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Hikvision DS-2CD2032 3MP IR Bullet Review

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.

Main Features

  • 1/3” 3 Megapixel CMOS sensor
  • H.264 dual-stream encoding
  • 30fps @ 1080P (1920 x 1080) or 15fps @ 3MP (2048 x 1536)
  • 4mm, 6mm and 12mm fixed lens
  • Day/Night IR Cut Filter
  • IR LED advertised working distance 30m
  • IP66 Rated Outdoor Bullet
  • Powered by PoE
  • Smartphone apps available

Overall, this is an impressive camera with very good image quality, good low light performance, well-organized menus and very, very small. The IR illuminators are bright and have good coverage. As a twist, I tested their 12mm lens which may be difficult to get.

This is a typical modern day bullet with a pigtail with a power and Ethernet jack that comes out the back of the mount. To make the install clean, you’ll need to drill a whole about 1″ diameter to slip the jack inside. It comes with a weatherproof connector should you need it. In order to take advantage of it, you need to cut the Ethernet plug, slip the weatherproof connector through and then crimp on a new RJ45 plug. This may seem like extra work, but it provides the smallest weatherproof adapter I’ve seen, meaning a smaller hole. Aiming the camera is very easy. There’s a collar along the base that you loosen and this lets you point the camera as needed and then just tighten the collar to hold it in place, very simple, no tools needed.

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.

These cameras come with a fixed IP address at 192.0.0.64. This can be annoying to change but they provide a tool to make this very easy called SADP.

It will find the cameras, click on the camera, it will put the parameters on the right, change it to an IP address that works in your home network, type in the password (12345 by default) and click Save.

Here’s some of the setup screens. Once you connect to the camera via a browser, you can select Network and make any finer adjustments here as well as setup DDNS or other options you may want to tweak.

The next screen you’ll want to visit is the Image settings. There are two sets of menus, Basic and Advanced. Use the Advanced settings as there are more choices.

Below are the Display Settings where you can tweak the image contrast, sharpness and such as well as set noise reduction, WDR options, white balance, exposure settings. One bit of advice is WDR is not free. The price you pay at night is more noise. The higher you make this number, the more noise you’ll see at night. I set this to about 6-10% and that’s a good balance for me. I would suggest not going over 20%.  Also, I would recommend you set noise reduction to 100% as it works very well at that level.

Another question I get asked on these camera is the onscreen  time and  camera 1 that displays by default. Under the Advanced Configuration, Image is the OSD Settings tab. Here you can chose if you want the camera name and time displayed or not and if you do, you can drag/drop the red time or name box to whatever portion of the screen you want. One cool thing about the on screen display is that it changes characters from white to black depending on the background.

To set the time, go to Advanced Configuration, Systems and the Time Settings. Here you can specify the time zone and the NTP server. Also, the DST tab allows you to set the daylight savings time weeks and offset.

Now onto the images. I mounted the camera in the usual spot, under the eave of my garage but this time aimed it down the block as this camera has the 12mm telephoto lens. As before, you can click on the image to see the full size, 3 megapixel image straight from the camera. Also as before, I set the max exposure time to 1/30th which is a good compromise between low light performance and movement.

This is a day shot, color balance is quite good and it’s a very clear and sharp image and you can read the plate number 80-90′ away.

At night, even though this area was too far for the IR LED’s to provide much value, it did really well with low light sensitivity. There was some noise but it was not overwhelming. The people in this image were too far away to identify at night but the IR LED’s did reach out to the closest person at about 60′-70′ away but not the woman that’s about 100′ away.

I mounted the camera in my backyard. Again, with the 12mm lens it covered the narrow space well.  My backyard is about 62′ wide and 15′ deep, and the fence in this image is 50′ away. This was with WDR off and shadows are dark with little detail like the wicker back of the closest chair.

I changed WDR to 20%. Now you can see good detail in the shadows, the weave on the chair for example.

I also set  WDR at 50% where you can see even more detail, but the image starts to wash out, not much value over 20%.

At night, with WDR off the image looked good, just the right amount of contrast, good detail, good IR coverage, even at 50′ away, you can see the detail in the grain of the wood on the fence, in the wicker weave of the chairs.

With WDR set to 20%, it’s too much and additional noise is introduced. I find that 6-10% at night provides a good clear image with some WDR benefits.

Lastly I mounted the camera indoors looking out a window at our lake home. Not much need for IR illumination since the lake is too vast an area and at night it’s just pitch black. So I took two day shots, the first is with WDR turned off

I set WDR at 9% as I found that optimal for me, shows a little more detail in the trees.

 

I uploaded day and night videos to YouTube. To see them at the full 3 megapixel resolution, you must click on the gear icon and select original quality and then click on the icon with 4 corners to see the video full screen. The video was extracted using BlueIris.

This camera is so small and has such great clarity, good color accuracy, the camera can be found for only $167.99 with free shipping from Wrightwood Surveillance, that it’s definitely worth trying one out. Last time they put them for sale, they sold out quickly but they have increased their inventory in time for this review.

