The thinking has been that in order to get better low light performance you had to compromise on resolution. The Bosch Dinion Starlight 8000 MP is the game changer. This camera blows away anything I’ve ever seen for low light performance and does it at 5MP resolution with incredible sharpness and color accuracy.
Commercial grade illuminators from Raytec, Illuminar and Axton work very well, but in many cases, costs more than the camera and this has been the barrier to adoption for many. I came across the Tri-Illuminator from Wrightwood Surveillance that works as well as the high end solutions for a fraction of the price and in a small well made package.
This is Dahua’s latest mini-dome and it’s tiny and priced very competitively at $129.99. It uses a 3MP CMOS sensor but at the moment displays a maximum of 1080P at 30 fps. The camera delivers good image quality, good responsive interface in a well built compact dome without some of the issues I ran into in previous mini domes I’ve reviewed.
Many have asked if they can run NVR software on the Celeron version of the NUC. The advantage of this version is that it costs a lot less, about $130 making it a very appealing alternative to an NVR because of it’s low power consumption, flexibility and size.
Having a PC as an NVR has some physical drawbacks, they are large, they use a good amount of electricity, fans can be noisy and they give off heat. Along came the Intel NUC (Next Unit of Computing), Intel’s first foray into making consumer PCs. Using the latest 4th generation i5 processor, promising low noise, low heat, low power consumption and a PC that fits in the palm of your hand.
Ever want to make a camera less visible, hide it from view, be discrete? For example, maybe condo rules prohibit you from having a camera, or you want cameras in your home, but you don’t want them to stick out for aesthetic reasons. The Hikvision DS-2CD6412FWD-30 may be for you. The camera electronics are in a box about 4 x 3″ and 1 1/4″ tall, the camera itself is about 2″ long. While the concept is not new, the Axis P12 has been out about year, but the price point makes this an affordable choice.
This is one of Dahua’s latest PTZ cameras with IR LEDs and 30X optical zoom. If you have lower zoom needs, the same camera is available with a 12X zoom as the SD59212S-HN. What makes this camera unique from other PTZ as well as other IR PTZ’s from Dahua or Hikvision is that it can tilt up 15 degrees above the horizon. If you have ever owned a PTZ, you know what I mean, very annoying when you can’t see past the horizon. If you compare this to prior IR PTZ’s from Dahua, this one is considerably smaller. What also makes this PTZ unique is the more affordable price.
Dahua is now offering it’s “Lite” series and this is their flagship camera in this new series. It uses a 3MP CMOS sensor but at the moment displays a maximum of 1080P at 30 fps. So what makes this camera “Lite” is the low price because feature/functionality, this cameras is on par with others priced higher. The camera delivers with good image quality, good responsive interface in a well built compact mini bullet.
ACTi is pushing the boundaries of high megapixels at an affordable price. This camera offers up to 10 megapixel resolution, has 2 way audio, alarm input & output and an SD card slot for internal recording. Combine the SD card slots with ACTi’s new Edge Recorder Client to view multiple camera and recordings without a need for an NVR or NVR PC and it all looks like a good solution.
Many PTZ cameras cost thousands, may require special power supplies or PoE+ injectors and are large. ACTi introduced a new line of mini PTZ cameras at various resolutions that is the size of a standard dome, uses standard PoE and comes with a street price of under $1,000.
ACTi has made some big pre-ISC announcements that I wanted share with you including new ALPR software, new Analytics software and ONIVF support on their VMS software.
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