Article Author :Ian Date : 24th Sep 2010 Comments :8
The Compro IP70 security camera is a static high-resolution day and night camera, intended for indoor usage with a network connection. It is suited to applications such as home/office security, where an area can be monitored using a networked camera that can interface to a NAS storage device or provide remote streaming. As you may expect, if the camera is connected to an internet facing router, you can configure it to provide remove access – allowing you to view the camera using any PC or many smartphones. The ability to view the camera using an iPhone or similar device is definitely one of the product selling points.
Plenty of features are provided, such as IR nightvision, two-way audio communication and a high resolution CMOS sensor. Although there is no built-in wifi support, the camera can be upgraded with a low-cost USB wireless adaptor. Sensibly, there is also a microSD slot so that recoding can continue even if the external storage device is disconnected.
A decent resolution is important on a security camera, so a maximum quality of 1280x1024px at 15fps is ideal. If you require a higher framerate, the resolution can be dropped down to 640x480 at 30fps (if for example, the camera is to be used for streaming). Night-vision is another important feature, as this is when security cameras are most likely to be used (no doubt many offices are in use during the day!) – so the IP 70 includes an array of IR LED’s which can illuminate an area to provide an adequate image during the dark.
The full feature list encompasses:
1/3" CMOS Megapixel sensor
Day and night functionality with mechanical IR cut filter switching
Built-in IR lamp with light sensor
Supports real-time H.264, MPEG-4 and MJPEG compression (Triple Codec)
Supports dual streams simultaneously
Support 4x digital zoom
Video resolution is up to 1280 x 1024 pixels
Image frame rate is up to 30 frames under 640x480 or 15 frames under 1280 x 1024
Smart motion detection
Two way audio with built-in MIC and speaker
Support UPnP (universal plug and play)
Support 10/100 802.3/Ethernet
802.11b/g/n WLAN on applicable model (Optional W155 wireless adaptor)
Digital I/O for External Sensor and Alarm (2 In/1 Out)
Supports local storage (MicroSD / MicroSDHC), Snapshot
Remote monitoring from 3GPP mobile or phones with web browser (e.g. iPhone/BlackBerry)
Hotmail and Gmail SSL webmail notification support
Support video recording to local (MicroSD/SDHC) and remote (NAS/NFS) storage.
Support live video watch in FireFox, Safari, Google Chrome web browsers. (with VLC Plug-in installed)
The IP 70 feels solid and well-constructed and there is no mistaking it for anything other than a security camera. The front of the unit houses the camera lens, light sensor, IR LED array, speaker, microphone and status LED. The microSD slot is located on the side of the device, with the rear containing a 2 x 3.5mm sockets (mic/audio-out), power socket, LAN connection, wifi USB socket, reset button and a customisable IO ports.