x optical zoom, the camera is suited to surveillance of large, open areas.

With the current price of £588 / €735, the camera is one of the least expensive professional PTZ cameras on the market. Hundreds of pounds less than its nearest competitor, the new Sony SNC-EP521 offers incredible value with high-performance including 36x optical zoom. How well does the SNC-EP521 stand up to scrutiny?

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Reviewing Merit Lilin’s CMX VMS software

May 19th, 2012 by Kevin Bowyer

Lilin CMX VMS and Lilin logo

We’ve fired up and installed Merit Lilin’s 72-channel VMS software ‘CMX’ and taken a quick look at its usability, its main features, its suitability for its market and its downfalls.

Can free VMS software from an IP camera manufacturer compare with established premium VMS brands like Milestone or popular NAS-based surveillance systems like those from QNAP?

Free IP camera recording software released by IP camera manufacturers has historically been fairly lacklustre and lacking in features and performance, consisting of either a cut-down version of the manufacturer’s paid-for VMS suite with limited features, or being itself limited to only a single camera license, meaning that for all but the smallest security systems, the software is little or no use.

Contrast this with Merit Lilin who, on the other hand, provide software for up to 72 cameras at no additional cost bundled with their IP cameras. But is it worth the savings made? We’ve taken a look at the software to see how it stands up to the competition.

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Unboxing Panasonic’s latest pan/tilt IP camera: The i-Pro WV-ST165

April 13th, 2012 by James Drinkwater

Hot off the production line, here’s a sneak peek at Panasonic’s replacement for their popular BB-HCM715; the i-Pro WV-ST165 pan/tilt IP camera. We’ve unboxed the camera to show you what to expect.

Image of the box for the Panasonic i-Pro WV-ST165

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Comparison – Axis M5014 vs. Panasonic BB-HCM715 (Part 2)

July 27th, 2011 by James Drinkwater

We’ve taken a look at two mid-level, megapixel pan/tilt cameras; the Axis M5014 and the Panasonic BB-HCM715. If you haven’t already seen part one of our comparison of, read it first. In this part of our comparison, we’ll have a look at the recording system on both cameras, event detection, audio, user interface and price, before delivering our verdict.

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Comparison – Axis M5014 vs. Panasonic BB-HCM715 (Part 1)

July 26th, 2011 by James Drinkwater

Up until recently, there have only been a few mid-level IP cameras which offer both pan/tilt and megapixel quality video, Panasonic BB-HCM715 being the most popular. Superseding the BB-HCM511, the BB-HCM715 comes with a compact camera housing, audio support, on-camera SD card recording and Power over Ethernet connectivity. The wide feature range and competitive price have appealed to many users.

However, hot off the production line are the new Axis M50 series of cameras. Two models are available, capable of either SVGA (M5013) or HD 720p (M5014) resolution, which look to be aimed at the same market as the BB-HCM715. In this comparison, we’ll be looking at the Axis M5014. So, how does the new kid stand up to the seasoned leader? Lets take a look.

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