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Camera Review: Advidia A-54-OD Dome

by Johnny R - on May 20th 2015 - No Comments


The New Advidia A54 OD Security Camera

The Hardware

The ADVIDIA A-54-OD is nice and sleek with a darkened dome to protect/hide the camera. Once you remove the dome cover, you’ll find an easy-to-access set of controls and ports. In addition to the PoE network port, you’ll find a slot for a micro-sd card, ports for incoming and outgoing alarm signals, ports for audio in and out and even a port for outputting the video feed directly from the camera. The direct video output is a very handy solution for situations where you need to troubleshoot a camera at the actual unit (aka- one person job). Another minor but appreciated addition to the box was a protective sleeve that screws into the camera body to protect the network cable and port. Out of the box, you get the camera, protective cable sleeve, small CD with camera finder and user guide, disc with Video Insight VMS application, short network cable, external monitor adapter cable, mounting kit and an allen wrench for opening/closing the dome cover. Pretty much everything you need minus the PoE injector and screwdriver are provided.

The Advidia A-54-OD camera  advertises the following hardware feature set: (more…)

Camera Review: Advidia B-5360 – 360° Dome Camera

by Bjorn Hovd - on Mar 17th 2015 - No Comments


The ADVIDIA B-5360 360 5MP Dome camera is powered over the CAT5 cable, using a Power Over Ethernet (POE) switch, it is a POE class 1 device so it only requires 4W the Switch port, but if you are running IP phones over POE and other cameras, you may want to check the spec of the switch so that it can support all your POE devices.  In case you don’t have POE switch you can use a POE injector to power the camera.  Next to the data/power cable there is a 3.5mm microphone jack if you want to capture audio. The fish eye lens has a fixed focal length and aperture of f1.19 mm / F2.0.   The image sensor is a 1/3.2″ Progressive Scan CMOS sensor.

The technical specs of a camera are important, but I find that it is the software and the device interface usability that makes the big difference when looking at a camera. The quick start guide got me connected to the camera quickly and I could start looking at the management interface for the camera.   In the quick start guide it states to use Microsoft IE for full feature support.  Not being a big fan of IE I tried Fire Fox and Chrome and I could not use all the features of the camera using those browsers.  I also tried connecting with Safari from my Ipad, and with Chrome from my android phone, and neither was working , so it looks like I will have to monitor and manage it from my Windows PC. The web based interface is pretty basic and at times feels a little sluggish when making updates to the settings.  You can adjust settings, zoom in and out, get the video in full screen, take a snapshot, turn on or off a mini fish eye view, talk to the camera (since the camera do not have a speaker, I am not sure how that will work), adjust the volume for the audio captured from the camera microphone (if you have it installed), and select from three different views.


The different views you can set up is ePTZ , Panorama, and Fisheye view.   ePTZ  is a virtual pan tilt and zoom, and since it is a fixed lens camera, you are panning, tilting zooming the fish eye view.  The way you do this is by clicking with the mouse in the picture and drag it to a different angle and then clicking again, it is not the most easy way to navigating around in the picture, more often than not I ended up sideways or upside down from what I wanted to see.  The Panorama view is taking a cross section of the fish eye view (more…)

Camera Review: Advidia B-210 2MP Mini PTZ

by Bjorn Hovd - on Nov 13th 2014 - No Comments


In this review of the ADVIDIA B-210 2MP Mini PTZ we will review setup, physical install, camera performance, and image quality in day and night conditions.

In the box there is a quick installation guide, a hex screwdriver, screws, a drill template for mounting the camera, and cable grommet.  The camera can be powered either by external 12 volt power source or Power Over Ethernet.

Camera Setup

Following the quick start guide it was easy to setup and connect to the camera.  The onboard software is pretty much the same as with the ADVIDIA B-5360 which we reviewed earlier, so if you want more detail on the camera’s onboard software see the ADVIDIA B-5360 review which cover that in more detail. (more…)