Dahua IPC-HFW4300S 3MP Mini Bullet Review

Dahua is now offering it’s “Eco-Savvy” series using the Aptina 3MP CMOS sensor vs. the 3MP Sony Exmor CMOS sensor used in other models. This new camera uses <5W of power vs. <6W on the 2MP mini bullet, the IPC-HFW3200S.  Cost from U.S. distributors seems to be close to the 2MP IPC-HW3200S. Image quality has different characteristics over previous 1080P and 3MP cameras from Dahua.

Main Features

  • 1/3” 3Megapixel progressive scan Aptina CMOS
  • H.264 & MJPEG dual-stream encoding
  • Max 20fps@3.0M(2048×1536) & 30fps@1080P(1920×1080)
  • 3.6mm fixed lens (6mm, 8mm optional)
  • Digital Wide Dynamic Range (DWDR)
  • 3D Noise Reduction
  • Back Light Compensation (BLC) and High Light Compensation (HLC)
  • Day/Night IR Cut Filter
  • IR LED working distance 30m
  • IP66 Rated Outdoor Bullet
  • Powered by PoE or 12V
  • Smartphone apps available

Compared to the last 3MP bullet I reviewed from Dahua, the IPC-HFW3300C, this is very small and not as feature rich. There’s no audio or alarm inputs, no SD card slot and the lens is fixed. In return, you get a very compact attractive camera for a significant lower price tag of about $199 in the U.S. from legitimate sources with a U.S. warranty, something new for Dahua.

If you have Dahua cameras, some of the issues people complained about in the past have been resolved, for example poor color accuracy and muddled details, for example in grass being blurred over by poor noise reduction algorithms. The biggest thing you’ll notice as you view the images and video, is dynamic range is quite good without having to enable  WDR. One complaint I had about the Sony Exmor chip is the color saturation and contrast made for pretty images, but compromised detail. This new sensor from Aptina is the opposite, it does not compromise detail but may not make as pretty a picture as the Exmor. If you goal is a pretty picture for example for a website, the Exmor does a better job, if your goal is security, the Aptina does a better job of providing details. I did load the latest firmware on my IPC-HFW3300C to see if this is more of a firmware issues vs. a sensor issue, and I can confirm, this is not a firmware issue, these sensors are very different.

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. If you have a previous model Dahua, note there are some subtle changes to the interface and new features. One new feature is the question mark, provides online help. Also, what’s nice is when you set an aspect ratio, it is persistent, meaning when come back to viewing the camera on the web browser, if you chose 4:3 aspect ratio of 3MP, it remains as you can see below.

What used to be the “Properties” menu is now “Conditions” and has the concept of profiles. Many of the options that existed in the past are still here. Two new items to note are BLC Mode where you chose BLC, WDR or HLC and 3D NR, where you set the percentage of noise reduction. Also, Exposure mode allows different auto options.

Profiles allow you set different options for day vs. night. In this screen you can chose a schedule and pick which time a profile takes effect. This is handy for setting different modes or contrast for day vs. night. This does not set the Day/Night IR cut filter, that is separate.

Resolution and frame rate are chosen in the Camera Video screen. This camera will do up to 20fps in 3MP mode or 30fps in 1080P mode. The defaults seem to work well here.

If you want the camera to record on motion, there’s a few things you have to set. First is under Event, Video Detect. You have to enable this feature.

Then click on Setup next to Area to define the motion detect area. Here you can draw multiple motion detect zones and then apply a threshold and sensitivity.

If you want the camera to FTP event videos, go to the Storage, Destination screen, select the FTP tab and enter your FTP details. I used this feature to create the videos used here, worked very well. What interesting is that YouTube took the .DAV files as-is. Dahua comes with a CD that contains player software to play .DAV files on your PC.

Next go to the Record Control screen to set options here, like what stream to record.

And the last thing is setting the recording schedule if you want set which days/times to enable motion detect recording or to record full time.

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

As with my other reviews, click on the images below to see the full size image, straight from the camera.

This is a daytime shot, after a rain. The detail, color, contrast is pretty good. What’s nice is that with WDR off, you can still see the detail in the tracks for the garbage can lift. In most cameras, without WDR you would not see this, it would just be dark. If you chose WDR, it does not work that well. It looks like a fog over the image and no matter what you set the percentage of WDR, from 1 to 100%, it looks the same to me. This camera does well with WDR turned off as well as or better than most other cameras with WDR turned on.

At night, the image quality is pretty good, in this case with WDR turned off, exposure at AUTO.

With WDR set to 20%, and again, it does not make much difference what you set it to, you definitely get more detail in the shadows like the car across the street.

This is a daytime shot in the backyard. It was a dark gloomy day, so not a lot of harsh sun.

At night, in the backyard with WDR turned off, the image quality is pretty good. You see that the IR illuminators are more concentrated toward the center of the image, not as evenly lit as their larger bullets. While they claim a 30m illumination working range, I would say like in most cases, it’s good for about half that.

With WDR set to the default of 50%, you can see much better detail in the shadows. This may be a good case for day/night profiles where you can set WDR off during the day, and on at night it that suits your situation.

I uploaded day and night videos to YouTube. To see them at the full 3MP resolution, you must click on the gear icon and select 1440P resolution and then click on the icon with 4 corners to see the video full screen.

Daytime Video

Night Video

The current street price for this camera is $199.99 at Wrightwood Surveillance and is a good deal for a camera with these features.

The pluses for this camera are;

  • Good value for the money
  • 1080P at 30fps or 3MP at 20fps
  • Bright IR illuminators
  • Day/Night IR Cut Filter
  • Smartphone apps – everyone wants to access their cameras from smartphones these days
  • They fixed the issues with previous products regarding color accuracy,  muddled noise reduction and aspect ratio of initial display

The shortcoming of the camera are;

  • Image may not have the contrast of other cameras in this segment like the ACTI E32 or Hikvision mini bullet but the trade off is better detail in the shadows

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Hello all, i am a relative newbie to the camera world.
I Can not find the pin diagram!Help me please!
Dahua Ipc-hfw4300s 3mp Eco-savvy Weatherproof Hi Def Ip Security Camera 3.6mm



Thanks for that review, very helpful. Does the camera have the ability to record videos and automatically transfer them to a NAS or FTP server? Or do I need additional software running on a central server/unit which records the video feed from the camera?

Ken Olson

I bought one of the HFW4300S and am having problems with flying bugs constantly triggering the motion detection. I like this camera, but can’t live with that problem. I need to buy 3 more outdoor camera. Would you please recommend a few similar alternative cameras but that support separate IR illuminators. Built-in audio would be a nice benefit, but I’m concerned that would drive price way up.

Ken Olson

I just bought this camera and have two questions:

1) When you choose WDR where is the control to adjust the percentage?

2) In night mode the motion detection is constantly coming on due to bugs flying all around the lens. How can adjust for that?

Thank for all the time and effort you have put into this review and blog (I read it all).


Where to buy IPC-HFW4421S in USA from Dahua dealer with warranty? I see one on Amazon and some China sites but would prefer US market. Thank you.


Hi there!
I need some of this Dahua IP Camears but there are different models:
– Dahua IPC-HFW4300S
– Dahua IPC-HFW4300SP
– Dahua IPC-HFW4300SN
Could you please tell me witch are the differences? Is Dahua IPC-HFW4300SP a newer model than Dahua IPC-HFW4300S? Some AliBaba sellers presents Dahua IPC-HFW4300SP as a Sony Sensor Brand.
Thanks a lot!

Carola Garnette

I’ve been browsing online more than 4 hours today, yet I never found any interesting article like yours. It is pretty worth enough for me. In my view, if all site owners and bloggers made good content as you did, the internet will be much more useful than ever before.|


Some really interesting points you have written. Aided me a lot, just what I was looking for : D.

Peter Jakobsen

Hello Sir,
Just bought This camera and connected to my existing NVR recorder (qSee 4 port 1T hd).
Everything works fine except when trying to set motion on this camera I’m getting info
Chanel 3 failed to get configuration.
Other two cameras works fine and they are dahua as well just different models.
1 is 3mp dome camera, other one 1.3mp bullet and this is new addition…
Any ideas what to do? As well I’m having problem seeing video stream when loged in in
Web Browser. I think it might be something to do with active-x…
Any help will be greatly appreciate.
Thank you kindly, Peter


Hello ,
i am almost ready to buy this camera and i would like to ask a couple of things from people who already own it….my second option is the Hikvision DS-2CD2032-i….

-Is the camera light sensitive enough o catch starlight at clear nights ?
-Can you control the IR cut filter manually or is it automated ?
-IR led, can they be switched on and off but user ?
-Are you able to stream via http(mjpeg) to a web page e.g EarthCam Network ?

Really appreciate your help !!!!!!


I got three of these after catching two undesirables checking out the house last week on my old Y-Cam blacks. Fired them up today and quite impressed. Firmware seems to be way better than the Y-Cams and Foscams I have been using recently.

However I am a little confused with the cabling. Surely you don’t need to drill a massive hole to get that block through? On the Y-Cams there is a connection in the housing.

I see that it has a cable gland for the RJ45 connector, which makes me assume that the RJ45 should come through to the outside and then connect up. But that means that both the 12v connector is exposed to the elements, and the cabling block could easily be just cut if it is external. Maybe I am missing something? On the Y-Cams the cabling went through the centre of the mount, so no cabling was visible…

Would appreciate any advice on cabling.

T. Hernlund

You have to drill a hole large enough for the RJ45 jack on the camera to pass though. Push the jack and power connector through the hole and then mount the camera on top of the hole.

I used a 7/8″ paddle bit.


Thanks for that. I was considering using the junction box accessory, but that doesn’t look big enough to hold the rectangular block anyway. OK, looks like big holes are the way to go!

T. Hernlund

I bought a couple of these cameras along with a Dahua NVR. Your site helped me a GREAT deal with camera reviews just like this one. Well done!

For those that use a Mac (and like me just searched this page for the word “Mac”), these cameras do indeed work just fine, and even have a plugin for OS X in them that you can download upon first connecting. Note however that the plugin works with Safari. It does NOT work with 3rd-party browsers, such as Chrome. As a Chrome user myself, I installed the plugin and was confused when it didn’t work. It took a few minutes for it to occur to me to try Safari. Once I did, boom. Works fine.

Note that even without the plugin, you can still log into the cameras and adjust settings. You just can’t see any video.

Thanks a ton for the reviews.

frank b

i have the same camera
Having problem with the Time Overlay
it doesnt show onsceeen and when i did it was frozen but video still works
i tried all defaults
I have a 2013 firmware is there place to update it
Software Version
2.210.0000.2.R, build : 2013-08-21
there’s also a Webversion whats that ?
and the S/N under that

is the S/N what i use for P2P ?
I have other cameras where the p2p works



Do these cameras have email notification, send images with the email?


As I demonstrated in the link above….now broken for some reason
the best I can do is in view.
I bought the camera at Wrightwood’s as you had recommended, and I’m uncertain if it’s broken or not. I’ll contact them and see what they say.


I have both the Q-See version of the IPC-HFW4300s and the IPC-HFW2300R-Z, and I’m uncertain if the IPC-HFW2300R-Z I’ve most recently purchased is not defective.


Ill email them tomorrow, see if they have new firmware. Place I bought it is CCTV store in US but I got it from their ebay store, so ill see what they have. Thank YOU


Id like to get Hikvision DS-2CD2532F-IS but im not sure if it will work with my current firmware. I think you told me it will with latest firmware, however I cant find which is latest for NVR 4216-8P


Is this Firmware old for NVR 4216-8P ?
Record Channel: 16
Alarm In: 4
Alarm Out: 2
System Version: 3.200.0000.0
Build Date: 02-28-2014


Hi, me again, thanks for all your replies before, may I ask what is latest system version and latest web version for NVR Dahua 4216-8P ? And is there any other firmware to be updated in whole system, like cameras…etc Thank You


Thank YOU for reply


Hi, Where to buy genuine Dahua in USA? Thanks


Hi, I have Dahua® NVR4216-8P 16CH and couple of IPC-HFW4300S and one Dahua IPC-HDBW4300E. Id like to buy more from Dahua and I see Dahua IPC-HDBW2300R-Z and Dahua IPC-HFW2300R-Z. Since NVR cant handle 5MP I have to go with 3MP, which one is the best for outside, should I stay with 4300’s or go for 2300’s, does Lite series worth to consider? Plus none of these is audio except Dahua IPC-HDBW4300E says Compressio G.711a/G.711u/PCM(-AS)- can I just plug in on that female jack some microphone? Would it work? Thank you.


I’v been successful in turning my 4300s version 2 into a brick. I have the ‘admin’ account with unknown password(it’s not admin) and I have the ‘default’ account with an unknown password. the 888888 account does not exist in the 666666 account does not exist. I am pretty sure i deleted these. when I enter these on the login page and enter any password, the login prompt comes back and says “the account does not exist’, when I take the cover off to look at the printed circuit board which has the IR LEDs on it there is no micro switch. The only connection coming from the motherboard is a three wire connector which plugs into the IR LED board. any suggestions on how to do a hard reset? I get to the log on page by going through the MAC address, using the config tool.

