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Arecont Vision and DNF Security Partner Up

Posted in Low Cost, Low Light with tags , , on October 13, 2011 by zackduncan

Arecont Vision logoDNF Security, a major provider of dependable, mission-critical IP video surveillance solutions, just recently announced a partnership with Arecont Vision, an industry leader in IP-based megapixel camera technology. DNF Security has provided a high-performance, scalable video storage appliance for the Arecont Vision MegaLab that is to be used for integration, certification and testing of Arecont’s products as well as the company’s customer applications.

DNF Security’s video storage unit will be integrated at MegaLab with a plethora of leading video management systems (VMS) as well as Arecont Vision’s complete line of IP network megapixel cameras. This line includes the 1.3 MP, 2 MP,  1080p, 3 MP, 5 MP, 8 MP, 10 MP and 20 MP resolution cameras.

According to COO of DNF Security Fairborz Agahdel, “Working with Arecont Vision and their MegaLab is a great opportunity for DNF Security to showcase its sytems’ performance capabilities. Arecont Vision’s MegaLab is an amazing resource that allows the end user and integrators to witness and evaluate first-hand a complete surveillance solution – and we are excited to be a contributor to its success.”

Director of Partner Relations with Arecont Vision Jason Schimpt was also enthusiastic about the partnership stating, “By partnering with Arecont Vision, DNF Security can have their customers visit our MegaLab to see a fully functional, fully integrated system before purchasing. Customers can witness live integration of any Arecont Vision camera, or combination of cameras, with the DNF Security system and their choice of VMS.”

The MegaLab allows Arecont Vision’s technology partners to test their equipment with Arecont Vision cameras. In DNF Security’s case, the facility allows the company to extensively test its products in order to reach the limitations of their own system with Arecont Vision cameras. DNF Security can then verify compatibility with multiple VMC, in multiple configurations and compare performance against the competition.

Source: – DNF Security partners with IP camera technology leader Arecont Vision

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Bosch’s New IP 200 Series Cameras

Posted in Low Cost with tags , , , , , on September 30, 2011 by zackduncan

Bosch IP 200 SeriesBosch has just released its newest Advantage line of analog and IP CCTV cameras, designed to boost the company’s already high quality systems to small businesses. This new, affordable range of CCTV systems comes fully equipped with features that are perfectly suited to smaller installations but that also deliver the same high quality and high reliability that high-end Bosch systems are already known for.

This new series, known as the IP 200 Series, includes a plethora of CCTV systems that are suitable for a wide range of applications. A new 4-camera setup, for example, could be made up of a fixed-body, dome and IR indoor camera combined with an outdoor IR bullet camera.

In addition to that, advanced features include progressive scan to ensure sharp images of moving objects and all cameras are very easy to set up. Power over Ethernet (PoE) also enables single cable functionality for both the camera’s power and video saving you some time and money with installation.

Almost all of the IP 200 Series cameras come with a local SD card slot for video storage, except for the IP 200 series bullet camera. The bullet camera is designed for rough, outdoor use and is also water-resistant. These cameras also come with integrated active infrared technology which ensures 24/7 video surveillance in both daylight and complete darkness.

Just like Bosch’s other Advantage line products, the IP 200 Series is perfect for situations where a professional security camera that has great features and an affordable price is essential, like an office, small business, retail store, gas station, parking lot, daycare or even your very own home.

Source: Wavestore – Bosch releases their new Advantage line of CCTV products

Norbian to Offer American Dynamics Discover Series

Posted in Low Cost, Low Light with tags , , , , on August 12, 2011 by zackduncan

American Dynamics Discover 200 SeriesNorbian has just announced that it will now be distributing the Discover range of bullet cameras. The Discover range is the American Dynamics 200 and 600 series bullet cameras that come complete with built-in IR illumination. The dome range surveillance cameras are available now for purchase via Norbian.

The Discover 200 Series bullet cameras feature backlight compensation as well as automatic gain, iris and white balance, built-in IR illumination and a 380TVL resolution. In addition to that, the Discover 200 Series of bullet cameras can also switch to IR illumination in low light situations automatically.

The 200 Series indoor mini-dome camera includes a varifocal auto-iris lens equipped with a 3-axis gimble. This camera is available in an 80mm or 90mm dome version, both of which feature a 480TVL resolution as well as a 1/3-inch CCD and 12V DC operation with 12V DC/24V AC available on the ADCD201 model.

The Discover 600 Series bullet camera is almost identical to the Discover 200 Series bullet camera, though the Discover 600 Series bullet camera provides a 520TVL resolution as well as integrated IR illumination in an IP66 rated housing.

These cameras are your average bullet and mini-dome cameras. If you are looking for something that isn’t too fancy or too expensive, then these devices should make the cut. They are capable of indoor or outdoor use and will be perfect for monitoring gates, doors, homes, parking lots, gas stations, etc…

All of these cameras are available now from Norbian so if you are in the market for average bullet cameras or mini-dome cameras, then head on over to Norbian and check out the Discover 200 Series bullet camera, the Discover 600 Series bullet camera or the 200 Series indoor mini-dome cameras from American Dynamics.

