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ACTi KCM-5311 MegaPixel IP Box Camera Captures

Thursday, August 4th, 2011

The ACTi KCM-5311 which we blogged about last week boasts 35x optical zoom and MegaPixel resolution, but even more impressive than these features on paper are the short captures, which ACTi have posted on their website, of the new model in action:


Unfortunately for us, the ACTi KCM-5311 IP Box Camera will not be available in the UK until mid-August, but be sure to keep an eye on our blog and product pages for availability.

ACTi MobileGo iPhone/iPad/iPod App

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011

Taiwanese IP Camera manufacturer ACTi have recently announced the release of an app for iPhone, iPad and iPod which allows for remote viewing of live feed from ACTi cameras which are being run through the free ACTi NVR software. The app is free to download from the app store and has several interesting and useful features including:

  • Real-time viewing.
  • PTZ control: Pan, Tilt and Zoom control available for ACTi PTZ cameras, including preset points.
  • Search and Playback video with both time based and event based search functions.
  • Auto screen rotation.

For ACTi product pages, datasheets and product images please use the links below:

QNAP VS-2004L and VS-2008L Network Video Recorders

Monday, July 11th, 2011

QNAP Security have just announced the availability of their two new Network Video Recorders the QNAP VS-2004L and the QNAP VS-2008L. The two models share the same list of features some of which are mentioned below with a full list available at our product pages. The only difference between the two models is the number of channels; 4 channels for the 2004L and 8 channels for the 2008L.

Some of the features provided include:

  • Real-time monitoring and recording (video/audio) from multiple IP cameras (up to 4/8 channels)
  • High quality H.264, MPEG-4, and M-JPEG recording
  • Dual display mode
  • Video search by date and time, timeline, and event
  • Multi-view playback from multiple NVR servers
  • Trouble-free installation
  • Linux-embedded, highly reliable standalone NVR
  • Advanced RAID management
  • Online RAID capacity expansion and online RAID level migration
  • UPS Support for 24/7 service
  • Intelligent auto power on after power recovery
  • Energy-saving design (only 13W in operation)
  • Continuous/manual/scheduled recording
  • Alarm recording (by multiple events), alarm recording schedule
  • Pre-alarm and post-alarm recording
  • Audio recording

For full specifications, product pages and our entire QNAP range please use the links below:

QNAP Security NVR Firmware Update V3.5.0

Friday, July 1st, 2011

Taiwanese Network Video Recorder specialists QNAP Security have released their latest Firmware update V3.5.0 for their VioStor NVR series for free. Their press release describes the key improvements of this version and new features such as:

  • Dynamic E-map: allows users to pinpoint the position of each IP camera on a multi-layered digital map.
  • Video Segment Backup to External USB Device: users can now back up specific video segments of the camera channels from the VioStor NVR to an external USB storage device.
  • Real-time Digital Watermarking: real-time digital watermarks are embedded to the videos of the IP cameras as soon as they are recorded to the VioStor NVR.
  • 16-channel Simultaneous Video Playback: the new V3.5.0 firmware has largely increased the maximum number of channels for simultaneous remote playback from 4 to 16 to enhance the efficiency of video investigation.
  • New IP Cameras Support: in addition to more than 1,000 models of IP camera and video server, QNAP Security has added the support for Samsung, Yokogawa, and ONVIF-compliant Bosch, EverFocus and Hunt IP cameras to its compatibility list for the VioStor NVR series.


For more information, the QNAP press release, the firmware download and our product pages for QNAP VioStor NVRs please use the links below:


Axis M5013 and M5014 Compact PTZ Dome Network Cameras

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

Network camera manufacturer Axis have recently released the Axis M50 series which comprises of two models the Axis M5013 and the Axis M5014. The most notable feature of the new Axis M50 series is the size of the camera unit itself. At 13cm in diameter and 5.6cm in depth these IP cameras provide a discreet surveillance solution. What’s more, the casing of both models is rated at IP51 ensuring protection against ingress of dust and dripping water, providing an extra level of reliability in indoor applications.

Axis M5013

Axis M5014

  • SVGA Resolution up to 800×600
  • Horizontal viewing angle of 45°
  • Coverage of 300 sq. M.
  • HDTV 720p resolution up to 1280×720
  • Horizontal viewing angle of 60°
  • Coverage of 400 sq. M.


The features above are the only differences between the two models, but both share a list of features including:

  • 1/4″ Progressive scan CMOS image sensor
  • 3.6mm lens
  • Minimum illumination of 1.4lux
  • H.264 and Motion JPEG compression
  • Frame rate of 30fps in all resolutions
  • Built-in microphone for one-way audio
  • Video motion detection and audio detection
  • MicroSD/SDHC Card slot

For full specifications and manufacturer’s datasheets, use the links below to visit our product pages: