TRENDnet Megapixel PoE  Pan, Tilt, Zoom Network Surveillance Camera with 2-Way Audio, TV-IP672P (White)


The Megapixel PoE PTZ Internet Camera;model TV- IP672P;provides security over a large area. Pan the camera side-to-side a remarkable 340 degree and tilt up-and-down 115 degree from any Internet connection. No need to install this camera near a power source;power and data are received through a single Ethernet cable using Power over Ethernet (PoE) technology (See TRENDnet PoE Switches and Injectors). Record 1280 x 800 Megapixel (WXGA) video at up to 30 frames per second (fps). Manage up to four video profiles to record HD video while streaming low resolution video to a compatible smart phone at the same time. Manage up to 32 TRENDnet cameras with the included complimentary camera management software. Advanced features include adjustable motion detection recording areas;email alerts;scheduled recording sessions;pan / tilt;Auto-Patrol;H.264 / MPEG-4 / MJPEG image compression;date-and-time overlays;a Micro-SD card slot for backup storage;two-way audio (speakers not included);an adjustable lens;and four times digital zoom. A wall / ceiling mounting kit is included and the camera’s off white housing blends into most environments.

$ 115.99

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  1. moonlighteye "moonlighteye"

    31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    This is one cool gadget, December 1, 2012
    Amazon Verified Purchase(What’s this?)

    Obtaining this TrendNet camera is my first foray into a home security camera and so far it has been pretty impressive — it does a lot for the price. While I haven’t had it for long, here are my initial thoughts:

    **PROS**

    -PoE. I went with PoE (TV-IP672PI) over WiFi because a) either way you will need a cable for power and b) if part of the purpose of the cam is for security, I’d rather have a cable over a WiFi signal “hanging out there” for some bored hacker to try and tap into, even if it is encrypted. Since I only have this one camera for now, I am using the TRENDnet Power Over Ethernet (PoE) Injector TPE-103I which is working out perfectly.

    -Night vision. The NV on this camera is working out really well and adequately covers a large living room + dining room. Keep in mind that when NV kicks in, the camera automatically switches over to black and white. When the IR LEDs are on, they will emit a dim red glow.

    -PTZ. Pan, Tilt, and Zoom. It’s still fun to play with PTZ on this camera and you can do it from a web browser or your mobile TrendNet SecurView Pro app. The mobile apps are a bit different for Android vs. iPhone, but both allow you do pan and tilt (zoom seems to only work on the iPhone). Note that Internet Explorer seems a bit more friendly to operating the camera’s web interface as compared to Chrome or Firefox. And yeah, when remotely viewing the cam with your mobile app the video is choppy and there’s a delay when you pan or tilt, but that is not surprising.

    -Overall large viewing area. They call this a “megapixel” camera with 1280 x 800. Those of us familiar with marketing for camera phones and regular cameras know that more megapixels does not mean a higher quality image. While the image quality for this camera is pretty decent, it isn’t superb, so what the megapixel bit means here is that you get a larger overall image for a given area. In addition to that, because the camera can pan and tilt, that just adds to the possible viewing area. Overall I find the image quality for both color and B&W modes to be perfectly acceptable.

    -Realistic color. Some low-end cameras that have built-in night vision don’t have an IR cut filter or leave the IR LEDs on all the time, resulting in really bad color accuracy. For example, some cameras with NV will show green objects as greyish pink. This is not the case with this camera. When it’s in color/day mode, colors are more or less what you expect.

    -2-way audio. This is a pretty fun feature. The camera has a built-in mic and you can hear audio from the area the camera is installed in from the mobile apps and via the web browser interface. I haven’t tried hooking up external speakers yet though.

    -Onboard micro SD storage. If you add a micro SD card to the camera, you don’t need to leave a PC on all the time and can still have local access to videos or snapshots recorded by the camera. I confirmed that this camera supports micro SD cards with up to 32GB of capacity.

