Amcrest Security Cameras- 26 Models Compared

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In this detailed guide, I compare 26 of the best explore lots of Amcrest security cameras.

An IP camera is a security camera that is connected to the Internet- also known as a smart security camera.

I have created 7 different groups of Amcrest cameras;

  1. ProHD and UltraHD Pan and Tilt Cameras
  2. Shield Cameras
  3. Indoor PTZ Cameras
  4. Bullet Cameras
  5. WiFi Vandal Proof Domes
  6. PoE Vandal Proof Domes
  7. Outdoor PTZ Cameras

Related Post: Amcrest IP2M- 841 vs Foscam R2

Each group contains a comparison chart and a discussion about;

  • the main differences and similarities between the cameras in the group.
  • what makes the cameras in the group unique compared to other Amcrest IP cameras
  • what an ideal buyer looks like
  • the most highly rated camera in the group
  • and an installation guide.

After the camera comparison, I explore in detail the killer features that these cameras have in common, such as;

  • forms of storage
  • Power over Ethernet vs WiFi
  • Resolution
  • Motion Detection
  • Apps & Software
  • Weather & Vandal Proofing
  • Pan, Tilt and Zoom

Without anymore delays, let’s jump in…

ProHD and UltraHD Pan/ Tilt Camera Review

The first group of Amcrest security cameras that I want to compare, are the ProHD and UltraHD Pan/ Tilt  cameras.

Looking to me like the head of a robot, these cameras have a very solid look and feel to them.

There are five versions of the camera as you can see in the chart below.

Amcrest WiFi Camera Indoor Pan/Tilt Surveillance Wireless IP Camera, Home Video Security System with IR Night Vision, Two-Way Talk, Motion Detection for Nanny Cam, Pet and Baby Monitor IPM-721B Black
Amcrest HDSeries 720P POE (Power Over Ethernet) IP Security Surveillance Camera System IPM-721ES (Silver)
Amcrest ProHD 1080P POE (Power Over Ethernet) IP Camera with Pan/Tilt, Two-Way Audio, Optional Cloud Recording, Full HD (1920TVL) @ 30FPS, Wide 90° Viewing Angle and Night Vision IP2M-841EW (White)
Amcrest ProHD 1080P WiFi Camera 2MP (1920TVL) Indoor Pan/Tilt Security Wireless IP Camera IP2M-841B (Black)
Amcrest UltraHD 2K (3MP/2304TVL) WiFi Video Security IP Camera with Pan/Tilt, Dual Band 5ghz/2.4ghz, Two-Way Audio, 3-Megapixel @ 20FPS, Wide 90° Viewing Angle and Night Vision IP3M-941B (Black)
Model
IPM-721
IPM-721E
IP2M-841E
IP2M-841
IP3M-941
Resolution
720p (1MP)
720p (1 MP)
1080p (2 MP)
1080p (2MP)
1296p (3 MP)
Power
Power Adapter
Power over Ethernet
Power over Ethernet
Power Adapter
Power Adapter
Pan | Tilt | Zm
360° | ? | Digital
360° | ? | Digital
360° | ? | Digital
360° | ? | Digital
360° | ? | Digital
Colors
Black, White or Silver
Silver
Black | White
Black | White | Silver
Black | White | Silver
Field of View
85°
85°
90°
90°
90°
Night Vision
IR LEDs (32 Feet)
IR LEDs (32 Feet)
IR LEDs (32 Feet)
IR LEDs (32 Feet)
IR LEDs (32 Feet)
Motion Alerts
Motion Zones | Push Notifications | Email Alerts
Motion Zones | Push Notifications | Email Alerts
Motion Zones | Push Notifications | Email Alerts
Motion Zones | Push Notifications | Email Alerts
Motion Zones | Push Notifications | Email Alerts
Connection
Wi-Fi (2.4 Ghz) | Ethernet
Ethernet | LAN
Ethernet | LAN
Wi-Fi (2.4 GHz) | Ethernet
Wi-Fi (2.4 Ghz | 5 Ghz)
Apps
iOS | Android | Windows | Mac
iOS | Android | Windows | Mac
iOS | Android | Windows | Mac
iOS | Android | Windows | Mac
iOS | Android | Windows | Mac
Storage
Micro SD | Cloud | NVR
Micro SD | Cloud | NVR
Micro SD | Cloud | NVR
Micro SD | Cloud | NVR
Micro SD | Cloud | NVR
Two Way Audio
Amcrest WiFi Camera Indoor Pan/Tilt Surveillance Wireless IP Camera, Home Video Security System with IR Night Vision, Two-Way Talk, Motion Detection for Nanny Cam, Pet and Baby Monitor IPM-721B Black
Model
IPM-721
Resolution
720p (1MP)
Power
Power Adapter
Pan | Tilt | Zm
360° | ? | Digital
Colors
Black, White or Silver
Field of View
85°
Night Vision
IR LEDs (32 Feet)
Motion Alerts
Motion Zones | Push Notifications | Email Alerts
Connection
Wi-Fi (2.4 Ghz) | Ethernet
Apps
iOS | Android | Windows | Mac
Storage
Micro SD | Cloud | NVR
Two Way Audio
Amcrest HDSeries 720P POE (Power Over Ethernet) IP Security Surveillance Camera System IPM-721ES (Silver)
Model
IPM-721E
Resolution
720p (1 MP)
Power
Power over Ethernet
Pan | Tilt | Zm
360° | ? | Digital
Colors
Silver
Field of View
85°
Night Vision
IR LEDs (32 Feet)
Motion Alerts
Motion Zones | Push Notifications | Email Alerts
Connection
Ethernet | LAN
Apps
iOS | Android | Windows | Mac
Storage
Micro SD | Cloud | NVR
Two Way Audio
Amcrest ProHD 1080P POE (Power Over Ethernet) IP Camera with Pan/Tilt, Two-Way Audio, Optional Cloud Recording, Full HD (1920TVL) @ 30FPS, Wide 90° Viewing Angle and Night Vision IP2M-841EW (White)
Model
IP2M-841E
Resolution
1080p (2 MP)
Power
Power over Ethernet
Pan | Tilt | Zm
360° | ? | Digital
Colors
Black | White
Field of View
90°
Night Vision
IR LEDs (32 Feet)
Motion Alerts
Motion Zones | Push Notifications | Email Alerts
Connection
Ethernet | LAN
Apps
iOS | Android | Windows | Mac
Storage
Micro SD | Cloud | NVR
Two Way Audio
Amcrest ProHD 1080P WiFi Camera 2MP (1920TVL) Indoor Pan/Tilt Security Wireless IP Camera IP2M-841B (Black)
Model
IP2M-841
Resolution
1080p (2MP)
Power
Power Adapter
Pan | Tilt | Zm
360° | ? | Digital
Colors
Black | White | Silver
Field of View
90°
Night Vision
IR LEDs (32 Feet)
Motion Alerts
Motion Zones | Push Notifications | Email Alerts
Connection
Wi-Fi (2.4 GHz) | Ethernet
Apps
iOS | Android | Windows | Mac
Storage
Micro SD | Cloud | NVR
Two Way Audio
Amcrest UltraHD 2K (3MP/2304TVL) WiFi Video Security IP Camera with Pan/Tilt, Dual Band 5ghz/2.4ghz, Two-Way Audio, 3-Megapixel @ 20FPS, Wide 90° Viewing Angle and Night Vision IP3M-941B (Black)
Model
IP3M-941
Resolution
1296p (3 MP)
Power
Power Adapter
Pan | Tilt | Zm
360° | ? | Digital
Colors
Black | White | Silver
Field of View
90°
Night Vision
IR LEDs (32 Feet)
Motion Alerts
Motion Zones | Push Notifications | Email Alerts
Connection
Wi-Fi (2.4 Ghz | 5 Ghz)
Apps
iOS | Android | Windows | Mac
Storage
Micro SD | Cloud | NVR
Two Way Audio

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Differences

These ProHD and UltraHD pan and tilt cameras are different to each other in three main ways

Resolution

These cameras range from 720p (or 1 MP) to 1296p (3 MP).

