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Excellent Basic Security Camera,
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I am running several of these GE 45231 Security cameras on my Ubuntu/Zoneminder system configured 320x240, black and white. These do color reasonably well, but color is a waste of system resources. They are providing excellent results (reasonably sharp image) during daylight hours. However, "unaided" night vision is severely limited and grainy. With the "aid" of extra outside lighting, however; they are plenty adequate. Facial features are easily recognizable up to 30 feet during the day, although "license plate" recognition will not be possible with these cameras. These cameras are fairly small and are easy to install. They come with a power cube. Video and power is contained in one cable. I had to cut the cable from the camera during installations to past the cable "through-the-wall, otherwise a fairly large hole would be required to pass the video and power connectors. Cutting the cable enabled only a 3/16th hole versus a 1/2in or larger, otherwise. I use these as outside cameras and have crafted a tin shield to keep the weather off them. I have had NO issues with condensation or moisture during adverse or wet weather operations. If you need good night time illumination during operations, these are NOT your cameras. You would be better off spending a few more dollars and purchase cameras with 30 or more IR LEDS. However, if you have supplemental lighting during night operations, these cameras work well. These cameras do have a few IR LEDs, but realistically, are barely useful for anything other than catching critters flying in front of the lens, maximum of 5-10ft distance at their very best. This camera NEEDS good interior/exterior lighting to function well.
After two years since my last comments on the GE 45231 video camera, I felt I should add a few more comments regarding my experiences with it. I still have the original GE45231 cameras running on my Zoneminder camera system and they are doing exceptionally well to this day. I must confirm that the camera works far better if used in conjunction with some outside lighting source such as a security light. I have purchased several "very" expensive $150+ cameras with 30 or more LEDs. The problem is that the expensive cameras are "far" more sensitive and pick up minute bugs, dust and fog causing excessive false imagery. I have found the back lighted GE 45231 to be far superior in night time operations. Daytime operation has never been an issue. Moral of the story is, if you desire minute detail, then the GE 45231 is not your camera. If, however you wish general video monitoring, the GE 45231 does an exceptionally good job. Yesterday, I purchased two more GE 45231 cameras from Amazon to replace two cameras I burned up due to experimentation.( grin ). I discovered they are "very" sensitive to voltage spikes.
All my GE 45231 cameras, to this day, are still functioning without issues. I actually use one on the end of a 70ft length of Cat6 cable as my outside roaming camera, mainly to discover where the mice are coming in. ( smile )
In my previous review comments, I neglected to add that the GE 45231 camera comes with a 9 volt power cube... NOT 12 volts. Also, I do not use siemes cabling. I use LTA1010 Baluns with Cat6 cable with RJ45 connectors. You can use Cat5 too. Why? If at some point I chose to switch to IP cameras, my Cat6 cabling is already in place. ( smile ) The LTA1010 Baluns also transfer power to the cameras as well. However, I must warn you. Be SURE your CAT wiring is ABSOLUTELY CORRECT!! You can burn up a camera up easily. I know from experience! Use a CAT cable tester to be sure!
The GE 45231s are neat little cameras!!
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Initial post: Sep 11, 2011 12:57:45 PM PDT
I'm glad that you mention Ubuntu/Zoneminder system. I bought this as it was the last one at Walmart and I have been looking for a replacement for my Panasonic Network Camera that died on me a year ago. Never thought that it would work with any operation system as the box only shows a flat screen TV and VCR for monitoring.
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