IP Cameras and DVR Poll


(Gary Messmer) #1

Howdy!

We’re looking to develop a spec to recommend for security cameras/DVR. Wondering what folks are currently using, what you like about it and what you’d change if you could.

Looking forward to your responses!


(Tim Cool) #2

Gary…as you all are developing this list, one feature you may want to include in the assessment is if they have an API and what endpoint they provide.

Thanks


(Brandon Haas) #3

Currently Using Axis Line of Cameras and Exacq Vision. Looking at moving from Exacq Vision to S2 NVR to integrate into our S2 Door Control Software. I like the Exacq Vision for its relative simplicity and manageability of users to allow them to go in and search the footage of specific cameras.


(Dave Mackey) #4

Currently using Axis Communications for intercoms cameras and Illustra for remaining cameras. ExacqVision is management software.

Would like to try Ubiquiti’s camera line as they are significantly less than almost all competitors and I’ve had good luck with their network equipment (which also beats out competitor pricing).


(Norman Ho) #5

I would like to consider the Meraki Security Cameras for the AI features.

https://meraki.cisco.com/products/security-cameras


(Dave Mackey) #6

I didn’t realize Meraki had security cameras. Look pretty nice, though the price tag on them, yikes! That’s 2-3 times the cost of Illustra cameras and 4-8 times the cost of Ubiquiti cameras!


(Matt Rider) #7

Currently using two ring floodlight cameras at our main entrances and a ring doorbell. That’s all for now but we are a ~100 E.R.A. church.

I like the ring system fairly well. I can’t monitor multiple cameras on a single device at a time, which would be nice…but it’s not critical.

Bottom line for the RING system is it is great, when you have a few cameras. I feel like having many (let’s say 10+) would get quite tedious.


(Will Polley) #8

We’re using a unified system called Security Center from Genetec.

They offer a wide range of hardware components. Or you can roll your own. They also offer vast vendor support for burg, access control, and surveillance.

You could also look at Verkada. They came from meraki so all the cameras look identical. This would be a good option for small scale systems. You might also have time to get a free yeti from a 30 min webinar.

Biggest downside of all the cloud camera vendors (that I’ve seen) is lack of diversity of cameras and no PTZ models.

Axis has models 1/4 the size of meraki at 4x the resolution.
Arecont has similar offerings. But you also get the downside of less than full frame rate on most of their products and weird gimmicky tricks like pixel binning.

You could always go with a synology or qnap recording local.


(Gary Messmer) #9

Thank you all for you input!

Don’t hesitate to add if anything else comes to mind.


(Mark Rock) #10

We are using Axis Cameras and Milestone software. We currently have 19 cameras but slowing adding more each year.