Pan-Tilt-Zoom is a winning feature, and D-Link haven't scrimped on the other specs either.
The D-Link DCS-5222L gives you a 720P CCTV camera with 802.11n wireless connectivity and Pan / Tilt / Zoom (PTZ) ability.
Anybody fancy some awesome video surveillance Spooks-style for their home?
DLink make some decent network cameras. I quite liked the software features behind the D-Link DCS-825L baby monitor and the D-Link DCS-933L starter camera, even if the camera specification didn’t exactly raise my pulse.
DCS-5222L PTZ Feature Is Nice
Pan-Tilt-Zoom or PTZ is a handy feature to support your IP surveillance solution.
It refers to controlling camera movements remotely using motors in the IP camera housing. Install your D-Link DCS-5222L software, login to your camera and you can move the camera around.
Most home CCTV cameras will have a fixed field of view. As a surveillance option indoors or out, this is fine if your camera sees everything you want it to see.
However if you want to capture surveillance video of a large monitored area, consider a PTZ camera like this DLink DCS-5222L.
Applications a home user might consider include monitoring an elderly relative in their home. It may sound odd or intrusive, but care cameras can help the elderly keep their independence. A camera with PTZ can be moved to sweep a wide area, including the floor in case of a fall.
You need your relative’s permission, naturally. With the two-way audio, PTZ and HD resolution, the D-Link DCS-5222L/B is a almost as good as being in the room.
I can see a home monitoring solution like these PTZ DCS-5222L/B cameras serving as peace of mind if you need to keep an eye on a loved one but can’t be there 24hrs a day.
D-Link DCS-5222L Impresses With Solid Specs
Watch out if you do buy a D-Link DCS-5222L. Make sure you get hardware revision B or product code DCS-5222L/B to get 2-way audio and decent IR LEDs. The older revision is missing these goodies and some stores are still flogging them.
Aside from the PTZ feature, the DCS-5222L/B sports 1280×720 pixel recording, night surveillance video support with the infra-red LEDs, and the microphone and speaker for listening AND communicating.
It is a wifi camera, but you can wired with the ethernet connection. This is useful on an IP surveillance solution, but without PoE support, the DLink DCS-5222L does need a power cable connection to operate.
You also get a MicroSD slot on the camera, so you can backup surveillance video and CCTV stills to the card – a bit like a local DVR drive. Update the DCS-5222L firmware first and you’ll get 32GB support.
You can set the DCS-5222L to sweep an area repeatedly, and the D-Link software allows for the usual motion detection and alerts seen on cheaper cameras.
What can’t the D-Link DCS-5222L handle?
The footage is decent, but a slight muddiness and video encoding oddness means you can get a crisper picture from a different home CCTV system.
Foscam do some nice PTZ cameras in the same price bracket.
D-Link give you iOS and android apps to control basic features in their IP cameras. However the don’t let you control this PTZ DCS-5222L or DCS-5222L/B with the app.
I want to be spoilt. Let me loaf on the sofa and run a monitor sweep with my DCS-5222L cameras with my phone like a CCTV King.