03
Mar
15

Hikvision DS-2CD2132F-IS 3MP IR Vandal Mini-Dome Review

This review is for the new version of the DS-2cD2132-I Hikvision 3MP mini dome I reviewed over a year ago and times have changed.  They really made some major improvements that makes this new version worth considering.

Main Features

  • 1/3” 3 Megapixel CMOS sensor
  • H.264 dual-stream encoding
  • 3-Axis (pan/tilt/rotate) adjustments
  • On-board storage – microSD card slot for up to a 64GB card (card not included)
  • Audio I/O interface, Alarm I/O interface
  • 30fps @ 1080P (1920 x 1080) or 20fps @ 3MP (2048 x 1536)
  • 2.8mm, 4mm and 6mm fixed lens
  • Day/Night IR Cut Filter
  • IR LED advertised working distance 30m
  • IP66 Rated Outdoor Dome
  • Powered by PoE
  • Smartphone apps available

Overall, this camera has grown up.  Gone are partial obscured LEDs, the 2-axis design that limited mounting capabilities and any IR light bleed issues. This is actually a very nice little camera. To prove out it’s 3-axis capabilities, I mounted it on a slanted eave and was able to smoothly rotate the lens to make the image level. Also stuck in a microSD card to handle all the recording.  On top of these improvements, the model I’m testing that ends with “S” has audio input and output to attach a microphone and speaker, but also has alarm input and output to handle things like an external PIR motion detector.

Here’s a picture with the dome cover removed so you can see how nicely the LEDs are arranged compared to the old model. The SD card is on the left side of the circuit board and there’s even a reset button should things happen. The pigtail includes the new style external connectors, one for alarm I/O and one for the Audio I/O and each is marked on the connector. The green connector block pops off for easy wiring and plugs into the camera so it can be easily swapped out without re-connecting the wires.

This is what the web interface looks like when you first log in. There’s options to take a snapshot, manually record, chose a stream and you can chose the aspect ratio which should be automatic, but it’s not. For example, if you chose 1080P, then you have to click on 16:9, if you chose 3MP mode, then click on 4:3. The default is sort of in between. What’ different here from the outgoing version are the audio controls at the bottom. The speaker volume control in the lower left, the microphone on/off icon in the lower right.

As with the other Hikvision cameras I’ve reviewed, the IP address comes from the factory set to 192.0.0.64. They include a program on a CD called SADP that you run, finds the cameras and you can change the IP address to one that’s appropriate for your home network.

I’ll go over some of the setup screens of interest. The first menu choice in the Configuration tab is Local Configuration. The most important to note are the directories the cameras uses on your PC to write snapshots and videos when you manually take snapshots or videos from the web interface. Not to be confused with where it records motion detect video.

I typically go to Advanced Configuration as Basic Configuration is a small subset of what’s in the advanced menus. The first one is System. This is where it shows you the firmware you are running, in this case V5.2.5 and the serial number.  The other tables like Time Settings is where you set the date & time, Maintenance where you can reset the camera or apply firmware updates, DST where you set daylight savings time offsets and finally Service where you can disable the IR LEDs if you want.

The Network menu option is where you can set various network parameters including IP address, Port numbers, Email setup for notifications, FTP setup and such.

The next menu option, Video/Audio is where you set video resolution, frame rate and such. After using these cameras long term, I determined the best setup for me is Constant bit rate set to 6144 and an I-Frame interval equal to the frame rate.

The Audio menu is if you want to enable a microphone. MicIn is for un-amplified microphones, LineIn is for amplified microphones.

The next item is Image. This is where you set parameters relating to the actual image. It’s broken up in to categories. The first being Image Adjustment shown below.

Another interesting feature is Switch Day Night to Scheduled Switch. This allows you to set things different for daytime and nighttime based on a schedule. This is different than Day/Night settings. For example, say I want WDR to be 20 during the day but be 10 at night, I can do this by clicking on day, choosing 20 and click on night and choosing 10. Comes in handy in some situations that have harsher lighting conditions during the day than at night.

The final thing I wanted to show you is Image Enhancement. This is where you set noise reduction. Set it too high and you ghosting on moving objects, set it too low and you get noise, so balance the use of this to your tastes.

The Basic Event menu item has different options. For the simplest motion detection, select the Motion Dection tab, select Enable Motion Detection. My default the entire image is used for motion detection but you can draw an area of your choosing like I have below. If you are recording to the SD card slot, check Trigger Channel box. When done, click Save.

Under Smart Event, there’s more complex event detection including Line Crossing Detection and Intrusion Detection. The screen below shows how to setup line crossing detection. First enable it by checking Enable Line Crossing Detection. Next check the Trigger Channel box if recording to SD and click Save.

The last menu option is Storage. The Storage Management tab is where you can see what space is left on the SD card and format it. If you are using NAS to write recordings to, you would see that here as well.

The Playback tab is where you find recordings made to SD card or NAS. You can chose the date & time using the calendar on the right and then slide the timeline to find the event you are looking for. Red stripes/bars on the timeline denote when a recording took place.

From the screen above you can export video, the icon is just above the timeline on the right hand side. Clicking that sends you to this screen where you can search for a time frame and it will list each recorded file. You can then select the files you want and download them. It puts the files in the “downloaded” directory specified under the Local Configuration screen previously mentioned. You can upload these to YouTube to share or play them with VLC player.

Images

Now onto the images. I mounted the camera under the eave of my garage. Also mounted in my backyard. As before, you can click on the image to see the full size 3 megapixel or 1080P 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 in the backyard, WDR turned off, color balance is quite good and it’s a clear and sharp image.

The scene is a bit contrasty with the shadows from the patio cover. Setting WDR to 20 softens that up considerably.

If you want to further cut down on the shadows, you can set WDR higher, in this case I set it to 50. The image starts getting washed out a little but still pretty good.

At night, the IR  tends to be narrower than the 2.8mm lens covers. This is typical for most 2.8mm IR cameras I’ve used.

You can mitigate that by using WDR, in this case set to 20 to brighten up the dark spots

Now onto the driveway. This is with WDR turned off, very clear, sharp bright image.

Setting WDR to 30 brightens up the shadows quite a bit. I found that somewhere between 20 and 30 would be where I would set WDR for this camera in this location.

At night, no WDR, the image is pretty good.

Setting WDR to 20 helps a little in the shadows, but at the expense of more noise.

I uploaded day and night videos to YouTube.   You must click on the gear icon and select 1080P quality and then click on the icon with 4 corners to see the video full screen. The videos were extracted from the on-camera SD card.

Day Video

Night Video

Conclusion

This is a big upgrade from the old DS-2CD2032-I mini come, it adds an SD card slot, 3-axis lens rotation, two-way audio and alarm I/O. I found the camera, the upgraded “S” version tested for as low as $159.99 with free shipping from Wrightwood Surveillance, it’s definitely worth trying one out.

The pluses for this camera are;

  • Price & Value
  • Local SD card storage for recording
  • Very good low light performance in color
  • 3MP, 1080P or 720P resolution
  • S version has two-way audio and alarm input & output
  • Day/Night IR Cut Filter
  • Ability to record to NAS and playback from the camera

The shortcomings for this camera are;

  • IR LED coverage could be better for the 2.8mm version. I believe the 4mm or 6mm would provide more even coverage.

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

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Jigga
Jigga
6 months 2 days ago

I thought i buy hikvision cameras as hardware-wise they look great. I have now two but using them is a nightmare. To understand the logic of recording, it takes endless days to set it up. It never works correct, records nonstop (abusing network traffic), the events are triggered without reason (even rain, snow, slight sunlight change or simply nothing can trigger it), and it doesn’t save to NAS and SD card in parallel. NOT even in failover mode. Can’t even read from SD via GUI, telnet, or SSH (ssh is working but files cannot be read thanks to some library missing on camera). Well, let’s hope the network will be working nonstop, but unfortunately the toptier home router i have likes to freeze. In that moment, no recording is done. I could save 2/3 of budget buying models without SD and WIFI.

steve
steve
7 months 4 days ago

I installed the dome hikvision on my truck with the net antennas on top of the cab is there any radiation effect when they are that close to the drivers head

axi6ne8us
7 months 17 days ago

Thank you for this review. I need to know the distance / coverage area it covers?
What’s the zooming capabilities? light vision distance, and viewing angle range for this camera?

roger martin
roger martin
7 months 26 days ago

Does anyone the default password for this cam.DS-2CD2135F with firmware V5 3 6_151215

Edward Allen
Edward Allen
7 months 23 days ago

try 123456789abc

Chris K
Chris K
10 months 1 day ago

I am tryng to set it up with Avertx system NV160-PS16. Not sure if anybody knows if these camera’s ar compatiable

Jane
Jane
11 months 10 days ago

Hi, is there anyway to have just one of these connected to the TV to come on if someone walks to your door?

John
John
11 months 16 days ago

I just recently installed four of these camera’s. Last night it rained and the one camera in my backyard activated continuously all night, during the rain storm. I have Smart Event, Line Crossing Detection, sensitivity 30, set. This morning I had 150 emails in my inbox because of the rain storm. Do you have any recommendations on settings I can make to prevent false alarms because of the rain? When I called Hikvision Tech support, all they could recommend is to change the sensitivity setting or turn off the email notification when it rains.

Barclay
Barclay
11 months 26 days ago

This is my first stop when I’m looking for a new camera, great site. Do you know how to download more than 100 images at a time on these cameras? I have snapshot setup for ever 10 mins and when I go to download all the images it gives me a list of 100 but with not paging or anything for the results so I have to do a new search using last time in the image set. Annoying.

DRbill
DRbill
1 year 15 hours ago

I’m buying a Hikvision DS-2CD2132F-I, what 12V power supply do you recommend?

DRbill
DRbill
1 year 1 day ago

OK thanks….

DRbill
DRbill
1 year 2 days ago

I’ve read that the use of EZViz Cloud is required with the DS-2CD2132F-I. Is that true, or can I set it up
without it and still access the camera inside and outside my network?

Iyad
Iyad
1 year 3 days ago

Hi, am I able to record the whole view 24hrs but make the camera create timed recordings when a particular area was triggered. example being, the whole view continuously recording however timed logs created when someone comes on to my driveway? Thanks for your help ( I am new to this stuff)

JJT
JJT
1 year 3 days ago

Thanks again. I’ll pay attention to that specific issue during my review.

DRbill
DRbill
1 year 4 days ago

If e-mail is configured, can the DS-2cd2132f-i send snap shot pics of why it was triggered?

JJT
JJT
1 year 4 days ago

After pondering over which IP camera to acquire, and after carefully reading this forum, several times, I have purchased 4 Hikvision DS-2DC2112F-I camera’s for my home. Based on my placement locations, 2 have 2.8mm lens, 1 has 4mm and the last has 6mm.

I initially thought of purchasing 4 Sony 64GB Class 10 UHS-1 Micro SDXC Memory Cards, and a TP-LINK TL-SF1008P 10/100Mbps 8-Port PoE Switch, but would like your advice on if I should be going the NAS or NVR route based on value for the dollar spent, ease of use, reliability and functionality.

I know Hikvision has a suitable NVR (DS-7604NI-E14P-1TB) which I can buy for $549 Cdn. however, how would you rate its user friendliness and would I need additional software for management? Also, would the NAS option be a cheaper solution and if so, what hardware and software would you recommend for a Windows platform?

Abe
Abe
1 year 19 days ago

Have you tried to change the setting to NTSC? If not, see if you can go to the “Image” menu and expand “Video Adjustment” and set “Video Standard” to 60hz, that should do it. It worked on my DS-2CD3132-I & I got the 30 FPS option

Regarding the H.265 compression which might not be supported by some NVR’s, I believe that the cameras that support H.265 are backward compatible and that the setting can be changed to H.264. Could you please go to the “Video/Audio” menu and check under “Video Encoding” if you have the option to switch between H.264 & H.265? Thanks.

Tul9033
Tul9033
1 year 4 days ago

If this was directed at me. On the 2135 there is 50/60hz option, so it’s stuck in 50hz PAL 25fps.
There is an option for either H.264 or .265.
I’ve read some other posts that the 2135 has a more powerful processor than the 2135 which should increase the performance to analyze video if you are using the camera for movement detection among other things.
IMO, the current 2135 firmware is just not ready for prime time. It may very well be a better camera than the 2132 in the future, but not right now.
Another poster was saying the xxx5 cameras are strictly Chinese market cameras. Not sure about that one, the 2132’s shipped to the US have a hacked firmware to allow English language.

Abe
Abe
1 year 3 days ago

Have you tried changing the setting & still only see up to 25 FPS? Changing it to 60hz should change it to NTSC and make available the option of 30 FPS.

Tul9033
Tul9033
1 year 3 days ago

On the 2135 I received from China there is no 50/60hz setting, The hz option is absent. I’m assuming the camera is hard coded to 50hz/PAL since the highest frame rate option is 25fps no matter the resolution. Like I said above, the 2135 GUI when compared side by side to the 2132 is missing several configuration options,
The 2132’s I have all have a 50/60hz option under Configuration, Image, Video Adjustment.
I have returned the 2135 and bought another 2132

Abe
Abe
1 year 1 day ago

That’s interesting. I got from Alli Express a couple of 3132’s which is also a Chinese model not meant for the U.S. market & I do have the option to change from 50 to 60 hz which then gives me the 30 FPS option.

Tul9033
Tul9033
1 year 22 days ago

I just received a DS-2CD2135F-IS and it has no 30 FPS option regardless of resolution chosen. Several options are missing compared to the DS-2CD2132F-IS. Save yourself some headache and stick with the DS-2CD2132F-IS.

M_ashmawy
M_ashmawy
1 year 1 month ago

Hi,

Thanks for your very nice review. You were mentioning “old model”. Did the old model have the same model number? how to tell the difference? Do you have a picture of the old model? you mentioned the LEDS are differently arranged? how?

Drewski
Drewski
1 year 1 month ago

I’ve been looking for a security Solution for a few months now. The kits from Costco are appealing, but they seem to have hit/miss quality.

Then there are solutions like Nestcam which tick almost every box on my list of wants: Push notifications to your phone when motion is detected, compact packaging, easy to use, etc. But, they charge an arm and a leg for cloud storage, don’t work outside, and have so-so night vision.

Then I come across this: which seems to be perfect, except that there is zero info on it! I see that it records to an SD card: so does that mean it can work by itself? There wasn’t much mentioned about apps: do they push notifications of movement to you? Does it simply need an Ethernet cable to a POE switch connected to a router? Or does it have reliable wifi?

Finally, where can you buy one?

Thanks for the help!!

Rene Daigneault
Rene Daigneault
1 year 2 months ago

Great post! Thank you for sharing. Hope to hear more from you.

Curio
Curio
1 year 3 months ago
Curio
Curio
1 year 3 months ago

Will this work without an NVR? E.g., Can I hook it to router instead?

Dominic
Dominic
1 year 3 months ago
hi, in my search of some cams i arrived on your site which has alot of nice reviews. i so have some questions if you have the time or maybe some other visitors can fill in ; have you heard about the 2CD-2135F-IS ? i tried to get in contact with Hik but no response for over a week… i believe this is a cam only for the Chinese market. on ebay its promoted as the successor of the 2132F-IS. do you have general info on the (current) firmware issues of those Chinese cam versions ? some sellers mention a specific fw version (5.3.3 for ex) and mention it “cannot be upgraded” some posts here say some fw versions seems to be not as good as older ones, and there may be compatibility issues… others say those Chinese cams may not work with ‘non Chinese’ equipment or software etc. can you provide us with the latest intel on this matter? its a bit hard to distinguish what is really wrong… what is the difference between a dome cams and regular cams? (eg 21322232) besides sizing and some general technical differences between models over time i don’t see why i would… Read more »
Alfonse
Alfonse
1 year 3 months ago

Just installed 4 of these into a little food van. Their size is a major bonus when space is at a premium. Picture quality is also just as good as rest of the product range. Had to relocate one cam where the sun would cause some visual distortion as the light bounced around the dome.

Olaf
Olaf
1 year 4 months ago

I’m in the process of buying this Hikvision camera but can anyone advise me which one to buy ?
The camera should cover a driveway of 35 feet long and 9 feet wide but i don’t know whether to buy the 4 or 6 mm lens version.
Appreciate your advice.
Thx in advance !

matt
matt
1 year 5 months ago

Thanks for the great review, I spend many hours studying your site with various cameras.

I have ordered this and looking forward to getting it. Will be a huge improvement in quality on my existing analogue system.The CCTV camera will be used standalone using the on-board memory card initially (record on motion detection to prolong the memory card) and in a few years get a NVR.

I do have a query about powering the camera, I assume as it is POE I can get a POE switch or it also has a power socket, I could be used a conventional 12VDC power adapter. The POE switches are quite expensive therefore thinking getting a power socket as when I do eventually get a NVR, this will have POE switch built in.

Any suggestion of what is recommended regarding powering the unit. Thanks Matt

David
David
1 year 5 months ago

I use the WIFI connection, so I went the 12 VDC route. It has both capabilities, so it’s an option for you.

John
John
1 year 5 months ago

I want to buy cctv camera for a fuel station . I dont know what resolution the camera must be but I want the Camera to capture the Vehicle number plate while it stops for the fuel. Not just the number plate but all over whole vehicle .Because afterward when I see the recorded video on any particular day I could see the numbers clearly visible upon zooming in the video of the car.

Can anyone suggest a camera setup.

Rudy Trujillo
Rudy Trujillo
1 year 5 months ago

Really was high on this camera and the great job the Camera Critic extends to us that are in need of help.
My concern after doing some research is to do with the Chinese versus American version of this camera. Why are some getting one and others getting the other? I hesitate to order for this reason only. Can someone advise?

Jeremy Lau
Jeremy Lau
1 year 5 months ago

I chose to order the U.S. versions mainly because I would get hikvision USA warranty coverage and because I prefer ordering from a company I am familiar with (B&H; they’re an authorized retailer of the U.S. versions). some sellers of the Chinese versions do provide their own in house warranty but know that you won’t get any support from hikvision USA.

Robert
Robert
1 year 5 months ago

Hi

What is the difference between these cameras? Which is a 3 axis camera ( pan, tilt,rotate) ?

DS-2CD2132F-IS
DS-2CD3132I
DS-2CD3132F-IS

I have the DS-2CD2132F-IS, and I want an another one, but it needs to be a 3 axis camera and if possible SD or other memory slot. The 3232 is supposed to be a replacement, isn’t it?

Louis2015
Louis2015
1 year 6 months ago

I have a few questions:

– Do we know what SoC this camera is based on, is it an Ambarella one?
– Does the -IWS Wifi version allow the mounting of an external antenna?
– Some vendors in China sell a DS-2CD2135F-I(W)S model which is told to have H.265, improved night vision (0.01 Lux) and improved fps (25 fps for all). Do you know anything about these ones?

Cheers

Rick
Rick
1 year 6 months ago

Can the cameras internal SD memory be used in conjunction with an external HDD? I.E. if someone(burglar) takes (steals) the NVR I have video of the person saved on the cameras SD.

manuele
manuele
1 year 6 months ago

Hi The NCC,
Ive just set this camera up through my Swann 87200 NVR.what is the best picture I can expect to get on a 60 inch Tv.The picture is allright but I wouldnt say its 1080p.I am waiting on some cables to run onto my modem/MAC is this when i will see the better quality image. Cheers

Ben
Ben
1 year 6 months ago

Hi,

I just got 4 of these and I notice that space clearing between the start of the pigtail and the wall is very small. I afraid that if I mount it on the wall with the pigtail coming out from the side of the camera (instead of going through the wall, the cable will be pressed too hard on the wall. I wonder will it damage the cable?

What is the best way to mount it on the wall without making a hole through the wall?

Thanks.

Gyurrci
Gyurrci
1 year 6 months ago

Hi,
I’m not an expert, and maybe I just didn’t catch your question clear, but I had to mount to a wall (not our ceiling). Finally I bought a HIKVISION DS-1272ZJ-110B mount wall,and it’s perfect and very high quality aluminium mount.Hope it helped.

bebe
1 year 6 months ago

I mounted it in asame kind and i had asame worries as you but it’s ok!

Eddy
Eddy
1 year 6 months ago

Hi Gyurrci

I did the same thing can you post how you fixed the issue?

Sean
Sean
1 year 6 months ago

Have chinese Cam which I upgraded to 5.3.0 and now can’t http to it. So found firmware 5.2.5 and used tftp recovery tool program to go back to that version. All good now, but all in chinese, so followed the direction from below link and back to english.

5.2.5 firmware : http://www.ipcamtalk.com/showthread.php?1784-Hikvision-2532F-IS-not-getting-any-audio-through&p=20608&viewfull=1#post20608 (thanks to fernderman)

Back to english : http://www.arden.ie/?p=319

tftp program : http://www.hikvision.com/europe/download_more.asp?id=1336

Sean
Sean
1 year 6 months ago

Same here, upgraded to 5.3.0, now can’t access it. I went back to 5.2.3, but now that does not work, can ping the device I get three replies, then network disconnects, then after about 10 failed pings, it pings three times again and does the same thing in loop.
So put 5.3.0 back on, but can’t http to it,

Bebe
1 year 6 months ago

Can someone tell me please if i must format in a way the micro sd card? I just bought it and i dont know if i can put it without format it or i need to format it in a way.

Steff
Steff
1 year 6 months ago

Hi. I have exact the same problem! I can´t reach it via browser after uppdated firmware, but I can see the picture in iVMS-4200.
Please help us anyone!

Gyurrci
Gyurrci
1 year 6 months ago

Hi Steff! I found the solution and I posted it here but it didn’t appear here.

Gyurrci
Gyurrci
1 year 6 months ago

You need to TFTP back a firmware with original language. (http://www.hikvision.com/UploadFile/…3116851896.pdf) If you bought it from ebay/China/Hongkong then you need a chinese firmware. If it was originally us then you need an us firmware. Or you can hack it with mtd method. Read back the forum, you can find everything there. Finally I put back 5.1.6 and it has even more feature, see it here http://www.ipcamtalk.com/showthread….ll=1#post34561

dps
dps
1 year 7 months ago

It’s great to hear that the site will continue!
Does anyone have experience with the I frame settings for this camera connected to a Hikvision 4 channel NVR? Mine changes the I frame setting back to 50 each time it records. Thanks!

gyurrci
gyurrci
1 year 7 months ago

Hi Guys!

I have this 2CD2132-I. It had the 5.2.0 firmware so I downloaded the new firmware (5.3.0_150513.zip) and made the update. The update was successful but after I tried to reach it and says Access Error: 404 — Not Found firmware language mismatch: /home/webLib

🙁 I read that chinese cams have this problem. I don’t want to do more trouble so please help me, how can I recover my camera? Is it bricked or is there any way to use it again?
Thank you!!
Gyurrci

Eddy
Eddy
1 year 6 months ago

Hi Gyurri can you help me restore my camera? I cant seem to download the TFTP tool required.

Stefo
Stefo
1 year 6 months ago

Hi. I have exact the same problem! I can´t reach it via browser after uppdated firmware, but I can see the picture in iVMS-4200.
Please help us anyone!

Bebe
Bebe
1 year 7 months ago

I recently bought this camera.
I have 1 problem and 1 wonder:

1. I can’t set (draw) an area for “motion detection” in “basic events”. That’s the problem.
2. What software or ftp server do you use to send in “cloud” videos and snapshots? I mean, if this camera is use it only with a PC or a NVR it’s completely useless because in a case of burglary all evidence will disapear! So… a good cloud or ftp or something? Or, better, a good soft which come paired with a cloud / ftp?

Edna
1 year 7 months ago

Paragraph writing is also a fun, if you know afterward you can write or else it
is difficult to write.

Dimitris
Dimitris
1 year 7 months ago

Hello,
Between this camera, Hikvision ds-2cd2632f and Hikvision ds-2cd2732f which one do you prefer and why?
Thanks is advance

Squish
Squish
1 year 7 months ago

Hi there,

Using Hikvision IP cams in a Hikvision NVR – the IP cams’ internal web interface isn’t accessible from the local LAN, since they become clients of the NVR essentially on their own subnet.

Is there an easy method that anyone knows of, to allow access to the more granular settings available on individual IP cams via their own interface, save from disconnecting them from the NVR and putting them directly into the main network (and therefore having them obtain a DHCP lease from the usual router)?

In my situation, attaching in any other way than through the NVR is a pain in the ass.

TD
TD
1 year 7 months ago

Check here: http://www.ipcamtalk.com/forumdisplay.php/5-Hikvision
I believe people connected an ethernet cable to the NVR’s ports from their normal network to allow access to the NVR’s subnet. You lose one camera capacity doing this obviously. I don’t have an NVR but I think I remember reading that on the forum somewhere.

PureTO
1 year 7 months ago

Anyone have experience with the -ISW (wireless) version?
Seems like a new model and can’t find any reviews on it. Great reviews on the original-I and the -IS on here, but nothing about wireless.

Patrick
Patrick
1 year 7 months ago

Hi guys, I’m shopping for cameras for my home in Canada, but I’m having problem choosing between to Hikvision cameras!! The hikvision ds-2cd3332-i 3mp outdoor eyeball/turret/mini dome and the Hikvision DS-2CD2132F-IS POE 3MP IP66… Can anyone help me make that choice please!!

Thank you,
Patrick

Kelvin
Kelvin
1 year 7 months ago

bump ^^

CmdrBond
CmdrBond
1 year 7 months ago
I was in the same boat as you, and in the end I plumped for the 2132F-IS. Ideally I wanted the DS-2CD-2632F-IS (varifocal bullet). I didn’t need the varifocal but did ideally want a bullet and wanted a 2.8mm lens, the only cheaper bullets have a minimum lens of 4mm. When it comes to the comparison of the DS-2CD2132F-IS and the DS-2CD3332-I, I chose the former purely because of the inbuilt SD card slot. I am no expert, but as I see it the benefit of the 2132F-IS is the SD card and alarm/audio inputs whereas the 3332-I has a better IR illuminator. Price wise, the cheapest I can see these on well known auction site is as follows: DS-2CD3332-I – From China – £67.97 GBP + 20% VAT and possibly import duty depending on quantity and final value. DS-2CD3332-I – From Poland – £85.99 GBP + 0 taxes or charges. DS-2CD2132F-IS – From China – £66.49 + 20% VAT and any duty due DS-2CD2132F-IS – From UK – £82.75 + 0 taxes or charges – GUARANTEED ENGLISH MENUS (These are the ones I bought) DS-2CD2632F-IS – From China – £113.39 + 20% VAT and any duty due DS-2CD2632F-IS –… Read more »
Bebe
1 year 7 months ago

Very impresive blog and very useful! Thanks a lot!
There is the possibility to register in real time to cloud (Google Drive, OneDrive, etc) instead of NAS?

Ger Roos
Ger Roos
1 year 7 months ago

Dear Sir,

I have read your interesting article.

Do you know if it is possible to connect the Hikvision DS-2CD2132F-IS on NAS type Synology DS213+ with Surveillance software?

Thank you for your answer.

With regards,

Ger Roos

chow
1 year 8 months ago

I have the old version of this camera. It is connected to the Lorex NVR. How do I get rid of these circles during the night? Here is a picture: http://imgur.com/snfaq5c

Dave
Dave
1 year 8 months ago

Hello,

Please can someone confirm that TP-LINK TL-SG1008P switch will be fine to drive these POE cameras? It states 15.4W per port on the TP-Link website and on Hikvision website it states the older model as having a max of 7W, so I assume it should be fine to drive 2?

Sean
Sean
1 year 6 months ago

I am using tp-link poe injector code tl-poe150s. Says output is 48v 0.35a and runs my cam fine.

David
David
1 year 8 months ago

Just to make sure I am clear on this:

HIKVISION I-W-S models have WiFi and audio recording capabilities; however, the ds-2cd2532f-iws has an integrated microphone.

This model, the ds-2cd2132f-is, although designated “s”, requires an external microphone?

How confusing!

jlau
jlau
1 year 8 months ago

Does anyone have any experience mounting the Hikvision dome cameras over a single electrical gang box? I noticed this item on their website but it had very little in the way of a description.

http://www.hikvision.com/en/us/Products_show.asp?id=4857

jlau
jlau
1 year 8 months ago

just to follow up on my own post; US versions of the Hikvision dome cameras do include a plate that fits over a single gang box. I ordered from B&H which is listed as an authorized reseller of Hikvision USA cameras. They are a little more expensive than the imports, but it’s good to know I’ll have support from the US reps; they’ve been very responsive with the questions I’ve had.

http://oversea-download.hikvision.com/uploadfile/doc/Hikvision%20USA%20Authorized%20Resellers%20030515.pdf

Woody
Woody
1 year 7 months ago

Is the plate that came with you camera the DS-1234ZJ adapter? Or is it different? If it’s different, did you ever find out if that adapter would work with the DS-2CD2132?

GMD99
GMD99
1 year 8 months ago
Hi… great and very informative site. My wife and I just bought a cottage which is about 2 ½ hours away from our home. We take possession at the beginning of June. As such, I am looking at installing a number of surveillance cameras. Other than some rudimentary experimentation with a Foscam I have no experience with IP cameras! Having read a number of your reviews I am considering the following: – 3 outdoor cameras around the house – considering 2 Hikvision ds-2cd2032 cameras; – 1 outdoor dome camera for the boathouse – Hikvision ds-2cd2132f-IS 3mp IR vandal mini-dome; – 3 indoor cameras – Hikvision ds-2cd2432f-IW 3mp IR cube cameras; – 1 camera for the garage – Hikvision DS-2CD2312-I Mini Dome camera – 1 NVR – Hikvision DS-7816N-E2/8P We have a fairly large cottage which is 110 feet long by 48 feet wide (including the garage) with 2 full floors and a sizable loft. We live in Canada where the winters in cottage country are cold and snowy. Does anyone have experience with the outdoor cameras in cold winter conditions? The cottage is finished inside so running interior wires will be tricky but fortunately the previous owners ran a lot… Read more »
Tul9033
Tul9033
1 year 8 months ago
I’ve become a big fan of the Hikvision DS-2CD2132F-IS. For the price, the quality and features cannot be beat IMO. I’ll take a stab at your questions. – Is it safe to assume that all Hikvision cameras will work well with the Hikvision NVR? I think it’s safe to assume. I browsed over the specs and it looks to have an 8 port POE switch built in – Do I need additional software to view the recordings on the NVR (Blue Iris, Xprotect Go) or is there software that comes with the NVR and is it adequate? No additional software would be needed. Blue Iris and the like are software NVR’s that you install on a PC – Can I setup the recording to the NVR to be based upon activity and not run 24/7? Yes, set recording to motion and capture 50 or so preframes – Is it possible to set up alerts for camera activity to be sent to my phone (text or email)? Yes, alerts are fully configurable – Assuming that I can receive alerts / notifications will I know which camera is sending the alert? Yes, each camera will have a label you assign – Does… Read more »
Woody
Woody
1 year 9 months ago

We don’t have any overhangs to hide/protect a camera under and we’ve had kids throwing rocks at our place already (the joys of city living!), so it seems to me that a dome-type camera would be the best protected from kids/weather. However, I’ll have to mount a camera vertically on a wall, almost directly above the front door if I want to see people’s approach. Would these be able to be pointed straight down and see the base of the wall/door? Or would I be stuck with a bullet?

Tul9033
Tul9033
1 year 9 months ago

You will not be able to point the lens a full 90 down. However, the field of view is sufficient enough to allow observation of a front door.

David
David
1 year 9 months ago

Word of warning – this camera doesnt work overly well with Milestone software. Playback freezes on every keyframe, for a few 100ms – which makes everything look jerky.

I have had a support call open with Milestone about this, and while they were able to provide a temporary driver fix for me, they have advised this camera is not supported by there software; and therefore will NOT be fixed in future driver packs (and therefore I am locked to a particular version of software with my temporary driver fix).

Sean
Sean
1 year 9 months ago

Hi, I bought my 2CD2132F-IS based on this page and am very happy with it. Thank you for providing this. With regard to attaching a mike, what exactly does it need to be ? Can I just get a mic that plugs into my computer, and just cut off the plug on the end and then attach the two wires into the block of the cam ?
thanks.

TKim
TKim
1 year 9 months ago

How do you think this new version compares to the DS-2CD2532F-I now? Thank you

TD
TD
1 year 9 months ago

I got this camera installed in front of my house last weekend and am very impressed with it. The software seems pretty good and the picture quality is excellent. However, shadows from trees during the day and bugs during the night are tripping the motion detection all the time. I switched to the line crossing algorithm which helped a lot but for 2 hours around noon, there are shadows right on my line which causes more false events. So I’m thinking that a motion detector is the way to go. What kind of PIR motion detector are people hooking this up with? Ideally I’d something small and unobtrusive with a wide field of view.

Rick
Rick
1 year 1 month ago

I too am having problems with shadows and vegetation movement triggering alerts. Anyone have any other PIR recommendations? Also due to the location of my cameras any thoughts on an easy way to power the PIR without have to run additional wiring?

Peter
Peter
1 year 9 months ago

Just got one of these in the UK from a UK distributor. The body on mine is die cast metal similar to the 2732. Came with 5.2.0 firmware which I updated to 5.2.3. No sign of 5.2.5 firmware in the UK yet.

Curio
Curio
1 year 10 months ago

I see in your post that it has 3 types of lens (2.8mm, 4mm and 6mm). When ordering, do you get to choose which one you like or you get all three lenses?

Curio
Curio
1 year 10 months ago

I have a newb question, does the microSD card storage automatically deletes old videos when the disk is full?

Nick
Nick
1 year 10 months ago

Hello,

I came to find your blog through other forums and I am glad that I did. It seems that you know what you are talking about and can offer me some advice on my security solution for my home. I don’t know if this is the proper thread to do so or not, so can you follow up by email? I can ask you specific questions. Thank you.

Rich S
Rich S
1 year 10 months ago
I have been reading this blog for the last 2 months while designing/installing my first system, so figured I’d share some feedback. As to the HIK 2132’s, I’ve purchased a total of 5 of these (I have 7 cameras total, and counting) – and I cannot find a better value. Thanks to this site for turning my attention to the HIK’s. I was initially set to by ACTi’s which are significantly more money. So far, I did end up with one of the notorious Chinese firmware versions, mistakenly sold to the US market. I tried the workaround posted on this site unsuccessfully (a half-hearted effort) but instead simply sent it back for a refund. I can point out only 2 drawbacks: (A) 2 axis adjustment is limiting in certain applications, and (B) the pigtail concept, necessitating use of a junction box, is perplexing to me — but this is not unusual. Of the cameras I tested, only the ACTi’s have built-in female connections, which seems to be a better idea (?) For installation, I purchased the HIK jboxes model CB110 (same as listed in the post above) – they are about $25/each (too much) but they fit perfectly. I also… Read more »
Woody
Woody
1 year 7 months ago

For the CB110s, is there a knockout hole in the back or only the conduit connector on the side? I don’t want to drill a 1″ through the exterior brick, so I’m thinking of mounting a CB110 onto the outside, putting a hole for ethernet right in the middle of that through the brick instead, then stuffing the pigtail into the box.

Think the full pigtail would fit inside or would I have to find a bigger junction box to mount it to?

avi
avi
1 year 10 months ago

You could mount thebcam on one of these, then all you need to do is push a Ethernet cable through. You could even use a raw wire and crimp an end on.

https://hi-tech-store.co.uk/hikvision-ds-1280zj-dm18-wall-mount-ceiling-mount-power-intake-deepbase-for-ds-2cd2112-i-ds-2cd2132-i

Ted
Ted
1 year 10 months ago

Thanks – I saw those. Looks like they’ll work fine, but they are pricey and somewhat bulky so that’s going to be my backup plan if I can’t easily detach the wires myself. Of course I might just make something from some plywood rings and paint them rather than spending $25 but the idea is the same.

Ted
Ted
1 year 10 months ago

I just ordered one of these and am going to mount it on a small stucco overhang on the front of our house. I’d prefer not to drill a large hole in the stucco for all those connectors though. Anyone have any idea how hard it would be to remove the wiring harness? Ideally I could drill a small hole and feed the harness through that from inside of the house and then connect it back up to the camera.

randman
randman
1 year 10 months ago

This camera’s pan and tilt functionality – is it done manually only, or can to be done via software? I’m still looking for a good pan and tilt camera.

