Archive for the 'Axis' Category

27
Feb
14

License Plate Recognition – Milestone LPR, ipConfigure, OpenALPR

I’ve been asked about license plate recognition many times and how can one capture readable plates day & night. The answer is actually counter-intuitive to what most people think.

I’ve tested a few solutions from a free open source solution to costly commercial solutions.

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27
Apr
13

Axis P3384-VE Outdoor Lightfinder Dome

This is the Axis low light champ with wide dynamic range. Has all the Axis buzzwords that translate to great low light sensitivity including “Lightfinder” and “Dynamic Capture (WDR)”. Lightfinder is their technology for providing a clear sharp color image even in very poor lighting conditions. Dynamic Capture is their technology ensuring that no part of the image is too dark or too bright, what most people call Wide Dynamic Range (WDR).

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17
Apr
13

Axis P3367-VE Outdoor 5MP Vandal Dome Review

I’m skeptical when it comes to higher resolution cameras because of low light sensitivity, but the Axis P3367-VE does a really good job in low light, not just for being a 5MP camera, for any camera. As with the previous P33 series I reviewed, this has motorized zoom lens and remote focus making it an easy camera to install. Very well constructed with cast aluminum body and reasonably sized for a vandal dome.

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21
Nov
12

Axis P3343-VE Outdoor Vandal Dome Review

The Axis P3343-VE vandal dome has to be one of  best low light vandal dome performers I’ve tested. While it doesn’t have the higher resolution of its P33 siblings which go to 1, 3 and 5MP, it impresses with low light performance. It also has some unique features like it’s temperature and humidity ranges are the best I’ve seen from a low of -40F/-40C to a high of 131F/55C. Also has premium features like motorized zoom and focus and WDR.

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19
Nov
12

Axis P1344 Camera Review

The Axis P1344 is a megapixel indoor camera (P1344-E is the outdoor version) with an auto-iris varifocal lens, remote motorized focus, 2 way audio, and day/night IR cut filter and Edge Storage (recording to SD and NAS). This is their workhouse that adds many capabilities to the entry level M series, specifically the M1114 that I previously reviewed. Image quality and resolution is comparable which is to say it’s very good. If the M1114 leaves you wanting more features, this is one to get.

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17
Nov
12

Axis Camera Companion (ACC) Software Review

Axis Camera Companion (ACC) is free software from Axis that allows Axis cameras to handle the heavy lifting of motion detection, recording and notifications without the need for a dedicated full-time 24/7 PC or NVR to do this. The program installs on just about any Windows PC where you want to view the cameras and recordings. The advantages are huge as you don’t have to rely on a single point of failure for recording, you don’t have to have a PC dedicated as a netork video recorder, saving wear & tear, electricity and costs.

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13
Nov
12

Axis M5014 720P PTZ Mini Dome Review

The AXIS M5014 PTZ Dome Network Camera is a palm-sized, HDTV 720p pan/tilt/zoom camera that is well priced for monitoring of indoor areas such as homes, stores, banks, hotels, office lobbies, restaurants and warehouses. While designed for indoor use, the camera is well sealed and I have seen this used outdoors under a protected eave in a temperate climate (above 32F/0C).

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11
Nov
12

Axis M1014 720P Indoor Camera Review

Last time I reviewed Axis cameras from their M10 series, VGA (640×480) resolution was as good as they got and on-camera recording was not possible. The new M1014, over the M1011, gives 720P HD (1280×800) resolution, better noise reduction in low light and what Axis calls Edge Storage to either record video to an internal micro-SD card or to Network Attached Storage (NAS). The equivalent upgrade from the M1031-W that I previously reviewed is the new M1034-W, again with the same upgrades in resolution and Edge recording.

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07
May
12

Axis Q6035-E Outdoor PTZ Dome Review

The Axis Q60 series is the crown jewel of the Axis lineup. An HD 1080P PTZ speed dome with 20X optical zoom and great image quality not only during the day, but also using available light at night. Previously I reviewed their 720P PTZ Dome, the P5534-E so we mounted the two side by side to you show you the difference between the two. The Q6035-E outdoor-ready PTZ dome provides HDTV coverage of large areas, great details when zooming in, and high-speed pan/tilt performance.
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19
Jun
11

Axis P5534-E Outdoor PTZ Camera

Many people ask me, “What’s a good pan/tilt/zoom (PTZ) camera to use at home”. Hard for me to imagine needing a PTZ cameras as I live in California where lots are small, and there’s really no need to have 18X zoom and 360 degree pan. Where I believe a PTZ camera is valuable is where you have a large area you want to cover and putting individual cameras in those locations are not feasible. I also have been a big proponent of having mega-pixel resolution or what some companies started calling HD to feed off the HD TV standard. This is where the P5534-E does not disappoint, it’s one of the very few HD resolution PTZ cameras on the market and the resolution combined with its zoom lens is amazing.
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07
Jul
10

axis m10 series review

The low end of the Axis family of IP cameras is the M10 series. The street prices range from about $150 to $250 depending on features and represents the best value in networked surveillence cameras for home or small business security. In my recent travels through South America, it’s amazing to see how many shops you go into that have the Axis low end guarding their store. Why, because they are easy to deploy and inexpensive for the quality you get. Sure, you can find cameras on ebay with no brand name, made in China that are cheaper, but I’ve gone that route and I can tell you, there’s no comparison in image quality, in reliability, in support, in flexibility.
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01
Jul
10

Axis M1114 Review

Axis is the leader in IP cameras and they recently started releasing some good cameras at afforable prices to compete with the lower costs products from the Asian market. One of the best values is the Axis M1114. This camera comes with a vari-focal lens (manual zoom), auto-iris (variable apeture) and 1 MP resolution they call HD (720p). The camera also has the ability to use a newer compression technology called h.264. This is a video codec designed for surveillence with very good compression (about 10x over other methods) and very good image quality. The advantage to you is you can view your camera remotely at a higher resolution and frame rate than otherwise without compromising quality.
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