03
Mar
14

Hikvision DS-2CD2532F-I 3MP Outdoor IR Mini Dome Review

This is by far the smallest IR Mini Dome I’ve ever reviewed. The actual dome measures about 1 3/4″ and the entire camera sits in the palm of my hand without touching any fingers, that’s small. Small usually means sacrificing features and quality, but in this case, this may be one of the better Hikvision cameras I reviewed. 

Main Features

  • 1/3” 3 Megapixel CMOS sensor
  • H.264 dual-stream encoding
  • 3-Axis lens adjustments
  • MicroSD card slot for up to 64GB internal recording
  • 30fps @ 1080P (1920 x 1080) or 20fps @ 3MP (2048 x 1536)
  • 4mm or 2.8mm fixed focal lens
  • Day/Night IR Cut Filter
  • IR LED advertised working distance 10m
  • IP66 rated & vandal-proof
  • Powered by PoE or 12V
  • 3D Digital Noise Reduction
  • Digital Wide Dynamic Range & Backlight Compensation
  • Smartphone apps available

The camera is small and discrete enough to be used indoors or out and has a clean modern look. What’s amazing to me is what’s inside. First the lens is so small they provide a tool to help adjust the lens along it’s 3-axis range of motion. Then they wrap 10 IR LEDs around the lens. Also included is a microSD card slot that can hold up to a 64GB card. I used this during my testing and the recorded video was smooth, no lost frames, playback was very easy to work with and went from event to event with minimal delay between recordings.

Feature wise this camera sits in between the lower end DS-2CD2132-I that is not a 3-Axis camera, which practically can only be mounted facing down, like on a ceiling and does not have an internal SD card slot and the DS-2CD2732F-IS that has all the features of this camera plus alarm inputs and outputs, two way audio, varifocal lens and more powerful IR illuminators.

At the time of this writing, only the 4mm lens version of this camera was available and that’s what I tested. Recently, the 2.8mm lens version was announced and should available by the time you read this.  Lens choice is personal, but consider the wider angle the lens, the less pixel density of a suspect or object. In practical terms, in my driveway, in 3MP mode, I reached what I consider the minimum pixel density to identify someone at a distance of about 25′ from the camera. With a 2.8mm lens, that shrinks to about 15′. Based on industry standards, a suspect’s face should at least be 85 pixels tall. Indoors, where space is limited by walls, having the 2.8mm lens, from a corner can provide complete coverage of a room.

This camera came with the 5.1 firmware already loaded. This firmware provides some cool features like the ability to write to a NAS via an SMB/CIFS mount and the ability to turn off the IR LEDs and still have normal day/night operations. The bugs I ran into with the firmware are that NAS connectivity is spotty. Has worked for some and not others. The other problem I ran into is that it won’t work on a Mac as prior firmware releases have. You can downgrade the firmware to prior versions if you have a Mac. I expect these issues to be resolved in the next firmware release, but the downside to firmware releases is they fix one thing, break another, so apply with care.

A quick look at the parts. Has the same waterproof RJ45 pigtail used on other Hikvision for PoE and camera connectivity. Also has the 12V connector if you chose not to use PoE. The backing plate is used to install the camera by screwing the backing plate to where you want it mounted, then attaching the camera to it with 2 screws. The lens adjustment tool is provided to help aim and rotate the lens. It’s so small it’s hard to aim it otherwise. The microSD card slots is in the back of the camera as shown.

Here’s the relative size of the camera next to a pen and next to a Hikvision DS-2CD2732F-IS.

Also, what’s interesting is this camera is an English version, meaning the day of week is now in English as you can see in the initial screen below. It also uses the English firmware releases. My best guess is these were destined for the European market. This does not mean it’s warrantied or supported by Hikvision USA, but the USA version is also available, albeit for a price premium. If you are not sure which version you are getting, ask the reseller as some are more upfront about this than others.

Under Advanced Configuration, System, Device Info, you can verify the cameras firmware release.

The next tab over, Time Settings is where you set the time zone and if you want it to sync up with a time server (NTP). I always use a time server to make sure the cameras are in sync when I review video.

Video settings is where you change the resolution, frame rate, bit rate. For those that don’t understand bit rate, it’s basically how much do you want to compress the video. The lower the number means higher compression is used to achieve that goal, higher number means less compression. To me, 4096 does a decent job, 6144 is significantly better and somewhere in between is where I typically set most of my 3MP cameras.

Stream type is where you chose which stream you want to change settings for. For example, when viewing the camera remotely, I like to use the second stream to reduce bandwidth use.

Where I spent a lot of time tweaking is in the Image menus. This is where you adjust the camera settings to get the best image quality possible for specific locations. The Image Adjustments is what has the most impact. You can see I turn Sharpness down a bit. The reason is that sharpening may make a prettier picture, but sharpening artifacts can reduce the ability to identify an object or suspect so I prefer to do sharpening after the fact in Photoshop or other tools. At night sharpening enhances noises so if you wish to reduce noise at night, consider reducing sharpening.

Then next item in the Image menus is Exposure Settings. For testing I always set this to 1/30 to reduce motion blur at night. Gain comes by default at 100 but found no benefit of reducing this number. It reduced noise slightly but at the expense of image brightness.

Backlight Settings in the Image menus is where you can chose between backlight compensation (BLC) or wide dynamic range (WDR). BLC is used when your image is very dark because of backlighting, like the sun is making everything into a shadow. WDR works differently by brightening shadows and darkening overly bright areas to provide more balance. The downside to WDR is that at night, it may introduce more noise into your image. This camera actually does very well with shadows at night without WDR as you’ll see.

One more menu I want to show you. Under Image Enhancement, I would recommend you set the noise reduction slider to 100. I did not notice any ill effects from doing so and did make a difference in noise reduction at night.

To setup motion detect events to record to the microSD card or NAS, the Events menu option lets you chose the motion detect area as a series of squares. Can be separate squares or contiguous like I have it below. To record, you have to select the Trigger Channel check box at the bottom.

I set sensitivity at 20 and that works for me. Setting it to zero is the default meaning it won’t record. Setting it to 40 was way to sensitive and got way to many false alerts. Adjust this to what works for each camera location.

Next, go to the Storage menus and Record Schedule and select how much pre and post event video to record as well as make sure the recording schedule is all green like this. If not, click the Edit button and set 00-24h for each day you want to record.

Then in the Storage Management tab, if you have an SD card installed in the camera (take the dome cover off and it’s in the back of the camera near the bottom), you can select the card and click the Format button to format the card. In my case, you can see I’m using a 32GB card to test with and I have 7.25gb left but it’s full because I chose 75%. You can set how much of the card you want to use. These are the defaults settings but in real world, I would make pictures percentage much lower and record percentage higher.

If you set everything up correctly, the camera should start recording video when motion is detected. You’ll know because from the above menus you’ll see the card or NAS filling up and you’ll see events denoted by a red lines on the timeline of the Playback tab. You can slide the timeline to the time you want to look at it, use the calendar on the right to select a date, and use the plus/minus signs on the right side of the timeline to adjust how much time to display at once on the timeline. This is an actual recording that was captured when the big brown truck drove by.

To export video, click on the small filmstrip looking icon just above the timeline on the right. You select the start and end time you want to search for and it will display a list of clips to export to your PC. You have to export entire clips and it writes them by default to your c:/users/yourname/Web/DownloadedFiles directory by date. It could be me, but I found exporting video did not work with IE 11 and had to use Firefox to download files.

Images

Now onto the images. I mounted the camera with a 4mm 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 with WDR set to 10% which provided a nice effect, color balance is quite good and it’s a clear picture

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.

Setting WDR to 20 helped a little in the dark shadows, but really with WDR turn off, it’s better than many cameras with WDR turned up. You do get a little more noise with WDR on at night.

In the backyard, where there’s a different mix of lighting, I took this daytime image with WDR off. You can see the sharp contrast from the patio cover and shadows from the chair make it hard to see detail.

With WDR set to 20%, you can see a difference in the shadows.

With WDR set to 50, the details in the shadows is now very good but I can tell that noise reduction is kicking in more and blurring some of the detail in the bushes. My recommendation is to use WDR sparingly and only when needed like in this high contrast situation.

At night, with WDR turned off, the lower output from the IR illuminator is evident from the higher noise but there’s actually segments of this image that look better than on other cameras with more powerful LEDs. In comparison to the last Hikvision camera tested, the DS-2CD3332F-I, it had less noise, crisper contrast, but didn’t see as well into the dark corners. They both are good but in different ways. I feel this camera with a small amount of light, like a porch light may do better.

Setting WDR to 20 did not really add much value at night.

I uploaded day and night videos to YouTube. Youtube does not seem to show 3MP anymore but you can still see them in 1440P mode, you must click on the gear icon and select 1440P quality and then click on the icon with 4 corners to see the video full screen. The videos were exported from the SD card recorded to directly from the camera.

Day Video

Night Video

Conclusion

This camera is  small and has such great clarity, low light performance, good color accuracy. I was able to find the Hikivision USA version for $292.99 but the English version can be found for as low as $214.99 with free shipping, both available from Wrightwood Surveillance, it’s definitely worth trying one out.

The main difference between the US version and the English version is the warranty, but I’ve gone through many of these cameras and have not had one fail yet. The version I had to review was on loan from Wrightwood Surveillance and is the English version.

The other thing to note is the Smart IR feature may cause the image to appear darker than normal. It’s set on by default, but you can find that option under Image –> Day/Night Switch –> Smart IR and turn it off.

The pluses for this camera are;

  • Price & Value
  • Very small size for an IR dome
  • 3-axis dome adjustments
  • Very good low light performance
  • 3MP, 1080P or 720P resolution
  • Day/Night IR Cut Filter
  • Ability to record to a 64GB microSD card and playback from the camera

The only quirk I ran into on this camera is that with slow moving objects at night, it creates a trial with WDR on. It didn’t seem to affect faster moving objects or reduce the value of the video. It’s likely a software glitch that may be fixed in future firmware releases as they are good on getting problems fixed.

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

 

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Jeff
Jeff
2 months 6 days ago

Hi, this was a really good review on the camera.

I do have a question: How closely can the camera be pointed to the horizontal plane? I’m intending to install one upside down (imagine installing to a table top instead of the ceiling) and point it as flat as possible.

alan reynolds
alan reynolds
3 months 3 days ago

i have mounted a hikvision mini dome and only connected the network connection and power… what do i need to do to obtain audio//

Kenton
Kenton
4 months 15 days ago

Hi all, I have two of these mounted flush on a wall, indoors in a retail space–they work really well. Unfortunately, our construction wasn’t finished when these were installed, and now there’s decorative crown moulding covering up 1/3 of each of the video screens.

I could move them to a higher location, but that would cause holes in the wallpaper that would be expensive to fix. Instead, I’m hoping to find a way to mount the cameras at the same place, but in a way that holds them out from the wall about 10-11 inches.

Any suggestions on how to do this? I see the manufacturer has some mounts for sale. All the wall mounts have the dome on this unit facing downwards, whereas it’s currently flush-mounted on the wall (so the dome is facing outwards). They also seem to have some ceiling mounts that would theoretically keep the camera in the same orientation as it currently is.

I’d like to go with something as elegant as possible.

Thanks in advance for any ideas…

Wayne Swiggs
Wayne Swiggs
4 months 17 days ago

Hi, I have recently installed the DS-2CD2532F-I 3MP camera. The camera is on a different subnet to the DVR interface connected to my router (more secure using hi-vision IP?). The picture is perfect day and night but sound is intermittent – I.e. It plays for a second then nothing for 2 seconds and so on…

Can anyone provide any resolution suggestions? Most settings gave been kept at default.

Noreen
Noreen
7 months 30 days ago

Hi guys just wondering would ye know what’s wrong my camera when it’s on small screen it’s fine and working but when I put it on big screen it freezes every 4 seconds ?? ..

Gary
Gary
1 year 30 days ago

hi all Not sure if you’re in a position to assist, but out of the two DS-2CD2532F-IWS cameras I got, I got a three lenses shipped with them, so I could technically pick which lens length I want – I love the cameras but now I’d like to be able to swap the lenes – 2.8mm with a 4 or 6mm lens – is the process of swapping the lenses over documented or described in any link somewhere? Thank you ahead of time for any comments.

Darren
Darren
1 year 1 month ago

I’d like to install this camera on an exterior wood beam for my driveway, but can not drill through the beam. The cable running out of the camera precludes this from being flush mounted on the beam as well if OK cant drill a hole into the beam. Secondly, the location of where my cable will exit the wall to get to the beam is a foot or two away.

Do you have (1) a mounting suggestion for the camera onto the beam? (2) a grommet you know of that will make for a clean seal sounds the cake as our goes into the wall of my house?

Thank you or anyone else with install experience.

Chris lim
Chris lim
1 year 5 months ago

Hi,

I am comtemplating between the 2732 and 2532. Audio function is very important to me. Could I find out is the built in mic in 2532 is better or the attachable mica are better in quality?

Jiri
Jiri
1 year 6 months ago

Wrightwood Surveillance does not have one like this anymore, where else can I get one? Thanks

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1 year 7 months ago

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Michael
Michael
1 year 8 months ago

Is there a setting to increase/decrease the power of the IR lights? I have 3 of these cameras and on one of them the IR lights is very dim and night vision very poor. I’m not sure if one can adjust IR power or whether I have a defective camera.

Scott
Scott
1 year 8 months ago

Thanks for the great review, it really helped me decide on this camera for securing our computer labs at work. The trickiest item was figuring out if the camera could be mounted vertically since the lab has no drop ceilings and I didn’t want to pay an additional $50 for a wall mount.

It does work, here is a side view picture and a head on of the camera up on the wall for anyone considering doing something similar:

http://imgur.com/fiyEZ47

http://imgur.com/EWHjC7n

The image quality is great, we plan on buying several more, this was our first test case.