Mitchell Tuckness

Do you know how well this camera see’s IR images in 850nm wavelength IR illumination? I looked up the specs on the sensor and it says it has a Responsivity of 1.0 V/lux-sec (550nm). I am not sure if that relates to IR or visual, I assume it is best at 550nm and that it would drop off with 850nm IR illumination?


I hooked up both Dahua 4300 bullets and I can not get it to record on motion through my Dahua NVR. I have it set to enable motion but it wont work. I only get continuous recording which is what I want but I also want yellow motion lines to show up on green 24 hour line so I can go back and check where motion occurred. Also the night vision is horrible/ grainy quality.I had to put that camera on day settings just to be able to see anything with my side garage door lights on otherwise just a blurry mess. I am hoping that it is just a setting. Do I have to enable motion on actual camera through my PC or should it be done through NVR. I can change day/ night IR mode on camera through NVR settings which I was surprised I could. Any help would be appreciated. I am going to try and call Wrightwood for help on Thur when Im off. Thx again. I haven’t hooked up PTZ yet but am hoping quality is much better.


Even though my TV is only 1080p will the 3mp resolution on bullet make a difference when I view it if I use digital zoom on fixed camera to try and look at something closer? My NVR says it supports up to 5MP cameras. I know that widescreen view will look cooler than 4:3 though. I really appreciate your help. Wrightwood delivered my cameras in less than 24 hours! Now I have to wait a week for amazon to deliver cat6 and HDD! Ive been looking at getting cameras for a year or so now and after I had a suspect show up at my house after being released from jail I figured nows the time!


So I can take cat6 from ptz camera(which is already powered by 24 volt brick) out of back of NVR and plug into my router to change settings? Will Dahua screen come up automatically or do I have to download something to change settings like on your review page pictures? Do bullet cameras default to 3MP mode or do you have to set it in settings screen or by NVR? I want to turn off IR on one camera so its in color mode all the time because I have my side garage lights on all night which lights up area like daylight. I also want to change PTZ so HLC is on so at night I can read plates coming up street too like in your review. Thx.


My NVR will be connected to my router. Is this different than a poe injector? Or can I change settings from cd config tool through my laptop wifi to the router? Im still confused. Sorry. Also can I change PTZ features like HLC/ IR on off through NVR or not? Thx.


I just got 2 Dahua 3mp bullets and 30x ptz as well as dahua nvr4208-8p. Im still waiting for cat 6cables and hdd. These cameras should be plug and play once I connect them to cat6/nvr. When should I install CD software that came with cameras on my laptop so I can change settings on cameras. Are cds the same for both cameras and do I only install on laptop once? or different discs for each camera? Is there anything else I need to do? I also have cd software for ptz too. Can I install CD on laptop before I even hook cameras up? Thx.

Les H

Thanks for the link to the ISpy forum – I couldn’t find an answer already posted there. However, in experimenting with the ISpy settings, I found something that helped: in Advanced, force ISpy to reconnect to the camera every 45 second or so and recalibrate, that improves things (but not completely), though likely at the expense of bandwidth.


Les H


I’m having exactly the same problem with ISpy and my Dahua 2200S. ISpy shows only the RTSP 554 port as active, and then pixellates and color shifts badly. Through the web interface the image is perfect. There is a communication problem between Dahua and ISpy, it appears.

If anyone has a setup solution, that would be great. I suspect this has to be corrected by the ISPy programmers, however.


First off, thanks for your awesome reviews. I have spent countless hours reading them and all the amazingly useful comments of your readers, so thanks. I’m an IT guy by trade, and have setup a few Ip cams in my day, but I am not a video nor an IP cam expert by any means. In my last house I had a couple of super cheap low-def Dlink IP cams setup with my iSpy server running on a fairly rebust Windows 8 machine, and am having a REALY hard time getting this 4300 I just bought working well. When I open the web server built into the camera the video in the browser looks great, when I plug the camera into XprotectGO it also looks great. But I like iSpy, their online functionality, the Freeware ature of their product, the layout, and that I can keep my recordings for as long as I want. BUT, my problem is that when I add my camera the video is filled with artifacts and crazy choppy. I use the wizard, I select DAHUA, and then IPC-HFW4300S, there are 2 streams listed rtsp://user:pass@IPADDRESS:554/cam/realmonitor and rtsp://user:pass@IPADDRESS:554/live and either one I choose has the same issues.… Read more »

Thanks, Hermann, I’ll give them a shout.


I did a little bit more digging and found the mini-cd that came with the camera. There is actually a tools section with a player on it…and lo and behold the player recognizes the files! It must be some sort of proprietary file that can only be used on this player. There was also a Pro Surveillance tool that seems to be what one could use via a browser but there was also and intelligent alarm feature that apparently is only on the higher end cameras, as it actually draws a trace on the video of the motion alarm…I might need to investigate to see if it can provide any use.

No additional info on the smtp, and I wonder if my email providers have progressed beyond the simple setup in Dahua. My next step is to investigate if my sysax ftp server can automate and email warnings. If anyone has any suggestions, I’m all ears.


Yup, I’m using that port, too. That’s what allows me to view on my remote PC. I’m going to try my smartphone on a different WiFi, cause I know my company can be very strict about filtering–maybe they are somehow blocking my wireless…Also, going to try Dahua about the file or maybe it’s my Sysax FTP server that’s doing something funky, but doesn’t seem to be an issue with the images…thanks again.


Aha, I was using the admin pw and not the default user pw…once I figured out what that was it did allow me to change the pw. 🙂 Thanks.

I believe I have the latest firmware, but even if I didn’t I don’t believe I could get it from Amazon…
Software Version 2.420.0002.0.R, build : 2014-06-21
WEB Version

My port forwarding should be OK since I can view the camera remotely from work on my pc, but when I enter the port into the android app–IP Cam Viewer, it does not display the video. I’ve tried this via 4G and WiFi with no luck. Does it matter whether I use main or substream/channel 1 or 2?

And I’ve seen these ways to convert .dav to avi, etc. but what to do with a “*.dav_” file? Can I just remove the underscore and it becomes a .dav file. LOL


Hello Tom,

There seems to be a newer software available. I have following software after a recent upgrade:
Software Version2.420.0003.0.R, build : 2014-09-30
WEB Version3.2.1.223527
ONVIF Version2.4.1

I have trouble with my Dahua webcam, which stops sending snapshots through ONVIF after 1-2 hours.

I bought it at Amazon Canada. A few days ago I wanted to return it, when I got a message from AZ Security, which seems to be the actual company who sells these through Amazon. After I explained my problem they phoned me, logged into the camera, and updated the firmware. Their support guy seemed very knowledgable and helpful.

You should be able to contact them through the “Contact your Seller” feature in Amazon. They really want to stay in the background, as they don’t have any own internet site, don’t give you any phone number or email… But they respond quickly to Amazon emails.



Hi, your review has also provided a great forum for helping me through a couple minor items for my Dahua IPC-HFW4300S 3MP that I got from Amazon last week. I finally got through the remote viewing challenges and the FTP storage. However, for the video, I am getting *.dav_ files and not sure what to do with them I tried using the extraction utility that came on the mini-disk but not recognizable…

Also, would really love to have events emailed, and have tried three different smtp accounts–gmail, comcast, and msn, all to no avail. Has anyone ever gotten this working?

Finally, I have tried IP Cam Viewer for Android Basic and Lite, and the feed does not display. I have tried other apps but usually they end with timeout. I think I’m getting really close–is there a lower res stream that has to be used? or is it something else?

Oh, and finally, finally I’m a little concerned about the 888… and 666… users that I cannot modify password or delete…What am I missing?

Thanks for all the useful info on this review!


Here are the scripts that I am using.
The script to create the movie calls the script to rename the files.

You’ll need to change to suitable directory paths and file names for your system.



Really nothing complicated, just a couple of shell, scripts..one to give the files nice names and another to make the movie.

I can post it in a couple hours after I get home.


Just FYI, in
“Storage > Record Control”
I have it set at “auto”

Otherwise everythig is pretty much the same.


I’m running ProFTPd version 1.34 on a Linux server using standard ftp, non-encrypted on port 21. The target directory has no symbolic links, goes right to a disk path.
So far every other ftp client works… and the camera even reports success for ftp login. But no other Log entries about success or failure of any ftp operations.

Do you know if I can turn on more detailed logging? Or even run a terminal session on the camera?

I tried the “Record Control” to AUTO, but no change.

I just saw that the following “FTP.STATUS” log entry occurred right after the last reboot (nearly 2 hours ago), but no other entry in the log file at all…
Time: 2014-12-02 13:51:26
User Name: System
Type: http://FTP.Status
Content: Address:
Number: 1
Status: FTP connect successed


What operating system is on your ftp target?
Which ftp daemon are you running on the target? I am running vsftpd and had similar issues trying to push files to a symlinked or a mounted directory.


I don’t use the motion program, I have it running elsewhere and I’m not a big fan of it.

I just take the 20,000 or so ftp’d images and use ffmpeg to make a movie every day just after midnight (another cron job). If I need to view it, I just run it with VLC and can control the playback speed.

The only thing that was a real pain was getting the jpgs renamed to something logical since dahua has the craziest name and directory structure for it’s motion images.


Hi bpcxz

I just did another test and used our NAS system via ftp, and voila – snapshot files are written to the system. I have to do some more tests to see why it doesn’t like the other ftp server…

But now I see the “crazy naming structure” you mentioned. I will need to write some code to get the latest image and delete the rest regularly. Would you mind sharing what you use to create your movie? It probably has a lot of regular expression stuff in it which would make my life easier 😉


I’m trying to use the dahua built-in scheduling mechanism now to see if I can transfer snapshots to my server in a more stable way with this. I like to automatically transfer one image each minute, and in addition at 10 second intervals when motion is detected… But I’m either brain-dead or my camera is really toast… I configured the following: – setup snapshot mode (interval, quality) in “Camera > Video > Snapshot” – Enable motion detect in “Event > Video Detect” with anti-dither of 10 seconds, snapshot enabled, record disabled – in “Storage > Schedule > Snapshot Schedule” I enabled “General” and “Motion” for all time slots (green and yellow lines for all days) – In “Storage > Destination > Path” I checked the FTP options for Snapshot – In “Storage > Destination > FTP” I entered my ftp server, username and port. And yes, I checked 10 times that these settings are correct, logged into my system with these parameters, checked that I can write files etc… – In “Storage > Record Control” I set “Record Mode” to OFF, as I don’t want to record any stream This is what I thought I have to do… Rebooted the… Read more »

I have a cron job that is running every minute. It looks pretty similar to yours:

wget -q -O /path_to_local_webroot/picture_name.jpg http://ADDRESS_OF_CAMERA/cgi-bin/snapshot.cgi?loginuse=MY_USERNAME&loginpas=MY_PASSWORD

Runs solid, successful 95-98% of the time.

I am simultaneously running the camera’s motion detection and pretty much constantly ftp-ing a picture to another server every second.


Do you have the linux motion program setup with the Ftp or whet feature?


I have had mine running a couple weeks taking a picture a minute with no problems. Will check the URL I am using and report back later.


Hello gunfus,
I don’t know if the camera is more stable with RTSP, as I’m not using it with security software, I’m just planning to use it in snapshot mode. I did more tests, and so far I cannot get the camera to work for more then 2 hours without reboot. Which obviously make it completely useless for me.

I will do some more testing, like using the built-in snapshot feature of the camera instead of “pulling” snapshots via onvif or snapshot.cgi. Hopefully one of those will work in a stable way, otherwise I have to return it.


I just installed the Dahua HFW4300S and want to use it as a webcam. I have a script on my server which reads a snapshot every 10 seconds using the URL


Both of these URLs work to read a snapshot in JPG format, which I can then display on our web pages.

The problem is stability though: After 1-2 hours the camera doesn’t respond to any of these requests any more. It’s still “alive”, as I can login to the admin interface. After manually rebooting it the snapshots work again.

Did anybody have a similar experience? Would a firmware update help? Below the software version of my camera:

Software Version2.420.0000.0.R, build : 2014-04-19
WEB Version3.2.4.184667
ONVIF Version2.4.1

Thanks for any help,


Oh no!. Herman let me know what you find out because I just bought this camera, and was planning to install it very soon, in fact I just place the order for the long..long cable that I need to hook up the cam. Have you tryed using RTSP? or have you found a live URL option?

Ray Webb

Thanks for the review.

What is the detail like at the 10 meter mark with the 3.6mm lens? I’m thinking of buying the 6mm lens instead.



