upgrade from foscam to hikvision


Jan 17, 2020
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Athens, Greece
Greetings forum,
I have been using for a long time foscam cameras. They have been reliable but their quality is crappy with today’s standards. Especially my ptz FI9828P is super unreliable and has one the worst image quality ever (there are moments that the image becomes purple for example). Also their app is pretty bad.
Few months ago i purchased 2 reolinks (one poe RLC-410 and one wifi, the C1PRO ) as an alternative and I was pleasured to see big improvements compared to foscam. The image quality is far better, the app is easier to handle, the web interface of the cameras is a huge improvement. But I am having problems that I didn’t have with my foscam. The motion detection for example doesn’t seem to work properly.

Reading a little bit on this forum I can see that people praise dahua and hikvision. And I can see why from the reviews and videos examples. I purchased my foscam FI9828P for about €200 and for the same price I can get some very impressive hikvision models.
Now my questions. I am thinking to replace my foscams (and probably my reolinks, not sure yet if i will keep them) with hikvision. Dahua is out of the question. I can find hikvision on good prices in my country and with good support.
I will need 4 cameras in total. One can be PTZ. The price limit per camera is around €200 (I might be able to afford a little more for the PTZ).

As a turret camera I was thinking the recent hikvision DS-2CD2347G1-LU (has build it mic). Probably 2 of them with an estimated price of €230 per camera.
For ptz I was thinking the dome style hikvision DS-2DE2A404IW-DE3.

And finally is there any suggestion for a bullet type hikvision?

my requirements: poe only. The cameras will all be external. One of the them should be pt or ptz.

Any advice, alternative suggestions etc, would be appreciated


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Feb 15, 2018
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if you are interested in International Dahua cameras, a forum member sells dahua (and some Hikvision) and ships world wide. You can read some of the members recommendations on his service. He also provides cameras to other forum member for evaluation and reviews.
You can email him for a quote, or purchase from his Aliexpress store or his Amazon store. The cameras are fully upgradable, he posts upgarde software when available.
Shipping time is normal a week or less.

Andy's ipcamtalk vendor forum: EmpireTech Andy
Andy's AliExpress store: Empire Technology Co., Ltd - Amazing prodcuts with exclusive discounts on AliExpress
Andy's Amazon store: EmpireTech-Andy @ Amazon.com:
forum: EmpireTech Andy

Note it is currently Chinese new year and his response may be delayed.



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Feb 15, 2018
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My standard welcome to the forum message.

Please read the IP Cam Talk Cliff Notes and other items in the IP Cam Talk Wiki. (read on a real computer, not a phone). The wiki is in the blue bar at the top of the page.

Read How to Secure Your Network (Don't Get Hacked!) in the wiki also.

Quick start
1) If you do not have a wired monitored alarm system, get that first
2) Use Dahua starlight cameras or Hikvision darkfighter cameras if you need good low light cameras.
3) use a VPN to access home network (openVPN)
4) Do not use wifi cameras.
5) Do not use cloud storage
6) Do Not use uPNP, P2P, QR, do not open ports,
7) More megapixel is not necessarily better.
8) Avoid chinese hacked cameras (most ebay, amazon, aliexpress cameras(not all, but most))
9) Do not use reolink, ring, nest, Arlo cameras (they are junk), no cloud cameras
10) If possible use a turret camera , bullet collect spiders, dome collect dirt and reflect light (IR)
11) Use only solid copper, AWG 23 or 24 ethernet wire. , no CCA (Copper Clad Aluminum)
12) use a test mount to verify the camera mount location. My test rig: rev.2
13) (Looney2ns)If you want to be able to ID faces, don't mount cams higher than 8ft. You want to know who did it, not just what happened.
14) Use a router that has openVPN built in (Most ASUS, Some NetGear....)
15) camera placement use the calculator... IPVM Camera Calculator V3
16) POE list PoE Switch Suggestion List

Cameras to look at
IPC-T5442TM-AS-LED Review IPC-T5442TM-AS-LED (Full Color, Starlight+) - 4MP starlight
IPC-T5442TM-AS Review-OEM 4mp AI Cam IPC-T5442TM-AS Starlight+ - 4MP starlight+
IPC-T2347G-LU Review of the Hikvision OEM model IPC-T2347G-LU 'ColorVu' IP CCTV camera. (DS-2CD2347G1-LU)
IPC-HDW2231R-ZS Review-Dahua IPC-HDW2231RP-ZS Starlight Camera-Varifocal
IPC-HDW2231T-ZS-S2 Review-OEM IPC-T2231T-ZS 2mp Varifocal Starlight Camera
IPC-HDW5231R-ZE Review-Dahua Starlight IPC-HDW5231R-ZE 800 meter capable ePOE
IPCT-HDW5431RE-I Review - IP Cam Talk 4 MP IR Fixed Turret Network Camera
N22AL12 New Dahua N22AL12 Budget Cam w/Starlight -- low cost entry

Other dahua 4MP starlight Dahua 4MP Starlight Lineup

My preferred indoor cameras
IPC-K35A Review-Dahua IPC-K35A 3mp Cube Camera

If interested in Blue Iris and other setup items see the following post

Camera Sensor size info Sensor Size Chart Generally bigger is better

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