This isnt really that new of a design, It just goes off the basic typical EYEball turrett design but is using a larger IR LED instead of the numerous smaller LED's. I think people still like going with the glass dome look sometimes though as it looks a little "better". I have seen some domes that have the regular glass on it yet they have the IR LED's on the metal base of the camera which still gives you that true dome look but prevents IR from setting behind the glass. Of course I cant find a picture right now when i need to.
I just looked up Hikvision's announcement for these, and they're intended to be longer range and more even coverage. Of course, no idea if that's true. But they also state that the IR illumination is in a rectangular pattern, instead of round, to "maximize coverage area." It's at least conceptually interesting.
The issue with these cameras is that they were never intended to be sold in the USA. Basically they have Chinese firmware and the camera wont let you upgrade to an English firmware. its not too big of a deal as the web GUI is all in english but the time and date stamp is in Chinese.
Ethan, it would be worth testing the original Hikvision version if these are directly available in the US.
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I think I've seen a few similar in Asian ad emails. I've seen a lot of interesting designs, but doesn't mean the camera is any good or reliable.
Let us know though how the camera works for you.
John, Ethan- Hikvision USA is releasing the EXIR Turrets and Bullets in September. We have them available for your testing if you need samples. EXIR provides lower power consumption in addition to better coverage area and distance. I sent Ethan datasheets the other day.