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SecuritySpy

Multi-camera video surveillance software for the Mac

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Supported Camera List

Below are the cameras have been confirmed to work with SecuritySpy. SecuritySpy also supports the ONVIF protocol, so any ONVIF-compliant device should work with SecuritySpy even if it is not on this list.

The information displayed for each camera is as follows:


The Type is the physical type of the camera:


The Resolution is the video size delivered by the camera's sensor, in megapixels (MP). The higher the sensor resolution the more detailed the image, however low-light sensitivity generally goes down as sensor resolution increases, as there is less light falling on each pixel of a high-resolution sensor compared to a lower-resolution one.


The FPS section shows the maximum frame rate that the camera can deliver at its maximum resolution. A value of 5-10 frames per second (FPS) is generally good for video surveillance, although lower frame rates may be adequate in some applications.


The Light section shows the minimum illumination (in lux) at which the camera can operate. If the camera is to be used in a situation with good lighting, you don't need to consider this, however if the camera is to be used in a situation with low light, you will want to get a camera with good low-light sensitivity (ideally a lux value of 0.5 or lower).

Many cameras can produce usable black & white images at a much lower light level than colour images, and in low light they will automatically switch to black & white mode. For such cameras, two values will be shown that specify the sensitivity when the camera is operating in colour mode, and when it is operating in black & white mode.


The Price section shows the approximate price of the cameras in US Dollars. This is a very approximate guide, as prices do vary. Note that we do not sell cameras ourselves: this is for informational purposes only.


The Features section shows the following information for each camera:

WiFi

Wireless networking (AirPort compatible).

PoE

Power-over-Ethernet: no separate power supply required when using a compatible ethernet hub.

Audio-In

Audio input port for for connecting a separate external microphone.

Mic

Built-in microphone for recording audio.

PT

Motorised pan and tilt of the camera head.

Z

Optical zoom (digital zoom is not supported by SecuritySpy as it doesn't actually add any information to the image).

Outdoor

Can be used outdoors - if a separate housing is required for this, it will be marked Outdoor (housed).

IR

Built-in infrared illumination, so the camera can operate in the dark. However, note that it is generally better to use a sensitive visible-light camera and install visible lighting instead, as IR-sensitive cameras require a compromise lens design that results in decreased sharpness. Visible lighting is also a good intruder deterrent.

JPEG
MPEG-4
H.264

This indicates which video formats the camera is capable of sending to SecuritySpy. JPEG is good for fast local networks and either lots of storage or a fast computer that can re-compress the video to a more efficient format for capture; MPEG-4 and H.264 are good for slower networks or for small captured file sizes without the computer's processing power being used for re-compression. Please see our blog post on this topic for detailed information.


The Notes section shows a small note icon if there is some extra information related to the camera; move your mouse over the note icon to reveal the information. This section will also show D for cameras that have been discontinued.


While we have made every effort to ensure the accuracy of the information presented here, you should always also double-check the specifications on the manufacturer's web site before making a purchase.

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