17
Jun
14

Dahua SD59230S-HN 1080P 30X IR PTZ camera review

This is one of Dahua’s latest PTZ cameras with IR LEDs and 30X optical zoom. If you have lower zoom needs, the same camera is available with a 12X zoom as the SD59212S-HN. What makes this camera unique from other PTZ as well as other IR PTZ’s from Dahua or Hikvision is that it can tilt up 15 degrees above the horizon.  If you have ever owned a PTZ, you know what I mean, very annoying when you can’t see past the horizon. If you compare this to prior IR PTZ’s from Dahua, this one is considerably smaller. What also makes this PTZ unique is the more affordable price.

Main Features

  • 30x optical zoom (12X on SD59212S-HN)
  • H.264 &MJPEG dual-stream encoding
  • 30fps@1080P & 60fps@720P resolution
  • DWDR, Day/Night (IR Cut Filter), Ultra DNR, Auto iris, Auto focus
  • Max 400°/s pan speed, 360° endless pan rotation
  • Up to 300presets, 5 auto scan, 8 tour, 5 pattern
  • Alarm inputs (2), output (1)
  • Intelligent 3D positioning
  • Micro SD card slot (card not included)
  • IP66
  • IR Distance up to 100m

What comes in the box is the camera, a wall mount, a collar to attach the camera to the mount and a 24V power supply (not PoE).

Dahua has become a PTZ leader in the industry with a large assortment of megapixel PTZ cameras. What makes them unique compared to past PTZ cameras I’ve reviewed like the ACTi, Axis and Panasonic PTZ is the built in IR LEDs. Most cameras I’ve worked with will claim 20m, 30m IR working range, but that’s misleading as you don’t know how they tested that, meaning was that lighting up a person at 30m or a reflective surface at 30m and what are the exposure settings. I’ve always used the rule of thumb of assuming half the manufacturers rating, including Dahua cameras. But here’s the exception. This camera has IR LED’s rated at 100m and I can tell you, that it lit up an area at 30x zoom 100m away without a problem.

There’s two LED’s and the way the IR LED’s work is clever. They have one that’s very narrow, maybe 10 degrees wide that can light 100m away and one that is wide that maybe good for 30-40m away. It automatically adjusts the light output of each LED to coincide with the amount of zoom. You can also control them manually. For example, this is a shot at about 20x zoom at night in auto mode. If the IR was off, the house at the end would be very dark, but you can see the light on face of the house. You can click on the images to see the full size from the camera.

But say I want more light, you can set the IR LEDs to give more power to the long distance LED. You can see the additional power of the LED on the more distant objects in the image below.

Another cool feature is the HLC mode that lets you read license plates. There’s a compromise when you want to be able to read license plates at night in that the correct exposure for plates is not the same as the correct exposure for the overall scene above. But you can read a license plate, in this case about 100m away without a problem with HLC turned on. Ideal if you see a suspicious car, you can quickly turn on HLC mode,  zoom into the plate, take a snapshot and turn the camera back to normal mode to capture the event in progress.

Went out of my normal order, but here’s what the interface looks like starting with what you see 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, all will seem familiar. What’s different is the PTZ controls and menu on the right side.

You can use the arrow keys to pan and tilt the lens and the + or – to zoom. I set the speed at 1 because at the default 5, it’s too dificult to control. To make it real easy to control, click on the button in the center of the arrows with the spyglass icon. This will turn yellow when selected. In this mode, you can draw a box around an object and it will pan/tilt/zoom to that object. If you just click on the screen, it centers the image at the point of your click. Clicking on an arrow or the center button turns the mode off.

Click on the Setup tab to configure the camera. It places a menu of options on the left. The top one is Camera and it has 3 sub-menus. The first is Conditions where you set the image settings. Below you can see there’s a sub-menu in the center with different choices, in this case, I clicked on Exposure that allows you to change settings to the shutter settings, WDR, BLC, HLC and such.

The Picture sub-menu is where you can set image color and brightness settings.

The last one I want to show you is NR. You can fine tune noise reductions settings for 2D and 3D noise reduction. For the sake of this review, I left the settings at their default which worked well.

The next menu is Video where you set the resolution and compression settings for the main and sub streams

The overlay tab in Video allows you to set what is displayed as an overlay on the image. It can display camera temperature, time, name and various other items, even one 5 line display. You can move the location of the text by moving the yellow box to where you want it. There’s no control over font or color.

In the network tab, under TCP/IP, you can set the IP address and such. To change ports, click on Connection.

The next category on the left is PTZ and the Function submenu is where you set PTZ parameters. During testing, I was asked about privacy masking to avoid seeing something that may be considered private. You can draw a privacy mask anywhere the camera can see. In this case, I drew a box around the house across the street from me. When I PTZ, the mask stays with that house. If I pan away, I don’t see the mask, pan back and the mask is there over the house. It works the way I would expect it to.

One key thing with PTZ cameras is ability to set presets. With this feature you can quickly go to a preset location with the zoom you want without having to mess with clicking arrows and + & – buttons. To use it, you pan/tilt/zoom to the location you want to save, click Add, give it a name if you like and click the Save button. On the Live view tab, to go to a preset, select preset from the PTZ Function drop down, enter the preset number and click Go To and the camera will rapidly go to that preset.

Another use for presets is a tour. A tour is patrol that automatically cycles through each preset. You click Add to add a Tour, give it a name, then add the presets to it and how long a duration to stay at each preset. You select which Tour from the Live view tab similarly to Presets and click Start or Stop to control the tour.

One quick hint is many of these parameters, presets and tours can be set or started/stopped using URL commands. It’s possible to write a script that turns tours on/off certain times of day. Also, some cameras can send URL commands like Axis or ACTi on motion detect. You can have a very wide angle, or even a hemispheric/fish-eye camera send commands to this PTZ and have it go to a specific preset if motion is detected in parts of the image. Very cool use of a PTZ without the need to use tours which can wear out parts in the camera if overused.

The next menu item, Peripheral has only one sub-menu, IR Light. Here’s where you can chose automatic or manual. In manual as shown below, you can determine the percentage of brightness from each of the two LED’s. The settings have to sum up to 100 or less, in other words, it won’t let you make both 100.

