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ACTI E33  E33 5MP Bullet with D/N, IR, Basic WDR, Fixed lens
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs Very good 08/31/2015

This review is from: ACTI E33 E33 5MP Bullet with D/N, IR, Basic WDR, Fixed lens

Pros: Note that this review is for the ACTi E33A model, which replaced this one. As far as I can tell, the only difference is that the E33A adds a microSD card slot for local storage, and requires a little less power. Unfortunately, you will have to purchase the E33A somewhere else, since Newegg doesn't carry it. B&H Camera (best price today) and Ama zon both have it.

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Very high quality day and night images but see cons.

The lens is 4.2mm, which provides a fairly wide view, and maintains clarity even into the periphery.

The enclosure is extremely high quality. The front of the camera body unscrews to provide access to manually focus the lens, The back end is attached with 3 captive screws, and once removed provides access to the Ethernet port (or micro connector that the included cable uses) and the microSD memory slot (E33A). Both the front and back removable pieces have o-ring seals.

Out of the box, there is an 18" Ethernet cable connected to a micro connector inside the camera body, which then exits the camera through a sealed gland. At the end of the cable is an Ethernet jack, for you to connect your POE cable. This setup requires you to seal this external connection, or somehow keep it out of the elements.

Included with the camera is a sealed flexible conduit connector which would allow you to easily route your Ethernet cable from a sealed junction box into the camera, providing the most weatherproof installation.

The camera can be mounted right-side up (Ethernet cable fitting facing down) or upside down (Ethernet cable fitting facing up), and there are 2 mounting holes (1 about centered, and 1 about a quarter of the distance from the back) on both the top and bottom.

The camera is attached using a round base with 3 screws. An articulating arm then screws into the base, and screws into the camera. Adjustments can be made then a thumb screw is tightened to hold it in position.

There is an included sun/rain shield, however if you mount the camera by hanging it from above, you cannot use the shield. This is likely not a problem since it will be shaded by whatever you mounted it to (like the under side of your eave, for example).

(E33A only) You may also install a micro SD card to record data locally (edge storage). There is no mention about the maximum supported size, and I have not tested it.

The ACTi NVR software is free to use for up to 16 cameras. It is a full featured NVR (network video recording) package providing everything you need to get up and running quickly, but see cons about the search tool.

3 year warranty according to ACTi. Not sure why Newegg lists only 1 year.

Cons: ACTi cameras do not do very well with close up (less than 1 meter) motion, resulting in blurred images. This is particularly bad at night..

IP security cameras have a dirty little secret, which does not seem to be limited to ACTi cameras. While this is a 5MP camera and supports 30 frames per second, you can't have them both at once. As it turns out, you can only have 1MP if you want 30 FPS. If you want anything better than 1MP, you are limited to 15 FPS.

With this camera, 15 FPS produces blurry day time video and very blurry night time video when there is close by motion in the frame. Reducing the quality of the image to 1MP and increasing the frame rate to 30 FPS helps, but why buy a 5MP camera and set it to 1MP?

Only 1 video setting is allowed. It would be nice if it was possible to have a set of settings for night time (IR on) and another for day time (IR off). This would greatly improve the performance of this camera because some of the settings like WDR (wide dynamic range) or motion sensitivity help in one case but hurt in the other. Perhaps some feedback to ACTi is needed.

Initially, I was unable to get the NVR Search Tool (IVS 2) to work, and after several tries, it crashed and now it crashes upon start up. Not sure what is going on. I have uninstalled and reinstalled, to no avail. Next is a registry clean up, then I'll need to write to ACTi for assistance.

Other Thoughts: For the price, this is an excellent camera. As with anything, you can always spend more to get something better, or spend less to get something that isn't as good. This price point and quality has worked well for my needs, and the free NVR software (others charge upwards of $200 per camera) was a huge differentiator.

This is a class 2 POE device, which means it will pull a maximum of 7.4W.. During the day it pulls about 3.5W and at night with the IR LEDs on, it pulls about 4.5W. (E33A power ratings)

Network bandwidth is capped at 6Mbps per stream (supports up to 2 streams).

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Acti E32A Security Camera
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs Very good 08/31/2015

This review is from: Acti E32A Security Camera

Pros: Very high quality day and night images but see cons.

The lens is 4.2mm, which provides a fairly wide view, and maintains clarity even into the periphery.

The enclosure is extremely high quality. The front of the camera body unscrews to provide access to manually focus the lens, The back end is attached with 3 captive screws, and once removed provides access to the Ethernet port (or micro connector that the included cable uses) and the microSD memory slot. Both the front and back removable pieces have o-ring seals.

Out of the box, there is an 18" Ethernet cable connected to a micro connector inside the camera body, which then exits the camera through a sealed gland. At the end of the cable is an Ethernet jack, for you to connect your POE cable. This setup requires you to seal this external connection, or somehow keep it out of the elements.

Included with the camera is a sealed flexible conduit connector which would allow you to easily route your Ethernet cable from a sealed junction box into the camera, providing the most weatherproof installation.

The camera can be mounted right-side up (Ethernet cable fitting facing down) or upside down (Ethernet cable fitting facing up), and there are 2 mounting holes (1 about centered, and 1 about a quarter of the distance from the back) on both the top and bottom.

The camera is attached using a round base with 3 screws. An articulating arm then screws into the base, and screws into the camera. Adjustments can be made then a thumb screw is tightened to hold it in position.