The pluses for this camera are;

  • Price. Wasn’t that long ago that a camera of this quality cost $1,000.
  • 3MP, 1080P or 720P resolution
  • Bright & even  IR illuminators
  • Day/Night IR Cut Filter
  • Ability to record to NFS and playback from the camera

Click here to go to the company web page for the camera.

 

 

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20 days 3 hours ago

Hi, thank you for the thorough and informative review. I realize that this is an older review but I was curious, how exactly is this camera setup as far as recording and where the footage is stored (cloud, on my computer, etc?) and do I need a 3rd party service to do this like Blueiris? Can I use this camera with a MacBook Pro? Also, can I download an app on my iphone so that I can view streaming video or take snapshots live?

Hans
17 days 14 hours ago

Hi, I have AngelCam.com running and also a Synology 216Play

Ned
20 days 49 minutes ago

For the mac, you could check out Security Spy. I have one camera set up to a mac mini, but it would work just the same to a macbook pro, provided it is always on and has sufficient storage space.

Asif
5 months 5 days ago

how to reset the hikvision DS-2CD2032F-I

Jesse D
5 months 24 days ago

Excellent review….I have two of these…hooked up the cabling, power etc now all I need to do is mount them on the outside wall of my home. Anyway you can do a quick install guide on that?

8 months 17 hours ago

Hi,
I realized that if I set the day/night switch to automatic I cannot set the image settings separately. But the settings which is good in the day time is not good in the night time and vica versa.
What is the good solution?

Thanks!

runa
8 months 18 days ago

I have a DS-7604NI-E1/4P and is connected to four DS-2CD8253F-EI(Z). i replaced one of DS-2CD8253F-EI(Z) with DS-2CD2032F-I(W) giving same ip. but the nve is not detecting the new camera. what was the the problem?

Srinivasan M
10 months 4 days ago

I just want to take 2 images simultaneously from 2 different IP cameras and store it in a required location of the PC folder.

How can this be done using HikVision DS-2CD2032-I model?

Srinivasan
10 months 4 days ago

I installed the latest version “v2.3.1.3Build20150416″ of iVMS-4200 from your website and got error message when trying to capture the snap shot automatically through Continuous or even triggered at an interval of 1000ms.

Find the error code it throws below:
Error Code: HCNetSDK.dll[11]

Which means the DVR snapshot storage parameter failed.

Please explain why is this error occurs and steps to solve the same.

10 months 11 days ago

Hi Guys,

Do you know anything about the following “upgraded” version with WiFi?

Is it a real Hikvision product? (I could not see it in the official Hikvision webpage.)

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Hikvision-DS-2CD2032F-IW-3MP-HD-1080P-WIFI-Network-Outdoor-IR-IP-CCTV-Camera-/121717286310?hash=item1c56ea65a6

Thanks!
Peter

Gnart
11 months 19 days ago

Newbie here. Just received my first Hikvision DS-2CD2342F-IW from AliExpress brown box to play with. It came with 5.2.5 build 141201 Multi-language menu firmware. The serial number had CCCH (Chinese) in the string. I telnet and issue the command “prtHardInfo”. It showed the language = 1 (English/International). The login.js was not been hacked (per Arden/YouTube). I dumped the XMLSchema and it showed

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english

If prtHardInfo and XMLSchema are correct, would it be safe to presume that the cam is an English/International (even with a CCCH in the serial number?)

Alex
10 months 11 days ago

“The login.js was not been hacked (per Arden/YouTube)” … what do you mean, is this a security problem with the chinese models ?

Whelan
10 months 8 days ago

He means “hacked” as in modified.

I’d point you to the youtube vid of the Arden dude demonstrating his method of sidestepping the language problem, but it seems to have been taken down.

More here: http://www.arden.ie/2014/09/13/how-to-make-hikvision-firmware-v5-2-multilingual/

Hans
1 year 10 hours ago

Please post some pics to check.

The model of the camera is not 2032 I guess ?!

Also some screenshots of settings

1 year 1 day ago

I have the same issue, they are much better with a light source. On the one of my house, my neighbors side provide enough light for my side door. On the other side my driveway is totally dark. I am investigating installing solar motion lights.

Hans
1 year 1 day ago

please provider sample images and also screenshots of config

also interested in the 4mp version

what did you pay 4 yours ?

Dustin R
1 year 8 days ago

I bought 5 of these in the 4MP variety and have been trying to get them to work properly but they look like garbage at night no matter what. I have tried all of your settings listed here. They look beautiful during day time. I am running them off of FS116P netgear poe compliant switch. I have many sample photos i could send if thats helpful. It looks like an image overlayed with 1980s TV snow.

Do you have ANY other suggestions? I’m at the end of my rope here.

Mark
11 months 13 days ago

I have the 3MP version for my driveway, which is 20meters in lenght and 4meters wide. 10 meters away from the camera is a light source at the house door and 20meter away there are street lights. Yet the camera is not good enough at noght to the point, where you can recognize anyone – regardless of setting.

2×48 IR LED is the only thing that Works for me.

1 year 14 days ago

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mattmc
1 year 1 month ago

What is the recommended firmware for these cameras now?

Are you still recommending staying < 5.2 ?

