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Hikvision DS-2CD2132-I 3MP IR Mini Dome Review

I reviewed the popular bullet version of this camera a few months ago and now I’m covering the IR mini dome version. Again with IR illuminators, WDR, Smart IR and digital noise reduction. They are small for an IR dome and work well in specific situations.

 

Main Features

  • 1/3” 3 Megapixel CMOS sensor
  • H.264 dual-stream encoding
  • 2-Axis (pan/tilt) adjustments
  • 30fps @ 1080P (1920 x 1080) or 15fps @ 3MP (2048 x 1536)
  • 2.8mm, 4mm, 6mm and 12mm fixed lens
  • Day/Night IR Cut Filter
  • IR LED advertised working distance 30m
  • IP66 Rated Outdoor Dome
  • Powered by PoE
  • Smartphone apps available

Overall, this camera has good image quality, good low light performance, well-organized menus and very small. The IR illuminators are bright and have good coverage. As a twist, I tested both their 2.8mm for nice wide shots as well as their 12mm lens.

This is a typical dome with a pigtail with a power and Ethernet jack that comes out the back of the camera. 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.

Unlike the bullet, aiming this camera is not easy. First to note is that this is a 2-axis dome. This means the lens can only tilt up down and pan side to side. Since the lens can’t rotate, installs have to be perfectly horizontal like on ceiling. In theory, you can surface mount it on a wall, but you would lose the ability to pan because as you pan the image will tilt. Hikvision does make a 3-axis dome that I will cover soon in another article.

If you want to mount the camera on a wall, I would strongly suggest the wall mount made specifically for this camera and looks like this.

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 you can chose the aspect ratio which should be automatic, but it’s not. For example, if you chose 1080P, then you have to click on 16:9, if you chose 3MP mode, then click on 4:3. The default is sort of in between.

As with the bullet, the camera comes with a fixed IP address at 192.0.0.64. They include a program on a CD called SADP that you run, finds the cameras and you can change the IP address to one that’s appropriate for your home network.

I’ll go over some of the setup screens of interest. After setting the IP address in SADP, you can change it again under Network, but since that’s done, the next step may be configuring the ports if you want to access the cameras from the internet. What I like to do is make them sequential, for example, I would make the HTTP port 5000, RTSP port 5001, HTTPS port 5002 and SDK port 5003 and then in my router I would setup port forward range from 5000-5003. Makes it easier to track which ports go with which camera.

The next screen you’ll want to visit is the Video/Audio settings. Please do not get confused, even though there’s an option for audio, there’s no audio capabilities in this model. But most importantly, this is where you set the resolution, frame rate, bit rate and such. I’m a big fan of the 4:3 format so I run it in 3MP mode, but the camera runs very well in 1080P which is in the 16:9 format. If you have a version from another country, Europe, Asia, you may see frame rates max at 25 for 1080P or 12 for 3MP, this is easy to fix by changing the “video standard” option in the screen I’m showing after this one to 60hz for U.S. standards, 50hz for others.

Here’s the Image 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.

Events is where you set in-camera motion detection. The reason for this is if you have NVR software, for example Milestone XProtect that leverages in-camera motion detection or if you want to use the NFS method I mentioned in a previous article.

You click the draw area button to draw the area you want to detect motion detection in. It can be multiple sets of boxes, in my example, I just drew one large box. You have to select trigger channel to enable it and set the arming schedule by clicking Edit to change it.

If you do want to use the write to NAS (NFS) feature, you provide the IP address and directory under the NAS tab and then format the space under Storage Management screen shown below. This has worked well for me but some have had issues. Word is that the next major firmware release, 5.1 will make it more stable for different NFS solutions.

After setting events and storage you think it should all work, but one more step. You have to setup the recording schedule to “Motion Detection” if you want it based on that, or Normal if you want 24/7 recording regardless of motion. There are choices for Alarm, but this model does not come equipped with alarm inputs.

Now onto the images. I mounted the camera with the 2.8mm wide angle lens in the usual spot, under the eave of my garage. 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 clear and sharp image.

I put the 12mm version in my backyard for a different mix of colors and contrast and also test out WDR. This shot has WDR turned off.

This is with WDR set to 20% and you can see more details in the shadows.

At night, the 2.8mm camera did pretty well with existing light from the street lamp across the street and two LED bulbs in porch lights at the front of my garage. These are Cree 60W equivalent bulbs I got at Home Depot that work very well, cost around $12 each. Putting this in B&W did not yield a better image, so I left it in “day” mode. I have videos below that demonstrate both color and B&W mode better than a still picture.

In the backyard, where light is scarce you can see the effect of the IR illuminator in dark scene. The 12mm camera does have a good range to match it’s 12mm lens. This image is taken with WDR turned off.

With WDR set to 20% again, you can see more detail in the shadows at the expense of more noise.

One thing to note with the 12mm lens is that with limited 2-axis adjustments, I would not recommend this lens. The reason is you can not tilt the lens high enough to see the horizon, not an issue for a wide angle lens, but with the telephoto lens, it basically looks down. I tried mounting it in my driveway but all I saw was the rear tires of the car. So make sure you understand this before jumping into the 12mm lens and consider the bullet which has more mounting and pointing options or the 3-axis Hikvision dome which is larger and can be aimed higher.

I uploaded day and night videos to YouTube. I also added a color night time video to show you how well this may work for you at night if you have enough light.  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 videos were extracted using BlueIris.

This camera is small and has good clarity, good color accuracy, the camera can be found for as low as $179.99 with free shipping from Wrightwood Surveillance, that it’s definitely worth trying one out.

