Dahua Starlight Varifocal Turret (IPC-HDW5231R-Z)

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@nayr I have been reading with interest your reviews of this camera. I'm wondering if you still rate this camera in 2018 or is there a better newer model? It often seems that newer cameras are only slight updates. I just want a single camera for outside my house.
 

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@nayr I have been reading with interest your reviews of this camera. I'm wondering if you still rate this camera in 2018 or is there a better newer model? It often seems that newer cameras are only slight updates. I just want a single camera for outside my house.
@nayr went offline a year or so ago, at least from here. This exact model is no longer being manufactured, having been replaced by the 5231R-ZE (which has a review thread similar to this one). If you don't need audio (or the need to stream two hi-res streams simultaneously), there is a now less expensive model (2231).

Since this thread came out, Dahua has introduced a bunch of different sized/featured Starlight models. As for technology newer than Starlight, Dahua has released some cameras that stay in color mode all of the time (Starlights switch to B/W when it gets dark enough outside), but so far I haven't been any varifocal (or turret) models yet.

If you haven't already, def. check some of the other review threads in the Dahua sub-forum here!
 
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@nayr went offline a year or so ago, at least from here. This exact model is no longer being manufactured, having been replaced by the 5231R-ZE (which has a review thread similar to this one). If you don't need audio (or the need to stream two hi-res streams simultaneously), there is a now less expensive model (2231).

Since this thread came out, Dahua has introduced a bunch of different sized/featured Starlight models. As for technology newer than Starlight, Dahua has released some cameras that stay in color mode all of the time (Starlights switch to B/W when it gets dark enough outside), but so far I haven't been any varifocal (or turret) models yet.

If you haven't already, def. check some of the other review threads in the Dahua sub-forum here!
@aristobrat thanks for posting. the Dahua cameras are a bit of a minefield, as there are so many different models. I'm just after something basic with a good picture both night and day.
 

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@aristobrat thanks for posting. the Dahua cameras are a bit of a minefield, as there are so many different models. I'm just after something basic with a good picture both night and day.
Gotcha.

If I had to guess, I'd say the current version of this camera is probably still the most popular:
Review-Dahua Starlight IPC-HDW5231R-ZE 800 meter capable ePOE

... with the less-expensive version of it gaining popularity:
Review-Dahua IPC-HDW2231RP-ZS Starlight Camera-Varifocal

Both are Starlight models, which are the Dahua models that do the best at night. Both are also varifocal turrets, like the model this thread is based on. Turrets are still the most recommended types for outdoors, and varifocals make it great for being able to set the zoom for exactly how wide your image is.
 

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@looney2ns thanks, I hadn't noticed the cliff notes, lots of useful stuff there. I currently have some software called motioneyeOS ccrisan/motioneyeos running on my Raspberrypi and I was hoping I could use this with the Dahua camera. But a quick search of this forum I only found one other post which mentions this software. As far as I can tell it should work, but wondering what alternatives there are apart from blue iris as I run macs. I really don't want to order a camera from china only to find that it's not going to work with my preferred software.
 

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@looney2ns thanks, I hadn't noticed the cliff notes, lots of useful stuff there. I currently have some software called motioneyeOS ccrisan/motioneyeos running on my Raspberrypi and I was hoping I could use this with the Dahua camera. But a quick search of this forum I only found one other post which mentions this software. As far as I can tell it should work, but wondering what alternatives there are apart from blue iris as I run macs. I really don't want to order a camera from china only to find that it's not going to work with my preferred software.
Does that software support RTSP streams? If so, Dahua cam should work.
 

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@looney2ns thanks, I hadn't noticed the cliff notes, lots of useful stuff there. I currently have some software called motioneyeOS ccrisan/motioneyeos running on my Raspberrypi and I was hoping I could use this with the Dahua camera. But a quick search of this forum I only found one other post which mentions this software. As far as I can tell it should work, but wondering what alternatives there are apart from blue iris as I run macs. I really don't want to order a camera from china only to find that it's not going to work with my preferred software.
Sighthound software works great on Mac's
 

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One of my 5231 has moist on the inside, shows on the lens.
Strange thing, it is under the carport, so never had direct rain as it is in the edge at least 2.5 meters away from the side.

I saw in the z5 thread the suggestion of opening it, use warm/hot air to inside and dry the gel bag in the microwave.

Is there anyone who did this already, and perhas has some good tips?
 

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One of my 5231 has moist on the inside, shows on the lens.
Strange thing, it is under the carport, so never had direct rain as it is in the edge at least 2.5 meters away from the side.

I saw in the z5 thread the suggestion of opening it, use warm/hot air to inside and dry the gel bag in the microwave.

Is there anyone who did this already, and perhas has some good tips?
When you open it up, inspect that all the seals look good and no places in the seal has any deformities.
Its possible that changes in temperature is causing moisture to be drawn in around where the cable enters the cam.

I would open the cam up, only in a conditioned space with normal humidity levels, no higher than 40-50%.
Leave it open for 24 hrs, check to make sure it has a gel bag in the cam. You will want to gently clean the inside of the glass, with a soft clean cotton cloth. If you can, replace the gel pack with a new one, or place in an oven on it's lowest setting for an hour or so.
Possibly add an additional gel bag during assembly. Make certain the gasket lines up correctly when putting the halves back together.
Tighten each screw a little at a time so you get an even seal. Only re-assemble in the same conditioned space.
I would then take some RTV silicone and make sure the cable is well sealed going into the camera case.
Let the silicone dry 24hrs before putting it back in service.

If you have any doubts about the gasket, you can also use the RTV silicone in place of the seal. Use only a very small continuous bead.
Then carefully wipe any excess that squeezes out with your finger so as to be sure the gap is sealed.
 

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hello guys

what is the latest firmware for this, i am currently running..

Also as they have replaced this model does it mean no more software updates for it?

2.622.0000000.18.R, Build Date: 2017-11-10

Thanks
 

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How cold of temp will this thing handle? My brother in law is talking about a nest camera system. What should I tell him about that?
 

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I like the comment about the Nest. I told him no one would think they were good. I really need to find out about temp though.
 

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Seriously, with all the people here running 5231R-Z, and many other models of Dahua cameras, being located throughout the US and pretty much world wide, I have yet to hear someone mention a camera failing due to temperature extremes. Kansas may get hot, really hot, and cold, really cold, but it can't be exceeding the worldwide experiences. Heck, even my junk cameras have held up through the same temperature ranges.
 

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When you open it up, inspect that all the seals look good and no places in the seal has any deformities.
Its possible that changes in temperature is causing moisture to be drawn in around where the cable enters the cam.

I would open the cam up, only in a conditioned space with normal humidity levels, no higher than 40-50%.
Leave it open for 24 hrs, check to make sure it has a gel bag in the cam. You will want to gently clean the inside of the glass, with a soft clean cotton cloth. If you can, replace the gel pack with a new one, or place in an oven on it's lowest setting for an hour or so.
Possibly add an additional gel bag during assembly. Make certain the gasket lines up correctly when putting the halves back together.
Tighten each screw a little at a time so you get an even seal. Only re-assemble in the same conditioned space.
I would then take some RTV silicone and make sure the cable is well sealed going into the camera case.
Let the silicone dry 24hrs before putting it back in service.

If you have any doubts about the gasket, you can also use the RTV silicone in place of the seal. Use only a very small continuous bead.
Then carefully wipe any excess that squeezes out with your finger so as to be sure the gap is sealed.
Should be added to Cliff notes (if not already.. I forget). I had the same concern and was about ask.
 
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