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Standout PTZ with IR – Axis Q6125-LE

July 24th, 2018 by Amy Watkins

Axis Q6125-LE PTZ camera

As the latest offering in the Axis Q61 series known for its feature rich solutions which work well in demanding applications – great things were expected of the Q6125-LE.
We weren’t disappointed!

As one of a small number of pan tilt zoom (PTZ) cameras with infrared (IR), Q6125-LE may seem at first glance to be similar to its competitors, so what does it offer to differentiate it?


The Axis V59 series – made for live streaming

February 23rd, 2017 by Nathan Mount

Axis V59 live streaming camera

In recent years we have seen the continued growth in live streaming. This is not surprising when you think of the many benefits of live streaming for both marketing and interacting with your audience. While IP cameras are already currently used for streaming in sectors such as hospitality, leisure and tourism, we’re seeing more varied applications becoming more popular – for example, business events, Q&A’s, university lectures and sporting events.

There are a number of camera options available for live streaming, but there is something to be said about using a camera that is built for the job. For starters, you get a camera that has all the right features and is designed to produce the best results. That’s certainly been the thinking behind Axis’ V59 series.

The 2 models in the series (Axis V5915 and V5914) take the versatility of IP cameras and combine them with live production features that help you create high quality video without the broadcast-quality price tag.


IFSEC 2014: the interesting bits

June 20th, 2014 by Frank Crouwel

ifsec-logoWe’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.


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.


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.


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.


First look: Axis Camera Companion

April 30th, 2012 by James Drinkwater

Axis Camera Companion promo

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.


Unboxing Panasonic’s latest pan/tilt IP camera: The i-Pro WV-ST165

April 13th, 2012 by James Drinkwater

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.

Image of the box for the Panasonic i-Pro WV-ST165


On Test – AXIS 295 Surveillance Joystick

May 10th, 2007 by Greg

Axis 295 Joystick

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.