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Review: Y-cam Cube HD 1080

October 2nd, 2013 by Kevin Bowyer

Y-cam cube 1080 alongside credit cardWe get great feedback on the best seller in the Cube range, the Y-cam Cube HD 1080. The Y-cam Cube 1080 variant of the Cube range is essentially the same camera as the Cube 720 but with an increased sensor size (2 megapixels as opposed to 1 megapixel on the Cube 720).

Following on from our first look at the Y-cam Cube 720 in April 2013 and the recent sales success of the Cube HD 1080 version we thought it worthwhile to take a further in-depth look at the unit and share it with you here.

Ideally placed for surveillance and monitoring in offices, small retail outlets and at home, the Cube 1080 retains the same ‘just right’ small form factor that we noted in our review of the Y-cam Cube HD 720 and with the same 15m infrared night vision capability remains suitable for use indoors all day and in all lighting conditions.


Review: the new Sony SNC-CX600W wireless HD security camera

September 19th, 2013 by Kevin Bowyer

Sony SNC-CX600wSony’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.


Y-cam Cube HD 720 First Look

April 17th, 2013 by Kevin Bowyer

Y-cam CubeHere 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.


First look: Axis P1204 covert IP camera (with videos)

January 30th, 2013 by Kevin Bowyer

Axis P1204 covert CCTV cameraIt’s been over three and a half years since the Axis released their M7001 covert surveillance kit. This kit is comprised of a compact Axis M7001 analogue video encoder and a tiny analogue video camera connected via cable. It was and remains a best-seller and well suited to covert surveillance, but it relied on analogue CCTV technology, which meant its image resolution is limited.

Very recently, Axis created the P12 range. This range of covert IP cameras features flush-mount, recessed and outdoor-ready variants, but more importantly, the whole range is purely IP, meaning this covert capability benefits from full network application. In this article we’ll take a look at the new Axis P1204 and see how effective it is for covert security.


First look – Sony SNC-EP521 PTZ IP camera

December 12th, 2012 by James Drinkwater

Sony SNC-EP521The Sony SNC-EP521 is a feature-packed pan-tilt-zoom IP camera at an attractice price point. With 340° pan, 105° tilt and impressive 36x optical zoom, the camera is suited to surveillance of large, open areas.

With the current price of £588 / €735, the camera is one of the least expensive professional PTZ cameras on the market. Hundreds of pounds less than its nearest competitor, the new Sony SNC-EP521 offers incredible value with high-performance including 36x optical zoom. How well does the SNC-EP521 stand up to scrutiny?


First-look: Axis M3007-PV panoramic network IP camera (with sample videos)

November 24th, 2012 by James Drinkwater

Axis M3007-PV

In mid-2008 Mobotix released the Q22-SEC hemispheric IP camera, featuring a full 360° lens, followed closely by the upgraded Q24-SEC model. These cameras were unique in the marketplace and added further to the discussion about whether megapixel cameras with wider angles of coverage can be used to replace multiple narrower field of view IP cameras.

These models brought in state-of-the-art image de-warping, 4-from-1 video feeds and panoramic overviews and saw VMS suppliers rushing to provide support for these new products.

Cut to 2012 where since this release, Mobotix have almost dominated the market for hemispheric cameras, with little serious competition from mainstream manufacturers. However, this is about to change with the release of the Axis M3007-P series.

We’ve had an exclusive chance to look at the Axis M3007-PV (part number 0515-001) before its launch, and we compare it in part to the Mobotix Q24M-SEC.


Evaluation: Axis P3384-V with Wide Dynamic Range and Lightfinder

November 13th, 2012 by James Drinkwater

Axis P3384-V

Until recently, Axis Lightfinder technology was available in the Axis top end Q series of cameras only. Now this technology has made its way into the more affordable P range of Axis cameras. Here we take a look at the Axis P3384 IP camera, which is currently the only camera in the Axis P series that features both Lightfinder technology and Wide Dynamic Range (WDR) with Dynamic Capture. As this looks interesting on paper, we were interested to see how it performs in real life. We placed the P3384 in various lighting conditions to find out.


Evaluation: Panasonic i-Pro WV-SW175

October 24th, 2012 by James Drinkwater

Panasonic i-Pro WV-SW175

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.


Evaluation: Axis P5544 PTZ Dome Network Camera

August 30th, 2012 by Kate Cederholm

Axis P5544

The Axis P5544 indoor IP dome network camera combines a hemispheric lens with a 360° panoramic view – using what Axis term ‘Panopsis Technology’ – as well as a separate pan-tilt-zoom head for close-up viewing.

This amalgam of both mechanical PTZ with a panoramic 360° overview is unique in the IP video marketplace, with the camera also sporting HD720p resolution and an 18x optical zoom. It is aimed at use in locations such as banks, airports, warehouses, railroad stations and large retail malls for security, but also for crowd control and queue management applications.


Introducing the Vivotek FD8134V Dome IP Camera

July 23rd, 2012 by Kate Cederholm

The Vivotek FD8134V Dome IP Camera is an easy-to-use outdoor camera that has been specifically designed for all-round security purposes. The FD8134V comes with integrated infrared LEDs, is outdoor-ready and has a vandal-resistant casing. It also has a useful on-camera recording function and advanced activity-adaptive streaming.