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LaView Panda LV-PC902F2-W HD 1080P 2MP Day/Night w/PIR Detection, Motion, Built-in Micro SD Slot Wireless or PoE IP Camera
[newegg.com]

$79.99 with free shipping with ShopRunner or Premiere. NE typically carries it for $100 and Amazon has it now for $110.

As I understand it, this camera is a rebadge of the well regarded Hikvision DS-2CD2432F-I(W) [hikvision.com] Cube camera. The notable differences are:
  1. The LaView has US firmware whereas the Hikvision FW depends on where you buy it. Often the US branded Hikvisions carry a premium over the Chinese brown box versions.
  2. The LaView is only 2 MP whereas the Hikvision is 3 MP
  3. The LaView has a low light sensitivity of 0.028 lux [laviewusa.com], whereas the Hikvision's is 0.07 lux [hikvision.com]. Lower is better for low light use. Both have IR.
  4. The LaView comes with a power adaptor, whereas the Hikvision may not again depending on where you buy it

This camera periodically goes on sale for $80, as evidenced by previous SD threads (note the dates to get a sense of the frequency):
03-05-16 $80 at NE
12-08-15 $90 at Overstock
08-16-15 $90 at Overstock
06-17-15 $90 at NE
02-13-15 $100 at NE
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Tempted to buy another, wish there was a VISA CO/Amex offer available to stack.

TU and repped for an informative and well written OP, thanks!
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Thanks OP. As the other poster Carmen, this post is very well written
Edit: auto correct, commented not Carmen
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How would you rate this compared to DCS-934L except the PoE feature?
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Panda... Panda Panda Panda Panda
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I would bite but CA tax...
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How would you rate this compared to DCS-934L except the PoE feature?
This LaView Panda is definitely better and more feature rich, here's a detailed review [networkcameracritic.com] of a similar model complete with images and video footage.
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What are people using to record the video from this? I have a server running in my basement I could install software to record, but I'm new to the whole security camera biz... Thanks for the help in advance!
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Would love for amazon to pricematch.
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What are people using to record the video from this? I have a server running in my basement I could install software to record, but I'm new to the whole security camera biz... Thanks for the help in advance!
According to the manual, you should be able to configure the camera to directly record to a network share without need for (much) additional software. It should support NFS or SMB/CIFS shares. NFS does not require any user authentication and would probably be the easiest if your server is Linux/BSD. SMB/CIFS will require a username / password authentication, which can be programmed into the camera. Virtually any server including Windows should be fine for hosting SMB/CIFS shares.

This camera will only produce video at 8 mbps max, so a fast ethernet (100 mbps) LAN or 102.11n (54 mpbs) wi-fi connection is sufficient. I am thinking it can acheive this bandwidth at 1920x1080 at 30 fps because it uses hardware h.264 compression. Without the compression, the bandwidth would be ~5 times higher. I think an hour of video at the maximum resolution and fps would need around 3.5gb of storage, ballpark estimate.
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Nice summary by the OP.
I agree with his comment regarding the need for greater light for the LAview compared to Hikvision. I have one in a living room that is in the corner. When it is set to auto switch night (IR) / day, it always is set to IR since there's not enough light to make it think it is day. One solution on the internet was to take a drill and make the light hole bigger. Another suggestion was to use the scheduler to switch to night and day at selected times, for instance 7am and 8pm. Not ideal, but this is a limiation of the LAview FYI.
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Quote from yummygizzards View Post :
According to the manual, you should be able to configure the camera to directly record to a network share without need for (much) additional software. It should support NFS or SMB/CIFS shares. NFS does not require any user authentication and would probably be the easiest if your server is Linux/BSD. SMB/CIFS will require a username / password authentication, which can be programmed into the camera. Virtually any server including Windows should be fine for hosting SMB/CIFS shares.

This camera will only produce video at 8 mbps max, so a fast ethernet (100 mbps) LAN or 102.11n (54 mpbs) wi-fi connection is sufficient. I am thinking it can acheive this bandwidth at 1920x1080 at 30 fps because it uses hardware h.264 compression. Without the compression, the bandwidth would be ~5 times higher. I think an hour of video at the maximum resolution and fps would need around 3.5gb of storage, ballpark estimate.
Awesome! Thanks for breakdown! I have 2012 R2 running with AD and could definitely setup a share for a few of these. I already have a Gig PoE switch ready for four of em' :-)
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Nice price.
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Quote from papaswedine View Post :
Awesome! Thanks for breakdown! I have 2012 R2 running with AD and could definitely setup a share for a few of these. I already have a Gig PoE switch ready for four of em' :-)
You might check to see if it has BlueIris support. $60 for up to 64 cameras, mix and match dozens, hundreds, lots? of different brands. Takes things to a while other level. Also brings camera choice down to image quality/price/reliability because you just don't care about additional "features" that you won't be using anyway.
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LaView Panda LV-PC902F2-W HD 1080P 2MP Day/Night w/PIR Detection, Motion, Built-in Micro SD Slot Wireless or PoE IP Camera
[newegg.com]

$79.99 with free shipping with ShopRunner or Premiere. NE typically carries it for $100 and Amazon has it now for $110.

As I understand it, this camera is a rebadge of the well regarded Hikvision DS-2CD2432F-I(W) [hikvision.com] Cube camera. The notable differences are:
  1. The LaView has US firmware whereas the Hikvision FW depends on where you buy it. Often the US branded Hikvisions carry a premium over the Chinese brown box versions.
  2. The LaView is only 2 MP whereas the Hikvision is 3 MP
  3. The LaView has a low light sensitivity of 0.028 lux [laviewusa.com], whereas the Hikvision's is 0.07 lux [hikvision.com]. Lower is better for low light use. Both have IR.
  4. The LaView comes with a power adaptor, whereas the Hikvision may not again depending on where you buy it

This camera periodically goes on sale for $80, as evidenced by previous SD threads (note the dates to get a sense of the frequency):
03-05-16 $80 at NE
12-08-15 $90 at Overstock
08-16-15 $90 at Overstock
06-17-15 $90 at NE
02-13-15 $100 at NE
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