There are currently many choices in IP cameras for those looking to monitor their homes and business locations. Anandtech recently reviewed one such camera, the Dropcam Echo, which was geared towards the non technical consumer. Today we are looking at an IP camera offering from Compro Technologies which hopes to provide advanced features for small businesses and technical home users, while still paying close attention to the ease of installation for the end user.

First off, some information about Compro Technology Inc, as many readers may not have heard of them and they are trying to enter the US market just now.

Compro was Originally founded in 1988, based out of Taipei, Taiwan. Compro manufactures PC-TV, digital audio/video and IP security products for the IT consumer markets. They have been developing PC based TV tuners and data broadcast receiver products since 2003. However they have just recently in 2008 released consumer oriented analog/digital TV tuner products that some of you may be familiar with. Compro's IP security products include a full range of IP camera types from static ones to full PTZ (Pan-Tilt-Zoom) offerings with high resolution.

Today we are looking at Compro's mid-range PTZ (Pan-Tilt- Zoom) IP Camera, the IP540. The Compro IP540 lists the following as key features of the product.

  • 1/3" CMOS Megapixel progressive scan sensor
  •  Pan, Tilt, 4x digital zoom (Pan of 340 degrees, Tilt of 100 degrees)
  •  Day and night functionality with mechanical IR cut filter switching
  •  Built-in IR lamps
  •  Supports real-time H.264, MPEG-4 and MJPEG compression (Triple Codec)
  •  Supports dual streams simultaneously
  •  Image frame rate is up to 15 frames per second at 1280x1024 resolution
  •  Smart motion detection
  •  Two way audio with built-in MIC (External speaker required)
  •  Easy and smart installer --- iWizard IP camera utility
  •  Support UPnP (Universal plug and play)
  •  Support 10/100 802.3/Ethernet
  •  Upgradable WiFi USB module to 802.11 b/g/n wireless LAN
  •  Supports local storage (MicroSD and MicroSDHC)
  •  Exclusive multiple channels viewing and installation-free mobile phone PTZ control --- WebVuer
  •  Web browser support via MJPEG mode (video only) on wide range of iphone, BlackBerry, Android, Windows Mobile and PDA devices to view the IP camera live video anytime, anywhere, anyplace
  •  Remote monitoring from 3G mobile or phone with web browser
  •  Bundled with powerful 32-channel IP video management software --- ComproView
  • Optional Digital I/O box for External Sensor and Alarm (3 In/3 Out)
Unboxing Impressions
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  • cbutters - Wednesday, October 13, 2010 - link

    We do have these sample clips.
    Let me see if we can get them accessible, hang tight.
  • cbutters - Wednesday, October 13, 2010 - link

    Ok here are some links to the requested sample files that we have uploaded to youtube:
    Day 30fps 640x480 3mbps motionadaptive
    Day 15fps 1280x1024 3mbps turbopicture
    Night 15fps 1280x1024 3mbps turbopicture
    Night 30fps 640x480 3mbps motionadaptive

    Also if you absolutely would prefer to see these videos unmodified you can download the set here:
  • nanfy - Thursday, October 14, 2010 - link

    Thanks for the video's I really appreciate it.

    There IP70 Camera is actually in stock. I wonder if it has the same image quality as this camera.
  • somedude1234 - Friday, October 15, 2010 - link

    Thanks for an excellent review as well as posting the video samples.

    The night shot in the nursery with the empty swing has a very "Paranormal Activity" like effect to it... kinda creepy actually.
  • Trefugl - Wednesday, October 13, 2010 - link

    I'm having a hard time getting a feel for the size of the camera. Do you have any shots of it with something for size reference, or at least some measurement specs?

    I like the idea of this, but I get the feeling that something of this size (or maybe any PT camera) is too large to put on the ceiling of my home or even my office without being distractingly out of place. Maybe there's an option of mounting it in a dark glass hemisphere...

    Looking forward to seeing more IP cameras in this price range reviewed.
  • cbutters - Wednesday, October 13, 2010 - link

    On page two there is a shot of the camera next to a CD and also an ethernet cable.
  • cbutters - Wednesday, October 13, 2010 - link

    also here is this: Dimensions: 105 x 125.5 x 128.6 mm (including bracket)
  • Trefugl - Wednesday, October 13, 2010 - link

    Thanks for the dimensions. Somehow I must have glossed over the pictures with the CDs in it.
  • pmely - Wednesday, October 13, 2010 - link

    Can this system be used outside? Does it need an environmental enclosure or can it be mounted under an eve away from weather and still function? What are the temperature specs?
  • cbutters - Wednesday, October 13, 2010 - link

    Here are the temperature specs, there is no mention of this being an outdoor camera however. Operating Condition: 5 °C ~ 40 °C

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