Andrew Addie

I bought 2 of these camera from wrightwood surveillance partly because of your review and that Wrightwood seemed like a reputable outfit. I am certain the picture quality of my cameras was awesome before mounting them on the house. Now both images are pixelated. I can’t think of any other way to describe it.I am using the PoE injectors from Wrightwood. I have tried different settings and they don’t seem to help. The cameras are wired with Cat 6 cable to a switch and then to a Synology NAS. The quality is that same through the NAS or directly through the IP address of the camera. IS there something obvious I am doing wrong. I would be very happy to provide more details. Thanks in advance for your help and your superb work on this site.

Dinkk Winkkerson

The reset button is inside the lens cover. Take the rain guard off. Unscrew the lens cover. In the top center is a micro switch. Hold it down for 30 seconds. Turn off or unplug the camera while holding the button in. Power back up and hold 30 seconds more.

Not sure on the times if needed but that process worked for me.


I just received this camera based on your review and if it works out I’ll probably get a couple more.

Sorry for newbie question but regarding the ethernet dongle. It is two pieces that twist together. Once piece has just a small hole in it. Do I need to
-cut my ethernet cable
-thread it through the little hole
-crimp on a new connector
-plug it in
-screw the two pieces of the dongle together

Will this be waterproof?

Since I will be using POE, what do I do with the power jack wire? Can I just wrap it in plastic and cover it with electrical tape to keep moisture out?

Thanks for your very informative site.


Idea for Article

The 4300S cameras support adding a “digital watermark” to video streams. This appears to be a mechanism to prove that a video came from a particular place/camera and that the video has not been tampered. I imagine this feature is available on most of the newer models from the major manufacturers.

However I’m finding very little user-friendly practical information on the subject–just a few academic papers. Seems to me it would make a good article if some research on this topic were written up. For example, it’s not clear what algorithm Dahua uses for their watermark feature, and it’s not clear how one can verify a watermark or use one to prove the validity of video in a court of law. Also not clear if using VLC or FFMPEG in “copy codec” mode to extract some footage will disturb a watermark. This matters because one tends to extract a few minutes of relevant footage to keep rather than retaining, for example, and entire 100GB capture of 24 hours.

Thank you for all your great reviews!



Excellent review. I bought a few units to monitor my ‘off-grid’ summer place.

Everything up there runs off of a battery bank, which is recharged daily, from solar panels. The battery voltage, at the battery, will vary from 11.8v to 14.4v.

I plan on powering the cameras by the 12 volt input.

I have bench tested the cameras, over the 11.8 volt thru 14.4 volt range, and did not see any video issues or over-heating with the cameras.

Does anybody know the actual minimum and maximum voltage that can be safely used to power these cameras ?



i find tons of usefull info on this site.

thanks for theses reviews.

i am new at security cameras.

i want to install a system at my cottage. probsbly 4 cameras will be required. i considered cheap analog systems but now want to go With network cameras and higher resolution. this Dahua camera seems like a good entry point. i would like to try this, say 2 cameras to start and grow from there. i assume that i could addd a NvR later. if i purchase these Dahua cameras will i be limited to add Dahua NVR?

in Canada it is still not wasy to get original brand name (Dahua, Hikvision) from retailers. would prefer to buy local to avoid duty charges)

from this tread, i assume it is fairly easy to configure the camera out of the box usinf the included firmware/software and use a PoE switch or injector. please confirm?

any other entry level IP 1080p alternatives? i did see the review for the Hikvision DS-2CD2032-I would consider that too, but it seems to be harder to find in Canada.



I have installed some Dahua cameras and well impressed. The cameras are with SD card slots for recording, I installed without NVR. But i discovered that the IP camera wasn’t recording and taking snap shots on motion detection after configuring to do so.
I need to sort this out urgently please

Jamie M.
Wow, learned TONS reading this entire thread 🙂 Thanks SO much for posting!!! I have a few customers that I’ve set up “traffic cameras” or other live streaming over the web cameras for but I’ve NEVER been able to get a super smooth 30fps broadcast quality video (talking about motion only, not picture quality). I’ve tried so many cameras, panasonic mostly in the past, and more recently just noname brand china IP cameras. It seems none of them know how to do a proper TCP protocol (always TONS of out of order frames). Here is one of my older setups, using panasonic IP camera. When I go to the camera in internet explorer using the activex plugin the video is super silky smooth, as soon as I try it in an NVR software or VLC it looks just like this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qtbeq6d6KmY I usually use Wowza located on a powerful VPS to suck in both the “main” (usually 720p30, 2000kbps) and “substream” (usually D1, 750kbps) RTSP streams at the same time and then do multi bitrate streaming using HLS or RTMP (for flow player, bs player, jw player, etc.). I am interested to try out Dahua IPC-HDW4300C, might get a little… Read more »
Saad Bashir

Does this camera work with any standalone iOS application? If so can you kindly tell me which? I don’t have any NVR attached.

Parker Smith

Has anyone else seen an issue with the Dahua ipc-hfw4300s and the image getting corrupt when a viewer attempts to watch in MJPEG, but the camera is set to H264? I have an iPhone app as well as a cloud monitoring service that connects via MJPEG. As soon as the MJPEG stream is activated, the image color gets pixel-ized and looks horrible. I have 2 cameras doing this. One is 6 months old and the other I just got to replace the first one. I have the camera set to Max resolution using H.264-H and as soon as the MJPEG stream connects, the setting in the Video pane of the setup changes to MJPEG with crazy values. If I only connect at H264, I don’t have this issue.

Here is a picture of the bad image.

Here is a picture of the settings after the image gets corrupt.

The original camera has the firmware from 4/19/14 in it. The new camera has firmware from 06/21/14.

Software Version2.420.0002.0.R, build : 2014-06-21
WEB Version3.2.4.184667
ONVIF Version2.4.1

Any ideas before I send these cameras back?


ok I will order the dahua then but one last question…this cam is ONVIF protocol ready ? and I have read it is with a 6mm lens , but what is the importance of this lens ? I have seen 3 or 8 mm lens…which is better ?

thanks for all your help 😉


OK thanks for thé info…so thé dahua is definitely thé best deal in this range of privé ? Do you recommend ? Which Nas do you recommend with ?




I have seen this cam on ALi :

1/ Do you think it is an original ?
2/ Do you recommend me this cam, as I need to purchase some cam for my private house
3/ Which is best model for you (less than 100 USD) this dahua seem a good deal, but do you recommend another brand like HKvision ? Wich is the best deal actually ?

Thanks for your help and good day



WDR good idea!

Is a very high-contrast sunny day today. Without
WDR turned on at the default 50% setting nothing is
visible in the shadow of the trees across the street
here. Pretty good with it on.