Under Storage, you can set where to have it record to. In my case, I used FTP to send motion detect events to an FTP server. Local is for the SD card but I was not able to find the SD card slot but it’s somewhere inside Dahua assured me.

In the FTP tab, I set my FTP parameters. When I configured the motion detect area in the Events tab, it started sending motion detect events to the FTP server. The video’s I’ve done here were from Milestone XProtect although I could have just as easily got them from the FTP server. Having the camera on a patrol creates constant motion so motion detection has no value if you use it with a Tour as it will record continuously.

In the System menu, General, Date&Time is where you setup the date/time and daylight savings time parameters. I used the default NTP server and set my time zone and that worked well.

The last menu item, Information has the firmware version. This is the firmware version I used. The firmware that came with the camera had a few bugs this version fixed, for example, not being able to set a motion detect area. On the downside, the update added a delay on going to presets. Like any firmware update, use at your own risk.

This is looking down my block zoomed out all the way, so 1X zoom. As with past reviews, you can click on the image to see the full resolution image. The house at the end of the block is just over 100m away. The image is nice and bright, colors are vibrant, very nice image sensor.

Zooming in about half way shows more detail as what’s going on at the end of the block, a truck on the right, a red car on the left.

Zooming in some more shows a worker getting stuff out of his truck, or is it his truck?

Panning to the left show more detail on the red car.

At night, the noise level is low, the image looks pretty good and with WDR turned on, you can see decent detail in the shadows.

A testament of how well a sensor performs at night is how well it does without the aid of IR illumination. This is a color image and you still get very good detail with low noise.

VIDEOS

I uploaded day and night videos to YouTube. To see them at the full 108P resolution, you must click on the gear icon and select 1080P resolution and then click on the icon with 4 corners to see the video full screen. The first one I did was a tour I setup and it’s for 3 different times of the day, a day tour, a dusk tour and a night tour. To see how much zoom 30X is, check out the toll road between houses at the end of the block, something that I’ve never noticed in 30 years of living here.

Day/Night Tours

Then I used the PTZ in a common way, manually to follow a trash and mail truck working the street.

PTZ Manual Use

CONCLUSION

If you want an outdoor 1080 PTZ camera, there’s good choices out there. If you want one with built in IR LED’s, the choices narrow dramatically. This latest model from Dahua works really well, it’s fast, the image quality is excellent, the low light sensitivity is very good and the interface is clean and works well.

There are some minor flaws, including the hidden SD card slot and the manual controls for the camera can be twitchy at times, sometimes makes the camera move 2-3 degrees with a click, sometimes 20-30 degrees. I worked around that by using presets and the ability to draw a box around a suspect and quickly move to that location and zoom in as necessary.

The current street price for this camera is $899.99 at Wrightwood Surveillance and is a good deal for a PTZ camera with these features as the prior models cost about $1,500.  If cost is an issue or you don’t need the 30x optical zoom, consider the 12X zoom version, the SD59212S-HN. Wrightwood Surveillance should be getting some of those in soon and I expect the price to be a few hundred less, but still have all the same features and functionality of the 30x zoom version.

The pluses for this camera are;

  • Good value for the money relative to other brand’s PTZ offerings
  • 1080P at 30fps or 720P at 60fps
  • Very good IR illuminators that adjust automatically based on zoom amount
  • Day/Night IR Cut Filter

The shortcomings of this cameras are;

  • Not vandal proof, a tradeoff of having external IR LED  illuminators
  • Twitchy manual PTZ controls
  • Not PoE but Dahua includes the power supply

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

 

 

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Hal
14 days 18 hours ago

I have just installed this camera & am very pleased with it although I have many settings yet to make. I cannot get into the Menu of the XVR-7108H recorder however.

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Steven
Steven
1 year 1 month ago

Hello there,

I bought the DAHUA SD59230S-HN because of your good article description. Likewise, your videos on YouTube all looked.
I am very satisfied with the camera.
Now I have the iSpy worried me, and wanted to use with your script, the “Auto-tracking” function.
Unfortunately it does not work with me. I have edited the PTZ2.xml file.
I can not even use the normal PTZ function.
The zoom does not work. Only Motion Detect works with alarm … 🙁
Can you tell me there please help?
Greetings from Germany

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1 year 1 month ago

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I look forward to new updates and will share this site with my Facebook group.
Talk soon!

Floris
Floris
1 year 1 month ago

Hey guys,

I just bought this very nice camera and got most of it to work. The only problem is when I want to access the camera through the web it’s won’t work with the plugin. Both on Windows as Mac, in different browsers I can’t get the NPmedia plugin to work. Without this plugin I can’t see the live stream in my browser.
I have been able to use the camera though SmartPSS 3, but I would like to be able to acces the camera without having to have the SwartPSS running on all my devices.

How have you guys solved this problem?

Cheers,

Floris

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1 year 8 months ago

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Kirk
Kirk
1 year 8 months ago

I had a few questions sorry I’m a noob when it comes to home security cameras, I purchased the sd59230s-hn, I plugged up the 24v power supply provided and nothing happened so I tested it with an ohm meter its dead going to replace it tomorrow just not sure what to buy, suggestions? Do I need to plug the Ethernet cable into the router with the 24v power supply or do I need an injector too sorry Im confused? Thanks

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1 year 9 months ago

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Niklas
Niklas
1 year 9 months ago

Does anybody know if the SD50230S-HN is the same camera but vandal-proof (IK10) and without the IR?

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AL - Big NetworkCameraCritic Fan
1 year 9 months ago

Thought you should know.:(
http://www.networkcameracritic.com/?p=2617

Enjoy his wonderful reviews!!!
Thanks Again Carl.

Nicole
Nicole
1 year 10 months ago

Off Topic, but the ‘Confirm Follow’ link you sent doesn’t work 🙁

Nicole
Nicole
1 year 10 months ago

The first webpage in two days which contains al the information I was looking for (outdoor dome with PTZ function)!

As I don’t have an Ethernet connection near the place I want to install the Dahua SD59230S, is an Ethernet powerline adapter (like Eminent EM8023 xLINE Pro Powerline kit) an option?

I don’t know if this option is reliable, and if the communication and reaction speed still are the same as a direct connection from the camera to the ethernet?