The pluses for this camera are;

  • Price
  • 3MP, 1080P or 720P resolution
  • Bright  IR illuminators
  • Day/Night IR Cut Filter
  • Ability to record to NFS and playback from the camera

The shortcomings for this camera are;

  • 2-axis dome, a problem for some times of installs
  • Some minor IR light bleed issues on 2.8mm lens version
  • IR LED’s partially blocked on 2.8m lens version
  • Not enough tilt range on the 12mm version to be useful with that lens

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

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apereira
apereira
2 months 21 days ago

Hello, Could you help me with a question?

I’ve set up a system with Hikivision cameras, and I’m recording to a VCR, I use Hikivision’s own system to view (iVMS-5200), however, I’m noticing that recordings are being made in cycles, records around one hour and 40 Minutes, skip 5 minutes of recording and then continue recording. For example, I’m watching a recording of 13:45, suddenly a cut occurs in the video and comes back from 13:50. All recordings have the same symptom. I thank the attention

lingandshow
lingandshow
9 months 26 days ago

Hello,

Would you please kindly advise if there are Hikvision camera settings that can perhaps reduce the possibly of false “Motion Detected” warnings due to the change ambient lighting conditions? For example, the camera triggers and such “Motion Detected” event when there is a piece of cloud passing through the sky and temporary blocking the sun, which makes the camera’s view darker. And then another such event will be triggered when the sun is unblocked, which makes the camera’s view brighter. I can receive hundreds of notices for such events in a day when the weather is “right”. I have been tinkering settings in “Events” and “Image” in Configuration, but none seemed to have helped.

Thank you and have a nice day.

Simon
Simon
1 year 3 months ago

Do you thinks this camera can be installed upside down in an exposed position i.e. where it’s directly exposed to the rain?

I’m looking for a pan/tilt camera for use as a weather camera but it needs to point to the sky. It is IP66 so should work, although the lens would need some regular cleaning. I assume the software would have correction to turn the image the right way round.

Many thanks
Simon
South Africa

Rick
Rick
1 year 4 months ago

How is everyone viewing their Hikvision cameras in browsers these days? Chrome has now stopped providing support for npapi, Firefox will stop npapi next year. I’m running Windows 10 and Microsoft Edge browser does not provide npapi support either. Did Hikvision come out with a new plugin yet?

Marco
Marco
1 year 4 months ago

Can you provide a layout of how and which devices connect input/output alarm function of this camera?

Bnar
Bnar
1 year 4 months ago

I just bought it. But I can’t find Ivms-4500 in App Store in USA to download it. They said I should.change it to Canada store I tried this also but nothing also. Please help me to find an app to my iPhone.
Regards

Ingo
Ingo
1 year 6 months ago

Hi, i have a problem with the frame rate behaviour of my mjpeg straem with the DS-2cd2732-IS.

Xeoma server runs on Ubuntu with following Hardware
4 GB Mem
Intel Atom CPU N2800 1.86 GHz x 4
Mirrored Raid SSD Drives
64 bit Ubuntu 14.04

You see it is a very small system for your application, but so it uses only 13 Watt power consumption without any moving parts.

I set the frame rate for mjpeg to 4 because the system is very small, but i receive only 1 fps.

But more awsome is, that the the frame rate reduces by night to 1 frame per 2 secounds and then step by step (hour by hour) down to 1 frame per 8 secounds.

I have no explain for this, have you ever heard from this behaviour.

Kind regards,
Ingo

Troy
Troy
1 year 9 months ago

Hi I’ve got four DS-2CD2132-I cameras at home, can you recommend any specific NVR besides hikvision that will work with these cameras?

SørenBM
SørenBM
1 year 11 months ago

Hi,

I’m having trouble posting a reply in this topic. It does not show up.

Are there any limits for the length of post?

Kind regards,
Søren

SørenBM
SørenBM
1 year 11 months ago

Hi Networkcameracritic

Will you be doing a review of the new model of this version – DS-2CD2132F-IS.

I have just ordered one.

In some other regards I have been in contact with a Mr. Jerry Wang from Hikvisions Overseas Technical Support Engineer (EU/Nordic region) division.

Doing our conversation he mentioned there is a new version of their DS-2CD2732F-IS – 27xx – on its way with a motorized lens. Scheduled to release in Q2 2015 (not guaranteed).

Initially I was going for the vari-focal DS-2CD2732F-IS camera but this new information put me off and I decided to buy model DS-2CD2132F-IS instead. I don’t like t o buy “obsolete” tech. gadgets when I know there is something new right around the corner (yes, I know – there is always something new right around the corner). 🙂

Anyways, now I will wait in patience and hope you will be doing a review asap. after release of this new camera.

Do you happen to have any information as to the this new 27xx?

Kind regards,
Søren B. Eriksen
Denmark

SørenBM
SørenBM
1 year 11 months ago

Hi Networkcameracritic,

Thanks for some great reviews.

Will you be doing a review of the new model of this camera anytime soon – model DS-2CD2132F-IS?

I have just ordered one.

I have been in contact with a Mr. Jerry Wang from Hikvison from their Overseas Technical Support Engineer (EU/Nordic region) division in some other regards.

Doing our conversation he mentioned there is a new version of DS-2CD2732F-IS – 27xx – with a motorized lens on its way in Q2 2015 (release time not guaranteed).

Initially I was going for the vari-focal DS-2CD2732F-IS, but this new information put me off ordering a DS-2CD2732F-IS and going for the new DS-2CD2132F-IS instead. I don’t like to buy “obsolete” tech. gadgets. 🙂

Now I will wait with patience and hope you will be doing a review asap. after release of this new 27xx.

Have a nice day.

Kind regards,
Søren B. Eriksen
Denmark

Ricardo
Ricardo
2 years 3 days ago

Thanks for the prompt reply.

Ricardo
Ricardo
2 years 3 days ago

Hi,

Thank you for your great reviews! I’m considering on mounting a dome camera on a wall using the Hikvision wall bracket at my front door. Which Hikvision dome camera would you recommend?

