04/11/2017

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. Even D-Link and Foscam have some decent models these days. If image quality and long term unattended reliable operation is a concern going with a known manufacturer is recommended. You get what you pay for no matter what the marketing numbers or megapixels say. For example, it is possible and likely that a 3 megapixel low end camera will have lower image quality than a 1.3 megapixel high end model.

The cameras

Axis

Axis makes reliable, well build IP cameras with great image quality. The M30 line is relatively inexpensive ($600), these are 1080p and come in both indoor and outdoor versions. The M20 line works just as well and is less expensive.

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. Specifically note the horizontal field of view for these cameras, i.e. the M3026 outdoor is 106° and the M3046 indoor is ~130°. Choose the field of view that best fits your needs. Go for the 4K P1428-E for best image quality and adjustable field of view.

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