D-Link DCS-2630L Full HD 180-Degree Wi-Fi Camera Review

Introduction


Home security is an ever growing trend as technology gets smaller and better, and at the same time, it has also become a lot for affordable for the everyman. Today I’m taking a look at one of the best options in this category as I’m having D-Link’s DCS-2630L Full HD 180-Degree Wi-Fi camera in my testing area.

Where most home surveillance cams still come with a 720p resolution, the D-Link DCS-2630L adds on top of that and goes for the full 1080p HD experience. While 720p already was a great step up from the old 480p CCTV resolution, it just doesn’t beat the full 1080p experience. The Wi-Fi camera doesn’t just feature a higher than usual resolution, it also has a wider field of view, allowing you to monitor an up to 180-degree wide area. Basic cameras only feature 90 or 120-degree view, which allows the DCS-2630L to monitor a lot more real estate that might prevent you from having to set up multiple cameras. The wide-view feature is also a lot better to look at than a traditional wide view fisheye view that distorts things.

Recording video during daylight is an easy thing, but you’ll also want to monitor what is going on when it is dark. After all, that is the time of day we usually associate with the need for protection. D-Link added night vision capabilities to the DCS-2630L with the help of infrared LEDs. The camera is able to see in the dark at a distance of up to 5 meters (16 ft) with as little as 0 Lux light. The IR LEDs can be turned on manually, but the camera also features a light sensor that determines when the LEDs are needed.

Next to the six infrared LEDs it also features two PIR sensors that detect infrared radiation when a person or animal passes for an enhanced motion detection. And that is another one of this cameras features next to just being able to show and record what is going on. With motion and sound detection, the camera is able to start recording automatically and also push notifications to your Windows, Android, and iOS device to let you know that something is going on.

D-Link didn’t just built-in a high-quality microphone to picks up on loud noises like the breaking of glass and the ability to send notification alerts about this to you, it also features 2-way audio that lets you send audio back. A high-quality speaker lets you respond to what you see using your mobile device.

The Full HD sensor features a 1/3-inch 3-megapixel sensor to deliver images in sharp and rich detail while the camera lens is made of glass for the best possible results. All this coupled with the de-warping technology provides you with a clear and ultra-wide 180º field of view surveillance. The camera comes on a wall mountable metal stand with flexible tilt for the perfect angle. It also allows for 360-degree camera rotation to ensure that your video is perfectly level no matter where you mount it.

It isn’t just an ordinary camera on the Wi-Fi field either and it sports a proper IEEE 802.11ac dual-band connection for reliable connection and streaming. It also features a convenient WPS button for quick and simple connection with the rest of your network infrastructure. Everyone can press a button. Besides the wireless connection, the DCS-2630L also features a micro SD/SDXC card slot with support for up to 128GB memory cards. This is enough for up to a week of continuous clip recordings in 1080p.

A status LED lets you know what your camera’s doing, which is a simple but very useful thing. The whole camera in itself is very power effective and only requires a USB connection, portable battery, or power adapter to run. That also allows for a very flexible placement.

Feature Highlights

  • 180-degree Ultra-Wide-View
  • Full HD 1080p video
  • Night vision up to 16-feet
  • Sound & motion detection triggers e-mail / push alert notifications
  • 2 PIR Sensors – Enhanced motion detection senses when a person or animal passes for accurate
  • notifications
  • microSDXC card slot – Record continuous, scheduled, or detection triggered video clips directly to a
  • microSDCX card up to 128 GB
  • Unique De-warping technology maximizes the video quality with less distortion to eliminate a fish-eye view
  • Built-in two-way audio
  • mydlink app support for iPhone, iPad, Android and Windows phone

Specifications

Packaging and Content

The D-Link DCS-2630L is a consumer camera and the package is made to be as eye-capturing as the camera catches images. The front displays the camera and usage scenario as well as the product highlights such as 1080p and wide eye lens.

On the rear, you will find more detailed information about the functions and features, all in full colour.

Each of the two sides is full of information too. On one side you find the features listed above the minimum requirements for usage.

On the other side, you’ll find a simple representation of the camera’s easy setup and usage as well as what’s inside the box.

Besides the Wi-Fi camera itself, you also find the Quick Install Card with default information and QR-code for easy setup as well as the quick install guide, a GPL code statement, and an assistance card if you should have trouble.

There’s also an AC/DC adapter included with a plug fitting the region where you bought it. Due to the clever usage of micro-USB, the camera is also easily powered otherwise.

Bruno Is the World’s First Smartcan

Do we really need smarter trash? It appears so as a new project on Kickstarter introduces us to Bruno, the world’s first smart trashcan. While the idea in itself isn’t that bad, I can’t help to think that this is just taking it one step too far on both the laziness and smart scale.

