1080 hd IP camera web cam choices?

Discussion in 'Computer Hardware, Networking, and Connectivity' started by xfactor printing, Jan 11, 2014.

  1. xfactor printing

    xfactor printing Senior Member

    Jan 2011
    united states
    I'm wondering about adding an ip camera so I can see my whole shop when I'm not here. My wishlist:
    • hd 1080 resolution - I want to have a sharp picture so I can see everything clearly
    • Wide angle so everything is in view and zoom so I can zoom in if something looks out of place
    • Under $250, reliable, easy to setup, and all of that.
  2. Jeff

    Jeff Senior Member

    Jul 2006
    Your budget may not be enough to get a good high definition IP camera. For some reason the price has stayed fairly high on the name brand high resolution models.

    Granted, I've only worked with a few IP cameras.
    I have worked with three different axis cameras, two Toshibas, and on the other end of the spectrum, one low cost IP Kamera $99 camera.

    The Toshiba cams have neat automatic panning features, but in my experience, the software was more difficult to deal with and less flexible (and less documentation.)

    The Axis cameras have far more flexible and powerful software installed that I've found easier to deal with.

    One Toshiba camera died after ~5 years, and one Axis camera died after ~6-7 years. The one Axis camera developed some odd behavior in that its scheduler would stop working about once a month and we never could get to the bottom of what caused it or why it needed to be jogged every so often to keep sending the image to a remote server (the camera itself could still be viewed but the scheduler would intermittently silently stop and need to be jogged and would then work fine again for some time.) Overall though my vote would be for an Axis camera. These are all in the $750-$2000 range.

    The tiny IP Kamera in the $99 range is much more limited and doesn't have as good an image quality (much more noise).
  3. Bounce

    Bounce New Member

    Jan 2014
    Grandstream has a 5 megapixel IP camera for $200 to $250

    High quality 5 Megapixels CMOS sensor and lens to ensure razor sharp picture quality
    1/2.5”, 5-Megapixel CMOS, 2,592 x 1,944 (pixels), exceptionally low noise levels and
    low-light sensitivity for superior video quality at very high resolution (1080p)
    H.264, MJPEG
    Advanced multi-streaming-rate real-time H.264, Motion JPEG at 1080p resolution and 30fps