I am still running 5.1.6, but saw that 5.3 is out now and didn't know if I should upgrade.

I am still running NFS share as well, can I do SMB share with 5.1.6 ?

1 year 1 month ago

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Brendin
1 year 2 months ago

I have the DS-2CD2032-I and a Dahua NVR4216. When viewing realtime either single or 4 cameras at once the video is really smooth on the nvr. However if I use any other view with more cameras on the screen the video will start out smooth but will gradually become choppy like it is dropping frames. I am thinking that these smaller views may be using the substream? I have played with all the settings on the substream for the cameras and can’t get them smooth. If I use the web client the video is smooth for all of the cameras. I think this is because it is using the main stream. Has anyone else seen this behavior on the Dahua NVR’s?

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1 year 3 months ago

Hi,

I use the ivms4200 PCNVR to record the stream of my Hik 2032 continuously.

Sometimes some seconds or minutes from the record are missing. I found the “IPC Disconnected” log in the PCNVR logs. In my opinion the IPC means IP Cam, right?

Do you know what can cause this?

I tried to check the logs in camera itself, but there is no any logs. Do you know why? How can I set the local logging on the camera GUI?

Thanks in advance!
Regards,
Peter

Hans
1 year 3 months ago

Question on the 2032.

I have setup image notification.

Pretty much blocked the entire image with a privacy mask, but only a small part (road part 1 meter by 1 meter, to capture license plates).

I am a little lost about the image which is approx. 92Kb in size (expecting more for better image quality).

So I changed the default resolution from 1920 to 2048, set framerate to 8fps and max. bitrate to 12288 and constant bitrate. Set the ROI level to fixed with level 6.

Am I missing anything to optimize image quality?
License plates are at approx. 35 meters.

Alberto
1 year 3 months ago

Hi, I just bought a DS-2CD2032F-I Hikvision IP CAMERA from AliExpress.
Firmware V5.2.5 build 141201 is multilanguage and all works fine.
Just a problem: ezviz cloud can’t detect the camera online and it isn’t possible to add it manually.
Any idea? Perhaps a firmware troubleshooting?
Thanks, best regards
Alberto

Mike
1 year 4 months ago

I posted a comment yesterday but doesn’t show. However, I have a Swann NVR 8 ch with 4 cameras model NVR8-7200. The cameras are the same with Hikvision 2032. I would like to add two more cameras to the NVR. The problem is that I can not find them at Costco Canada anymore and as I red it seems they discontinued that model swnhd 820. Did anyone connect/add Hikvision camera to Swann NVR? I know I have to do some changes in camera setup. Thanks

1 year 4 months ago

If anyone is interested I have been testing my jpg capture, archive upload and timelapse software IPTimelapse with the HIKvision DS-2CD2032-I. It works well and it might be useful to you. The capture string to use is rtsp://IPADDRESS:554/Streaming/Channels/1 The website for download is iptimelapse.com

-Mike

Mike
1 year 4 months ago

I got a “Swann 8-channel HD NVR with 4 HD 1080p Camera Kits NVR8-7200” from Costco last year. The system came with 4 cameras. Everything installed and works perfectly. Now I’m looking to add more cameras (two) to this system. Did anybody tried to add this camera “Hikvision DS-2CD2032-I” to Swann NVR? I did some changes into the cameras (the swann ones) directly through the NVR. I would think shouldn’t be a big problem to set the Hikvision. I appreciate any help.
PS: I would buy Swann cameras but they don’t sell them anymore at Costco (Canada), they still have the two pack at Costco.com

Chris
1 year 4 months ago

Just so everyone knows, I was having trouble with a new 2032 bullet using the “new” IVMS 4200 with a MAC running 10.10(Yosemite). It wouldn’t allow me to modify any settings, with a failed message. After installing every version of IVMS 4200 out there I could find, I finally found one that worked and it’s V1.02.01.03. I downloaded it from the overseas website http://overseas.hikvision.com/en/Tools_84.html#prettyPhoto

1 year 4 months ago

Hi,

Do you know how can I set the resolution of the photos which I upload to FTP server during intrusion detection? Is it possible to set it to lower resolution?

FW V5.2.5 build 141201

Thank you!
Regards,
Peter

Riverhawk
1 year 4 months ago

Very informative stuff here. These cameras are a few years old now. Any newer/updated hardware with similar price points and features? Thanks.

Ivor
1 year 4 months ago

I have a DS-2CD2032-I with a 4mm lens. The nightvision view is very grainy, unlike the samples in the review from one with a 12mm lens. Is this solely a consequence of the lens difference or do I have some incorrect settings causing the graininess?

AG
1 year 4 months ago

its my belief that these cameras all need a secondary IR if you are using 6 or 4mm lenses. The area to cover is too wide for the underpowered IR built in. I got some great LED IR from Wrightwood that solved all my horrible night PQ issues.

Someone
1 year 4 months ago

Has anyone updated the firmware to 140721? Can you confirm if the MJPEG stream supports a basic HTML montage page like the one here:

http://www.zoneminder.com/wiki/index.php/IpCamMontage

B.A.
1 year 5 months ago

NCC is right on this. Viewing HD at 15 – 30 frames/second is reconstructing a lot of digital pixel action x the number of HD cameras you are viewing.