Source: Wavestor – Norbian distributes American Dyanmics Bullet Camera is news of, for and by SMBs!… The Small & Medium Business Magazine!

Surveon IP Cameras Now ONVIF Compatible

Posted in Low Cost, Low Light with tags , , , , , , , on June 30, 2011 by zackduncan

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Surveon has just recently announced that its IP cameras are now compatible with ONVIF protocol standards. By being ONVIF compatible, Surveon ensures that its cameras can be integrated easily into surveillance systems that feature ONVIF-compatible products. This further contributes to a transparent market environment beneficial to end-users or surveillance networks.

All of the IP camera products from Surveon support the ONVIF standard, including the Sony sensor-based 3M series, the CAM2320 box camera, the vandal-proof 3M WDR dome CAM4365 with 3x optical auto focus and the 3M IP66 bullet camera CAM3365.

The ONVIF standard is also supported by both 2M and 1.3M camera products along with the D1 series. Surveon’s IP cameras come with 100% in-house design and production including back-end industrial components and a 3-year warranty to make sure you have something reliable to fall back on in an emergency.

In addition to the cameras, Surveon will also expand ONVIF support to its enterprise hardware RAID NVR, smart megapixel recorder and iSCSI-based IP video storage products. Below are the specs on the three cameras from Surveon that are now ONVIF-compatible.


  • Full HD and Real Time Network Camera
  • H.264/MPEG/MJPEG 2 Simultaneous Video Streams
  • Dual microSD/SDHC Local Storage for Alarm Capture
  • Support DC iris and WDR
  • 3 megapixel Sony Low Light Sensor
  • Up to 2048 x 1536 video resolution
  • Surveon Video Intelligent ready
  • Power over Ethernet


  • 3 megapixel Sony Low Light sensor with WDR
  • Surveon Video Intelligent ready
  • Power over Ethernet and Day/Night ICR
  • IP66, wide temperature and vandal proof for outdoor application
  • Up to 2048  x1536 HD video resolution
  • 3x optical zoom and Surveon auto focus
  • Built-in IR illuminators, effective up to 25 meters


  • Up to 2048 x 1536 video resolution
  • Surveon Video Intelligent ready
  • Power over Ethernet and Day/Night ICR
  • IP66 and Wide Temperature for outdoor application
  • 3 megapixel Sony Low Light Sensor with WDR
  • 3x optical zoom and Surveon Auto Focus
  • Built-in IR illuminators, effective up to 30 meters

Source: Source Security – Surveon’s IP camera products now compatible with ONVIF standard

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Two New Bullet Cameras from Supercircuits

Posted in Low Cost, Low Light with tags , , , , , on May 6, 2011 by zackduncan

Supercircuit PC214ZWPH bullet cameraThe new PC214ZWPH and PC214ZWPH2 bullet cameras from Supercircuits are two new professional grade cameras that deliver 540 lines of resolution and are perfect for day/night outdoor and indoor applications.

Both of these cameras give you a very clear picture even when operating in low light conditions. This feat is achieved via the super sensitive Sony Super HAD chipset and integrated IR cut-filter which not only gives you brilliant color in the daytime but also sensitive nighttime performance.

Both cameras also come with an externally adjustable 5-50mm or 2.8-12mm auto-iris lens. This allows you to create an absolutely perfect camera angle quickly and simply. Both cameras also come in an IP67 certified weatherproof housing which makes both cameras perfect for outdoor use no matter what the conditions are.

However, if you need indoor bullet cameras, you will be pleased to know that both the PC214ZWPH and the PC214ZWPH2 are sleek enough for indoor use. Both cameras have a cable management bracket that protects them from any unwanted harassment or tampering.

Key features of the PC214ZWPH and the PC214ZWPH2 include:

  • Built-in digital day/night for improved low light sensitivity and sharper images in low light conditions
  • Externally adjustable 5-50mm (PC214ZWPH) or 2.8-12mm (PC214ZWPH2) auto-iris lens
  • IP67 certified weatherproof housing, making both of these cameras perfect for outdoor use in any weather conditions
  • Dual-Power allowing the cameras to operate on 12V DC to 24V AC

So, if you need a standard indoor/outdoor day/night bullet camera that is able to stand up in tough weather conditions, then you should consider the new PC214ZWPH or the PC214ZWPCH2 bullet cameras from Supercircuits.

Source: Security Info Watch – Supercircuits launches new bullet cameras

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New Series of Cameras from American Dynamics

Posted in Bullet Camera Review, Low Cost, Low Light with tags , , , on March 15, 2011 by zackduncan

American Dynamics Discovre SeriesAmerican Dynamics, which is a part of Tyco Security Products, recently announced an expansion of their analog camera line with the addition of the Discover 200 and Discover 600 Series of cameras. The Discover Series is comprised of both mini-dome cameras and bullet cameras that are capable of handling a wide variety of situations  and applications.

One of the best things about the Discovery Series of cameras is that they both offer exceptional quality and performance with the added benefit of being extremely affordable. Both the 200 Series and 600 Series offer excellent image quality in a variety of different lighting settings which makes them great for areas with varying light conditions, indoors or outdoors.

