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We get great feedback on the best seller in the Cube range, the Y-cam Cube HD 1080. The Y-cam Cube 1080 variant of the Cube range is essentially the same camera as the Cube 720 but with an increased sensor size (2 megapixels as opposed to 1 megapixel on the Cube 720).
Following on from our first look at the Y-cam Cube 720 in April 2013 and the recent sales success of the Cube HD 1080 version we thought it worthwhile to take a further in-depth look at the unit and share it with you here.
Ideally placed for surveillance and monitoring in offices, small retail outlets and at home, the Cube 1080 retains the same ‘just right’ small form factor that we noted in our review of the Y-cam Cube HD 720 and with the same 15m infrared night vision capability remains suitable for use indoors all day and in all lighting conditions.
Sony’s new 6th generation SNC-CX600W IP camera, a new entrant into the affordable, but full-featured HD security camera space and aimed at small businesses, landed on our test bench last week. On paper, the SNC-CX600W camera looks to be a potential best-seller and that’s why we wanted to get our hands on it early to put it through its paces. Its key features are its imaging quality and the DEPA analytics engine previously seen in higher-end models. Here’s what we found.
Here at NW we’re used to working with premium manufacturers like Axis, Sony and Mobotix, but we’ve always stocked and supported niche IP camera vendors like Y-cam, right from when they entered the market in 2007. Over the years since Y-cam’s products have delighted and disappointed in equal measure, but with the new Y-cam Cube range we think they finally have a product which impresses in an all-round fashion.
Right from receiving the box you can see the improvement in quality and attention to detail. The product’s packaging and its build quality both bode well for quality in the product throughout. It’s also really quite small.
It’s been over three and a half years since the Axis released their M7001 covert surveillance kit. This kit is comprised of a compact Axis M7001 analogue video encoder and a tiny analogue video camera connected via cable. It was and remains a best-seller and well suited to covert surveillance, but it relied on analogue CCTV technology, which meant its image resolution is limited.
Very recently, Axis created the P12 range. This range of covert IP cameras features flush-mount, recessed and outdoor-ready variants, but more importantly, the whole range is purely IP, meaning this covert capability benefits from full network application. In this article we’ll take a look at the new Axis P1204 and see how effective it is for covert security.
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?
In mid-2008 Mobotix released the Q22-SEC hemispheric IP camera, featuring a full 360° lens, followed closely by the upgraded Q24-SEC model. These cameras were unique in the marketplace and added further to the discussion about whether megapixel cameras with wider angles of coverage can be used to replace multiple narrower field of view IP cameras.
These models brought in state-of-the-art image de-warping, 4-from-1 video feeds and panoramic overviews and saw VMS suppliers rushing to provide support for these new products.
Cut to 2012 where since this release, Mobotix have almost dominated the market for hemispheric cameras, with little serious competition from mainstream manufacturers. However, this is about to change with the release of the Axis M3007-P series.
We’ve had an exclusive chance to look at the Axis M3007-PV (part number 0515-001) before its launch, and we compare it in part to the Mobotix Q24M-SEC.
Until recently, Axis Lightfinder technology was available in the Axis top end Q series of cameras only. Now this technology has made its way into the more affordable P range of Axis cameras. Here we take a look at the Axis P3384 IP camera, which is currently the only camera in the Axis P series that features both Lightfinder technology and Wide Dynamic Range (WDR) with Dynamic Capture. As this looks interesting on paper, we were interested to see how it performs in real life. We placed the P3384 in various lighting conditions to find out.
Panasonic’s now end-of-line BB-HCM735 was one of the best-selling network cameras in their home/office range, offering very decent VGA resolution footage in an outdoor-ready casing with pan/tilt movement and 2-way audio, while still being very cost-effective. Now that this camera has been discontinued, we’ve taken a look at its replacement; the Panasonic i-Pro WV-SW175. Does this camera still offer the same good value as its predecessor?
First things first, let’s see some sample footage from the camera.
The Axis P5544 indoor IP dome network camera combines a hemispheric lens with a 360° panoramic view – using what Axis term ‘Panopsis Technology’ – as well as a separate pan-tilt-zoom head for close-up viewing.
This amalgam of both mechanical PTZ with a panoramic 360° overview is unique in the IP video marketplace, with the camera also sporting HD720p resolution and an 18x optical zoom. It is aimed at use in locations such as banks, airports, warehouses, railroad stations and large retail malls for security, but also for crowd control and queue management applications.
The Vivotek FD8134V Dome IP Camera is an easy-to-use outdoor camera that has been specifically designed for all-round security purposes. The FD8134V comes with integrated infrared LEDs, is outdoor-ready and has a vandal-resistant casing. It also has a useful on-camera recording function and advanced activity-adaptive streaming.
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