    -Overall tons of features. I won’t go into it all here, but I like how there’s a lot of options. You can configure the camera to email you video or snapshots, you can turn off the fairly bright status LEDs, there’s an external privacy button right on the camera to point it downward when you’re home, etc. The more flexibility, the better (usually)!

    **CONS**

    -While the web configuration utility on the camera has been mostly frustration free, it seems there’s a bug where the camera will stop sending video when certain options are saved and you have to reboot it to resume the video. I put in a help ticket with TrendNet to get feedback on that.

    -When the camera’s NV mode is set to “Auto”, its threshold for switching from daytime/color mode to firing up the IR LEDs seems too small. In other words it switches over to NV mode too easily (e.g., room gets darker with passing clouds) and as far as I know, you can’t adjust the threshold. You can set the NV mode to “manual” but then you have to turn it on and off via the web utility (at least there’s that).

    -If you want to configure DDNS (Dynamic DNS) on the camera itself, it seems you can only use DynDNS which is no longer a free service. DynDNS is not really expensive, but you should be able to put any DDNS provider you want in there; I have no idea why they would restrict that. Most modern home routers also have a DDNS option and hopefully have more DDNS provider options than this camera, so the workaround is to configure this on your router instead.

    **OTHER OBSERVATIONS**

    -This camera has a manual focus dial as opposed to an auto focus lens, which seems to be common as all the home security cameras with IR night…

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  2. Laughing John

    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Some good, some bad!, May 23, 2013
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    Laughing John (UK) –

    Firstly this is my first IP camera so I have nothing to compare it against, so some of the issues I mention may not be Trendnet specific.

    One thing that is clear after my 2 weeks of use is that if this camera is typical then there is space in this market for someone to produce a much slicker, easy to use quality product at a good price point.

    Firstly the good:

    1. The image quality is pretty good in good lighting.
    2. Audio is pretty good.
    3. The camera has a lot of features, Wifi, sd card recording, Pan/Tilt/(digital)Zoom and motion detection which allows you to highlight part of the scene as the area to monitor for movement.
    4. You can get video clips or snapshots via Email when the motion detection is triggered.
    5. Build quality is reasonable if not outstanding, and the white colour does tend to stand out a bit.
    6. Works well with phone apps (after setting up dynamic dns). I’m using IP Cam Viewer on Android and that does the job quite nicely.

    Now for the bad:
    1. The web interface whilst mainly usable is a bit clunky and requires a plugin to see the live video streaming. It does work with IE, FF and Chrome though (on Windows at least).
    2. Again with the web interface some of the options are buried away in different places. I tend to want to be able to get out of “privacy mode” and adjust the IR lights a fair bit because of my usage in a busy room, and these are buried away.
    3. You cannot stop motion detection without either turning off each individual option (SD card recording, snapshot emails, video clip emails) or clearing the motion detection area. There are a two icons to the upper left of the main live view screen which the manual describes as buttons, one for stopping/starting recording and one for controlling motion detection. In fact these are indicators and don’t do anything (there is a button at the bottom to control recording).
    4. Privacy mode is described as turning the camera off, when in fact all it does is point the lens to the base of the camera. This means that the camera continues to work as normal. In privacy mode the camera still occasionally records things, worse the IR lights come on at night even though you’re not using the camera.
    5. When the lighting is in-between night/day the camera starts constantly switching the lights and IR filter on and off which leads to an annoying clicking sound. This is even worse when in privacy mode.
    6. The motion detector triggers when the camera switches between night and day modes, which means it records a lot when it is in-between and clicking away.
    7. The night vision is OK, but not brilliant. Especially when the camera decides it needs the IR lights but there is still a light source (like a lamp) in the room.
    8. The field of vision on the camera is not very wide. This can be an issue if your rooms are not large.
    9. Setting up control from the Internet via a dynamic DNS service is quite involved, but this is not a Trendnet specific issue and their new “cloud cameras” appear to address this.
    10. Using the PTZ triggers the motion detection and therefor records and sends emails etc.
    11. This is kind of obvious, but the motion detection area is only useful when you keep the camera static. I don’t know what I was expecting here, but of course if select and area for motion detection it doesn’t “move” when the PTZ is operated. I doubt any cameras can do this.
    12. Lack of Autofocus.
    13. Lack of Optical Zoom.
    14. Doesn’t record to “the cloud”.