Michael
Michael
1 year 9 months ago

I have three of these. one might be defective as image is very dark at night even with gain, wrd cranked up. Noise is bad. Only thing is IR lights are on top of lens. Would rotating so they are below lens help? I notice I have to choose mirror ”center” to get correct orientation. My view is similar to the image you have overlooking your garage and across the street

David Rechtschaffen
David Rechtschaffen
1 year 9 months ago

I’m having a maddening issue! I swapped in a new Router, which has better coverage where the Hikvision is, but I’m having the darnedest time weaning it off its LAN cable.

Under Configuration>Advanced>WiFi, it’s simply not displaying the available SSIDs! The list is blank. This is so abnormal, and I cannot seem to figure out a solution. Everything else is perfectly configured (port-forwarding, remote access, etc., all works). I’m beginning to think the camera has developed a defect. Only twice have I managed to have the available SSIDs list come up, but I could never repeat it, nor would it stick. The router is broadcasting fine. All other wireless devices see the list.

Any ideas? This is supposed to be the easy part!

David
David
1 year 8 months ago

I worked out a solution. I gave up on the built-in Wi-Fi, and used a Netgear ethernet to Wi-Fi adapter which I plugged the camera into directly, and now I have a very robust Wi-Fi connection to the router. All is well. 🙂

Celius
1 year 8 months ago

Personally I always advise to do away with wifi altogether whenever possible. There’s always going to be more lag when compared to a wired setup and then there’s always the unreliability of wifi to consider. An alternative to running cables but still keeping a hard wired setup is the use of 2 Homeplugs. Plug one into a power outlet/socket near your router and plug in an ethernet cable from your router into it and then do the same at the other end near your camera. The data signal will be sent over the existing mains electrical circuit in the building. I’ve had way too many wireless connection issues in the past regardless of brand of camera to ever recommend it to others.

David
David
1 year 8 months ago

Tried a new, highly praised router, and nothing has changed. The camera sees the network, when it’s plugged into the router. I select the network, and as soon as I disconnect the ethernet port, the address goes offline (per FING on my iPhone). I’ve hooked-up a dozen IP cams in my time, and this is unprecedented! Worse still, the camera worked wirelessly before I changed routers.

I am really starting to think that something has come undone in this camera, such that the wifi radio is somehow now defective. Truly though, I’m am at a loss, and out of ideas what I can try.

I love this camera, but I cannot leave it hooked-up via ethernet forever. Does anyone have any ideas what I can try to sort this out?

JoeM
JoeM
1 year 8 months ago

A stab from the UG. I don’t have one.

The manual says you must turn the camera Wi-Fi on (and see a blinking LED) by using a WAP

Pardon me if this is too basic or covered above (I didn’t see it). You must use WPS on the router/WAP per the installation guide:

A wireless router with the WPS function is required to enable
the WPS function of the camera. Refer the steps below.
Steps:
1. Press the WPS button on the router.
2. Press the WPS button (about 2s) on the camera within 120s
you enable the WPS of the router to join in the wireless
network.

* The WPS button works as a reset button only when you
press it when the camera is powering on.
* Press the WPS button on the camera, and then press the
WPS button on the router will establish a connection as
well, and the expire time of WPS connection on the
camera is 120s.
* The link indicator blinks if the wireless connection is
succeeded.

Celius
1 year 9 months ago

The Hiks are hard to beat for value when you consider the quality and all their functions in comparison to Axis. It’s hard to justify the the price of an Axis camera these days when compared! If the Hiks on your network are not plugged directly into an NVR you can record simultaneously to both on-board SD card and NVR and view recordings from either on your phone using their IVMS-4500 app. If recording to a NAS then you are restricted to either recording to on-board sd card or to the NAS but not both.
If you use the IP Cam Viewer you can view both HikVision and Axis easily through the same app but not access the recordings. It’s no big deal to have more than one camera app on your phone so mix and match shouldn’t be an issue.

Niklas
Niklas
1 year 8 months ago

Thanks Celius!

Niklas
Niklas
1 year 9 months ago
Great review(s) – thanks so much for doing these, utterly valuable for many DIYers in this market 🙂 I have a couple of Axis cams indoors, 3 x M3005-V, 1 x P3343 and 207MW (wired). I’m using Camera Companion except for with the 207MW which isn’t compatible. I want to fit more cameras and have felt forced to stick to Axis for software reasons but I can’t really afford to kit out the rest of the house with the type of Axis cameras that I’d need; I’m disappointed in the M3005-V not having an IR cut off filter or any of them having built in IR. It is sensitive to IR illumination but the image is bluish and still too dark. Just a bit of white light works better but not ideal in my situation. And my wife isn’t too keen on separate IR lights going up next to what she thinks are already industrial looking cameras compared to the “cute and so easy to install” D-Link or whatever wifi cams all her friends have installed (themselves in less than an hour). The other cameras are getting a bit old and Axis as a value proposition is looking worse for… Read more »
RonL
RonL
1 year 9 months ago

Thanks for the time you take to answer all of the post. I am curious about my 2532F cameras switch from day to night. I have a 2032I and it will still be in daylight (color image) while in the same room the 2532F will be in B/W. It seems that that the 2532F requires more lumen to maintain a color image. Is there a combination of settings that I should check. I started with your recommended settings and have changed from there. The Smart IR is off and WDR is on. Thanks for some ideas. I really like the camera and am preparing to move it to the front porch.

David
David
1 year 10 months ago

Having a puzzling issue with this camera, and wondering if anyone else has worked through a similar problem.

Although I can pretty much always pull up the live picture remotely, every week or so, the intrusion and motion security parameters that I set fail to detect and e-mail their alarm events. If I unplug and plug back in the camera, the alarm event then work properly and well, but eventually, I need to unplug the camera again. Soft rebooting does not fix the issue, but I know that such frequent unplugging is not a normal requirement.

I feel that my network set-up is somewhat less secure or direct than it should be, although it works. I occasionally get an .xml error when trying to log into the camera itself, and sometimes, it takes a long time and many attempts to log in. Again, unplugging/replugging corrects this situation, resulting in instant logging in, as it should be at all times.

Any ideas what I can try to optimize my configuration and address this frequent issue?

Thanks!

SørenBM
SørenBM
1 year 10 months ago

Hi all,

I’m thinking of buying the IS version – DS-2CD2532F-IS – of this camera for my front door, as it is discrete and small form factor and a build-in microphone.

The camera is going to be placed under the eave of my house 16 feet from the door/focus area in parallel with the door.

The person will more or less look in the camera’s direction when walking up to the door.

However I’m unsure if I should choose the 4mm or 6mm lense to get the best picture of the person outside of the door.

My Hikvision dealer would not advise the 6mm as he thinks the distance between the camera and the door/focus area is too short.

Reading the internet about the subject makes me even more confused.

Thanks for you help.

Kind regards,
Søren

Eric
Eric
1 year 10 months ago

Hi,

I tried to find my answer here but wow, too many thread to read lol.
I set the event alerts on my camera and it works well! a little too much!
When it’s cloudy, I get an alert, when it snows, I get an alert, one day I received more than 300 emails (false alerts)
I put the sensitivity at 20 (no choice, not able to put 1-19). What do I need to do?
There is no filters I can had for snow or light or clouds?

Thanks!

