"World's Smallest Recessed Mount Camera" Tested (Vivotek)

Author: John Scanlan, Published on Jun 24, 2016

Vivotek claims their FD816C-HF2 is the "World's Smallest Recessed Mount Camera", only 2.5" wide, shown here installed in a ceiling tile:

We bought one and tested it out since a number of members have asked about it. Inside we look at its size, installation, image quality, and more.

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