Hikvision DS-2CD2132-I or Hikvision DS-2CD2732F-IS

I want to be able to see who is walking up to my front door. There are 5 steps leading up to the front door. The camera will be mounted on a brick wall facing the left side of the door.

Thanks in advance.

Rick L
Rick L
2 years 6 days ago

I just bought a second DS-2CD2132-I camera, but instead, they send me the DS-2CD2132F-IS. It’s the new 2015 model with firmware 2.5.2. I was surprised to see that they now include a microSD card slot and they made it a 3-axis dome camera. The third axis is done by rotating the lens (like an old tv knob). It clicks as you turn it. I just put in a 64 GB microSDXC card and I have internal storage.

Tony
Tony
2 years 1 month ago

Well today I must have looked in every NVR menu and sub-menu a million times. My NVR nearly got itself thrown out the window in frustration which would have made me feel a lot better for a few seconds..lol. The Camera management image section only has brightness, contrast, saturation and hue. I have tried logging into the NVR web interface and that only gives the same options. Also tried IVMS 4200 software on my pc but can’t get any image options in there either. Looks like I’m going to have to buy a poe injector and see if I can hook the cameras up direct to my router to access the other image options on my Camera. I even tried running a cable from one of my empty nvr inputs to the router as suggested on a forum which was meant to enable the camera web interfaces to be accessed via the network but it did not work for me.

Andrew
Andrew
11 months 29 days ago

Hey Tony what injector did you get for that camera? I can’t get it power up via POE. I had to use DC power adaptor for it.

Tony
Tony
2 years 1 month ago

Thought I would leave an update on this in case anyone else has the same problem as me getting into the advanced image menu when plugged directly into the NVR. I have been in touch with the company I bought them off for the following solution. Log into the NVR web interface. Go to Configuration, network settings, advanced menu and make sure “enable virtual host” is enabled. Then go back into Configuration, camera management and there should be a link next to your cameras (right hand side) on the IP camera list. That takes you into the camera web interface directly and you now have access to the config, advanced config, image settings menu

Tony
Tony
2 years 1 month ago

I have two DS-2CD2132-1 cameras connected to a DS-7600 series NVR. I can’t seem to get the advanced image settings via the NVR or via the IVMS-4200 software (loaded on my pc) although I can view the cameras ok. As the cameras are linked through the NVR (which automatically changed the default IP addresses) I can’t seem to open their web interfaces on my pc.
In the basic settings available on the NVR and the IVMS-4200 I can’t access the WDR, white balance, noise reduction settings etc. Will I need to connect the cameras temporarily directly to my pc to get these settings?

Thanks in advance for any help with this!

Lee Dye
Lee Dye
2 years 1 month ago
You do a good job with these reviews and the support yo provide beyond this website. If I may, I would recommend that you standardize your reviews. Firmware issues, support, interface, etc.. should all be part of your reviews. This particular camera for instance….the port range issue. The inability to change the default ADMIN name is a very sort issue with me. No reset button-take away another star-that should be mandatory in all IP cameras. Same for readily available firmware. ACTI is another instance in which a person must create an account just to check firmwares. That is when their website is actually working. Unfortunately many of these companies are arrogant in their business practice and many end users support such behavior because their expectations are low to begin with. Take Dahau, absolutely no support, they rely the resellers. Problem being, my reseller which I purchased two of their cameras from went out of business….How is that for support? Need to look up the port of this Hiki camera, their software only provides a webserver port, not the HTTP port which is needed to log-in. Again, just poor follow-up on their part. There is much more to a camera than… Read more »
Lee Dye
Lee Dye
2 years 1 month ago

Well to follow-up. I believe you are a bit ‘generous’ when it comes to these reviews.
the browser interface for this camera is downright HORRIBLE! Even utilizing their own software, port addresses are in a limited range, not where all of my other cameras are. Must be over 2000. Why????? Makes no sense to force this limitation upon people. Then, even though their own configuration states a particular port, you cannot log-into that port. Again, this is the only camera I have owned with such a log-in issue. Chrome, FF, or Explorer, same thing. This camera is going back. I cannot recommend this camera due to the limited and horrible interface to anyone.

Whelan
Whelan
2 years 1 month ago

Considering the first 1024 ports are essentially reserved with a number of popular services unofficially tacked on to the end of that range, I imagine their intention was to save users from themselves when limiting port choices to >2000.

Rick
Rick
2 years 2 months ago

I’m still struggling with this camera a little bit. I have set up storage in the camera’s settings to one of my NAS storages. Every time I format the drive, it goes back to uninitialized. I found a post you made here: http://www.ipcamtalk.com/showthread.php?54-Solving-some-NFS-issues-on-Hikvision-cameras which is exactly what I’m experiencing. Does this issue fix the camera with firmware 5.2.0?

John
John
2 years 2 months ago

How does the sturdiness of this camera compare to the “vandal” dome DS-2CD2732F-IS? The DS-2CD2732F-IS feels very well built. Is this camera built the same way, except for missing some of the features such as a varifocal lense?

Kris
2 years 2 months ago

I have one more question.
Which would be a better resolution: Full HD with 30 frames
or 2048×1536 with 20 frames.