Kris Reese
1 year 10 months ago

As always — thanks for being so responsive and willing to help. I grabbed my wife’s laptop and downloaded the tftp server from hikeuro and the English 5.1.6 from Wrightwood; that worked. I’m puzzled over why I couldn’t get it going with my MacBook but carry on I shall. Thanks!!

Kris Reese
1 year 10 months ago

Thanks- I tried that but it’s not working through the POE switch. I guess I will need to take my cameras down and power them with the 12V and connect Ethernet direct to the laptop in order to get this to work.

Kris Reese
1 year 10 months ago

I’m sorry if my initial inquiry was too wordy but your last reply is the basis of my question…

I am a Mac user and am attempting to downgrade the firmware using OS X built in tftp but am. It having any luck. Was hoping you could provide some guidance on how to force the downgrade via tftp on a Mac

Thanks!

Kris Reese
1 year 10 months ago
I bought 5 cameras from Wrightwood and so far have hung 3 of the 5 around my house. The 3 I hung each have different versions of firmware installed: Cam 1: v5.2.0 build 140721 Cam 2: v5.2.3 build 141024 Cam 3: v5.1.6 build 140412 I’ve read on another posting that v5.1.6 is the most stable and have experienced some of the video lag you talked about in the 5.2.x firmware release. Therefore, I’m looking to downgrade to 5.1.6. In this article, you mention “You can downgrade the firmware to prior versions if you have a Mac”. I am a Mac user and attempted to use TFTP Server v. 3.4.1 to run this process but am not having any luck. I disabled the firewall on my MacBook, and using a thunderbold adapter for hardwire, set my IP to 192.0.0.128/24. I ran a tcpdump and saw 192.0.0.64 come in but it seemed to not pickup on my TFTP server. Here is the tcpdump: http://pastebin.com/GNxtfhZj My attempts were done by cabling my MacBook to the same POE switch as the cameras and running the update this way, instead of cabling directly to the camera and using 12V to power the cam. I’ve also… Read more »
Mario
1 year 11 months ago

Hello, I currently have this camera pointed at my front door. I was thinking of adding another above the front door to capture the walk-ups face and the front yard area. Do you have a review of the Hikvision, model DS-2CD6362F-I a 360 degree camera with 2-way audio? Would be to have 2 way audio on the front door.

Thanking you in advance for your response.

Mario

LT
LT
1 year 11 months ago

Regarding time server, was unable to connect to the default. What time server do you connect to and what ntp settings do you use?

MicroPower
MicroPower
1 year 11 months ago

Got a msg that new plug in detected – Contact Vendor OSX10.9/Safari.
What’s the link for new if needed? Risky to
upgrade without review of change logs. Plugins might favor
certain cam firmwares. Wonder if new plugin for PC also? Hopefully won’t be needed
in the future. i.e.. As HTML 5 replaces Flash.

Link for IVMS4200/changelogs for HIK’s from Wrightwood?
BTW, The new firmware has IR Control in System/Service or maybe I missed it.
I hope it can kill the IR’s I think they are more problematic as the
camera gets smaller if the camera is exposed to the Sky/dew.

MicroPower
MicroPower
1 year 11 months ago

Questions:
Is it best to Leave the Desiccant inside the Camera?
What is the Sever Port used for? Defaults to 8000
Any one got settings click2stream now AngleCam.com working on the HIK2532?
I’m not having success yet.

MicroPower
MicroPower
1 year 11 months ago

Firefox on OSX works Smooth (Yea!) with Firmware 5.2 once I Greenlighted it with NoScrip.
Now if could only turn off the IR at Night in Autoswitch mode. The Dome gets a layer of
moisture which white outs the images by early morn. Putting them in Birdhouses helps some. Would be great to learn about possible future FW updates/features for these Cams.

MicroPower
MicroPower
1 year 11 months ago

really impressed with this cam with each deployments. I wish they made a bullet version.
ie, Fixed 4mm with SD slot. Not a big fan of Varifocal cams. Version
5.2 of the Software is a big improvement and the built in NVR works
well. Wish it would do timelapse, 4x is the fastest it play,
My Biggest hope that future firmware will support browsers without
a risky plugin. Internet explorer/windoze is too unstable and has too many callouts. This
stuff has to work without babysitting for at least 4 years. We use Linux or chromeboxes to drive wall displays and this is not an direct option yet with this cam. Most we deploy are PV/DC with LiFePo4 battery fallover, anything directly connected to grid along the gulf cost gets hammered. Anyone know the Voltage tolerance of the “12V” power input or POE input? We use an expensive Tycon 10-30Vdc input 802.3af injector for now.

Fletch
Fletch
1 year 11 months ago

I’m interested in using this camera for my front door. I have found the -IS version giving me GPI/O and audio I/O. Would I be able to send/receive audio via the blue iris app with this cam? If not, do you have a recommendation for a good camera with this ablitity?

Hideki
Hideki
1 year 11 months ago

How do I access the camera’s web interface? Is there a default IP address for the Hikvision cameras? thx!

Hideki
Hideki
2 years 3 days ago

I just purchased 7 of these cameras and set them up with Milestone Xprotect Go. However, I noticed that the time displayed on each camera is incorrect. Do I adjust the time through Milestone? I can’t seem to find the screen where I can change the date and time. Thanks

Kevan
Kevan
2 years 5 days ago

Can you change the lens from a 4mm to a 2.8mm on this camera?

Micropower
Micropower
2 years 7 days ago

Do you need 802.3af 48V Passive or Active Injector for HIK Cams. or does it mater?
Is there a published voltage range spec the camera needs to see if one wants to do voltage drop calculations?

David
David
2 years 9 days ago

Has anyone else had this issue? The camera works perfectly on the internal WAN, has been successfully port-forwarded to port 8900 (confirmed externally “open” via canyouseeme.org), as well as one of my iPhone apps can consistently bring up the live view from any external browser/location (LiveCams Pro).

So, all is well, right? Nope!

I cannot bring up this camera’s login page in a (external) web browser, and I’m stumped as to why not. The other cameras at this location (on forwarded and open ports 8888 and 8890) come up readily on external web browsers. Why not this one?

This location uses an Xfinity Arris TG862 Router FWIW.

Desperate for suggestions.

Tim
Tim
2 years 9 days ago

So do you think it’s crazy to attempt to drill a hole in the dome to expose the lens. The foam around the lens would prevent bugs from getting in. The camera is mounted in a place that is mostly, but not 100%, protected from the weather, so it’s possible moisture could get in there. It’s not like the camera is sealed with a gasket when mounted.

I really can’t come up with any other ideas and the image difference is substantial.

Tim
Tim
2 years 10 days ago

Finally found time to really test the camera for sharpness and detail.

No matter what settings I changed, I was bothered by a blurred crystalized look. Then I did a test with the dome cover off, and saw a massive difference in sharpness.

I have images I could send, can you offer any suggestions? How crazy would it be to expose the lens somehow, remove the dome over the lens?

Tim
Tim
2 years 11 days ago

Anyone know a way to automatically change the camera settings (gain, noise reduction, WDR, etc.) based on day vs. night toggle? This would enable the best settings for both day and night. Or are you just stuck trying to find the best comprise between day and night settings?

Thanks for the help.

