Review Dahua OEM SD22204UE-GN by EmpireTech Andy

Discussion in 'Dahua' started by aristobrat, Jun 16, 2019.

Share This Page

  1. aristobrat

    aristobrat IPCT Contributor

    Joined:
    Dec 5, 2016
    Messages:
    2,128
    Likes Received:
    1,834
    Dahua OEM SD22204UE-GN by EmpireTech Andy
    2MP 4x Starlight PTZ Network Camera

    Review unit courtesy of Andy (@EMPIRETECANDY) in exchange for a fair and honest review.
    Andy's ipcamtalk vendor forum: link
    Andy's AliExpress store: link
    Andy's Amazon store: link**
    Andy's Email: kingsecurity2014 (at) 163 (dot) com
    ** On Amazon, Andy sells under the Loryta name

    Price Approximately US $155-165
    Link to camera on Andy's AliExpress store: link
    Link to camera on Andy's Amazon store: link
    (price and link as of 06/16/19)

    Quick Specs:
    Starlight - 1/2.8" STARVIS image sensor
    PTZ, max 100°/s pan speed
    4x optical zoom
    This camera does not have built-in IR, but it can utilize IR from other sources
    Triple-stream encoding
    IP66, IK10

    SD2220204UE-GN SPECIFICATIONS (full)
    SD22204UE-GN

    SD2220204UE-GN DATASHEET
    https://www.dahuasecurity.com/asset/upload/uploads/soft/20190305/SD22204UE-GN_Datasheet_20190305.pdf

    Unboxing Pics

    IMG_3188.jpeg IMG_3189.jpeg IMG_3190.jpeg IMG_3191.jpeg

    IMG_3192.jpeg

    IMG_3193.jpeg



     
    Last edited: Jun 19, 2019
    archedraft and TL1096r like this.
  2. aristobrat

    aristobrat IPCT Contributor

    Joined:
    Dec 5, 2016
    Messages:
    2,128
    Likes Received:
    1,834
    This is the SD22204UE-GN mounted to the PFA137 water-proof junction box.

    This particular junction box is round, with the ability to route the cables out the bottom and right sides, assuming it mounted vertically. There is also the ability to route the cables out through the center of the back of the junction box, which is covered with waterproof backing that you would need to punch through.

    IMG_3217.jpeg


    The arrow points to the bottom of the box. Note the white rubber gasket on the top that will seal between the back of the camera and the box. Also note the two screw-out caps for the side ports.

    IMG_3219.jpeg


    If routing the cable out one of the ports, this box comes with an adapter that screws into the port. Your unterminated Ethernet cable will slide in through this adapter.

    IMG_3221.jpeg


    Note that as you tighten this adapter, it closes on your Ethernet cable. This is the adapter fully open.

    IMG_3228.jpeg


    This is the adapter fully closed. Note the black rubber ring that tightens around the Ethernet cable, for the purpose of keeping water out.

    IMG_3229.jpeg



    This is the hardware kit that comes with the junction box. The three bigger screws are used to mount the box to a wall/ceiling/etc. The three smaller Torx-like screws will be used to connect the camera to the junction box.

    IMG_3225.jpeg


    Here the box is mounted to a piece of foam board (using the three larger screws):

    IMG_3227.jpeg


    With the box mounted, I've routed a piece of unterminated Ethernet through one of the side ports and have the three pieces of the Dahua Waterproof Ethernet connector added.

    IMG_3230.jpeg


    To assemble the Dahua Waterproof Ethernet connector, slide the rubber piece into the bottom of the large piece...

    IMG_3231.jpeg


    ... then twist the bottom piece onto the large piece. This causes the rubber piece to compress around the Ethernet cable, keeping water from getting inside the connector.

    IMG_3232.jpeg


    On the camera-end, there is a white ring that needs to be added.

    IMG_3233.jpeg


    Then the camera-end simply twists into the other end, and you have one rather large hopefully waterproof connector protecting the Ethernet ends.

    IMG_3235.jpeg


    To prepare for joining the camera to the junction box, you need to find a happy spot for all of the wires.

    IMG_3237.jpeg


    Once the wires are situated, position the camera on the junction box so that the camera mounting holes align with holes on the box. Then use the three shorter Torx-like screws to attach the camera securely to the box.


    IMG_3238.jpeg


    Once the camera has been secured to the box, attach the camera dome to the camera.

    IMG_3242.jpeg


    This is what mine looked like at the end.

    IMG_3240.jpeg
     

    Attached Files:

    Last edited: Jun 24, 2019
  3. aristobrat

    aristobrat IPCT Contributor

    Joined:
    Dec 5, 2016
    Messages:
    2,128
    Likes Received:
    1,834
    OK, one video with three night clips:

    Clip 1 - This camera in Day/Night Auto mode (it chooses color)
    Clip 2 - This camera in Day/Night B/W mode
    Clip 3 - A HDW5231R-Z in Day/Night Auto mode (it choses B/W) <with IR disabled>

    I was surprised that with the same light levels at night (and the cameras being left to choose their own Day/Night mode), this camera stays in Color but the 5231 switches to B/W.

     
    Last edited: Jun 24, 2019
    EMPIRETECANDY likes this.
  4. aristobrat

    aristobrat IPCT Contributor

    Joined:
    Dec 5, 2016
    Messages:
    2,128
    Likes Received:
    1,834
    [reserved for PTZ settings screenshots <lots of options>]
     
  5. aristobrat

    aristobrat IPCT Contributor

    Joined:
    Dec 5, 2016
    Messages:
    2,128
    Likes Received:
    1,834
    [one more reservation ... will delete if not used]
     
  6. cyberwolf_uk

    cyberwolf_uk Pulling my weight

    Joined:
    Sep 27, 2014
    Messages:
    368
    Likes Received:
    212
    Nice pre-install review there my friend... Hope this will help some noobs with how to install the camera on the bracket and water seal the RJ45 connector. Not sure if you already do this but I always use some silicon gel on the power connector to prevent water or moisture getting in.
     
