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Review: 720P Outdoor Day/Night IR IP camera

, posted: 3-Jul-2012 21:07

Purchased from eBay for us$128 including shipping.

Ordered with the 3.6mm lens.

Branded as Wi8 on the auction listing.
Status page on the camera show as Model IP1200.
Manual (word doc) had all manufacturer references stripped but properties showed it's original file name.
Was for model gxv3601, Grandstream. This is a GS clone.

Looks like the gxv3601_HD based on specs.

Made my life a little easier when I needed to find out how to connect it to my security software, Vitamin D (

They could have made the case smaller but I guess they don't want you to feel ripped off so kept a big case.
Most likely used the same case across different models.
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I had to refocus the lens.

It does have a mechanically removable IR Cut filter.
This means picture quality is not compromised during the day by having  no IR Cut filter, as found in cheaper IR cameras.

I put a descant pack in there just in case.
The last cheapie didn't have one but after seeing one in a higher end camera I put one in to be safe.

Now for the image quality.
Vitamin D is configured to capture at 1280x1024.
The previous camera in that location was a webcam.
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The first day of operation did produce some artefacts that triggered the software.

Night time.

Sample videos, as exported from VD.
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For the money I happy with the picture quality.

Unfortunately Vitamin D does not go higher than 1280x1024, otherwise I would use 1080p cameras.
For basic home security 720p is ok :)
Better than the 280p analog.

If you must have more resolution I also use
Milestone xProtectGo
The free version is limited to only 5 days storage.

License plate performance, per comment request.
With the current lens in there I can read plates out to 15m straight on.

To have enough pixels for automatic LPR, 10m.
Night time License plate reading as a bit tricky.
You have a retro reflective surface and headlights.
Really need a dedicated camera for night time plate recognition.
High shutter speed and high FStop lens.
Just did a quick test with some manual settings.
1/100, IR Pass, Colour mode.
Unfortunately I could not force the IR lights to stay on.
They turned off once the light reached the daylight threshold.

Looks like it actually works prior to the IR shutting off.
Also heavy fog is setting in.


IR on

IR off

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Comment by traderstu, on 5-Jul-2012 16:31

Nice review. So often we see people promoting cameras without providing examples of images captured. I'm always a bit suspicious of what is promised. I don't suppose you would have any images of numberplates? Night/day?

Author's note by MrWestie, on 5-Jul-2012 21:41

Review updated with License plate performance. Surprisngly well.

Comment by Jeppe, on 6-Jul-2012 08:53

Thanks for sharing. Btw. did you figure out which of the gxv3601 cameras this one is based on (LL, HD or the regular one)? Did you manage to update it the latest version of the firmware?

Author's note by MrWestie, on 6-Jul-2012 09:13

Looks like the gxv3601_HD based on specs. I have not upgraded the FW as it works at the moment. No point risking a brick if I don't need to :)

Comment by Jeppe, on 7-Jul-2012 04:40

Looks like a variant of this camera which I just purchased:

Author's note by MrWestie, on 7-Jul-2012 08:19

It does look like the same internals. Shorter case is a bonus. They even used the same 'sample' picture. One of the comments about night vision does make a good point. I think it is the CMOS vs CCD quality difference. CCD is much clearler in Low/IR light.

Comment by Jeppe, on 8-Jul-2012 08:27

Found the vendor - seems to be two different cameras:

Comment by richms, on 12-Jul-2012 17:06

Does either of those pieces of software do a good quality quad or more screen output? The last software I tried ended up looking like a bad slideshow, which is why I am still using analog cameras at home, but they are getting towards the end of their live and before I spend $20 each replacing them I might look at IP options.

Author's note by MrWestie, on 12-Jul-2012 20:27

I agree the analogue stuff is real mature. I would recommend you try the xProtectGo. Even with just a USB camera and a android as the source for testing. I am sure there is an equivalent app for iPhone.

Comment by alex, on 26-Apr-2013 05:39

Hi! I buy this camera and I have problem with record video from web inteface. Anyone have this problem? Please help

Comment by ywrlxwnx, on 22-May-2013 00:21

Yes, I had problems getting this camera to work. Tried updating the firmware to latest ( but that did not fix the problems. The motion detection would continually fire for no reason. What fixed it for me was to change the streaming settings to Primary- Codec H264 Resolution 1280x720 BitRate 3072 MaxFrameRate 15 IframeInterval 40, Secondary- Codec H264 Resolution 320x240 BitRate 256 MaxFrameRate 13 IframeInterval 40. Motion detection sensitivity of 50 then worked ok. I am using a .LOCAL LAN domain so also had to use fixed IP addressing and use IP address for SMTP Server and From and To email domain (me@ however UserName of camera@mydomain.local For FTPServer had to also use IP address.

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