I have been involved in video surveillance systems for many years.
Previously, as everyone put analog cameras, now of course I switched to digital, I don’t feel like going back.
I tried different cameras, but somehow ILDVR and Hikvision products came across more often, mainly because of convenient software.
That's about the cameras of the second manufacturer and we will talk, or rather about their one, but very successful model.
Who cares, come in.
I will make a reservation right away, screenshots of street images, etc. No, to my great regret.
When I did the review, it was just a few daysbad weather, and then the cameras left for their regular place. Therefore, I wrote my review rather in the style of complementing an existing review where there are screenshots of the camera image and are pretty good.
And I just wanted to recommend a normal seller with good prices.
I ordered four cameras in three calls, the first for testing, then three more. Came without a problem.
Packed quite simply, but quite reliably, it is very difficult to damage the camera during the delivery process.
This is what the whole kit looks like.
The camera box is 1 in 1 in size with the original one, in which the cameras are sold with us, the only difference is the lack of printing. But I did not take cameras for the sake of printing, because its meaning for me is zero.
On one of the ends of the packaging all the minimum necessary information about the camera is placed.
3mp matrix, 1/3 "CMOS (3.2mr in reality)
Maximum resolution 2048x1536
Maximum frame rate 30 (in 1920x1080 mode)
Sensitivity 0.028 Lux
There is also a default IP address, username and password.
Inside the package is absolutely no different from the original one, the same “house” made of foamed polyethylene, it is very difficult to damage the camera in such a package, especially if you take into account the strength of the camera itself.
One camera kit.
A set of screws and plugs for them (frank g ...., as in the branded)
Software CD (in theory, I have never even looked at what's on it)
Brief installation instructions.
There is not much information on the camera itself, even more on the box.
The focal length of the lens is 4.0 mm, the maximum power is 7 watts of 12 volts (the PoE switch shows about 5.5 watts).
On the back there is a screw for connecting ground to the camera body and a reset button.
On the front side, the camera is no different from other surveillance cameras. the same lens, such a backlight with a light sensor.
The camera has two connectors.
12 volt power connector
A connector for connecting a LAN cable.
From the poles, the LAN connector canit is practically tightly connected, and if you feed the camera from the switch, then you don’t need to connect anything else, a minus follows from this, it is advisable to isolate the power connector either with electrical tape / heat shrink, or place all the connections in a sealed box.
Fasteners and hermetic kit closer.
The connection is pretty reliable, it’s better of course to make all the connections in boxes anyway, but even in this case the connection is very good.
A complete set of all pieces of paper looks like this.
Brief installation instructions.
Sticker for easy drilling of mounting holes
The round film with the inscription Hikvizhn, incomprehensible to me, does not go to those that are sold with us.
CD and instruction.
To the dome cameras is still a hex key.
Also, the seller put a piece of paper with a request to put him 5 stars and the sticker "video surveillance is underway", only he put one sticker, clamped to put more.
And here are all four beauties together
The bracket is made medium (in general, and not specifically for these cameras).
I had to put different cameras, and II don’t really like this mounting principle, as sometimes the camera can “sag”. Here, the manufacturer made notches to protect against this. But I prefer the brackets, where the fastener has only two degrees of freedom and is tightened with a key or a screwdriver.
Well, how could I resist disassembling the camera
And inside we have a whole “sandwich” of boards.
But everything has its time.
At the opening it is evident that there is also a bag with silica gel to protect against moisture, the chamber is sealed, but for additional protection against fogging it will not hurt.
The electronics in the chamber is divided into two parts connected by a flexible cable and several additional wires.
The module itself with a camera, lens and backlight is an aluminum chassis mounted in the housing.
On the back of the case is a PoE \ 12V power card and connections to the local network (network card transformer).
On the reverse side of this board are protective elements, diode power bridges, other components of the power board, as well as a connector for connecting to the processor board.
As I wrote above, the boards are installed as a “sandwich”. One board is inserted into another.
There are much more elements on the processor board.
the flash memory chip and the network card chip are immediately evident.