PoE vs WiFi

There are two security cameras that are Power over Ethernet; IPM-721E and the IP2M-841E.

Field of View

The two 720p cameras have the smallest field of view at 85°. The other three cameras have a slightly larger field of view at 90°

Similarities

Pan Tilt Zoom 

The pan enables the cameras to rotate to give a full 360° view. I am not sure exactly how much the camera lenses can “tilt” (or move up and down.) The zoom is only digital which means that you can zoom in using the app.

Night Vision

All five of these cameras use infrared LEDs to provide black and white night vision with a range of 10 metres

Apps 

All of these camera models can be accessed on a huge number of devices- there are free apps to download from the App Store or from the Play Store.

As well as those, you can connect to your Amcrest camera using a Windows or Apple laptop or a desktop computer via the web browser.

The camera comes with an installation CD for this or you can read these instructions if you want more help.

Storage

Another great feature is the number of storage options.

All of these cameras can use Micro SD cards, Amcrest Cloud, NVRs (network video recorders) or FTP in order to store any footage.

2 Way Audio

Unique

These ProHD and UltraHD Pan and Tilt cameras different to any other Amcrest IP camera because they are the only cameras designed to be stood on a desk, table or shelf that have a PTZ capability. 

Ideal Buyer

Historically, security cameras or CCTV cameras were either wall mounted or ceiling mounted.

Smart security cameras now give people the option of using desktop mounted cameras, cameras that are designed to be placed on horizontal surfaces such as a desk, shelf or a table. 

Unlike ceiling or wall mounted cameras, security cameras that stand on a horizontal surface do not have any complicated mounting brackets to install.

They can be moved very easily as long as there is an electrical outlet or ethernet cable nearby.

Although these cameras come in both WiFi or PoE models which lend themselves to either the home owner or business owner, I think that these cameras are more ideal for domestic use because they are a more informal type of security camera than wall or ceiling mounted cameras. 

Their PTZ capabilities will appeal to users who want to closely monitor larger spaces that security cameras with fixed lenses (and more restricted field of views) would not be able to monitor as effectively. 

Although these cameras do come in different resolutions, the most important part about the resolution is its impact on the price of the camera.

Installation & Setup

The video below provides a step by step guide to setting up the IP3M-941, the IP2M-841 or the IPM-721 WiFi cameras.

There are 17 steps in all, which I explain below.

Step 1 Plug the camera in

Step 2 Wait 30 seconds for the camera to initialise.

Step 3 Download the Amcrest Pro app from the App Store or Google Play.

Step 4 Open the App

Step 5 Tap on the Device List (camera icon in the top right corner)

Step 6 Tap on “Add device”

Step 7 Select either “WiFi Configuration Setup” or “Ethernet WiFi Setup”

We will use the “Ethernet WiFi Setup”

Step 8 Connect your Amcrest camera to your router using an Ethernet cable

(this cable only needs to be used during the setup.)

Step 9 Tap Next

Step 10 Make sure that the phone that are using is connected to your WiFi

Step 11 Tap Next

Step 12 Scan the QR code from the sticker at the bottom of the camera.

Step 13 Name your camera

Step 14 Add a username and password.

Step 15 Select your WiFi network and enter in the password.

Step 16 Your camera has been set up successfully.

Step 17 You may remove the ethernet cable from your camera.

Top Picks

And so which is the best security camera in this range?

Well, looking at the feedback and ratings on all of these cameras, the model that is more highly rated than the others is the 3 MP WiFi version, the IP3M-941.

Here are a few of its Pros and Cons…

Pros

  • Picture Quality
  • Night Vision
  • Set Up
  • Dual Band WiFi

Cons

  • PTZ Control Not Accurate
  • Pan Will Not Tilt Below Horizontal


Amcrest Shield Camera Review

Amcrest has two Shield cameras in its range and I think that these cameras have been designed with the home user in mind.

If you like the feel and look of straight lines and hard edges, then the Amcrest Shield is the camera for you.

It has a very striking hexagonal shape that will lend a stylish touch to your home.

Amcrest ProHD Shield Wireless IP Security Camera, 960P 1.3 Megapixel (1280x960P), Two-Way Audio, Super Wide 140° Viewing Angle, MicroSD & Cloud Recording, Digital Zoom, Night Vision, IPM-HX1B (Black)
Amcrest 2K Wireless IP Camera 3MP (2304TVL) 5ghz Indoor Pan/Tilt WiFi Security Camera Home Cloud Surveillance System with IR Night Vision Two-Way Talk for Baby Monitor Pet Nanny Cam IP3M-HX2W White
Model
IPM-HX1
IP3M-HX2
Lens
1.3 MP Fixed | Digital Zoom
3MP Fixed | Digital Zoom
Colors
White or Black
White or Black
Resolution
960p
1296p
Field of View
140°
140°
Night Vision
IR LED (32 Feet)
IR LED (32 Feet)
Motion Alerts
Push Notifications | Email Alerts | Motion Zones
Push Notifications | Email Alerts | Motion Zones
Connection
Wi-Fi (2.4 Ghz)
Wi-Fi (2.4 Ghz or 5 Ghz)
Apps
iOS | Android | Windows | Mac
iOS | Android | Windows | Mac
Power
USB Lead + Power Adapter
USB Lead + Power Adapter
Storage
Micro SD | Cloud | NVR
Micro SD | Cloud | NVR
2 Way Audio
Amcrest ProHD Shield Wireless IP Security Camera, 960P 1.3 Megapixel (1280x960P), Two-Way Audio, Super Wide 140° Viewing Angle, MicroSD & Cloud Recording, Digital Zoom, Night Vision, IPM-HX1B (Black)
Model
IPM-HX1
Lens
1.3 MP Fixed | Digital Zoom
Colors
White or Black
Resolution
960p
Field of View
140°
Night Vision
IR LED (32 Feet)
Motion Alerts
Push Notifications | Email Alerts | Motion Zones
Connection
Wi-Fi (2.4 Ghz)
Apps
iOS | Android | Windows | Mac
Power
USB Lead + Power Adapter
Storage
Micro SD | Cloud | NVR
2 Way Audio
Amcrest 2K Wireless IP Camera 3MP (2304TVL) 5ghz Indoor Pan/Tilt WiFi Security Camera Home Cloud Surveillance System with IR Night Vision Two-Way Talk for Baby Monitor Pet Nanny Cam IP3M-HX2W White
Model
IP3M-HX2
Lens
3MP Fixed | Digital Zoom
Colors
White or Black
Resolution
1296p
Field of View
140°
Night Vision
IR LED (32 Feet)
Motion Alerts
Push Notifications | Email Alerts | Motion Zones
Connection
Wi-Fi (2.4 Ghz or 5 Ghz)
Apps
iOS | Android | Windows | Mac
Power
USB Lead + Power Adapter
Storage
Micro SD | Cloud | NVR
2 Way Audio

Differences

There are two key differences between these cameras.