MicroPower
MicroPower
2 years 11 days ago

Use ubuquity tough cable. Have cams from 100m to 6000m with these running a TDMA protocol nv2 on 5Ghz. http://www.ispsupplies.com/brands/Wireless-Systems/MikroTik-RouterBOARD-RBSXTKit_2.html.. 802.11 aka. wifi was not designed to share spectrum. 2.4ghz is a traffic jam nowadays, would only consider wifi in remote areas with no roads. Anyone know the voltage tolerance on the HIK2532 on the 12V input? Almost our systems are PV Powered for stability. Wish the HIK’s won’t work on 24V POE.

Jack
Jack
2 years 15 days ago

Hi,

Thoroughly enjoy reading the reviews – super helpful 🙂

I’m looking at this / hikvision ds-2cd2632f-i camera – I specifically want one of these as they have built-in card slots, so I’m hoping to save on an separate NVR and the extra box and messy wiring.

My questions are:
Can you easily via the web browser access the recordings from the built-in card storage (on a Mac/Safari) and if so does the browser access run on Flash/plugins or simple non-Flash/HTML.

Secondly, I’d obviously like to view it remotely from iPhone – what’s the best app (is there an official one?) and will I be able to remotely view recording / motion triggers on the iOS app too and am I able to change camera settings via the app?

Finally,

Thanks a load

Tim
Tim
2 years 19 days ago

Received hikvision ds-2cd2532f-iws from eBay seller, listed on-line for sale as english, multiple language – got the camera and it’s locked to Chinese only, no english choice available. I think I need to replace the firmware via TFTP, but I only have Macintosh. Anyone know of a way to TFTP to the Hikvision camera using only a Mac? Please refrain from long post mac-bashing, I’m a graphic designer and need a Mac.

Niko
Niko
2 years 24 days ago

I have the 2532 mounted vertically, and have the tilt setting almost at one end of the range, such that the IR leds are almost obscured on one side. The problem I’m facing is that when the IR turns on, I have a large white smear on the left side of the image. I know this is due to the dome cover, since I don’t have this reflection with the cover off.

As far as I can tell, the 4 screws for the cover are evenly torqued. Any thoughts as to what might be causing this reflection?

Micropower
Micropower
2 years 25 days ago

Others may have different experience, my findings on this mini dome takes much more effort than a Bullet cam. I wish they made a similar unit with SD & w/o varifocal in a Bullet.
1. How you put the cover on is important, I think I sort of let the bottom lead a bit and tilt in.
2. Cross torque the screws in a cross pattern, I do it 1/2 turn at a time. so it takes
a couple of minutes to screw cover on.
3. I Leave the desiccant pak in. ( ?? )
4. I only open on dry days in middle of Afternoon.
5. I found it’s best not to tilt the eyeball towards limits. . The IR seems to splash at off angles. Take time to mount closer to the view direction even if you have to fab a wedge.

John
John
2 years 26 days ago

Great review and have thoroughly enjoyed this camera in testing. However, upon installing I soon discovered that the outer dome housing is collecting condensation inside the dome in front of the lens. This is resulting in a hazy image after a few hours of running through the night – no night vision enabled, simply using a porch light instead.

Trying to think what to do to prevent this. Humidity was in the 80% range and night time temps around 40-35F.

Thanks!

Ron
Ron
2 years 27 days ago

Hi there. Great review on the cam.

I happen to get few of these cams and Sound will not work on any of them.
Hikvision said my cams are not US versions and they wont support them.
They said most likely flashed with firmware that has problems.

Do you know from your experiences if there’s a US firmware that can be flashed into the cams to make sure they operate properly? Support said hardware is the same.

I am wondering now if when they put fw on them that has no sound working…did they render them useless or it can be fixed.

Buyers – beware – you may get a unit that will have NO AUDIO….

Thanks

Tim
Tim
2 years 29 days ago

Thanks for your reviews, they are very helpful. I have one of these cameras on order.

1)I want to set up the Hikvision to be viewed on a local wi-fi network only, no internet connection. LAN only no WAN, I plan to program camera to write motion events to internal 64GB SD card. Will I be able to view live and recorded video via phone/tablet/computer with supplied Hikvision apps/software on the wi-fi LAN only, or does the video have to be pushed out to the internet then pulled back down into tablet/phone. Do you know IF I can do the above, and if so where I might find instructions?

2)Any concerns with constantly pushing video data through your LAN or on to your WAN, one might think it might slow network traffic down a fair amount. I am considering creating a second wi-fi network solely for surveillance. I really don’t want to drag my Netflix down just to occasionally video cars driving past my home. What are your thoughts?

KZ
KZ
2 years 29 days ago

1.) Yes you can view only on the LAN side. This is done by just using the local IP address (ex 192.168.1.55) if that was your ip address you assigned to the camera. Everything you need to do with motion and the static ip address should be done in the camera settings menu that you access through a web browser.

2.) If you have the camera hard wired (so not using the wifi, but rather an ethernet cable), and you have it plugged into a gigabit network, then you will see zero interferences with your netflix and wifi. You can get a lot of ip cameras on a gigabit network and see no noticeable difference. One camera is no biggy. If you are using the wifi through the camera, as long as your wifi router does high wifi speeds, then you still should not see any difference. You can get (theoretical) gigabit over wifi routers now, which are pretty nice.

Tony
Tony
2 years 1 month ago

Thanks, this will help me in my camera lens selection.

Tony
Tony
2 years 1 month ago

Hi,

Thanks for the review. I am just wondering what is the distance from your garage to the street in feet or meters.

Thanks

Tony

MicroPower
MicroPower
2 years 1 month ago

Anyone seen reviews on the 4 or 8 ch HIKVision mini NVR ?
This looks like the way to, if’s it’s as good as this mini dome.

Lewis
Lewis
2 years 1 month ago

I see a Hikvision DS-2CD2532F-I S W listed. It looks like this camera with wireless built-in. Have you tested this version? Is this DS-2CD2532F-I S W the only IP66 outdoor Hikvision thst has wireless capability? Thanks in advance.

Danny
Danny
2 years 1 month ago

Hi,
I’m thinking of putting 3-4 of these around my house and was wondering what sort of recording time they will get onto a 64gb SD card?

Brian Smyth
Brian Smyth
2 years 1 month ago

This happened a webcam of mine (different model but still hikvision). It was the IR filter that got stuck. If I turned it off an and again repeatedly, it would eventually go normal. But eventually broke again. If it goes normal you could take your chances or keep it in daylight mode.

MIcropower
MIcropower
2 years 1 month ago

I have one that the image turned pink. Seems like I read about this somewhere.
Anyone know how to fix? FW = 5.16

Nunes
Nunes
2 years 2 months ago

Hi – is it possible to deploy this camera e.g. on a desk as opposed to a ceiling? would the software allow for flipping the video orientation?

Thanks

Niko
Niko
2 years 2 months ago

Thanks for the quick reply! I guess that rules out the Lorex kit. I was attracted to it mainly by the fact that it offered a turnkey solution that I could deploy with little effort on my part:)
I now have to investigate an equivalent off-the-shelf nvr solution (any recommendations?) or setup a PC to run nvr software. Pointers are appreciated…

Can you comment on question #1 above? Thanks.