Scott
Scott
2 years 2 months ago
Garg, I’m using the motion detection with Xeoma. I use none of the settings in the HikVision cameras for doing anything other than configuration. The motion sensing setup is better (IMO) within Xeoma as one can better control the zones with a variable size paint brush and do various zones in a single motion sensing module, select for object size, sensitivity, delays, pre-, post- motion, record no motion events, etc. I have different modules for different things for a single camera (car movement vs animal, vs person) with the first two recorded but the last gets an alarm (text message to my phone where the free Xeoma app allows me to look at what happened and see if I need a 911 call or what). The setup is very easy (check out the youtube videos). Yes, it takes a separate computer but I chose that for two reasons: (1) Linux which is essentially bullet proof 24/7 compared to Windows, (2) Linux can be run on a very small, relatively inexpensive box (Zotac ID69, 8GB RAM, Intel quad hyper-threading CPU, 120GB Samsung SSD). I wanted something to keep running no matter what. It sits in the kitchen and is also used… Read more »
Kris
2 years 2 months ago

a the moment I have DS-2CD2132, You cen have look on the image of this camera
http://188.121.8.206:8011 login: test pass: test
The mini have short dystans with ir led

Kris
2 years 2 months ago

I watch Your review of this two camera and You write that:

“Then at night I was not expecting much, smaller and lesser IR LEDs, 10m advertised working distance but wow, this camera is seeing detail across the street I could not see with any other camera. Don’t know what they did on this camera, but the low light sensitivity is awesome. This is with WDR turned off. There is a little more noise than in other Hikvision camera models, but the detail is there and it’s quite good.”

I live out of town and I wonder if this will be enough if I do not have street lights.

Kris
2 years 2 months ago

exactly is that model: DS-2CD2532-I(S)

Kris
2 years 2 months ago

as the image quality is also better in the DS-2CD2532 at the night and day

Kris
2 years 2 months ago

Hi, which one is better for home in your opinion: DS-2CD2132 or DS-2CD2532

LeeDye
LeeDye
2 years 2 months ago

Thanks, looked into the plug of the unit, piece of plastic remnant was in there, likely from manufacture. Took it out, works fine now. Thanks for the review and assistance.

Lee Dye
Lee Dye
2 years 2 months ago

Must say, this is about the worst camera I have ever had, with exception to a small bullseye analog I purchased 12 years ago. First Hiki unit was defective, could not locate on the network at all. There is no reset button which should be good cause for 200 lashings to the engineer.
My replacement unit is found, works in BlueIris, but I cannot access it through any browser whatsoever. Keeping in mind I have owned well over 100 cameras of various makes/models.

Tried all 4 top browsers, which incidentally work fine for the other 10 cameras on my network. Not this one.

About to box this hunk of junk and send it back. I don’t have the luxury of spending hours on one camera.

Rick
Rick
2 years 2 months ago

I just bought one of these cameras and I like the quality I am seeing when I view the live feed and the pictures it takes. Can the camera, itself, take videos and save it to a network drive? I have set up a SMB/CIFS path on my server for the camera to save files to. I have set up a motion detection area under events. When something is in my marked area, it only saves jpeg pictures, not mpeg video files. Looking at your comment above, dated November 12th, it sounds like I *have to* use a NVR or something like Blue Iris/iSpy?

Dan
Dan
2 years 3 months ago

Hi, I am looking at getting one of these cameras. They are retailing for £102 in the UK. I’d like to understand how it records though. Some reviews for other cameras state that those cameras record in 10second segments into a cache on the camera, then upload the video from the camera, at which point it stop recording and this can take between 30 and 60 seconds. So 10s of recording, followed by 30 to 60 seconds of nothing.

How does this camera record, as I am after a cmaera that provide continuous recording.

On a separate notem your review was some time ago, are there other newer cameras in the £100 ($170) range that provide the same or better functionality than the 2132?

Thanks, Dan

Juan
Juan
2 years 3 months ago

Thanx.
The new camera seems to work fine…the client played back old footage, thinking it is still doing the same thing with the new camera.
It is NOT seeing the sun setting (not in picture).
All the settings you mentioned is standard procedure….so I STILL don’t know what caused it.
Can only think: faulty camera – although I did test it at home in a dark room, and it’s OK????

On site, the images looked like when you take the shutter speed up to about 1/500 or even 1/1000??? = totally dark with 2 specks of light (garden lights).
Thanx for the great work you do. We don’t need to learn by trial & error, if you can do the testing for us…great job.

Juan Lourens
2 years 3 months ago

Hi

We are installers of IP cameras (and other electronic security systems) and I have a problem which is a first, with the 1.3MP version (2CD2112)… maybe you have some suggestions on what could cause this:
The camera is connected to the entry level Hikvision mini-NVR (8ch) with built-in PoE, connected via STP cable (ground wire not connected, only use that cable, because of the outdoor conditions).
The installation is a STP cable running outdoors on a house right next to the beach, facing the sea (and, I realize) facing the setting sun.
I thought is would only just miss the sun on the horizon, but I might be wrong.
The camera GOES COMPLETELY BLACK AT NIGHT (with small white specs of light in distance)
I have tested the photocell (covered…switched IR filter).
Replace the camera…same result
Tested first one in normal in-house dark conditions = works fine.
Thus…it must either be
– cable
– NVR port
– conditions (facing setting sun) – which I think it is
Have you come across a scenario where the IR does not kick in, in these conditions???
(stays color? changes shutter speed???)

Galo
Galo
2 years 3 months ago

Hi everyone,

I bought one of these cameras last week, came home and connected it by mistake to a 24v injector I had.

Since this is a 12v camera I’m pretty sure I just screwed it up.
Questions are:
1) Is there some way to really figure out how screwed is it?
2) Do you know where may I look for on how to repair it?

Thank you very much for any pointers.

Galo

HIKVISION DS-2CD2132-I
HIKVISION DS-2CD2132-I
2 years 3 months ago

Great camera, had a hard time setting it up but it’s working now.
I gave up on the nas config and bought an extra license for the synology nas.
I hope it will arrive tomorrow.

For anyone interested, it has English firmware:
V5.2.0 build 140721.

Anyone knows how to add it to the android app tiny-cam-monitor?

And is it possible to specify the amount of attachments it sends through email?
It sends three captured screenshots.
I have another cam and that sends a sequence of 6 captured screenshots.

Thanks for the review and useful comments.

ipcam user
ipcam user
2 years 4 months ago

I just purchase one of these camera and it turns out to be a chinese ver camera running the English 5.1 firmware.

