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06
Sep
11

AVTech AVN80X Review

Once in a while a camera hit’s the market that truly has innovative features that make you wonder why others haven’t done this before. The AVN80X has a feature called Push Video with 5 second event video call. When enabled, this sends an alert to your Android or IOS (iPhone/iPad) device and allows you to view the most recently recorded video. It is this feature that sets it apart from the rest.
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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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28
Feb
11

Terminology Series: Power Over Ethernet (PoE)

Power over Ethernet or PoE technology describes a way to power a camera using the very same Ethernet cable used to connect the camera to the network. The big advantage is that you do not need a seperate power supply and 110VAC to power a camera.
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25
Feb
11

Messoa NCR870 MegaPixel Outdoor Camera

Messoa is lesser known than ACTi or Vivotek, but makes some unique cameras in the marketplace that distinguish themselves. The NCR870 is a new camera from Messoa that offer somes a good value. It’s a 2 MegaPixel camera in 1080P HD format with a good frame rate of 15 fps at that resolution but can be scaled down to 720P for those needing 30 fps.
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24
Jan
11

GSM Security Camera – EyeSee

It was a minor dissapointment that very few IP camera companies appeared at CES 2011, but I did come across a newcomer with a unique product, the EyeSee from Jablocom.

The EyeSee runs on GSM rather than WiFi as many IP cameras do, and it has a very sensitive motion detector that is activated by sound, external alert, or movement. The pictures can be sent via e-mail, SMS call, MMS call, or accessible via a web server.

EyeSee GSM Camera

This opens up IP cameras to remote places where internet access is not available but still has GSM 3G access. For example, a vacation home, a remote traffic cam location and any other place that was impossible to get an internet connect too or the costs were prohibitive.

The camera’s list price is $499 and the U.S. distributor can be reached at (888) 633-7985. More information is available on their website at www.eyeseecamera.com.

23
Sep
10

ACCESSING YOUR CAMERA FROM THE INTERNET

One of the biggest benefits of having IP cameras is being able to access them from the internet. Many of us have smartphones, iPads or netbooks that we take with us and it would be great to check in on the place, a pet or the elderly while at work, in a coffee shop or while traveling. Some cameras have 2 way audio, so you can even talk to the person or pet.

The problem many of us have is how do we do it. We all know that if we go to a certain IP address on our home browser, we can configure and view the camera, but how do we do the very same thing when we are not home.
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25
Aug
10

Foscam announces the FI8918W to replace FI8908W

The FI8908W has been a very popular camera allowing people to get into IP cameras without a huge investment. They are releasing the new version of this camera in the next few weeks and wanted to share what the improvements are with all of you. I will try and get one for testing as soon as they are available.
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17
Aug
10

Foscam FI8908W indoor pan/tilt camera

Foscam is a camera company in Shenzhen, China that makes low cost surveillence cameras for mainly home use. For it’s low price of around $80, the FI8908W has a lot of features that are interest to many. First of all, it has WiFi with WEP or WPA security, making it very easy and secure to deploy in your home. It has IR illuminators built in that works in complete darkness. It also has the ability to pan and tilt the camera remotely. The ability to view the live VGA resolution images from any browser makes it easy to use from anywhere internet access is available.
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20
Jul
10

ACTi ACM-1231 MegaPixel Outdoor Camera

ACTi makes some unique cameras in the marketplace that distinguish themselves. Most of their cameras use the same 1/3″ CMOS sensor with 1.3MP resolution. The value proposition with the 1231 is that it’s a commercial quality outdoor, day/night, vari-focal lens (about 4X zoom), megapixel camera with built-in IR illuminators at a price point that many other companies sell simple cameras without many of these features. Ideal for small businesses or home owners that want an affordable true outdoor camera. The camera retails for $619, but street price seems to be around $550.
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19
Jul
10

Work in Progress

I have a few reviews in the works for summer including;

1. The ACTi ACM-1231. This is an outdoor camera with built in IR illuminators and 1.3 MP. So far, the image quality is OK, their built-in software is not the easiest to use, that’s why I need more time to get it all working as expected before posting a review.

2. My collection of cameras and locations has outgrown the ability to manage them one camera at a time, which has left me to set up a PC for this and run video management software. So far, I was not able to get H264 Webcam from Timhillone Software working properly which looked promising. Day one of BlueIris testing is going well. Supports all but one of my cameras and hopefully their support team can help with that.

3. Foscam review. Many people ask about inexpensive cameras they find on eBay from China. Foscam is one of those brands and they typically sell for under $100 shipped from China. Their support has been pretty good and the camera has been in use for several months. I’ll put together a comprehensive review soon.

08
Jul
10

Mobotix M12 DualNight Review

I consider Mobotix to be one of the top IP camera companies in the marketplace. Their image quality alone is worth the cost, but the true value is their decentralized approach to video management fogoing the traditional DVR, NVR or central server. The high resolution 1/2″ CMOS 3 MP sensor allows it to cover a larger area without sacrificing detail needed for facial recognition. This is 10 times the resolution available on traditional CCTV analog cameras. In many cases, you can use a single M12 to cover an area where several CCTV analog cameras would be required. The other amazing feature is the seperate night vision sensor that allows you to capture crisp night video with less light required than other cameras.
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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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