There is an included sun/rain shield, however if you mount the camera by hanging it from above, you cannot use the shield. This is likely not a problem since it will be shaded by whatever you mounted it to (like the under side of your eave, for example).

You may also install a micro SD card to record data locally (edge storage). There is no mention about the maximum supported size, and I have not tested it.

The ACTi NVR software is free to use for up to 16 cameras. It is a full featured NVR (network video recording) package providing everything you need to get up and running quickly, but see cons about the search tool.

3 year warranty according to ACTi. Not sure why Newegg lists only 1 year.

Cons: ACTi cameras do not do very well with close up (less than 1 meter) motion, resulting in blurred images. This is particularly bad at night..

IP security cameras have a dirty little secret, which does not seem to be limited to ACTi cameras. While this is a 3MP camera and supports 30 frames per second, you can't have them both at once. As it turns out, you can only have 1MP if you want 30 FPS. If you want anything better than 1MP, you are limited to 15 FPS.

With this camera, 15 FPS produces blurry day time video and very blurry night time video when there is close by motion in the frame. Reducing the quality of the image to 1MP and increasing the frame rate to 30 FPS helps, but why buy a 3MP camera and set it to 1MP?

Only 1 video setting is allowed. It would be nice if it was possible to have a set of settings for night time (IR on) and another for day time (IR off). This would greatly improve the performance of this camera because some of the settings like WDR (wide dynamic range) or motion sensitivity help in one case but hurt in the other. Perhaps some feedback to ACTi is needed.

Initially, I was unable to get the NVR Search Tool (IVS 2) to work, and after several tries, it crashed and now it crashes upon start up. Not sure what is going on. I have uninstalled and reinstalled, to no avail. Next is a registry clean up, then I'll need to write to ACTi for assistance.

Other Thoughts: For the price, this is an excellent camera. As with anything, you can always spend more to get something better, or spend less to get something that isn't as good. This price point and quality has worked well for my needs, and the free NVR software (others charge upwards of $200 per camera) was a huge differentiator.

This is a class 2 POE device, which means it will pull a maximum of 7.4W.. During the day it pulls about 3.5W and at night with the IR LEDs on, it pulls about 4.5W.

Network bandwidth is capped at 6Mbps per stream (supports up to 2 streams).

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ACTi E54 5MP Indoor Dome Camera with D/N, IR, Basic WDR, Fixed Lens
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Very high quality day and night images but see cons.

Camera head assembly can be moved up or down, and rotated 360 degrees. The lens can also be manually focused if needed.

The lens is 3.6mm, which provides a very wide view, which maintains clarity even into the periphery.

Installation is quite simple and accomplished by attaching the metal base with 3 screws, connecting the POE network cable, and twisting the camera assembly onto the base. Adjust the camera, and you're in business.

The ACTi NVR software is free to use for up to 16 cameras. It is a full featured NVR (network video recording) package providing everything you need to get up and running quickly, but see cons about the search tool.

3 year warranty according to ACTi. Not sure why Newegg lists only 1 year.

Cons: The camera itself can NOT be rotated to compensate for the image rotation caused by rotating the camera assembly, which is quite annoying considering the price. So if you have the camera looking off axis, the image will appear rotated.

There is no support for audio in or out, or digital inputs or outputs.

There is no support for microSD card local storage (edge storage).

IP security cameras have a dirty little secret, which does not seem to be limited to ACTi cameras. While this is a 5MP camera and supports 30 frames per second, you can't have them both at once. As it turns out, you can only have 1MP if you want 30 FPS. If you want anything better than 1MP, you are limited to 15 FPS.

ACTi cameras do not do very well with close up (less than 1 meter) motion, resulting in blurred images. This is particularly bad at night..

With this camera, 15 FPS produces blurry day time video and very blurry night time video when there is close by motion in the frame. Reducing the quality of the image to 1MP and increasing the frame rate to 30 FPS helps, but why buy a 5MP camera and set it to 1MP?

Only 1 video setting is allowed. It would be nice if it was possible to have a set of settings for night time (IR on) and another for day time (IR off). This would greatly improve the performance of this camera because some of the settings like WDR (wide dynamic range) or motion sensitivity help in one case but hurt in the other. Perhaps some feedback to ACTi is needed.

Initially, I was unable to get the NVR Search Tool (IVS 2) to work, and after several tries, it crashed and now it crashes upon start up. Not sure what is going on. I have uninstalled and reinstalled, to no avail. Next is a registry clean up, then I'll need to write to ACTi for assistance.

Other Thoughts: This enclosure is absolutely for indoor use only. Don't consider putting it outside, even under cover. When mounted, there is still a gap between the body and mounting surface where bugs and dirt can enter. The clear cover, which is plastic, must be snapped into place, but twisted to the proper orientation to remove. This is pretty hokey and I can imagine that the plastic tabs could easily be broken if you're not careful when removing and replacing it.

For the price, this is an very nice camera. As with anything, you can always spend more to get something better, or spend less to get something that isn't as good. This price point and quality has worked well for my needs, and the free NVR software (others charge upwards of $200 per camera) was a huge differentiator.

This is a class 2 POE device, which means it will pull a maximum of 7.4W.. During the day it pulls about 5.0W and at night with the IR LEDs on, it pulls about 5.5W.

Network bandwidth is capped at 6Mbps per stream (supports up to 2 streams).

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