01/05/2019

IP cameras are recommended due to good image quality, long term capture reliability, as well as ease of setup. Once installed, it is only a matter of minutes to connect Teleport to an IP camera, also PC or other software is required, Teleport will work with the IP camera directly.

Here is some guidance on selecting an IP camera for time-lapse or live streaming with Teleport.

Virtually any IP camera will work, but we always recommend using known brands. Axis, Sony, Panasonic, Canon, or higher end models only from D-Link and Foscam. If image quality and long term unattended reliable operation are a priority going with a known manufacturer is recommended. In general you get what you pay for no matter what the marketing or megapixels say. For example, it is possible that a 3 megapixel low end camera will have lower image quality than a 2 megapixel high end model.

The cameras

Axis

Axis makes reliable, well build IP cameras with great image quality. If 4K resolution is required we recommend the Axis P1448-LE. For 1440p resolution we recommend the M2026-LE MK II as it offers excellent picture quality for the price point and is 50% sharper than 1080p. The M30 and M20 will also work very well.

Any Axis camera will work just fine. Use their product selector to choose based on what’s important: filed of view, indoor/outdoor, WDR, resolution, PTZ. Field of view may be most important, too little and you won't capture everything, too much and you have wasted pixels. For example the M3026 is narrow at 106°, while the M3046 or the M2026-LE are 130°. Choose the field of view that best fits your needs.

D-Link

Only the higher end consumer or business level camera are recommended from D-Link. Anything less than $100 will have bad image quality and/or will simply stop working and require a power cycle.

Foscam

More so than D-Link only the higher end cameras are recommended from Foscam.

Things to note when picking a camera:

  • PoE (Power over Ethernet) cameras are always preferred.
  • Wi-Fi cameras can work, but if reliability is important go for PoE cameras. In general Wi-Fi are slower, can cut out and with the lower end models you may need to physically go to the camera and restart it. You still need to run a power cable to a Wi-Fi camera so it isn't really wireless.
  • With PoE you run only a single Ethernet cable for both signal and power to the camera. The cable is easy to extend with couplers, is weatherproof and can go long distance.
  • Note the field of view varies quite a bit for these cameras, likely you have a specific range you want to capture so choosing the camera model that gives the best crop naturally is the biggest factor here.

Connection

To connect a PoE camera to the network you will also need either a PoE injector or a PoE switch:

The TP-LINK injectors and routers have proven reliable. The added expense of Axis or other products may not be necessary depending on your needs.

If you have any questions please contact us