Resolution

The IP3M-HX2 has a 3 MP lens which has a resolution of 1296p and the IP3M-HX1 has a 1.3MP lens with a resolution of 960p.

WiFi

Also, the 1.3MP model can only connect to WiFis that run at a 2.4 Ghz speed whereas the 3MP model connects to 2.4 Ghz or 5 Ghz WiFi.

Both models use an Ethernet cable as part of the set up process.

Similarities

As can be seen from the chart above, the two Shield cameras are exactly the same in many ways.

The two most important ones that I want to focus on are

Field of Vision

The HX1 and HX2 both a huge 140° field of vision, which is the largest of any fixed lens Amcrest security camera.

Night Vision

Both of these Amcrest security cameras has a night vision range of 10 metres or 32 feet.

Power

Both of these models use a standard electric power lead. They do not use Power over Ethernet.

Uniqueness

There are two features that make the HX1 and HX2 unique;

Magnetic Base

These are the only cameras that have a magnetic base, which means that the camera can easily, quickly and securely be attached to any vertical surface that is metallic.

The magnetic base also makes it very secure on metallic horizontal surface as well.

Field of View

No other Amcrest IP camera (with a fixed lens) has such a large field of view (140°.)

Ideal Buyers

I think this camera is very much aimed at the home user.

This camera has a real sense of fun and flexibility about it because of it’s unique shape and its magnetic base.

These are cameras that ordinary people install in their homes in order to keep an eye on their beloved dog when they are out at work.

Or these cameras are used to “connect” to other members of the family using the two 2 way audio function as opposed to being used as a camera that is used primarily to monitor and detect for intruders.

Installation & Set Up

The video below provides a step by step guide to setting up the IP3M-941, the IP2M-841 or the IPM-721 WiFi cameras.

There are steps in all, which I explain below.

Step 1 Plug the camera in

Step 2 Wait 30 seconds for the camera to initialise.

Step 3 Download the Amcrest Pro app from the App Store or Google Play.

Step 4 Open the App

Step 5 Tap on the Device List (camera icon in the top right corner)

Step 6 Tap on “Add device”

Step 7 Select either “WiFi Configuration Setup” or “Ethernet WiFi Setup”

We will use the “Ethernet WiFi Setup”

Step 8 Connect your Amcrest camera to your router using an Ethernet cable

(this cable only needs to be used during the setup.)

Step 9 Tap Next

Step 10 Make sure that the phone that are using is connected to your WiFi

Step 11 Tap Next

Step 12 Scan the QR code from the sticker at the bottom of the camera.

Step 13 Name your camera

Step 14 Add a username and password.

Step 15 Select your WiFi network and enter in the password.

Step 16 Your camera has been set up successfully.

Step 17 Tap “Start Live View” in order to change your password and username.

Use a password that has at least 8 characters including a capital letter and a number.

Your camera will appear in the Live View feed.

Step 18 Unplug the camera and relocate it to anywhere within your WiFi range.

Step 19 Plug the camera back in and wait for a minute or two for it start up and connect to your network.

Step 20. When your camera has successfully restarted, it will appear in your live view.

Top Pick

Of the two different Amcrest Shield cameras, buyers are clearly more impressed with one than the other.

The most highly rated model is the Ultra HD 2K camera, IP3M- HX2.

Let’s have a look at its Pros and Cons…

Pros

  • Magnetic Base
  • Live Stream
  • Wide Angle

Cons

  • iPhone App Crashes
  • Complicated Micro SD Setup


Amcrest ProHD Indoor PTZ Review

There is something about a ceiling mounted camera that gives it a very intimidating feel.

Perhaps it is because these types of cameras are physical out of reach and that they are literally looking down on us?!

These indoor PTZ cameras have that aura about them and Amcrest makes two different models; IP2M-846 and IP2M-846E.

Amcrest ProHD Indoor PTZ (4X Optical Zoom) 1080P POE IP Camera, 98ft Night Vision, Pan/Tilt/4x Motorized Zoom, Wide 116° Viewing Angle, 2-Megapixel (1920TVL), Sentinel, IP2M-846E (Black)
Amcrest ProHD Indoor WiFi PTZ (4X Optical Zoom) 1080P Wireless IP Camera, 98ft Night Vision, Pan/Tilt/4x Motorized Zoom, Wide 116° Viewing Angle, 2-Megapixel (1920TVL), Sentinel Wi-Fi, IP2M-846 Black
Model
IP2M-846E
IP2M-846
Lens
Pan, Tilt x4 Optical Zoom
Pan, Tilt x4 Optical Zoom
Colors
Black
Black
Resolution
1080p
1080p
Field of View
34°- 116°
34°- 116°
Night Vision
98 feet | 30 meters
98 feet | 30 meters
Motion Alerts
Push Notifications | Email | Motion Zones
Push Notifications | Email | Motion Zones
Connection
Ethernet/ LAN
Wi-Fi (2.4 Ghz)
Apps
iOS | Android | Windows | Mac
iOS | Android | Windows | Mac
Power
Power over Ethernet
Mains cable
Storage
Cloud | FTP | NVR | Desktop
Cloud | FTP | NVR | Desktop
Audio
Build Quality
Indoor
Indoor
Amcrest ProHD Indoor PTZ (4X Optical Zoom) 1080P POE IP Camera, 98ft Night Vision, Pan/Tilt/4x Motorized Zoom, Wide 116° Viewing Angle, 2-Megapixel (1920TVL), Sentinel, IP2M-846E (Black)
Model
IP2M-846E
Lens
Pan, Tilt x4 Optical Zoom
Colors
Black
Resolution
1080p
Field of View
34°- 116°
Night Vision
98 feet | 30 meters
Motion Alerts
Push Notifications | Email | Motion Zones
Connection
Ethernet/ LAN
Apps
iOS | Android | Windows | Mac
Power
Power over Ethernet
Storage
Cloud | FTP | NVR | Desktop
Audio
Build Quality
Indoor
Amcrest ProHD Indoor WiFi PTZ (4X Optical Zoom) 1080P Wireless IP Camera, 98ft Night Vision, Pan/Tilt/4x Motorized Zoom, Wide 116° Viewing Angle, 2-Megapixel (1920TVL), Sentinel Wi-Fi, IP2M-846 Black
Model
IP2M-846
Lens
Pan, Tilt x4 Optical Zoom
Colors
Black
Resolution
1080p
Field of View
34°- 116°
Night Vision
98 feet | 30 meters
Motion Alerts
Push Notifications | Email | Motion Zones
Connection
Wi-Fi (2.4 Ghz)
Apps
iOS | Android | Windows | Mac
Power
Mains cable
Storage
Cloud | FTP | NVR | Desktop
Audio
Build Quality
Indoor

IP2M-846 vs IP2M-846E

Differences

Power & Connection

Let’s start with the differences between these two models because there is only one!

The IP2M-846 connects to a WiFi network and is powered by a power adapter whereas the IP2M-846E connects to a network using Ethernet cable and is powered by the same cable using Power over Ethernet or PoE.

Similarities

These two cameras have lots of similarities and some of the features are very, very cool.

Resolution

Both of these Indoor PTZ cameras have 1080p resolution.

 Field of View

Because of their PTZ capabilities, these cameras have a field of view that can change.

It varies between 34° and 116°.

