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perplejo 21 18 September 9, 2016 at 03:10 PM in Security Cameras (5) More Costco Wholesale Deals
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Been shopping a replacement for a Lorex security camera system that died on me (and Costco fully refunded after 2.5 years of use.) I've been looking at Hikvision bullets, but have reservations about buying from the hundreds of unauthorized resellers that peddle these across the internet.

I came across these Swann cameras at Costco, sold in 2-packs as add-ons for the Swann NVR-based systems. These are rebranded Hikvision DS-2CD2032's - fully upgradeable with US firmware, and carry Costco's famous, ridiculous return policy.

I've set up 6 of these on a Blue Iris system, and they work beautifully.

P.S. Yes, I'm aware you can buy the gray market units for around $100 from time to time, but an extra $15 per camera for a fully warrantied product is a much better deal in my opinion.

http://www.costco.com/Swann-3MP-H...46709.html
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are they POE or BNC
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Wouldn't these fall under Costco's 90 day return policy?

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are they POE or BNC
Says POE on the page
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These were okay years ago. I don' think this is a good deal today. I thought two of these for $350 was a deal years ago, but prices have plummeted, and my two Swann cams are the only ones that I have an occasional dropout with every couple months.

Normal price is round $120/ea today on Amazon for US warranty, $80-100 for Chinese model (Firmware in english, not upgrade-able). So many cameras perform much better than these now, including the turret-style Hikvision 2CD2332 that have better IR, fewer spiderweb issues, 3MP at a higher frame rate, and higher bitrate options. Got my last five Hikvision turrets for around $60/ea. My next cameras will be Dahua - they're not as anti-consumer as Hikvision with the increasingly locked down cameras. I've pieced together a few more Hikvision cameras in my setup since they can occasionally be found used for $25-40, but I've had better performance from my Dahuas.

With sufficient light, some of the newer 4MP-8MP cameras are getting cheap. 4MP for same price as 3MP. 4K is dipping below $250, but needs supplemental lighting for night.
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Wouldn't these fall under Costco's 90 day return policy?


Says POE on the page
Apparently security cameras aren't part of the exclusion. They didn't question the other cameras I returned that were 2+ years old.
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These were okay years ago. I don' think this is a good deal today. I thought two of these for $350 was a deal years ago, but prices have plummeted, and my two Swann cams are the only ones that I have an occasional dropout with every couple months.

Normal price is round $120/ea today on Amazon for US warranty, $80-100 for Chinese model (Firmware in english, not upgrade-able). So many cameras perform much better than these now, including the turret-style Hikvision 2CD2332 that have better IR, fewer spiderweb issues, 3MP at a higher frame rate, and higher bitrate options. Got my last five Hikvision turrets for around $60/ea. My next cameras will be Dahua - they're not as anti-consumer as Hikvision with the increasingly locked down cameras. I've pieced together a few more Hikvision cameras in my setup since they can occasionally be found used for $25-40, but I've had better performance from my Dahuas.

With sufficient light, some of the newer 4MP-8MP cameras are getting cheap. 4MP for same price as 3MP. 4K is dipping below $250, but needs supplemental lighting for night.
Great insight. I haven't experienced any drops to this point.

Can you provide a link to US-warrantied units on Amazon? Unless they're rebranded, it's my understanding that's not possible.
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Great insight. I haven't experienced any drops to this point.

Can you provide a link to US-warrantied units on Amazon? Unless they're rebranded, it's my understanding that's not possible.
Amazon is also not an authorized retailer of Hikvision products, so even if you buy a US version firmware upgradeable camera I don't believe they'll honor the warranty.
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These were okay years ago. I don' think this is a good deal today. I thought two of these for $350 was a deal years ago, but prices have plummeted, and my two Swann cams are the only ones that I have an occasional dropout with every couple months.

Normal price is round $120/ea today on Amazon for US warranty, $80-100 for Chinese model (Firmware in english, not upgrade-able). So many cameras perform much better than these now, including the turret-style Hikvision 2CD2332 that have better IR, fewer spiderweb issues, 3MP at a higher frame rate, and higher bitrate options. Got my last five Hikvision turrets for around $60/ea. My next cameras will be Dahua - they're not as anti-consumer as Hikvision with the increasingly locked down cameras. I've pieced together a few more Hikvision cameras in my setup since they can occasionally be found used for $25-40, but I've had better performance from my Dahuas.

