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  • 4K Fisheye Dome IP Camera Dahua IPC-EBW81200

    Surveillance technology has come a long way. Demand for higher resolution cameras and related advancements in CMOS sensor technology have led to some phenomenal security camera products in the industry today. This Dahua 4K Fisheye Dome IP Camera IPC-EBW81200 has an astounding 12MP (megapixels) resolution CMOS image sensor. It produces 4K resolution video that is 4000x3000 pixels Continue reading

  • How to connect an IP Camera to NVR or Tribrid DVR

    IP cameras are sophisticated pieces of technology that have many features that other security cameras do not have. IP cameras at this point have the capability to surpass modern HD cameras in visual resolution and clarity once you start getting into the higher end models. There are many reasons to choose to go IP, but the improved visual capabilities are one of the most substantial qualities setting IP cameras above the rest.

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  • About 4K IP Cameras

    Why choose 4K IP cameras over 1080P?

    Let's begin by first comparing common resolutions in megapixels, and image size in pixels:

    • 4K = 8.3 megapixels, 3840x2160 pixels
    • 1080p = 2 megapixels, 1920x1080 pixels
    • 720p= 1 megapixel, 1280x720 pixels
    • D1 = 0.4 megapixel, 704x480 pixels

    4K resolution video vs 1080P vs D1

    Mainstream CCTV cameras have been D1 resolution (704x480 pixels) for the longest time until 2014, with megapixel sensors being price prohibitive for the home or small business. As image sensor technology improves, it has gotten cheaper and allowed 1080P cameras to become so affordable that they are on pace to replace analog resolution security cameras as the base resolution for a starter system. 1080P HD security cameras are more than adequate for indoor use where the subjects are no more than 40ft away from the camera, and even for outdoor use in most cases. However, if you wish be able to zoom in and identify facial detail on recorded video at distances of 30ft or greater, that is only possible with 3mp ip cameras, or greater resolution cameras. If you're looking for the most detail at a wide angle, then 4K IP cameras are the recommended equipment.

    Ultra HD 4K vs 1080P

    When you compare pixel count, 4K security cameras are 4x higher in detail than 1080P.

    4K resolution video vs 1080P

    This higher level of detail in the picture afforded by a higher pixel count makes 4K security systems ideal for high-traffic areas where detail is crucial in indentifying the difference in someone dancing and fighting. Too often, lower resolution security cameras leave ambiguity lingering as to what really occurred in a surveillance video clip. 4K cameras clear up this ever so present uncertainty in video footage. Athletic fields, Schools, universities, big box retail, train/bus stations and government facilities are just a few of the industries that could benefit from these 4K security cameras.

    4K NVRs

    Depending on the size of the 4K security camera system you need, we offer network video recorders for 4K cameras in densities of 8, 16, 32, 64, and 128 channels. The 64 and 128 channel NVRs are available with hard drive Hot Swap ability which comes in handy in professional and business security projects where long term video storage is needed. Drive Hot Swap lets you replace video storage without ever having downtime.

    4K Security Cameras

    Ultra HD surveillance cameras are offered in three designs at this time. With all being IP66 or higher rated, they are all weather proof and can be used outdoor or indoors. There is a bullet and dome camera with 8MP CMOS sensor, and 66ft of infrared night vision. We also have a 360 degree fisheye dome camera that has a 12MP CMOS sensor, 32 ft night vision, and is IK10 vandal resistant. As is the case for all of our cameras, they contain advanced chip sets that allow for bandwidth control, image optimization with features such as DWDR, BLC, HLC, and digital noise reduction (DNR), allow of which allow you to optimize video in order to achieve your desired needs.