Any suggestions / installation tips would be highly appreciated.

Carsten
Carsten
1 year 10 months ago

– The Dahua page say it has PoE?

– Can I use the camera with the casing upside down?
Means the camerahead is on top? With other words can I turn the video 180° and mirror ?

Thanks for response. 🙂

J675
J675
1 year 11 months ago

I have just received this camera and have been generally pleased with it. However, I do have one concern and that is a noise it makes during initialization. Upon power up it turn counter clockwise for more than 360 degrees (that’s OK) then the vertical turret turns skyward to its limit and grinds for half a second against the limit of its movement (my concern is the grinding) and then it turns down and completes initialization without any other concerns. Is this grinding normal?

Ryan
Ryan
1 year 11 months ago

totally normal, its performing a calibration to find the extremes.

Mine has been running for months without shutdown, if you give it good power and a battery backup it will be a very rare operation.

J675
J675
1 year 11 months ago

Thanks, I appreciate the quick response. For what it is worth to others my software versions are as follows: Software- 2.420.0001.0.R (2014-06-07)
Web – 3.2.4.0 ONVIF – 2.4.1 PTZ – 2.00.68.RHNPEJ

Mathias
Mathias
2 years 5 days ago

I have the following problem. I can change the IP of camera to the ConfigTool and see these then also. Also, I can ping the camera to the computer. However, I have no access to the user interface. When I connect the camera with the router will not recognize them. I’m sure that I’m in the same network. Does anyone have an idea?
PS: I found the microSD Card Slot – however I had to dismantle almost the entire camera to do this.

Brett
Brett
2 years 6 days ago

After hooking my new switches and POE+ injector last night and never having any luck connecting to the server even though the camera seemed to be powered up a gave up and went to bed, I got home this evening ready to troubleshoot and there it was connected and working. I played around with it for a while PTZing well after dark and everything working fine. I got busy fora bit and came back to notice the screen saying Can Not Find The Network Host again. The camera is still powered up as I see the bright IR lighting up the dock via another camera on the network.
Any ideas what maybe going on here?

Brett
Brett
2 years 8 days ago

The camera would run and work fine on my current POE (non POE+) switch until dark then it would continuously try to power cycle. What I am going to try being that the switch is up in the attic and I do not want another cable run to the router nor do I want to (last resort) run or find separate power for it.
I am going to place a 5 port gigabit non poe switch in place of the current 8 port POE switch, then reconnect the 8 port poe switch to it along with the a 30W POE+ injector TPE-115gi. Think that will work?

Brett
Brett
2 years 12 days ago

probably something like http://www.amazon.com/TRENDnet-8-Port-Gigabit-GREENnet-TPE-TG80g/dp/B008OJM0T8/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1423252963&sr=8-5&keywords=8+port+poe%2B

I am not sure what brand I have now, I paid good money for it but don’t remember it being POE+

Brett
Brett
2 years 13 days ago

I would like to mount this camera under the soffit, I see there is a ceiling mount part PFB300. I would like to have the camera up as tight to the soffit as possible. This model looks to have a 6*8″ shaft, is there anything shorter?

AL
AL
2 years 13 days ago

Hope this may give you some ideas …
I have purchased the PFB300 and it is 9″ from top to bottom. On recommendation from my builder, I will be punching the nails through the soffit lining (so as not to damage the lining) and then installing a noggin in the truss frames at a height that suits. Then I will cut a hole in the lining and reinstall it, fitting the camera last.(I just have to remember to leave enough wiring).:)

The way I see it is the bracket is designed for the camera, made of aluminium and has the necessary ratings to stop it from falling and injuring someone.

….. just my thoughts! .. CHEERS!

Brett
Brett
2 years 12 days ago

I am going to take a little of the soffit out and see what kind of meat I have to attach to. I am thinking about trimming the soffit in the area the camera will go to sort of counter sink it into the eve depending on how much room I have to play with if only the black portion of the camera stuck down through the soffit that would be great. I am sure nothing will work that smoothly though.

On a side note wasn’t it confirmed that the camera will work with POE? I thought I saw that somewhere.

AL
AL
2 years 12 days ago

Not a bad idea as it would give the appearance of a dome camera. My only concern would be servicing issues and the hidden sd card and don’t forget this is one of the few cameras that goes 15deg above the horizon. What’s your thoughts Networkcritic, could you bury the top half and still service it easily??

Mathias
Mathias
2 years 14 days ago

Hi guys,
I still have a problem. Have unscrewed the back cover, but where should be the Micro – SD card slot?
Thanks

Bart
Bart
2 years 16 days ago

I see what looks to be this same camera Product# IPPTZ-EL2MPIRL30X-D2 at security camera king for well over $1000.00. I have purchased from them in the past but it looks like I am just getting a marked up version of the same Daua equipment.

Mathias
Mathias
2 years 17 days ago

Hi,
everything was very informative, I have a question for the length of the power cable of the camera. If the specified 9′ = 9 ft = 2.74 meter ? (I’m from Germany ) Has anybody a micro SD card tested with 64 GB? Thanks Mathias

Portacams
2 years 23 days ago

Hi guys great review
did you find where to put the SD card, I have one mounted outside but cannot find the SD slot, but the Playback area only lets you select SD so it must be somewhere inside the camera, the head has a hatch but I can only see a reset button

thanks in advance

Mitchell Tuckness
Mitchell Tuckness
2 years 1 month ago

Have you ever used any Samsung PZT or fixed cameras? I noticed they make a 12x SNP-3120VH that sounds like a nice unit. Heated to prevent frost buildup on the outside dome, multistream and all the normal stuff.

