Review- 4mp Pinhole Camera Dahua/EmpireTech with 2.8mm lens

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Another new cam to checkout from Andy at EmpireTech. Thanks for your continued support of the users here and supplying us with products to see and test @EMPIRETECANDY, it's appreciated.

Try to keep this thread on topic

Camera is supplied in exchange a fair and honest review.

So, you say you need a small camera, how does 1.25" x 1.25" x 5/8" (not including lens) fit the bill?
With the lens it measure's a slender 1" deep.
Case is all metal.

Model IPC-HUM44318-L4 with 2.8mm lens, built-in mic, aux mic input, and audio output.
Operates on 12vdc, it is NOT a POE camera.
It has IVS tripwires and intrusion, plus SMD.
It does not have an IR cut filter, meaning that it will not see IR at night.
It does not have any onboard IR emitters.
It does have Night and Daytime settings, but no real way to change over automagically.

Price as of 4/29/22 is approximately $95.00 shipped
Andy's Aliexpress Store: Link
Andy's Amazon Store: Link

Product page: Link.
Specification page: Link

You can always email Andy directly for purchase as well at: kingsecurity2014 @ 163.com

It's intended usage is indoors. That said, if it was properly protected, it could be used outdoors, but again, it will be iffy after dark due to no IR capability.
Cam has been running for about 10 days, and no found issue's.

Works fine with Blue Iris.

Does this compare to a 4mp 5442 series cam? No it does not. But for a Pinhole cam is does very well, considering it's size.
With it's ability to add an external microphone, and a speaker for two way talk, it's a great form factor for many use's.

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Camera being powered by a POE Splitter, it converts POE to 12vdc. Can be purchased here: POE Splitter
Thanks for the recommendations @sebastiantombs and @TonyR
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Lights are full on in garage at first, then daylight from outdoors, then 14 watts of led light from garage door opener, then 5 watts of led light from the work bench light. Yes, there is some hz bars scrolling with the work bench light.
Shutter manual range 0-11, gain 50, brightness 45, contrast 50.
H264, 6144, FR 15fps, iframe 15.
Eyechart gets as close as 6" from lens.

Be sure to choose 1440p in the Youtube player.

 
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It's good that Dahua sell these pinhole cameras.
Shame they don't have ones with IR....?

Past year I've been using this cheap XM-Eye camera. It works fine but non-Dahua camera on a Dahua NVR is not as good as both devices being Dahua.
Weirdly, my new NVR doesn't seem to work with standard video motion detection on this.
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It's good that the Dahua unit reviewed here has separate audio connections. This cheap $30usd camera is only built-in mic.
 

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It's good that Dahua sell these pinhole cameras.
Shame they don't have ones with IR....?

Past year I've been using this cheap XM-Eye camera. It works fine but non-Dahua camera on a Dahua NVR is not as good as both devices being Dahua.
Weirdly, my new NVR doesn't seem to work with standard video motion detection on this.
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It's good that the Dahua unit reviewed here has separate audio connections. This cheap $30usd camera is only built-in mic.
That looks a lot like the TOP-201 I had 2 years ago inside a bluebird house; 1080p, 2.8mm, 12VDC, XMeye firmware, RTSP, 192.168.1.10 default static IP. I had one with IR but it had no IR cut filter; swapped it for one with NO IR but mounted an external 12VDC IR emitter with its own photocontrol....worked great until lighting blew it up late summer of 2020. Was streaming great to Blue Iris VMS.
 
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