09
Aug
12

Dahua IPC-HFW3200C 1080P Bullet Review

Dahua has been making waves lately with some new products that are outstanding at a price point that’s breaking barriers. The IPC-HFW3200CN is an HD 1080P outdoor bullet camera that uses the Sony Exmor chip to provide sharp vivid color images during the day. At night, the built in IR illuminators work well in combination with the sensors good low light capabilities as well as the camera’s noise reduction to produce very good clean night images in area with little to no light.

Dahua IPC-HFW-3200CN

Main Features

  • 1/3” 2.0 MP SONY progressive scan Exmor CMOS image sensor
  • High-performance TI DaVinci series DSP
  • H.264/MJEPG video compression and JPEG image capture
  • Supports dual-stream encoding
  • 30fps at 1080P resolution
  • Support true Day/Night with an IR Cut Filter
  • Built-in 3.3~12mm varifocal/F1.4 Auto Iris lens
  • Built-in IR Illuminators with a working distance of 20m
  • Supports Alarm I/O
  • Support up to 32GB Micro SD card for local storage
  • IP66 Water-proof protection
  • Powered by PoE or 12V/24V
  • Smartphone apps available

Overall, this is an impressive camera with very good image quality, good low light performance, well organized menus, and well built that feels solid in your hands.

This is what the web interface looks like when you first log in. There’s options to take a snapshot, manually record, chose a stream and more.

IPC-HFW3200CN

Across the top are tabs for Live (live viewing), Set (configure the camera), Alarm (setup alarms) and Logout. When you click on the Set tab, it takes you this configuration screen –

Dahua 1080P Bullet Camera menus

Selecting menu choices on the left takes you to various options needed to configure the camera. One of the first settings you may want to change are the TCP/IP network settings. The menus are clean and responsive.

Menus from the Dahua HFW3200CN

Motion detection areas are cleverly set by clicking boxes to cover or expose the image. The exposed areas can be any shape that you can create using the box grid.

Dahua Motion Detect HFW3200C

The camera has a varifocal lens (about a 4X manual zoom). To adust the focal length and focus you have to remove two screws to remove the sun shade (tool included), and then carefuly unscrew the black lens cover. Once inside it uses the traditional adjusting wands that are loosened and tightened with a small screw driver.

Dahua focal length and focusing adjustments

You may have noticed the rather large pigtail that comes out the back. The big plus here is cable management. When the camera is installed flush on the wall with the attached mount, the camera has a nice clean look. The pigtail does require that you make a hole large enough to feed the pigtail through the wall. The connectors on the pigtail include not only the obvious ethernet outlet, but also video out for field focusing, a reset button and your mic/speaker connectors, 12/24v connector and alarm inputs/outputs.  The following excerpt out of the manual describes what’s there.

Dahua Pigtail Connectors

Now onto the images, how well does this camera peform. I mounted the camera at the front of my garage, under the eave. With the varifocal lens starting at 3.3mm, it was perfect for viewing the entire front of my home. While at that wide of an angle, you can not ID someone across the street, it was very effective as people approached my front gate or driveway. As with my other reviews, click on the images below to see the full size image, straight from the camera.

Dahua Daytime Image 1080P

I also mounted it at a second location, my backyard to see how it does under different lighting situations. The front of my house gets direct sun most of the day, a challange for some cameras, the rear does not get much sun because of the slope behind the house and patio covers but has higher contrast from shadows.

IPC-DHW3200 Backyard image

Now onto the low light night performance. Again, two scenarios, the first is my driveway. Because there’s a street light across the street, the camera would not automatically shift to night mode. This is what it looks like with no IR lighting in day mode.

Dahua Night Time Image - HFW-3200

I was able to set the night mode (B&W and IR cut filter off) by setting a schedule and this is the same image in night mode.

Dahua night mode b&w

In the backyard night time image, there’s no external lighting, just the built-in illuminators. The lighting is broad and even and did a good job of lighting the area. The noise reduction works well without much detail loss.

Dahua IR Illuminator Scene

The camera lacks the ability to set a max exposure for auto exposure mode. After experimenting with manual exposure settings, I found that in auto mode, the camera does not go beyond a maximum exposure of 1/30th of second. This is typical of what I set cameras to that allow for this setting so I feel it fit’s most needs as it is.

The camera has the capability to capture events and send them to an FTP server. I’m using a Western Digital My Book Live Networked Storage as the FTP server. The camera sends videos and/or snapshots of all motion detects or alarm triggered events to the FTP server and does so effeciently. There’s no provisions to set naming templates. It creates a hierachy of videos by date and by hour with all the videos using a timestamp name under the hour directory. The videos are stored in a propriatary format with a .dav sufix. They provide a simple viewer tool to view the videos and export them as AVI files. The tool worked as expected playing videos without delay and converting them to AVI format in a reasonable amount of time.  There’s no provision to view videos recorder via FTP or to the SD card directly from the camera’s web interface. You can use the included PSS software to view video recorded to the SD card.

I uploaded day and night videos to Youtube. To see them at the full 1080P 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.

I tried running the PSS software that’s included with the camera. It was difficult to setup and there’s no remote web access that I could find. I was not able to get it to record even with the help of a few experts. I did test their smarphone app and it worked well. It’s called DMSS and you can get it free in the iTunes store. I tested the free version that only lets you view multiple cameras. They have a pay version with additional features.

Here’s a picture of my iPad running DMSS. Pardon the color shift from taking a picture of the LCD screen, it looks better in real life.

DMSS IOS software on iPad

I did test the camera with two 3rd party products that I use. From my Android phone, I tested the popular IP Cam Viewer app, the free version and chose Dahua from the setup screen and it works very well. I also ran it on BlueIris, a popular budget friendly NVR software solution that I’ve reviewed in the past. It worked well as you can see from the image below, I chose Dahua DVR as the camera selection.  You have to make a minor tweak by setting the Video Params to “channel=1&subtype=0” to make it work. My only complaint is that the video recordings where choppy but still usable. While I experienced some chop from the FTP’ed video, it was very minor in comparison.

BlueIris Software with Dahua Camera

The street price for this camera is about $350 and it has to be the lowest price I’ve seen on a camera with these features. The camera is new in the U.S. so finding a retailer that carries it may be a challange but it’s popularity is quickly growing.

There’s one thing that was dissapointing, and that’s support. They do have a support link on the website where you can pose a question and look at answers to previous questions. My questions did not got answer after several days. As distributors and resellers grow in the U.S. or your local region, your best chance of support is from them. Verify before you buy that they will be able to help you if you have a question or problem. I was able to get support from existing customers I know and forums.

One area that baffled me is the micro SD card slot. Yes, it has one but could not find it. Researching it, I found out that you have to dismantle the camera to get to it.

The pluses for this camera are;

  • Price – don’t know where else you can get a camera this good for this price
  • 1080P at 30fps
  • IR Illuminators that work well
  • Varifocal auto-iris lens that’s sharp and clear
  • Sony Exmor sensor has excellent daytime quality and performs well in low light
  • Smartphone apps – everyone wants to access their cameras from smarphones these days

The shortcoming of the camera are;

  • Poor customer support
  • Manuals are well written but miss key areas like how to adjust the lens or insert an SD card

The camera is recomended for those that want a really good camera at a bargain price and are savy enough to figure things out on their own and don’t need much support.

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

UPDATE: The microSD card slot is in the back of the camera. You remove 4 screws using the included allen wrench. Be careful not to disconnect any of the wires.

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Jpcolin
Jpcolin
1 year 8 months ago

Hi,

Did get any info about these cams?
Are you planning to review one of those?

Thank you

jpcolin
jpcolin
2 years 1 day ago

possibly it wasn’t working as expected?
Nice about the trade show, i wish we had that here, would love to go!
Ok, i wil remind you of this before the show 😉 thanks

jpcolin
jpcolin
2 years 2 days ago

Ah yes i was wondering where the options was, so they removed it?
It seems the new ultra smart serie does have face recognition and other features.
IPC-HFW8301 series and IPC-HDB8301 are one of those.
Do you have any source where you can inform about this? I googled some time but could not find anything, probably too new to find info…
thanks

jpcolin
jpcolin
2 years 3 days ago

Looks good, but it has to run on a computer, wich is not what i’m planning to do.
Surveillance station is the used software, or maybe another software that runs on synology.
Do you know such software?
Have you tested the facial recognition from Hikvison of Dahua yet?

Jpcolin
Jpcolin
2 years 4 days ago

Hi,

I bought this camera a while ago, quite happy with image quality and in general, but I was planning to use the motion detection(use it in combination with synology surveillance station). I quickly concluded that this was useless when used outside! I also mis a url stream feature. Now I need 3other similar cams, do you have any recommendations? ( I need alarm in & out contacts) have you tested the IPC-HFW8301E or have plans to? Is face recognition a usefull feature to replace the motion detection? I would like to have the alarm out to trigger when someone is moving…

Mitchell Tuckness
Mitchell Tuckness
2 years 15 days ago

Where is the noise reduction setting found? I am missing it and for the life of me cannot find it.

Ryan C
Ryan C
2 years 23 days ago

I have one of these 2mp cameras – I’m finding it hard to remove the lens cover to adjust the VF lens it is up to 12mm to catch number plates am using the analogue output at the moment. is it that the lens cover is so tight or screwed in am at a loss to get into it.
anyone had this kind of bother?

Lai
Lai
2 years 2 months ago

hi networkcameracritic,

thx for your reply, if i turn off auto reboot, the IPC will hang after a months 24/7 operation.
and i notice the firmware version is quite new “build date 2014-June. it is adviceable to turn off auto reboot ??

Lai
Lai
2 years 2 months ago

i have several units of Dahua IPC, i having problem the ipcamera will automatically turn to total white color image. I found the brightness slider was push to maximum by itself result in total washed out picture. Can you advice me what is happen ??

Leo S
Leo S
2 years 5 months ago

Never mind my last comment. I now see the other end of that connector in the accessories bag. I guess this means I need to crimp my own jack onto a cable..

Another thing that struck me, there are lots of complaints about the large POE box on the cable with this camera, but mine doesn’t have one.

Barrie Bee
Barrie Bee
2 years 5 months ago

Tried installing PSS software from Dahua CD (General_PSS_Eng_IS_V4.06.5.R.121106.zip)in my win7 64 computer so I could play the recordings, the setup.exe file asks if it can run, but when I allow it, it does nothing…no screen comes up. I rebooted, same result. Any ideas? If there is another .dav file reader you could recommend, that would be good too.

Thanks again,
Barrie

Barrie Bee
Barrie Bee
2 years 5 months ago

I just bought an IPC-HFW3200CN, it arrived fast in original sealed box, but the included mini software CD was unreadable, it looked like a blank writable CD to my computer. They said they would need to replace the whole unit. I’m waiting for the new one but have tried to power this one thru POE, no indication it is alive, I cannot ping it’s 192.168.1.108 IP address. Is there something I am MISSING about powering this up? Should there be a light or indicator on it? I know my cables & POE are good, they work on other things.

Thanks, hate to bother but I really NEED a good camera SOON!
Barrie

Firelion
Firelion
2 years 6 months ago
I just bought a ipc-hfw2100. A very strange thing happened. After connecting the Ethernet cable and injector, I log on to 192.168.1.108 on my macbook and expecting that it would ask me to install the plugin. It didn’t! Instead, I got the picture displayed! However, after changing the IP address to one I preferred, I found that no other setup page was operational. There were two tabs in Chinese characters but when I click on them, nothing happened. The other tabs such as camera/condition showed the sliders for brightness, contrast, etc but all sliders were at the left end and not movable. But There was a picture! However, when I returned to it the next day, the picture was gone and it asked for the plugin install! But then all controls and configurations worked. The two Chinese tabs were gone. I did not check the firmware version the first day. Now it says 2.210.0001r build 2013-05-17. Has anyone else experienced this? BTW, I use Livecams Pro iOS app to monitor it on iPad and blue iris on windows 7 for recording. The picture quality blows away my existing foscam 640×480 cameras by a wide margin, especially in dynamic range. Low… Read more »
jpcolin
2 years 6 months ago

Hi,

Thanks for your quick reply, but for to mention that i’m in europe and need the PAL firmware.
I had a look at Wrightwood, but could only find NTSC…

Any idea?

thanks

jpcolin
2 years 6 months ago

Hi,

I’m looking for this firmware for this ipcam, but can not find it, does anyone know where to find it?
2.100.0000.6.R, build : 2012-05-07

I know there is a newer one but it seems this one would allow to have the video stream in a browser with this command:
/nphMotionJpeg?Resolution=640×480&Quality=Clarity

thx

Mitchell Tuckness
Mitchell Tuckness
2 years 11 months ago
Hi, I purchased this camera a few days ago and it looks good. I see a couple of issues with it. First, I can see two rings from the dome around it. One farther out towards the top and one closer in. I am not sure why it is seeing those from the dome, but it is. The second issue, and one I could use help with if possible, is the webplugin.exe not working in any browser remotely. Meaning, I installed it at home and it works fine, but from anywhere else, it is not working. I get these errors: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BzsKCe89GscxT0hPblRYY3ZwbTg/edit?usp=sharing That is a screenshot of the errors. Top one is the first error and the bottom is the 2nd error and I never see an image. I have a Cisco ASA firewall that I opened ip TCP port 80, well actually I used a different port, but I translate the 8081 port via NAT to port 80. Does this camera need more than just port 80 to work remotely? It is weird that I can hit the camera, move around and change the settings, add users and all that, but I see no video stream and yet it works… Read more »
jp
3 years 2 months ago

hi,

I think i did not explain it right, i’m looking for the url to get live stream,
you url works for me for the snapshot.
Can you help me for the live video stream?

jp
3 years 2 months ago

Hi,

thanks for the fast reply, but i think i was not clear, i’m not looking to the snapshot but to the live stream.
Your path works indeed for the snapshot.

jp
3 years 2 months ago

hi,

I bought this ip cam, and it’s a really good value, image quality is very good, functionalities also.
there is just 1 thnig i just can’t find, the URL Path to get the stream.
For the snapshot it works with this:
http://192.168.1.108/cgi-bin/snapshot.cgi?channel=0 (where 192.168.1.108 is the ip of the cam)

But can’t find the path to get the video, can anyone help?

Thanks

Jon
Jon
3 years 4 months ago

I am considering buying this camera to work with our Synology diskstation. I don’t see this camera listed on Synology’s website but am wondering if I would be able to make it work with our system? Let me know if you have any thoughts.

TVang
TVang
3 years 6 months ago
It’s a bit tedious but I managed to get Web Service to work on IE 9 32-bit version running on Windows 7 64-bit machine. Like most of everyone who’s commented, the issue is that the ActiveX control would not install…or did not install correctly. Below is how I managed to get things working on my PC. IMPORTANT: Ensure that you’re signed-in to Windows with ADMINISTRATOR rights. (1) Open Windows Explorer. (2) Go to C:\Program Files and Copy-and-Paste the folder “webrec” ….and its contents to C:\Program Files (x86)\ (3) Launch CMD.EXE as administrator. ….Start > Search ….Type into the search field “cmd.exe” ….As it is found, right-click on it and select ….”Run as administrator” In the DOS shell (command prompt) (4) Change the directory to “C:\Program Files\webrec\Torch” ….Type in: cd C:\Program Files\webrec\Torch ….Hit ENTER (5) Unregister: comdlg.ocx, PlayBackCtrl.ocx, RealVideoCtrl.ocx, VideoWindow.ocx, webrec.ocx ….Type: regsvr32 /u THE_FILENAME.ocx ….For good measure, I attempted to unregister every file in that folder. I assumed that ….errors returned indicated that the file did not register correctly the first time. (6) In Windows Explorer, I renamed the “webrec” folder in “C:\Program Files” to ….”webrec_OLD”. (7) In the DOS command prompt, change the directory to ….C:\Program Files (x86)\webrec\Torch ….(see… Read more »
JP
JP
3 years 7 months ago

Sorry I meant 8264f ei.
I could also be interested in the 8253f ei

JP
JP
3 years 7 months ago

Hello,

Thanks for your quick reply.
Do you know if the hikvision 2cd8265 f ei has alarm trigger contacts in and/or out?
I did search the net for info and a picture of the connectors/cabling but could not find it!

Thank you

JP
JP
3 years 7 months ago

I m looking for this type of cam, maybe you could give me some advice, wath I need:
– a design like this dahua (dimensions and integrated cable routing)
– outdoor
– color white
– Poe
– use with a symbology nas
– 720p (preferably 1.3mp, 2mp if there is no other alternative )
– ir
– alarm contact out (to use movement detection to turn on light via relays)
– Good picture quality
– price 200-300$

The best price I had for this dahua is 270$ excl shipping.

Models I came across that could fit my needs:
-this dahua
– hikvision ds 2cd8264 f ei ( not sure it has alarm trigger contacts )
– linovision ipc vec8242 pf ei

Any advice is welcome, other brands or models also.
This for private use. Keep price in mind.
I m from Belgium btw so we don’t have Costco here.

Thx
Regards
JP

JP
JP
3 years 7 months ago

Hi,

I m looking for this type of cam, maybe you could give me some advice, what I need:
– a bullet design like this dahua (dimensions and integrated cable routing)
– 720p 1.3mp preferably 2mp if nothing else available
– outdoor
– use with a symbology nas
– ir
– alarm contact out (to use movement detection to turn on light via relays)
– Good picture quality
– price 200-300$

The best price I had for this dahua is 270$ excl shipping.

Models I came across that could fit my needs:
Linovision ipc vec 8253 pf ei
Hikvision ds 2cd8264f ei, not sure these have alarm contacts?

Any advice is welcome, other brands-models also.
Please think about the budget. This is for private use with a nas.
I m from Belgium btw

Thx

JP

George
George
3 years 7 months ago

Dahua! I have three similar Dahua 2MP IP Cameras I got from Linovision. They are model IPC-VEC8253F-EI. I also bought a 16-channel hyrid DVR from Linovision. It is model DVR-9116HFI-H16. I can view and record four IR analog cameras on the HDVR but adding the IP cameras is a continuing nightmare. The manuals do not explain how to add devices. The DVR uses Web Service version 2.0. The IP cameras use Web Service 3.0. I can view and record the IP cameras with my laptop to an external HDD. But adding Dahua cameras using the DVR is for someone in China. For the money I would buy a COSTCO NVR with the cameras or any easy to setup system. Does anyone know if Dahua or a distributor has any support. Andy Chen in China is too far away for the help I need. I hope this helps some newbie who thinks he can set up IP cameras.

asdf
asdf
3 years 8 months ago

May I know what the microSD card slot is meant to do?
Does it have an onboard recording and remote playback capability?
i.e. The camera operates as a standalone recorder.

final
final
3 years 8 months ago

Just got response from my vendor that the latest firmware for this camera is V2.103.0000.1.R.20130226. So not sure how you guys are getting more recent revision of ver : 2.210.0000.0.R.build 2013-03-13 or 5/17/2003 versions?

Micky
Micky
3 years 8 months ago

You have to go through your vendor. I do not have a link unfortunately.

Micky
Micky
3 years 8 months ago

I am running this camera, using the Dahua 4 channel NVR, with two other 1.3 Mp Dahua bullet cameras, and the night images with this 2mp camera are extremely dark, compared to the very effective 1.3mp IR night images. I can slow the shutter speed down manually below 1/30 and get comparable night images, but then whiteout during the day of course as the sensor is overexposed. The lack of auto exposure below 1/30 is a huge drawback. The cameras are mounted similar distances from the subject, so IR strength really shouldn’t be an issue. Any suggestions on getting good night images with this camera? Contrast adjustments cause the same problems come sunrise. Thanks.

Lai
3 years 9 months ago

hi all

May i know what is the image url for this camera
for example : (“http:///image.jpg”)

please advice

neolschmoe
neolschmoe
3 years 9 months ago

Do you have a link for the latest firmware for this HFW3200c?

Also any idea if there’s a newer version of the NVR3204 firmware? I have a build from 9/19/2012, but it won’t remember the color settings (gain, etc) for day/night. They erase as soon as I leave that screen.

Ben
Ben
3 years 9 months ago

Additionally, what gains or exposure settings (1/60, 1/30, etc.) would give me the best results for plate grabbing? Thanks for any advice!

Ben
Ben
3 years 9 months ago

Having a little trouble with this one- I’m using it as a license plate catcher, mounted to a tree about 30 feet from the drive where the cars enter/leave the property. Works well in the daytime, but I think a little more clarity on the plates would be nice. (It didn’t switch to nighttime IR last night so I haven’t gotten to see that yet. Color mode only shows a blur on the plates). Would the 3MP version of this be the answer? Or something else entirely? It’s a little tricky though- I have the Dahua NVR that only allows up to 2MP cameras- is there a setting I should try first to get a clearer shot? (esp. at night) Should I try a 3 or 5MP Acti camera, running to their software on its own computer? My system (16 cameras) is entirely Dahua atm, but I’m open to anything at this point if it gets the job done reliably.

Ben
Ben
3 years 9 months ago

Looking to power this cam apart from the rest of my system. Any recommendations on a single PoE injector for it?

Mike
3 years 10 months ago

Is there a way to disable the IR Illuminators and still switch to B&W mode? I want to mount this camera outside facing the street, but don’t want the camera’s IR Illuminators to stand out at night.

Thanks,
Mike

Ben
Ben
3 years 10 months ago

I’ve had a little bit of trouble getting the ball to tighten on this guy. The bullets tighten just fine, but I think the extra weight seems to make the 3200 droop. Any suggestions for getting it to stay put? I’ve got one installed today that I’m watching (used a pair of pliers connected to the hex tool to tighten), but should I be looking for some kind of brace instead?

David
David
3 years 10 months ago

Hello,
What are your thoughts of the shorter version of this camera which is also 2 mp
IPC-HFW3200S?
              

Mike
Mike
3 years 10 months ago

What NVR software should I use with a Mac? The blue iris only works with windows

Jacob
Jacob
3 years 10 months ago

For the Mac, give SecuritySpy a try.

mike
mike
3 years 11 months ago

I recently was able to get the this camera to work but then tried to change the password and somehow locked my self out and can no longer find it by going through the IP address. The APP on my IPAD (IDMSS) is no longer working either. Is there a way to reset it? I emailed Dahua but no response since friday morning.

Pascal
Pascal
3 years 11 months ago
Do you absolutely need the high resolution? CPU usage will depend greatly on the algorithm used for motion detection. Some algorithms are more effective than others, I don’t remember BlueIris allowing much flexibility in that regard. Another thing is whether the video is being re-encoded, saved as-is, and which compression format is used. Obviously, transcoding 4 HD streams to blu-ray format is going to make your computer choke. It’s also worth mentioning that most software is not really optimized for multi-core CPUs. Also, you didn’t specify the kind of CPU the server was using. I have a SuperMicro server here, but I wouldn’t use it for CCTV. It has 2 physical CPUs, and 4 cores, but they are older, slower Xeons. If I were going to transcode and record several HD streams at once, I would use a codec that takes advantage of GPU acceleration, like https://developer.nvidia.com/nvidia-codec-libraries for nvidia GPUs – this would make sense for you if, like me, you had some older nvidia GPU-based video cards. As to integrated graphics… if your video performance is 1, I can tell you that not having a video card is hurting the system’s performance. This is in addition to the integrated… Read more »
Pascal
Pascal
3 years 11 months ago

Are you recording and sensing motion at max. resolution?
I suspect your problem is not CPU-related. Have you checked that all of your drivers are installed? What kind of hard drive are you recording to?
What are your Windows Experience Index subscores? (Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Performance Information and Tools)
What kind of settings are you using for video encoding within NVR+?

Also, while on the topic of NVR software, I found one called iSpy, it is open-source though thye provide paid offsite storage services and whatnot. It has a lot of features and I recommend checking it out.

SLogic
SLogic
3 years 11 months ago

15fps, yes to max resolution. I believe I set a constant bitrate of 4096. I have 6TB spread across 3 drives. Total Windows experience is 1.0, as it’s a headless SuperMicro server with integrated video so the video score and overall score is 1.0. Other scores are in the mid to upper 7s, 16G of ECC. As I didn’t want to run RAID, all my drives are Seagate, their DVR drives that had low power and highest MTBF I found at the time. They are supposed to be able to handle 10 simultaneous streams of HDTV.

As I mentioned, Blue Iris has smooth video, just the high CPU. NVR+ has extremely low CPU and is fine when viewing live but recordings keep skipping 5-6 seconds at a time.

SLogic
SLogic
3 years 11 months ago

Hello,
What settings did you use in NVR+ for the Dahua cameras? I’ve been using BlueIris and like it, but my 6-core server with 4 cameras runs at about 45% across all cores just from BlueIris. I downloaded the trial for NVR+, and one core consumes 19% while the other 5 are at 3%, a great improvement – but the video is incredibly choppy. There will be 5 to 7 second jumps in the middle of every recording where you will miss events. I want to add a few more cameras, but if I can’t get NVR+ to work I’ll be forced to upgrade the server CPU to an 8 core. A NVR+ license would be cheaper, but they aren’t responding to emails I’ve sent, not a good sign.

Ben
Ben
3 years 11 months ago

Hi!

I’ve adjusted the zoom wands on the lens, but the camera image will not zoom. In fact, the picture doesn’t move at all. Any thoughts?

neolschmoe
neolschmoe
3 years 11 months ago

Any idea how to stop the cameras from going offline for 30-40 seconds at 2am? All cameras go offline like clockwork at 2am, and the NVR displays “Offline” and the IP address on each screen quandrant while it’s down.

Pascal
Pascal
3 years 11 months ago

There is a setting to auto-reboot the cameras daily.
I have noticed that they tend to slow down after a few days (framerate drops) but this could also be due to my switch. I would just pick a time that is more convenient to have them reboot, if I were you.

mike
mike
3 years 11 months ago

Hello everyone, I am new to this whole IP camera set up and have now idea if the power cord i bought for this camera even is providing power. I have no idea what i am doing and can not seem to find it streaming. PLEASE HELP!!! If i had power it would show as working on the router correct? (FLASHING GREEN LIGHT) Since no power cord was provided I think this may be the issue.

china airlines
3 years 11 months ago

I have to thank you for the efforts you have put in writing this website.
I’m hoping to view the same high-grade content by you in the future as well. In fact, your creative writing abilities has encouraged me to get my own site now 😉

maarten kas
maarten kas
3 years 11 months ago

Dear all. i am trying to get the substream(http, mjpg) of my camera dahua of course to my ipad/iphone. Now i have to fill in the substream path in my dvrunit but guess what? Nowhere to be found this path? Can somebody help me out here otherwise i have to re invest in a windows dvr setup and cost are adding!

regards!

PAscal
PAscal
4 years 5 days ago

IIRC mine wasn’t, I found that out when I opened it up to set the focus.

NetworkCameraCritic, there haven’t been any reviews in a while, are there any cameras that you plan on reviewing soon?
Have you heard/found of any other cameras that might compete with the Dahua offerings in terms of price/performance, perhaps with different features, like PTZ, etc.?

neolschmoe
neolschmoe
4 years 5 days ago

Does this camera come already zoomed all the way out? It seems like the field of vision is kind of narrow and I’d like it wider, but I don’t want to unscrew the cover and mess with the rods if it’s already back as far as it can go. The manual doesn’t really say what position the zoom ships in.

vadim
vadim
4 years 10 days ago

Hi,

Thank you for your reviews and recommendations about different security cameras. I found it very useful for me.
I started looking for security cameras for my house a week ago. Unfortunately, I don’t have any experience working with or installing them and it is very difficult to choose the right ones. I am thinking to acquire IPC-HFW3200C and install it using POE. I noticed that there are 7 different cables coming out from the camera. If I use POE, do I still need to connect other cables to make sure that I will get my video and audio, or POE will do all work for me? (I hope you would not mind a newbie question.)
You mentioned empiresecuritycameras@gmail.com to ask for cameras. Do you know anything about this site http://empiresecuritycameras.com/? Is it safe to buy a camera from this place?

Thanks

Francois
Francois
4 years 15 days ago

Sorry the last questoin was actually for the 1.3mp bullet Dahua IP cam

Francois
Francois
4 years 15 days ago

Hi there,

Does this camera also come with PSS software or does it differ from the 3mp?
If so how many cams does this view per screen? Any limitations whatsoever?

Thanks again for all your prompt and informative replies

Lew
4 years 22 days ago

All the cameras and products I have looked at had both NTCS and PAL versions.

You can check Alibaba for sellers that would gladly ship to France or anywhere else for that matter.

You can request quotes for the various items.

porto
porto
4 years 22 days ago

Hello all,

I am looking for a serious seller on the web to buy:

1 – DAHUA NVR3204 P
1 – DAHUA IPC-HFW 3200c 2 mp1080p
1 – DAHUA IPC-HFW 2100 1.3 mp

Is that all DAHUA cameras are compatible PAL video if I buy in China or USA.
I live in France and here I do not find these wonderful cameras
Help me please

porto

Lew
4 years 28 days ago

Thanks for your diligence. I just knew he hadn’t spent $2K for rights to run some software.

My weather PC is an old Pentium 4 with 1GB of RAM running XP SP3. The weather station hardly makes a dent so most of the CPU is available. As you said, I am not doing anything fancy, but it would be nice to display a larger image, maybe just the JPG ones. The video wouldn’t need to be more than VGA mode.

I should look into what the WD software can run in native mode and perhaps some output of the Dahua cameras would be accepted without BI or some other intermediary software.

Thanks again,
Lew

lew
4 years 29 days ago

Hello, I wrong a long message here last night but it doesn’t appear here? I came back hoping to find an answer and my message isn’t even here? How do I post a message here?

Lew
4 years 29 days ago
Hello, I run a weather website and quite a few of us have webcam images on the website for the web site visitors to view. Although not in this league, a popular camera is the Panasonic BL-C14 but I am seeking a camera that I can use with a 12mm lens to get a narrow 22 or so degree horizontal FOV. I know to control the camera you apparently need ActiveX or running some software on a PC, but can this camera (IPC-HFW3200S) be set up to stream or at a minimum make available JPG images updated regularly? The weather software has in it the capability to work with a lot of cameras but no one that I know of is using any model of the Dahua under any of it’s names. The weather software runs on a PC with XP and it would be used to “pull” the JPG images and it would be nice to be able to stream the live video to a web page on the weather web site. I was looking at the 1.3mp version and would have the same questions for it, but if it doesn’t cost a lot more, can I get the… Read more »
david
david
4 years 1 month ago

Hello,
I was in touch with Cherry regarding purchasing the 3mp bullet and was about to purchase- she seemed to have vanished.

david
david
4 years 1 month ago

Hello,
Do you recommend a vendor with regards to purchasing this camera?

Randall
Randall
4 years 1 month ago

I saw where Ali Express has the HDBW3300 3 Megapixel for $339 shipped.

http://www.aliexpress.com/item/3-0-Megapixel-CMOS-Full-HD-Water-proof-Network-Mini-Dome-Camera-IPC-HDBW3300-3-Megapixel/604427205.html

May not be a bad deal as the cheapest I have seen them is $369 for a 2 Megapixel and that’s on ebay. Most of the retailers want $499 and up.

Anyone have recommended settings for nighttime viewing? I was thinking about setting up Aux IR lighting via a relay that only gets turned on when the camera has a motion event.

Pascal
Pascal
4 years 1 month ago

You would have to acquire a 2nd camera with the cables and use a multimeter or continuity tester to establish what the pinout is, or you can find the datasheet for the chips used in the camera’s design and follow the leads if you have that much time to kill.

camtech
camtech
4 years 1 month ago

I have cameras with torn cables. I can fix it by myself if I knew which pinout is responsible for what.
Or is it possible to buy the entire wiring harness?

Pascal
Pascal
4 years 1 month ago

Where are you physically located Camtech? It’s a long shot, but if you’re not too far, I have one of these cameras and all of the tools required to figure out what the pinout is.

camtech
camtech
4 years 1 month ago

Poland

camtech
camtech
4 years 1 month ago

Does anyone have a scheme of this camera? I’m interested in the order of pins. I would like to know which pinout is responsible for what. I’m looking for pinout corresponding to the DC12V and Video Out. Somebody Can help me?

Photo with pins:

George
George
4 years 2 months ago

You wrote: The PTZ camera is an IP camera, treat it like the other IP cameras. There should not be anything you do with RS485, the PTZ functions are controlled from software or NVR.

I hope to control the PTZ from the hybrid DVR but the PTZ uses 48V AC 3A and I’m not sure how to power it or what connector to use for control. It shouldn’t be too hard to figure out but but a mistake could be costly. The managed switch will power 48V DC, 12.95W, 1A to the PD (camera). I wonder if the TP-Link L-PoE10R PoE Splitter would burn out the camera which only takes 12V DC, 12.95W, 350mA.

George Shaheen
George Shaheen
4 years 2 months ago
networkcameracritic, Thinking back on it I started out looking for a combo system “extreme series” package of eight cameras/DVR at cctvsecuritypros. I wanted the best specs I could get on the cameras and so ended up buying four IR bullet cameras at cctvstar. So I was off and running and at some point decided to look at IP cameras. I contacted Andy about a hybrid DVR, cameras, and a PTZ. He suggested the cameras and the DVR above. I contacted him last night and he said the hybrid DVR would run the IP cameras at 1080P. The hybrid DVR is essentially the same as this one at DVRSystems: http://www.dvrsystems.net/Hybrid_Standalone_DVRs-EH_Series_Network_Video_Recorder_16_Analog_16_IP.html. This morning at cctvforum.com one of the members said, “Hi. No it has nothing to do with how you power cables or camera. That mod dahua is very limited…sounds good on paper I,E run 19 analog OR 16 ip BUT ONLY AT A LOW RES. The op wants 2 x 2mp 1x 1.3. But that puts recorder at its absolute max. Better with 4x 1.3mp. But the area the op wants to cover / protect 1.3 is low. NVRs that control camera are never good. NVRs that take commands from camera… Read more »
George Shaheen
George Shaheen
4 years 2 months ago
networkcameracritic, I posted the following on cctvforum.com: I’ve never set up cameras in my life. I need to set up cameras in my backyard to catch the thief who is stealing Leyland Cyprus trees I planted and trespassing. I bought four analog bullet cameras, SB-620SID240, three IP bullet cameras, IPC-VEC8253NF-EI, one 1.3MP PTZ camera, SD6980-HIN, and one hybrid DVR, DVR-9116HFI-H16 (equivalent to the EH-16RTHD-1T/2T hybrid standalone DVR). All the IP equipment is Dahua which I have not received yet. I have no idea how to power them; if it will be self-evident or Murphy’s Law (always harder than you think). I want to use CAT5. The farthest run will be 300 feet and it is a one acre forest in complete darkness. What else should I look at buying such as: 1. Cable and connectors 2. RS485 for the PTZ camera 3. Some way to power the cameras 4. Vendors don’t show the back of the DVR – any good sources for what is back there? 5. Brackets for trees Do I need a switch and if so how many PoE ports for 4/8 cameras? Should I use any kind of PVC to protect cable? Will there be cross-talk if… Read more »
StuartM
StuartM
4 years 3 months ago
I now have 2 HFW3200C (2M Bullets) up and running successfully for over a month using the PSS software for recording to a NAS triggered by Motion Detection in the cameras. Just in case anyone is interested in the setup as it did take some trial and error… The basic principal is that Motion Detection is triggered in the camera settings (this was the confusing bit). You need to tell PSS to take notice of the motion event being triggered at the camera. You can then decide whether to just pop a window on detection and/or record the event. You can also set a record plan if you just want recording based on time. i) Set Camera to enable Motion Detection. Use the Web Interface into the camera and under EVENT/VIDEO DETECT Set the Working Period that you want the detection to operate. I’ve set Anti-Dither=5 + Sensitivity=2. I monitor the Full area, but you can apply masking. MAKE SURE YOU TICK ENABLE AND SAVE. (I don’t use record delay, relay, email or snapshot) – This setting is quite sensitive. I think 1=high 5=low. ii) In PSS – Setup the devices so that they can be viewed. This is under… Read more »
william_netvisiondvr
4 years 3 months ago

About eating up CPU problem, it can be solved by only decode & display the substream but record the main stream from the IP cameras in multi-view mode, decode & display mainstream when switch to sigle view to get clearer image with higher resolution. This will surely lower down the CPU & RAM usage, and support to work with more HD IP cameras in the system. Based on our experience — Netvision software can do the work to save HD IP cameras CPU occupation a lot to support more HD IP cameras in one system with “Preview auto switch main / sub stream” function.

We have tested with 8*1080P + 5*3M + 2*720P DH series IP cameras on a computer with i5 CPU / 2GB RAM / NVIDIA Graphic Card with 1G memory, we setup the substream as CIF / QCIF resolution, software will record main stream for 8*1080P + 5*3M + 2*720P videos but just decode & display the CIF / QCIF substream, the CPU usage is around 20%-40%. Acturally, if display the main stream, 8*1080P cameras would cause the CPU usage to be over 100%.

Vadimm
Vadimm
4 years 3 months ago

Very good review.

Please answer on a question: in camera specfication working environment is -10°C~+60°C, but not specified – the heater and blower is installed? Camera can operate at a lower temperature?

Thanks for your review.

Mike
Mike
4 years 3 months ago

Great site – very informative. I have just purchased this camera and have been able to get over a few hurdles with the help of this site. Some info for anyone trying to get this camera recognised with the Synology software, try port 9988 – it worked for me.

I am now looking at connecting audio and wondered has anyone connected a microphone and speaker to this unit running off poe? Am I right in assuming I need to purchase some audio gear such as this http://www.etsnm.com/pdfs/sma1-lpea-c5.pdf ? Is there a simpler solution?

Cheers
Mike

Mallie Windsor
4 years 4 months ago

I was just seeking this information for a while. After 6 hours of continuous Googleing, finally I got it in your website. I wonder what’s the lack of Google strategy that do not rank this type of informative web sites in top of the list. Generally the top sites are full of garbage.

Kawboy12R
Kawboy12R
4 years 4 months ago

Anybody ever get the included PSS software to record? Seems like a major fault if someone just wanted to use a PC, especially if the inexpensive BlueIris software also works poorly (very choppy).

Finalwish
Finalwish
4 years 4 months ago

What’s the latest firmware version for the camera? I just want to make sure I’m running the latest and greatest. Finally able to install the camera outside and running IR, and I am seeing alot of noise at night time with the Auto default settings and wondering if I do have the latest firmware.

Nick
Nick
4 years 4 months ago

i have tested 1 of these dahua camera the 2 megapixel dome, and it is just amazing the difference in quality i get from megapixel. i have camera that are analog 650tvl for $170 and i feel i got ripped off last year this dahua camera i bout from icrealtime for 179 and its 10 times better. Dahua cameras are very good for there price axis, geovision, acti all charge 300 pluse for the same quality came. has for support i bought mine from icrealtime a retailer in Florida they helped me with port forwarding so i could view from home they just logged into my computer and did the work. well i am going to buy more of these cameras and the 2 megapixel bullet camera also. my question is how much is the 16 channel nvr from dahua and what kind of performance can i expect from it i want at least 15fps at the highest resulotion and i need to record 24/7 i own a hotel and the lobby is open 24/7 so how many terry bytes would i need can a top of the line dahua nvr handle my settings?

Lance
Lance
4 years 5 months ago
Everything is working great now. After testing I-Catcher, Blue Iris, PSS, NVR+, Webservice and Xprotect The best software I found was free software that came with the NAS I purchased. I purposely picked it because it came with Surveillance Software and wanted to see if it would work with the HFW3200C. Which it does. Not sure if you can try it without with getting the NAS but this way, everything is run on the NAS without running off a computer including the software which is on the NAS so no sleep/always on computer issues. I also use the computer to stream the webservices to the NAS as a secondary feed and have had no issues as far as sleep or always on. The NAS only uses 17w of power. The software supports motion detection with configurable areas, stores the files and has a configurable destroy file by date or directory size, has its own player etc. Picture is awesome supports H.264. Check it out Synology The Software http://www.synology.com/us/products/features/live_view.php The NAS (may need a higher model with more cameras not sure) http://www.synology.com/products/product.php?product_name=DS212j&lang=us Settings for Dahua IPC-HFW3200C Name: Whateveryou want IP address: the IP of the camera Port: 80 (whatever HTTP port… Read more »
Finalwish
Finalwish
4 years 5 months ago

From the spec, it doesn’t handle 1080p. Are you able to capture 1080p?
Also how much is it to add more camera license?

50 FPS @ D1 (NTSC:720×480, PAL:720×576), 10 FPS @ WXGA (1280×800).

Lance
Lance
4 years 5 months ago

That spec must be old I am running Synology Surveillance
version 6 1920×1080@ 30FPS. Not sure on the license, looks like you just keep adding cameras but not 100% sure

pete
pete
4 years 2 months ago

Which fps do u get with 6 1080P cameras?
Also which model version of NAS are u using that can do this?!
sounds great!

Pete
Pete
4 years 2 months ago

Which version of the synology NAS are you using that you can handle 6 x 1080P sounds great.

a little too great.. whats the framerate? is it smooth?

Michal
Michal
4 years 4 months ago

You can only connect one IP camera.

Camera License Pack – Synology cost $50 for each additional camera. You can buy Four Camera License Pack – Synology for $175 on eBay.

This is great software with many additional modules, but it is not for free 🙂

CCTVNEWB
CCTVNEWB
4 years 5 months ago

Its the dome. When I take off the dome to clean it, the “blurring” near the edges goes away. I am going to run with the bullet cameras from empire. They are cheapest I have found for this kind of system.

Finalwish
Finalwish
4 years 5 months ago

Are you saying that once you clean the dome the blurring goes away?
Or when you have the dome off completely?
Just want to make sure. 🙂

CCTVNEWB
CCTVNEWB
4 years 5 months ago

When I take the dome off, the blurring goes away. When I clean the dome spotless and put it back on it is blurry on the edges. I will mess with it more tomorrow in the daylight. I have not had much time to mess with it this weekend.

Finalwish
Finalwish
4 years 5 months ago

Dahua is really cranking out lots of different cameras lately.
I see on their website the following:
http://www.dahuasecurity.com/products/ipc-hdbw32003202-220.html w/manual or motorized lens

Interesting… can NCC review these fast enough? 🙂

Finalwish
Finalwish
4 years 5 months ago

CCTVNEWB, Did you set the 3MB dome camera to 3MB 15fps vs 30fps? If you set it to 30fps it drops back to 1080p and would be equivalent to the 2MP model.

Pentafive, what version of firmware do you have? My camera came with 2.103.0000.0.R, build : 2012-07-24 and it had WDR/BLC/HLC settings for lighting conditions. I think this may be the latest FW available?

CCTVNEWB
CCTVNEWB
4 years 5 months ago

Yes you get a “bigger” picture with it set to 3mp and it does reduce it to 15fps. You can only go back to 30fps if you switch back to a lower setting. I just did not see enough to make a difference.

CCTVNEWB
CCTVNEWB
4 years 5 months ago

Trying to post screen shots

Finalwish
Finalwish
4 years 5 months ago

The pics seem soft at the top. Is it due to the dome distortion?

CCTVNEWB
CCTVNEWB
4 years 5 months ago

I will post some later tonight. Just figured out how to post these two. There is a rubber lens adapter that extends out to almost touching the dome which prevents the light bleed. I wish the night picture was better but I think that is due to no exterior lights where I have it mounted.

CCTVNEWB
CCTVNEWB
4 years 5 months ago

I can tell no difference from the night shot from this camera vs the 3mp dome I bought. The 3 megapixel image does look a little better than the lower settings but I do not think it is worth the extra space to store it. I am going to purchase the Dahua NVR next and get it up and running. I love their analog camera DVR that I have right now, just not enough picture quality.

Pentafive
Pentafive
4 years 5 months ago

This review helped me pick what to buy! I love this camera so much that I just ordered some more from Kyle. I ordered one of the IPC-HDBW3300 (3MP) but he didn’t have it in stock (special order only).

Also, there is a new firmware out that adds WDR to the camera. NCC, shoot me an email and I will share it. Would be great to update the review with the new features.

Thanks!

Alexis
Alexis
4 years 2 months ago

Pentafive – Please assist me and send me the latest firmware, I have installed version “2.100.0000.6.R, build : 2012-05-04” and the motion detection is at best awful, it records events when nothing is moving very well but when I pretend to be a burgular and move in the zones enabled for motion detection it never records… it is driving me crazy! Thanks.

TGHD
TGHD
4 years 5 months ago

Excellent review. I am very interested in seeing the 3MP and the 1.3MP versions too if you get a chance.

One quick question on this: Were the IR leds noticeable at night? Did they glow?

-TGHD

Glenn
Glenn
4 years 5 months ago

Thanks for the review – on the strength bought one – very good image – works well’ish with BlueIris.

But – has anyone got the sound working on BI?

Glenn

CCTVNEWB
CCTVNEWB
4 years 5 months ago

I purchased the Dahua 3mp dome with IR’s and just set it up. I am using a 12volt power box in the attic to power it but I am having problems. When it gets to night, the camera shuts down. I believe my power supply is not adequate for the camera and I have ordered a POE injector to fix this. When the IR’s kick on with the already running fan, lens and possible heater? its just to much. I will give you an update tomorrow. Pic quality seems to be about the same as this bullet cam as far as I can tell.

Finalwish
Finalwish
4 years 5 months ago

When you get a chance can you post a file running at 3MB 15 fps versus 2MB 30fps. I would like to see the quality differences, if any, between them. Also, with IR turn on, any issue with IR reflecting back from the dome to the camera, especially at different camera pointing angles?

Lance
Lance
4 years 5 months ago

Woot nice Finalwish looking forward to iCatcher adding Dahua to the list. You were correct I set up the Main stream and not the sub stream, I can see the pic now, thanks for that!

Networkcameracritic you have the same set up as me Win7 64bit, I am trying to get the FTP server and the webservices going.FTP is almost working but something is blocking the data in windows firewall. Turn off firewall I get the Camera hitting the FTP server. There must be somthing I need to open in the firewall. Did you set up any addtional rules in the firewall to get the webservices webpage to talk to the FTP server?

Finalwish
Finalwish
4 years 5 months ago

Been in contact with iCatcher support, and they are going to add Dahua cameras to the next updated release of the iCatcher Console software. Pretty good response from the iCatcher team.

Looking forward to your review of the 3MP Dahua and new P33 when they are available.

Stephen
4 years 5 months ago

Great review, thanks, I’m really pleased that I stumbled across your blog.

Am I right in saying that due to the pigtail connector I could connect this up to my analogue dvr and still get the good night time performance and the ip camera functionality? (I realise that only PAL d1 quality would be recorded) I’m looking to upgrade my external cameras and I’m thinking that this one or the Dahua 1.3MP 720p would be a lot better than the cheap cameras that came with my system but would offer upgrade options for the future.

Thanks

Finalwish
Finalwish
4 years 5 months ago

I can’t decide if I want to get ipc-hdbw3300 versus the Axis 3367-VE model. Pretty big price difference for 3MP vs 5MP. Can you help with the Pros and cons of each?

Finalwish
Finalwish
4 years 5 months ago

Did you modify the sub stream to mjpeg, but leave the mainstream as h264 and 1080p?
Only the substream should change to mjpeg.

Lance
Lance
4 years 5 months ago

Thanks Finalwish for the instructions! The image looks horrible.

Finalwish
Finalwish
4 years 5 months ago

Changing the substream via the Dahua Webservice itself by:
1. http://cam ip
2. select video
3. under substream, mpeg encode, select mjpeg

Lance
Lance
4 years 5 months ago

For I-Chatcher Where do you change this?
“Got it to work now. Need to enable substream to be mjpeg format and not h264”

My camera is greyed out. Added the RSTP feeds under manual configurations. Do I need to do anything else?

Pascal
Pascal
4 years 5 months ago
I have a 5MP IQEye with a mechanical IR cut filter (it’s supposed to be automatic, but I was only able to operate it using a q-tip…..) that I have in a waterproof enclosure outfitted with one illuminator on each side. It is pointed at the street. During the day, it records away… if I go back, I have a clean shot of every car, every license plate, and every face that drives by, because there is enough light even at the focal length I have it set up as (it has to zoom in a bit) This is where i-catcher is nice… you can set up counters, that implement direction tracking. I use it to count how many cars come in and out of my property. i-Catcher shows the gate line, and a number on either side of it representing how many people went through in that direction. It also counts how many people drive up and down my street and records how fast they are going. I still have to find another piece of software that does all this. And 5MP means you can cover So while it is definitely a matter of focal length and resolution, it… Read more »
Finalwish
Finalwish
4 years 5 months ago

Well I wish I can Avigilon, but out of my price point.
I was thinking about the 3MP one from Dahua, but not convince on it yet, and haven’t seen too many sample vids other than from one site.

Finalwish
Finalwish
4 years 5 months ago

I’ve been testing the camera out with ICatcher and Milestone.
So far I like them both, they seem to be pretty decent in doing motion detection masking via those software. I had not completely installed the camera outside yet due to wiring issue, but just temporarily pointing it out a window. It caught a car thief on vid last nite scoping the neighbors car but unfortunately it was inside so IR didn’t work so vid isn’t very clear.
This would work for side yard, but for the front I think I will need a much higher MP PTZ to capture the license plate of cars in the street.
I tried digital zooming but not able to pick up license plate in the street during the daytime.

What is the best for the buck PTZ for picking up license plate at night?

Lance
Lance
4 years 5 months ago

Camera is great love the picture both day and night. The sofware integration so far has been not as impressive. Couple of questions, PC is Win7 64.

FTP for the Webservice software has anyone been able to get it going? I added Filezilla FTP Sever point to F:/FTP as the directory. Filled out the FTP info on the webservices page. Port 21. User ID and Password, Not working.

PSS software managed to get it going works well but no zones I can mask out for alerts. The road that connects to the driveway, I would like to mask it out to stop the alarms. Anyone have luck with this?

Blue Iris is very jerky as mentioned by others. Hope it gets fixed.

The software that comes with the camera is fine for my needs as I only have one camera for now and will build it out to 2 or 3 max. Would be nice if the software would work properly, its possibly I am doing something wrong but the manual is not very helpful.

Finalwish
Finalwish
4 years 5 months ago

Tried what you suggested, Pascal and not getting connected for some reason.
Use the following in VLC and conects fine.

rtsp://admin:admin@x.x.x.x:554/cam/realmonitor?channel=1&subtype=0
rtsp://admin:admin@x.x.x.x:554/cam/realmonitor?channel=1&subtype=1

In the log of the camera, I see user login but it logs out after a few seconds.

Finalwish
Finalwish
4 years 5 months ago

Ok, after playing with iCatcher for a little bit, it doesn’t seem to be too bad.
Need to play with it some more and see how useful it is versus the cost comparison.

Nowlan
Nowlan
4 years 5 months ago

Hello,

I was wondering what the going price for these are now?
Ebay has them for $350ish.
Alibaba says $200?
Retail in .au is closer to $500.

Also how much do these things pivot? The stock photos look inline.
The Ads show a ball joint, but no measurements.

Btw, Nice site.
Interested if there are night only cameras, since you say daylight struggle at night.
eg, Mobotix using separate lens for night shots. Most crime near me is at night.

Pascal
Pascal
4 years 5 months ago
It’s licensed per camera, and since once I am done replacing the older analog cams, I will end up with 16 cameras, it can only be expensive, since an 8 camera license is GBP1250, so USD2000. VitaminD seemed too simple for me last time I tried it, but they were just launching at the time. I’ll have to give it a shot. i-catcher supports multistream right out of the box, allowing you to select (depending on the camera model) one stream for recording, one stream for viewing (useful when the native stream is bigger than your monitor, i.e. 5MP+) and one stream for analytics. The analytics streams can be used to do a mosaic display. I found that you can go and edit low-level options. That’s when I noticed how thorough i-catcher was – there was a feature that was briefly mentioned in the IQEye API that i-catcher developers had implemented. That says a lot, considering most companies grab the stream URLs and call it a day. I-catcher also implements PTZ tracking, but only if the camera is controlled by servos and PTZ is accurate (i.e. it doesnt work with foscams) but I have yet to try it. Again unfortunately… Read more »
Pascal
Pascal
4 years 5 months ago

I want to make a correction, USD2000 is for i-catcher with 8 cameras as a bundle.

The prices are much more reasonable. They are as follows:

i-Catcher Console Version 5 for 2 Cameras $237.95
i-Catcher Console Version 5 for 4 Cameras $339.95
i-Catcher Console Version 5 for 8 Cameras $559.95
i-Catcher Console Version 5 for 16 Cameras $899.95

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