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HD, DVR & IP capability are major hidden camera R&D directions


New camouflage forms and miniaturized CCTV camera configurations are also in makers’ product agenda.




  • Growing HD adoption: To catch up with the HD trend, hidden camera makers are using Sony’s Effio platform, which can boost resolution to 650 TVL. More megapixel versions employ 1.3 to 3MP CMOS or CCD, achieving 720p or 1080p. Wide dynamic range is also an option.
  • Building in DVR, IP compression capability: Suppliers can incorporate a basic DVR module to support MPEG-4 or H.264 compression and CIF or D1 resolution at 25 or 30fps. Some upscale releases deliver up to 720p at 30fps. The bulk of integrated kinds have onboard memory or an SD card slot.
  • Design diversification: To add variety to their selections of PIR sensor, smoke detector, watch, pen and clock models, companies broaden the range of colors, patterns and camouflage motifs used.
  • Mini CCTV cameras emerging: A number of manufacturers are developing smaller units as a new line for covert surveillance. These devices come in bullet and dome shapes, and are about half or one-third the size of standard types. Counterparts in the high-end speed dome category pack the same sensors and lenses, and therefore offer the same level of performance.

Hidden camera


 Hidden camera

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Eyesun Technology Co. Ltd
Model: ECM-CDV01
Description: Fixed type; 1/4in CCD; 1280x720 pixels; 1lux; AVI, JPEG; built-in microphone

 Hidden camera

Minse Technology Co. Ltd
Model: ZK203
Description: Fixed type; 1/3in Sony CCD; 420 TVL; 1lux; 3.7mm pin-hole Lens

 Hidden camera

Qihan Technology Co. Ltd
Model: QH-155
Description: Fixed type; 1/3in Sony Super HAD CCD; 540 TVL; s1lux; 3.6mm lens; AWB, BLC, AGC

 Hidden camera

Shenzhen FlyLink Tech Co. Ltd
Model: SC11
Description: Portable type; 1/3 or 1/4in CMOS; 300,000 pixels to 3MP; AVI, JPEG; 720x480 pixels video

 Hidden camera

Shenzhen Sanan Technology Co. Ltd
Model: SA-1C11
Description: Fixed type; 1/4in Sony CCD; 600 TVL; 0.05lux/F1.2; 1.6mm lens; D-WDR, 2D-DNR, Eclipse

 Hidden camera

Shenzhen Zhongben Security Electronic Co. Ltd
Model: ZB-M16
Description: Fixed type; 1/3in Sony EXview HAD color CCD; 3.6mm lens

Note: This article "HD, DVR & IP capability are major hidden camera R&D directions" was originally published by Global Sources, a leading business-to-business media company and a primary facilitator of trade with China manufacturers and India suppliers, providing essential sourcing information to volume buyers through our e-magazines, trade shows and industry research.

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