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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
Many have asked if they can run NVR software on the Celeron version of the NUC. The advantage of this version is that it costs a lot less, about $130 making it a very appealing alternative to an NVR because of it’s low power consumption, flexibility and size.
Having a PC as an NVR has some physical drawbacks, they are large, they use a good amount of electricity, fans can be noisy and they give off heat. Along came the Intel NUC (Next Unit of Computing), Intel’s first foray into making consumer PCs. Using the latest 4th generation i5 processor, promising low noise, low heat, low power consumption and a PC that fits in the palm of your hand.
Ever want to make a camera less visible, hide it from view, be discrete? For example, maybe condo rules prohibit you from having a camera, or you want cameras in your home, but you don’t want them to stick out for aesthetic reasons. The Hikvision DS-2CD6412FWD-30 may be for you. The camera electronics are in a box about 4 x 3″ and 1 1/4″ tall, the camera itself is about 2″ long. While the concept is not new, the Axis P12 has been out about year, but the price point makes this an affordable choice.
This is one of Dahua’s latest PTZ cameras with IR LEDs and 30X optical zoom. If you have lower zoom needs, the same camera is available with a 12X zoom as the SD59212S-HN. What makes this camera unique from other PTZ as well as other IR PTZ’s from Dahua or Hikvision is that it can tilt up 15 degrees above the horizon. If you have ever owned a PTZ, you know what I mean, very annoying when you can’t see past the horizon. If you compare this to prior IR PTZ’s from Dahua, this one is considerably smaller. What also makes this PTZ unique is the more affordable price.
Dahua is now offering it’s “Lite” series and this is their flagship camera in this new series. It uses a 3MP CMOS sensor but at the moment displays a maximum of 1080P at 30 fps. So what makes this camera “Lite” is the low price because feature/functionality, this cameras is on par with others priced higher. The camera delivers with good image quality, good responsive interface in a well built compact mini bullet.