With sufficient light, some of the newer 4MP-8MP cameras are getting cheap. 4MP for same price as 3MP. 4K is dipping below $250, but needs supplemental lighting for night.
What's the best torrent style cameras, at a deal? Can you help recommend a link? I've always prefer domes or torrent styles.
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These were okay years ago. I don' think this is a good deal today. I thought two of these for $350 was a deal years ago, but prices have plummeted, and my two Swann cams are the only ones that I have an occasional dropout with every couple months.

Normal price is round $120/ea today on Amazon for US warranty, $80-100 for Chinese model (Firmware in english, not upgrade-able). So many cameras perform much better than these now, including the turret-style Hikvision 2CD2332 that have better IR, fewer spiderweb issues, 3MP at a higher frame rate, and higher bitrate options. Got my last five Hikvision turrets for around $60/ea. My next cameras will be Dahua - they're not as anti-consumer as Hikvision with the increasingly locked down cameras. I've pieced together a few more Hikvision cameras in my setup since they can occasionally be found used for $25-40, but I've had better performance from my Dahuas.

With sufficient light, some of the newer 4MP-8MP cameras are getting cheap. 4MP for same price as 3MP. 4K is dipping below $250, but needs supplemental lighting for night.
Thank you for the very informative reply. If anyone has any thoughts on a bullet or turret camera for use by a streetlight, I'd love to hear. I have one that covers my cul du sac but the IR never activates b/c of the street light nearby (w/ photocell). I'd like one with high enough resolution to get license plates as they drive through the circle which is about 30' away from the cam. I'm figuring I'll need at least a 4MP if not using one with fixed zoom.
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These were okay years ago. I don' think this is a good deal today. I thought two of these for $350 was a deal years ago, but prices have plummeted, and my two Swann cams are the only ones that I have an occasional dropout with every couple months.

Normal price is round $120/ea today on Amazon for US warranty, $80-100 for Chinese model (Firmware in english, not upgrade-able). So many cameras perform much better than these now, including the turret-style Hikvision 2CD2332 that have better IR, fewer spiderweb issues, 3MP at a higher frame rate, and higher bitrate options. Got my last five Hikvision turrets for around $60/ea. My next cameras will be Dahua - they're not as anti-consumer as Hikvision with the increasingly locked down cameras. I've pieced together a few more Hikvision cameras in my setup since they can occasionally be found used for $25-40, but I've had better performance from my Dahuas.

With sufficient light, some of the newer 4MP-8MP cameras are getting cheap. 4MP for same price as 3MP. 4K is dipping below $250, but needs supplemental lighting for night.
Would you mind describing your setup?
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So many cameras perform much better than these now, including the turret-style Hikvision 2CD2332 that have better IR, fewer spiderweb issues, 3MP at a higher frame rate, and higher bitrate options.

This! I have 8 of the Hikvision DS-2CD2-32-I bullet cameras and they work great. The only issue I have is with the spiders creating webs in front of these and tripping the motion sense on the Blue Iris... I have to clean up the webs / cameras on the weekly basis at the very least! To me it is well worth paying a bit more for a camera that does attract as many spiders so I don't have to deal with this issue. Mad
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This! I have 8 of the Hikvision DS-2CD2-32-I bullet cameras and they work great. The only issue I have is with the spiders creating webs in front of these and tripping the motion sense on the Blue Iris... I have to clean up the webs / cameras on the weekly basis at the very least! To me it is well worth paying a bit more for a camera that does attract as many spiders so I don't have to deal with this issue. Mad
Not sure if this will work for you, but I've been putting "moth ball" tablets on my cameras in the summer spider season. It has dramatically cut down on the number of webs. Also, when I spray insecticide every month or two, I get up on the ladder and bag the cams, and spray around with insecticide. With this regimen, I rarely have to clear webs, which I was doing at least twice a week.
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Note that Swann was taken over about a year or so ago by a company that makes their own camera's. They stopped rebranding hikvisions shortly after that takeover and the camera's they used after that are not on a par with hikvision. so I'd suggest to make suer the set you buy actually has the hikvisions and not their own brand.

I have a buddy in the installation industry that warned me of this a while back.
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Not sure if this will work for you, but I've been putting "moth ball" tablets on my cameras in the summer spider season. It has dramatically cut down on the number of webs. Also, when I spray insecticide every month or two, I get up on the ladder and bag the cams, and spray around with insecticide. With this regimen, I rarely have to clear webs, which I was doing at least twice a week.

Thanks much for the tip... I will have to try the moth ball and the insecticide spray regimen. Darn spiders! shake head
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What would be a good NVR to run these and Hikvision cameras on?
A 4 channel one would be ok. Thanks!
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