I have 4 HD cameras connected and 6 standard def cameras. I tried viewing on a 3mhz core 2 duo Mac from several years back running Win 7 pro under VMWare… and got very unsatisfactory results, hesitation, gaps and jumps in the picture…

What is working now and reasonably well is a PC configured for HD video:

AMD FX8320 8 core 3.5 Ghz.
Memory: 16 Gigs
Win 7 pro.
and 8.5 TeraBites of disk storage spread over 3 drives.

Right now, only recording video, not viewing and running:
1. An antivirus program
2. Hikvision IVMS4200 (+ 3 HD cameras)
3. ACTi Software NVR v3

CPU utilization 15 – 19%.

If I do 1 – 3 above and also view all 4 HD cameras and all 6 SD cameras: CPU utilization 21 – 27%

I used to bitch at Hikvision tech support about performance, and they suggested it was probably my PC.

They were right.

1 year 5 months ago

I start to feel myself really unlucky.

I want to use the Hikvision IVMS-4200 with only one camera.

When I see the main view the CPU usage is always 100%. (I did not start any recording.)

Do you have any idea what is the root cause of that?

Thanks!
Peter

1 year 5 months ago

It is very interesting what you wrote, thank you!

I checked the numbers of the correct pins in the PoE standard documentation on the internet.

I bought a cheap 12V PoE adapter with EU plug from China. Do you mean whether to release the 12V still not sure that it works correctly?

Which are the usable PoE adapters for this camera at all?

Can I use a 48V PoE adapter for this camera? The camera itself can handle this higher voltage without any damage?

Thanks!
Peter

1 year 5 months ago

Is there any other way to check it is really broken?

I measured the pins of the ethernet cable. I can measure 12V between the 4-7 & 5-8 pins, so in my opinion it should work. But the camera is not switch on.

Whelan
1 year 5 months ago

Assuming those are the correct pins, POE is nominally 48vdc.

But it’s not always as simple as placing a meter across the end of a cable – if the device supplying power is reasonably intelligent (like a switch for example), there’s usually a short negotiation with the device to be powered (camera) to establish its POE status, power class etc. In order to get a realistic voltage measurement in these cases you’d need to breakout the cable at some point in the middle while the supply device and camera were connected to each other.

‘Dumber’ devices like cheap POE injectors etc. will often skip all this and just blindly supply 48v no matter what, so it’s something to be aware of.

1 year 5 months ago

I have an other problem unfortunatelly.

I wanted to try the PoE function but my cam is not working with that.

I measured the PoE adapter and I could measure the 12V on that.

Do you have any idea?

B.A.
1 year 5 months ago

What are the issues with three 5.2.5 or 5.2.8 firmware?

1 year 5 months ago

Hi,

My camera received yesterday (from China).

I am a bit unhappy, because I wanted to buy a camera with v5.2.0 firmware but the seller sent me a camera on the label with v5.2.8.

When I login to the camera I could see that the firmware is v5.2.5 exactly. I think it was v5.2.8 previously but the seller downgraded that before sent to me.

I am not so happy, because as I read the v5.2.5 has some problems.

What do you think about that? Is it possible and worth to downgrade it to v5.2.0?

Thanks!

Peter

1 year 5 months ago

Hi,

Anybody has any experience with Escam K104 or K108 mini nvr?

I would like to use it with Hikvision 2CD2032 (chinese version) and I want to know that every function (e.g. motion detection record etc.) will working properly with this nvr?

Thank you for your answer in advance!

1 year 5 months ago

Thank you for your fast answer.

What about the 6 mm lens?

What is the distance I am able to ID the faces with 6 mm lens?

Lewis
1 year 5 months ago

This is valuable information:
What would the ID face for the other two lens, the 6mm and the 12mm?

This is the Hikvision ds-2cd2032-i FOV;
4mm – 1080P 79 degrees, 3MP 70 degrees — ID face 8 meters
6mm – 1080P 49 degrees, 3MP 43.3 degrees — ID face ? meters
12mm – 1080P 23.2 degrees, 3MP 20.6 degrees — ID face ? meters

1 year 5 months ago

Dear Friends,

I found the following photo about the angles of the different lenses.

I do not know exactly which lens would be the best for me. Can I use this photo? Is it correct?

Or do you have any other good idea how can I determine the best lens?

Thanks!

Peter

Jack
1 year 6 months ago

Hi

How to record in to usb stick which is connect/plug in to router netgear ?
i have Uninitialized all the sime and size 0.00gb

why ?

deejaa
1 year 6 months ago

I’m calculating recording. With my settings, maximum quality, the recordings are:

1 minute = 87 MB
1 hour = 5 220 MB
24 hour = 125 280 MB

This means i must have at least 1 TB HD space for 1 week.

Do you recomend a NAS as NVR ? In that case,what NVR ?
Or do you recomend using my HTPC (very good spec) as NVR ?

deejaa
1 year 6 months ago

Question regarding video quality.