I tried email the seller but they have not responded to me at all.

Does anyone know where i can find the 5.15 firmware that i can use on the Chinese ver camera please

A.k
A.k
2 years 4 months ago

Hi,

is this model same as Trendnet TV-IP311PI? I read that we can put Trendnet firmware on this camera

NZClint
NZClint
2 years 4 months ago

Hi there,

Just wondering what you think I should do in this situation, I bought this camera (chinese version) 2 months ago from wrightwood, set it up in the lounge and had it running fine for a week then put it away in the closet till this weekend when I went to mount it but can’t get any connection to it, it doesn’t show up in SADP and I’ve tried the TFTP process but that won’t do anything either, it looks like it’s probably a hardware fault which is weird since it was working fine originally, I’ve tested all my connections with my other cameras so I know its definitely the camera at fault, I email support@hikvision.com but had no reply, I see you’ve mentioned there’s no reset button on the dome, any ideas what I should do next? bit of a shame to throw it in the bin when its brand new!

Many thanks 🙂

IPcamuser
IPcamuser
2 years 5 months ago

Hi All,

I just bought this camera and had the firmware 5.1.6 on it.

I have a linux box and have a folder connected to the camera via CIFS/SMB option.

Every time i try yo format a folder in the share which is ~ 500gb in size, it’s formats the drive then proceed to be initialized. Sometimes it stays in the “normal” mode for about 2mins or so, but then reverts to initialized.

I tried changing the HEX decimals but no use 🙁

If i try a smaller share like 80gb it works.

Problem is oi need a much larger storage share.

Any ideas?

Thanks

Scott
Scott
2 years 5 months ago
I’m very satisfied with these cameras so far (we’ll see how they hold up during winter and the long run). I discovered something a couple of weeks ago when Charter (our ISP) had DNS server problems across the US. When Charter came back and was stable I found our net speed had dropped from 60 Mbps to ~30 Mbps. I eventually narrowed it down to the six cameras (turned off PoE switch and got back 64 MBps). The PoE switch goes into my main 24 port gigabit switch (D-Link DGS-1024D, one of which is taken by Linux PC and Xeoma software) and another cable to the Synology DS412+ (although it has a spare port). The Xeoma software only runs the SVC Preview channel with all original resolution H264 going to NAS without recoding on Linux machine. All cameras are detected as 100M devices by PoE switch (D-Link DGS-1100). I think I’m recording too much info. Any ideas on getting some speed back or should I just accept it? Perhaps a more managed switch? Here are my camera settings: Frame Rate: 10 FPS iframe: 10 Resolution: 1080p Bitrate Type: Constant Video Quality: Medium Max Bitrate: 3000 kbps (4096 Hikvision default) Video… Read more »
leo
leo
2 years 5 months ago

Why should Smart IR be turned off? What it is supposed to do?

Joe
2 years 5 months ago

I just had 6 of these cameras installed and cannot figure out how to enable the BLS support and or the use of the day/night feature. This is frustrating b/c three of my cameras are in no/low light areas. Images of those cameras in Live mode are completely black. I am currently logging into my hikvision NVR for configuration and it looks different that the screen shots above. Do I need to log into the cameras directly for advanced configuratios? They all have their own IP addresses but I cannot reach them via IE. Any ideas?

Garrick
Garrick
2 years 5 months ago

I have 2 of the DS-2CD3132-I set up on brackets using 2.8mm lenses at the front of my house. They work a treat.

I’m trying to understand why you would use bullet cameras at all?
Also, the varifocal cameras, e.g. DS-2CD2732F-IS, while they offer varifocal and memory card slots, their angle of view at 2.8mm is 15 degrees less.

If I’m not going to be actively interacting with the camera, it means a set lense size is probably best?

If I wanted to get some more cameras for say the 2-3m alley down the sides of the house and then about a 6m-wide yard using 2 cameras at either corner of the house, should I just pick 12mm or 6mm lenses?

Leo
Leo
2 years 6 months ago

I plan to use one of these dome cameras with a 4mm lens under a soffet where it will be near a floodlight. The camera lens will be facing away from the floodlight. Do you think I will have any light bleed issues in this position?

Thanks,
Leo

Justin
Justin
2 years 6 months ago

I was wondering what the difference is between motion detection and Live Analytics? I cannot seem to wrap my head around this. Is it not just the same thing? Also, when using the Surveillance Station for Synology what would be the right settings for Detection Sensitivity and Threshold? I have it set at 75/50. Just truing to fine tune my motion dtetction using the SS and not the Camera motion built in. Or would Camera motion be better? Sorry for all the questions this is all new to me. Thank you.

Steve M
Steve M
2 years 6 months ago

I have cameras show as disconnected for periods of time of 10 minutes by surveillence station. The cameras show up fine if connecting directly to them via IP address and web browser. I recall reading that surveillence station does something to legally verify the frames have not been tampered with or something like that. So maybe a higher level of error detection is used, that forces it to show as disconnected in Surveillence station if all is not perfect. Just a guess as I never had time to persue it. So yes , working cameras sometimes appear as disconnected in surveillence station. Of course if someone is doing something bad at that moment, like smashing you car , it can be quite distressing to be camera less at that time. I’d like to know what is happening also while the cam is disconnected. I’m not sure how often the software retries a connect – but a notice does finally appear that the connection was restored. It can be 20 minutes.

Justin
Justin
2 years 6 months ago

All is now working fine. The only other issue is with the Synology Surveillance Software. The cameras were working and now they all show disconnected? I am using the Hikvision software and the APP and the cameras work fine. A little upset because I paid for 3 licenses and now this problem. Not sure what could be causing it. Has anyone had this problem?

