Tiandy Super Starlight Cameras Tested

By Rob Kilpatrick, Published Apr 30, 2020, 10:17am EDT (Research)

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Thank you! How about web-browser support? Does anything work besides IE?

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Hello Igor,

You can also use Chrome and Firefox, but it requires Flash to be enabled to view the live stream on all of the cameras. We contacted Tiandy tech support and they said they are working on moving away from Flash before the end of the year.

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I believe that Chrome is removing Flash support later this year...

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Correct UM#2, which is why it was one of the first questions we approached Tiandy with when we contacted them. While most IP cameras have moved away from this well in advance, some cameras (new and old) still use flash.

December 2020 appears to be the time of reckoning for Flash support across web browsers.

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IPC's with Web version 6 are now flash free and available.

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Major light changes, such as lights being turned on/off in the room below, were ignored.

is that definitely a good thing?

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Yes, if the lights change but there are no other objects moving, ignore it, as it is not a meaningful event.

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I like the IP address, username, and password printed on the label. Since the password is the super complex and unique password of admin, it does not qualify for the California IoT law. Someone should purchase one in CA and then submit a violation with the state...

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After the initial login of admin/admin the camera forces you to change the password before allowed you to configure anything. Not sure if it can brought into a VMS/NVR with the admin/admin password though.

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Where/how is Tiandy purchased? Is it a distribution product or direct-to-dealer network?

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Where/how is Tiandy purchased in the US? Is it a distribution product or direct-to-dealer network?

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Hello UM #4,

We purchased the cameras directly from the manufacturer (Tiandy), and if you or anyone else is interested in learning more/purchasing their cameras, please email me at derek@ipvm.com, and I will link you to the contact Tiandy gave me.

We've searched online for Tiandy cameras to order but there were no results (as some may have already seen). To answer your question, it would be direct-to-dealer, as there is currently no distribution atm.

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Something that would be interesting if researched further, SnapAV now owns Visualint, and Visualint PTZs at least are definitely rebranded Tiandy. Curious of any other overlap.

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Thanks for report

Isn't Super starlight feature of camera supposed to keep the camera in color mode on much lower light than usual?

While the test is very informative, I kind of miss the conclusion on how the camera performs on low ambient light while forcing day mode of camera. And compare the result of that to other cameras like you usually do..

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