August 8, 2013
Location: Ohio, USA
GREAT for the Money
After spending a year reviewing, comparing and nit picking the various PTZ cameras on the market to upgrade my current system to, I landed on the Lorex 9 camera system which included the camera of this review. I have had it installed now for a week and so far, it has exceeded my expectations. Even in total darkness with very little or no ambient light or starlight,
this camera captures an image that is viewable. Yes it will be dark and no it wont look like an image taken during normal daylight, but without IR lighting, it surprised me. I ran the camera to a separate dwelling excessing 200 lft. So power had to be supplied within the 95 ft. range of the supplied cables. (Lorex mentions this in their manual) I ran the RG59 to my residence and used the power leads of the coax as the RS485 leads that are needed to operate the PTZ functions. The camera operates flawlessly. You can set up the cruise by adding the waypoints and saving them. But be advised, you cannot use motion recording during cruise mode. The sensors are in the DVR not in the camera, therefor any motion, even the camera motion during cruise, will be considered motion sufficient to activate recording. So you end up recording just motion from the camera or false positives. As for quality, the zoom feature works great. A vehicle at 100 yards for example, I can zoom in and read the license plate number clearly. The only thing I don't like about this camera is the dome itself. Apparently the manufacturing process includes a 2 piece lens that is combined and the seam is polished. Insufficiently at best. Anything the camera sees is somewhat blurry and the autofocus tries to compensate continuously. (Lorex mentions this in their manual too) Conclusion: This Pan tilt zoom camera performs very well with excellent image quality. It is controllable by your smart phone (iphone/android) with a little setup savy, and FOR THE MONEY, performs as well as PTZ cams costing considerably more. You can spend 6000.00 on todays market for auto tracking and 36x zoom just for the camera alone. I bought my complete system for 1200.00 including the PTZ. You will be pleased with this camera, but since all installations are different, be sure to read the specific manual for the equipment your considering. The videos sell the product only and to prevent disappointment and frustrations, be sure to read the manuals.