So while WDR hurts color saturation and makes
the video image less aesthetically pleasing, I’d
say it’s essential for security applications.
The goal here is not pretty pictures but
recognizing nefarious activities and actors.

Certainly turn WDR off if using the camera where
image quality is a priority and objective
identification unimportant.

VLC + Multicast capture HOWTO I purchased the dome version of this camera (IPC-HDW4300S) a few days ago and after some fiddling managed to configure VLC stream captures via multicast UDP, so I’m sharing this useful information. The motivation is two-fold: a) multicast uses less network bandwidth and reduces the CPU load on the camera when a real-time stream is opened in a addition to the disk capture stream and b) this allowed me to configure “high quality” VBR without introducing video artifacts that appeared with a TCP stream disk capture. Have only had (b) running only about an hour and YMMV. I suspect that load may not be the factor that caused the artifacts–seems as likely to be some VBR quirk of VLC and/or the camera as a search turned up several posts which imply this. As I am a digital video neophyte I’ll share some big-picture knowledge here for others like myself: RTSP – “real-time streaming protocol” SDP – “stream description protocol” RTP – “real-time transport protocol” My understanding is that when one specifies a RTSP URI/URL such as rtsp://camera01:554, this is sent to the camera in typical HTTP-like fashion and the camera responds with a bit of… Read more »
CRITICAL UPDATE! DO NOT USE VLC TO CAPTURE VIDEO! USE FFMPEG! After many frustrating days of trying to identify the cause of persistent dropped frames in the capture files, I determined that VLC is the culprit. Possibly this is a TS MUX “feature” where it decides that frames are too late to forward. However to me it is a bug. No way to tune this behavior and no indication whatsoever in the most verbose level of debug logging that it happens. To nail it down I had to run a Wireshark capture in parallel to the VLC video capture and use ‘videosnarf’ to extract playable H264 files from sections where frame gaps appear in VLC captures. Then use ‘ffplay’ to step frame-by-frame through both to prove that the frames were in the Wireshark capture and not in the VLC file. All video time-stamps are relative rather than absolute, so there is no way to correlate frames other than by viewing them. A truly painful effort. The solution is to use ‘ffmpeg’ to capture via TCP, and this results in perfect gap-free video logs. UDP multicast would be nice but ‘ffmpeg’ sees RTP “bye” messages multicasted from other video clients when… Read more »

VLC Capture Update

Have learned a couple of useful things:

1) Do not configure VBR.

While VBR is theoretically better than CBR, the current implementation (build 2014-04-19) on this camera has serious bugs: a) video frames are delivered out-of-order and, for example, a walking person will appear to jitter backward and forward worse than Max Headroom. No obvious way to correct this with VLC settings exists. A few extreme cases appear in the debug log as

mux_ts warning: packet with too strange dts (dts=2047326922422,old=2047326922470,pcr=2047326922470)

b) I-frames cause a noticeable delay or hesitation in playback.

2) Dahua implements a non-standard approach to TCP streaming from the camera to the web application and probably to their DVRs. Looks like they omit the RTP frame headers and apply a proprietary one though perhaps there is more to it. When starting a TCP stream the web-app sends

Transport: DH/AVP/TCP;unicast;interleaved=0-1

where “DH” here seems to indicate “Dahua Header”. If one starts up a VLC capture with –rtsp-tcp VLC sends this during session setup

Transport: RTP/AVP/TCP;unicast;interleaved=0-1;ssrc=FFFFE61C

Capturing VBR with VLC –rtsp-tcp results a huge volume of errors in the log and a corrupt video file. However –rtsp-tcp seems to work when CBR is configured.


VBR is OK!

Problem was VLC (2.1.5 Win64) captures bugs per post next-below.

With FFMPEG capture, VBR works perfectly at 3M with max quality and bitrate.

Perceptibly better image quality, especially moving objects, faces.


Thought of a possible explanation for the VBR+TCP artifact problem:

VBR produces bursty traffic with sudden surges when big image changes occur, so perhaps Dahua has not set the SO_SNDBUF size on stream TCP sockets large enough to absorb VBR bursts at maximum resolution and bitrate. The result is image delta update frames are dropped due to a full outbound socket buffer. UDP has a separate socket buffer tunable in the Linux kernel and this value may be set to a large enough size to absorb the bursts.

So running UDP results in a lower (seemingly zero) packet loss than TCP and artifacts are prevented.


One more advice before bying:

I can get:
VIVOTEK FD8164-F2 for 120€ less than

What do you think ?

I have worked with Vivotek before and was fine with quality and setting
Don’t know ACTI …


Where can I find a power adapter for the dahua ipc-hfw4300s, in the event I do not or can not use the PoE option in an installation.




Hi again

and thank you for your helpfull tips 😉

Concerning the ACTI D65 I just need to send snapshot by mail, so it should be fine just to use “camera smartphone apps like IP Cam View ” as you recon.

I have now one more question concerning the power of this camera.

I want to use a POE switch (Switch réseau 8 ports PoE 24V/48V 10/100/1000 Ubiquiti TOUGHSwitch TS-8-PRO ) because I will add some WiFI AP.

Can I use this for my camera and which voltage should I use.

I know D65 is POE 2

Leo S

Hi, thanks for this review, I love your site.

I bought one of these based on your review and it works great. However I’m going to install it and the POE connector appears to be some kind of round locking type. I can just plug in a regular RJ45 male but the female end on the camera doesn’t have the little tab, so it doesn’t lock and would be prone to unplug with any tension on the cable.

I can’t find what this round locking connector is called and can’t find any mention of CAT5 cables with this kind of connector. Do you know what I should be searching for?



Hello again
Finally I changed my mind and think I go for an ACTI D65 which fit my needs better.
Just wonder what would be the best remote app for IPhone to go with as the one from ACTI themself don’t have very good review or what do you think, any expériences?
Thank’s again


Thank you for your answers!



Never worked with Dahua product but like to try.
Few questions:

1) Is power supply included with the camera or POE ?

2) Is it possible to send email with picture from detection from the camera “alone”.

3) I think there is no SD card integrated in the camera for self recording, is this thruth?
Thank’s for your help


Thanks for all your great reviews. I was wondering getting the mini-dome/turret version of the camera, the dahua HDW4300C, as it has audio mic included, that looks similar to the hikvision DS-2CD2332-I (but no audio). Do these offer similar quality and ease of use from a MacOs ?
From your reviews you seem to prefer the hikvision. Thanks again.



Great site, great videos! Thank you!

