This is Dahua’s mini IR dome. It’s is sort of a cross between the easy aiming and flat glass front lens of a bullet camera but with the compactness of a dome. While it has the same sensor as the mini IR bullet, the ipc-hfw2100, it seems to do better in low light at night and better with white balance issues common to that camera. Continue reading ‘Dahua IPC-HDW2100 1.3MP IR Mini Dome’
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A short while back I reviewed the Dahua IPC-HFW3200C that was an excellent 1080P surveillance camera at a low price. For about $15-20 more, Dahua offers the IPC-HFW3300C, identical in every way to the IPC-HFW3200C, but has the option of 3 MP resolution (2048 x 1535). The sensor is a little larger to accommodate the extra pixels. Image quality remains the same during the day or night.
The previously reviewed Dahua cameras used a CMOS sensor, this is from their megapixel CCD line. The theory with CCD’s is they provide better low light capability but I feel the balance has tipped and there are some really good CMOS sensors now including the Sony Exmor sensor used in other Dahua cameras. The advantage of this dome over the previoulsy reviewed mini dome is that it has IR illuminators built-in.
After reviewing a few Dahua cameras the next logical step is to review their NVR. This model, the NVR3204 I tested is the 4 channel model available for as little as under $300. They also make 8 (NVR3208) and 16 (NVR3216) channel versions priced $329 and $349 respectively. This is bargain compared to other NVR’s or the alternative of setting up a PC with NVR software.
It was fairly easy to set up, the menus are responsive and the interface is intuitive. More like an iPhone app than Windows PC. Has HDMI output so it can be used with a large screen TV or on a computer monitor using the VGA connector.
Here’s an outdoor rated mini bullet that fits smaller budget yet does a very good job for less money than it’s rivals. In comparison to the Dahua mini dome I reviewed that costs the same price, it has 1080P resolution (or 2MP) and this camera forgoes resolution down to 1.3MP for more features. Most importantly is that it’s a true day/night camera with an automatic IR cut filter and it has a very bright IR illuminators making is usable in dark situations.
This camera has become so popular that some places have sold out quickly. An outdoor 1080P dome for under $200 is a good price, one that works this well is a true bargain. The previous Dahua camera I reviewed was bullet style, day/night camera with built-in IR illuminators and a varifocal lens. This camera forgoes the bells and whistles in trade for a lower price but retains it’s good image quality.
Dahua has been making waves lately with some new products that are outstanding at a price point that’s breaking barriers. The IPC-HFW3200CN is an HD 1080P outdoor bullet camera that uses the Sony Exmor chip to provide sharp vivid color images during the day. At night, the built in IR illuminators work well in combination with the sensors good low light capabilities as well as the camera’s noise reduction to produce very good clean night images in area with little to no light.