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.
At the ASIS conference in Chicago last week, I was wowed by some of the new cameras that ACTi is releasing over the next few months. The first of which are the E97 10MP and E96 5MP Fisheye indoor mini-domes. I was not able to get my hands on them on them yet but wanted to get the word out due to promotional pricing. The E96 is available now, the E97 will be available in a month.
The D72 is a basic 3 megapixel IR outdoor vandal dome camera with a great low price from ACTi. I recently reviewed of few ACTi’s domes, they basically all look alike but this one is their most affordable 3MP vandal dome. When you factor in the great service and support that ACTi provides and their free (for up to 16 cameras) NVR software, it may not be the least expensive camera, but represents a good value in a 3MP outdoor vandal dome.
The D32 is a basic 3 megapixel IR bullet camera with a great low price from ACTi. When you factor in the great service and support that ACTi provides and their free (for up to 16 cameras) NVR software, it may not be the least expensive camera, but represents a good value in a 3MP bullet.
Here’s a very good low priced 3 Megapixel IR Bullet from Hikvision, with good IR illuminators, WDR, Smart IR and digital noise reduction, but’s just specs, the really amazing part is how clear and sharp the image is, how tiny they are and how well they work.
I’ve been asked about what’s a good reasonably priced NVR that supports a wide range of cameras. I thought about it and most that come from surveillance cameras companies work mostly with their brand although some support a few brands, it’s not wide enough to cover all. So I had a chance to install Synology’s latest operating system, DSM 4.2, mostly for my previous review on Hikvision’s ability to write to NFS, but then curiosity got the better of me and purchased 3 Synology Surveillance Station license (first one if free) and put it through it’s paces over the past few weeks. Continue reading ‘Synology DSM 4.2 Surveillance Station Review’
I’ve been asked what cameras can record without the need for an NVR or a PC running NVR software. In the past I’ve recommended Mobotix which has solid in-camera NVR capabilities but sometimes the price of these cameras and complexity have been a barrier to many.
Hikvision cameras also have this capability and is probably one of the best implementations I’ve seen once it’s setup, but there isn’t good documentation on how to do this, so I put together this tutorial.
The ACTi E74 is ACTi’s 3MP IR outdoor dome that has “Superior WDR” and a fixed 2.93 mm wide angle lens. In testing the camera I kept an eye on the WDR to see if it truly is superior to their “Basic WDR” used the E32 I recently tested and the “Advanced WDR” advertised on the KCM-5611 I tested last year. WDR stands for Wide Dynamic Range and is supposed to provide a better balanced image with more details in the darkest and brightest parts of the image.
The ACTi D82 is their basic outdoor vandal dome with a varifocal (manual zoom) lens from f2.8~12mm. The camera records at HD 1080P at 30 fps or at 3 megapixels at 15 fps. There’s an microSD card slot for in camera recording.