Niko
Niko
2 years 2 months ago

This is an incredibly useful site! After reading your review and comments, I believe the 2cd2532
might be ideal for my application. I just need to clear up a few issues before pulling the trigger…

I need a camera to monitor the driveway in front of a house in an urban environment – the driveway is actually the sidewalk in front of the house, maybe about 12 feet wide. I plan to mount the camera on the wall above the left corner of the garage door. I’m hoping to cover the right side of the garage, where an entry keypad is located, as well as a good part of the sidewalk.

1. Since the 2cd2532 provides 3-axis adjustments, will I be able to get the coverage I’m planning for, given the mounting location? I’m thinking of a 2.8 mm lens. I don’t want to use any kind of wall mounts, in order to keep the camera as low-key as possible, otherwise I would have gone for the 2cd2732.

2. I’m also contemplating this Lorex kit from Costco:
http://www.costco.com/Lorex-8-Channel-Stratus-HD-NVR-Security-System-with-2TB-HDD-and-4-1080p-Cameras.product.100087416.html
Will the 2cd2532 interface with the Lorex nvr?

Jim
Jim
2 years 2 months ago

Hello
I ‘ve bought this camera and everything works like a charm except the playback option.
I can’t play the recorded files from sd card directly when i use the playback option on web browser, but i can download them on my computer.
How can i fix this?

This is what i see

Thanks in advance

Jim
Jim
2 years 2 months ago

Ok, i fixed it.
It was the Kaspersky Antivirus that cause the problem.
I set an exgeption rule for the webcomponents exe and it worked

Joe Marshall
Joe Marshall
2 years 2 months ago

The collection of Peter’s questions and your responses are very informative to people like me whose understanding of the options and trade-offs is similar to Peter’s.

Thanks

Peter
Peter
2 years 2 months ago
I thought I would give this a shot and hope someone can help me. I’m looking for advice on some camera models in my price range. The house next door was recently broken into and for the safety of my family, I would like to install a surveillance system. I’m pretty technically inclined so the installation probably isn’t challenging for me. What I’m struggling with is that even though specs imply a camera has something, the reality of how good the camera is turns out to be quite different. I’m looking for someone with real experience and understands these products to send me in the right direction. I have seen varying degrees of quality between Vivotek, Brickcom, Dahua, Hikvision, and Acti. Some specs look very similiar which large price swings. Are some higher quality? I would like to purchase 5 outdoor cameras on my wooden eaves or brick. 1 higher quality (450ish) and 4 lower quality cameras(350ish). I will go higher(or lower) if it makes that big of a difference. There is no use in spending $450 on a camera that gets me nothing. These are the criteria I have come up with: 1. one(1) camera(450ish) daytime range of 30-60… Read more »
snice
snice
2 years 3 months ago

Hi, could someone explain the difference between 2-axis and 3-axis camera please? For me a 2-axis was up/down + right/left and 3-axis was 2-axis + zoom in/zoom out. But it seems that it’s not true?

GutowskiA
GutowskiA
2 years 3 months ago

Thanks for the review and comments above. I bought this camera because of your input. I do have a weird scenario with my mac I hope someone can help. I lost ability to watch live stream via quicktime RTSP (Mavericks OS X 10.9.5). In Safari, I used to be able to key in my camera’s local LAN ip address and in LiveView I could watch the quicktime stream at full fps. Next, I could right click on the quicktime plug-in and save the movie/source to an icon on my desktop, change default app to QuicktimePlayer 7 and simply double click to view RTSP stream without the Safari browser. Now this is broken, I was making lots of changes including plug-ins and settings and now quicktime only shows the big Q and no steam. the strange thing is, it’s something in my user settings. I can log-out of OS X, and log back in as ‘guest’ and everything is working as before. Any idea what user settings I can clear to get back RTSP/quicktime functionality?

Thank You!

Dimitrios
Dimitrios
2 years 3 months ago

Hello, i’ve bought this camera after i read your review.
I want to use a power adapter and not poe with this. How many volts/amperes need to be the power supply?
Thanks

Jamie M.
2 years 3 months ago

This is by FAR the smoothest video you’ve ever posted to youtube! The motion looks very beautiful!! I think I would like to try out this camera for live streaming to a web page. I have not had much luck with Dahua, Panasonic or no-name brand IP cameras (always stuttering video, i.e. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qtbeq6d6KmY

Does ds-2cd2732f-is use exactly the same hardware inside, i.e. same sharpness of picture and smoothness of delivered video? Would be really nice to have 2.8-12mm lens for my purposes.

Thanks again for the great website 🙂

-Jamie M.

Henrik
Henrik
2 years 3 months ago

Hello again,
I’ve tested this with my Hik 2132 firmware 5.10 and a bit embarrassed to say it does not work – i have picture, but as you described, only about 1 frame/sek – so same problem (camera is set to frame rate 15), using ‘web components’.

Sorry to get your hopes up – i usually just view frames, so i have never noticed that live view was not fluently. As soon as i choose ‘quicktime’ video is fluently.

What is ‘web components’ really – and why is it preferred ?

I run my cameras through a Hik NVR 7616 – and images here are fluently, both recorded videos and live view.

Henrik
Henrik
2 years 3 months ago

I have just purchased this camera (2532) from Aliexpress, and waiting for it to be delivered. I stumbled on the Mac compatability issues described in this review – and was wondering if the issue has been resolved ?

The camera is delivered with firmware 5.20

I have previously tried upgrading my other Hik’s from 4.x to 5.x – which resulted in no live view on my Hik NVR 7616, through Safari – downgrading to 4.x brought back live view.

I am wondering if i will have probelms with the 2532 with firmware 5.20

If so, can anyone point me to the 4.x firmware (seems 5.x is newest available on Hik support pages)

Lee
Lee
2 years 3 months ago

Is there a bullet version of this camera?

Peter
Peter
2 years 3 months ago

Great review.

One question though. I’m planning to mount this camera vertical to a wall beside my door. Because this camera has 3 axis can I rotate the camera that way that it points down the hallway in a horizontal position or is rotating limited?

Mario
2 years 4 months ago

I I have this camera mounted to monitor the front door and porch area. I have it configured for motion detection and ending e-mails. I am getting hundreds of blank images of my door and porch, what is a good setting to actual capture images( people, animals, etc)? Thanks, Mario

Jacob
Jacob
2 years 4 months ago

This is my first post here, just discovered your reviews yesterday! These are great.

We’ve had some car break ins lately and contacted a local security guy about a 4 camera outdoor system.
He recommended the 3332 HIKvision with 3mp 2.8mm lens and the HIKVISION DS-7604NI-SE/SP-1TB NVR 4CH 4POE UPTO 5MP HDMI 1TB NVR. We’d have 1 under the eaves on each side of the house to give full coverage of the front door and car in the street and then another aimed at our driveway for my wife’s car and the last would be on the back of the house to view the backdoor.

My whole purpose is to be able to provide evidence to police in the case of a car or, even worse, house break in. Will this be able to recognize faces? Is the 2732 camera better than the 3332? I don’t mind paying a little extra if I’m going to accomplish my goal.

