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


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


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.

Combining Night Vision and Thermal Imaging

We are all familiar with night vision and even thermal imaging, the idea of being able to see (with a green hint) in the dark of night and then see people glowing like yellow dots in the woods, has long been used in both real life and video games. But what would happen if you were to combine both of these systems into one? We may see the results soon thanks to the U.S. Branch of BAE Systems.

Titled ‘Rapid Target Acquisition’ (RTA) technology, it combines the functionality of a night vision headset and a thermal headset into one. Currently in the production and qualifying stages the new system, created in partnership with the U.S. Army’s Night Vision and Electronic Sensors Directorate, could soon be seen for field testing.

Combined with a wireless video interface the new system can stream the weapon sight imagery to the users goggles in real-time allowing them to see exactly where their system is facing, and receive the benefit of the technology at the flick of a switch. With the combinations of the systems, the need for aiming lasers at night are all but removed, allowing the users to avoid shining a bright light on a situation they would rather hide from.

Listed among its benefits are lower power, reduced battery usage and operating costs and the light weight and small size nature of the system.

Image and Information Courtesy of BAE Systems.

TRENDnet Launches Three New Outdoor IP Cameras

TRENDnet has launched not one but three new IP cameras for all your surveillance needs. The first is the compact outdoor 1.3 megapixel WiFi camera, model TV-IP322WI. The compact camera can record up to 1.3 Megapixel video (1280 x 960) at 30 fps in H.264 compression rated for extreme weather conditions from -30 to +65 degrees. It can record directly to a MicroSD card and also features integrated 2.4GHz Wireless-N networking. The night vision ability can see up to 30 meters, it supports motion detection for recording and email alerts, IPv6 and ONVIF, and Power over Ethernet (IEEE 802.3af/802.3at).

The TRENDnet TV-IP322WI comes with a 3-year limited warranty and will be available in September for an MSRP of $169.99

The second new IP camera from TRENDnet is the Outdoor 2 MP Full HD 1080p PoE+ IR Mini Speed Dome Network Camera, model TV-IP430PI. This one can record with full HD resolution at 30 fps in the space saving H.264 compression format. The dome format allows for endless 360° PTZ and it has both autofocus and a 64x zoom (4x optical, 16x digital). It can view up to 30 meters at night and can operate between -30 and +65degrees.

You can record directly to Micro-SD card, but that’s sold separately. The TV-IP430PI is expected to be available from June at an MSRP of $694.99.

The third and last new IP cam from TRENDnet is the Outdoor 3 MP Full HD 1080p PoE IR Network Camera, model TV-IP312PI. This outdoor rated bullet camera features a 3 Megapixel resolution, advanced night vision image quality, and a night vision rating of up to 50 meters (164 feet).

With a 3 MP sensor and a 2048 x 1536 resolution, this is the best of the three on that ration, but it only records 20fps at this resolution. For the full 30fps recordings, you’ll need to drop the resolution down to Full HD.

The advanced infrared technology creates a more balanced night vision illumination field and reduces overexposure of close objects in the center of the viewing field, a common problem with standard night vision cameras. It also has an impressive range of 50 meters. This camera is equally built to withstand harsh environments and comes with the IP66 weather rating for an operating temperature between -30 and +65 degrees. It comes with an adjustable sun visor and save installation costs by getting its power via the Power over Ethernet (802.3af PoE).

The TV-IP312PI will be available this June 2015 for an MSRP of $254.99.

A Team of Biohackers Figured out How to Inject Night Vision in Your Eyes

It looks like nothing comes with limits nowadays, having a group of independent researchers figuring out how to give night vision to humans and allow them to see over 50 meters in the dark for a short time.

The group is called Science of the Masses and have their little ‘base of operations’ a couple of hours north of Los Angeles in Tehachapi, California. They have theorised that they could enhance a human being’s eyesight enough that it would induce night vision with the help of a kind of chlorophyll analogue called Chlorin e6 (Ce6), which studies found in deep-sea fish and which is also used in occasional methods of treating night blindness.

“Going off that research, we thought this would be something to move ahead with,” the lab’s medical officer, Jeffrey Tibbetts, told Mic. “There are a fair amount of papers talking about having it injected in models like rats, and it’s been used intravenously since the ’60s as a treatment for different cancers. After doing the research, you have to take the next step.”

Team biochem researcher, Gabriel Licina, has offered to take part in this experiment and has been injected with 50 microliters of Ce6, an extremely low dose. The dose was injected into Licina’s speculum-stretched eyes, aiming for the conjunctival sac, carrying the chemical to the retina. After about an hour, the effects started to kick in.

Licina and Tibbetts had done their research, going so far as to post a paper called “A Review on Night Enhancement Eyedrops Using Chlorin e6“. However, they still are just a bunch of guys working out of a garage, so credibility is in question here. This is why they went out on a field test.

The results were promising, having started with Licina recognising shapes 10 meters away in pitch black darkness conditions. After a short time, he was able to do longer distances, recognizing symbols and identifying moving subjects against different backgrounds. During the test, it is said that Licina had a 100% rate of success in identifying objects, while the control group without being dosed with the Ce6 got the shapes right a third of the time.

“The other test, we had people go stand in the woods,” he says. “At 50 meters, we could figure out where they were, even if they were standing up against a tree.”

While this seems as a plaything for people to toy around with in the woods at night, it does have some strong real-word applications too. Two good fields that would really benefit from this would be search-and-rescue teams, being able to see in the dark in forested areas, or in hostage situations.

The next step for the team is to do more tests and get some ‘real numbers’ on the electrical stimulation in the eye. For now, the biggest success is that the first experiment worked.

Thank you Science Mic for providing us with this information