On the reverse side of the board there is a processor, a RAM chip, a clock power battery, a reset button, and other small components.
Heat from the processor is diverted to the aluminum case through heat-conducting rubber.
Camera Processor - ambarella a5s-c0-rh based on a 528 MHz ARM core. This camera does not use all its capabilities, for example, the processor supports working with memory cards, but this camera does not.
The reset button has a sealed design, so the cable is filled with solid sealant.
To the left of the cable is a ledge of the case; heat from the processor is removed to it.
In operation, the camera heats up, but not very much. These cameras were tested in direct sunlight in the summer and -25 in winter, no problems were found.
Although I met references to the precedents of freezing the curtain of an IR filter, I did not have this.
Then I got to the module with a matrix and a lens, actually a camera.
As I wrote, all this part is mounted on a separate aluminum chassis.
There is an IR LED board on the front, it can work in different modes, it can also be turned off programmatically if necessary.
If you remove the backlight board, then access is openedto the chassis itself, it is quite durable, but there is a slight nuance, at very low temperatures the camera’s focus worsens a little, but the same glitch is present in many other cameras.
From myself I will say that I did not notice this, maybe I was just lucky.
The camera board is closer. There is nothing under the sticker, several capacitors and resistors, all communication between the matrix and the processor board occurs through a flat cable.
Then I did not begin to disassemble, I decided to dwell on this.
You can see the camera lens and wire curtain IR filter.
In general, this whole structure is disassembled quite conveniently, however, as it is going back.
I will highlight some of the review to describe the software.
To get started, Hikvision Tools - Hikvision Tools.
There is still software for choosing the correct IPCTool focal length, all the software mentioned in the review will be posted for download.
The first time you turn on the camera, it is usually detected under the IP address 126.96.36.199
But the IP address does not matter, the software will find the camera under any IP address, even if the cameras have the same address.
In addition, there is Hikvision TFTP Server software that allows updating software even for a camera that does not respond.
By the way, at startup, the camera always has the originalIP address, it is picked up by the TFTP Server to update the firmware. To do this, put the current firmware file in the folder with TFTP, start the software and either reboot the camera or turn on / off its power.
You should not do this with a group of cameras, since the update can go directly to all cameras, and their firmware may be incompatible.
in addition, once the manufacturer plantedpig, in the form that after the update the format of the serial number changed and the software that uses it did not want to work with cameras, I had to reflash it back. I described in more detail on the forum.
In this window, change the IP to the required one, enter the username / password and click - save.
I will not describe further features of the software, there is a calculation of the necessary flow rate and the required size of the hard drive, it is advisable to have a connected and configured camera for this.
All camera control can be done through the Web interface.
I hid the description of some features and settings under the spoiler as well.
Description of the web interface
The first time you connect to the camera, it enters the login / password input window, as well as the language selection.
By default, cameras came with the Russian language turned on, a trifle, but nice.
After that we drive in the admin login, password 12345 andwhen trying to enter, the camera immediately notifies us that the default password is used and recommends changing it. Previously, this was not, it has already been added to the new software.
When you turn on the image for the first time, it will most likely not be, and the camera will offer to download and install the WebComponents package.
In general, the camera allows you to select the display mode. Even if you do not update WebComponents, then all the settings will still be available, but there will be no image in the web interface.
Window for checking the firmware version, as well as the version of the camera encoder.
The camera came with the latest, at the time of sale, version 5.2.5, although 5.2.3 was on the sticker, another nice point.
Maintenance tab, from here you can update the firmware, reset the camera to the initial settings (completely or all except the IP address), save the settings file.
After flashing it is recommended to make all the settings again.
By the way, the translation into Russian was done perfectly.
The second maintenance tab gives you access to the ability to turn off the IR illumination.
In the settings tab, the connection options are prettymany, I will not describe them, since there are a lot of tabs and this would take a lot of space and time. By the way, the camera can synchronize via the Internet and from the computer to which it is connected. But for some reason I did not succeed in setting up synchronization from the intranet NTP server, now the servers are synchronized centrally, and the cameras are already tied to them.
