Review-OEM IPC-T3241-ZAS 2mp AI Lite series Varifocal

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IPC-T3241-ZAS from EMPIRETECANDY
2MP WDR Turret Varifocal AI Network Camera

Review unit courtesy of Andy (@EMPIRETECANDY) in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Purchase in the IPCT Store
Andy's ipcamtalk vendor forum: link
Andy's AliExpress store: link
Andy's Amazon store: link

Price Approximately US $145.00 shipped.
Andy's Aliexpress store here: Link
Andys' Amazon Store: Link
(prices and links valid 2/7/20)
Updated Prices and Links 6/5/20

IPC-T3241T-ZAS
2MP Lite AI IR Vari-focal Eyeball Network Camera
2MP, 1/2.8” CMOS image sensor, low illuminance, high image definition
Outputs max. 2MP (1920 × 1080)@30 fps
H.265 codec, high compression rate, low bit rate
Built-in IR LED, max. IR distance: 40 m
ROI, SMART H.264+/H.265+, flexible coding, applicable to various bandwidth and storage environments
Rotation mode, WDR, 3D DNR, HLC, BLC, digital watermarking, applicable to various monitoring scenes
Intelligent detection: Intrusion, tripwire
Abnormality detection: Motion detection, video tampering, scene changing, audio detection, no SD card, SD card full, SD card error, net work disconnection, IP conflict, illegal access, voltage detection
Supports max. 256 G Micro SD card, built-in Mic
12V DC/POE power support
IP67 protection
SMD


Camera
Image Sensor1/2.8”2Megapixel progressive CMOS
Effective Pixels1920 (H) ×1080 (V)
ROM128 MB
RAM256 MB
Scanning SystemProgressive
Electronic Shutter SpeedAuto/Manual 1/3 s–1/100000 s
Min. Illumination0.002 Lux@F1.5
IR Distance40 m (131.2 ft)
IR On/Off ControlAuto/Manual
IR LEDs Number2 (IR LEDs)
Pan/Tilt/Rotation RangeHorizontal: 0°–360°; vertical: 0°–78°; rotation: 0°–360°
Lens
Lens TypeMotorized vari-focal
Mount Typeφ14
Focal Length2.7 mm–13.5 mm
Max. ApertureF1.5
Field of ViewHorizontal: 108°–28°
Vertical: 57° –16°
Diagonal: 130° –33°
Iris TypeFixed aperture
Close Focus Distance0.8 m (2.6 ft)
DORI DistanceLensDetectObserveRecognizeIdentify
W44.1 m
(144.7 ft)
17.6 m
(57.7 ft)
8.8 m
(28.9 ft)
4.4 m
(14.4 ft)
T153.1 m (502.3 ft)61.2 m
(200.8 ft)
30.6 m
(82.9 ft)
15.3 m
(50.2 ft)
Professional, Intelligent
Perimeter ProtectionTripwire; intrusion (Recognition of human and vehicle)
Intelligent SearchWork together with Smart NVR to perform refine intelligent search, event extraction and merging to event videos
Video
Video CompressionH.265; H.264; H.264H; H.264B; MJPEG
Smart CodecYes
Video Frame RateMain stream (1920 × 1080@1–25/30 fps)
sub stream(704 × 576@1–25 fps/704 × 480@1–30 fps)
third stream(1280 × 720@1–25/30 fps)
Stream Capability3 streams
Resolution1080p (1920 × 1080); 1.3M (1280 × 960); 720p (1280 × 720); D1 (704 × 576/704 × 480); VGA (640 × 480); CIF (352 × 288/352 × 240)
Bit Rate ControlCBR/VBR
Video Bit RateH.264: 3 Kbps–8192 Kbps
H.265: 3 Kbps–8192 Kbps
Day/NightAuto(ICR)/Color/B/W
BLCYes
HLCYes
WDR120 dB
White BalanceAuto/natural/street lamp/outdoor/manual/regional custom
Gain ControlAuto/Manual
Noise Reduction3D DNR
Motion DetectionOFF/ON (4 areas, rectangular)
Region of Interest(RoI)Yes (4 areas)
Smart IRYes
Image Rotation0°/90°/180°/270° (Support 90°/270° with 1920 × 1080 resolution.)
MirrorYes
Privacy Masking4 areas
Audio
Built-in MICYes
Audio CompressionG.711a; G.711Mu; G726; AAC
Network
NetworkRJ-45 (10/100 Base-T)
ProtocolIPv4;IPv6;HTTP;HTTPS;TCP;UDP;ARP;RTP;RTSP;RTCP;
RTMP;SMTP;FTP;SFTP;DHCP;DNS;DDNS;QoS;UPnP;NTP;Multicast;ICMP;IGMP;NFS;PPPoE;802.1x;SNMP
InteroperabilityONVIF(Profile S/Profile G);CGI;P2P;Milestone;Genetec
Scene Self-adaptationYes
User/Host20 (Total bandwidth: 64 M)
Edge StorageFTP; SFTP; Micro SD Card (support max. 256 G);Cloud; NAS
BrowserIE: IE8, IE9, IE11
Chrome
Firefox
Management SoftwareSmart PSS, DSS, DMSS
Mobile PhoneIOS; Android
Certification
CertificationsCE-LVD: EN60950-1
CE-EMC: Electromagnetic Compatibility Directive 2014/30/EU
FCC: 47 CFR FCC Part 15, Subpart B
UL/CUL: UL60950-1 CAN/CSA C22.2 No.60950-1-07
Power
Power Supply12V DC/PoE (802.3af)
Power Consumption<7.8W
Environment
Operating Conditions-30°C to +60°C (-22°F to +140°F)/less than≤95%
Strorage Conditions-40°C to +60°C (-40°F to +140°F)
Ingress ProtectionIP67
Structure
CasingMetal
Dimensions108.3 mm × Φ122 mm (4.3" × Φ4.8")
Net Weight685g (1.5 lb)
Gross Weight828 g (1.8 lb)
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A new camera from the AI Lite series. Has better lux rating, and Smart Motion Detection, AKA, SMD. It is supposed to allow you just choose human or auto to filter out everything else. Unfortunate that it does not work.
I set it up for Automobile only, it picked me up walking, and anything else such as shadows, etc.
I set it up for Human only, same thing, picks up anything. Worked just like plain motion would work.

