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Archive for the ‘Comparisons’ Category

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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Beyond the Datasheet: Understanding Axis’ WDR options

December 7th, 2017 by Network Webcams

Learn about the different Axis WDR solutionsOptimum 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.

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Beyond the Datasheet: Panoramic VS Multi-IP camera system

November 10th, 2017 by Network Webcams

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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The importance of a user-friendly IP camera web interface

October 11th, 2017 by Network Webcams

importance of a user-friendly IP camera web interfaceIn the competitive IP camera market, manufacturers are always looking for ways to stand out from the crowd. With the clear majority already being able to deliver cameras in the highest resolution, an increased focus has been put on making improvements in other areas, such as camera-based video analytics, compression technology and low-light imagery. However, one area that we find proves to repeatedly be an issue for our customers is the usability of the cameras web interface.

Due to our vast experience serving different types of customers in multiple industries we know that the quality & flexibility of the web interface is still a crucial area to consider. So, to give you a better understanding of what you can expect from the web interface when you come to choose your IP camera, we have picked out four well-known brands to give you a short review of the experience. We have focused on how easy it was to use and navigate the different interfaces, the features available and how compatible they are with the current leading web browsers.

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Milestone Essential v Express

November 24th, 2016 by Network Webcams

Milestone XProtect Essential and ExpressOn October 10th this year, Milestone replaced XProtect Go with XProtect Essential as their free Video Management Software (VMS) option for entry-level users.

Ahead of this change, we posed the question “What’s the real cost of making Milestone Essential free?” in a blog post that highlighted the known limitations of the newly positioned product. It was clear even back then that it would actually make more sense for many users to use Milestone Express rather than Essential but, the real difference in cost was still unknown.

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Axis Camera Station V4 launched

March 27th, 2014 by Frank Crouwel

axis-camera-stationAvailable at £70 per video channel Axis Camera Station software offers an attractive video recording and management solution for small and medium-sized installations up to 100 IP camera channels. Version 4 of this software was launched this week and is now available for purchase or as a free trial download.

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NEW: LILIN Z-series. What’s different?

November 28th, 2013 by Kevin Bowyer

lilin-zr6122Part 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.

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NEW: Axis Q604-E outdoor PTZ dome series. What are the improvements from the Q603-E range?

November 13th, 2013 by Kevin Bowyer

Early this December Axis Communications are launching the new Q604-E range of outdoor PTZ dome network cameras to replace the existing Q603-E range. With 360° endless panning, 20° above horizon tilt and optical zoom abilities up to 36x, all the Axis Q60-E models provide high performance, high-end surveillance. So what’s new and what’s the difference between models?

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CCTV frame rate comparison – which is right for me?

September 18th, 2013 by Kevin Bowyer

Still of frame rate comparison videoIP cameras come with a range of frame rates with most offering 30 frames per second (FPS) but an increasing number offering 60 FPS or more. If you’re new to the technology it’s tempting to use the highest setting, as the higher the better? Right?

Well no, this is not the case for most applications.

Apart from considering the right frame rate for the scene being monitored, also bear in mind that increasing the frame rate will increase storage requirements and CPU use. This may not be such a big deal when you only operate a few cameras but the cost of hardware may ramp up quickly if you operate a larger camera estate.

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Reviewing Merit Lilin’s CMX VMS software

May 19th, 2012 by Kevin Bowyer

Lilin CMX VMS and Lilin logo

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.

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