Hikvision ~$300 Mini PTZ Tested

Author: John Scanlan, Published on Jul 08, 2016

A PTZ camera at fixed dome prices?

That is the promise of Hikvision's new DS-2DE2103, a compact PTZ with 3x optical zoom in a package smaller than typical dome cameras.

The question is, at this size and price point, what performance is given up? Inside, we test the 2103 against another cheap PTZ, the Foscam FI9828P and a full size IR speeddome, Hikvision's DS-2DE5220I to see how it stacks up.

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Comments (7)

A drawback of this type of camera (among other things) is the lack of IR's however the reason for not having IR's is that it's nearly impossible to prevent IR reflection in a PTZ camera with a bubble covering the lens. There is no way to properly separate IR's from lens to prevent IR reflection inside the bubble. That's why all the IR PTZ's today feature external IR's / don't have a bubble with IR's inside.

Well it turns out, Hikvision released an IR PTZ after we did our test on this, also <$300 online. It's clearly not as small/unobtrusive, but it's claiming 20m IR.

I get asked about low cost PTZ's all the time. This and other low cost options from Hik and Dahua fit the bill of many customers. They're more interested in pan and tilt than in zooming.

Does this camera have an auto-track feature, or were you manually tracking the subject in the test video?

I was manually tracking in that video. No autotracking.

You noted that it connected to Avigilon, but were the PTZ controls and/or motion configuration functions available through the ACC client interface?

PTZ controls work fine. Motion configuration isn't available through the client.

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