Advanced Configuration – Video/Audio :

I’m in the mainstream , i choose 1920-1080p , now the maximum FPS i can choose is 25 not 30. Also the maximum bitrate is 1288 kbps not 16384.

Also the video quality setting is “frozen” to medium.

You know why ?

deejaa
1 year 6 months ago

When I use the iVMS-4500 APP ony my iPhone. Do you know if it is possible to display the current BITRATE i’m watching the stream in ?

I’m curios on how many KBPS the stream is operating in.

I have in the camera itself configured it to 2048*1536 (frame rate on 20)with max bitrate at 12228 kbps.

deejaa
1 year 6 months ago

Newbee question:

When the camera is in NIGHTMODUS , the IR LIGHTS are shining red. This means the camera is easy spotted outside. Is there somehow possible to turn off the RED LIGHTS , and still be in night modus? Or are the RED LIGHTS something that is not avaible to turn off ?

Lewis
1 year 6 months ago

Does Milestone XProtect run on Macs? For security and stability, that’s all we use,

Ned Everitt
1 year 6 months ago

For the mac, you could check out Security Spy. I am running it on a macmini server recording 1 of these cams.

NedE
1 year 6 months ago

You could check out Security Spy. I have it running on a mac mini server with 1 of these cameras. I don’t have any idea how many it could reliably support.

VetKing0909
1 year 6 months ago

I finally picked two of these up, and they are by far 100000xs better than my old crappy foscams.

I just had a quick question, do you utilize Synology Surveillance station at all, if so do you find it more grainy on the foscam than viewing from the actual camera at night?

Do you have any recommended settings.

Thanks

1 year 6 months ago

Hi,

I found v5.2.3. firmware for this camera on the European site.

http://www.hikvisioneurope.com/portal/index.php?dir=Product%20Firmware/Cameras/DS-2CD2xx2/V5.2.3%20build%20141024/

Can I use it for cam from China? What do you think my English language will be lost?

Thank you!

deejaa
1 year 6 months ago

I bought a DS-2CD2032-I from the link below.

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/151552123370?_trksid=p2060778.m2749.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT

Got it via DHL post sending 3 days later.

Haven’t tried to update it to the latest firmware yet – it ocmes with the 5.2.0 firmware with mulit language. I dont know if the multi language will dissapear if i upgrade it to the latest 5.2.3 – But before I try, is it worth the risk reason to upgrade the firmware to 5.2.3 any way ? I dont know what the changelog is from 5.2.0 to 5.2.3. You guys know specific?

I have also thought of buying a mini NVR. Looked at this one from the same seller:

CCTV Network Video Recorder H.264 CCTV Recorder MiNi 8CH CCTV NVR For IP Camera

http://www.ebay.com/itm/CCTV-Network-Video-Recorder-H-264-CCTV-Recorder-MiNi-8CH-CCTV-NVR-For-IP-Camera-/161554245654

But I believe its better to use my HTPC with the HIKVISION NVR software that NCC presented above. I dont have any issues

1 year 6 months ago

Hi!

Thank you for your detailed tests of the cameras these are really usefull for me.
I would like to buy a Hikvision DS-2CD2032-I camera soon on the ebay from China.
As I could see that is about $100. It is a really good price, I think and because of that I cannot decide it is a copy or genuine one. What do you think about that?

I would like to buy the following cheap 8 CH NVR also.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/8CH-MINI-portable-1080P-nvr-free-shipping-home-security-surveillance-system-hdmi-/221528688891

Will I use it with my camera what do you think? I asked the seller and he answered me that the NVR and the camera use ONVIF so they will be working with each other. The camera resolution is higher than the NVR has…it is a problem?

Thank you for your answer in advance!

B.A.
1 year 6 months ago

We have camouflaged ours (painted in camo acrilic) and mounted high. Inaccessible without ladders.

Driving by, they are just not visible.

So far, so good.

deejaa
1 year 6 months ago

Hello again,

You know about a good casing for this camera? I want to put it next to a parking spot, but i need to cover it somehow – so it dont get stolen.

Mitchell Tuckness
1 year 6 months ago

I found these on Ebay for $87, I am going to make an offer of $80 and see how it goes, sounds like a great bullet camera for the price you can get them at.

deejaa
1 year 6 months ago

Hello,,

Thanks for review.

Is it possible to connect this camera to some sort of CLOUD provider video recorder?

Like dropcam does for its customers.

Goldbug
1 year 6 months ago

thanks

Goldbug
1 year 6 months ago

Awesome. that is what I thought.

then do you think it would be possible to use the hikvision firmware with the Trendnet model like it was suggested for other OEM models elsewhere? Is it advisable to do that?