Bruno will be available in five different colours, White, grey, blue, red, and as stainless steel version. Its mission, to make your life easier. It comes with a built-in vacuum at the bottom so you just have to sweep the dirt in front of it and remove the need to get out the dustpan and bend down to sweep it up. The next mission is for those who forget to take out the trash on trash day, although one could argue that every smartphone already has that feature in the calendar or alarm apps.

Bruno will also notify you on your smartphone before you run out of trash bags and gives you the option to order new ones directly. Surely a convenient feature, but is it really a common problem to run out of dustbags?  The lid has motion sensors and will open without the need to touch anything which indeed is a nice feature when you got both hands full with things to throw away.

As always with Kickstarter, you’ll find several offers to choose from. Early early birds were able to reserve a Bruno can for $139 plus shipping, but those 100 are already gone just as the 200 normal early birds for $149 plus shipping. The next step has a limited amount too for $159, but there are still some of them available. There are also family packs with up to 10 Bruno smart cans in one package for the large families or offices that want one of these everywhere.

If you got interested and want a Bruno for either convenience or just laziness, then you should head on over to Kickstarter and reserve yourself one and get it as soon as it rolls off the production line.

TomTom Shakes up the Action Camera Market With New Bandit

TomTom has launched a new Action Camera to take on the rivals such as GoPro. TomToms’ take on an action camera comes with eased editing and sharing thanks to the companion app for smartphones and the built-in media server. Just shake your phone and the app can automatic generate a video of your highlights and share it on the internet.

The companion app makes it possible to create and share videos in matter of minutes and everywhere you are thanks to the built-in media server inside the camera that is able to allow your smartphone to access all the recordings. But TomTom’s action camera doesn’t just record videos, it also comes with built-in motion and GPS sensors to automatically find and tag exciting moments based on speed, altitude, G-force, acceleration and heart rate. The heart rate part requires the use of TomTom’s Runner.

“We know that the biggest frustration people have with action cameras today is the time and effort it takes to edit,” says Corinne Vigreux, co-founder and managing director, TomTom Consumer. “With TomTom Bandit we’ve cut the editing time down from hours to minutes – all it takes is a shake!”

With current action cameras, you first need to download gigabytes of footage to a powerful PC. Then you need to find the highlights, put together a story and format it. This can take hours on end and that is just what the Bandit is created to fight.

The TomTom Bandit action camera has a wide-angle lens, 16MP CCD sensor, and a powerful processor to create the best recordings of your adrenalin focused moments. It’s also waterproof up to 50 meters without an extra and bulky case, although it does require an additional lens cap.

 

The uniquely designed Batt-Stick combines a long lasting battery with a microSD card reader and SuperSpeed USB 3.0 plug. It plugs directly into any computer with the USB connector to allow you to easily download and store all your footage and precious moments. No need for extra cables, adapters, or readers.

The TomTom Bandit Action Camera will be available in May for €429 for European customers and later this summer for APAC and the US.

Features include:

  • Video at 1080p30, 1080p60, 720p60, 720p120
  • Cinematic at 2.7k30, 4k15
  • Native time lapse at 4k30, 1080p30 (various capture intervals)
  • Native slow motion at 1080p x2, 720p x4, WVGA x6
  • Single and burst photo up to 16MP at 10/s
  • Wi-Fi, Bluetooth Smart and USB3.0 connectivity
  • Smartphone app available on iOS only at launch. An Android version of the app will be available soon.

 

Mapping Cities Using Smartphone Motion Sensors

Any decent smartphone has a motion sensor built into it, these are great for improving fitness applications, games, or your navigation apps as it lets the phone calculate if you’re walking, running, driving or even riding a bike. These sensors can work out speed, distance, direction and more to help them calculate your movements and provide you with all kinds of useful information, but what about using the data to create maps?

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In a trick that reminds me of the sonar mapping technique in the recent Batman films,  that is essentially what The Human App has been doing. By taking a blank canvas and drawing white pixels on it as humans move around their city you can quickly see each major road, side street and more being routed out with incredible detail.

The map below shows you all the motorized transit in New York.

Whilst this one show you peoples walking routes around San Francisco.

It’s amazing to see the data visualised as a time lapse and while this just puts on a pretty show, the data is a great way to view what areas are suffering heavy traffic from different types of transit. Obviously it lacks all the finer details we find on things like Google maps, so I doubt we’ll be using these for navigation any time soon, but as a concept the maps are still pretty cool and there are loads more of them you can check out as well as an app you can download to add your own data to the system here.

Thank you Buzzfeed for providing us with this information.

Images courtesy of Buzzfeed.