Eric
Eric
2 years 1 month ago

Which one would you buy? Is the sony sensor better? I’m ready to pull the trigger on Dahua NVR4208-8p, 2- 3mp Dahua 4300 bullets, and Dahua PTX 30x but am nervous about warranty and support from who I purchase them from as I am in NY. I just ordered WD purple 4TB hdd and cat6 cables for cameras. I should be able to control PTZ functions on dahua NVR? I want PTZ for corner of my house as I am on a corner lot and want to be able to zoom up 100 ft to stop sign and read license plates. I also will turn on HLC at night so I can read plates at night. Other 2 fixed cameras will pick up front and side of house. Thx.
Eric

Mitchell Tuckness
Mitchell Tuckness
2 years 1 month ago
I am also interested in the DH-SD6C230S-HN. That looks like a great model for winter surveillance, especially with the ice we get around here and the price seems to have dropped. i am still trying to figure out the differences with the lines that Dahua has. They have the: Ultra-Smart Eco-savvy Classic D1 Zoom Positioning I don’t see many dealers that carry the Ultra-Smart series, but what’s the differences? Is it just speed and sensor? Maybe the wiper function? Which looks like it’s a nice feature, but I just can’t see how it would help in the winter other than maybe in the summer to remove dust build up. It isn’t going to help with ice unless the heater really heats the whole unit and prevents ice buildup. That’s what I would like to know. I want to get one, but we get a lot of ice in the winter (freezing rain coats everything and next thing you know you can’t even walk). I don’t want to get a PZT and have it stop functioning when this happens. But I also need IR, so my options are limited. I am waiting to hear back from Whitewood to see what options… Read more »
Eric
Eric
2 years 1 month ago

Wrightwood surveillance just added Dahua PTZ 30X IR SD6C230S-HN model after I inquired about it for $899 shipped. Can you tell me difference? It looks like it is upgraded version of one you reviewed for $100 more and has upgraded Sony Exmor cmos sensor and a couple other specs which I don’t understand. Does it have built in heater? Also it looks like 110 volt power supply brick has bare wires on other end which you have to twist/connect to camera? There is a picture on security camera king website. Is this safe? Do you just twist them like when you connect speaker wires? And then put electrical tape on them? Thx for any input.
Eric

Mitchell Tuckness
Mitchell Tuckness
2 years 1 month ago

I am looking at purchasing this camera and had a few questions on mounting it. I want to mount it outside and was wondering what mounting kit I would need to mount it? I have a steel roof and I have stucco coated styrofoam around the house (for insulation), so screwing it right to the wall wouldn’t work. I was thinking I could get a junction box and attach that to the underside of the awning on the steel roof, then pull the ethernet cable through the wall and through a little conduit or PVC and into the junction box with the camera mounted on it.

Also, what is the temperature operating range for this device? It gets really cold here in the winter with ice storms and the like. I know this isn’t a heated unit, but will if still function in cold weather, inclement weather situations?

cameraguy
cameraguy
2 years 1 month ago

how much do you think the ptz 4k dahua cameras will go for when they first come out

Nick Tangeman
Nick Tangeman
2 years 1 month ago

What are my options for setting up auto tracking with this Dahua SD59230S-HN?

We are currently using Milestone for our recording software. Is is possible to use Milestone to set up auto-tracking on this Dahua camera? Or for this feature to work we need the Dahua camera with Auto Tracking built into it? Such as the SD6AW220/230-HNI?

Thanks in advance

cameraguy
cameraguy
2 years 1 month ago

do you have instructions on how to set up remote viewing. i set up no-ip.org and it works fine if i try to connect inside my home network but if i use any other network (cell phone LTE or another location, it doesn’t connect to the camera ;(

im guessing it has to do with port forward settings>???

cameraguy
cameraguy
2 years 2 months ago

Hey,

Thanks for the fast reply. I just bought a cat5E waterproof on eBay 250′ for $48 shipped. Gonna attempt to power a Dahua 4300SP with an NVR4108-P. Hope it works. I’m just getting into POE/security cameras. Seems like a fun hobby 🙂 Will be annoying setting up the network to view remotely -_-. Have to figure out router settings port forwarding DNS etc.

The specs for the Dahua 4300SP:
General
Power Supply
DC12V, PoE (802.3af)
Power Consumption
<5W

cameraguy
cameraguy
2 years 2 months ago

I have a question, if I have this camera with a NVR4108-P , will I be able to use a waterproof ethernet cable 250 feet long to power it. The reason I need a long ethernet cable is because I want to mount it on a pole outside high. Also, how hard is the initial setup. What is a good size and type of hard drive to buy for the NVR4108-P. I only need 1 camera and need about 1-2 days worth of recording at most.

Thanks

Cameron
Cameron
2 years 2 months ago

Hi there, that was a truly awesome review – thank you. I have been using the Vivotek SD8362e here in South Africa for just over a year but the camera you show here is superior in all aspects. I have a question – was the camera mounted true vertical? The reason I ask is that you were able to zoom in full and the image is still 0 degrees to the horizontal plane. The Vivotek is incapable of this = at full zoom the angle is down below the horizontal (maybe 20 degrees or so. Thanks again for an awesome review. Kind regards from South Africa

Ray
Ray
2 years 3 months ago

Hal, I haven’t had that issue (yet) and have used mine both LAN and over the dns. I doubt it’s the port, since it works at all and that is the right port. As for the firmware, I checked your version and it is (as of today) the same as mine and the same one linked by NCC above, so it is likely some other difference in your setup, possibly bandwidth related? I’m no expert and would hope NCC or others could help better.

I did visit your camera (saw a boat going by) and the controls worked for a few minutes, but I finally got the error message you mention. So all I can do is verify that it happens and that you have the current firmware. Sorry I couldn’t help more.

Ray

Hal Roberts
Hal Roberts
2 years 3 months ago

Ray, You are using over the dns, what are your Cable or DSL uplink speeds? I’ve set the camera to a rate to only use 640kbps and my DSL provides more than 1,500kbps, so the pipe is twice as big as the speed. Yet I get video freezing. I believe the Dahua software is too sensitive to a few lost frames or high latency on some packets.

To anybody on this site: Is anyone using the native GUI Dahua video software remotely via a Cable or DSL connection with upload speeds between 1Mbps to 2Mbps?

Thanks,

Hal

Hal Roberts
Hal Roberts
2 years 3 months ago

Thanks Ray,

I’m looking for some way to contact Dahua support now. Called Wrightwood.

Hal

Ray
Ray
2 years 3 months ago

Finally got it all sorted. The Dahua PTZ now works pretty smoothly with Xprotect, including presets and manual control. I ended up changing the Dahua settings to Pelco-D protocol instead of the default Dahua and it works much better now. It’s still running well on just POE+ and I don’t really need the extra power for the slightly brighter IR distance (which is what the website seems to indicate is the main benefit of 12v vs POE).

