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The ProView MegaPixel PoE Internet Camera (model TV-IP522P) transmits real-time video over the Internet at up to 1280 x 960 resolution. Manage up to four video profiles to record megapixel H.264 quality video while at the same time streaming content to a compatible 3GPP mobile phone. No need to install this camera near a power source, power and data are received through a single Ethernet cable using Power over Ethernet (PoE) technology. Manage up to 32 TRENDnet ProView cameras with the included complimentary camera management software. Advanced features include Samba client support, motion detection recording, email alerts, scheduled recording sessions, H.264/MPEG-4/MJPEG image compression, 2-way audio, input/output ports, a removable lens, 16x digital zoom, four video profiles, and a built-in SD card slot to store images directly to a memory card. The camera's extruded aluminum housing has top and bottom mounting points and it comes with a wall/ceiling mounting kit.
This review is from: TRENDnet TV-IP522P 1280 x 960 MAX Resolution RJ45 ProView Megapixel PoE Internet Camera
Pros: 1280x960 resolution; PoE; Excellent viewing angle; Does MPEG4, H.264 or MJPEG.
Cons: Horrible exposure. It has the option for auto-exposure to be on or off, but with it off, you get no manual exposure settings. Any part of the image that has a bit more light on it than the rest will show up as pure white to the camera. If you want to use this camera, you must have even lighting throughout the frame. We planned on having one light on at our business at night, but the cameras showed the area under the light as very bright, while the rest of the frame showed as black. Due to this we have to leave all of the lights on at night. The camera has a "night mode," but all that does is change it to greyscale.
The cameras can only be set to 15 fps at 1280x960, and can't even do that. They only do 11 fps, dropping 4 sequential frames each second.
These cameras get quite hot. One of the four would overheat after 20 minutes and have garbled video.
The software has a pretty bad flaw in that if it loses connection to a camera, it won't reconnect until you restart it (the softw
Other Thoughts: I bought 4 of these with a Trendnet TPE-S44 PoE switch. I didn't realize at the time that the cameras use 9w each, and the switch only provides up to 30w total (but can do up to 15.4w per port). I replaced the switch with a TPE-S80, which can provide 15.4w to 8 ports concurrently.
I bought these cameras because of the resolution, but the picture quality isn't very good. I'd prefer a 640x480 image with a better CCD.
2 minutes of H.264 video from one camera is 50MB (with not much going on in frame). Don't use one of those 160GB DVRs unless you only want a couple days of video from a single camera. We have a 2TB drive for 4 cameras, which should be good for at least 7-10 days of video.
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