if you turn on WDR , i bet your night picture will be a lot betterI got mine in and installed.
My past experience with cameras have been mostly with wireless Foscam. I had set them up at my previous home / barn and they worked ok, but being wireless there were always issues popping up.. We moved last year and I wanted a more reliable wired system and looked to this forum for recommendations. I eventually decided on Dahua cameras and began buying different ones to determine what worked best for our small farm. We use cameras most importantly for inside the barn during kidding season and less important for security on the outside.
In my sig you can see the Dahua cams I have and currently use, my favorite being the HDW5231RP-Z. I was about to order a couple of more of the 5231's when I saw the comparable IPCT HDW5231RE-I and decided to try it.
First, I love the setup utility. I didn't have to change my my pc's ip address to access the camera! Finally, a simple way to setup a camera and quick! Another thing, I don't have to install a plug in EVERY SINGLE TIME I want to access the camera in my browser! Wow, that is so aggravating with Dahua (probably other cameras too). Anyway, not knocking Dahua cameras, I just don't understand why they don't have smoother setup like this IPCT HDW5231RE-I.
The physical install of the IPCT HDW5231RE had no issues, hardest part was getting the plastic shroud back on right. I installed the camera outside on a 6X6 wood post under a metal roof in sort of a tight space, so twisting the shroud was a little difficult. I am very pleased with the image quality. It is as good or better than the Dahua. The area of the pasture it is pointing at is very dark so the amount of light in the photo is surprising. I haven't tried to adjust the image quality over default much yet, happy the way it is for now. In the middle of construction plus other things keeping us busy right now. Just wanted to post a quick "it works great!" post for the IPCT Camera.
One negative note for me, It needs a mic. We need mics on our indoor barn cameras, that's a must for our kidding season.