Goldbug
1 year 6 months ago

Hi again,

after considerable research, it is hard to find reasonable price for this hikvision 3MP camera in Canada.
I would prefer to source them from an authorized dealer in Canada where I can go back to if I have problems. Dealing with a retail store in the US is not convenient.

distributors retail them way to expensive (C$300 each)

While looking I came across a TrendNet 3Mp Camera which looks somewhat similar?
do you know this camera. (TRENDnet TV-IP310PI)

the good thing is that it is readily available in Canada (Staples, and others) and cost about C$200, not a lot more expansive than at Wrightwood Surveillance.

also comes with a 3 year warranty.

do you know this camera?
if so is it a good alternative to this hikvision?

thanks

Tim
1 year 6 months ago

Thanks for the reply, the new camera came with firmware 5.2, the first one was 5.1.6, should I be setting something else to make it work or should it work right at the port tab in advance configuration-network? If I can’t make it work I will remap in my router.
Thanks, Tim

Tim Scullion
1 year 6 months ago

I have a 2032, my second one I’ve tried, and to access it over the wan everyone recommends to change the http port from 80 to 10000 or more. Every time I try this the camera needs to reboot, and it just hangs there, never to reboot, then I must reset the camera and adjust all my settings again. I cannot change the http port 80, two different 2032′s. Any suggestions would be welcome.
Thanks

kevin
1 year 7 months ago

Have just received my 2032, came with default resolution in basic settings set to 1920×1080 but in the advanced settings it says capture mode 2048×1536@20fps, are these the accepted best settings. would there be any benefit to changing resolution to 2048×1536 in basic settings.
the max bitrate is set to 4096Kbps, is this also a decent setting ?
thanks.

AG
1 year 7 months ago
1 year 7 months ago

IWill the 6mm lens camera work mounted on the corner of house looking down a driveway about 40 feet? Also, looking to mount a 4mm lens camera looking at the backyard 40×30.
have you installed the DS-2CD6332FWD-I fisheye camera in a home? I am thinking of placing a camera on the ceiling in my foyer.That way I can capture the front entrance, hallway leading upstairs, the hallway leads to a door to the basement. I currently have the DS-2CD2432F-IW mounted on the ceiling in the foyer. Thanking you in advance for your response.

Airbag
1 year 7 months ago

Hi,

Great review. I’m buying 2 of this camera (1 12mm and 1 4mm). Can you recommend a cheap NVR/NAS that it will work with (at least 2 bays for Raid 1) ?
I’m also looking at this cheap (amazing?) 8 port poe injector

http://www.amazon.com/WS-POE-8-48v60w-passive-Ethernet-Injector-cameras/dp/B0086SQDMM/ref=sr_1_8?ie=UTF8&qid=1417777045&sr=8-8&keywords=hikvision+nvr

Anyone has a positive experience with it?

Thanks all.

- Airbag

Lewis
1 year 7 months ago

Has anyone compared this camera to the Hikvision DS-2CD2232-I5. To me it looks like the same camera in a slightly larger enclosure, but it looks like it has better/further IR/nighttime range? I don’t see much in the way of other differences. Thanks in advance, Lewis

Hans
1 year 8 months ago

I have a question about the sentence in the introduction:

“In order to take advantage of it, you need to cut the Ethernet plug, slip the weatherproof connector through and then crimp on a new RJ45 plug”

What exactly do you mean by this ?

I want to accomplish the following:

I have a PoE enabled switch, and I have a Cat6-cable coming out of the wall of my house
(solid brick and no empty space available in or behind the wall).

It would be nice if I could open the camera (of course with the screws it can), connect the RJ45 cable, and close everything.

Otherwise, I will have to make a hole in the wall big enough for the excess cable.

Ray Samani
1 year 8 months ago

Can anyone tell me how to get the best picture at night. What settings should I adjust, so the picture quality taken, is without blur?

B.A.
1 year 8 months ago

Re the best picture at night: Generally, most folks purchase this type of camera for security purposes. The object is to get the best picture to provide to law enforcement so they can apprehend a perp if needed. One of the things thats nice to have is the type and color of vehicle, something difficult to determine at night. Our solution was to add some lighting, 40 watt LED’s on 16′ polls. The result is much better than relying on the cameras inferred illuminators. These cameras are particularly nice as with this level of lighting you get full color, which helps in vehicle identification. The camera illuminators are turned off. Here is a link to some test video shot at night. Camera 01 is the Swan branded version of this camera. Camera 03 is the Chinese Hikvision version. Neither have been updated with any changes in firmware. Camera 01: http://youtu.be/pvHUfkeeO_A Camera 03: http://youtu.be/WbSCaao4VBE Settings, both cameras: Exposure: 1/60 sec. WDR: On with the slider 1/5 the distance from the far left. Day Night: Day DNR Level: Almost fully to the right side. Backlight Compensation: Off The shorter you make the exposure, the less blurring of the picture, but the trade… Read more »

Ray Samani
1 year 7 months ago

So maybe i should buy some IR light, thats triggers my motion?

B.A.
1 year 7 months ago

In my experience, this camera generates quite a bit of infrared on its own.

You can play with the exposure setting (shutter time) and see if it stops enough motion for you.

I have an IR LED array here, but do not use it as it still resulted in a black and white picture, not much different from that generated by the camera on its own. Also the IR array generated a visible low red light, looked like what a low power electric heater might put out. Not quite invisible enough in my application.

If you have the ability to illuminate with regular light, you will get a better result as shown on my you tube clips.

Those clips will be removed in about a week.

