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@reolink-fiona Most generic motion floodlights on the market have the PIR sensor that can cover at least 150 degree. 180 degree PIR sensor is quite common. Many of them have sensitivity adjustment so you can actually shrink the coverage distance. Reolink is a security camera company so I understand it wants to align with a typical security camera view which is about 100 degree.
I don't quite understand why I can't check the latest version of software/firmware from camera. Right now, I need to come to Reolink website to check the latest version. I suspect many reolink users don't bother until they have some desperate issues looking for fixes. Even if remote upgrade is not supported, it should at least allow to check for the latest version from camera. Please address this short coming.
Hey everyone, here is my review for the DUO 2 PoE camera.Installation:The camera in the pictures is my old DUO 1 camera since I already mounted my DUO 2 camera. But both look the same physically and the mount hardware is identical as well. Installing the camera is straight forward. Just attach the silver metal plate to the wall by screwing the two top holes of the metal plate. Then snap the camera mount arm to the plate and screw the bottom hole to secure the camera. The camera is attached to the mount arm via a ball joint. You can tighten the ball joint with the supplied allen wrench after adjusting the camera angle. I assume many people here are Reolink users so I am not going to bother with the usual Reolink camera setup.Camera appearance:Appearance wise, it doesn’t look like a typical security camera - dome, turret, bullet, etc. It looks more like a small floodlight and perfect for people who care about aesthetic and stealth look.Who should use this camera?I use this camera for my front that requires a wide coverage that a single lens camera can’t accommodate. The camera provides a seamless stitched panoramic view with one video stream. I can literally see the entire block of my street with this camera. Highlighted features:4K resolutionSeamless stitched 180 degree viewSmart AI detection (human, car, pet)IR/SpotlightsSiren2 way audio4K 180° panoramic viewReolink did a good job with stitching the two camera views into a one panoramic view. As you can see from the video, I can’t detect any seam from a jogger or fast moving car. First generation DUO1 camera doesn’t stitch the two views so it is rather gimmick. DUO2 is not only wider than DUO1 (180° vs 150°), the vertical field is also taller (60° vs 44°) which is more important to me as I couldn’t see the front too far with DUO1 when pointing down to cover the area closer to the house including the side gate. DUO2 also provides much sharper image than DUO1 (4K vs 2K) and it makes a difference when performing digital zoom to see the far objects. Another notable feature is that DUO2 uses more advanced H265 codecs compared to DUO1 which uses H264. As a result, it cuts down the storage space despite storing 4K images.Seamless video
@reolink-fiona Software improvements.. 1) Reolink needs to support at least 2 motion detection zones. This will make the camera flexible and powerful. For example, one detection zone for day time and another detection zone for night time operation.2) Mac client software is still based on Intel processor. Apple no longer makes Intel Mac anymore. So Reolink should be built for the universal version which will allow the Mac client run more smoothly and efficient on Apple Silicon machine like M1 and M2 Mac. Video on Reolink iOS app runs very smooth due to the fact the Reolink app is compiled with the native code designed to run on Apple processor.
DUO is a great camera for wide coverage but it is a 4MP camera. Any chance to see 8MP or even 12MP version of DUO in the future? Since DUO is used for big area, using digital zoom with high resolution camera sensor is highly desirable. On the positive note, DUO 4MP sensor is much brighter at night when comparing to my RL822A which is 8MP resolution.
@mike_184729178919056 I think it is a chicken and egg problem. The camera is usually mounted high enough that people can't reach it without ladder. And the newer knob allows to make it adjustment easier when you are on ladder. If you are mounting too low where people can reach, you have other issues beside orientation of the camera. People can simply stick a bubble gum or a tape to cover the camera lens. I personally don't mount my camera very high either, just high enough (7') so that I can use a step ladder to mount and make it unreachable for most people.
@reolink-fiona I might also add that many floodlights on the market can adjust the angle of the PIR sensor. I actually own 3 floodlights. The PIR on them can be swiveled side way and tilt up/down. That makes it very flexible to point at the direction to optimize the motion detection.
Wow, just discovered the new 4K Duo 2 camera by accident. Did I miss the announcement? It looks like Reolink took my feedbacks of the 2K Duo camera seriously. Replacing my 6 months old Duo with the new 4K Duo.
@paulisonthephone_330301696569557 I think you meant to say 3 windows display? One large on top for DUO2 and two in the bottom for other normal cameras? They added 2 large ones recently but 3 windows option is desirable for mixing panoramic view with other cameras.
@curls Which camera? This is possible with Duo 2 camera.
@reneeh63_670704778559524 I just drill holes to the pvc junction box.
@thresher81_667599009603590 Clear is only available on single window view. Use two fingers to tap the trackpad and you will see the clear option in addition to balanced and fluent.
@markarron9_504005354344625 Color is fine if you have two cameras. If you have 4 or more cameras it becomes confusing. Notification displays the camera name so it is never an issue for me.
@smarthome-wifi_457296088305827 I know this doesn't address your issue but Windows OS is junk. I migrated to Mac after Windows 10 and never look back. I highly recommend you look into Mac with Apple Silicon chip. I throw everything at it and the chip just yawns.
@brad_532657611677883 They don't need internet. They just need WiFi. WiFi router is pretty cheap these days.
@user_645880601444421_645880601444421 I am not sure which router you are using but I am not seeing the issue with my ASUS router. Perhaps, your router issue?
@reolink-fiona Speaking of storage, Reolink should consider a NVR lite product - NVR without PoE ports. That makes the product smaller, cheaper and power efficient. As you are aware, many reolinkers use PoE switch to connect their camera while using NVR to record 24x7 in order to make their cameras standalone. So there is a market for it.
@joseph-chircop_497308027822318 Digital zoom on non ptz camera is already doing that. So I don't see why it can't do the same for the ptz camera. Heck, my 10+ years old Canon ptz camera does just that. Point the cusrsor and click, the ptz camera will pant/tilt to center that location. Using arrow is too clunky and slow. This ought to be a high priority item for Reolink.
@neverbob_211767671742603 Why can't you use micro sd card?
@sean-evans_651097387884602 Connecting cameras to the PoE switch is the way to go. Router these days comes with gigabit ports so 8 cameras should be fine. Some switches come with 2 uplink ports but it is unnecessary in your case. You want to avoid connecting the cameras to the NVR as this ads NVR dependency to your cameras. Often, NVR firmware is behind in supporting new camera features. With PoE switch, you are connecting directly to your cameras and have full access to all the features the cameras provide.
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