Earlier this year, D-Link announced its new mydlink Smart Full HD WLAN camera (DCS-8325LH) with "intelligent AI-based motion detection" at CES. We got our hands on a hot one from the production line and have been testing it for a few months.
This indoor camera with 1080p (1920 x 1080 a 30 fps) has an excellent 3 mm f2.0 wide-angle lens with a horizontal field of view of 126 °. We found this very useful in our tests and were able to equip the entire living room with the camera on the side of our TV.
The camera supports 2.4 GHz 802.11n / g wireless WPA / WPA2 / WPA3 (IPv6 is supported) and Bluetooth Low Energy 4.0 for setup with the app (approx. 11 cm high x 8.5 cm wide x 7.5 cm deep).
It has a built-in microphone and speaker for 2-way audio so you can talk to your family or even your pets. For added security, D-Links indicate that they use AES128 encrypted video and audio streaming. It consumes a maximum of 7W in use.
The integrated night vision is effective with a complete darkening of up to 5 meters. There is a soft click when the night vision is turned on or off when the filter is moving.
AI motion detection
The camera also has intelligent motion detection with the ability to set up virtual trip wires with person detection at a border (up to 4 zones).
Advanced, intelligent motion detection with multi-zone motion detection, person detection, border crossing detection and priority zone creation
The app offers push notifications along with messages like – a person has been recognized. Here is an example on my Apple Watch. No port forwarding or other fun router business is required here, everything just works.
You can then view the clip on your smartphone and download it to your camera roll so that you also have a local copy.
We saw some phantom notifications where the sun seemed to deceive the system that someone had exceeded the threshold we set.
As with most modern surveillance cameras, you can record in a cloud service at prices between EUR 2.49 and EUR 9.99 per month, depending on the number of cameras and the number of days required for storage.
Users can use the free mydlink Cloud Recording, which saves recorded videos to their personal cloud storage for 24 hours. Alternatively, there are a number of chargeable options that allow recordings to be kept for up to 30 days.
In contrast to many other systems, the D-Link device can also use the integrated microSD card slot for local recordings. With support for microSDXC cards up to a maximum capacity of 256 GB, you shouldn't give up storage space.
The camera also supports ONVIF for a NAS to save recordings instead.
The camera is also compatible with ONVIF Profile S. This gives users additional flexibility when integrating with compatible network video recorders (NVRs) and video management systems (VMS).
So what about smart home integrations? Well, the DCS-8325LH works with the mydlink app and mydlink smart home devices.
There is also IFTTT support and voice control via Amazon Alexa and the Google Assistant.
This is currently a difficult market sector with many cheaper alternatives. The new DCS-8325LH is a 1080p HD wireless camera with a useful wide-angle lens, quick, easy setup, 2-way audio, night vision, AI and local recording. And we assume that for most people this will tick the most boxes most of the time.
Available at Amazon: dlink.com
Last update on May 22, 2020 / Affiliate links / Images from the Amazon Product Advertising API