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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.
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 a*sume 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 st*tched panoramic view with one video stream. I can literally see the entire block of my street with this camera. Highlighted features:4K resolutionSeamless st*tched 180 degree viewSmart AI detection (human, car, pet)IR/SpotlightsSiren2 way audio4K 180° panoramic viewReolink did a good job with st*tching 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 st*tch 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
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.
Realistically, no one is going to be staring at the Reolink client or mobile app all day or even an hour to monitor cameras if the app needs to be run standalone. This is where I think Picture in picture feature will permit reolink users to monitor their camera long period of time while doing their daily tasks like reading email, browsing internet and running other apps. My Xfinity stream app on iOS, for example, allows me to stream TV with picture in picture while running other apps. Likewise, QuickTime player supports picture in picture on Mac. So I think it is possible for Reolink to support picture in picture on both iOS and Mac. I truly believe that picture in picture will be a game changing feature for monitoring Reolink cameras and I hope Reolink can support this feature very soon.
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.
@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.
@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.
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.
@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.
@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.
@issom Try disabling hardware decoding first setting to see it alleviates the problem.
@lennelsonbrown_505845341237485 Not sure what cameras you are using but try disabling hardware decoding first setting.
@user_757678635999414_757678635999414 Go to Reolink website and download the Mac Client app, not from App Store.
@reolinkshayla When should we expect the Motion Mark feature on Mac Client?
@swrobel If you contact their support, they will give you the beta version with the understanding that you may run into bugs.
@user_716665141153973_716665141153973 What about Mac Client? It is still 8.5.5??
@user_711565005459597_711565005459597 What made you believe that it is not an issue with Synology NAS?
@user_695787230765232_695787230765232 Install iPad version of Reolink on your Mac and enable notification on the iPad app. That's how I get notifications on my Mac. Don't forget to run the ipad app once whenever you reboot your Mac.
@big_ted Depending on ambient light. You can see very far unlike the camera that relies on IR light. I am replacing some of my IR based cameras with CX410 which includes TrackMix. You can search CX410 on YouTube which should give you some idea.
@christian-meneghini_543174703677572 On a battery camera like argus 3 pro, people, pet and car have their own detection zone. It is not quite what you are asking but close. Not sure why PoE cameras haven't gotten the feature yet. We just have to keep asking I guess.
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