Dahua IPC-HDW2100 1.3MP IR Mini Dome

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. 

Main Features

  • 1/3” 1.3Megapixel progressive scan Aptina CMOS
  • H.264 & MJPEG dual-stream encoding
  • Max 15fps @ 1.3M (1280×960) or 30fps @ 720P (1280×720)
  • 3.6mm fixed lens (6mm, 8mm optional)
  • Day/Night IR Cut Filter
  • IR LED working distance 20m
  • IP66 Rated Outdoor Bullet
  • Powered by PoE
  • Smartphone apps available

Overall, for the money I like this little dome. It’s more discrete and secure than a bullet camera, especially if you want to use indoors. The aiming mechanism is so simple, works on 3-axis and setting it is as easy as pushing to where you want it to go. Installation was pretty easy too. You twist the bezel off, attached with a few screws and twist the bezel back over it.

This is what the web interface looks like when you first log in. There’s options to take a snapshot, manually record, chose a stream and more.

Across the top are tabs for Live (live viewing), Set (configure the camera), Alarm (setup alarms) and Logout. When you click on the Set tab, it takes you this configuration screen where you can change the image properties.

Now onto the images, how well does this camera perform. I mounted the camera at two places, one at the front of my garage, under the eave,and in my backyard because they represent different lighting situations. This camera had the 3.6mm lens which is fairly wide and covered most of front of my home.

Here’s an early morning day shot in 1.3MP mode. The image is clean, crisp, white balance is good, much better than the mini bullet. As before, you can click on the image to view the original size image from the camera.

Here’s a day shot in 720P mode with 16:9 aspect ratio taken mid-day

At night this camera surprised me.  I was expecting it to be just like the mini-bullet but actually it did better in low light to the point that in front of my house, not one time during the night did it switch to night mode yet retained a clear image with low noise.

I then tried in my dark backyard and it sort of disappoints here. You can’t ignore the fact that it has a lot less IR LEDs than it’s mini-bullet brother. Also, despite the flat glass, there’s some IR light bleed.

I uploaded day and night videos to YouTube. To see them at the full 720P resolution, you must click on the gear icon and select 720P resolution and then click on the icon with 4 corners to see the video full screen.

The street price for this camera is about $169 and is a good deal for a camera with these features.

The pluses for this camera are;

  • Price
  • 720P at 30fps (or 1.3MP at 15fps)
  • Day/Night IR Cut Filter
  • Smartphone apps – everyone wants to access their cameras from smartphones these days

The shortcoming of the camera are;

  • You must rely on your reseller for support
  • Displays wide screen format on the web interface even when you chose a different format
  • Could use brighter IR LEDs and better separation between lens and LEDs

Click HERE to go to the company web page for the camera







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Where can I get firmware for this camera? I have a DS-2CD2132-I. I am not sure where to get a firmware for it. With the internet these days I am not even sure if this is a North American or a European version, does it make a difference?


Are there a set of settings to use this camera with BlueIris to increase the image quality? Lately the camera has been, watery in it’s picture and I don’t know why. Just imagine the water filter in photoshop and that is how the image looks like in the video feed.


I have a Q-See QC818 8-Channel POE NVR and am looking for an outside 720P dome camera I can use that will seamlessly integrate with the system just as the q-see cameras that came with the system do. I bought a no-name brand POE dome camera, and was able to get it to stream video through the NVR, but was not able to get the motion detection to work, so the camera is pretty much useless to me (I saw that other people had the same problem not being able to get motion to work). From reading other threads, it seems the Q-See equipment is just rebranded Dahua. Is this correct? Does that mean if I buy this POE Dahua network camera (IPC-HDW2100), it should work as seamlessly as the Q-see cameras that came with the system. Will I be able to change the settings in the camera through the NVR control panel? Any help would be greatly appreciated.


My ipc-hdw2100 is not showing s display is there any problem of firmware or lens?


Taking the ball apart worked! inside after you unscrew it is the small reset button.
Thanks for your help!


No, I wish it was that simple. Me reset button on the back like the bullet cameras.


Do you know how to do a factory reset on this camera?


You have to take the ball apart by unscrewing it. And press the reset button


Me I’m having the same issue with the Camera being rebooted by it’s own every night at least twice. Any solution would be much appreciated. Thanks.


Did anyone ever see an issue where this camera reboots on its own ? I just got this yesterday and over night I got 300 emails from synology with disconnect and reconnect. In camera log it shows abort event and then a startup.


Does this camera have a reset button to revert back to factory setting? Mine has been working great for weeks but all the sudden it lost it’s IP address and I could no longer log into the camera or view the video streams.


you’ll need to open the eye ball, there is a little reset bottom inside.


Same problem here, but after opening the eye ball could not find the little reset button inside. Does anyone have a picture of description of the the reset button. I swear could not find anything like a button. Thanks in advance


Hello, I have been looking for a decent dome for outside my house and this seems to be it. Aside from the guy who is having the intermittent IR issue, are there any other problems with these cameras and should i not consider it? Any help would be appreciated before i click “purchase”
I’d hate to get burned. Also how is the warranty?


I have read elsewhere that these cameras are not warrantied in the US.


I have been lurking for about a year. By far the best reviews and information that I have found. I truly appreciate the time and effort you give to this site. Your straight forward reviews have made decision making less of a problem My question is this; is there a comparison between the Dahua dome reviewed above and the Lorex 1080P dome camera that recently appeared on Costo’s web site http://www.costco.com/Lorex-Full-HD-1080p-PoE-IndoorOutdoor-Night-Vision-2-Pack-Dome-Cameras.product.100043750.html


This is from the costco website:

These NVR IP cameras will only work with a Lorex NVR (Network Video Recorder)

Any comments on that? I have used PoE adapters (Supercircuit’s VT-14) in the past to connect analog cameras over ethernet cable to a DVR. Why would that not be possible with the lorex camera?


So with the ir problem,would you still prefer the bullet over this dome?


Thanks for the quick reply. Guess I should’ve figured out the difference between consumer and commercial grade cameras. I’ll definitely check into the ACTi camera line as they seem like a good bargain. Your review on ACC software sold me on the idea of local/edge SD storage and avoiding cost/maintenance of a NVR though.


The videos posted on YouTube seem jittery. I’m running my cameras at 5fps so I’m familiar with the way motion looks at low frame rate, but the videos you posted are different. I don’t really know how to describe it, they just seem jittery. Is that how the live video from the camera looks, or is this some artifact from posting them on YouTube?


Definitely dig the reviews and as a newbie to the network camera world, this site is very informative. I would love to pick up an axis outdoor camera, but seems pretty expensive for the common home user. Any thoughts on the logitech 750e as an entry level PoE outdoor camera with sd storage?


Amazing color performance with just street lights. Looks like the IR bleed is result of the diode ring being too close to the case.


What about recording software?, Do they have something that can be installed on pc for monitoring and recording?


It comes with PSS, which you can install on your computer. You can definitely view the cameras, and you can also manually record to your PC HDD using PSS, so I would assume you can also record using motion detect (but I haven’t tried it).

I have had this mini-dome for about 6 months now, but its been acting up. At night the IR cuts in and out every 15 seconds or so, and every time the picture goes dark, it triggers the motion detect and starts recording. So basically it was recording non-stop all night. I finally just turned off motion detect between 7PM and 7AM, till I can either get it fixed or replace it.