  • Dahua IPC-HFW2300R-Z 3MP HD IP Bullet Camera with Motorized Lens

    What can we say about the Dahua IPC-HFW2300R-Z (2300R-Z)? For a more economically designed and produced camera, we we're actually very impressed for what we got for our money. Being a Dahua manufactured product, we've come to expect a certain level of functionality and quality, and we certainly get both with this Dahua IP Camera. It's a sleek, simple, and mid-sized design makes it perfect for nearly any location and a large amount of applications. Whether you're a home owner, business owner, or professional in the industry, the Dahua 2300R-Z is worth taking a look at. Continue reading

  • Hikvision DS-2CD2632F-I vs. Dahua IPC-HFW5300C

    We’re back again to take a look at some more cameras from Hikvision and Dahua. This time we’re going to step it up to some varifocal, or adjustable lens, IP bullet cameras. Like last time, we’re going to be comparing a model of IP camera from each manufacturer that are as close to each other as we can get. Sit back, get comfortable, and get ready to take a look at the Hikvision DS-2CD2632F-I (2632) and the Dahua IPC-HFW5300C (5300C). Continue reading

  • Network Video Recorder (NVR) - "Built-in" or Dedicated Network Switch

    The introduction of a Network Video Recorder (NVR) with a built in network switch confused a good portion of the professional market. It very much seemed to be something that was geared towards catering to a side of the market that was completely unfamiliar with how an IP camera system is setup and installed. Not a lot has changed since their original release dates. Most installers still scratch their heads at the thought of using them, but the fact remains that there is an audience. For those who aren't looking to educate/teach themselves the way of "proper IP installation," these simple to adapt to NVRs are very appealing. Having said that, it's equally important to understand what you're getting yourself into with a built in switch. Continue reading

  • Connecting a Hikvision or Onvif IP Camera to a Dahua NVR

    Dahua has built a pretty strong reputation for manufacturing standalone Digital Video Recorders (DVR) and Network Video Recorders (NVR) that live up to peoples expectations. Not only do they possess all of the features people have come to expect, but they also stand the test of time where others fail. With Hikvision arguably not having options that are as highly sought after, but with their IP cameras still being as popular as they are, it makes sense to look at Dahua to fill the gap. Continue reading

  • HD-CVI vs. HD-TVI - A Comparison of HD Over Coax

    We’ve already taken a look at High Definition Composite Video Interface (HDCVI) in previous articles and we may not have mentioned it, but we also took a pretty long and hard look at High Definition Transport Video Interface (HDTVI) as well. In addition to comparing these two "HD over coax" technologies side by side, we’ll also hopefully be clearing up some of the conflicting, or contradicting, information found on the subject. Continue reading

  • Hikvision DS-2CD2032-I vs. Dahua IPC-HFW4300S

    The Hikvision model DS-2CD2032-I and Dahua model IPC-HFW4300S are easily two of the most popular bullet style IP security cameras on the market. This only makes sense with these two manufacturers being as popular as they are. When posed with the question of which manufacturers, or brands, give you the most “bang for your buck,” you’d be hard pressed to find someone who won’t throw the Hikvision and Dahua names out there. Hikvision’s 2032 and Dahua’s 4300S have noticeably stood out as the most popular among these company’s other products in their IP camera lines. When you look at the information that’s out there regarding these cameras, they come off as nearly identical in almost every possible way. For that reason, we figured it was time to get both of them out side by side and see if we can’t find the real differences between them. Continue reading

  • How to Repair Security Cameras?

    First and foremost, we'd like to state that any and all of what we're about to discuss can be harmful to your camera if done improperly. Having said that, you should not attempt any of the following repairs unless you are confident in your ability to properly do so. Also, It should go without saying that your camera should be disconnected from power before attempting any of this. Please feel free to leave any comments and/or questions in the comments section. Continue reading

  • IP Cameras - What Makes Them Better

    It’s a fairly frequent occurrence for people to ask which type of cameras, or systems, are the best. As long as you’re talking to someone with experience with them, IP/network cameras is always going to be the unanimous answer. There is virtually nothing that an IP camera can’t do that another type of camera can; we’re willing to submit that there might, in fact, be nothing at all. With their increasing popularity over the last several years, there is no shortage of quality options as there once was. So, just what is it that makes IP cameras so special? Continue reading