Justin
Justin
2 years 6 months ago

I am really needing someones help on this. My Zyxel switch is connected to my Asus RTn56 router. I have my cameras plugged into the switch but I can see my cameras via Synology not even through a web interface via hikvision. What am i doing wrong? Do i need to point my router towards the switch? Help please? Thanks in advance.

Justin
Justin
2 years 6 months ago

Does anyone know what a good UPS system to use for there camera systems?

Steve M
Steve M
2 years 6 months ago

Also consider the frame per second rating of the ds213+, rather than just the number of cameras supported. if the DS213+ supports a total of 96 frames per second at a resolution of 1080, then it seems like the 8 cameras can only run at 12FPS each. So you have to juggle FPS and resolution and you might come up shorter than you expected.

Justin
Justin
2 years 6 months ago

This is from the 213+ Total frame rate (FPS) : 120 FPS @ 720p (1280×800)

Justin
Justin
2 years 6 months ago

Thank you. I plan to only use 5 cameras so I should be fine.

Justin
Justin
2 years 6 months ago

Thank you for the reply. I have spoken to the vendor from China and he says that V5.1.0 comes in English. Plus they are giving me a great deal. The website you recommended the price is really high for 5 cameras. On the Netgear I am only using 5 ports for the 5 cameras. So I should still be fine?

Justin
Justin
2 years 7 months ago

I am using a Synology NAS and about to order 5 2132 cameras. Since your using the firmware on the camera themselves to trigger motion detection and writing the video to the NAS does that mean you didn’t have to purchase the licenses from Synology for the cameras?

Marcus
Marcus
2 years 7 months ago

Need help in setting up Hikvision models DS-2CD2132-I Can’t get sound on Xeoma on Ubuntu
Any suggestion?

Garg Amon
Garg Amon
2 years 7 months ago

I have a similar setup as you with 3 cameras and a DS413. Are you using Xeoma to do motion detection or just to save the video to the NAS? I’m using the firmware on the cameras themselves to trigger the motion detection and write the video directly to the NAS. It’s a bit more complicated to manage but removes the need for an extra PC to run at 100% 24/7.

Scott
Scott
2 years 5 months ago

I am using Xeoma to do motion detection and a lot more. For each of the six cameras I have 3 motion detection modules one each for animals (dogs, cats), people, cars (cameras that see road where I paint out non road zones). When a human sized moving object is detected then an audible alarm sounds anywhere in the home I want, an extra recording is sent to the cloud, and a text message is sent to my phone where I can preview event to see if a police call is needed. With animals and cars only recordings are made. The Hikvision software and Synology are not up to the flexibility of Xeoma, plus Synology software is a lot more expensive when you add it up for multiple cameras.

ScottT
ScottT
2 years 7 months ago

I think I may have a solution. After READING more of the manual and FAQs on Xeoma I find that one can significantly lower CPU usage (not sure by how much) by reducing Preview resolution but retaining full resolution of the archive due to not having to re-decode. If I turn off all cameras I get 10% CPU, one camera ~35%, two cameras ~70-75%, and three cameras and above 95-100%. But I will try this article next, although I have to get my archiving to my NAS working first (having some issues with NFS shares, etc). Always something more to learn with technology.

http://felenasoft.com/xeoma/en/articles/h264/

ScottT
ScottT
2 years 7 months ago

Just bought five DS-2CD2132-I cameras from a well known US dealer. Setup was quick and straightforward. Firmware is V5.1.2 build 140116. Two problems: (1) I cannot set the “video standard” (PAL, HTSC) either in Basic or Advanced mode and consequently there are far fewer options on frame rate, etc. I’ve set it at 25fps, iframe 25, 1080p, constant, 4096 Kbps (no other choice), H264. Usage is for security cameras around home. Is there anyway to update this version of firmware and if so where (could not find anything at Hikvision or European link above)?
(2) My small Linux machine is running the security software (Xeoma) which is very nice BUT while viewing the 5 cameras the Linux machine is running at 100% CPU (<10% memory out of 8GB). The CPU is an Intel Core i7, dual CPU, Haswell, 1.8-3.0 GHz Turbo (automatic), 15 max TDP, hyperthreading (4 threads). Do I set the performance and therefore the CPU demand in the Hikvision cameras or the monitoring software or both? [or do I change Linux machines]. I intend to send all of the video to my NAS (Synology DS412+, 8TB). Thanks.

deercreek
deercreek
2 years 7 months ago

I have the camera installed at my cabin and am accessing via browser from my home. No problem using Sub Stream (Webcomponents) but Main Stream just gives me a black screen instead of camera image. How can I get a higher resolution remote image? thanks

deercreek
deercreek
2 years 7 months ago

I just installed a Hik 2032 and am trying to get it set up in IP Cam Viewer (paid version) but it keeps giving me errors. Would you mind sharing your setup parameters? thanks

KN
KN
2 years 8 months ago

The firmware is the same on the 4 . i have already checked it .
That is curious because it used to work a couple of weeks ago .

any idea ?

KN
KN
2 years 8 months ago

Hello,

Great review ,
i have a problem with only 1 of the 4 cams about the push notification ( motion detection )on iphone. Initialy it worked fine for all but now when i want to activate push notification i have “NOT SUPPORTED BY THE DEVICE” when connecting with external ip but it works with lan ip. I don’t understand why ….
The 3 others work perfectly with external ip and local network (the parameters seems to be the same for the 4 ).
Do you have an idea of what i missed ?

THANKS a lot for your great work on this site .

ps : i already tryed to reinitialyse all parameters but it is the same …

PLEASE HELP

lingandshow
lingandshow
2 years 8 months ago

Hello,

Thank you for the great review! I am having difficulties in using the PTZ control of DS-2CD2132-I: I was not able to pan or tilt the camera (or “turn on the light”) with either the web browser based control or the iVMS4200 software. The camera is powered through PoE via TP-Link TL-SF1008P switch, and I have tried various browsers and iVMS4200 on both PC and MAC platforms. The live view and image/video taking all work. Would you please kindly advise on the PTZ controller settings?

