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Amcrest Outdoor PTZ POE Camera 12x Optical Zoom 1080P - $197.18 (lightning deal)

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Amcrest Outdoor PTZ POE Camera, Pan/Tilt/ 12x Optical Zoom 1080P POE+ (802.3at) Home Security PTZ IP Camera, Starvis Low Light Sensor, 328ft Night Vision, IP66 Waterproof, 2-Megapixel, IP2M-853EW

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B079758...vDb3DTX9GY

Amcrest deals keep rolling in today. I bought this at ~$232 a few months ago, this may be the lowest price to date. Total is $197.18 including shipping (no tax for me).

Note: This camera requires POE+, not just plain old POE. Check your POE switch/NVR prior to purchasing.
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Paging matt2000. Is this good for a Costco QC aka dahua system? Slick?
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It is the lowest to date. They've been dropping them in price in 'Lightning Deals' over the last year. Clearing them out I suppose. Started out at $254, then $239, then $234, and now the $197 price 3X since 1st of August. I don't really need it so I'm holding out for another drop. If I see $179 or better I'll jump on it.

It's an older version but still a very good Dahua cam.
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It is the lowest to date. They've been dropping them in price in 'Lightning Deals' over the last year. Clearing them out I suppose. Started out at $254, then $239, then $234, and now the $197 price 3X since 1st of August. I don't really need it so I'm holding out for another drop. If I see $179 or better I'll jump on it.

It's an older version but still a very good Dahua cam.
I scoured my e-mail for a code to bring the price down even further (similar to the Amcrest PTZ deal I posted a few hours ago), but alas, the code from 7/31 wouldn't take. Maybe next time with the code it'll get below your $179 threshold!
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I scoured my e-mail for a code to bring the price down even further (similar to the Amcrest PTZ deal I posted a few hours ago), but alas, the code from 7/31 wouldn't take. Maybe next time with the code it'll get below your $179 threshold!

Pretty sure we'll see it. If not, then oh well... I have too many cams as it is now. Though I would like to have this one if I can pick it up cheap. Don't really have any need or a real great place for it (as you know, they're kinda huge) but I've never let that stop me before. ; )
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Hank77 is on fire recently with some nice deals! repped

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Paging matt2000. Is this good for a Costco QC aka dahua system? Slick?
Hi EagerActivity

This is a very nice deal for a quality PTZ. 2MP starlight iirc.

Will it work with the costco qsee dahua OEM nvr - should, only thing you would need to check is if you need to provide more power to the PTZ ( i.e. some PTZ cameras need PoE+ ) .. still can be solved by providing power separately. ( some PTZ sold by vendors include a AC power adapter .. check what is in the package )

update: title states PoE+ - so most NVRs are PoE, so you'll need to power this separately - still a very nice deal imho. Would make a nice camera to keep an eye on a longer driveway / street mailbox / car parked on the street.

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It is the lowest to date. They've been dropping them in price in 'Lightning Deals' over the last year. Clearing them out I suppose. Started out at $254, then $239, then $234, and now the $197 price 3X since 1st of August. I don't really need it so I'm holding out for another drop. If I see $179 or better I'll jump on it.

It's an older version but still a very good Dahua cam.
Thanks Mike for the prices!
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Hi EagerActivity

This is a very nice deal for a quality PTZ. 2MP starlight iirc.

Will it work with the costco qsee dahua OEM nvr - should, only thing you would need to check is if you need to provide more power to the PTZ ( i.e. some PTZ cameras need PoE+ ) .. still can be solved by providing power separately. ( some PTZ sold by vendors include a AC power adapter .. check what is in the package )

update: title states PoE+ - so most NVRs are PoE, so you'll need to power this separately - still a very nice deal imho. Would make a nice camera to keep an eye on a longer driveway / street mailbox / car parked on the street.



Thanks Mike for the prices!
Addicted to my Dahua starlight cams. Just not sure what the use case for a zoom one is. I have a long driveway, but someone coming up it eventually gets close to the house and I capture them without the zoom. Also, how does having an optical zoom compare to just upping the megapixels or going with a more telephoto/narrower lens?

I could see it being useful to someone watching a cam live and zooming live. But I don't really do that.
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Addicted to my Dahua starlight cams. Just not sure what the use case for a zoom one is. I have a long driveway, but someone coming up it eventually gets close to the house and I capture them without the zoom. Also, how does having an optical zoom compare to just upping the megapixels or going with a more telephoto/narrower lens?

I could see it being useful to someone watching a cam live and zooming live. But I don't really do that.
Hi MrMonopoly

Do check some of the members reviews of videos on Dahua OEM starlight PTZ cameras at ipcamtalk. Also check youtube for examples.

So a good example of using a starlight PTZ is that you need to park on the street and that location changes each time - and with a PTZ you can change it to watch your car.

Others like to use it for watching wild life.. especially nice for those living more in the "woods"

If you like to tinker you can even configure some to zoom into areas when an alarm sensor is tripped ( like mail box opening, or gate opening ) and then return to another spot after some time...

If you're well covered with fixed cameras then you should be fine w/o a PTZ.
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Addicted to my Dahua starlight cams. Just not sure what the use case for a zoom one is. I have a long driveway, but someone coming up it eventually gets close to the house and I capture them without the zoom. Also, how does having an optical zoom compare to just upping the megapixels or going with a more telephoto/narrower lens?

I could see it being useful to someone watching a cam live and zooming live. But I don't really do that.
Optical zoom >> higher MP/digital zoom. More lens is the same thing but you have more flexibility in how you can vary it with a zoom vs a fixed length. Also better than motorized variable in some ways, e.g., if using a system like BI you can have it position at varying focal lengths/positions at night vs day, based on triggers, etc.

I have similar PTZs front and rear. Mostly used in fixed position/length but one changes length to focus more closely on cars at night and if triggered by an alert from another cam it will swing around to capture that from another angle. The other I use mostly entirely fixed but use it to scan the back yard at times, watch wildlife at a pond that I have, look for the cat, etc. Not really necessary in either case but very useful I'd say. Not really any functional downside to having the PTZ. Cost, size and power requirements are the hit.
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Any idea if this will work with Laview 4K NVR?
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Any idea if this will work with Laview 4K NVR?
Hi Jose,

If it is a Dahua OEM NVR it should work well once you sync the user/password + possible port and IP info.

( the Saturn product line that LaView sells is Dahua OEM - so it should work well with that kit )
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Amcrest app suck, great camera and spec tho, poor support

rather get Ring camera
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Amcrest app suck, great camera and spec tho, poor support

rather get Ring camera
Hi Trolololo

As this camera uses open standards you can use 3rd party apps with it.

For example this will work with Blue Iris.
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On the last Amcrest Amazon $61 4k POE camera deal, I am unable to get my laview NVR to recognize the camera when plugged in directly to the NVR. I had to power the camera separately using a 12V power supply then add the camera on the NVR via ONVIF giving it an IP Address from the router. My other laview cameras that are plugged in directly appears to be getting a different set of DHCP IP address from within the NVR.If anyone is using theirs plugged in directly to their NVR please let me know how you do it.
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I see this one uses 802.3at.. I got other Amcrest POEs that use 802.3af .. looking for a 5 to 6 port switch that supports both..
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