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Product video: Does the cost-effective Axis M5525-E PTZ deliver great bang for your buck?

January 25th, 2018 by Nathan Mount

New demo video for the Axis M5525-E IP camera

When it comes to monitoring large locations, a PTZ IP camera can often provide a more flexible surveillance solution than a fixed IP camera with a wide angle of view. This is due to capabilities such as pan/tilt movements, optical zooming and configurable preset positions – allowing activity to be specifically pinpointed and viewed on-the-fly. However, accommodating these features will usually result in a higher price tag – making PTZ models sometimes unaffordable to the budget-conscious customer. When Axis then announced the release of their cost-effective M5525-E PTZ IP camera, we were eager to put it to the test and show off what we found in our latest product video.

This PTZ dome is capable of delivering Full HD 1080p resolution at up to 25 frames per second, complete with true day/night recording – for 24/7 surveillance. Users can precisely navigate across wide indoor or outdoor areas using the camera’s variable pan/tilt movements (including 360° continuous rotation) – this is particularly helpful when closely monitoring a person or incident. Also, a 10x optical zoom enables real-time investigation into specific regions of interest and 12x digital zooming allows for quick close-ups of the original image to be obtained.

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Beyond the Datasheet: Our top IP camera contenders for 2018

January 25th, 2018 by Bethanne Pugh

Looking back over 2017, we saw continuous growth of the IP camera market with the introduction of new product ranges and interesting technologies. Industry leaders Axis released their first ever, innovatively designed, ‘true’ outdoor-ready CS-mount IP camera and also brought the best-selling M31 Series to the table. Meanwhile, Samsung Wisenet’s P, Q and X ranges were introduced to Network Webcams and we saw Bosch’s new ‘intelligent’ range of IP cameras which feature edge-based, IVA and Essential video analytics. It was also a big year in terms of software, with Milestone releasing two new ‘business-ready’ XProtect products: XProtect Express+ and Professional+. Both of which provide access to a host of advanced Milestone features and allow you to take full advantage of the latest in IP camera technology.

With an abundance of IP cameras available, it can often be a daunting task to choose the right model for your needs. To make things a little easier, we decided to highlight some of the units which we feel could be popular ‘go-to’ choices this year.

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Major differences between Axis’ old and new browser interfaces

January 23rd, 2018 by Kevin Bowyer

It may not be widely known, but Axis Communications have always had a largely cross-browser capable user interface to their products. This is especially important with network devices such as IP cameras, since the browser is often the initial method of access the device in order to get it set up. A great deal of end-user support has historically been caused by browser and compatibility issues for NW and with this new interface these have dropped off significantly, since browser compatibility is no longer an issue – with Axis cameras at least.

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Product video: Is the Axis P1367-E an ideal choice for outdoor CCTV surveillance?

December 21st, 2017 by Nathan Mount

New demo video for the Axis P1367-E IP camera

It’s always interesting to see new developments in IP camera technology and Axis’ ‘true’ outdoor P13 models where defiantly a duo that piqued our interest. Eager to take a closer look, we felt it was a great opportunity to put one of the units through its paces and showcase the findings in our latest product video. The P1367-E is one of the first outdoor-ready CS-mount cameras from Axis, featuring a unique mechanical platform and the ability to function in even the most extreme temperatures – ranging from as low as -40°C and as high as 60°C (intermittently). This featured packed unit also includes a range of advanced imaging technologies and is an ideal choice for high-quality, round-the-clock surveillance.

The P1367-E delivers detailed 5 megapixel video at up to 25 frames per second (fps) and offers a horizontal viewing angle of up to 83°. With support for both CS- and intelligent CS-mount (i-CS) lenses, the unit’s innovative built-in camera rail system gives you the flexibility to fit larger zoom lenses when different focal lengths are required. In addition, the rail system also allows you to easily roll the sensor to enable Corridor Format – maximising area coverage and reducing bandwidth when monitoring narrow scenes.