1 year 6 months ago

One major pet-peeve has been the inability to schedule shutter adjustments, to optimize the camera during day/night use.

This API call fixes that pet-peeve (works via Linux or MacOS CLI):
curl -u admin:12345 -X PUT -d ’1/30′ 192.168.0.100/ISAPI/Image/channels/1/Shutter

To adjust for your needs, replace:
admin:12345 with your appropriate username:password
192.168.0.100 with your camera’s IP
1/30 with the desired shutter setting

I’m currently writing a small, portable, tool to query day/night status, and then adjust the shutter setting in response. Once completed, I’ll share details on ipcamtalk.com

KH
1 year 8 months ago

I just recently bought this camera and Netgear readyNAS but I’m having hardtime getting the motion enable videos recorded onto the NAS. I think the problem is that I have a 4TB HD and somehow the HIKVISION software kept telling me that the status is unitialized even though I’ve formatted it multiple times. Is there a way to workaround this limitation? Unfortunately, I’m not able to set up disk quota for my NAS share folder. Thanks.

Ivor Durham
1 year 8 months ago

Can you say more about why you cannot set up disk quotas on the share folder? This is the solution that HikVision R&D provided and worked for me. (They still don’t see this as a problem with their software, unfortunately.)

See: http://www.networkcameracritic.com/?p=1791#comment-82386

KH
1 year 8 months ago

Thanks everyone for your feedback.

There’s no option for me to set disk quota on my netgear 102. I’ve confirmed with netgear support on this, it’s disappointing.

1 year 8 months ago

Hi,

i think you will not like the solution, but it seems to work at least.

http://www.networkcameracritic.com/?p=1791#comment-4929
http://www.networkcameracritic.com/?p=1791#comment-6000
http://www.networkcameracritic.com/?p=1791#comment-7942

it was quite some time ago i dealt with this issue, but as far as i remember, the davinci thing is gzipped in V5.1, it has to be unpacked, patched and packed back to get the camera work.

peter

Lewis
1 year 8 months ago

Is there any advantage, or disadvantage, to go from Firmware 5.1 to 5.2 on these cameras?

Rick
1 year 8 months ago

So I found a few DS-2CD2332-I Turret cameras in 2.8mm and will be testing one as soon as it arrives. I am interested in the WDR brightness and contrast settings for Day/Night since night optimized is much different that Day color. Are their common settings I should use or are these arbitrary based only on my perception?

Once again awesome resource here!!

Rick
1 year 8 months ago

On http://www.cctvforum.com/viewtopic.php?f=19&t=37200&start=0 you reviewed and posted really good images of this bullet camera.

I wanted to know if the Hikvision DS-2CD2132-I Outdoor HD 3MP IP Dome 2.8mm has the same quality images as this bullet. My option is 2.8mm for the locations around my garage.

And thanks for the awesome blog!!

Rick

Whelan
1 year 8 months ago

While maybe not *quite* the fully native windows solution Jane was hoping for, there’s a little freeware command line utility I’ve used for similar stuff in the past when you just want to script the retrieval of something basic via HTTP without bringing along a fullsize CURL implementation for windows.

You can find it here http://www.activeplus.com/Products/HttpCopy

Being a single file of 16kb in size, they don’t come much simpler or more lightweight than this, and compatibility ranges from Win 8 way back to NT4 or thereabouts. I just tried it on a Hikvision camera using the following syntax and it worked fine.

httpcopy.exe http://192.168.1.64/onvif/snapshot c:\users\me\desktop\snapshot.jpg

Just pop your commandline into a batch script, call it as necessary with AT or the windows task scheduler etc. and voila. It will happily overwrite the previous snapshot file each time it’s called.

(I should add that if a 100% windows native solution is absolutely necessary, you can achieve something similar with maybe a dozen lines of powershell).

1 year 8 months ago

I don’t have Linux and I frankly don’t understand curl and if I did, where would you put this line? How would you do it without Linux?
I can already pull a snapshot off the camera using the following line in the browser:

http://username:password@192.168.1.64/Streaming/channels/1/picture

This shows up in browsers on our computers here at home but when I’ve asked people with Apple products to test it elsewhere, it doesn’t work. It also means that I am exposing my username, password and IP for the camera inside the html of a webpage which doesn’t seem very smart.

Any ideas for something that will work without Linux?

Thanks,

J

Dave Benoit
1 year 8 months ago
Dave Benoit
1 year 8 months ago

Hi Jane.

I think that it shows up on your pcs at home because 192.168.1.64 is the local ip on your home network. You would need to put it on some kind of web server to get it online to the public.

There are free web hosting sites out there. Some have free FTP as well.
https://www.google.ca/webhp?sourceid=chrome-instant&ion=1&espv=2&ie=UTF-8#q=free+web+hosting
Most likely they are IIS based (Windows – which is all I am familiar with as well)
You could get your camera to ftp the photos to your free FTP site and build a web page to display it.

A server-side scripting language like ASP could find the last modified file in your directory (your latest picture) (using the fileScripting Object), then redirect the webpage to display that picture based on its name. Maybe a bit of overkill since Linux seems simpler but I am only familiar with Windows so that is what I am planning to do once I receive the camera.