Pan Tilt & Zoom

These cameras can pan a full 360° and the lens tilt as well.

All of this can be done via a section of the live view feature in the Amcrest app.

The camera lens has a X4 optical zoom, which is incredible.

A camera that has optical zoom produces far better quality images than a camera that only has digital zoom.

Optical zoom physically moves the camera lens and produces a high quality image because as the objects in the image get closer, the resolution stays the same.

Digital zoom also brings objects closer but it does this by reducing the resolution of an image.

Go here to find out more.

Night Vision

Both of these IP cameras use infrared LEDs which means that they have a night vision range of thirty metres or 98 feet.

Uniqueness

There are two features in the IP2M-846 and IP2M-846E that make them unique when we compare them with any other indoor Amcrest camera.

Positioning

The Sentinel cameras are the only indoor cameras that are designed to be mounted on the ceiling.

Zoom

These two cameras are the only indoor cameras that have optical zoom. All of the other Amcrest indoor cameras only have digital zoom.

Night Vision

The IP2M-846 and IP2M-846E have a night vision range that is three times greater than other indoor cameras.

Instead of a range of 10 meters (32 feet), the Sentinel cameras have a range of 98 feet (or 30 meters).

The Ideal Buyer

These cameras are for people who take security very, very seriously and who have very large indoor spaces that they want to monitor effectively.

Their powerful specifications mean that these cameras would be more attractive to medium size business owners rather than home owners or small business owners.

But, of course, the Sentinels would be great if they were installed in larger homes.

I mean with the power of the lens, optical zoom and incredible night vision these cameras can monitor some seriously large spaces.

Top Picks

Of the two Indoor PTZ cameras, the one that I would recommend most to you is the Power over Ethernet (PoE) model, which is very highly rated.

Its pros and cons are listed below.

Pros

  • Picture Quality
  • Wide Angle
  • Night Vision
  • Power over Ethernet

Cons

  • Poor Quality Instructions
  • Installation Tricky




Installation & Set Up

The video below provides a step by step guide to setting up the IP2M-846 and IP2M-846E WiFi cameras.

There are twelve steps in all, demonstrating two different types of installation- flush mounted and in ceiling mounted installation.

This video explains how to mount this camera to your preferred surface using 2 methods

Flush mount installation- the cable runs on top of the mounting surface.

In wall installation- where the cable is “buried” in the ceiling or wall.

Flush Mount Installation

Step 1: Have all the required tool to hand- these are listed in the video.

Step 2: Have the screws and wall anchors that came with the camera, within easy reach.

Step 3: Place the mounting plate sticker or template in the location where you want the camera.

Make sure that the triangle on the sticker is at the location that you want the cable to come out of the camera

Step 4: Using your 3/16ths drill bit drill the three holes for the wall plugs through your sticker.

Step 4: Insert the plastic wall anchors in the holes.

Step 5: Position the base plate so that it lines up with the holes that you have drilled- the raised side should be facing you.

Step 6. Insert the screws and tighten them with a number 2 Phillips head screwdriver.

Step 7 Insert the camera onto the base plate making sure that the cable is not caught.

It is installed correctly when you hear a click.

Step 8 Plug in your power and ethernet cable.

In wall installation

Installing the base plate is exactly the same as described above, with a couple of extra steps.

Step A: Using a ⅞” or 1” paddle bit, drill a hole in the top of the keyhole shape on your placement sticker.

Step B (optional) Install the protective rubber housing for your Ethernet cable that comes with the camera.

Please note, this housing can only be used if you are not using a pre-made Ethernet cable.

Step C: Attach the ethernet and power cable to your camera

Step D: feed the cables back into the wall or ceiling.

Now go to step 4 above.

Outdoor Cameras

There are two main shapes of outdoor camera that Amcrest make- bullet cameras and dome cameras.

Although, once upon a time, bullet cameras and dome cameras used to be very different in terms of their capabilities, with the latest designs and feature sets that is no longer true.

Instead, there are realistically only three differences between Amcrest bullet cameras and dome cameras.

Firstly is the shape and size- bullet cameras are bullet or lipstick shaped and are relatively large, whereas dome cameras are domed shape and tend to be smaller.

Secondly, because of their size and shape bullet shaped cameras tend to be used as physical deterrents.

These are cameras that you want to be seen by vandals or thieves.

They are positioned so as to be seen and to record footage.

Bullet cameras are not subtle and you want people to see them and to think twice.

Dome cameras are smaller and more covert. If you want to monitor people without them noticing, then dome cameras are easier to hide.

Amcrest Bullet Cameras Comparison Review

When you think about security cameras, probably the first one that comes to mind is the bullet camera.

Differences

There are five bullet shaped IP cameras in the Amcrest range as you can see in the chart below.

