I got a free IP5M-T1179EW-28MM from Amcrest - Same Menu's as Dahua?

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How is it that the menu's are almost exactly the same as the Dahua camera's that I own? I find this kind of odd. Is this a rebranded Dahua in any way, shape or form?

I saw a post from Amcrest that stated they would give anyone this camera for "free" in exchange for a video of either an unboxing, review, footage from the cam, etc. They direct you to a link on facebook and refund your money after sharing the video with them.


I mean I didn't really NEED another camera, but I couldn't pass up FREE! lol.
 

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How is it that the menu's are almost exactly the same as the Dahua camera's that I own? I find this kind of odd. Is this a rebranded Dahua in any way, shape or form?

I saw a post from Amcrest that stated they would give anyone this camera for "free" in exchange for a video of either an unboxing, review, footage from the cam, etc. They direct you to a link on facebook and refund your money after sharing the video with them.


I mean I didn't really NEED another camera, but I couldn't pass up FREE! lol.
Why are you confused? amcrest does not manufacture cameras. They simply rebrand a limited number of dahua models. Try trashing the camera in your video, see if they still give you that refund.
 

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Why are you confused? amcrest does not manufacture cameras. They simply rebrand a limited number of dahua models. Try trashing the camera in your video, see if they still give you that refund.
I just sent them a crappy video of me unboxing the camera with one hand and rambling on about my initial reaction. I didn't care about the quality of the video, just the refund lol. They gave it to me already.

They should have specified if they wanted a good quality video lol. And hmm I guess I haven't had too much experience with any other cams other than Dahua cams. Didn't know the menu's would be the same. Interesting.
 

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I just sent them a crappy video of me unboxing the camera with one hand and rambling on about my initial reaction. I didn't care about the quality of the video, just the refund lol. They gave it to me already.

They should have specified if they wanted a good quality video lol. And hmm I guess I haven't had too much experience with any other cams other than Dahua cams. Didn't know the menu's would be the same. Interesting.
Its a dahua camera, made by dahua, firmware by dahua. Dahua adds the amcrest branding for them.
 

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Looks like a legit deal for anybody new to the field or just cheap and reluctant to even install one in the first place. @Philip Gonzales post the video here, curious to know the format. Also camera is $70 on Amazon Amazon.com : Amcrest 5MP UltraHD Outdoor Security IP Turret PoE Camera with Mic/Audio, 5-Megapixel, 98ft NightVision, 2.8mm Lens, IP67 Weatherproof, MicroSD Recording (256GB), White (IP5M-T1179EW-28MM) : Camera & Photo

Advertised as Starlight but not really Starlight as far as ipcamtalk definition is concerned :p
 

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Looks like a legit deal for anybody new to the field or just cheap and reluctant to even install one in the first place. @Philip Gonzales post the video here, curious to know the format. Also camera is $70 on Amazon Amazon.com : Amcrest 5MP UltraHD Outdoor Security IP Turret PoE Camera with Mic/Audio, 5-Megapixel, 98ft NightVision, 2.8mm Lens, IP67 Weatherproof, MicroSD Recording (256GB), White (IP5M-T1179EW-28MM) : Camera & Photo

Advertised as Starlight but not really Starlight as far as ipcamtalk definition is concerned :p
One thing I did notice is that the build quality is noticeably different than my other dahua cams. Like my IPC-HDW5231R-Z has metal parts, this amcrest has plastic parts. It seems to be much lighter, a little smaller, the pigtail seems much lighter and more hollow than my 5231's pigtail. The microsd card/reset cover seems to be offset and uses philip's head screws. At least on my particular camera.

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Moral of the story is you get what you pay for. Is it worth ~$70 to me? Hmm maybe, but probably not. Maybe like you said as a "gateway" camera or an auxillary camera then it is OK. It's hard to recommend a cam like this when you can get the "cream of the crop" cams like the starlight+ and colorvue cams for around double (just a rough estimate).

I'd definitely feel more confident with my old trusty 2PM Starlight 5231.

@Arjun the video I sent to Amcrest? They literally said to just send a video. They did not specify any requirements. What I did was record a cell phone vid of me rambling about what was in the box and how it compared to a couple of other cams that I have. It was six minutes of length and I literally just rambled on and I did not even edit the video. I added the video to my youtube as an unlisted video and sent them the link along with my order #. I will not be sharing that video on here. I would be too embarrassed about the random stuff I was saying lol. Just imagine how I ramble on, on these posts and add a little more rambling to account for the nervousness and my lack of planning. Lol.
 
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