PS: what part of US are you where it gets so cold?

-Dave

1 year 8 months ago

Thanks, Dave. I’ve received a number of suggestions for what I want to do and am still trying to implement something that will work. I actually have a website and hosting, actually many websites and hosting, since I build basic sites, so that’s not a problem. Uploading to FTP is not a problem. It’s just renaming the time stamped files to something my web page can pick up using html that I’m working on. I’ll check out your suggestion on ASP as well as the others and see if I can learn it, but since I don’t know anything about Linux, I’m stuck with working with Windows 7. If you work out a script before I do, can you send it to me please? This has been one long uphill battle because I can build websites but I’m totally ignorant on the technical end with things like this. I’m in west central British Columbia, Canada, in a place called the West Chilcotin at the base of the Coast Mountains. It used to get down to -60F here but climate change, I guess. It’s not quite as cold now but still a bit too much for a lot of cameras. It’s… Read more »

1 year 8 months ago

Yes, and that’s the part I’m still trying to change, is to get the same file name and not a different one on each snapshot, which the Hikvision cameras cannot do, although other cameras can.

Dave Benoit
1 year 8 months ago

You mention a few times that you cannot upload a snapshot VIA FTP on a Timed event.

Ie every 15 minutes the camera will take a snapshot and send it to your FTP server via FTP.

This document seems to describe that it is now possible:

http://oversea-download.hikvision.com/uploadfile/doc/20140804/Quick%20Start%20Guide%20of%20Hikvision%20IP%20Camera%20Upload%20Snapshot%20to%20FTP.pdf

maybe its an update? or am I reading it wrong.

Thanks

-Dave

Henry
1 year 9 months ago

Hi there, i have a bullet and i was wondering if it is possible to take snapshots at 15 minute intervals on the NVR and send them via email or save them in a folder.

Thank You

Henry
1 year 9 months ago

Hi, I have a Bullet and i was wondering if it is possible to set up a snapshot with 15 minute intervals on my NVR which then get sent to an email address. Is this possible? or is there a way of just saving them to a folder.

Thank You

Mark Jakobsen
1 year 9 months ago

It was something I had not thought through … because how will it go with WIFI camera, when both TV and PC using the Internet. So there’s not much internet for the camera.

Therefore, it must be PoE.

Which PoE IP camera would you choose in a similar price range, maybe a little more expensive is in order.

1 year 9 months ago

I have actually seen that photo before and that size, about 800×600 or even smaller would be more than acceptable at that or slightly better quality but I can’t see how you would do that with video without eating up huge bandwidth. Photo, yes, no problem. I was uploading high quality snapshots to the FTP every 10 minutes that were still only about 400 kb but streaming video? What happens if you stream at 16 seconds per frame? I didn’t even know you could go that low.

J

1 year 9 months ago

Yes, but what is the quality going to be like? The view is of mountains and lake over a distance of several miles. The camera has terrific quality and takes outstanding video and snapshots, but wouldn’t lowering the resolution and setting the frame rate really low make a pretty poor video?

Thanks,

J

1 year 9 months ago

Hi, some time ago in searching for the right IP camera I read your review on the Hikvision 2032, liked the quality of image and purchased the 2632 because of the focus capabilities. I checked with Nelly’s Security to make sure the camera could do what I needed it to, which was upload a photo to my FTP every few minutes and their salesman assured me it would. However, on getting it set up, there is no way to make the camera upload just one photo with the same name. It has no rename capability. I’ve talked to the techie at Nelly’s Security extensively and he says their security cameras don’t do a rename and each photo has a different date/time stamp. That means I end up with numerous photos on my FTP every day with a different name. I don’t really know how to download to a webpage if the name keeps changing. Nelly’s Security won’t take the camera back and can’t help with this. Obviously I would never have purchased this camera if I had known this before hand. The techie sent me an PHP script that he found on the Internet but I have no idea how… Read more »

Mark Jakobsen
1 year 9 months ago

I’ve been looking at this camera for a while now, but are unsure whether it is the best buy for the price. What it has to do is to monitor my driveway, which is probably about 30meter long. It must be installed under the eaves of my garage.

It will also need to run on a WIFI /g network – 40mbit/10mbit internet connection with direct upload to an FTP server.

Would it be suitable for that or is there another camera, in roughly the same price range, that would be better?

VetKing0909
1 year 9 months ago

NetworkCameraCritic,

I have must admit have have not read every comment you have replied to, so at the risk of being a duplicate here goes.

I am looking to acquire a few network Bullet cams, i currently have 3 Foscam 8904w which are lack of a more appropriate word are horrible. With that being said, im looking to make another purchase of cameras.

Im looking for recommendation of which camera under 200 to purchase, being a Disabled vet im on a pretty tight income and I use these to monitor the house as well as the kids. I have been reading your review on this DS-2CD2032 and it seems like a solid camera. DO you have any you recommend above this.

Also my foscams randomly go offline, and no matter how many times i power it off on.. some never come back some come back on line whenever they want.

Any help would be greatly appreciative