Hal Roberts
Hal Roberts
2 years 3 months ago

Ray,

I’ve been having problems with keeping my video on from my Dahua for more than a couple minutes at a time. I get an error message “Resource is limited, failed to open video”.

When I try the video on a browser when I’m in the LAN the camera is on there is no problem, continuous video for hours at a time. When I remotely connect the via internet so the camera traffic passes through the DSL router (via open port 37777), then I lose video resource anywhere from 10 seconds to 4 minutes but it always dies. I’ve written Dahua to find out what triggers the error message, “Resource is limited, failed to open video”, both using their email and via their support query on their website and the only answer I got was “What country are you from?”. When I answered USA they did not reply back.

So given no response from Dahua, I am wondering if Xprotect can help.

If you would like to try this out, the camera is located at:

halichopter.quickddns.com
Name: MYC
PW: LHI

Hal

Ray
Ray
2 years 3 months ago

Well, I’ve been using the Dahua as 1 of 4 (3 Acti’s) for a while now and my only real complaint is the PTZ control in Milestone Xprotect. I originally said it was supported in Xprotect, and it is via Onvif, except the manual control is very tricky and really unusable. It will go to presets fine however. Since the camera model is not listed in Xprotect, I guess that might explain the issue. Also, I was not sure which of the PTZ protocols might be best and can’t find a good combination that works manually. Xprotect has 3, the camera has about 10, including standard Dahua versions and Pelco. I ended up leaving the camera set on 1 of the Dahua protocols and selected Absolute in Xprotect. At least it tracks the presets.

AL from OZ
AL from OZ
2 years 3 months ago

Sorry Mate, I’m not a tech guy didn’t realise a small typo is a totally different thing.
Yes you are right it is PoE+ and I will be connecting to the 24V power supply WITH an inline fuse just in case. Electricity in OZ kills you, no second chances.

I will also be using Milestone because of your recommendation.
The camera came with PSS firmware, what’s your thoughts or experience with that firmware apart from the fact I can’t run the Hikvision on it as well??

AL from OZ
AL from OZ
2 years 3 months ago

Hi Mate, the Big Boy turned up today, very excited 🙂
I know the RJ45 is POE but does it also do all of the functions that the camera is capable of??
OR … will I need any of the others (power 2x AC24v 1x Earth) and (8 assorted wires, alarms etc.)???

Want to use its full potential as I am hanging it from the eves which are on the second floor so I really need to tick all the boxes to suit my situation if you know what I mean.
Look forward to your reply as usual, Cheers Mate … AL.

Ray
Ray
2 years 4 months ago

I just finished installing this great camera in my front driveway, replacing the Acti B95 I had there – the B95 is now on the side. After reading the comments, I was surprised to find that mine does power up and work on my POE+ switch w/o the wall power. I also found that the camera is supported in Milestone Xprotect, including PTZ control, though the model number is not listed. The Dahua is a very nice product and the images are as good as my various Acti’s. I looked at the PSS software and it is fine, but unnecessary for me since I use Milestone. It took a while to get IE and Chrome to work due to the activeX plugins, but now that they do, the setup is simple. All in all, I’m happily surprised to see POE+ work and Milestone support as well. A good purchase, based on another excellent review.

Hal Roberts
Hal Roberts
2 years 4 months ago

PoE works? We understood it didn’t have it so didn’t bother. I had bought a PoE+ injector and it is sitting in the closet. We had to run the power cable through the wall and route it to an outlet. Oh well, it is working fine.

nayr
nayr
2 years 4 months ago

PoE+ works!? omg thanks, I will give this a try.. if it works I can repurpose the power wires for the alarm output and tie my motion sensor into the home security system…

cheers!

Mitchell Tuckness
Mitchell Tuckness
2 years 1 month ago

Power Supply AC24V/ DC12V+POE plus
Power Consumption DC12V: 13W, 20W (IR on)
AC24V: 13W, 23W (IR on)

Does it work if the IR are on?

Hal Roberts
Hal Roberts
2 years 4 months ago

As a follow on to my last post, it seems our DSL may be fluctuating and our connection speeds may have nothing to do with WiFi.

Still, having a more robust mechanism to retry the connection would be best. It is crazy I have to refresh and re-login to get video back.

Hal

Hal Roberts
Hal Roberts
2 years 4 months ago

I don’t think it is my DSL now, I’ve monitored the DSL speeds with Ookla speedtest and DSL seems fine when the disconnects are happening.

Hal Roberts
Hal Roberts
2 years 4 months ago
I’ve got the Dahua installed. It is a very nice machine, but the software leaves a lot to be desired for the non-computer literate. Many people have issues using different browsers with different platforms due to the plugins required. Maybe this is unavoidable. We want to have an anonymous user that could use PTZ controls but anonymous only allows live viewing. If you want to see the camera live and use PTZ you can go to: halichopter.quickddns.com Name: MYC PW: LHI The big problem we have is that the data throughput (upper left hand corner of GUI) drops down often and the browser disconnects. The video will not automatically reconnect even when throughput is high. A refresh will get it running again but that means logging in again. Is there a browser or a way to have it automatically reconnect, without user intervention? Why is the throughput dropping? I don’t know but we connect the camera via WiFi and use an Engenius ENS202 bridge to a Peplink AP. The connection is line of sight with a healthy -43dBm signal which should support maximum rates of well over 20Mbps. We have DSL limited to about an uplink speed of 1.7Mbps. The… Read more »
nayr
nayr
2 years 4 months ago

Search for SmartPSS its available for both Windows and OSX.. the Native software is much better than the browser IMHO.

I got limited resource errors all the time in Chrome, I now configure all the cameras with Safari and that error does not appear.. It seems chrome is probably too agressive at requesting files and errors the camera.

Hal Roberts
Hal Roberts
2 years 4 months ago

Nayr,

I downloaded and tried Safari and it disconnected after about 3 minutes, just like the other browsers. Haven’t tried SmartPSS as I don’t yet know how to configure it to go to quickddns, yet (see other reply).

