IMOU Dome Lite D22P 1080p Home Wifi Security Camera Review / Video Quality Test

This a first dome-type camera yet introduced in a Dahua’s IMOU product line. There were a lot of different variations on a Pan-tilt type cameras like Ranger, Ranger Pro and Ranger Z from IMOU. There were a bullet-type cameras, battery-powered one Cell Pro and even a Floodlight cam. Finally we have a Dome-type IMOU IPC-D22P of a lite series, launched in 4 versions with different recording quality and different-sized lenses. For a review we’ve got 2.8 mm. lens with 2 megapixels 1080p recording quality version. Today we’ll go through unboxing, specs, video quality test, features and a comparison against an Ezviz C4W dome camera. And and of course you can get them all on a Pipl Systems Store 🙂


Unboxing / Appearance

– 1x Camera;
– 1x Quick Start Guide;
– 1x Power Adapter;
– 1x Screw Package;
– 1x Installation Position Map;

In the cutout on top of the box we have a pack of screws with anchors for fastening the thing and a 12V. power adapter. After removing top foam layer we reveal a camera. Also within a package we have got a quick start guide and a mounting sticker. Now the camera itself. After taking off a lens protector, we’ll begin with a tail, that consists of a 12V. power supply and RJ-45 LAN cable inputs. The body is made entirely out from plastic. On top we have 1080p camera module and 12 infrared LED’s around it. That one in a middle is a camera status LED-indicator. [V] Right now you see a video taken on this IMOU Dome D Twenty two P camera and extracted to this video with no any adjustments made.

Like if you were watching this camera’s stream from your own phone. To me, it looks quite decent as for this class of cams and a price tag, but then there comes a footage, taken on Ezviz C4W 1080p Dome camera for a comparison. I don’t want to comment what I see this time, instead I want to ask you which version do you like more and why? Let us know in a comments. What’s pretty cool though is that we can easily turn and snap off the cover to reveal all internal parts. There’s a reset button and a microSD card input onboard. So, this was done to let access that reset button and microSD, plus you can adjust a camera module incline angle, because this camera element can be turned around and tilted so you can fix a required view angle. Now let’s talk of specifications.


Specification / Features

IMOU Dome Lite

Video FullHD 1080p / 30 FPS.
View Angle 135° for 2.8 mm / 103.8 for 3.6 mm
Compression Rate H.265
MicroSD Capacity up to 128GB
Night View 20m (65ft) Distance
Motion Detection Yes, software-level
Network Wired & Wireless Wi-fi
IR LED Yes, 12 Infrared LED-lights

It isn’t much to say about the cam this time. 2 megapixel 1080p camera module with a 135° view angle for 2.8 lens version, and a 103.8° for 3.6 lens, able to record in 30 FPS. for both versions. A lens size affects the available view distance and a view angle, where with 2.8 version we’ll get a wider 135°, but a maximum view distance of 37 meters. On the other hand, for a 3.6 mm. version we’re having more narrow 103.8°, but a bigger view distance of 53 meters, so choose wisely, based on the install location.

As you can tell, there’s no any bulging out passive infrared sensor on body, meaning that we don’t have a true human and motion detection, but a software level only, which I’m not a fan of. Because it doesn’t actually spot a temperature close to a human body heat in sight, but just spots an image change, that can cause a ton of false alarms. But returning to good stuff, IMOU keeps adding a support of High efficiency H.265 compression support, and this Lite series Dome camera is not an exclusion. Good job, IMOU, thank you. But in compare to Ezviz cameras, IMOU cams mostly support twice less microSD capacity, here it is 128 GB. maximum. But if we’ll do a bit of math here, if H .265 compressed videos take 2 times less storage space, IMOU wins, regardless of which type of storage you are using, either it’s a cloud, microSD or a network recorder because except reducing a storage space needed for a recording, you’re also getting a decreased bandwidth. So these 12 infrared lights provide us a Night View distance of 20 meters, or 65 feet, and this is what makes this cam to stand out. Let’s see a video, taken on an IMOU Lite Series dome camera during night mode when a camera has to switch to it, and now I’m also putting next to it an Ezviz C4W camera for a comparison, I didn’t apply any adjustments to the image, what you see is pure.

And to me, they both look good, but Ezviz gives me more details, while an IMOU version looks more natural. Let us know you think of it, and we are moving to the activation.


Activation / Connection

Whatever the camera you are holding in hands, but if it is an IMOU-branded, their activation and control happen via IMOU app, available for free in App Store and Google Play. And the exact process is no different and is made very convenient:

– Install IMOU App
– Power up the camera / 12V Power Adapter
– Wait till the LED flashes with blue
– Scan QR-code / Add camera
– App Menu / Snapshot / Recording / Video History / Settings


Watch Full Video Review With Demonstration on Youtube!


Conclusion

Yet, there’s no real motion detection and human detection, there’s no PIR intended tor that purpose and it has only a software level image change detection, and in my opinion every 2019 security camera must have it. Though, considering such a low price tag and regarding the feature set, which main points are H.265, 20 meters of a night view distance and 12 infrared lights – this lite dome camera is okay, but a bit ambiguous. And you can get this one or any of new IMOU series devices officially on the Pipl Systems Store Website 🙂

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