Many people angry with the German owned cam-it forum for their strict censorship are abandoning that forum and going to a new forum, IPCamTalk found at http://www.ipcamtalk.com.
For those that need a simple indoor camera, easy to set on table or even mount on a wall or ceiling, provides great video quality at 1080P or 3MP, WiFi and PoE, IR illuminator, PIR motion detector, in camera recording and built in microphone and speaker, this may be the camera for you.
This is by far the smallest IR Mini Dome I’ve ever reviewed. The actual dome measures about 1 3/4″ and the entire camera sits in the palm of my hand without touching any fingers, that’s small. Small usually means sacrificing features and quality, but in this case, this may be one of the better Hikvision cameras I reviewed. Continue reading ‘Hikvision DS-2CD2532F-I 3MP Outdoor IR Mini Dome Review’
I’ve been asked about license plate recognition many times and how can one capture readable plates day & night. The answer is actually counter-intuitive to what most people think.
I’ve tested a few solutions from a free open source solution to costly commercial solutions.
Here’s an camera that is called by different names, even on the manufacturers website. Sometimes it’s called a mini dome, a turret but most in the industry refer to this as an eyeball camera. Sort of a cross between a bullet and dome. Has the ease of installation and easier aiming of a bullet, but the round more compact shape of a mini dome without some of the negatives associated with domes.
I’ve been a Mobotix fan for a while with excellent image quality, no moving parts for better reliability and a camera that can record to and playback from network storage (NAS). The D15 is their newest model that boast a 5MP sensor. The same sensors are also used in the D25, S15, M15, Q25 and M25. As with their previous DualDome, it comes with two sensors, for this review, this camera has one day color sensor and one night B&W 38mm sensors. The camera also has a built in PIR motion detector and built in microphone and speaker which is unique.
The previous dashcam I reviewed was very good, but the Mini 0801 is even better. This is the smallest dashcam available with an LCD display, GPS, G-Sensor and 1080P recording. It can hide discretely behind the rear view mirror without being disruptive. For example, the WS300W I reviewed would not fit behind the mirror on my Audi, but this one fits in there with room to spare.
Dahua is now offering it’s “Eco-Savvy” series using the Aptina 3MP CMOS sensor vs. the 3MP Sony Exmor CMOS sensor used in other models. This new camera uses <5W of power vs. <6W on the 2MP mini bullet, the IPC-HFW3200S. Cost from U.S. distributors seems to be close to the 2MP IPC-HW3200S. Image quality has different characteristics over previous 1080P and 3MP cameras from Dahua.
Where the previously reviewed Hikvision IR mini dome is a very basic camera with limitations, the Hikvision DS-2CD2732F-IS has all the bells and whistles. It’s a full 3-Axis dome, has a microSD card slot with in-camera playback, two-way audio, alarm inputs but also has a nice wide range varifocal lens from a very wide 2.8mm to a good telephoto 12mm. Although it costs a little more than it’s little brother, it’s a far better camera in many respects.
What has caught my interest recently is the rapidly growing market for dashcams. Their popularity started in Russia but has grown worldwide. It’s intended purpose is to provide evidence in case of an accident that was not your fault. I chose this model from Wrightwood Surveillance because of the high quality 1080P image with WDR at a reasonable price of under $100.
I reviewed the popular bullet version of this camera a few months ago and now I’m covering the IR mini dome version. Again with IR illuminators, WDR, Smart IR and digital noise reduction. They are small for an IR dome and work well in specific situations.
Milestone, the leader in commercial NVR software came out with a new release a few weeks ago and they have made some good improvements. Milestone is one of my favorite NVR solutions and has some of the widest coverage of network cameras out there as well as very good smartphone apps and remote browser access. If you tried Milestone XProtect in the past and were frustrated by installation and configuration issues, XProtect 2013 goes a long way to make that easier.