Hal

Hal Roberts
Hal Roberts
2 years 4 months ago

Nayr,

I already had 37777 port open for remote access and just added 554 at your recommendation, although I’ve had no issues (except for the disconnections) using it remotely without 554. What is the 554 port used for? The webcam TCP traffic goes over 37777.

I don’t know why you cannot login, the Network Camera Critic was able to as am I and other people in our club. What login credentials are you using?

Thanks,

Hal

Harold Roberts
Harold Roberts
2 years 4 months ago

Nayr,

Thanks. I have SmartPSS and used it when I had the camera in my LAN at home. Now I access the camear via quickddns because it is remote at the clubhouse on an island. How do I configure SmartPSS to login to my quickddns server?

Hal

Hal Roberts
Hal Roberts
2 years 4 months ago

Nayr, I did find a DDNS setting to connect to a device but it wants the IP address. I thought you would input name.quickddns.com and that would get you to the login. I put my URL into the device manager, halichopter.quickddns.com and it would not connect.

nayr
nayr
2 years 4 months ago

you dont have the ports open for remote access, I can get the login page but no further. you need 37777 and 554 forwarded aswell.

inside the network you put a local IP in your device configuration, outside the network is another story.. I use VPN so its the same internal IP at home or away.

?dl=0

?dl=0

AL from OZ
AL from OZ
2 years 4 months ago

Hi again Mate:) … is there an interface that can control both the (Hikvision DS-2CD6412FWD-30) and the (Dahua SD59230S-HN) without issues and if not any suggestions???

Currently looking at the iVMS-4200(v1.03) as a possibility.(apparently does all Hikvision Cams)

Bleo
Bleo
2 years 4 months ago

Thanks for the reply! I decided to pull the transformer apart and noticed the output wires connected to a small extremely poorly soldered circuit board with a fuse on it, reading the output of the transformer before this small fuse/board reads 24v. For now i’ve bypassed the fuse/board and everything is up and working well. I’ll contact the vendor about a replacement transformer now that I know nothing is wrong with the camera itself. Does anyone know of a quality 24v AC 3A transformer that I can purchase? After seeing inside this one i’m hesitant to replace it with another of the same model…

pics:

Bleo
Bleo
2 years 4 months ago

Thanks for the reply! I tested the voltage before doing any soldering so I doubt that is the cause. I just found another weird problem, when the power supply is powered on but not plugged into the camera it reads ~10v, when I then plug it into the camera power leads the voltage drops to ~0v! Have you ever measured the voltage from one of these power supplies when it is not plugged into a camera under load?

Bleo
Bleo
2 years 4 months ago

I just mounted the camera outside and soldered the power wires up, its 24v AC so there is no polarity, correct? Regardless, nothing happens with the camera at all and there is 0 documentation that i’ve been able to find. Is there some type of obvious way to know that the camera is powered and on? Is there an on switch i’m missing? I tested the power supply with a volt meter before installing and it read ~10v, i figured it ramped the voltage up to 24v when more of a load was detected? Is the ground wire required to function? Thanks for any help!

nayr
2 years 4 months ago

your not getting enough voltage, it should be ~24v AC at the camera (+ or -).

what are you getting out of the power supply? Mine is soldered no problems.

Bleo
Bleo
2 years 4 months ago

Does anyone know if there are reasonably priced joysticks that will work with this camera over IP?

Bleo
Bleo
2 years 4 months ago

I went ahead and ordered a sd59230s-hn from wrightwood today, i’ll post a reply here about my experience with PTZ control on iphone/ipad when it arrives hopefully this friday. Thanks!

Bleo
Bleo
2 years 4 months ago

Thank you for the excellent review! You’ve convinced me to purchase either this model or the SD6C230S-HN which is available from a more local seller and appears to be nearly the same spec-wise? This is my first PTZ IP Cam and one of my requirements is manual control from an iphone/ipad. Do you know if that is going to be possible? Thanks again!

Harold Roberts
Harold Roberts
2 years 4 months ago

I take it back about not liking the PTZ controls for iDMSS Lite. I was poking at the screen and nothing was happening. You need to swipe to go left right up down. The two finger zoom doesn’t work for me so I pop up the manual + – zoom for that.

Hal Roberts
Hal Roberts
2 years 4 months ago

I am going to look for a better iPhone app but iDMSS Lite is free and works. I do NOT like the PTZ control, zoom works OK but very glitchy on the pan and tilt.

cah027
cah027
2 years 4 months ago

Hello. How long is the power supply cord? I wonder if a poor mans solution of running a long heavy gauge extension cord would work if I somehow water proofed the connection? zap zap..Just kidding about the extension cord (kind of), but really though. How long is the cable to the supply?

Hal Roberts
Hal Roberts
2 years 4 months ago

Hi,

I purchased this camera based on this review through Wrightwood Surveillance. Got the camera set up in my network and opened ports 80, 554 and 7070 as per Wrightwood recommendations to get to the Dahua server so that the camera can be accessed remotely. The server is “quickddns.com”. Everything seems to work fine, I can log in, change camera settings but no video. An error message comes up “Main Connection Failed”. My uplink speeds clocked at 3-4Mbps via speedtest.net. I have Main Stream and Sub Stream at defaults. I don’t really understand how Main and Sub streams work. I guess if you have a high BW connection you connect to Main and low to Sub? Does this happen automatically?

Wrightwood has suggested trying another ddns server.

Any suggestions?

Thanks!

Hal

AL
AL
2 years 5 months ago

“Thank You Very Mutch”

AL
AL
2 years 5 months ago

Der!..I’m a dill..you did write that ACTi and Axis send URL but got engrossed in the Hikvision, but I like the Hikvision a lot. You must get tired of repeating yourself, Sorry ’bout that.

Q4. Do you know of an equal to (Hikvision DS-2CD6412FWD-30) or better?
(I do like the flexibility in that you can put it in your car when trying to be less obvious as opposed to the Dahua which is a 309mm beacon)
Q5. What model ACTi camera with the 180 degree was used at the show?
Q6. Stealth reasons again would mean a smaller PIR and one that would reach the footpath on the other side of your place. (similar distance to mine)

Loving this fine tuning, wallet is burning. 🙂 Talk soon!