The cam does have AI IVS which does work properly. IE, set filter for automobile, and it doesn't see anything else that triggers motion.
The cam does well at night in color or b/w.
The video below shows me with just 7.5 watts of LED light in the lamp post to the left in color mode. To the right of the drive where I walk into the grass, it's dark enough I have to cautious due to low light.
See what you think.

Be sure to choose 1080p in youtube player.
Recorded and exported from Blue Iris.
All camera settings at factory default except for time and channel name.


 
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Thank You for the review!
At this price point I will look at these, instead of the more expensive IPC-HDW5231R-ZE.
Unfortunately Andy hasn't posted any stock to Amazon so I will wait.

Edit Andy explained in another thread that the delay in restocking is due to holidays just ended, yet factories, shipping, etc are closed due to containment stratagies regarding the recent virus outbreak. Which is fully understandable.

@looney2ns @bigredfish Regarding the PAL/NTSC issue Thank You for pointing out that during camera initialization one of the first questions is region and PAL or NTSC.Things like that shouldn't be so easy, it makes my old brain triple think the "easy" questions.
 
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I suggest you check later next month. This model is still relatively new and it will take a little extra time for stock to be globally available given the present situation

Thank You for the review!
At this price point I will look at these, instead of the more expensive IPC-HDW5231R-ZE.
Unfortunately Andy hasn't posted any stock to Amazon so I will wait.
 
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Today I learned something new.
If PAL/NTSC aren't an issue then is it as simple as a fw flash or ssh command?
 

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How does this compare with the 5442 turret (IR or LED)?

I’m on the fence regarding vari-focal vs fixed lens but I do have most of my cams current zoomed all the way out so I guess fixed lens would be fine. I’ve 5231’s installed around the house ... if I wanted to swap camera locations later would these cameras fit into the existing mounts or would I have to take down and put up new mounts?
 
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Andy (@EMPIRETECANDY), any idea when you will get more of the IPC-HDW3241T-ZAS in stock on your Amazon store? The link @looney2ns has in the original post doesn't work anymore.

Or, does anyone know where these could be purchased? I can't find them at all online, unless they're under a different model?

I'm looking at the new low-light models, and this looks like the upgrade to the IPC-HDW2231T-ZS-S2, with a built in microphone, which is what I'm looking for.
 
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I suggest waiting until the end of the month for things to stabilize there. So many models recently got their production halted with the release of new models, discontinuation of old models (even though still fairly new from a product release cycle perspective). The virus has really disrupted the supply chain especially in the realm of chip-availability.

Andy (@EMPIRETECANDY), any idea when you will get more of the IPC-HDW3241T-ZAS in stock on your Amazon store? The link @looney2ns has in the original post doesn't work anymore.

Or, does anyone know where these could be purchased? I can't find them at all online, unless they're under a different model?

I'm looking at the new low-light models, and this looks like the upgrade to the IPC-HDW2231T-ZS-S2, with a built in microphone, which is what I'm looking for.
 

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Andy (@EMPIRETECANDY), any idea when you will get more of the IPC-HDW3241T-ZAS in stock on your Amazon store? The link @looney2ns has in the original post doesn't work anymore.

Or, does anyone know where these could be purchased? I can't find them at all online, unless they're under a different model?

I'm looking at the new low-light models, and this looks like the upgrade to the IPC-HDW2231T-ZS-S2, with a built in microphone, which is what I'm looking for.
This one delayed to later April. The bad virus make all work delay, i booked in Jan, 3 months still not ready.
 

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Also awaiting the Stock to come back in on this one....
Going to pull the trigger and Buy.

I think It will be a great First Cam to get my Feet Wet and Learn on.
Now we wait.
I guess I have some more time to study and learn.
 

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I saw earlier in the thread someone asking how it compared to the 5442 but I am curious how it compares to the 5231 actually.
Long ago I heard there was no difference between the 2231 and the 5231 other than the audio.
Now that this one has audio, it seems to be more bang for the buck than the 5231 and possibly superior for my purposes.
Any comments on that?
 
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