Thanks for your time.

Blarf
Blarf
2 years 5 months ago

Hi,

any recommendations between this camera and ACTI cameras (in the $250-$300 range)? I’d like 2-3 cameras (most likely domes) outside and 1 inside the garage. I have a $200-$300 budget to spend for each camera. which one would you recommend?

David
David
2 years 5 months ago

Yes there is a green block that is marked audio – +. Where can i find a little powered mono speaker?

Thanks for your help.

David97
David97
2 years 5 months ago

Where do you connect the powered speaker? I Have this cam and i see no where to connect it on the camera itself and see no info about it in the directions.

Also where can one find a little powered speaker?

David
David
2 years 5 months ago

Does anyone know how to connect a speaker to this camera? There is not much info about it.

nc
nc
2 years 5 months ago

Hi there
The spec. said that there is a built-in microphone and speaker. How does it work ?

Thanks,
NC

Michael
Michael
2 years 5 months ago

I’m a newbie and recently purchased 5 hikvision cameras all from reading this websites information to monitor my home. Thanks!!!

I can see the settings for the two streams. How do I login on PC’s to the main stream in milestone GO and login via iPhone app to the substream. I’ve noticed that when viewing iPhone on the main stream it is very pixelated which I assume is due to higher resolution.

I had to rotate the lens so the IR beads were below the lens (180deg) in order to get the image rotated corrected in live view. Is this correct?

When I open the enclosure, I noticed a bag of moisture control beads tucked in. Do we leave it in or take it out?

Ivan
Ivan
2 years 5 months ago

Hi

I definately have camera LEDs switched on and Smart IR switched off. My exposure is set to 1/50th. ( I do not have the option of 1/30th, presumably this is due to different frame rates between USA and UK resulting from the difference between 50 and 60Hz mains) I have tried many variations of gain, noise reduction and WDR. I also have tried with the dome off. If the gain is set to 100 the image is too grainy and noisy so the images posted are about the best I can achieve. I have used Gain =50 and NR=50 & WDR=50.

The LEDS are 4 off SFH4725S Oslon Black on a star running at 780mA (simply due to the constant current source I had at hand) I have some SFH4232A 840nm on order so I’m going to try those. The camera should be more responsive at the shorter wavelength and the LEDS will provide a wider beam. But I was impressed with the cameras response to 940nm, it shows a decent illiminator could be built fairly simply. I’d like to see some images from others of their 3235s to see how the cameras match up.

Regards

Ivan
Ivan
2 years 5 months ago

Hello

Can anyone tell me the current consumption of the 2CD2532 camera when driven from 12V dc, with and without the IR switched on ? I’m trying to estimate the optical(radiant flux)power of the IR leds. I have decided to build an IR floodlight to improve the quality of my nightime images. I’m guessing that with 5W max for the camera then perhaps 2W could be for the LEDs. If they were 20-25% efficent then roughly they give out about 0.5W. Six Osram 4232A IR LEDs running at 500mA (very efficent)would produce 1.95W of IR and 2.61W of heat to get rid off. Mounting them on a relatively small heat sink (100 x 100 mm)should get rid of the heat – particularly in English weather. Our summer temps rarely go passed 23C outside of the south-east. So again guessing, with an improvement factor of about 3.9 more IR light I’m to obtain a far better image ! Even 8 or 10 LEDs would give manageable heat dissipation i.e. a fairly small heatsink. I need to do some trials !

Has anyone already tried this ?

Ivan
Ivan
2 years 5 months ago

Just had a very quick trial of an Oslon Black 940nm running at 778mA (measured) on a poor heatsink. Simply poking it out of the window. Initial results look very good, even projecting through the double glazed window. The LED star consumes 8.2W and gives roughly 2-2.5 W of IR. Need to rig it up and adjust my camera settings then I will post images using 2CD2532 leds compared to image with my makeshift IR floodlight. The LEDs are visible when on but they are very small LEDs and they look like 4 small pinheads glowing dull red. No I didn’t stare at them. I may just build a flood with these instead of the efficient 4232A LEDs

I posted an image further up this page on 2 July using the camera LEDs only and was disappointed with the results.

Regards

Ivan

Ivan
Ivan
2 years 5 months ago

A couple of images

One image with camera leds and other, same settings with additional Oslon 950nm Black(x4) at 780mA and 8.2W total input power.

acmaster
acmaster
2 years 6 months ago

Do you know if Hik has a gang box that would work with this camera. For mounting it on a stone wall assuming you can’t drill a bigger hole for the pig tail?

Will
Will
2 years 6 months ago

Hi,

After reading your great review of the Hikvison mini dome I ordered one through aliexpress. It arrived yesterday (DS-2cd2532F-IS). First impression holding it in my hand, its really small, feels very well build (metal) and has a nice design. Only minor thing is that all the documentation included is only in Chinese. No problem since I have used other IP camera’s before.
Since I have to mount it on a concrete ceiling or wall, the attached Poe cable will give a problem, it’s to short and also might not fit through the drilling hole getting it to the house to connect to the network.
Would it be possible changing the Poe cable with an longer cable? I have no experience with Poe yet (12v 4,5 watt). Can I just have an extension cable attached? What do you advise.

Regards,
Will

Ivan
Ivan
2 years 6 months ago

Sorry for the delay, here is the link hopefully

After capturing the image to the laptop I viewed it in Office Picture Manager and tried autocorrect which improved the image quality slightly. I am going to try without the dome on tonight. My facia board underhangs the soffit of my eaves which the camera is mounted on, so that may be feeding back the IR into the camera, I hope.

Regards

Ivan

Chase
Chase
2 years 6 months ago

I had the same issue with both of mine.
for me it ended up being a mix of the dome not on quite right and then having to clean the dome after wards. It looked cleaned but apparently was not. After cleaning the picture was great!

Ivan
Ivan
2 years 6 months ago

I’ll capture a pic tonight, what is the best way to post it ?

Ivan
Ivan
2 years 6 months ago
I recently purchased a 7608 NVR and several cameras, I’ve only just managed to install the 2CD2532 under the eaves of my house, looking down on my car at a distance of 8-10 feet. As a novice I’m very pleased with the overall system, everything appears to work flawlessly including connecting remotely from an Ipad. The day images are excellent. The one area I’m disappointed with is the night images. Last night I spent time connecting directly to the camera and playing with the settings, I was unable to get anything remotely approaching your night images. Is there a lot of additional lighting in your area ? I have checked the IR leds they look normally illuminated and I have taken an image on my phone in night mode. It was a dark night and the image was little changed by switching the IR leds off and on ! I did not spend a great deal of time investigating but the leds quickly dimmed as I walked across the camer FOV i.e. the IR seems to be very central focussed whereas the image is wide angled so there is little illumination on the periphery of the scene. It may be,… Read more »
Mario
2 years 6 months ago

I need a suggestion for the placement for this camera with a 4mm lens on my front porch. Above the front door or at the end of the porch pointing at the front door. The porch is about 7’wide x 20′ length and 8′ floor to ceiling. Thanking everyone in advance for their assistance.