Joseph
Joseph
1 year 10 months ago

Are there various firmware versions each giving different qualities of sound for Hikvision? Some firmwares even having audio completely missing even though the camera is supposed to have audio capabilities. Is this true?

Which firmware version would be the best for sound in Hivision? Thanks.

Jon
Jon
1 year 10 months ago

I am considering setting up 2-4 of these. Can I record to both the NAS and the SD card simultaneously for redundancy sake?

Finally I assume the sound from the mic is integrated into the video files?

Have you tried a speaker connected to one of these? Curious to how well that works.

Joseph
Joseph
1 year 10 months ago

Hi I am a newbie here. Would the mobile android app (from Hikvision, Milestone or others) be able to copy files from SD card to PC and view the files stored on the PC? Thanks in advance.

Avi6581
Avi6581
1 year 10 months ago

I have this camera and also the older 2132. Great improvements !

For those that want to add a mic, see my post here. Have an old Xbox headset lying around? Or get one off eBay for pennies.

http://www.ipcamtalk.com/hikvision/2028-hikvision-ds-2cd2132f-connecting-mic.html

Michael 600
Michael 600
1 year 10 months ago

Thanks for this NCC
Could you indicate when this model would be a better choice to hikvision’s *2332 turret camera?
M 600

Scott
Scott
1 year 10 months ago

With the 3 axis change to this is there much difference between this camera and the 2732f-is (other than the alarm input/sound). I was considering ordering the 2732 but at this price looks like I can get two of these without giving much up.

John
John
1 year 10 months ago

From the third paragraph:

The SD card is on the left side of the circuit board and there’s not even a reset button should things happen.

I believe this camera does have a reset button?

Tul9033
Tul9033
1 year 10 months ago

Update: I switched back to IE and was able to playback and export from within the camera UI. Viewing the live stream in full 1080 while writing video to the SD is no problem. I initially had the camera set to record continuous video to the SD. That’s since been changed to motion only. I have the 4mm version so the IR is not bad with this lens.
I’ve added the $4 Radio Shack mic # 270-092 successfully and now have sound with the video. I’ll post the settings if anyone wants to add a mic.
So far I’m really liking the UI and the camera overall. We are going to be getting a few 60F days here soon and I’ll be mounting them to the house soon.

Brian
Brian
1 year 9 months ago

Yes, please post the settings you used with the Radio Shack mic # 270-092? Thanks.

Marc
Marc
1 year 10 months ago

I have the older one with wireless. Wireless is pretty useless, could not even get a connection within 50 feet but I had to run a wire for power anyway so I run a network cable too. Otherwise, the camera is great and now I only wait that the camera would be PTZ mechanically. I love the software that comes with the camera especially that you can jump back instant from 30secs to 10mins. Would appreciate if anybody knows a other software with the same jump-back feature.
Thanks for the review

WiseOldElf
WiseOldElf
1 year 10 months ago

terrific review, as always.

would you recommend this, in preference to the DS-2CD2032-I bullet ?

Lewis
Lewis
1 year 10 months ago

“They include a program on a CD called SADP”… isn’t this a PC Windows only tool and Hikvision has no such support tool for Mac’s OS X?

David
1 year 10 months ago

Thanks for taking the time to put this review together. I have the older DS-2CD2032-I. Aside from the audio capabilities, and the SD slot, what other improvements have been made to the platform? Would it be worth upgrading to the DS-2CD2132F-IS?

Thanks.

Sam
Sam
1 year 10 months ago

They have also added 3 axis rotation so you can wall mount the camera (or mount it on a slant)…

Tul9033
Tul9033
1 year 10 months ago

I just got a pair of these and overall I am pretty impressed. The interface is quite a bit ahead of the old Dahua. I am having a bit of an issue watching the video from the SDCARD. I can see the events, but they won’t play through the camera interface.
I do like the ability to add an external mic and speaker. I’ve read people having success with this radio shack mic
http://www.radioshack.com/electret-microphone-element-with-leads/2700092.html#q=microphone%2Blead&start=1

GregD
GregD
1 year 10 months ago

Tul – you’re always a great resource here. You helped me when I wanted to swap out the lenses on my QSee/Dahua cams.

Even though you’re having issues viewing the recordings with these Hikvision cams, can you still download them to your PC through your browser and then view them locally?

Secondly, is it possible to liveview a stream at 1080p/30fps while simultaneously recording a substream to SD card at 1080p/<5fps?

Tul9033
Tul9033
1 year 10 months ago

I’m not 100% sure on viewing them on your PC, but I am counting on it as a backup. Hopefully I can get the viewing of the SD from the camera working. I saw a few other posts of people having a similar issue. Like you I suspect, I am only using the SD as an emergency backup in case the DVR gets stolen. I have a 8 GB card in each of my cameras. I just painted them my house trim color, so before I mount them I will check the SD and see what files are on them. I may need a separate viewer to view them.
I can see the markers for recording to the SD while in the camera and I’m viewing live from Blue Iris at the same time @ 1080/30 so I am pretty sure that’s a go as well.
These are my new front of house cameras so I will update as I make new discoveries.

Mark
Mark
1 year 10 months ago

Hi, it looks like you’re missing a picture for paragraph 3, “Here’s a picture with the dome cover removed…”

Thomas
Thomas
1 year 10 months ago

I thought about buying this Camera or the 2732f-is.

Is there a big difference in image quality?

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