The Video \ Audio tab selects resolution, compression type, compression quality, stream speed, number of frames per second, and all this can be done for the main stream and additional independently.
There is no microphone in this camera, nor is it possible to connect it (on some cameras you can connect a microphone and speaker to a separate loop), therefore the Audio tab is missing.
The camera supports work in three basic resolutions.
The maximum 2048x1536, but the maximum frame rate is limited to 20 fps.
The standard 1920x1080, it is immediately evident that the image expanded sideways, but at the same time it was already above and below.
In 1280x720 mode, the aspect ratio remains the same as in 1920x1080, but the image quality changes.
Also in the camera there is a very convenient option. This is an opportunity to increase image quality in certain areas specified by the user, while maintaining a constant flow rate.
Surely many were faced with a situation whereyou need to have higher image quality, for example, on the stairs, but would like to lower the quality in unimportant areas. This is possible here, though it will not be visible on the screenshot, I just gave it as an example.
Window for image settings, video processing, noise reduction, etc.
I noticed that the option to automatically select the exposure time is not available in this firmware version, although the function itself works correctly, strange.
It’s worth noting that the function works greatbacklight compensation, I was able to configure the camera even so. that in one frame there was a sun reflected from polished metal and a room with not very bright artificial light. The compensation zone can be selected.
Intrusion detection function, not to be confused with motion detection mode.
As I understand it, it works similarlySearch function abandoned things have not experienced. The cameras left for the object, but there was only one camera left at home on the same processor, I think to try the new firmware on it.
The function of determining the movement of an object in a virtual plane. It can be used to identify all people who move along the arrows, as well as only left or right.
This function is also used to count the number of people (using separate software)
And here is another convenient feature, the corridor mode.
Surely you can often meet a situation wherethe camera looks along a long corridor, and since everyone knows that the camera in the horizontal plane sees wider than in the vertical one, we get qualitatively visible side walls, and the corridor itself is not very visible.
In this mode, we rotate the camera 90 degrees, and after activating the “corridor” option we get the correct display of the corridor. A very convenient thing.
The motion detector, everything is simple here, select the zones we need, set the sensitivity of the detector, as well as the schedule of the detector (if necessary).
All this data can be transmitted to the monitoring system software, to email or both at once. Also, a notification about overflow of the hard disk can be transmitted there.
One of the security settings tabs.
Tabs for recording settings, if the camera itself writes to a network drive, I do not use this function.
Settings for saving images and display parameters, to be honest, some of the settings are not clear to me. Objectives to understand until it was standing.
The window for viewing the archive from the web interface, I also never used this mode, since all cameras are written to dedicated to this server.
As you can see, there are VERY many settings, I did not even try to cover them all, but I tried to show the key ones.
Usually Hikvision cameras are used with their native software.iVMS4200, but in my personal opinion this software is rather miserable. I will not describe it, several screenshots are in this review. If someone will be very interested, then I can show my native software.
There is more sophisticated software, such as TRASSIR, with a bunch of options and plug-ins (all for a fee), but I use something average called ILDVR.
I have been working with this software for about 10 years, I started on versions 7.xx, and now version 10.xx is popular.
The software is frequently and regularly updated, there is a Russian-language interface.
As expected, the software works has a server and client part.
I will describe only the server room. The client has a simplified interface, but it allows you to remotely access most of the server side settings (except for security settings), as well as a developed part for viewing records (for example, working with information from POS terminals). The client part can also record the received video in automatic mode.
But in order for these cameras to work with this software fully, you need to buy a license for each camera. Without it, the server can only display video, recording will not be conducted.
The cost of a license is commensurate with the costinexpensive chinese ip camera, but even that can be beneficial. By the way, ILDVR cameras can also work with Hikvision software, but also subject to the purchase of a license.
With native cameras, all software works for free, but in Hick I do not like software, and in ILDVR cameras, I have to make such hybrids.
Brief Description of ILDVR Software
The main program window, on the right there is a menu for accessing different settings, there are still tabs, but there are much less interesting things :).
On the screen, the continuous recording mode is turned on.
