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.
Our technical team get asked the same questions a lot and so we’ve let one of them loose on this blog to tell us which ones. Over to Raymond…
We receive many queries on the technical support line here at NW, and of course they do vary widely, from customers looking for advice or technical help, right through to providing support for full security systems installations and integrations.
We do, however, answer certain questions more often than others. In fact, I would say that the majority of technical support questions would fall into a handful of issues.
In this blog I will outline five of the issues we most commonly see and provide a link or a brief guide on each so we here on technical support can spend more time discussing Star Trek!
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.
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 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.
With infra-red night-vision and LED illumination allowing IP cameras to continue delivering great footage even in complete darkness it’s no surprise they’re a popular choice for around-the-clock security surveillance.
With a growing range of cameras available offering infra-red and the choice between models becoming more and more complicated, we’ve put together a list of our five most popular to give you a better idea of what’s out there, what each IP camera has to offer and what kind of prices you can expect when pricing up a security solution based around IP cameras that can continue monitoring effectively in darkness.
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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.
Y-cam already has a good reputation as an IP camera manufacturer ideal for homes and small businesses, so it comes as no surprise that it has finally delved into the production of mini-dome style cameras. The Y-Cam EyeBall is palm-sized, which makes it discreet and compact – and true to Y-cam form, the EyeBall is described as ‘easy to use’.
Milestone have just replaced their popular XProtect Basis+ surveillance software with XProtect Essential. Essential is an entry level application aimed at the small business market with the option of monitoring and recording of up to 26 cameras.
Similarly to Basis+, Essential is compatible with over 800 IP camera and video server models and is a powerful surveillance tool for any security network. The new software has been streamlined and is easier to configure and use than its predecessor.
XProtect Essential has some very interesting improvements over the older application, making it much more enticing to security installers and end users.
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We’ve just heard that Panasonic are now officially discontinuing their BL-C1 and BL-C20 IP cameras.
The BL-C101 and BL-C121 (wireless) offer advanced features over the old models, including: