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Not bad for the price but be prepared to take it apart.
on November 5, 2012
This will be a somewhat limited review until I have the unit mounted outside. As with almost all of these style of cameras it seems that the people in China who assemble these can not get the focus right to save their lives. The picture was blurry out of the box, enough to make it unusable IMO. Being a tech head I had no qualms about taking the unit apart to get at the camera. Like the D2 it has set screws that hold the camera lens in place but there was considerable disassembly required to get at them due to the position of the screws. I removed the retaining ring, the dome, and the black shield under that. I then has to dismount the camera and it's associated PCB, including pulling the leads/plugs for the IR LED power, in order to get at the two set screws. After much fiddling I got the focus to where I wanted it and put the unit back together. It works much like the other IP PTZ cams out there, I have three of the indoor ball style which, seem to be generic these days, and the interface, while slightly updated from the older cameras, is obviously from the same source. The camera is much the same as any other of these low end IP cameras. Another annoyance is the power supply. For what ever reason the plugs are aligned horizontally instead of vertically, which makes it impossible to put in any standard, covered, outdoor sockets so I'll likely mount it, and the other cables, inside a locked junction box in any case as I don't the power to be easily disconnected.
Pros: It is a lot more sturdy than I expected. The housing a cast metal and quite solid.
Cons: Getting the focus right required considerable disassembly of the unit, power supply is poorly designed.
Meh: You get what you pay for. The resolution if not great but it does the job I needed it for and I'll likely get another - The price is hard to beat.