When you need more than the average surveillance camera, the Axis 214 PTZ is a superior choice. It has a ±170° pan and a -30° to +90° tilt adjustment that can be remote controlled for advanced monitoring. The Sony ExView HAD CCD has an 18x optical and 12x digital zoom so you can get all the details. The camera works in extreme low-light situations down to 0.005 Lux.
HTTPS and SSL/TLS protocols support secure remote monitoring through the web. Multiple user access levels let you regulate who has what levels of control of the camera, including the 2-way audio. You can easily track things of interest using your mouse to control the camera, or if you’re local you can use the optional joystick.
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Pros: I purchased this camera elsewhere but I felt it's so good it needs a decent review. It has a built in IR cut filter and a b/w color mode selection or auto selection. PTZ features are hands down best i've ever owned. With that said i've only had experience with foscam and shixen cameras. The web interface is very stable, snappy, and just awesome. Simple point the camera and it goes, select something and it figures out exactly how to get there and zooms perfectly. Picture quality is spot on, and the color mode works in near total darkness, and the ir mode does a much better job. Focus is spot on, however focus in color mode in total darkness makes it hunt (as expected) but in b/w mode its spot on. As with all Axis camera interfacing with 3rd party software is great, none of the guessing games like other cameras. The movement is precise and exact, even fully zoomed out you can move it only a fraction of a inch. Talking about zoom, WOW this thing can get out there. If you're on the fence about it, think about this, whats the purpose of the camera? If you are trying to identify someone you better be able to pinpoint them exactly, if you're only doing motion or intrusion detection save yourself the doe and pickup a foscam.
Cons: This camera has some size to it Its not small, and is easily noticeable, The price is only a con because I purchased this for use at my home, its in the correct price range for its performance but still i managed to find it for 600 bucks. It is a little noisy when doing huge pans from one set point to another set point. I can here it over my servers so don't plan on using this thing as a baby cam (not that any would).
Other Thoughts: I wish I could afford some of the other higher end outdoor models so i wouldn't have to point this Axis camera out one of my upstairs windows. But oh well, maybe someday. I wish foscam made something similar to this but much much cheaper.
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Expensive but worth it.
Pros: - 18x optical allows me to pull the license plate off a car at 100 feet away from the camera.
Cons: -Price... This camera won't do you wrong, but it is still very expensive. It appears to be in about the right price range considering the competition, but I feel that all of these high end cameras still should be appreciably cheaper.
Other Thoughts: I do use the figure 100 feet in this review, but I actually believe it may be closer to 200, but I am trying to be conservative.
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