If all other things were generally equal, which single quality is most important for a video surveillance camera?
A: You must answer this question from an operational perspective. The most important qualities depend on what the CCTV camera is being used for – a camera might be used for real time situational awareness supported by security patrols and operators wielding high resolution PTZs but more often it will be used as a post-event forensic tool.
A camera used for investigation needs to provide a well-compressed, high quality image stream in order to meet its operational priorities. If image clarity - taking into account contrast, colour rendition, low light and backlight performance – are equal, then image sharpness and resistance to motion blur are the most important qualities a camera can have from a security operations perspective.
SAMSUNG’s 5MP SNO-8081R bullet, distributed locally by EOS, incorporates a 1/1.8-inch 6MP CMOS sensor, a 3.6-9.4mm motorized varifocal lens with auto-focus, 120dB WDR, built-in IR to assist in low light applications and a resolution of 2592 x 1944 pixels. This is a powerful and well-made camera that takes fixed surveillance capabilities to an elevated level.
AS soon as you pick up SAMSUNG’s 5MP SNO-8081R bullet, you get a sense of its quality. Samsung makes nice gear and this SNO-8081R bullet camera is no different. The unit has a tilt-mount, a metal alloy body and a simple and detachable poly sunshade. The PoE SNO-8081R has IP66/IK10 ratings against environment and vandalism and proffers an operating temperature between -40 and 55C, which is at the upper end of good. Emerging from a heavy cross-cut rubber flange on the rear are RJ45, audio and I/Os. Wherever you look and touch, build quality is superb and attention to detail is exemplary.
New from Axis is the PoE 1080p M3045-V dome with HDMI and a highly flexible pan and tilt gimbal. This 1/3-inch progressive scan CMOS camera features a fixed 2.8m F2 lens, giving a wide 106-degree field of view and light sensitivity down to 0.25 lux.
TRULY compact dome cameras face a tough task. Within their compact housings they’re required to offer broad and at times conflicting functionalities, including compact size yet quality optics and very wide field of view yet low distortion and high image sharpness. Adding pressure to the recipe is the demand for low price. Clearly, this class of camera is a compromise and what installers and end users want to know is whether or not the balance of compromise meets their requirements.
SecTech Camera Shootout hits Perth tomorrow, Wednesday May 4 from 12-6pm - see you there
SECTECH Camera Shootout commissioning took place at the CX TV studio in Sydney late last week, with a number of cameras registered into the Genetec VMS and tweaked before the road trip to SA for SecTech Adelaide, which opens at Adelaide Convention Centre tomorrow, May 9 at midday until 6pm (register here!).
The quality of the contenders in this year's SecTech Camera Shootout is unprecedented, with many cameras in SecTech Camera Shootout on show for the first time. Central to our testing this year will be assessing motion blur, which proved difficult to consistently perceive across a 9-way split screen in 2015.
If you want to see 24 of the best CCTV cameras in the world going head to head in your town, don't miss SecTech Camera Shootout - it's going to be an eye-opener, that's for sure. ♦
SecTech Roadshow 2016: Battle of the CCTV Cameras!
Meet the contenders at this year’s SecTech Camera Shootout where we’ll test the best CCTV cameras in the business across 3 categories, Best Lowlight/All-Rounder, Best Compact Entry Dome and Best 4K/5MP Plus in low light, backlight and IR light, paying special attention to motion blur.
SECTECH Roadshow’s Camera Shootout (pre-register now and get free parking!) is a chance for manufacturers and distributors to show installers, integrators, end users and consultants just how good their cameras are in objective applications. We’re going to be looking at performance in typical light, with back light, in low light and with external IR in all 3 categories.
Agent Video Intelligence (Agent Vi) has released innoVi, a cloud-based video analytics Software as a Service (SaaS). innoVi initially includes a variety of real-time video analytics applications designed to analyze video captured by surveillance cameras and automatically detect and alert for security breaches.
innoVi is based on Agent Vi's patented image processing architecture that distributes the image processing task between an edge device and a server. By employing Amazon Web Services’ (AWS) cloud infrastructure, no dedicated servers are required on site for video analytics. Agent Vi’s architecture eliminates the need to stream video to the cloud, making the solution capable of handling low bandwidth environments and allowing an unlimited number of cameras in multiple remote locations.
Norman (left) and Ronnie Rotakin say marketing spin will be challenged at SecTech Camera Shootout
SECTECH Roadshow’s Camera shootout, which incorporates 8 leading camera brands in each of 3 categories – Best Low Light/All Rounder, Best Compact Entry Dome and Best 4K/5MP - is going to challenge sales and marketing spin, according to professional test targets Norman and Ronnie Rotakin.
The pair told SEN their combined ability to examine sharpness, contrast, colour rendition, face recognition, number plate recognition and motion blur is going to provide a serious test for all 24 cameras at SecTech’s Camera Shootout.
Vlado Damjanovski - Australian IP camera standards are coming
Australian Standards EL-051 sub-committee chairman Vlado Damjanovski has reported that the draft of the 62676-5 international IP Camera standard is now in the final stages of commenting and should be finalised by the end of 2016. Once finalised, it will be adopted as an Australian Standard.
“All voting countries at the IEC standards will now have the opportunity to comment on the 62676-5 draft which we hope to be finalised by the end of this year,” Damjanovski said. “In the past, Australia was an observing member of the IEC TC-79 committee and not entitled to comment. But after a lot of work we were ratified as a participating member around 2 years ago.
HIKVISION’S Ultra HD 4K Smart IR PTZ camera has received a New Product Showcase award from the Security Industry Association (SIA) at ISC West in Las Vegas, this award recognizes the camera as the top performer in the category of Video Surveillance Cameras HD (Megapixel).
The New Product Showcase has honoured innovative products and solutions in the physical security industry. Technologies showcased through this program are used in the protection of life and property in a variety of settings and span several product and service categories. The awards are presented annually at the ISC West trade show in Las Vegas.
IPVideo Corporation has entered into an OEM agreement with Milestone Systems and will sell and support a rebranded version of Milestone's XProtect software platform.
The IPVideo solution will parallel the offerings of Milestone's current Enterprise and Corporate software suites, which cater to large-scale, multi-site, geographically dispersed and high-security applications. IPVideo will offer the video management solution (VMS) as software-only or pre-loaded onto purpose-built, powerful video servers with a range of storage options. In addition, IPVideo will offer licensing to the full range of supported integration partners that comprise Milestone's open platform ecosystem.