D-Link's latest surveillance cameras deliver what the company says are "key IP camera features at a more affordable price point" of around $300.
The $299.95 Vigilance DCS-4701E is an indoor/outdoor mini bullet camera with 720p HD (1280 x 720) resolution, integrated infrared illumination with 27m range, enhanced low light performance, video motion detection, ONVIF compliance (for use with a variety of video software), Power over Ethernet (one cable provides power as well as the network connection) and an integrated cable management bracket for additional protection against vandalism.
The camera's IP 66 weatherproof rating means the enclosure is dust tight and able to withstand powerful water jets, so exposure to heavy rain should not be a problem.
Then there's the slightly more expensive ($349.95) Vigilance DCS-4602EV indoor/outdoor dome camera with Full HD (1920 x 1080) resolution. Its other features are generally similar to those of the DCS-4701E, except that the infrared range is limited to 18m and the casing has an IK10 vandal-proof rating, meaning it can withstand the impact of a 5kg steel hammer dropped from a height of 40cm.
Graeme Reardon, D-Link ANZ managing director, said "More and more Australian and New Zealand businesses are looking for surveillance cameras to protect their employees, stock and premises, that are easy to use while at the same time deliver professional HD video quality in a rugged compact form factor. The new range of Vigilance cameras caters to this burgeoning market."
HD cameras are said to make it easier to identify individuals and to see details such as a vehicle's registration plate, but that assumes the extra resolution is not sacrificed to reduce the number of cameras required to cover a given area.