    EMPIRETECANDY and aristobrat like this.
  7. aristobrat

    aristobrat IPCT Contributor

    Joined:
    Dec 5, 2016
    Messages:
    2,128
    Likes Received:
    1,834
    Normally I do. I'll see if I can insert a pic of that.
     
    cyberwolf_uk likes this.
  8. Apollo

    Apollo Young grasshopper

    Joined:
    Jul 31, 2016
    Messages:
    41
    Likes Received:
    14
    This could be exactly what I'm looking for in my next camera. I eagerly await the rest of the review.
     
  9. Nick Pound

    Nick Pound n3wb

    Joined:
    Dec 17, 2018
    Messages:
    13
    Likes Received:
    3
    Location:
    OKC, OK
    I just saw these on the store, think I may be picking one up, def looking forward to the rest of the review! Curious how well these domes do outdoors, say under an eve? I know theyre IP66, but more worried if rain makes them completely useless? Or do they shed water well? Perhaps RainX could help? Anyways, def looks promising!
     
  10. Nick Pound

    Nick Pound n3wb

    Joined:
    Dec 17, 2018
    Messages:
    13
    Likes Received:
    3
    Location:
    OKC, OK
    Also, to add, the link to Amazon indicates these are in stock for prime with 2 day delivery :D Although I notice the seller says Loryta? Im assuming thats some affiliate or something, same p/n and all.
     
  11. aristobrat

    aristobrat IPCT Contributor

    Joined:
    Dec 5, 2016
    Messages:
    2,128
    Likes Received:
    1,834
    That’s Andy. Loryta is a business name registered to him in the US. I think he’s working on getting EmpireTech registered here too. I’ll update the review to mention that, thanks for mentioning this.

    We’ve had rain here the last two nights after work so I haven’t had a chance to do much. Hopefully tomorrow night is better.
     
    TL1096r likes this.
  12. Nick Pound

    Nick Pound n3wb

    Joined:
    Dec 17, 2018
    Messages:
    13
    Likes Received:
    3
    Location:
    OKC, OK
    Nice, wonder how much of his inventory he plans to send stateside for amazon prime shipping... I mean at that point I would literally not have a reason to go anywhere else lol
     
    aristobrat likes this.
  13. Fourier

    Fourier Getting the hang of it

    Joined:
    Feb 27, 2018
    Messages:
    39
    Likes Received:
    39
    I ordered one PayPal and one from amazon from Andy. I can’t speak for everyone, but to Florida it was 3-4 dhl shipping. It pretty much felt like amazon prime shipping
     
    aristobrat likes this.
  14. aristobrat

    aristobrat IPCT Contributor

    Joined:
    Dec 5, 2016
    Messages:
    2,128
    Likes Received:
    1,834
  15. Nick Pound

    Nick Pound n3wb

    Joined:
    Dec 17, 2018
    Messages:
    13
    Likes Received:
    3
    Location:
    OKC, OK
    Man, wish you couldve gotten it up before the storms - would love to see how a dome like this does in heavy rain/wind. Where I live (OK) thats like half the spring. Im a little concerned if the dome is right for me with weather conditions. I have experience with literally every other type of cam lol, but I guess Im a bit worried it will get obscured by rain easier than my bullets/turrets. Really hoping not though because the price point makes these ideal to have two on opposite ends of the house :D They would be under the eve, so some protection from weather, but heck tstorms here push the rain sideways most the time anyways lol
     
    EMPIRETECANDY likes this.
  16. EMPIRETECANDY

    EMPIRETECANDY IPCT Vendor

    Joined:
    Nov 8, 2016
    Messages:
    2,693
    Likes Received:
    4,901
    Location:
    HONGKONG
    aristobrat likes this.
  17. Nick Pound

    Nick Pound n3wb

    Joined:
    Dec 17, 2018
    Messages:
    13
    Likes Received:
    3
    Location:
    OKC, OK
    Andy/All, are you able to comment on the wavelength of IR these are compatible with? If I decide to go this route, Im also thinking about building some compact IR "floodlights" that I could power with PoE, but I'm also considering using 940nm IR, which would make the led's completely invisible at night (at least as far as I know - they wouldnt be anywhere near as obvious as the 820nm or whatever most cams come with)
     
  18. aristobrat

    aristobrat IPCT Contributor

    Joined:
    Dec 5, 2016
    Messages:
    2,128
    Likes Received:
    1,834
    Two night clips (and a 5231 clip for comparison) added to post #3.
     
    EMPIRETECANDY likes this.
  19. aristobrat

    aristobrat IPCT Contributor

    Joined:
    Dec 5, 2016
    Messages:
    2,128
    Likes Received:
    1,834
    For testing, this is located under my front porch, so it will only catch sideways rain too. I'm not able to use Dahua's waterproof Ethernet connectors at the moment (have a PoE splitter hooked up to run it and a 5231 over one Ethernet cable at the moment), so I'm OK if it doesn't get wet for bit. :)

    The neighbors in the house behind these cameras just moved in and I haven't really met them yet. Can't imagine what they think so far. :D

    Screen Shot 2019-06-24 at 9.28.17 PM.png
     
    Last edited: Jun 24, 2019
    Tinman likes this.