a great cheap IMX291 3MP camera

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  1. geezer

    geezer Young grasshopper

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    gpower07 Getting the hang of it

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    I would not buy any other cam except hik and dahua from China.
     
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    geezer Young grasshopper

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    For my own system I feel the same way, but this installation (NVR, cameras, power/switching box, cabling, labor) was a donation. Besides, the system has no connection to the Internet. Totally air-gapped.
     
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    Still pics do not tell the entire tale. How does a persons face look when moving through video.

    I'd be extremely suspect of the listed specs.
     
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    More low end china crap that dies in a few months...
     
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    geezer Young grasshopper

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    " Still pics do not tell the entire tale."
    Yup, that's for sure.

    "How does a persons face look when moving through video."
    I haven't changed any of the cameras' default settings except 24hr color. Before I post any video I want to see the effect of cranking back on NR, etc, though even then I won't be sharing the faces of any of my neighbors.

    "I'd be extremely suspect of the listed specs."
    So was I but I couldn't pass up the chance to see the IMX291 sensor in action for just $38.

    "More low end china crap that dies in a few months..."
    Maybe. Maybe not. Certainly the plastics in the camera body will be challenged by the tropical conditions here.
     
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    fenderman Staff Member

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    there is more to a camera than the sensor, even if the sensor is as described...stable firmware is number 1. reliable hardware is number 2...typical low cost garbage that will die soon enough or freeze/reboot just at the event you need....why folks buy this garbage for surveillance is beyond me.
     
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    "...why folks buy this garbage for surveillance is beyond me."

    Yes, that's apparent. Perhaps you missed the part where I said I only buy listed Dahua products for myself, that this little system was a gift to a neighborhood association that couldn't afford even the 24" Samsung monitor that I included.

    I made a point of not creating this thread in the Dahua or Hikvision forums, so ease up. If it's personal, then I suggest you start a GoFundMe page to buy them a proper Chinese-for-export system. Please make the goal at least $2,000.
     
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    yes, they cant afford a 24" monitor among themselves...why do they need the camera, there is nothing to protect...I made a point specifically to warn others of this crap...I will keep doing it..if you dont like it, start a go fund me page and build your own forum.
    You tilted this post "a great"...why are you misleading folks? the camera is not great...you have no clue about how "great" this camera is.
     
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    I just got a camera myself and not impressed. I can't login for one thing. There was no CD included either.

    How do you login to the admin page? It says "downgrade browser to 44.0 or earlier" no matter if I use Chrome, Edge or FF.
     
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    You need to use IE11 so the plugin is loaded.
     
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    SouthernYankee Pulling my weight

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    Claus10. You must use the Microsoft IE browser or palemoon browser. Most other browsers prevent plugins for security reasons.
    This has been a reoccurring issue in a number of posts.
     
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    Thank you I got it working.

    I'm really not impressed. I got two ip cams I got for $30 in 2013 still going strong. With a simple admin setup. This new camera is really a hassle to setup.
     
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    Connecting directly to cameras via a browser was much easier in 2013. It's such a hassle now, I just use the latest version of CMS.
     
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    Which CMS are you using?
     
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    And do you guys have any idea how I enable wifi on this camera?
     
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    Version C1.0.10.54. I got it from CMS-Client - Network Camera

    I can't be certain it's the latest, just the latest I could find. Gives me access to every option on the ONVIF cameras that I have used it with.
     
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    Do you have it connected by WIFI? If yes how did you enable WIFI on it?
     
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    That camera does not have Wi-Fi capability.
     
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    Mine does. I finally found. Jesus. I've learned my lesson with this camera :D
     
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    Still pictures do not prove anything. What matters is movement after dark.
     
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    My oldest cam is cheap, no name Chinese crap. Almost 7 years old and the only problems have been spiders, wasps and other assorted critters being attracted to the ir. It's an outdoor bullet cam that's mounted under the eve of the house and pointed down the driveway. I need to replace it cause it's not POE and I don't like the idea of having an extension cord and wall wart in the attic.
     
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    very large sample size you have there...
     
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    Just saying there are exceptions. A few months back I bought a half a dozen POE dome cams for 30 bucks each. So far they have been flawless and serve my needs nicely. The worst cams I've ever used were Foscams and it's wannbes like Hootoo, etc. One day, when I win the lottery, I'll move up town and build a money no object be all do all system. But for now I do the best I can with what I have.
     
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    Yes you need the lottery to buy a 100 dollar camera... give your 30 dollar camera a few more months....