Cam with internal storage and alarm input

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  1. Dunken

    Dunken n3wb

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    Hi everyone

    I'm looking for a camera for a small lodge without internet access.

    It should have the following features:

    - basic or medium level
    - internal storage (e.g. SD card slot)
    - indoor (but it could be rather cold or hot)
    - day and night
    - no fancy features needed as no internet access
    - an external motion detector is available - this should trigger the camera -> alarm input needed
    - because of external motion detector camera doesn't need any detection features

    What could you recommend?

    Thanks.

    Regards,
    Armin
     
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    TonyR IPCT Contributor

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    I have installed several Amcrest IPM-721 (rebranded Dahua) indoor cams over the last 3 years for 2 clients and they have been very reliable.
    These are 720p, PT/digital zoom, IR for night, have built-in microphone & speaker plus jacks for external, have alarm input and output and slot for SD card, wireless or wired Ethernet. They have been dependable and flexible for $50 here.

    There is a 1080p version, the IP2M-841, for $10 more here, but I have not used it. Reviews state that it has alarm input/output but Amcrest user manual oddly depicts no alarm in/out on the rear of cam, may be a typo.
     
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    I just talked to a Amcrest Sales Agent and he confirmed that none of their cameras can be armed/disarmed from an external source...
     
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    tangent IPCT Contributor

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    Tell us a little more about how you plan to use this.
     
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    looney2ns IPCT Contributor

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    An alarm input on a cam is not to Arm/disarm the cam. Triggering the alarm input would cause the camera to record in the manor you would define in the cameras setup interface.
     
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    TonyR IPCT Contributor

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    +1 ^^.
    FWIW, "Amcrest Sale Agents" barely know what day of the week it is most of the time. :idk:
     
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    OK, many thanks. Let me explain a little bit more in detail: I have an external motion detector which is only active if a door is locked. If the detector signals motion I would like to start recording... At the end I would like to have something like an external "start recording" and "stop" button.
     
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    TonyR IPCT Contributor

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    Something like this?

    The "STOP" button is N.C., the others are N.O., all are momentary.

    cam-alarm_1.jpg
     
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    It's more like this:

    Circuit.png
     
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    TonyR IPCT Contributor

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    I overlooked the "...motion detector.... is only active if a door is locked"; but what about "....I would like to have something like an external "start recording" and "stop" button" ?
     
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    Well, I just tried to simplify doorLocked+motion=record else stop.
     
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    Sounds like you already have it "under control".:cool:
     
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    Well, not yet ;-) This can be achieved using Amcrest IPM-721, correct?
     
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    Yes, IPM-721 has alarm in/out and is 720p. I know for a fact it has that I/O, at least this one does.

    The IP2M-841 has higher res at 1080p and pretty sure it's supposed to have the I/O as well but I've seen conflicting documentation. I tend to believe it does have the I/O and the literature was wrong but I cannot guarantee that...you'd have to contact the vendor or purchase where you know it can be returned (like amazon).