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Geovision IP 1.3 Megapixel Day/Night Cameras

I have just had the pleasure of installing 4 of these cameras along with a new server running a GV1240-16 Geovison DVR card.  Utilizing Geovision cameras means that I can expand the system to 24 cameras without having to add an addition 16 camera card.  I was interested to know if these cameras could really deliver considering they are quite a bit more expensive that the standard high res analogue cameras we normally use.

The promise of wide angle and 4 times the resolution was definitely a factor here.  Before ordering I tried to find example video online.  There was nothing.  Plenty on You tube from other manufacturers though, just not Geovision.  I did write to Geovision and they kindly provided some footage from their Taiwanese showroom but this was under full lighting conditions and nothing that demoed the day/night capabilities.

My customer wanted something that provided more detail in low light conditions and that could provide a secure backup to another location at the same time.  They plan to gradually switch out the old analogue to the new IP based cameras over the next 12 – 24 months.

The build quality is excellent for these cameras and the housing is very sturdy.

I have 2 minor criticisms.  Firstly, we were ceiling mounting so the flat coin sized screw had to be taken from the base and switched to the side as the cable were to run out of the base and up into the ceiling.  This screw is silver and not the same color as the housing.  Shame.

Secondly, when the camera is to be mounted in this way, the network cable has to be bent over on itself and pushed between a circuit board to get back inside the camera and out of the base.  This just seemed a little poor design wise.  Other than those two minor points, the cameras are easy to install.

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  1. Duncan
    April 8, 2011 at 8:34 pm

    After installing 10 of these cameras, I have to say that the quality has been very poor. With a return rate due to faults of up to 40%. Thankfully this camera has been scrapped altogether.

    • February 22, 2012 at 5:04 am

      I have now a fail rate of 60%. I have been installing Vivotek & Geovision recently. Vivotek are far better builds iin my opinion

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