Compro Technologies IP540 PTZ Cameraby Cameron Butterfield on October 12, 2010 9:03 PM EST
The camera is quite minimalistic and aesthetically pleasing visually, especially considering the full featured capabilities of the unit. The only part that feels out of place is the usb port that is meant to hold the 802.11N adapter. It extends out and does a 90 degree turn upwards. My presumption is that this is to improve wireless reception and to decrease the footprint of the device when the adapter is being used. However I can't help but think that just having a normal usb port built into the casing might have been a better choice, externally there seems to be plenty of real estate on the backplate that would allow for this.
The Compro IP540 utilizes a 1/3" CMOS Megapixel sensor. The fixed iris lens has a focal length of 4.0 mm. The motor on this camera had a very smooth tone, which, judging from the noise alone gave the impression of being higher quality than other PTZ cameras I have used. Think photo scanner motor vs grinding gears of a robotic toy or remote control car. This camera also has IO connections which provide support for extended security options that would come in handy for professional use.