The 200 Series Bullet Camera offers day/night switching with a built-in IR illuminator and also switches from color to black and white in low light settings. The mini-dome camera features an auto-sensing power that comes with a wide array of mounting accessories. The 600 series bullet camera includes day/night functionality, 3x vari-focal IR corrected lens, IR illuminators and an IP 66 rated housing system. The mini-dome has most of the same features as well as an IP67 rated housing.

According to Director of Product Management for Tyco Security Products Warren Brown, “These cameras are ideal for any analog or hybrid system and can be retro-fitted to existing installations. The addition of these cameras, as well as other new cameras to follow in the Discover Series, provides customers with a comprehensive analog line that embodies the quality, features and functionality that American Dynamics products are known for.”

Both the 200 Series of cameras as well as the 600 Series of cameras are available now through American Dynamics’ worldwide distribution channels.

Source: Security Info Watch – American Dynamics expands Discover analog camera line

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IP7330 Low Cost Bullet Camera from Vivotek

Posted in Bullet Camera Review, Low Cost with tags , , , , on February 22, 2011 by zackduncan

Vivotek IP7330Vivotek is a leader in the realm of technology and one thing they do well is security cameras. One of the better products from their security camera line is the Vivotek IP7330. The IP7330 is a low cost bullet network IP camera that has a ton of features that are perfect for anybody who is looking for a high quality bullet camera for their home or small business.

The IP7330 comes with an IP67 outdoor weatherproof housing allowing it to be used indoors as well as outdoors, as it is fully protected from harsh weather environments like heavy rains, wind, dust, snow and debris. The IP7330 also has a built-in IR illuminator which allows for viewing video even where there is no ambient light source. These IR illuminators also allow for camera viewing of up to 10 meters away.

The IP7330 also has support for power over Ethernet which allows the cameras to be installed in areas where running a straight power line would be difficult. This camera also boasts many additional features including built-in motion detection, tamper detection, HTTPS encryption, digital i/o for external alarm installation and simultaneous streaming.

Free PC based recording software is also included with the Vivotek IP7330, and for all you Apple junkies out there, you will be pleased to know that the IP7330 also has Mac-based recording software as well. The Vivotek IP7330 is a pretty standard bullet camera that comes with a lot of features that you can expect to find on your average bullet camera. If you are planning on installing a security camera system at your home or small business, then your best bet would be going with a bullet camera system.

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Low Cost Bullet Cameras

Posted in Low Cost on March 13, 2009 by arwendt

Low Cost Bullet CamerasLow cost is perhaps the single biggest attraction for people considering a bullet camera for their CCTV security system. But what is “low cost”, what features should you expect, and what are you giving up when you buy a camera in this category?

First, lets put things in perspective in terms of costs. A common commercial grade standard body camera may average around $175 dollars, with of course some models being more expensive and some being less expensive. To that, however, you must still add a lens and often times a housing if the camera will be going outside. Another common CCTV camera body style is a dome camera. Like standard body cameras, commercial grade dome cameras can also average around the two hundred dollar mark.

Now, of course, for both standard body and dome cameras there are thousands of less expensive and more expensive models that can be a good fit for your situation. But, for the purpose of illustration we are going to go with the above averages.

Though the same analogy can be made for bullet cameras, that there are always less expensive and more expensive models, the low cost bullet camera represents one of the most cost effective camera solutions on the market today.

But what should you expect if someone tells you about a “cost effective” camera solution? Well, for starters, you should expect a camera that’s going to last. A product that dies after 90 days was not a bargain at any cost. So we advise that you always look for a camera, even a low cost bullet camera, with at least a one year warranty. On price I would expect a low cost bullet camera to be under $90 with prices going as low as $60. But as one caveat: Remember the famous words of Fredrick Douglass who said ” Men may not get all they pay for in this world; but they must certainly pay for all they get.”

Now that we have price covered, lets talk about what you should expect, and what you should not expect. In no particular order: You should expect a fixed wide angle lens in the 3.6mm range. You should expect a resolution as measured in TVL between 380 and 420. You should expect a lux rating of 1. And finally, you should expect color. You should not expect a replaceable lens. You should not expect infrared. You should not expect any low light capabilities. You should not expect any complicated features like back light compensation, digital noise reduction or automatic white balance. And finally, you should not expect that a low cost bullet camera will automatically be rated for outdoor use.

Given the above features what then should you plan on using a low cost bullet camera to do? The answer, as I see it, is simple. Low cost bullet cameras should be used to fill out your security system in interior spaces where light levels are reasonable and constant, where the cameras can either be mounted close to the area that you wish to surveil or in spaces where the general overall / wide angle view is desired. With the costs of this product being what it is low cost bullet cameras can be installed in ratios of 2 or even 3 to 1 as compared to the average commercial grade standard body or dome camera.

So with this very quick look at the features and potential used of a low cost bullet camera we hope have a better understanding this class of bullet cameras.

Should have have any specific questions leave us a comment below or see our discussion thread on the forum and their Ask a CCTV Expert Discussion Thread.