Hi guys, I've been told by my installer that this model of camera is not compatible with the Lite series NVR from Dahua (DHI-NVR4216-16P-4KS2). Is he for real or he's just bullshitting me to upsell me to a more expensive NVR?
If you're using the schedule posted, make sure the Night profile itself has the lights set to "On".
The hours of the schedule you posted look like the Night profile starts before 8:00 PM but switches to the Day profile at midnight (0:00).
If you have an always-on Windows PC running that can access the cameras, you might want to check out @bp2008's DahuaSunriseSunset utility. It can connect to your Dahua cameras and toggle them between Day/Night profiles based on the day's actual sunrise/sunset times. Saves from having to edit your camera schedules a few times throughout the year as sunrise/sunset times change.
I want the LEDs to be active only between 7pm and 11pmSo you have the Day profile set for the LED off and the Night Profile set for the LED on, correct? Then it should follow that schedule that you set as far as times go.
Unless I'm not understanding what you want. Say the exact times you want the LED to run for because I'm not still clear.
Modify the Night Profile so that the lights are set to "ON" (not auto). Schedule the night profile for 7PM - 11PM.
Modify the Day profile so that the lights are set to "OFF" (not auto). Schedule that profile to run 11PM - 7PM.
Oh hmmmmm... I'm not sure if you can have the Day profile start again at 11PM (as per your circle).
We are currently using an IPC-HDW4300C for the from verandah area of our house, but the iR blooms from the white verandah, and don't get great nighttime images beyond the verandah, and am looking to add a colour camera out the front to cover the area in front of the verandah (camera installed on the street side of the verandah) due to some issues we've had recently with people coming down the driveway in the early hours of the morning.Both cameras use the same image sensor/lens. You can get color out of both ... if there's enough ambient white light at night, both cameras stay in color mode just the same (without having to use their built-in lights).
When the ambient white light level goes low enough at night, the two models act differently. The LED model creates its own ambient white light (by flipping on the built-in LEDs) and keeps on trucking in color mode. The non-LED model flips the IR cut filter, turns on the IR lights and switches to b/w mode... IR lights don't help cameras when they're in color mode.
You can change settings on either model to override defaults. You can set the non-LED model to stay in color mode all the time if you want. You can set the LED model so that the LEDs don't turn on when it gets dark outside. Interestingly enough, then the LED model will switch to b/w mode when it gets dark out (although you can override that with a setting, too).
For me, color is a "nice to have", but I do NOT want it if it means having two bright-ass lights on the front of my cameras turn on and run all night long (making the camera look like an always-on flood light). Again, that's just me. I happened to get lucky. I have both a 5442 LED and non-LED model and there was enough ambient light in both areas I mounted them that they stay in color all night long without having to use the built-in lights on either camera.
I'm not sure if you've seen Mech's 5442 LED review thread, but the way he's using his, the LED light being on all night makes perfect sense:
Got one of these, or considering one? Quick summary: This IPC-T5442TM-AS-LED cam has white-light LEDs and can't see infrared light, only visible light. It combines extra low-light sensitivity with substantial "enhancement" abilities to boost dark scenes. It's a variant of the other 5442...ipcamtalk.com
Here's my 5442TM-AS-LED at night... I use this camera as an overview cam, just to get an idea of what's happening on that side of the house, not to ID anyone. The streetlight gives enough ambient light that it stays in color mode without having to turn the LED lights on. I do have the LED lights disabled (via settings) because if that street light ever goes out, I do not want the camera becoming a bright light that beams from the side of the house. Mounted like this, the cameras LED lights wouldn't be much of a help even if it ever did get dark enough for them to turn on. If you're wondering why the heck I even have a LED model, it's because I thought I had a good place to use it (with its light), but that didn't turn out like I thought, so now it's doing a good job as an overview camera w/o using the light.
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Here's my 5442TM-AS (not LED). The only setting change on this camera is that the shutter is 1/60 to help reduce motion blur. Between the 60W light on the garage and the street light about 100ft across the street there is enough ambient light to keep this camera in color mode on its own at night.
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Good analysis, IMO. The IPC-HDW4300C you have uses the older, smaller 1/3" image sensor, so either of the 5442 models should be a huge step up in terms of low-light image quality.Can you guys provide any feedback on this?