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    Note: As the camera was supplied it didn’t come with the latest firmware. I’d suggest you update the firmware before doing anything else are there are security issues with the old firmware.
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    I’ve contacted support to mention a couple of issues and ask a question and they have so far been useless. I suspect Trendnet source their gear from the Far East and don’t actually know their own products that well.

    Here was a question I asked:

    “I just wondered if you could tell me the difference between the “CBR” (which I’ve worked out is Constant Bit Rate) and “Quality” encoding methods?

    Which one produces the best quality, and how different are the bandwidth requirements?”

    And here’s the reply I got:

    “We apologize For your inconvenience. We do not have this specific information. We do not have or offer educational materials for the camera.

    Both specific encoding settings are for the constant bitrate.

    Here is a link with more information about CBR. <wikipedia link here>”

    So Trendnet don’t actually know what the options on their own camera do and “we do not have or offer…

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  3. Patrick E.

    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Good, with some issues, June 26, 2013
    By 
    Patrick E. (NH US) –

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    This is my first IP camera. It was a bit difficult to configure on the camera itself; and the software is confusing and poorly documented. I got it running over wired network with PoE (power over Ethernet).

    To help others, some of what I have learned.

    First, go to the TrendNet site and get the setup wizard for the camera, the latest firmware, and the SecurView Pro software and manual. All of these were substantially more updated than what came in the box; don’t even bother with the CD.

    Power the camera on. Run the setup wizard and do the basic configuration; it’ll help if you understand your home network and internet setup. I have a typical router which hands out IPs internally via DHCP but I chose to give the camera a static IP address so I could eventually configure access from “outside” more easily.

    After you have gotten the camera configured, go to the camera in a web browser (the setup wizard gives you a link at the end). Now, update the firmware on the camera. Once that’s done, you can go in through the browser again and do any other config that you like; there are extensive options. I left most of the video ones at default.

    You can configure alerts directly on the camera, through the browser. For example, if motion is detected, you can have a short video e-mailed or FTPed somewhere, or a set of JPGs, or a recording made; you can do these in combination. The e-mail setup is good; if you know your e-mail service’s parameters (e.g. SMTP server, port, whether to use TLS) it’s dead simple and there’s a good test button. I configured mine for GMail without any problems. I did not test FTP as I wanted it to alert me when motion was detected, and e-mail fit the bill. Typically I have noticed a delay of about a minute to deliver me an e-mail with video clip.

    At this point, you could be done. You do not NEED the SecurView Pro software. I installed it to see what it did. It lets you monitor multiple cameras, archive video to a server or drive, and offers enhanced functionality probably more suitable to people who need to go “back in time” often and need a good client app to do that. You should install the server pieces on a computer in your location that can stay on all the time. You can install the client piece on any computer that can “talk to” the server somehow. Note that the camera itself offers the ability to store videos; I put in a 32GB micro-SD card for that purpose, so again SecurView Pro is not needed. Anyway, it’s free and it’s not bad, though you should invest some time to go through the manual as the software is not that obvious and the manual is usable, though not fantastic.

    Video quality seems perfectly acceptable to me. Is it wonderful? No, but it’s in color, it’s pretty detailed, and it does what I wanted: let me know when something happens in some area. So I got what I wanted for a decent price, and I would buy this camera again. It would be nice if TrendNet made it clearer that you can run without the SecurView software, and if the setup were a little more obvious, but if you’re willing to invest some time you’ll get it done. I spent about two hours including understanding the SecurView software.

    The camera itself is fairly chunky but has a nice look to it. It can be powered via PoE; you can buy a $20 PoE injector here if needed. I have one with a 50′ CAT5e cable and that works fine, no need for a power brick where the camera is. The LEDs on the front can be turned off through the browser interface.

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