In the software, you can configure the display of up to 64 cameras, andBelieve me, I have such systems, there are systems. where a couple of such windows are few. This mode is usually not used on client computers, since the operator can optimally monitor 9 cameras, even 16 cameras to FOLLOW is almost impossible. Those. the operator will see them, but it’s already hard to perceive.
With a right click on the selected camera, a menu pops up where you can get additional features.
Full-screen mode - the video window is displayed in full screen, the buttons will not be visible.
Instant playback - Selective playback of the last 10 seconds (up to 8 minutes) of a recording without having to start a separate player.
Alarm message, operator notification service function.
The recording status of the disc and the calculation of the recording time, I will show separately.
Expand the image, in fact, it doesn’t work on the server, on the client it allows you to increase the arbitrarily selected image area, works on several cameras independently.
Video analytics, I will describe separately.
The choice of the instant display time, after the end of the time, the software switches to the real display mode, you can also interrupt the mode forcibly.
Window for calculating the recording time.
All working cameras are displayed here, speedflow from them, and also according to these data the archive depth is calculated, also due to the fact that cameras can write using the detector, the archive depth is indicated even if all cameras write continuously.
Separately, it is worth mentioning the video analytics mode.
Part can be understood even from the drop-down menu.
And here are all the available modes, but I’ll warn you, while software is only in the process of debugging, these options have appeared not so long ago, because nuances are possible, but the program is constantly developing and updating.
When you click on the camera we need, you can get into its settings.
This is how the menu for working with the camera looks from the side of video surveillance software.
And these are some settings of video surveillance software, again, I won’t give everything, if anyone is interested, I will explain and take the necessary screenshots.
Player window. It is possible to view up to 16 cameras at the same time (even from different servers), while you can enable time synchronization for any of the cameras. Those. other cameras will adjust to the selected one and will display what is happening synchronously. Well, of course, standard things, saving a record (on the hard disk, the software will automatically create a folder where there will be a folder with a camera number and player files for playing on any computer, it’s very convenient, the player starts right from the folder and we watch the file without installing codecs, etc. .
All the same, I decided to put out a couple of screenshots, on one the 180 watt top light is on, on the second only IR illumination.
Great picture quality
Great camera software features
Strong case, moisture resistance.
Two power options, 12 Volt and PoE.
In addition to the ill-conceived protection of the 12-volt power connector, not detected.
My opinion is an excellent, well-debugged camera with a high-quality image and an affordable price. I installed a lot of them, I did not find any special problems, they work quite reliably.
I was asked several times why why notI’m taking a review of cameras from other manufacturers, I’ll answer here, I haven’t come across cameras that, according to the description, have similar characteristics and capabilities. Maybe I'll take something for review, but 1mp cameras are simply not interesting to me, and 3mp are not so cheap anymore. I have good frames for comparing 1.3mp cameras and 3mp installed in one place (yes, we are already changing 1.3 to 3), but again, for a number of reasons I can’t publish them. :(
I hope that my mini-review was useful, although I admit that it’s not very interesting either.
I could not fit in it all the features, menus, etc., and also did not describe the native software, but if anyone is interested, I will be happy to add all this to the review or in the comments.
This time I just created a folder on the Yandex drive, where I posted all the software for these cameras.
If there are questions, I can add more, I posted the very minimum. Download
Instead of a cat
Today, instead of a cat, I will show a video of one robbery. This video was shot a very long time ago, even by analogue observation. I still have interesting videos, but for a number of reasons I can’t publish them.
At the same time in this video you can clearly see how the cap with a visor covers the face, even if the camera is not very high.
In addition, the curious situation is thatthe video robbed a point selling gold products, while the surveillance camera was installed simply in the store. The owner of the store offered the owner of this point to put him a camera separately (to enter the stake for the installation of surveillance), but he refused. Later, when I was preparing a video for the investigator, he said that this was the only video from a series of robberies.
Video filthy quality, the camera is analog and fairly inexpensive, the video has been transcoded.
The desktop was a 800MHz celeron desktop, served 8 cameras in real time.