D-Link DCS-2630L

Go­ing su­per-wide an­gle.

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Avery cool-look­ing ‘eye­ball’ cam­era, D-Link’s DCS2630L takes a dif­fer­ent ap­proach to cov­er­ing a room. In­stead of us­ing mo­torised pan and tilt, D-Link put an ex­tremely wide-an­gle lens into the cam­era, cov­er­ing a full 180° with a sin­gle 1080p stream. This nat­u­rally re­sults in a sig­nif­i­cant fish-eye ef­fect, and even though the cam­era tries to de-warp the im­age, you still get im­ages that are com­pressed at the edges and ex­panded in the mid­dle.

The ad­van­tage of this over a mo­torised sys­tem is clear: you al­ways have full cov­er­age of the room with­out hav­ing to re­di­rect the cam­era, which makes the cam­era much harder to dodge. On the other hand, you won’t get good stills of your kids’ play­ing.

We love the phys­i­cal de­sign of the cam­era, and with the flex­i­ble post and ro­tat­ing cam­era ball you have the op­tion to mount it on a shelf, wall, or ceil­ing. It has a two-way speaker built in (so you can talk to the peo­ple you’re watch­ing, even re­motely) and is the only cam­era re­viewed here that sup­ports both 1080p and 802.11ac wire­less.

The soft­ware and web in­ter­face is also very good, with fine no­ti­fi­ca­tion and mo­tion sen­si­tiv­ity op­tions and the ca­pac­ity to ‘ black out’ parts of the im­age from mo­tion de­tec­tion. It could use a lit­tle spruc­ing up in the de­sign depart­ment, but func­tion­ally it’s ex­cel­lent.

But it comes with an ex­ces­sive price tag. You’re pay­ing a huge pre­mium for Full HD, cost­ing three times as much as most of the oth­ers re­viewed here. It’s a very good cam­era, but not three times as good.

$450 WWW.DLINK.COM.AU |

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