HD Pan & Tilt Wi-Fi Camera (DCS-5222L)by D-Link

  • HD Pan & Tilt Wi-Fi Camera (DCS-5222L)
  • HD Pan & Tilt Wi-Fi Camera (DCS-5222L)
  • HD Pan & Tilt Wi-Fi Camera (DCS-5222L)
  • HD Pan & Tilt Wi-Fi Camera (DCS-5222L)
TECHWALLA
VERDICT
Recommended, but seriously flawed. There are probably better alternatives.
74%
TECHWALLA SCORE
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PROS

  • Attractively priced for a surveillance-oriented networked camera that captures high-def video and supports two-way audio, night vision, and remote monitoring.
  • The D-Link Pan & Tilt camera includes a motion sensor and a microSD card slot for users who want to record video.
  • The app includes remote controls for panning and tilting the camera.

CONS

  • The camera's video quality is subpar for a high-def feed, and streaming can be jerky.
  • The setup can be complicated.
  • The Pan & Tilt camera could be more tamper-resistant.
Connected to your network by either Wi-Fi or Ethernet, the D-Link HD Pan & Tilt Wi-Fi Camera delivers high-def video and two-way audio to your smartphone or tablet via a free mobile app. With the app you can pan and tilt the camera, and you can also record video to an optional on-board microSD card. Additional features include night-vision support and a motion sensor you can set to initiate recording.
NameHD Pan & Tilt Wi-Fi Camera (DCS-5222L)NetCam HD+Simplicam powered by CloseliFlir FXCanary
ManufacturerD-LinkBelkinArcSoftFLIR SystemsCanary
Techwalla Score
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List Price$170$130$150$200$249
80%

Setup isn’t as horrible as with older IP cameras, but also not always snag-free. We had to update the firmware on the camera before we could…

Setup isn’t as horrible as with older IP cameras, but also not always snag-free. We had to update the firmware on the camera before we could get it up and running.

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74%

Camera control from mydlink.com and the mobile app sucks, plain and simple. There is no continuous movement. You have to hit a directional b…

Camera control from mydlink.com and the mobile app sucks, plain and simple. There is no continuous movement. You have to hit a directional button, let the camera move a few increments, then click the button again. It's a frustrating endeavor to try to pan or tilt more than a few feet, especially on the mobile app.

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70%

Although the DCS-5222L is a good value among IP cameras, the footage it provides isn't as crisp as 720p video should be.

Although the DCS-5222L is a good value among IP cameras, the footage it provides isn't as crisp as 720p video should be.

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70%

The specs of the camera are impressive and it is solidly built with the camera resting in a gimbal to provide full tilt and pan capability. …

The specs of the camera are impressive and it is solidly built with the camera resting in a gimbal to provide full tilt and pan capability. Its main problem currently is the software that runs the camera. D-Link’s interface is sometimes unresponsive with delayed camera movements, episodes of audio dropping out and lost network connections.

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