I’m using the dome version of this camera (I have two) and one is still working great! 😉

I was messing with the video resolution configurations and switched it to 3 megapixels, just to see how clear the image was and ‘poof’ it quit sending video. I can’t get to either the main or sub stream now, on either the NVR software or through a direct-connect webpage, no matter which settings I use (D1, 720p, 1080p, etc). I haven’t done a hard reset yet, but that’s next.

Have you used the camera at 3MP yet? Your experiences? Let me know if you get a moment.

Thank you!

Apologies in advance for my newbie-ness. I will try to provide all of the required information. I just purchased one of these cameras after reading the reviews, and am not very happy with the image quality – it is very grainy. Hopefully it is something I am doing wrong. Here are links to a couple of sample videos: Night: https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=xnKwdbOTK3o Day:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=73zmyUPvkYg&feature=player_detailpage I captured the video through Surveillance Station on my Synology NAS, but it looks similar when I view it through the IP Camera software that comes up when I access the camera directly. The camera is mounted under the eaves of my house. My physical setup is Camera -> Linksys ProSafe POE switch -> 2Wire wireless gateway -> Synology NAS (set up as a generic ONVIF camera) Media Stream settings: Code-Stream Type: General Encode Mode: MJPEG Resolution: SXGA (1280×1024) Frame Rate (FPS): 15 Bit Rate Type: CBR Bit Rate: 8192 Conditions: Profile: Day Brightness / Contrast / Saturation / Sharpness / Gamma are all locked at 50 Anti-flicker: Outdoor Exposure: Auto White Balance: Auto Day & Night: Off BLC Mode: Off 3DNR: On (50) Profile management: Full Time Always Enable: Day Camera settings on the Surveillance Station side: Video… Read more »

Didn’t really know where to put it or who to send it to:
But since a lot of people just want to play the dav files these camera produce and there is no Mac OSX software supplied by Dahua i searched and found MPlayer OSX Extended.
This is a osx gui player based on ffmpeg that works well. Just click and play..
Also i have found a converter: AnyMp4 Converter.

No plug just to inform others.


No, I meant the other way around; open the base and remove the original cable from the base, feeding the cat5 cable trough the wall and then tru the base and then crimp a new plug on it.
Ofcourse this is hoping that there would be a normal rj45 socket inside the camera and that the circuitry for separating the power from the lan cable would be inside the unit instead of the dongle.


But nobody tried to detach the base to see if one can connect the network cable directly to the unit ?
I can clamp a connector on the cable once it is trough the wooden frame, meaning i can make do with a 6mm hole instead of 25mm hole …

Mitchell Tuckness


Does anyone know how to get video working in Firefox / Waterfox? I can’t even get IE to login, Firefox logs in, but will not display video, no matter what I try. Only browser that works in Chrome. I cannot figure out what setting is different in Chrome that Firefox is missing.

I appreciate any help on this!





I was thinking about the PAL/NTSC issue.
I know the difference between them, but does this also pose a problem when were getting dav files that will be played on pcs only. In fact the resolution is far beyond the original PAL/NTSC standard.

I ask this because i mistakenly (i hope 🙂 ) got an NTSC version while i need a PAL version.
BMPs ofcourse shows, and i got the dav file to show in Youtube, i got no native osx player yet.

Another q: i was suprised to learn that there is a dongle attached to the housing where i need to insert the network cable. If i use POE then the power connector is just hanging there.
Has anybody unscrewed the base and tried to just insert the network cable ?
Otherwise i need to drill a hole in my door frame he size of the dongle….

rgrds Mike


I’m trying to configure motion email notification for the front door so that I get an email whenever someone goes to the front door. I’m having a hard time configuring the sensitivity settings so that it doesn’t email me a snapshot everytime the porch light comes or the shadow for the tree changes. Do you have sort of a baseline setting that you recommend for front entryway? What do you recommend for anti-dither, sensitivity and threshold? Thank you.

Chris Grex

Any ideas why this camera works fine when plugged into my Router / network, yet my nvr won’t see it? Both Dahua branded and it see’s another Dahua came no problem.

alaa zatar

dear fiend we have one error in dahua wdr camera (all wdr cameras)we fixed it inside one large store againest light and we notes that their is red spot on the image in certain angels so is this common for all wdr cameras or just for dahua pls advice

if you wish i can send you sample images of the camera with these red spot

thanks alot


Good day,
I recently purchased the Dahua IPC-HFW4300S 3MP Eco-Savvy camera, and cannot get it to ftp video to my local network share. I configured it per all standard instructions from Dahua. Have spent several days now trying to get it resolved. Would appreciate any feedback you or other readers may have on troubleshooting sending of ftp. Am running sw version 2.210.0000.9.R, build : 2013-12-17. Would there be any settings to review in the backup config file perhaps? My network share is on a basic Vista Home edition PC. I have another Axis camera that sends video to a similar network share on same PC with no problems. Thanks! Walt



I noticed the image output is in .bmp. Can I change it in the settings to .jpg?
Also, how can I set my recordings (pictures/videos) path to a network drive (NAS). For example, it this were my NAS IP address, \\\RecordingFolder. Can it be done?

Thank you.


Thank you for the informative website. Its not clear to me if this camera can be operated and viewed with the Safari web browser on Apple’s Macintosh OS X computers. I know how to get the camera on my network and once I have the camera IP address will I be able to view it directly with Safari pointed at the camera IP:port ? So many cameras have operating features that depend on Internet Explorer, active X or some other Microsoft component. I have to have one that works with Macs. I only need one camera and I don’t want to have to run an NVR either.

Can I manage, operate, view motion, view snapshots and maintain the camera with Apple’s Safari browser on Mac OS X?

Can I manage, operate, view motion, view snapshots and maintain the camera without additional software on a server (NVR for example)?



I received one of these last week and have ordered 6 more. I was able to use the supplied IP Camera and PSS software with the built in motion detect as well as on Blue Iris. I can’t seem to use it in XProtect Go. I can only use the software motion detect. I’ve disabled software and enabled in built, tried events, and tried enabling their software motion detect with a full grid of blue disable squares with built in enabled and still no luck. Where you able to get it to work with Xprotect? Searching on their forums seems like it should work but there isn’t much information.


zac adams

i bought one of these cameras, very good, however i need something simalaer with audio. the audio must be able to be streamed along with the video to a remote location. and at least 1080 at 20 fps preferable 3mp at 20 fps. any suggestions?


Greetings networkcameracritic and all the curious,

As several have stated previously, your concise review supported with crisp example footage helped me decide to purchase several of the 4300S.