Thank you and have a nice day.

bdbx18
bdbx18
2 years 8 months ago
Hi, I bought a 2.8mm version (after returning the 4mm) in hopes of eventually replacing all of the Trendnet ip422 at my home. I am on v5.1.2 and have mostly everything running fine, remote viewing e.g. However, I just cannot figure out the following: 1 – Nighttime motion triggered recording is a requirement. The car I’m targeting is about 20 ft away but it is still viewable when all the lights are off. I have drawn the target area but motion does not seem to be triggered at all. I have set Events – to have it armed at all hours (for testing) and Storage – Record Schedule to set it to record when Motion is detected. But it is not recording. Actually, it doesn’t record even when I set Record to Normal. I’m currently manually clicking Record on the LiveView before retiring for the night. I know I’m missing something silly here or is it too far for the motion detection. If that’s the case, I should at least be able to set it to record on a set time every night but that isn’t working either. 2 – I use Ipcam on my Android and the developer says… Read more »
John
John
2 years 8 months ago

I have the 2.8mm version of this camera. In night mode, video captures of moving people are smeared beyond recognition. Here is a screen grab of the issue:

My config settings are as follows:

720p, variable bit rate, highest video quality, 30fps, 6144 max bit rate, I Frame interval: 5.

All image adjustment settings are at 50; exposure settings: Manual iris, 1/30 exposure time, gain: 51; Smart IR: on; WDR ON with level set to 44; noise reduction level: 100.

I’m recording video via SecuritySpy @ 30fps.

Any suggestions about how I might improve my night video?

wingede
wingede
2 years 9 months ago

After taking it apart I answered my own question about the tilt, still keen to find out why PoE is not compatible

wingede
wingede
2 years 9 months ago

Thanks for a great write up! – based on your post I bought a 4mm and a 2.8mm.

After network configuration using browser to go to live view, should I be able to tilt the lense by the software? or do you have to adjust the camera manually (it seems a bit tight to move though)

I also bought a Edimax ES-1008PH poe switch (4 ports) and despite trying many cables PoE simply doesn’t work for me yet it is 802.3af/3at compiant – is there something unique about these cameras?

Ali
Ali
2 years 9 months ago

Actually i bought it from china
And there is no other selection on the upper right
Only chines
Is there a way to download a firmware that changes the language

Ali
Ali
2 years 9 months ago

Dear friend
I have ds-2cd2432f-iw hikvision camera
But i could not add it to the website http://www.ezviz7.com and
There is another hikvision website
http://Www.ys7.com which you can add specific hikvision cameras
By the way my camera is montioned in there websites which can be added to .

Ali
Ali
2 years 9 months ago

Another question
My hikvision camera’s language is only chines ,i want to chang the language

ali
ali
2 years 9 months ago

i have a hikvision camera ds-2cd2432f-iw
so i want to add it to ezviz
so, i tried but i couldnt

Whelan
Whelan
2 years 9 months ago

As a footnote to this review, the most recent versions of this model I’ve received (late April 2014) seem to have revised the neoprene foam ring assembly around the lens (perhaps the circular LED board also – I haven’t held them side by side), with the end result that the inner ring of IR LEDS are no longer being obscured.

Garg Amon
Garg Amon
2 years 9 months ago
Hi, Thanks for the informative review. I’m using one of these with 5.1.2 firmware. I have it uploading motion trigger events to a Synology NAS via NFS. This seems to work correctly. Is there a way to view this file without using the Windows interface? I run a linux desktop which does not have a driver for the browser to view either the file or the live view. It’s really a pain to load windows to just look at a media file. I also use the motion event trigger to send an email and a couple of pics when motion is detected. This has a couple of bugs. First, if the motion event is at 12:22:25 the first picture sent will be from 12:22:35 Or 12:22:45 which is absolutely useless. I would hope they should show a snapshot at the time of the event or just after, then a new picture every n seconds until motion stops. Secondly, after running for an extended period, maybe a week or more, the email of the motion event is sent but there are no more pictures attached to the email. Restarting the camera makes this part work correctly again. I know you’re not… Read more »
Benjamin
2 years 10 months ago

Hello,
I went with this dome, and I am having major issues with IR bleed / washout / whatever it’s called

dome.png <– and I have no idea how to fix it.

Any ideas or recommendations?

In daylight this camera is awesome.

Tony
Tony
2 years 10 months ago

Hi, great review, I have the same model as reviewed and I have no detection with a Qvis NVR. Should this camera be compatible with the Qvis. I actually have two of these cameras and one has somehow been detected and I have a picture on screen, however the second camera is not being found. The camera that has been detected is running the 5.2 firmware version and the ‘undetectable’ camera is a previous version.

I have input IP addresses for both cameras. The cameras are running to the PoE NVR and the NVR to a switch and that switch to the router?

Your suggestions would be much apprectied. Thanks.

Ondrej
Ondrej
2 years 10 months ago

Hi,

I have just bought three these cameras. Could you please advice if the proper PoE switch is the must or if I can use a normal switch and to add the PoE injectors to each the camera?

Thanks a lot,
Ondrej, Czech Republic

Tomasz
Tomasz
2 years 10 months ago

Hi

I bought Hikvision 2cd2032-I and I have a problem with the quality of the display image in Live View.
I have a delay in the transmission image of ~ 0.1 s in a dedicated program IVMS-4200 and in my recorder (IPCorder – Kouukam).
But if I watch in a web browser or VLC (rtsp) then everything is all right. The image is smooth without delays.
What could be the problem? Does anyone also met up with this?
I hope you understand what I mean 🙂

CPU I7, Intel 4000 graph, 8GB ram, router switch 100mb/s.

