The 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?
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.
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.
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.
￼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.