However, I immediately discovered consistent/daily P-frame artifacts (failure to overwrite).
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I modified various camera and network variables to try to eliminate and determine the source of the artifacts:

I reduced the bit rate, changed I-frame frequency, lowered the frame rate, changed encode mode, reduced the resolution, removed all other cameras on the network, changed the location of the recorded video to a NAS or SSD drive. no luck. continued artifacts in all modified “down-grades”. Well, I can avoid the artifacts, but the overall effective video quality is useless.

I have very rarely experienced (expected network congestion from time to time) such artifacts on my other cameras (Axis 5534-E and Vivotek 8361)

I have followed your first commentor’s (Dâniel Fraga) similar issues with other dahua cameras (3200S) on the Cam-it! site.

The firmware is: 2.210.WI00.0.R, build : 2014-01-15

How are you achieving such crystalline video?

Any suggestions?
appreciate your consideration,


I already had pulled some of the shadows up before posting and unsharp mask. It’s still a blurred mass though.

When you manually adjust the camera setting to increase exposure, does it adjust shutter speed only or is the aperture variable? Concerned now night shots will be even blurrier. I turned off my motion light in back because it was overexposing but the street light seems to be bright enough thst the IR lights are not coming on. Is there a way to force the IR at night? Could also use during the day because normally when sunny the right side of the fence is lost in shadow.


so far, I’m not entirely sure how happy i am with the quality of the images. i thought at 3mp facial recognition would be better than what it is. the camera angle is not the best, but it’s only 20 feet to the end of my driveway. sorry (but not really) about this photo. it kinda makes me laugh. i wish i could see the guy’s face better to ensure he was properly publicly shamed.

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there’s another photo of a guy scoping out the back of my house after he apparently went shopping at another neighbor’s. this is as good as it gets and he’s at about 10 feet.

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Hi, I just bought a couple of these to tie in with the AvertX 8 Channel 4 dome kit from Costco but I am having a really hard time getting the NVR to see the cameras. All the network settings are correct, the NVR can ping the camera but there seems to be some port setting missing or something needs to be enabled. Have you tried setting these up to a NVR?

I received some of these cams, and I am trying to connect them to my Mac and iPhone. However, even by carefully following the hints in this page and in Dahua’s online support forum, I cannot but fail to do it. The cameras are seen as Bonjour web pages in Safari, but trying to connect and open their internal web server fails. Typing the IP address also fails. Proof the cameras are working: the D-Link DGS-1008P PoE switch, they are connected to, show power is on (green PoE light), and connection is working (amber Link light). The LEDs on the camera blink shortly after turning PoE power on, and turn on when covering the front of the camera. Also, directly connecting the Mac to the PoE switch (no router involved) makes the Windows software (running under VirtualBox) see them – even if very slowly. The recognized IP is, port 37777. After the Dahua software sees the camera, Internet Explorer can be run, and the Dahua plugin installed. When done, everything works great: the video stream is clear, settings can be accessed. While the cameras are directly connected to the Mac, Mac OS X (Safari) continues to ignore them. When… Read more »

ah! i’ve been trying to log onto here for a month and couldn’t get on. happy to see i have the option!!

I got mine finally hooked up after a month. i’ve only had it on a few days but of course Friday someone stole my neighbor’s motorcycle. this is why i bought it.. yay! except the photos are so bad.. there is no way i could ID someone 15′ away at night. everything is a total blur. I only have it set up to take stills. is IDin’g from video any better?

i also periodically get locked out of my account- it tells me i have the wrong password, but that’s just not true. any clue what’s happening? I tried to contact Dahua weeks ago but no reply. I don’t want to reset the camera given how much trouble i had setting this all up in the first place.


Hi and thanks for the reviews. I’m using them to select cameras and have decided to buy a few hfw4300s’s. One question you may be able to help me with, I’m in New Zealand and we are on 230V @50hz with the Pal video standard. The does this camera support pal or is it able in the software to select between pal and ntsc? Many thanks, Jono.


Love the site! I purchased the camera based on the very thorough review and commentary. With that said, I was wondering if anyone is having an issue with the motion detection capabilities of their camera. A few times a day, my camera will trigger a recording based on motion that looks to be caused by a couple brief flashes in contrast (see link):


I’m not sure if it is a bad camera or bad firmware! My firmware version is:
2.210.0000.2.R, build : 2013-08-21

The only other issue I noticed is that it stores dav files as “dav_” via ftp. I read elsewhere this may be caused by firmware issues. I can’t seem to find the English version of the firmware that was used in this review. I’d appreciate any tips on my problem, and/or a link to updated firmware (if anyone can find it).


Question on this camera (my friend and I both purchased one). So far, camera’s working flawlessly. i’m using XConnect Go as well…great software. My question is this, does this particular camera perform a “pre-record” on a motion capture? I had a previous analog camera that did that. Can’t find the setting for that on this one…or maybe it just doesn’t have that function?



I just purchased this camera, I test all my cameras inside before mounting them, etc and when I set this one up, its much more blurry than the pictures i see up above. I’m in 1080P resolution at 30 FPS, H.264 encoding. Is it just because I’m indoors? Not really sure how happy I am with this camera. My ACTi D71 looks way better so far.


I couldn’t get FTP to work which turned out to be a blessing cause it made me search for a better solution. You have more control if you just use software like vlc to record the stream. I’m using cron in linux to start recording the hd stream in one hour pieces. Very convenient for studying later. One hour of 2048×1536 at 2000 kbs is around 900 mb or 22 gigs a day.
The following command will record for one hour. It does not decompress the stream so cpu use is low.
cvlc ‘rtsp://user:password@IPaddress:554/cam/realmonitor?channel=1&subtype=0’ –sout file/mp4:/DIRECTORY/$FILENAME –run-time=3599 vlc://quit
Where the FILENAME can include the date.
FILENAME=$(date +”%Y-%m-%d-%h”)
Put these commands in a script file and run with cron every hour. You can also delete the old files too. This deletes files 14 days old.
find /DIRECTORY/ -name “*.mp4” -type f -ctime +14 -delete

Zoneminder’s strength is motion detection which can be done on the 704×480 substream also at low cpu use.


I see what you are saying.

interesting that one can save manual recordings ( clickong the camera icon saves a recording in windows C:\…) but not motion detection event recordings.


thank you for the review. I got one of these, but the built in software doesn’t record to hard drive. No matter what I tried I can’t get it to do it. Saving to FTP works fine.

Does it only send to FTP and not locally on C:\

Software Version
2.210.0000.4.R, build : 2013-09-11
WEB Version