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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.
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.
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.
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.
We recently announced that Axis had released their Axis Camera Companion IP surveillance tool; a quick and easy way to create a surveillance system encompassing edge recording and remote access.
Axis say that the software is “the easiest way to network video surveillance”. We take a quick look at the new software to see whether it is as easy to use as Axis suggest.
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.
Thanks to James, one of our resident network camera experts, we now have a fantastic, thorough evaluation of the new Sony SNC-CH140 IP security camera over on our IP Camera Learning Blog.
The article is packed full of sample images and we’ve evaluated many of Sony’s unique technologies such as XDNR and ViewDR. Head over there now to check it out. In fact, bookmark that site – we have some excellent, detailed articles coming up on some of the best new products being released in Q2 of 2011. Whether you’re looking for your next IP camera or simply want to keep up with the latest advances in network camera technology, our IP Camera learning Blog will have you covered.
Oh, and if you like what you see in the evaluation, you can always get your hands on a Sony SNC-CH140 from the Network Webcams store.
Greg, in our technical team has made a comprehensive evaluation of Panasonic’s newest IP Camera in the BL range – the BL-C160.
Greg’s thorough write-up talks about the camera’s unique features such as the built-in light and its Power over Ethernet capability, as well as going some day and night comparison shots for image quality analysis.
Of course every AXIS camera can be controlled through a browser using standard mouse and keyboard control but AXIS do offer an alternative…
The AXIS 295 Suveillance Joystick
The AXIS 295 Surveillance Joystick is a unique way of controlling your AXIS PTZ or Dome network cameras, replacing traditional mouse and keyboard input.
Built from rugged plastic the joystick is fairly large without being overbearing. It has large resting areas for your hands (on either side to support left or right handed users) and it feels very comfortable to use. The stick itself has a steel shaft, seems extremely robust and built to a high standard with a good tactile feel.
The Joystick features analogue control in all directions with the stick, analogue twist control on the handle, allowing you to zoom in and out and 12 programmable switched buttons, 10 on the base unit and two on the handle.