FLIR, distributed locally by QSS, will release its new TCX thermal mini bullet camera at this year's IFSEC exhibition in London.
The FLIR TCX security camera combines 24/7 high-contrast thermal video and high-performance built-in video motion detection with a level of affordability that the industry has never seen. FLIR TCX is powered by the company's revolutionary Lepton camera core. The TCX is not available locally and there's no local pricing yet but in line with FLIR's current wider market play, it's likely to be sharp as a tack.
HD cameras incorporate so many variables, from sensor type and processors to lens and compression engine, that making a balanced decision about what constitutes the ideal HD CCTV camera is an extremely difficult business.
WHEN it comes to choosing the best HD camera, where do installers, integrators, consultants and end users start? Is the best HD camera best in low light, best in strong backlight, or does it offer the most workable balance of both? Does the best camera have an adjustable CS-mount lens or can good performance come from the integrated lens of a tiny dome? Is it packed in an IP66 and IK10-rated housing or is it a full body?
ACCORDING to independent video surveillance industry observer, Norman, IP video is not plug and play, no matter what anyone says. He also said claims cameras could see in starlight unassisted were 'hopeful' and predicted a boilover at SecTech HD Camera Shootout in Melbourne this Monday.
"I stood at the RNA in Brisbane for about 5 hours watching 10 of the best CCTV technicians in Australia tie themselves in knots of blue cable over camera config, issues with bandwidth and hassles with camera mounts, and that was before the lights were turned off," he said. "Plug and play is a proprietary gig - I declare the ONVIF experiment dead."
Norman also scoffed at suggestions a camera could produce useable images in virtually no light.
Norman troubled by opaque HD camera specifications
NORMAN, who will be instrumental at SecTech’s HD Camera Shootout, has expressed broad concerns over the nature of HD camera performance in challenging applications. According to Norman, too many cameras juggle performance parameters on paper and don’t offer all their maximum specifications simultaneously.
“It’s disappointing for me,” said Norman, in an exclusive interview with SEN. “And frankly, it feels a little like sleight of hand. I expect my modelling to be respected and my features to be rendered exquisitely using the highest quality hardware available. But if cameras have poor quality lenses or employ agricultural noise reduction algorithms that make me appear wooden and 2-dimensional, my confidence will be undermined and I'll find it difficult to perform at my best."
SECTECH’S HD Camera Shootout (register here for free parking!) pits the best cameras in the industry head to head in bright light, low light, backlight and IR light. But who are the contenders and what are their strengths and capabilities?
First up is Hikvision’s DS-2CD6026FHWD Darkfighter, (distributed by CSD), which features a 2MP, ½-inch progressive scan CMOS image sensor. Together with a 120dB WDR (wide dynamic range) and Hikvision’s 3D DNR (Digital Noise Reduction) technology, the new camera is able to stream video in full 1080p HD at 60 fps. Low light performance is 0.002 lux in colour and 0.0002 lux in black and white.
HIKVISION has released its new super fast f0.95 1/1.8-inch Dark Eye lens. The new 1/1.8-inch lens has flexible focal range adjustable from 7mm at the wide end to 33mm at the long and an extremely fast f-stop, giving an extremely wide aperture for low light applications.
Dark Eye is designed to enhance the performance of the company’s Darkfighter full body camera and has a resolution rating of 6MP. Hikvision's Tony Lagan said the team was looking forward to showing what Darkfighter could do at SecTech Roadshow in Brisbane May 4, Sydney on May 6, Melbourne on May 11, Adelaide on May 13 and Perth people on May 18. (Register here for free parking!).
"We're proud of Darkfighter's performance and we are excited to see how it performs in the SecTech shootout," Lagan said.♦
New from Hikvision is Darkfighter PTZ, which combines a large CMOS sensor, strong WDR, a quality 23x zoom lens and 200m IR range to offer a solution of serious power.
WE’VE talked about Hikvision’s Darkfighter PTZ in SEN before but I’ve never seen it in action, so it’s off to the Hikvision head office in Sydney to check out this low light PTZ. It’s a handsome unit, robustly built and nicely balanced in appearance.
According to Hikvision, the DS-2DF8223I-A(AEL) Darkfighter PTZ is the world's first 1080P Full HD ultra low illumination network PTZ that delivers full colour images in conditions the company says would defeat conventional monochrome IP cameras and competing low-light cameras. This is a big claim but looking at the images, I think it’s justifiable. You’d need to look at a number of top cameras side by side to be sure, but the Darkfighter PTZ is right up there at the top.
One of the growth sectors of the IP video surveillance market is plug and play solutions that combine the power and flexibility of IP video with extreme ease of installation. In this feature, we’ll take a look at the capabilities of some of the market leaders.
ONE of the fastest growing market segments in video surveillance is plug-and-play (PnP) solutions, which are designed to be as easy to install as analogue systems. From the point of view of installers, PnP doesn’t just mean easier installs, but faster installs as well.
The best PnP solutions incorporate onboard PoE switches, allowing techs to Cat-cable a cluster of cameras direct to an NVR. Once connected, the NVR’s onboard software detects the presence of the camera, registers it, displays it on the connected monitor and starts recording. You can’t get much easier than that.
Hills IP CCTV range is built around an 8-input NVR with a 3TB hard drive and a selection of extremely capable IP66-rated, 3MP network cameras. It’s a solution designed to eliminate the thorny issues of networking entirely.
UNPACKING Hills’ new Professional IP series kit from the big box it arrived in, I come to a heart-stopping decision. This installation is going to undertaken entirely without the support of instructions. Hills’ product guru, Fei Lee has sent me some details of the system and I open that file long enough to find the password and turn back to my boxes.
AXIS Communications has released the Axis Q6000-E, a unit that attaches to the Q60-E PTZs to offer a surveillance solution whose simplicity of installation belies its inherent power.
I GOT a look at the Q6000-E at Axis HO in Sydney recently. Running the show was Axis’ John Richardson, who had set the camera up on a pole in the carpark. It was another of those funny days for camera testing. There was plenty of glare and then a storm came through and things got much darker.
Standing underneath the unit looking up, it takes me a while to get my head around what the unit actually does. Richardson has to explain it to me twice. In short, Axis Q6000-E is an outdoor-ready, 360-degree network camera system (it comprises 4 wide angle 1.3mm 2MP cameras in a circular housing), that installs around and seamlessly integrates with the AXIS Q60-E Series of PTZ dome network cameras.