Hey Patrick and anyone else,
I found this a few years ago and it has been the single most useful site for anything surveillance related. I have been able to justify the “Pro” membership every year, the stuff I get from John’s work wins me job after job. He is very candid, loyal to no-one, unbiased to a point that makes it entertaining!
Morgan is correct, but a little self-justifying. The first question I ask a client is “Do you want to be able to use the video in court?” If “no”, than ignore Morgan, its pretty easy and straight forward to find a good balance of cost and features, just pick one and stick with them for consistency. If “yes”, get Axis certified and go from there. I trained with ATF, FBI, distributors and other integrators and it was priceless whether you sell Axis or Panasonic or Sony etc. They cover everything hands on, give you a nice Axis camera, reference books, FOV calculators etc.
My favorite things (besides building huge racks) are lighting control and surveillance. Hope this helps!
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