Joe
Joe
2 years 7 months ago
networkcameracritic, I probably spent the last three days just re-reading through all the pages you’ve written here. Very thorough undertaking and it is definitely appreciated by a ton more people than what makes the comments here, know that. I am an IT guy, in networking of all things, and have decided to get myself my first IP camera. I’ve set up several for clients in the past, but each time it was more about getting them something on an industry level where I won’t be hearing about a problem, etc. (and I wasn’t paying the costs, obviously. The choice was Axis mostly and Geovision.) I’ve got my eye on a mini-bullet. I don’t like domes. They just don’t seem portable, moveable, fast and dynamic like a camera could be. With a bullet it’s up and go and the installation is as MacGuyver as you need it to be. I want a discrete bullet. My prime choice is the DS-2CD2032-I (3MP IR Bullet), but it lacks. It lacks SD card capacity which is just fantastic, making it even more portable and independent. It lacks focus, in that it’s fixed. The way my place is set up I literally would have to… Read more »
TheGuad
TheGuad
2 years 7 months ago

Does anyone understand what “Dynamic Analysis for Motion” and the Video Tampering settings do? I’ve been looking for an explanation of when to enable and how to configure them but it’s like looking for a trade secret or unicorn.

ed
ed
2 years 7 months ago

It looks like Synology has updated their surveillance station to include this camera! I just spent an hour trying to get the camera to work, than tried tried to usethe method suggested by hrfrank. But wan’t able to get it to work. Than noticed my Synology had a few updates. Updated surveillance station, and this camera was on the list! Picked it and configured the rest and it works like a charm from both my desktop and iPad app! Now I’ll have to do the hard part, running the cable tomorrow and mounting the camera!

Steve
Steve
2 years 7 months ago

Thanks for all the responses. Any idea if Hikvision is available in Canada? Can’t seem to find it unless it goes by a different name up here..

Whelan
Whelan
2 years 7 months ago

Jeez I hope these Chinese boys at least ask permission before ripping off large chunks of blog..

Gaffe
Gaffe
2 years 7 months ago

I’ll let you all in on a little secret:

Don’t take images in the dark – light it up! There are many advantages to proper lighting – that’s why good photographers always use flash, no matter how good or high end their camera is, you always get better images with more light, period. Same things apply for every camera.

I turn my IRs off and just use a normal motion sensor light with bright halogen bulbs and lamppost lights in the yard, this way I get way better image quality than everyone who sets up their cameras per the instructions on here.

People who use IRs need to set a slower shutter speed which means all motion will be so blurry that the images are horrible, you wouldn’t be able to make out who ran by your camera even if it was your own mother – unless she stands still and peers right into your camera, and doesn’t shake her head.

Paying $100 more for varifocal does not really make sense either. Its better to buy more cameras with all the money saved, in my opinion.

Steve
Steve
2 years 7 months ago

Hi, I’m looking to install these at my house. Question I have is one side of the house the soffit is up on the second floor some 25 feet up. Does it make sense to use a camera like this from that height or would you recommend a different one? Day and night time pq is important. Thanks.

techoguy
techoguy
2 years 8 months ago

Hi,
your reviews are great! Thanks for taking the time to review all the cameras and post all the examples.
I was curious if you had some advice.
I just purchased 2 DS-2CD2532F-I(S) 2.8mm and i’m having all kinds of IR light bleed issues which is completely screwing up my night shot.
I was curious how you got your night shots so clear and if you had any advice on settings or adjusting the dome?

I was also curious if you know if hikvision has any kind of known API (like a cgi interface or something) or at least do you know the URL for the RTSP stream?

Lastly, I was curious why you don’t review more foscam cameras considering their popularity? Me personally, i got started with them and am switching most of mine now because of the issues, but just curious what your thoughts are.

Thanks again!

Gaffe
Gaffe
2 years 8 months ago

UPDATE – I got the Sandisk Ultra 64GB MicroSDXC Class 10 card to work. Here is how:

Out of curiosity I took the card out of the camera and put it into my PC to see what’s up with it.
Turns out there were two 32GB FAT32 partitions!
So I fired up disk utility, repartitioned as a single exFAT, and put it back in the camera. I set the percentage quotas the way I wanted them THEN hit format. When the format was done it now allocated the space correctly.

Hope this helps someone.

I’m surprised no one has tried 128GB. They are only around $120, a lot cheaper than a NVR, and for people who only need one or two cameras, way less stuff to maintain. Recording to SD is useful, considering recording to network is broken (as far as I can tell – I have yet to get it to work with any kind of NAS).

Gaffe
Gaffe
2 years 8 months ago
How come everyone all over the web is reporting that the time displayed in the camera is 1 hour off (like my experience) and does not account for daylight savings. But then in the iphone app the slider below shows the correct times, and doesnt match with the times superimposed on the image. Are you overseas somewhere, does it work properly for you somehow, or did you not notice that the firmware displays the wrong time? In your posts you explain how to sync with a timeserver (thanks for being the documentation the manufacturer should have had) but why not mention that this? How about the bug that playing back the sd in camera recordings on the iphone web app stutters for a second, every second? Your site is called network camera critic which is funny because you are not critical of much, almost all your reviews are positive and say something like “this is a good camera for someone who wants…” I don’t mean to give you too much of a hard time, but I feel the truth is more like: “Hikvision cameras all have the same firmware, and it’s so bad that you can’t use them for anything… Read more »
Gaffe
Gaffe
2 years 8 months ago

I just don’t understand. Are you using a new version of quicktime? Or are you installing that buggy, insecure, not open source, software plugin from china on every one of your PCs?

On your own blog here you have a post that says the latest firmware does not work with Mac. Then in another post you say it does not work with 64gb sd cards and you post a screenshot of the buggy firmware that is not letting you allocate more space to video vs photo recording (my experience also).

So I don’t get it. Why are you now saying it works fine in browser. What is the “it” your referring to? Most people assume you mean all the features, not just being able to view the live view (which does sort of work, if you are willing to pollute your computer with their spyware to do it).

Gaffe
Gaffe
2 years 8 months ago

Thanks for the managed POE switch idea, it’s a good one. I have investment properties all over, so this is very useful to me.

Ali
Ali
2 years 8 months ago

Please friend
Could you tell what is the best model of hikvision camera that works with dvr

Gaffe
Gaffe
2 years 8 months ago

DVRs are for analog cameras, these are all digital cameras they work with network video recorders (NVRs)

Digital cameras are more expensive but they are better (higher resolutions, more configuration and built in features, etc).

There are a few types of analog cameras and DVRs for those, there are many types of digital cameras and the software for each is different so the trick with digital cameras is to get a computer and install special NVR software on it that supports many camera types. This way you have the best of all worlds. The downside is of course cost, you need a computer to stay on always running this software on your network. The good part is unlimited expandability, you can put in any size hard drives you want, and if you don’t like the software you can use a different company software. With DVRs you get the software that is built into that DVR. That is a big downside usually because in this industry the software generally sucks a lot, so you will always want to be able to upgrade.

Ali
Ali
2 years 8 months ago

Actually ds-2732f works with both
You can use it with nvr , but if you have dvr
You also can use it
In fact , i opened this kind of camera and there is a slut for the cable to put
I think you can check