AL
AL
2 years 5 months ago

My situation is similar to yours living in a cul-de-sac with the exception that I am half way along the street. Purchasing this camera (Dahua SD59230S-HN) and hanging it from the eaves of our highset home and backing it up with the (Hikvision DS-2CD6412FWD-30) near our front door should notify us of everyone who enters our street/property … do you agree??
Q1) If I turn off the patrol on the Dahua, can the Hikvision send a URL to the Dahua of an alarm? (I don’t want the Dahua patrolling 24/7 and creating unnecessary wear.)
Q2) When turning off the Motion Detection on the Hikvision is there a PIR Motion Detection Alarm attachment available for it to run together with the voice detection?
Q3) Would it be possible to wake the Dahua (in no patrol mode) via a URL to resume patrolling?
Q3) OR .. wake to preset location and zoom settings?
Lets just say we have had issues in our street and I need to protect my property.
Your reply would be greatly appreciated and thanking you in anticipation.

PS If you can enlighten me on alternative products, my wallet is open 🙂

AL from OZtralia
AL from OZtralia
2 years 5 months ago

Finally someone who calls it as it is. You Sir are a gentleman for giving your time and offering positive non bias solutions based on you wealth of experience. I mean it!!!! as I have today spent the better part of 2 hours with a Security Company who literally sold me to death, totally confused, I bought NOTHING. Then I found this thred of yours while looking for a solution and I want one of these Cameras. I too have questions though and was wondering if I may be so rude and cut in on your thred??? Cheers AL

Jim M
Jim M
2 years 5 months ago

Wondering if there is any way to know if this camera would work with a Swann nvr 7200, i went with that model due to a good sales guy at the big box store but so far since i;ve had it, have not found any reliable information or advice from someone on if this camera would work for me or not. Any info would be a live saver, Thanks

Jim M
Jim M
2 years 5 months ago

Would love to know if these cameras are compatible with the Swann NVR’s, went with the swann 1080 system due to a good sales man at the big box store but can not seem to find any information or advice on what PTZ cameras are capable to be used on this system. Thanks

Malcolm Dougherty
Malcolm Dougherty
2 years 5 months ago

I am curious about the construction of this camera vs Dahua’s other ptz models like the DH-SD6982C-HN or the DH-SD^C230S-HN. The black-colored part of this camera (SD59230S-HN)looks like it is probably made of plastic, where the others look like they might be metal. Do you have any observations on the construction of any of these models? Thanks so much for your great reviews! You’ve already helped me choose 10 other cameras. 🙂

Ricardo
Ricardo
2 years 6 months ago

Hi,

we live in a farm, and was thinking on Thermal Camera for safety control, but those are
either too expensive and not able to record when we’re away. This one looks fair to follow up when dogs are barking. Do you still have this test camera available ? I’m interested in the purchase.

Thanks
Ricardo

Matt
Matt
2 years 6 months ago

Has anyone been able to run a tour and enable zoom on motion detection? I can do either one, but when I try to setup to trigger a preset on motion, the motion detection stops working. Has anyone attempted to upgrade the firmware on a Dahua camera?

Ryan
2 years 6 months ago

Thanks for the great reviews; this article alone is responsible for my purchase of a 12x model from Wrightwood. Cant wait to get it installed on the corner of my house.

having sample videos/pictures and being able to compare with other models you’ve done from the same locations really helps.

Ryan
2 years 6 months ago

I found the location of the MicroSD card slot, its damn well hidden.

Its under the fan on top and has to be accessed from the front where the camera points… the only way to do this is to remove the cage holding the circuit boards from the chassis.

I’d recommend installing the SD card on the bench; it was a PITA to do ontop of a ladder.

Ryan
Ryan
2 years 6 months ago

Hi, love the site.

I bought this dahua camera because of your review and it is awesome. The problem i have is that ptz functions don’t work in milestone xprotect software. I’m still inside the 30 day trial, so i can go another route but i really like xprotect…beside this issue.

Does anyone know how to make ptz work in milestone, a work around? If i call milestone would they be able to set up ptz for me? So far i control ptz through dahua interface while recording through xprotect. Not the clean setup i was looking for.

Thanks

midawnpatrol
2 years 6 months ago

Hi,

I currently have two Axis PTZ cams that I use at two different locations along Lake Michigan as “surf cams” to share with other kiteboarders and surfers. I’m looking to add a third camera to another location and think this Dahua would be great since I can’t afford a 1080p PTZ Axis. I am trying to figure out how I would power it. The power spec for this cam reads “AC24V/ DC12V+POE plus Optional”. What does DC12V+POE plus optional mean? Does it mean that I can use a POE plus injector and splitter to bring DC power to the cam via a Cat 5e cable or is there more to it than that? Thank you in advance. Your site is very informative and your responses to comments are always enlightening.

Dee
Dee
2 years 7 months ago

“if you buy a good PTZ with multi alarm inputs and use sensors like GJD it will give you the same result of auto tracking”

Read the above in a camera blog. In my search for the perfect camera, it seems zoom/ autotracking is important. Also, 60fpm to allow identification.

Any thoughts?

Thank you

Charles
Charles
2 years 7 months ago

That’s actually with me pulling all ethernet… Wire path price point is pretty high though, obviously I’ve no idea whether its justified.

Would you be willing to do phone consults? Obviously no on site, I’m in Virginia.

I’m assuming acti plus milestone is the most user friendly system?

Charles
Charles
2 years 7 months ago

Hi,

I’d like to put in cameras but my integrators price quote with wire path is around 6k. It looks like I could do a pretty nice setup with acti and ?milestone? on an 3 year old i5 vaio for much less from reading your informative site.

My network is cat 6 with a unifi wifi system and a mix of pakedge and ubiquiti switches. I have contractor/electrician skillsets, so all cabling of whatever sort can be put wherever.

Question is, do you provide design/consulting services for an hourly or other fee?

Dee
Dee
2 years 7 months ago

I prefer my cameras in the house shooting thru glass and have an infrared illuminator outside. Will this camera allow me to disable the infrared? Thank you for the really great reviews!

matt
matt
2 years 7 months ago

I’d like to buy the camera if its available. I can get for 675 on aliexpress but delivery time is an issue. Let me know if its still available. Thanks, Matt

Dan
Dan
2 years 7 months ago

Do you know when the 12x will be in? Also, will menu be accessible when this is on an nvr?

