Review-Dahua SD1A203T-GN Starlight Mini PTZ

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  1. darrenph1

    darrenph1 Getting the hang of it

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    @looney2ns, would you mind taking a pic of the camera mounted on your porch. I'm seriously considering swapping out my 5231 on my porch. This seems smaller, and I was never crazy about using corridor mode for the full view of the porch. I like the option of setting presets to watch when/if packages are dropped off.
     
  2. aristobrat

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    @darrenph1, that’s what I’m using it for. My porch is L-shaped and the camera is ~20ft from the door. With the digital zoom enabled, it’s crazy how close to the packages it can get! With my porch layout and camera position, I do get a lot of IR bounce back with this camera. I run it with IR off.
     
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    Sure, probably won't be today, but I'll do it. You wanting to see the cam it's self, or the view from it? Here is what I'm currently using at my front door, 3.6mm lens.
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    It's view:
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    No, I can't see packages at the door, I'm just looking for faces.
    You can see the cam in question in action in the post @aristobrat made about it.
     
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  4. Cameraguy

    Cameraguy Pulling my weight

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    So i put an old sd card in the sd1a203t-gn-w, went into settings and had the camera format the card.. the camera rebooted and card works great.
     
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    Sorry, my coffee finally kicked in, here it is. Ignore the work in progress mess.
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    I just ordered that external IR gizmo. :)
     
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    Link?
     
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    5231- External IR Help. Check from post #11 to the end of thread.

    I uploaded two pics of how I have this camera mounted on my porch. It goes against just about every "best practice" (which is most of the reason whey I can't run IR on this mini-dome), but I wanted the camera as "not visible" from the street/approach as possible.

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    darrenph1 Getting the hang of it

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  11. EMPIRETECANDY

    EMPIRETECANDY IPCT Vendor

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    woo full of cams, lol.
     
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  13. Arjun

    Arjun Pulling my weight

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    After looking through all the available mount options, I noticed this mount hasn't been disclosed yet,
    PFB-SD1A203T

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    Its very similar to the
    Dahua PFB203W and PFB204W

    I find it better than the PFB305W in terms of neatness and integrated design

    Any idea when it will be available or if anyone has already come across it?

    Shows as compatible with the SD1A203T-GN even though Dahua hasn't included this as an accessory option though on their website
     
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    EMPIRETECANDY IPCT Vendor

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    hey guys

    The camera stock still not ready at dahua, this time need around 40days to get the new models, very fast. i think still have to wait 10days.
     
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    EMPIRETECANDY IPCT Vendor

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    This model stock in now, lol, today dahua make an update for the ready.
     
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    Does anyone have a good run down of the differences in the various PFB20xW versions?

    I've bought several (couldn't tell you which specifically offhand other than I know that 2 were older PFB200W) and the only difference that I could see is that they have a somewhat different hole pattern. I do like them. Easy to install with the separate mounting plate and look clean. Having to grind out a notch for the cable if it's exiting the housing isn't as convenient as it could be.
     
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    EMPIRETECANDY IPCT Vendor

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    Have to do some DIY ,not easy for normal client to do that.
     
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    Guido87 Getting the hang of it

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    Maybe this document helps.

    Dahua Mounting Adaptor Chart For All Cameras
     
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  21. micoinde

    micoinde Getting the hang of it

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    SD and Dahua PFB203W

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    Now this looks great! What mount did you use?
     
  23. micoinde

    micoinde Getting the hang of it

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    Dahua PFB203W


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    @micoinde, to confirm, there is no ability for the network cable to exit to the top or side of that mount? Looks like it can only go directly through the back of the mount, into the surface on which the mount is attached?
     
  25. micoinde

    micoinde Getting the hang of it

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    Rear opening into mountjng surface or side surface mount through rubber grommet.


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  26. Mike A.

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    Looks like they've changed the way the surface mount option comes vs older/other versions of these mounts. They didn't used to have the hole with a removable "plug" installed as in your pic. Just an outline of where you'd cut/grind out a similar opening. Don't think that the PFB200 even has the outline. In any case, that would make it a lot easier.
     
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  27. wackystuff

    wackystuff Young grasshopper

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    does the camera mount into the pre-exisiting holes of the PFB203W or did you have to drill new ones? if drilling new holes, what did you use?
     
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  28. nymphaeles

    nymphaeles Getting the hang of it

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    It looks like to me that there maybe a water-proof issue with camera mounting on a PFB203W. Water may enter the SD card compartment or might come through the wiring outlet.
    @micoinde
    What do you think?
     
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    the sd compartment has a rubber gasket, but I certainly wouldn't immerse it.
     
  30. looney2ns

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    Yes, the holes are drilled and taped.