  • New for November - Analog and IP Cameras

    We've had a lot of requests from our customers to start alerting everyone of new products through our blog instead of just via social media. This will be the first of many new articles that will give you a brief overview and demonstration of our newest products hitting our website. Stay tuned for more new releases and possibly even some sneak peaks. Continue reading

  • Common Issues with Security Camera Infrared (IR)

    If you're not familiar with Infrared, it's what grants CCTV security cameras the ability to see in the dark. Unlike true "night vision", Infrared LEDs emit their own source of light instead of using existing sources; these LEDs essentially become a spotlight for your camera. While this is a magnificent feature to have in a camera, we live in an imperfect world and like everything else, it's not always what we'd like it to be. This short list of common problems people encounter with Infrared should provide you with some finer details to consider while installing your security cameras and potentially troubleshooting at a later date. As always, if you have any questions, just leave them in the comments section and we'll be happy to answer them.

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  • Insecam - Change Your Usernames & Passwords

    We've been pleading people for as long as we've been around to commit to changing their usernames and passwords and not to use the default accounts. Why? TechCrunch, among many others now, has recently published an article that demonstrates exactly why. Continue reading

  • What is Wide Dynamic Range (WDR)?

    Glare is a very common problem for security cameras. Due to the environments in which they are commonly installed, it’s a frequent occurrence to be dealing with or adjusting for glare. Regardless of the surface or source that’s causing the glare, the fix to the problem lies in a particular feature that not all security cameras have. Continue reading

  • Brand Name IP Camera Compatibility List

    We are frequently asked by customer migrating their existing network camera systems to our NVRs whether their IP security cameras would be compatible with our video recorders. After extensive research, we have compiled the list below. It applies to CCTV Camera World NVRs, Hybrid NVRs, and Tribrid DVRs. If you don't see your camera on this list, we suggest you check with the manufacturer whether it is ONVIF compatible. IP cameras that are ONVIF 2.0 or higher tend to be easy to connect to our NVRs since our recorders are ONVIF 2.0 and higher. Continue reading

  • What is frames per second (fps)?

    Standard definition (SD) and High definition (HD) systems that run over coaxial cable have already had their cameras measured by frame rate. Once we understood what it was, it provided us with a good idea of what kind of capabilities a camera may have. Network camera, or IP cameras, are measured differently; instead of a frame rate, IP cameras depend on bandwidth. These types of cameras can still have their frame rates limited to certain numbers, but it’s really going to come down to what the bandwidth requirement for that camera is, and what the video recorder (NVR) is capable of supporting.

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  • How to Convert DAV to AVI

    In this video, we are going to show you how to convert your DAV video files to the AVI format so you are able to upload you videos to sites such as YouTube. The first step is to download the DAV player from your provided software disk. Once you have the DAV player, begin by downloading your video to from your DVR to your storage device; this can be a flash drive, or external hard drive. Save this file to your computer and then open the video in the DAV player. You’ll notice that the file plays back in the 4x3 aspect ratio. The video will return to a 16x9 aspect ratio once it’s been converted to AVI and played back in a standard video player, so don’t worry about losing your high resolution or high definition resolutions.

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  • HDCVI Cameras vs. IP Cameras

    Where more traditional standard definition (SD) analog CCTV cameras wouldn't do the job, people needed to start looking to high definition (HD) security cameras. With HDSDI being a flop for the industry, IP cameras have been almost unopposed in the HD market since it began. HDCVI cameras are becoming much more commonly known about and sought after these days. With this new and now proven technology growing in popularity, it's caught people who only used to consider IP cameras potentially looking in another direction. Rather than a versus, think of this more as a comparison. Continue reading

  • Smart PSS Monitoring Software Guide

    Smart PSS is a computer software that will allow you to access your DVR with a multitude of functionalities. To be able to access your live video feeds, stored video, and download recorded video brings a whole new element of security. To new users, this program may seem intimidating to master. We assure you that it is not. To make things simpler, we have made several videos tutorials showing you the different functions of this program. Continue reading

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