This is a cool inexpensive tiny indoor dome from Q-See with decent low light performance but without IR illuminators or an IR cut filter for true day/nigh operation. This may work for you if you have some lighting. It has 720P resolution but can be run at 1.3MP as I’ve done in images below.
- H.264 Compression and JPEG Image capture
- High Performance TI DaVinci Series DSP
- 720P High-Definition Resolution
- 1/3” 1.3 MP Aptina image sensors
- 30 FPS @ 720P (1280X720) resolution
- 15 FPS @ 1.3MP (1280X960) resolution
- Controllable through NVR over network
- Built-in 3.6mm Lens
- Built-In web server, NVR, CMS (PSS/DSS), & DMSS
- Mobile Phone Surveillance on iPhone, Blackberry*, and other Smartphones
- Compatibility: Windows 7 and Mac OS X 10.6.8 & above
Overall, for the money I like this little dome for indoor use. It’s discrete, certainly more so than a bullet or cube camera. The aiming mechanism allows for limited adjustment on 3-axis and mounting on a wall or ceiling is no problem. Installation is done by removing the 3 screws that holds the dome cover on using the included wrench, attach the camera body to where you want it. Aim the camera and re-attach the dome cover. If mounting on a wall, make sure the camera image is already close to level as the rotation of the lens is limited to maybe 30-40 degrees.
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.
Here’s the screen where you change your password or add/delete users. There are 3 users that come with the system, all three have the user and password the same, so I would advise you to change the password on all 3 accounts.
This is the screen where you would set the resolution. Depending on your situation, you may want to use the wide-screen HDTV resolution of 720P or try and gain free resolution at the expense of frames per second and run it in 1.3MP mode like I did.
Now onto the images, how well does this camera perform. Despite this being an indoor camera, I mounted the camera at the front of my garage, protected from the elements under the eave. This was done purely for review purposes as this camera is not rated for outdoor use. This camera had the 3.6mm lens which is fairly wide and covered most of front of my home. As in all my reviews, you can see the original image resolution by clicking on the smaller images below.
At night this camera does pretty well with available light. It’s what they call an “electronic day/night” meaning that it has the ability to change at night from color to b&w but there’s a permanent IR filter, meaning it’s really a day only camera and can’t be used with IR lighting. At the front of my home, besides the street light across the street, I have 3 Cree LED bulbs in porch lights that are 9.5W (60W equivalent) that are on dusk to dawn. This provides enough lighting for this camera to operate equally well in color or b&w mode. Indoors, for example in a business, I would advise you maintain the lights on. At home, you can leave a lamp or two on when you are not home.
Here’s the two images from the camera at night.
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 $269 and is a reasonable deal for a camera with these features. One quirk to note is these cameras are setup for port 85 out of the box instead of the common for HTTP port 80. So when you try and connect to the camera through the web browser, make sure you specify port 85, for example, http://192.168.1.25:85/.
The pluses for this camera are;
- Small and discrete
- 720P at 30fps (or 1.3MP at 15fps)
- Good low light sensitivity
- Smartphone apps from Q-See
- Good warranty service and support from Q-See
The shortcoming of the camera are;
- Displays wide screen format on the web interface even when you chose a different format
Click HERE to go to the company web page for the camera