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Today’s story of a Russian website showing UK companies’ and people’s personal cameras, see http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-30121159, shows how important it is to secure access to your cameras. Not protecting access to your cameras is like leaving the door of your house open. At some point you will get unwanted visitors. There is no need for this risk, keeping safe is easy. Just follow the basic rules:
Not only do the new Axis Q35 cameras offer 60 fps video capture, wide dynamic range and edge recording amongst plenty of other features, the particularly interesting thing about these recently launched cameras is that they are the first Axis network cameras to offer both HD 1080p / 2 megapixel and Lightfinder technology. In the past we have only seen HD 720p /1 megapixel cameras with Axis Lightfinder. However advances in technology are enabling even higher quality low light image capture.
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.
Axis’ Lightfinder Technology, thus far only available in its top end ‘Q’ range of products, is now becoming available within the P33 range of IP dome cameras. This is good news as many installations will benefit from improved performance at night.
Some sample footage with the Lightfinder Technology in action:
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 have released the latest addition to their P55 pan-tilt-zoom range, the Axis P5544. Like the rest of the range, the P5544 features 18x optical zoom, day/night switching and IP51-rated casing. Where this IP camera differs is in the addition of a second lens to the base of the camera dome.
This additional hemispheric lens covers a full 360° view, letting viewers see footage from all around the camera at once. The video below shows the camera in action.
The Axis P5544 enjoys the benefits of both a 360° field of view and a 2nd pan, tilt and zoom camera, meaning video is captured from all around with no blind spots and manually-controlled, high detail shots are available on demand with the combined PTZ lens.
We think this camera is great for monitoring large, wide-open areas with high levels of pedestrian traffic such as supermarkets, malls, stadia and airports, capturing general overview footage with the ability to optically zoom in to capture clear facial features when required. The Axis P5544 is an innovative camera and a welcome new approach from the market leader.
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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.
The Panasonic BB-HCM715 and BB-HCM735 will soon be discontinued. Their successors are part of Panasonic’s i-Pro professional series, offering an improved feature set.
The BB-HCM715 will be replaced by the WV-ST162 and WV-ST165, providing SVGA and HD720p resolution respectively, while for outdoor environments, the WV-SW172 and WV-SW175 replace the BB-HCM735, coming with IP55-rated casing.
All of these security cameras are equipped with wide dynamic range technology, adaptive black stretch and dynamic noise reduction which allow the cameras to capture events even in the most demanding light conditions. Face detection can automatically alter exposure for peak facial definition, perfect for taking security measures where light sources would normally impede image quality.
Compatible with SD cards up to 32Gb, these new Panasonic IP cameras have a longer retention period than the previous model, allowing more footage to be directly stored within the camera itself for recording with no external hardware or for secure backup recording and reviewing. Video streaming has also been improved with both high speed H.264 and MPEG streams available concurrently whilst privacy masking now allows the coverage of sensitive areas within the cameras field of view.
All of these additional features complement the existing cameras features, including motorized pan/tilt, 2-way audio with integrated speaker and mobile phone viewing, making them well-rounded security cameras.
Although the BB-HCM cameras were popular it is clear that these newer models offer the user a much developed IP security camera. We hope that IP technology continues to progress in this way, offering end users the very best value for their money.
The Video Management Software (VMS) from Axis, Axis Camera Station, has been upgraded and now supports up to 100 connected video channels. This increase in capacity is double the amount of IP cameras or video encoder channels that could be used previously.
This is great news for existing users of Axis Camera Station who are nearing the previous limit of 50 connected devices. If your support license is currently valid you will be able to upgrade your system and start adding more cameras straight away. Axis Camera Station installations outside the support period can be upgraded by buying a support extension.
And we are pleased to see that Axis has kept the price of their recording product unchanged.