Testing $29 ONVIF IR IP Chinese Camera

Author: Ethan Ace, Published on Jan 08, 2014

The #1 IP camera problem is cost, as unique IPVM survey results show. Rectifying that is critical.

Last month, we received a (spam) email offering IP cameras, with integrated IR and ONVIF support for $29.90 from Wodsee.

We get hundreds of Chinese manufacturer spam emails monthly but this was, by far, the lowest price we have ever seen for IP cameras. Too good to be true? Perhaps, but too cheap to not try.

Wodsee immediately upsold us to the PoE version for $10 more but still at less than $40 for such a camera, it was hard to pass up so we bought 2 of them - the 720p version for $39.90 and the 1.2MP one for $49.90. Add in $33 to ship it directly from China and a week later, we had them.

Here's what they look like in our test setup (from left to right, Dahua, Wodsee 1.2MP, Wodsee 720p and Hikvision):

Given even 'cheap' IP cameras cost $100 or more, seeing how well one at less than half that price would work is important.

***#* ** ****** ******* ** ****, ** ****** **** ****** ******* ****. ********** **** ** critical.

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***** ** * ******** ** *** ******, ********* ***** *** IR *** ****** *** ***** ***** ***** * ***** ** operation:

**** ***** ***** *** ******* ** *** ****** ***** *****:

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**** ********** ******* *** *** ********* ** *** ****** *******. The *** ********* ** ******, **** *** ************* *******:

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Image ***********

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** *** *****, **** ** **, *** ****** ******* ***** perform ********* ** ***** *** *********. ** **** ****, *** WIP130 ** ******** *******, **** ***** ** *** ***** ****** to ****, ****** *** ****** ***** ****** ****** *** ****** line *.

IR ***********

********* ** ***** ** **** ****** ******* *** ****** ** "20-30m." ** ***** ~*** ** ** *** ****** ********* *****:

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Test **********

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Comments (39)

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**** ** *** **** ** ****** **** ****** ***** ** IPVM's *******. ** ***** ** **** ****** ** ******** **** ourselves.

**, ******.

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*******

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"****** ******, ****** ****** **** !!!"

**... ** ***** **** ******. **** ***** *****, *** * also **** *** ******. :)

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*****, ********!

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******** *** ******** ***** *** ** ***** ** ********** ** these ***** *** **** ******* ***** **** ****** ******* **********, but ** **** ****** **** ************* ****** **** **'* *** worth **!

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