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Old 12-06-2006, 10:18 PM
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Our condo association is looking to place a video camera on the roof of our complex to allow visitors to our website to view the beach scene in real time. What all is needed to achieve this and how much are we looking at for cost? Thanks in advance for any help.
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Old 12-06-2006, 10:42 PM
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Basically you need a webcam and a connection to the internet. You also need a website to broadcast the camera to or through. The cost is minimal. The expense is the camera, about $200.00 for a good one. You may also need a weather proof housing to keep the camera protected from the elements. You can also use software to upload the images to a website. Let me know if you need some help with this.
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Old 12-07-2006, 12:10 AM
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dn't call us geeks
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Old 12-07-2006, 01:29 AM
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Kingair – I am going to have to disagree with that. A mediocre camera for a roof top is going to be more than that. A good camera starts closer to $300-$400 or so without the housing ($100+), bracket ($20-$50), lens ($30-$100), power supply ($15?), and cable (Belden non-plenum, 945549 Siamese) is $0.25 to $0.28 per foot. And if they want PTZ it is going to cost significantly more. Remember, the camera is going to need a weatherproof housing and a bracket, too. Yeah, there are weatherproof bullet cams with cheesy little brackets available but when always exposed directly to the elements a housed unit really is the way to go.

Signman - For reference, the web cam at that African watering hole provides a mediocre level of image quality. Not good enough for marketing images. The image from the snow monkey sauna is a better quality image, more pixels, more bandwidth.

When you look at cameras consider the Sony Super-HAD CCD for better resolution and color, and the Sony Ex-View for better lowlight viewing. Those two are the best common sensors out there. Camera brands to consider:

Mediocre quality: KT&C, Speco, Vitek, Weldex,

Better quality: Sony, JVC

Good/best quality: Pelco

Some of the best prices on cameras are at www.spytown.com You can call them for advice, too, tho I don’t have any reference for the quality of their advice.

What is really, really important when considering cameras is to know what your expectations are before you start looking. Do you want a camera that is std resolution, medium resolution, or HD?, day viewing only or day and night viewing?, color or b&w, or color (day) and B&W (night)?, PTZ (pan/tilt/zoom)?

Good luck.
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Old 12-07-2006, 02:06 AM
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BTW, a geek is a circus performer who bites the heads off live bats.

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Old 12-07-2006, 09:05 AM
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thanks all you "geeks" for the info, i will let you know how i make out with spytown.
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Old 12-07-2006, 11:38 AM
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I suppose you are right if you have an unlimited budget. I have one at my house and I did not spend more than 150.00 and it provides nice images. It also depends on your point of view (buyer or seller).

Here is another good site for software and camera links. I have a D-Link that works just fine.

http://www.pysoft.com/
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