Amcrest IPM-723W Outdoor 960P 1.3 Megapixel (1280TVL) WiFi Wireless IP Security Bullet Camera - IP67 Weatherproof, 1.3MP (1280 x 960) (White)
Amcrest 2K 3MP Wireless Outdoor Security Camera ProHD 1080P / 1296P (2304TVL) Bullet IP WiFi Outdoor Camera - Full HD 1080P @ 30fps and 1296P @ 20fps, IP67, 98ft Night Vision, IP3M-943B (Black)
Amcrest 4MP IP Camera WiFi UltraHD Wireless Outdoor Security Camera Bullet - IP67 Weatherproof, 98ft Night Vision, 4-Megapixel (2688 TVL), IP4M-1026 (Black)
Amcrest 4MP POE IP Camera UltraHD Outdoor Security Camera Bullet - IP67 Weatherproof, 4-Megapixel (2688 TVL), 98ft Night Vision, Surveillance Camera, REP-IP4M-1024EB (Certified Refurbished)
Amcrest UltraHD 5MP POE Bullet IP Security Camera
Model
IPM-723
IP3M-943
IP4M-1026
IP4M-1024E
IP5M-1173E
Lens
1.3 MP | Zoom
3 MP | Digital Zoom
4 MP | Intelligent Zoom
4 MP | Intelligent Zoom
5 MP | Intelligent Zoom
Colors
Black | White | Silver
Black | White
Black | White
Black | White
Black | White
Resolution
960P
1296p
1520p
1520p
1944p
Field of View
92°
81°
118°
92°
104°
Night Vision
98 feet
98 feet | 30 meters
98 feet | 30 meters
98 feet | 30 meters
98 feet | 30 meters
Motion Alerts
Push Notifications | Email | Advanced Zone Detection
Push Notifications | Email | Advanced Zone Detection
Push Notifications | Email | Advanced Zone Detection
Push Notifications | Email | Advanced Zone Detection
Yes | Push Notifications | Email | Advanced Zone Detection
Connection
Wi-Fi (2.4 Ghz)
Ethernet | LAN
Wi-Fi (2.4 Ghz)
Ethernet | LAN
Ethernet | LAN
Apps
iOS | Android | +
iOS | Android | Windows | Mac
iOS | Android | Windows | Mac
iOS | Android | Windows | Mac
iOS | Android | Windows | Mac
Power
12V cable
Power over Ethernet
Mains cable
Power over Ethernet
Power over Ethernet
Storage
Micro SD | Cloud | Desktop | NVR | +
Micro SD | Cloud | Desktop | NVR | +
Cloud | Desktop | NVR | +
Cloud | Desktop | NVR | +
Cloud | Desktop | NVR | +
Audio
Build Quality
IP67 | IK10
IP67 | IK10
IP67 | IK10
IP67 | IK10
IP67 | IK10
Amcrest IPM-723W Outdoor 960P 1.3 Megapixel (1280TVL) WiFi Wireless IP Security Bullet Camera - IP67 Weatherproof, 1.3MP (1280 x 960) (White)
Model
IPM-723
Lens
1.3 MP | Zoom
Colors
Black | White | Silver
Resolution
960P
Field of View
92°
Night Vision
98 feet
Motion Alerts
Push Notifications | Email | Advanced Zone Detection
Connection
Wi-Fi (2.4 Ghz)
Apps
iOS | Android | +
Power
12V cable
Storage
Micro SD | Cloud | Desktop | NVR | +
Audio
Build Quality
IP67 | IK10
Amcrest 2K 3MP Wireless Outdoor Security Camera ProHD 1080P / 1296P (2304TVL) Bullet IP WiFi Outdoor Camera - Full HD 1080P @ 30fps and 1296P @ 20fps, IP67, 98ft Night Vision, IP3M-943B (Black)
Model
IP3M-943
Lens
3 MP | Digital Zoom
Colors
Black | White
Resolution
1296p
Field of View
81°
Night Vision
98 feet | 30 meters
Motion Alerts
Push Notifications | Email | Advanced Zone Detection
Connection
Ethernet | LAN
Apps
iOS | Android | Windows | Mac
Power
Power over Ethernet
Storage
Micro SD | Cloud | Desktop | NVR | +
Audio
Build Quality
IP67 | IK10
Amcrest 4MP IP Camera WiFi UltraHD Wireless Outdoor Security Camera Bullet - IP67 Weatherproof, 98ft Night Vision, 4-Megapixel (2688 TVL), IP4M-1026 (Black)
Model
IP4M-1026
Lens
4 MP | Intelligent Zoom
Colors
Black | White
Resolution
1520p
Field of View
118°
Night Vision
98 feet | 30 meters
Motion Alerts
Push Notifications | Email | Advanced Zone Detection
Connection
Wi-Fi (2.4 Ghz)
Apps
iOS | Android | Windows | Mac
Power
Mains cable
Storage
Cloud | Desktop | NVR | +
Audio
Build Quality
IP67 | IK10
Amcrest 4MP POE IP Camera UltraHD Outdoor Security Camera Bullet - IP67 Weatherproof, 4-Megapixel (2688 TVL), 98ft Night Vision, Surveillance Camera, REP-IP4M-1024EB (Certified Refurbished)
Model
IP4M-1024E
Lens
4 MP | Intelligent Zoom
Colors
Black | White
Resolution
1520p
Field of View
92°
Night Vision
98 feet | 30 meters
Motion Alerts
Push Notifications | Email | Advanced Zone Detection
Connection
Ethernet | LAN
Apps
iOS | Android | Windows | Mac
Power
Power over Ethernet
Storage
Cloud | Desktop | NVR | +
Audio
Build Quality
IP67 | IK10
Amcrest UltraHD 5MP POE Bullet IP Security Camera
Model
IP5M-1173E
Lens
5 MP | Intelligent Zoom
Colors
Black | White
Resolution
1944p
Field of View
104°
Night Vision
98 feet | 30 meters
Motion Alerts
Yes | Push Notifications | Email | Advanced Zone Detection
Connection
Ethernet | LAN
Apps
iOS | Android | Windows | Mac
Power
Power over Ethernet
Storage
Cloud | Desktop | NVR | +
Audio
Build Quality
IP67 | IK10

None of the bullet cameras have motorised pan, tilt and zoom capabilities.

These cameras all come with a mounting bracket that connects to the camera via a metal arm with a ball and socket joint.

This means that the camera’s position can be moved (or panned) from left to right (along the horizontal plane) or up and down (tilted) (along the vertical plane.)

But it has to be done manually!

Looking at these security cameras, there are three main differences between them;

Differences

Power and Connection

The IPM-723, IP3M-943 and IP4M-1026 all connect to your network via WiFi and uses a power supply.

However, the IP4M-1024E and IP5M-1173E use Power over Ethernet- they connect to your network via Ethernet cable which also powers the cameras.

Resolution

These cameras all have different resolutions. They range from 960p to 1944p

The  IPM-723 has a 1.3 MP lens and 960p resolution and the IP5M-1173E has a 5 MP lens and 1944p resolution.

Field of View

These Amcrest bullet cameras have different field of view.

The IP3M-943 has the smallest field of view with 81° whereas the Amcrest security camera with the largest field of view is the IP4M-1026 with 118°.

Storage

Amcrest offers a very flexible range of storage options for all of its cameras.

However, the storage options for each of these are slightly different.

The 1.3 MP and the 3 MP bullet cameras are the only bullet cameras to have the option of using a Micro SD card for storage.

The other cameras have Amcrest Cloud, Network Video Recording (NVR), FTP or saving your footage to your desktop using software such as Blue Iris.

Similarities

Apart from their bullet shape, these cameras many similarities.

Night Vision

These cameras all have a night vision range of 98 feet or 30 metres. 

Audio

None of these cameras have 2 way audio. 

Build Quality

All of these Amcrest security cameras are IP67 and IK 10 rated.

Uniqueness

To be honest, there are only two unique feature of these cameras;

Bullet shape

These are the only cameras in the Amcrest range that are bullet shaped.

Wall mounted

These five bullet cameras are specifically designed to mounted on a wall, which is unique.

Ideal Buyer

The ideal buyer for these cameras would be a business owner or home owner that wants to mount a security camera outside on a wall.

The owner of a bullet camera wants the camera to be seen and to act as a deterrent.

These cameras come with a weatherproofing kit for the Ethernet cable which will not work with pre made cables.

Top Picks

Out of all five of these Amcrest WiFi Bullet cameras, the most highly rated camera of all is the IP3M 943.

Let’s take a t some of its Pros and Cons.

Pros

  • Picture Quality
  • Storage
  • Night Vision

Cons

  • Poor Quality Instructions
  • Antenna Restricts Position



Installation & Setup

The video below provides a step by step guide to setting up the IPM-722 and IP2M-842 bullet cameras

There are x steps in all, demonstrating two different types of installation- flush mounted and in wall mounted installation.

This video explains how to mount this camera to your preferred surface using 2 methods

Flush mount installation- the cable runs on top of the mounting surface.

In wall installation- where the cable is “buried” in the ceiling or wall.

Flush Mount Installation

Step 1: Have all the required tool to hand- these are listed in the video.

Step 2: Have the screws, placement sticker and wall anchors that came with the camera, within easy reach.

Step 3: Put the placement sticker in the location where you want the camera.

The sticker is circular with three small holes around the outside. These holes are for the screws.

If you want your cable to go “up” from the camera, make sure that the a screw hole is positioned in a 6 o’ clock position.

However, if you want your cable to go down from the camera, make sure that the a screw hole is positioned in a 12 o’ clock position.

Step 4: Using your 3/16ths drill bit drill the three holes for the wall plugs through your sticker.

Step 4: Insert the plastic wall anchors in the holes.

Step 5: Place the camera (and its base plate) on the wall so that the holes in the base plate line up with the holes in the wall.

Step 6: Using a screwdriver, install the screws, making sure that the lead is correctly positioned and that it isn’t pinched between the base plate and the wall.

Step 7: Adjust the position of the camera by loosening the screw that secures the metal arm that the camera is on.

