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Looking back at 2016, it was an interesting year in the IP camera market with a surge of interest in Hikvision cameras (despite some controversial press coverage on the Chinese brand) and the response of other brands to this rise in popularity. We saw brands such as Axis release a flurry of new products during the latter part of 2016 and our Bosch camera category also grew exponentially with new high quality units. New 4K resolution cameras continued to appear through 2016 and whilst the adoption of this resolution has been slow, we can see that advances in compression technology and hardware accelerated image processing is helping make 4K more viable while users wait for network infrastructure and available bandwidth to catch up.
This week, the latest LILIN network cameras have been released, further expanding LILIN’s cost-effective and popular IP product portfolio. The launch includes some very interesting indoor and outdoor HD and megapixel cameras with increased infra red range. But most eye-catching is LILIN’s first miniature covert camera, comprising a main unit and a separate, very small sensor module with pinhole lens, ideal for discreet monitoring at for example ATMs. What do the new models have to offer?
The LILIN LR7022 bullet IP camera has been our best-selling CCTV camera for the last 12 months. Its price v. feature set and performance makes it a very attractive solution for many installations. One of its key features is the automatic day/night switching, whereby the camera produces full colour images in light conditions and automatically turns on the integrated infrared LEDs and switches to monochrome video capture when light levels drop, and vice versa.
We’ve just spent three days at the annual security exhibition IFSEC, taking place at the Excel in London this week. It’s a huge show and impossible to look at everything but overall the sense is that the evolution of IP-based security technologies is continuing to gather pace and analogue-based solutions have now been marginalised. I did not see one analogue camera on the show at any of the main stands, but then I was not looking for one.
Part 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.
LILIN has been offering free recording software with their IP cameras for years. However, we feel this is not much promoted and LILIN product users often are not aware of it.
It seems that this software is somewhat overlooked in the market, hence this blog post to highlight its usefulness and create more awareness amongst our readership.
During 2012 we have seen HD 720p cameras below £200 being launched into the CCTV market. Axis, Panasonic, Sony, Vivotek and Lilin all joined the frame. The rapidly, ever improving, price v. performance ratio in the world of IP cameras is great news for CCTV users.
2013 has only just started and we have already seen the first HD 1080p camera dropping below the £200 mark. The trend of 2012 seems set to continue in the coming year.
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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If you’re looking for a cost-effective security recording solution then cameras in the Lilin IP camera range now come with their free video recording and management software, CMX, capable of managing and recording up to 72 Lilin IP cameras.
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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.