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Reolink 5MP Security Camera Review

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Reolink 5MP Security Camera Introduction:

There are a ton of security camera manufacturers out there and sorting through them can be exhausting. I spent some time looking into several brands, and Reolink seemed to have the most bang-for-the-buck. My first hands-on experience with Reolink was earlier this year with the RLC-411WS. That was a four-megapixel WiFi security camera and I was impressed with the ease of use, features, and image/video quality. You can see that review here. Fast forward to today and we have a new and improved prototype camera soon to be released by Reolink that, for now, is known as the 5MP. Of course, the 5MP stands for five megapixels and this camera is based on the 411 series of existing cameras. What makes this camera special? Let's find out.

 

Reolink 5MP Security Camera Closer Look:

The plain cardboard box is not very exciting, so we won't spend any time on it. So, let's get the box opened and get to the meat and potatoes. As I mentioned, the 5MP is based on the PoE (Power over Ethernet) 411 camera, so the general specs are the same, with the exception of the 5-megapixel sensor. The box contents are essentially the same as what I saw with the 411WS: a hole template, Ethernet cable (for setup), startup disk, manual, and some mounting screws.

 

 

I laid the cameras out next to each other, and they share identical cases, wire layout, and mount bases. Of course, there are the WiFi antennas with the 411WS. Looking at a front view of the cameras, it is hard to tell them apart - in fact, you can't. The 411WS is on the left, and the 5MP is on the right. The 36 IR LEDs are prominently visible on the front face of each camera, with the aperture in the center. When it is dark, the IR LEDs flood the area with infrared light. This light has longer wavelengths than visible light, so we can't see it, but the camera can! At the bottom is a small daylight sensor.

Since the 5MP is a PoE camera, you don't have an onboard SD card to store video, but you can set the camera up (through the PC client software) to send captured video to an NVR (also sold by Reolink) or an FTP server. I tried to send the videos to my FreeNAS home server (FTP) and after a little trial and error, I was successful.

A little more info about PoE cameras: the purpose of Power over Ethernet is to use a single run of Ethernet cable to supply both power and signal. This requires an NVR (Network Video Recorder), which supplies the power to the camera. You can still run separate Ethernet and power to the camera if you like, but you will need a 12 volt DC adapter.

 

 

Here is a quick video review of the 5MP PoE Security Camera - check it out and come back for the rest of the review.




  1. Reolink 5MP Security Camera: Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Reolink 5MP Security Camera Closer Look: Setup & Software
  3. Reolink 5MP Security Camera: Specifications & Features
  4. Reolink 5MP Security Camera: Conclusion
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