Step 8: Once the arm in the correct position, tighten the screw again so that the camera stays in the same position. 

In wall installation

Installing the base plate is exactly the same as described above, with a couple of extra steps.

From the instructions above, follow steps 1, 2 and 3. 

Step A: Using a ⅞” or 1” paddle bit, drill a hole in the center of the placement sticker.

Step B:  (optional) Install the protective rubber housing for your Ethernet cable that comes with the camera.

Please note, this housing can only be used if you are not using a pre-made Ethernet cable.

Step C: Attach the Ethernet and power cable to your camera

Step D: feed the cables back into the wall or ceiling.

Now go to step 4 above and follow it through to step 8. 

Vandal Proof Domes (WiFi) Comparison Review

The next chart again compares another four Amcrest smart cameras.

These cameras are all anti vandal domes which connect to a network using WiFi.

Amcrest manufacture a large number of anti- vandal domes (and in this guide I will be reviewing nine.)

Amcrest ProHD Fixed Outdoor 1.3 Megapixel Wi-Fi Vandal Dome IP Security Camera - IP67 Weatherproof, IK10 Vandal-Proof, 1.3MP (1280x960 TVL), IPM-751B (Black)
Amcrest IP2M-851W Prohd Outdoor 2 Megapixel 1080P WiFi Wireless Vandal Dome IP Security Camera, White
Amcrest ProHD Fixed Outdoor 3-Megapixel (2304 x 1296P) Wi-Fi Vandal Dome IP Security Camera - IP3M-956W
Amcrest 4MP UltraHD Outdoor WiFi IP Security Camera, 4-Megapixel (2688 x 1520), IP67 Weatherproof, MicroSD Storage (Black)
Model
IPM-751W
IP2M-851W
IP3M-956W
IP4M-1028W
Lens
1.3 MP (Fixed)
2 MP (Fixed)
3MP (Fixed)
4MP (Fixed)
Connection
Wi-Fi (2.4 Ghz)
Wi-Fi (2.4 Ghz)
Wi-Fi (2.4 Ghz)
Wi-Fi (2.4 Ghz)
Colors
Black | White
Black | White
Black | White
Black | White
Resolution
960p
1080p
1296p
1520p
Power
5V power adapter
5V power adapter
5V Power Adapter
5V Power Adapter
Field of View
92°
92°
100°
118°
Night Vision
IR LEDs | 98 feet
IR LEDs | 98 feet
IR LEDs | 98 feet
IR LEDs | 98 feet
Motion Alerts
Yes | Push Notifications | Email | Advanced Zone Detection
Yes | Push Notifications | Email | Advanced Zone Detection
Push Notifications | Email | Advanced Zone Detection
Push Notifications | Email | Advanced Zone Detection
Apps
iOS | Android | Windows | Mac
iOS | Android | Windows | Mac
iOS | Android | Windows | Mac
iOS | Android | Windows | Mac
Storage
Micro SD | Cloud | NVR | Desktop | +
Micro SD | Cloud | NVR | Desktop | +
Micro SD | Cloud | NVR | Desktop | +
Micro SD | Cloud | NVR | Desktop | +
Audio
Build Quality
IP67 | IK10
IP67 | IK10
IP67 | IK10
IP67 | IK10
Amcrest ProHD Fixed Outdoor 1.3 Megapixel Wi-Fi Vandal Dome IP Security Camera - IP67 Weatherproof, IK10 Vandal-Proof, 1.3MP (1280x960 TVL), IPM-751B (Black)
Model
IPM-751W
Lens
1.3 MP (Fixed)
Connection
Wi-Fi (2.4 Ghz)
Colors
Black | White
Resolution
960p
Power
5V power adapter
Field of View
92°
Night Vision
IR LEDs | 98 feet
Motion Alerts
Yes | Push Notifications | Email | Advanced Zone Detection
Apps
iOS | Android | Windows | Mac
Storage
Micro SD | Cloud | NVR | Desktop | +
Audio
Build Quality
IP67 | IK10
Amcrest IP2M-851W Prohd Outdoor 2 Megapixel 1080P WiFi Wireless Vandal Dome IP Security Camera, White
Model
IP2M-851W
Lens
2 MP (Fixed)
Connection
Wi-Fi (2.4 Ghz)
Colors
Black | White
Resolution
1080p
Power
5V power adapter
Field of View
92°
Night Vision
IR LEDs | 98 feet
Motion Alerts
Yes | Push Notifications | Email | Advanced Zone Detection
Apps
iOS | Android | Windows | Mac
Storage
Micro SD | Cloud | NVR | Desktop | +
Audio
Build Quality
IP67 | IK10
Amcrest ProHD Fixed Outdoor 3-Megapixel (2304 x 1296P) Wi-Fi Vandal Dome IP Security Camera - IP3M-956W
Model
IP3M-956W
Lens
3MP (Fixed)
Connection
Wi-Fi (2.4 Ghz)
Colors
Black | White
Resolution
1296p
Power
5V Power Adapter
Field of View
100°
Night Vision
IR LEDs | 98 feet
Motion Alerts
Push Notifications | Email | Advanced Zone Detection
Apps
iOS | Android | Windows | Mac
Storage
Micro SD | Cloud | NVR | Desktop | +
Audio
Build Quality
IP67 | IK10
Amcrest 4MP UltraHD Outdoor WiFi IP Security Camera, 4-Megapixel (2688 x 1520), IP67 Weatherproof, MicroSD Storage (Black)
Model
IP4M-1028W
Lens
4MP (Fixed)
Connection
Wi-Fi (2.4 Ghz)
Colors
Black | White
Resolution
1520p
Power
5V Power Adapter
Field of View
118°
Night Vision
IR LEDs | 98 feet
Motion Alerts
Push Notifications | Email | Advanced Zone Detection
Apps
iOS | Android | Windows | Mac
Storage
Micro SD | Cloud | NVR | Desktop | +
Audio
Build Quality
IP67 | IK10

Differences

The biggest differences between these WiFi cameras is in their resolutions and field of visions.

Resolution

The cameras range from 960p (1.3 MP) to 1520p (4 MP.)

Field of Vision

The IPm 751W and the IP2M-851W have a field of vision of 92°.

In contrast, the IP4M-1028W has a field of vision of 118°.

Similarities

The five cameras in the chart above are similar to each other in the following ways;

Connection

Power

Night Vision

Motion Alerts

Apps

Storage

Audio

Build Quality

Uniqueness

The features that makes these cameras unique from any other outdoor Amcrest security cameras is their shape, size and that all anti- vandal cameras have a clear perspex cover over the lens.

These are the only outdoor dome cameras sold by Amcrest and dome cameras are smaller than bullet cameras and easier to hide.

Ideal Buyer

The type of person that is going to by a WiFi anti vandal dome camera wants a smaller weatherproof security camera that sits in the background more easily than a bullet camera but that still records top quality footage.

But, even if the cameras are detected, their perspex covers and IK10 ratings provide a good level of detection against attack.

This person has a powerful WiFi network with great outdoor coverage and spare outside electrical sockets and who hasn’t got ready access to a network made up of lots of Ethernet cables.

Or perhaps the person is much more comfortable setting up and managing WiFi connections than PoE connections.

Top Pick

From all of the WiFi cameras in the comparison chart above, looking at the feedback and reviews, the most highly rated model is the IP4M-1028.

Some of its pros and cons are listed below.