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Beyond the Datasheet: Understanding Axis’ WDR options

December 7th, 2017 by Bethanne Pugh

Learn about the different Axis WDR solutions

Optimum light levels are key for the delivery of clear, detailed CCTV footage. If light conditions become challenging, the usability of images will often suffer – resulting in poor quality surveillance video. To ensure optimal image capture, most IP camera manufacturers will now include a handful of enhancement technologies to help improve imaging in difficult lighting environments; one of the most common being Wide Dynamic Range.

But what is WDR? …

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HOWTO: Top 5 reasons why keeping your NVR or VMS up-to-date is important

November 24th, 2017 by Kevin Bowyer

In the world of IP-based security, we capture surveillance recordings largely either via NVRs or software-based video management systems (VMS). We procure a system, have it installed and (hopefully) properly commissioned based upon our real requirements and needs, and the system is handed over for operational use. Often, that’s where things start to go wrong.

In our experience, few integrators either make the necessity clear or offer ongoing update support in order to keep a system current and working at its best.

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Product video: Does the Mobotix M26’s features live up to expectations?

November 24th, 2017 by Nathan Mount

new demo video for the Mobotix M26 IP camera

To highlight the broad range of IP cameras we offer at Network Webcams; our latest product video showcases the feature-set of an IP camera from a manufacturer who has pioneered the decentralised approach to IP CCTV – Mobotix. The M26 Allround IP camera is part of the latest Mx6 Series and is available in both day and night versions, with a wide selection of lenses available. When the Mx6 Series was first announced we were excited to see what was included in this new range. After learning what new and interesting features Mobotix had introduced, we decided to put a unit to the test see how it performed.

The Mobotix M26 Allround IP camera makes use of its powerful dual core processor to deliver high-quality video footage with much improved frame rates when compared to its M25 predecessor – capturing 6 megapixel images at 12 frames per second (fps), or HD 720p at up to 42 fps. A large range of lenses are available, ranging from a fisheye lens that provides panoramic overviews, through to an 8° super-tele lens which is ideal for long distance surveillance requirements. All lenses are available in both day or night versions, giving you complete flexibility when choosing the most suitable lens to meet your viewing requirements.

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Beyond the Datasheet: Panoramic VS Multi-IP camera system

November 10th, 2017 by Bethanne Pugh

Which type of IP camera setup is most suitable for your CCTV application?

When designing your IP CCTV system, an initial consideration will be which type of IP cameras can deliver the most efficient security surveillance for your application.

Small to medium-sized locations will typically choose one of two options: a single panoramic unit or a multi-IP camera system.

To help you make an informed decision when building your system, we decided to take a look at the beneficial features and limitations that come with each type of IP camera setup.

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Product video: Does the Axis M1065-LW deliver a suitable indoor CCTV solution?

October 23rd, 2017 by Nathan Mount

new demo video for the Axis M1065-LW IP camera

When it comes to indoor CCTV surveillance, Axis have a diverse range of IP camera solutions to choose from that offer a host of interesting features and viewing angles up to 360°. From this varied selection we have chosen to highlight the Axis M1065-LW for our latest product video – due to its attractive feature-set, HD resolution, cost-effective price and ease of installation.

This compact unit provides a horizontal viewing angle of 110°, giving you wide coverage of indoor locations in full HD 1080p resolution – at up to 25 frames per second (fps). Images captured in high contrast scenes are improved with wide dynamic range (WDR) technology. By ensuring details in both bright and dark areas are not lost, objects and individuals can be more easily identified. Not limited to only monitoring during the day, this model supports true day/night recording and offers improved imaging in low light thanks to the integrated IR LEDs that illuminate up to 10m.

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Beyond the datasheet: Does your CCTV system need an NVR?

October 19th, 2017 by Bethanne Pugh

Recording and Storage options for your CCTV system

When it comes to the storage of your video surveillance footage, a common assumption is that to do this job successfully, a network video recorder (NVR) is required.

Back in the early days of IP, NVR’s provided a familiar and straightforward storage solution for users moving away from their analogue DVR’s towards a digital CCTV system. Although it is still clear that NVR’s have a place in the market, constant developments in IP technology have resulted in alternative options to help meet a wider range of requirements and applications.

With this in mind, we decided to take a look at some of the options available when choosing a suitable recording and storage solution for your CCTV system.

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