14
Jun
15

NEW REVIEWS COMING SOON

Network Camera Critic Readers,

NEW REVIEWS ARE COMING

The blog will continue and new reviews will be posted soon. Network Camera Critic has been an invaluable source of information for many who are looking to build home systems. Not only are we keeping all of the existing posts, but we will be making some changes shortly. You will continue to have new and reliable reviews on all of the latest and greatest in the security industry.

Make sure to look out for new posts and bookmark NCC for all of our latest updates.

Sincerely,

Family of NCC

29
Mar
15

Carl, Network Camera Critic- 1956 – 2015

It is with a heavy heart that we must inform you that Carl unexpectedly passed away this week. You have known him as the webs best go to security camera specialist. We knew him as a loving father, caring husband, and great mentor. This is a sad loss for the security camera industry. His reviews were the most thorough, unbiased and in-depth  resource on the industries’ most popular cameras. Carl had the most loyal followers, and this site brought him so much  joy. Thank you for sharing this journey with Carl.

Sincerely,

Rebecca, Charlie, Nicole, and Dalton

17
Mar
15

Dahua SD42212SN-HN 1080P Mini PTZ Dome Review

1080P PTZ cameras can be expensive and sometimes cost thousands. They also may require special power supplies and can be large. The Dahua SD42212SN-HN has 12x optical zoom, pans and tilts quickly,  can work with the included power supply or you can use a PoE+ injector, is smaller in size than other Dahua PTZ cameras and  comes with a street price of under $500.

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12
Mar
15

Hikvision Firmware Warning

Hikvision has been recently manufacturing cameras with 5.2.5 and 5.2.8 firmware. If you try and install firmware older than this, it will likely make the camera inoperable. There’s no official release of this firmware so it should not be installed on existing cameras. Doing so may void your warranty.

03
Mar
15

Hikvision DS-2CD2132F-IS 3MP IR Vandal Mini-Dome Review

This review is for the new version of the DS-2cD2132-I Hikvision 3MP mini dome I reviewed over a year ago and times have changed.  They really made some major improvements that makes this new version worth considering.

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17
Feb
15

Dahua IPC-HDBW2300R-Z Outdoor Zoom 3MP Dome Review

This is the dome version of the Dahua IPC-HFW2300R-Z zoom bullet I recently reviewed. What makes this one interesting is that it’s a small mini dome allowing for more discretion than it’s bullet sibling. It uses the same Aptina sensor Dahua used in their higher end costlier line of products making this more of a bargain compared to their vari-focal models.

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13
Feb
15

Dahua IPC-HFW2300R-Z Outdoor Zoom 3MP Bullet Review

Outdoor zoom cameras tend to be pricier than standard varifocal lens cameras and those tend to be pricier than fixed lens cameras. Dahua broke the price barrier offering a 2.8-12mm zoom camera for not much more than their standard fixed lens mini bullets. The camera has a new attractive look and surprisingly smaller than Dahua’s or Hivision’s current varifocal bullets. I call it a zoom vs. a motorized varifocal because it auto-focuses as it zooms where motorized varifocal cameras have a two step process where you set the field of view, then click to focus.

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15
Jan
15

Hikvision DS-2CD3Q10FD-IW 720P Indoor Pan Tilt Review

This is a new camera from Hikvision for indoor use that looks very cool. The pictures don’t do it justice because this has a night light built in that’s a ring just under the camera that changes colors. It has IR LEDs that are recessed behind the smoked cover to give it sleek look.  It’s full of features like PIR motion detector, built-in microphone and speaker, SD card slot to do in-camera recording and it’s WiFi or Ethernet (not PoE).

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29
Dec
14

Hikvision DS-2CD2632F-I 3MP IR Varifocal Bullet Review

This is Hikvision’s larger bullet and includes additional features over their mini bullet. First and most important is the 2.8mm-12mm lens allowing for a wider view than available with the mini bullet with a 4mm lens. It also had a microSD card slot for in-camera recording. Another feature is the bright IR LEDs with about twice as many as the mini bullet. The “S” version also had audio and alarm inputs and outputs.

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11
Dec
14

Bosch Dinion Starlight 8000 MP 5MP Box Camera Review

The thinking has been that in order to get better low light performance you had to compromise on resolution. The Bosch Dinion Starlight 8000 MP is the game changer. This camera blows away anything I’ve ever seen for low light performance and does it at 5MP resolution with incredible sharpness and color accuracy.

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09
Dec
14

Tri-Illuminator Low Cost IR Illuminator Review

Commercial grade illuminators from Raytec, Illuminar and Axton work very well, but in many cases, costs more than the camera  and this has been the barrier to adoption for many. I came across the Tri-Illuminator from Wrightwood Surveillance that works as well as the high end solutions for a fraction of the price and in a small well made package.

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26
Sep
14

Dahua IPC-HDBW2200E 1080P HD Outdoor IR Mini Dome Review

This is Dahua’s latest mini-dome and it’s tiny and priced very competitively at $129.99. It uses a 3MP CMOS sensor but at the moment displays a maximum of 1080P at 30 fps. The camera delivers good image quality, good responsive interface in a well built compact dome without some of the issues I ran into in previous mini domes I’ve reviewed.

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