Pros

  • Glass Lens Cover
  • Weatherproof
  • Picture Quality

Cons

  • Poor Connection
  • Small Field of View



Installation

Vandal Proof Domes (Power over Ethernet) Comparison Review

The next chart displays five more anti vandal dome cameras.

The anti vandal dome cameras in this chart all use Power over Ethernet as a means of connecting and powering

Amcrest Prohd Outdoor 1080P PoE Vandal Dome IP Security Camera
Amcrest ProHD Outdoor 3 Megapixel POE Vandal Dome IP Security Camera - IP67 Weatherproof, IK10 Vandal-Proof, 3MP (2048 TVL), IP3M-956E (White)
Amcrest ProHD Outdoor 4-Megapixel PoE Vandal Dome IP Security Camera, 2.8mm Lens, IP67 Weatherproof, MicroSD Storage, IK10 Vandal-Proof, IP4M-1028E (Black)
Amcrest 5MP Outdoor PoE IP Camera, UltraHD Security Camera, 2.8mm Lens, IP67 Weatherproof Security, Cloud and MicroSD Recording, IP5M-1176EB (Black)
Amcrest UltraHD 4K (8MP) Dome POE IP Camera, 3840x2160, 98ft NightVision, 2.8mm Lens, IP67 Weatherproof, IK10 Vandal Resistance, MicroSD Recording Black (IP8M-2493EB)
Model
IP2M-851EB
IP3M-956E
IP4M-1028E
IP5M-1176E
IP8M-2493E
Lens
2 MP (Fixed)
3MP (Fixed)
4MP (Fixed)
5MP (Fixed)
8MP (Fixed)
Connection
Ethernet | LAN
Ethernet | LAN
Ethernet | LAN
Ethernet | LAN
Ethernet | LAN
Colors
Black
Black | White
Black | White
Black | White
Black | White
Resolution
1080p
1296p
1520p
1944p
2160p
Power
Power over Ethernet
Power over Ethernet
Power over Ethernet
Power over Ethernet
Power over Ethernet
Field of View
92°
81°
118°
96°
112°
Night Vision
IR LEDs | 98 feet
IR LEDs | 98 feet
IR LEDs | 98 feet
IR LEDs | 98 feet
IR LEDs | 98 feet
Motion Alerts
Yes | Push Notifications | Email | Advanced Zone Detection
Push Notifications | Email | Advanced Zone Detection
Push Notifications | Email | Advanced Zone Detection
Push Notifications | Email | Advanced Zone Detection
Push Notifications | Email | Advanced Zone Detection
Apps
iOS | Android | Windows | Mac
iOS | Android | Windows | Mac
iOS | Android | Windows | Mac
iOS | Android | Windows | Mac
iOS | Android | Windows | Mac
Storage
Cloud | NVR | Desktop | FTP
Cloud | NVR | Desktop | FTP
Cloud | NVR | Desktop | FTP
Cloud | NVR | Desktop | FTP
Cloud | NVR | Desktop | FTP
Audio
Build Quality
IP67 | IK10
IP67 | IK10
IP67 | IK10
IP67 | IK10
IP67 | IK10
Amcrest Prohd Outdoor 1080P PoE Vandal Dome IP Security Camera
Model
IP2M-851EB
Lens
2 MP (Fixed)
Connection
Ethernet | LAN
Colors
Black
Resolution
1080p
Power
Power over Ethernet
Field of View
92°
Night Vision
IR LEDs | 98 feet
Motion Alerts
Yes | Push Notifications | Email | Advanced Zone Detection
Apps
iOS | Android | Windows | Mac
Storage
Cloud | NVR | Desktop | FTP
Audio
Build Quality
IP67 | IK10
Amcrest ProHD Outdoor 3 Megapixel POE Vandal Dome IP Security Camera - IP67 Weatherproof, IK10 Vandal-Proof, 3MP (2048 TVL), IP3M-956E (White)
Model
IP3M-956E
Lens
3MP (Fixed)
Connection
Ethernet | LAN
Colors
Black | White
Resolution
1296p
Power
Power over Ethernet
Field of View
81°
Night Vision
IR LEDs | 98 feet
Motion Alerts
Push Notifications | Email | Advanced Zone Detection
Apps
iOS | Android | Windows | Mac
Storage
Cloud | NVR | Desktop | FTP
Audio
Build Quality
IP67 | IK10
Amcrest ProHD Outdoor 4-Megapixel PoE Vandal Dome IP Security Camera, 2.8mm Lens, IP67 Weatherproof, MicroSD Storage, IK10 Vandal-Proof, IP4M-1028E (Black)
Model
IP4M-1028E
Lens
4MP (Fixed)
Connection
Ethernet | LAN
Colors
Black | White
Resolution
1520p
Power
Power over Ethernet
Field of View
118°
Night Vision
IR LEDs | 98 feet
Motion Alerts
Push Notifications | Email | Advanced Zone Detection
Apps
iOS | Android | Windows | Mac
Storage
Cloud | NVR | Desktop | FTP
Audio
Build Quality
IP67 | IK10
Amcrest 5MP Outdoor PoE IP Camera, UltraHD Security Camera, 2.8mm Lens, IP67 Weatherproof Security, Cloud and MicroSD Recording, IP5M-1176EB (Black)
Model
IP5M-1176E
Lens
5MP (Fixed)
Connection
Ethernet | LAN
Colors
Black | White
Resolution
1944p
Power
Power over Ethernet
Field of View
96°
Night Vision
IR LEDs | 98 feet
Motion Alerts
Push Notifications | Email | Advanced Zone Detection
Apps
iOS | Android | Windows | Mac
Storage
Cloud | NVR | Desktop | FTP
Audio
Build Quality
IP67 | IK10
Amcrest UltraHD 4K (8MP) Dome POE IP Camera, 3840x2160, 98ft NightVision, 2.8mm Lens, IP67 Weatherproof, IK10 Vandal Resistance, MicroSD Recording Black (IP8M-2493EB)
Model
IP8M-2493E
Lens
8MP (Fixed)
Connection
Ethernet | LAN
Colors
Black | White
Resolution
2160p
Power
Power over Ethernet
Field of View
112°
Night Vision
IR LEDs | 98 feet
Motion Alerts
Push Notifications | Email | Advanced Zone Detection
Apps
iOS | Android | Windows | Mac
Storage
Cloud | NVR | Desktop | FTP
Audio
Build Quality
IP67 | IK10

Differences

Resolution

Quite astoundingly, the lowest resolution of any of these five cameras is 1080p and the highest resolution is a staggering 2160p  which is 4K!

This resolution is much higher than the top WiFi anti vandal dome, which has a resolution of 1520p.

Field of View

The five POE cameras in this comparison have different field of views.

The IP3M-956E has the smallest field of view at 81°.

Whereas the IP4M-1028E has the largest field of view with 118°.

These field of views are similar in size to the WiFi anti vandal domes described above.

Similarities

Key areas where the five PoE cameras in this comparison are similar are;

Uniqueness

What makes these PoE anti vandal dome cameras truly unique is that Amcrest do not sell any other outdoor dome cameras that use PoE.

As well as the WiFi anti vandal dome cameras examined above, these dome cameras are unique because of their size (compared to bullet cameras) and because of their perspex covers over the lenses.

Ideal Buyer

Similar to the WiFi versions described above, the type of person that would buy a PoE Anti Vandal Dome camera is someone who is looking for a smaller, more subtle weatherproof security camera than the traditional bullet camera provides.

