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HIKVISION DS-2CD2032-1 IP True Day Night 3 MP IR Bullet CCTV Camera
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Image Sensor:1/3" Progressive Scan CMOS
Min. Illumination:0.07Lux @ (F1.2, AGC ON) ,0 Lux with IR
Shutter time:1/25(1/30) s to 1/100,000 s
Lens:4mm@ F2.0 (6mm, 12mm optional)
2048 x 1536:
Angle of view: 70(4mm), 43.3(6mm), 20.6(12mm)
1920 x 1080:
Angle of view: 79(4mm), 49(6mm), 23.2(12mm)
Day& Night:IR cut filter with auto switch
Wide Dynamic Range:Digital WDR
Digital noise reduction:3D DNR
Bit Rate:32 Kbps ~ 16 Mbps
Max. Image Resolution:2048x1536
Frame Rate:50Hz: 20fps (2048 x 1536), 25fps (1920 x 1080), 25fps (1280 x 720)
60Hz: 20fps (2048 x 1536), 30fps (1920 x 1080), 30fps (1280 x 720)
Image Settings:Rotate mode, Saturation, Brightness, Contrast adjustable by client software or web browser
BLC:Yes, zone configurable
ROI:Yes, up to 4 configurable areas
Alarm Trigger:Motion detection, Dynamic analysis, Tampering alarm
Security:User authentication, watermark
System Compatibility:ONVIF, PSIA, CGI, ISAPI
Communication Interface:1 RJ45 10M / 100M ethernet interface
Operating Conditions:-30 C ~ 60 C (-22 F ~ 140 F)
Humidity 95% or less (non-condensing)
Power Supply:12 VDC 10%, PoE (802.3af)
Power Consumption:Max. 5 W (Max. 7 W with IR cut filter on)
IR Range:-I: Approx 20 to 30 meters(65.6-98.4ft)
Dimensions:60.4x76.9x139.28 mm (2.4" x 3.0" x 5.5")
Weight:500g (1.1 lbs)
1 x 2CD2032-1
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I’m not entirely convinced by:
(1) the mounting system; it could really do with some kind of rubber mount to ensure the flat base of the camera can be mounted firmly against an uneven surface, such as house brick or stonework,
(2) the 12 V power connector. It is unclear how this should be weather-proofed. I used self-amalgamating tape over the 12 V connector but this is not neat.
As supplied from Amazon, I received camera software version 5.3.0 in English. From China, I received the strange combination of 5.2.5 in the camera and 5.3.0 on the box label. My monitoring application uses MJPEG demanding at least 5.3.0, so I had to upgrade to Chinese 5.3.0 requiring the use of Google Translate to configure this camera.
The Hikvision monitoring software is somewhat eccentric but was reliable on test. Eventually I made use of motionPie, which has proved equally reliable.
Spiders love this warm camera and I am having to brush webs away every few days - not a camera to be mounted out of the way.
An excellent camera, competitively priced needing some effort to get it all running properly.
You cannot activate them yourself using the regular HikVision SADP tool, and you cannot get support from the manufacturer as they are sold 'out of region'.
I returned 3 of these cameras as they useless in the UK but Amazon charged £20 per camera restocking fee. So I guess the seller made £60 for shipping me a defective product.
It's important to understand firstly that I've been running home CCTV cameras for over five years now so can't really comment on how suitable this camera is for beginners. In practice, I unpacked it, installed it, changed the IP settings and port forwarded to it all without reading the manual, so I would say if you've set up any camera before you should be fine. In any case, good manuals are available online and there are loads of comprehensive clips on YouTube.
The Hikvision seemed the cheapest way to toe-dip into 1080p CCTV and I was really impressed with the sample footage seen from this online.
So to the camera itself. When I unpacked it I was really pleased with the small-ish size. I was a bit worried it would be too big as it's replacing pan and tilt CCTVs on my upper floor windowsills and didn't want them to stand out, but it's fine. From outside it actually has the same or less diameter front-on than the head of the Foscams. Note you will need to do something creative to use it the "wrong" way up, it is designed to be attached to a wall or ceiling, I screwed the mounting plate down onto a bit of wood and then raised this up with some books so it "looks" over the window frame and doesn't fall over. It's a ball and socket type joint so the plate can go anywhere, ceiling or below the camera, but obviously in screwing it down into something (rather than up into a ceiling) you will need to make sure what you screw it on is stable. Not sure how many people will use it in this orientation and perhaps the "Cube" version of this camera which is free-standing would have been the better choice for a window sill, but I wanted an outdoor version in case I did mount it outside later on.
If you're worried about powering this, don't be - actually you will find if you have Foscams or any similar 12v camera that your existing PSU will fit - this does come with both an ethernet connector and a 12v input. However, I wanted to "inject" the power at the router end of things (note, this is NOT wireless and needs a physical connection to your router - either directly via cable or indirectly via powerline adapters) using a TP-LINK TL-POE200 POE kit which is cheaper than kits sold by CCTV dealers.
Once powered up and connecting via Firefox browser to the default IP (printed on the box) I was actually surprised how wide the view was. In fact I double checked numerous times I had not been sent a 2.8mm instead of 4mm but all the labels said 4mm. Looking into this more, I don't even think Hikvision do a 2.8mm version of this, rather that's the Trendnet clone that goes down to 2.8mm. Anyway, it seemed wider than the 3.6mm Foscam view, but more of this later. (Quickly to explain, for newbies, the smaller the mm number, the wider angle the view. So usually 4mm is standard, 6mm zoomed in a bit, 10mm zoomed in more, 2.8mm wider and 2mm or less getting on for fish eye).
Once set up on the windowsill and accessing the video stream I was blown away. Also attached is a photo showing a crop into footage of a bus in daylight. Note the top shot is the Foscam 0.3mp camera and the lower is the Hikvision 3mp but downsized into 1080p mode, but the difference is obvious. Not only the detail but the colours are "true" in the Hikvision, the Foscam has some different way of dealing with daylight/IR and so some colours are false (in real terms makes it hard to be sure clothing or cars are the actual colours shown on video, on the Foscam).
The frame rate was also amazing, looks very smooth even at 1080p. I did try up at the 3mp full mode, but really here I am over stretching my network and the detail is wasted in my 1080p screen on the PC and smaller screen on the MacBook, so I settled for 1080p as the best resolution to use.
Setting this up to record on WebcamXP Pro was easy enough (I updated it first so the Hikvision was listed) though I intend to switch over to a Hikvision NVR and ditch the PC, once I get my other cameras.
Back over on Firefox and I ran into a few issues. First on the PC it didn't like the Quicktime version and would not auto update, so I found I had to go direct to the Apple site and download the latest version of Quicktime, this fixed it. Over on the Mac it worked fine, but I noticed I couldn't save any option changes and there were no options to take a screen grab. After some Googling I found you need to install Hikvision's "Web components" package for Mac OS which you can download from their site. Once this plugin is installed, you get all the options appear in Firefox.
And my, what a treat compared to my older cams! Now there's options to record locally which is amazing (record via the browser to your laptop or whatever you are viewing on!), plus an extensive array of tweaks. Brightness, contrast, noise reduction, dynamic range, saturation and sharpness to name a few. So much to tweak to get the image just right for you.
However in normal daylight the default settings were more or less OK for me.
Now back to the wideness of the lens. At 4mm I was expecting a tighter view than the 3.6mm Foscam but it's far wider! Look at the attached image though I think it might be ruined if it's resized after uploading, but I will try. This is a strip of an image, showing the Foscam's view on top at 3.6mm and the Hikvision at 4mm on the bottom, yes, the 4mm is wider. So, you cannot directly compare the mm rating of the lenses between these two brands. Importantly here, the left of the Hikvision image is the window frame and the right is a rooftop, so no panning is needed to cover the whole view, on the Foscam I need the pan/tilt to move around. So I won't have any problems with the Hikvision being non-PT. I should point out that things appear in slightly different places in this image because of parallax - the cameras are 3m apart, but I lined up the features on the left and right.
The next challenge was the setting sun. This wipes out the Foscam but the Hikvision coped better, still being able to show much of the image. I have attached another comparison. Note the Foscam had a black area where the sun is and CCD smear as a vertical line. The Hikvision does not (this is a very small crop from a larger image).
Now, on to night view. A reminder I am on a windowsill indoors looking out to a street lit scene so am NOT using the IR (which would reflect off the glass and blind the camera). I will test the IR on my next camera which is mounted externally and will update another time. Anyway at first look the Foscam looks nicer to the eye as blacks are blacker, the Hikvision looked washed out. However the Foscam gets the blacks by using a slow shutter, the Hikvision maintains a 30fps rate! This means you can actually see things sharply at night. On the Foscam, people moving even at walking speeds are blurs and car lights leave trails. Anything moving at night, even street lit like here, is a mess on the Foscam but the Hikvision actually does a good job keeping things sharp and fluid. I was so impressed with this, what a step forward and I actually think better night vision than my new 720p Panasonic which cost nearly three times as much. Also I switched noise reduction OFF, you can make night views smoother but I prefer sharpness and grain, just a personal preference.
Having spent a day with this CCTV there is no way I will buy Foscam again, I can't see the point, for the slightly increased outlay this camera is so much better but I must stress this upgrade also sees me go from 0.3 to 3.0 megapixels and I have not yet tried any of the newer, 1080p Foscams. And unsure I would venture into the price range of Panasonics again - don't get me wrong I like my C230 and VT164 but unsure if they are worth that extra money now I have seen this. The C230 is wireless but no IR, the VT164 is not even wireless. Great image quality though.
What I'm doing next probably is the best indication of what I think of this Hikvision CCTV - I am buying another one of these to replace the Foscam on the other side of the house, and the mini-dome version to replace my porch cam. That means 3 x Foscam will be replaced by 3 x Hikvision and then I will move over to a Hikvision dedicated NVR which has a lot of advantages over my PC and WebcamXP Pro set up.
Please do ask any questions particularly if you are a Foscam user and looking to upgrade.
However, there is NO included power supply (it's a 12v one that's required), and the iPhone app is rubbish - doesn't pair with the camera!
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