Tomek

Mark
Mark
2 years 10 months ago

I purchased a few of the Hikvision DS-2CD2132-I Dome Cameras after reading your reviews online.

I’ve gotten them to work fine through my DiskStation and Surveillance software and they do look great, but for the life of me I cannot get these to work outside my home. I can connect through Surveillance software, but not to camera directly without the software.

Do you have any directions in these posts that help someone set these up for outside access? I have all mac computers and Airport Extreme base station. All updated with the latest firmware.

You seem to be one of the few online talking about these cameras so I figured I would ask you before going to them. Your site is a great resource. Thank you for taking the time to put it together.

J.B.
J.B.
2 years 10 months ago

If I have 3 of these recording directly to my home NAS, is there an application for my iPhone that will allow me to view all 3 cameras relatively easily remotely? Such as an app that has an icon for 1, 2, and 3 and I can click on which camera I wish to view live?

Imbro
Imbro
2 years 11 months ago

Is there an option to send e-mail snapshots/pictures, when there is motion detected, from this camera just pluged in to the internet router, or do you need a pc+software running 24h/day?

Sorry for my poor english.

duslune
duslune
2 years 11 months ago

Great review… Is it possible to get lower resolutions? If WebComponents isn’t installed, there are other options for resolution such as DCIF, CIF, 4CIF, etc but none of the other options are available (stream type, video type, etc). There is a huge delay between capture and what I see on monitor for live view. I must not have something configured correctly.

Thanks for any helpful info you may have.

Martin
Martin
3 years 1 month ago

Hi,

can this cam be configured to rotate picture 180 degrees? Because I need to place a dome cam on a shelf, but doing that will turn the picture upside-down, I think. Same question goes for the DS-2CD2732F-IS.
Thanks for some great reviews.

– Martin

Martin
Martin
3 years 1 month ago

Hi,
I am going to have a dome cam on a shelf (instead of ceiling or wall), but doing this the picture will be upside-down. Is it possible to rotate the picture 180 degrees (without using any 3rd party software) on this cam? What about the DS-2CD2732F-IS, can picture be rotated?
Thanks for some great reviews, which I use to decide what cams to buy.

– Martin

bryan
bryan
3 years 1 month ago

Can these cameras be used with a 3rd party recording software, or do you have to use the provided software? I want to uses these outside and use a different camera in other places. Zoneminder is the software I want to use.
Thanks

Matt
Matt
3 years 1 month ago

What is the 3-axis version of this camera you speak of and where can I find your review of it?

Thanks

Sean
Sean
3 years 2 months ago

What mobile viewing apps for Samsung Galaxy III are people using? I really like tinyCam Monitor PRO but can’t get it to work. Hikvision is also not listed under camera vendors and they have a lot of them.

Also does this camera only do H.264 streaming? I tried to change it to Mjpeg (Substream) but it would always revert to H.264.

Sean

Chris
Chris
3 years 2 months ago

Hey I have the 2.8mm lens with the ir issue at night. Does this problem go away on the 4mm lens? If so, What lens replacement do I order? I know it’s an m12 mount just not the details.
Chris

Morakis
Morakis
3 years 2 months ago

How do I get firmware? I am running V5.0.0 130412, this cannot be the newest, right? I have the DS-2CD2032-I also, and that one is running V5.0.2 130805.
Thanks

Amitparkash
Amitparkash
3 years 3 months ago

Thank you!. So I went ahead and set the cam for 1920x1080p, frame rate at 15 and I-frame at 15. What would be the maximum bitrate that I should set

amit parkash
amit parkash
3 years 3 months ago

Hi, any advice on what the frame rate should be set for on a home surveillance system. I would love to set them at the maximum, but I’m running 12 hikvision bullets and mini domes all set at 1920x1080p and i’m sure my computers processor and storage would not be able to handle it so i’m trying to find a “good enough” point to set them at.

Also, what are the I Frame Intervals supposed to be set at. I have been reading a mix of people recommending setting them at the same level as the frame rate and some are saying set it at half.
The cameras came with a default value of 50.

Thanks again for your help.

Bob Anderson
Bob Anderson
3 years 3 months ago

Thanks for the link. Working on a mobile application for multiple network cameras. The constraints involve no public IP address (can buy one from Verizon for $500), good low light capability and low power 12 volt requirements. So I am trying to avoid putting a server on board. It has a good data system using a CradlePoint COR600 modem/router running on Verizon LTE.

Originally looking to use an Axis encoder on a FLIR Pathfindr IR camera then FTP images to a web page, but the Hikvision cameras seem to do so well in low light situations with so much better resolution, I may go this route and save a few thousand dollars.

Thanks for your blog. It is very helpful to evaluate different options.

This is the rig we are working on. It is an EarthRoamer Expedition vehicle.

Bob Anderson
Bob Anderson
3 years 3 months ago

Thanks for the review. Any idea what wavelength the IR sensor can detect? I would like to order an IR spot light but want to make sure this camera can detect the beam. Can’t find the answer in any of the Hikvision documentation. Thanks.

ClawMD
ClawMD
3 years 3 months ago

I don’t see a button to add a new user, although it seems there should be one. I have tried Safari, Chrome, and Firefox. the only options I have is to change password.

ClawMD
ClawMD
3 years 3 months ago

I have this camera and love it. However, the software does not allow me to add more than a single user. Is this normal, or is it resolved with a firmware upgrade Currently I have V5.0.2 130805

chris bailey
chris bailey
3 years 3 months ago

I just bought this camera with the 2.8 lens and at night, my picture looks similar to yours here. You can actually see the reflection of the lens itself in the picture. a little disappointing but, the day time quality is real good. I’m wondering if their is some magic settings that might get rid of the lens reflection from the dome glass?

Chris

stephan
stephan
2 years 10 months ago

Has anybody here an idea, how to eliminate this bleed issue / mist ???
It´s strange 🙁