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Samsung SNO-8081R Bullet Camera Review

Samsung SNO-8081R Bullet Camera
Samsung SNO-8081R Bullet Camera

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. 

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20
May
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Axis M3045-V Compact Dome Camera Review

Axis 1080p M3045-V dome camera with HDMI
Axis 1080p M3045-V dome camera with HDMI

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. 

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14
May
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Inner Range Inception Panel: Full Review

Inner Range Inception: Access control, alarms and automation
Inner Range Inception: Access control, alarms and automation

Inner Range Inception is an integrated access control and security alarm system that allows installers unfamiliar with Inner Range programming to leverage the company’s engineering expertise in the most intuitive possible manner. 

WE’VE been following Inner Range’s development of the entry level Inception access control and security alarm system for a couple of years and were thrilled to get our hands on the hardware ahead of the official May 2 release date. It’s been a while coming, but Inner Range Inception has been well worth the wait and rounds out the Inner Range offering perfectly. Hardware and software are thoughtfully designed and beautifully executed.

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Panasonic WV-SPV781L 4K Bullet: Camera Review

Panasonic WV-SPV781L 4K Bullet
Panasonic WV-SPV781L 4K Bullet

Panasonic’s smoking WV-SPV781L 4K fixed bullet camera offers 4K (3840 x 2160 pixels) at up to 30ips and 4000 x 3000 pixels at 15ips. A rugged and powerful camera, the WV-SPV781L is ideal for serious applications where operators need to dig deep into scenes for extra detail.  

THIS WV-SPV781L Day/Night bullet camera from Panasonic features a new progressive scan 1/1.7-inch MOS image sensor offering 4K resolution at 30ips and a varifocal f1.6 lens with a 4.2mm-25.2mm range. Panasonic’s WV-SPV781L comes fully loaded with 30 metre IR, Rainwash coating, IP66, NEMA 4X and IK10 ratings, 6x optical and 1x, 2x and 4x digital zoom, Smart Depth of Field, 3D Digital Noise Reduction and plenty more. It’s a solution designed not only to survive in challenging environments but to thrive in them.   

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Fujinon 15-50mm F1.5 Review: The Lens Maketh the Camera

Fujinon 15-50mm F1.5 with AT
Fujinon 15-50mm F1.5 with AT

Want to convert a low cost 1080p network camera into a pixel monster with the optical power and image quality to scare off the best integrated camera systems on the planet? All you need is a thoughtful angle of view and 130 bucks. 

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AXIS P3225-LV Dome Camera: Full Review

AXIS P3225-LV 60ips 1080p fixed dome camera
AXIS P3225-LV is a 60ips 1080p fixed dome camera

AXIS P3225-LV is a 60ips 1080p fixed dome camera with a 1/2.8-inch sensor, a 3–10.5mm f1.4 varifocal lens with remote zoom and focus, Zipstream for bandwidth and storage reduction, 25m OptimisedIR range, IP52-rating for dripping water and dust resistance, and IK08-rating for impact-resistance. 

AXIS’ P3225-LV network camera bundles all the company’s goodness into a mid-sized fixed dome. Before I start droning on about specifications I’d like to point out right at the start that making Axis cameras work across networks is absolute bliss. Connect it to your PoE switch, wait a polite length of time for things to power up, hop into network in your directory, double click the Axis camera and hooray, you’re into live view and/or setup. 

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Feb
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Round, Round, Get Around: Dahua DH-IPC-EBW81200P Hemispheric Camera Review

Dahua DH-IPC-EBW81200P 12MP Fisheye Camera
Dahua DH-IPC-EBW81200P 12MP Fisheye Camera

Dahua’s DH-IPC-EBW81200P 12MP ultra HD vandal-proof IR network fisheye camera is a real piece of work that offers end users extraordinary situational awareness, including face recognition through 360 degrees at ranges up to 4.5m from the lens in good light.

WHEN I pick up Dahua’s DH-IPC-EBW81200P 12MP fisheye from my desk to install it on the ceiling of the office it’s with a feeling of mild ambivalence. Hemispheric cameras, with their excessive levels of distortion and enormous fields of view engendered by miniscule focal lengths, are bound by the laws of physics to do highly creative things to their stupendous angles of view. 

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Feb
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Uniview 1080p IPC542E-DUG Starlight IP Camera Review

Uniview 1080p IPC542E-DUG Starlight
Uniview 1080p IPC542E-DUG Starlight

WE took a look at Uniview’s 1080p IPC542E-DUG Starlight full body camera recently and came away impressed with the camera’s overall capabilities. This is an affordable camera that does very well with WDR, extremely well in low light between 2-10 lux in colour. And between sub-1 and 2 lux in night mode this camera really blew us away. 

UNIVIEW’S IPC542E-DUG Starlight full body day/night camera, distributed locally by C.R. Kennedy, is the first Uniview camera we’ve tested. Uniview is the third of China’s big CCTV camera manufacturers and the company makes a full suite of CCTV gear. Quality is good, judging by the build of this metal-bodied camera and others we saw at Security 2015 in Melbourne. There’s nothing rough here – Uniview’s Starlight is a handsome and well-made piece of hardware.  

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Thu
24
Dec
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DSC IMPASSA & Alarm.com Review

Alarm.com family of mobile apps
Alarm.com family of mobile apps

IN this review we upgrade an existing DSC IMPASSA alarm and automation panel with an Alarm.com compatible controller, cameras and sensors, connect with the Alarm.com cloud service and spend some time living with a cloud-based security and automation solution.

WHEN I installed DSC IMPASSA earlier in the year, I was surprised at the simplicity of enrolling devices and getting the system operational. This relatively easy process encouraged me to be positive about the prospects of upgrading the system with an Alarm.com controller, cameras and browser-based cloud account. As it happened, I had support from Hills’ assistant vendor business manager - Tyco, Matt Bailey and Alarm.com’s global sales engineer, Ian Law, and I was grateful for that as the process had multiple layers that would have confounded me.

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Thu
10
Dec
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Dallmeier DF5200HD DN Camera Review

Dallmeier DF5200HD DN
Dallmeier DF5200HD DN

Dallmeier’s DF5200HD DN is a full body 2MP IP camera featuring a 1/1.9-inch CMOS sensor and up to 120ips frame rate. This PoE camera has a motorised 4.5-10mm varifocal lens, and a claimed minimum scene illumination number of 0.002 lux.  

DALLMEIER makes nice cameras and this DF5200HD-DN, distributed locally by C.R. Kennedy, is no exception to the rule. It’s a full body camera with an alloy housing that doubles as a heat sink. It’s compact – measurements are 71mm x 66mm x 176mm and the camera weighs in at just 300 grams. The DF5200HD-DN is part of a family which includes IR bullet and dome variations, and the findings of this test are likely to apply in good measure to those cameras as well. 

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