Bob Snell
Bob Snell
2 years 7 months ago

Thanks, I’ll take a look at them all.

Bob Snell
Bob Snell
2 years 7 months ago

Thank’s for the reply, yes, we’ve used Wowza and are currently using livestream. I noticed this is not a poe camera. What would be your recomendation for the best 1080 ptz poe 30fps or 60 fps camera?

Bob Snell
2 years 7 months ago

I work at a church and we are trying to set up a steeple cam, that we can live stream HD at 30fps or higher, to run on our website and for our local TV station to use during their “live” weather segments. Do you have any suggestions? We have a 100mb/30mb circuit.

Thanks,
Bob

Matt
Matt
2 years 7 months ago

I read that URL commands are not available for DaHua cameras. That shoots down the idea that if there was movement it could zoom in on that area. Also just read that for autotracking on hikvision you need their NVR then the NVR gives command to ptz . Very confusing.

Matt
Matt
2 years 7 months ago

I was about to purchase the Hikvision PTZ camera DS-2DF7274-AEL 1.3MP HD 720P PTZ speed dome camera from AliExpress seller for $850 and I came across this review.

My main draw to the Hikvision was the autotracking. It sounds like this camera can be programmed to do similar tracking. We have an apartment gate that cars are running into and damaging and our current camera is unable to get a license plate.

I’d like a camera that does a gradual tour and zooms into the gate area if there is a car coming out. Do you think this camera is a better fit? The Hikvision would take 30 days and ship from China.

Shanawa
Shanawa
2 years 7 months ago

I was looking up Dahua information and found that they have backdoor login’s that can’t be disabled. Is this still true? For example the ONVIF user/password.

Terry
Terry
2 years 7 months ago

This is a great review as were the rest I read from you. However I am trying to setup a basic camera system at my home and there is just so much data to go through. I really wish you could make a recommended camera list for basic scenarios (Dome, Driveway, Inside, PTZ, Etc.)

For Example I am overwhelmed with the options that are out there for what I though was a simple setup:

Driveway = Outside, mounted underneath eave
Front Porch = Outside, under covered porch, prefer wide angle dome
Back Porch = Outside, under covered porch, prefer wide angle dome
Garage = Inside, In corner of ceiling (Watches main door & Side access door)
Living Room = Inside, on top of cabinet,2-way audio, Night mode

Prefer POE on all cameras. Would like the average cost for each camera under $200.

My current supporting equipment consist of the following:
Synology DS713+ NAS (I plan on using Surveillance Station)
ToughSwitch 8 Port 24/48v POE Switch.
I also have a couple of Ubiquiti Wireless AC Access Points.

Your recommendations would be greatly appreciated, Terry

Ghislain
Ghislain
2 years 7 months ago

Another great review!
Would you happen to know if there is a pole mount adapter available for this camera?

Soundkite
Soundkite
2 years 7 months ago

I have this camera, too, and really enjoy it. I, too, am recording via FTP. One flaw is I am una ble to use Playback window to review footage. Do you have this same issue, or hopefully I just need to tweak my settings some more?

No5
No5
2 years 7 months ago

Posting to follow comment thread. Nice Review.

Jake
Jake
2 years 8 months ago

Great Review!

I assume there shouldn’t be any trouble getting it setup in blueiris with full control?

Mac
Mac
2 years 8 months ago

Man, you absolutely rock. I have bought 8 cameras in the last 2 years strictly on your reviews. They are so informative and insightful. Your settings in most of your reviews have really helped me in setting up my cameras. This looks like my 9th camera. The 30x zoom looks awesome. Wow! I really can’t thank you enough. I’m going to look at the Acti day cubes as well. I’d love to get live viewing on my telescope. Cheers…

Mac
Mac
2 years 8 months ago

Incredible review as always. Awesome camera. I wish it had PoE and vandal proof but I’m seriously thinking about getting one. Do you recommend constant use of the tour? Or will it wear the camera quickly? I wonder what Dahua recommends?

Totally off topic, but I am getting into video astronomy and analog security cameras have been used with success (like a Samsung SCB-2000). I would really like to be able to use an IP camera with cat6 PoE to an NVR. You remove the factory IR filter and use astronomy IR filter. Then you attach to the telescope with a ‘C’ mount 1.25″ adapter. Any ideas on an IP cam that might be suitable?

Some additional info… http://ballaratman.wix.com/videoastronomy#!eqipment/c10mq

Thanks much

Martin H
Martin H
2 years 8 months ago

You probably want an M12 1.25″ adapter for most of these IP cameras since that’s the mount for the cheaper, non-box cameras. Don’t know if they’re made, but most likely someone has them. Otherwise you’d need to convert to C mount. It’s possible, but not pretty. I converted a HikVision cube camera to CS mount with a CD mount lens holder, some cutting of the plastic case, and a lot of filing of the lens holder (luckily I got the plastic version). C mount would not have required the filing.

Removal of the IR lens is pretty straightforward- disassemble camera until you can get to the lens. The M12 mount has the mechanical IR shutter attached by a single Phillips screw on the side. Unplug the unit and remove it. I haven’t tried removing the filter from the shutter- you probably need to unbend a few metal tabs to be able to access the filter.

I’m not sure these 1/2″ sensors are sensitive enough for astrophotography, also realize there can be a lot of latency with an IP camera’s transmission of an image, so focusing can take a while. I assume you’ll aim with an objective, then put the camera on.

Shanawa
Shanawa
2 years 8 months ago

With this PTZ not having a vandal dome I guess I would hope the kids with bb guns are bad shots. I would not want to buy another if they hit it. With the Acti PTZ dome I was going to mount it under my eave. If I were to buy this I would probably screw a couple of pieces of rigid conduit together and bend a gooseneck at the top so that it was 20 or so feet in the air. Does the adapter that has the setscrews with some pipe thread in the picture come with the camera or is a separate part? Are those metric 1-1/2″ PF/BSPP threads? Want to make sure I get the right metric to NPT adapter.

I didn’t think about wearing out the parts on PTZ’s. Do PTZ’s have a rating of motion before failure to compare?

M ahmal
M ahmal
1 year 4 months ago

how in out works

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