A person who wants a camera primarily to record great footage in secret rather than a camera that records good quality footage and acts as a visible warning to intruders.

However, this buyer has a network that favours PoE connections instead of WiFi connections.

Perhaps the person already has a few PoE devices running or hasn’t enough electrical sockets or electric sockets in the right places for any new cameras.

And they have realised that it is easier and cheaper to added Ethernet cables rather than have new electrical sockets installed.

Top Pick

Looking at the reviews and feedback from buyers, the top PoE Dome is the 5 MP version, model IP5M- 1176.

Let’s have a look at some of this model’s pros and cons…

Pros

  • Web Based Interface
  • Desktop Storage
  • Night Vision

Cons

  • Random Resets
  • Motion Detection



Installation

Amcrest Outdoor PTZ cameras Comparison Review

The outdoor security in this final comparison chart are a bit of an odd mixture as they contain one dome camera and two Speed Dome cameras.

The Dome camera is physically the same as the Dome cameras discussed before, but Speed Domes are a different beast entirely.

I am comparing these three cameras together because they all have optical zoom and all the other outdoor Amcrest security cameras only have digital zoom

Amcrest ProHD PTZ (4X Optical Zoom) 1080P Outdoor POE IP Camera Motorized Vandal Dome, IP66 Weatherproof, IK10 Vandal Proof, Pan/Tilt/4x Motorized Zoom, 2-Megapixel (1920TVL), IP2M-848E Black
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
Amcrest WiFi Outdoor PTZ IP Camera, Wireless Pan Tilt Zoom (25x Optical) Security Camera, Dual-Band 2.4ghz/5ghz, Starvis Low Light, 328ft Night Vision, IP66 Weatherproof, 1080P 2-Megapixel, IP2M-858W
Model
IP2M-848
IP2M-853E
IP2M-858
Lens
2MP
2MP
2MP
Pan | Tilt | Zoom
360° | Yes | x4 Optical | x16 Digital
360° Pan | 90° Tilt | x12 Optical Zoom | x16 digital
360° Pan | 90° Tilt | x25 Optical Zoom | x16 digital
Connection
Ethernet | LAN
Ethernet | LAN
Wi-Fi (2.4 Ghz & 5 Ghz)
Colors
White
White
White
Resolution
1080p (30 fps)
1080p (30 fps)
1080p (30fps)
Power
Power over Ethernet
Power over Ethernet
Power Adapter
Field of View
116°
N/A
N/A
Night Vision
IR LEDs | 328 feet
IR LEDs | 328 feet
Motion Alerts
Push Notifications | Email Alerts | Motion Zones
Push Notifications | Email Alerts | Motion Zones
Push Notifications | Email Alerts | Motion Zones
Apps
iOS | Android | Windows | Mac
iOS | Android | Windows | Mac
iOS | Android | Windows | Mac
Storage
Micro SD card | Cloud | NVR | Desktop
Micro SD card | Cloud | NVR | Desktop
Micro SD card | Cloud | NVR | Desktop
Audio
Build Quality
IP 66 | IK 10
IP66
IP66
Amcrest ProHD PTZ (4X Optical Zoom) 1080P Outdoor POE IP Camera Motorized Vandal Dome, IP66 Weatherproof, IK10 Vandal Proof, Pan/Tilt/4x Motorized Zoom, 2-Megapixel (1920TVL), IP2M-848E Black
Model
IP2M-848
Lens
2MP
Pan | Tilt | Zoom
360° | Yes | x4 Optical | x16 Digital
Connection
Ethernet | LAN
Colors
White
Resolution
1080p (30 fps)
Power
Power over Ethernet
Field of View
116°
Night Vision
Motion Alerts
Push Notifications | Email Alerts | Motion Zones
Apps
iOS | Android | Windows | Mac
Storage
Micro SD card | Cloud | NVR | Desktop
Audio
Build Quality
IP 66 | IK 10
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
Model
IP2M-853E
Lens
2MP
Pan | Tilt | Zoom
360° Pan | 90° Tilt | x12 Optical Zoom | x16 digital
Connection
Ethernet | LAN
Colors
White
Resolution
1080p (30 fps)
Power
Power over Ethernet
Field of View
N/A
Night Vision
IR LEDs | 328 feet
Motion Alerts
Push Notifications | Email Alerts | Motion Zones
Apps
iOS | Android | Windows | Mac
Storage
Micro SD card | Cloud | NVR | Desktop
Audio
Build Quality
IP66
Amcrest WiFi Outdoor PTZ IP Camera, Wireless Pan Tilt Zoom (25x Optical) Security Camera, Dual-Band 2.4ghz/5ghz, Starvis Low Light, 328ft Night Vision, IP66 Weatherproof, 1080P 2-Megapixel, IP2M-858W
Model
IP2M-858
Lens
2MP
Pan | Tilt | Zoom
360° Pan | 90° Tilt | x25 Optical Zoom | x16 digital
Connection
Wi-Fi (2.4 Ghz & 5 Ghz)
Colors
White
Resolution
1080p (30fps)
Power
Power Adapter
Field of View
N/A
Night Vision
IR LEDs | 328 feet
Motion Alerts
Push Notifications | Email Alerts | Motion Zones
Apps
iOS | Android | Windows | Mac
Storage
Micro SD card | Cloud | NVR | Desktop
Audio
Build Quality
IP66

Differences

The IP2M- 853E and the IP2M-858 are both Speed Domes.

They have a couple of important differences.

Connection

The IP2M- 853E uses PoE in order to connect and be powered.

The IP2M-858 connects using WiFi and is powered by a standard power lead.

Optical Zoom

The IP2M-858 has x25 optical zoom whereas the IP2M- 853E has x12 optical zoom.

Similarities

In other important ways, these two Speed Domes are identical.

PTZ– Although their optical zooms are different, their pan and tilt capabilities are the same.

Both cameras can pan to give a 360° view.

Their lenses also tilt (move up and down) by 90°.

They both have a x16 digital zoom, which is twice as much as any other Amcrest camera.

Night Vision– Both Speed Domes have an incredible 328 foot (or 100 metre) night vision, which is astounding.

Weatherproof

Both of these cameras have an IP 66 rating which means that the IP2M-858 and IP2M- 853E can withstand extreme temperatures and is very, very waterproof.

IP2M-848 vs Speed Dome

The IP2M- 848 is an anti vandal dome camera with PTZ functions.

Differences

Shape It is a completely different shape to the Speed Domes.

Location The IP2M- 848 would normally be ceiling mounted whereas the Speed Domes are wall mounted cameras.

Zoom It has a x4 optical zoom which is much less than either of the two Speed Domes. 

Night Vision The 848 has no night vision capability

IK Rating The PTZ Dome camera has an IK (anti vandal) impact rating, whereas the Speed Domes don’t.

Similarities

The main similarities are;

Resolution– these three cameras all have 2 MP lenses, 1080p resolution.

Audio– none of these cameras has 2 way audio, which other Amcrest security cameras do have.

Power– Two of these cameras use Power over Ethernet (PoE.)

Uniqueness

These cameras are unique because they are the only outdoor Amcrest cameras that have a motorised PTZ function- and with the added benefit of optical zoom. 

Ideal Buyer

These three PTZ security cameras are very powerful gadgets for people who are incredibly serious about security.

The optical zoom and the night vision capabilities of the Speed Dome cameras are for people who are having to monitor some incredibly large areas and so the ability to see objects that are very far away clearly, is a priority.

These cameras are way beyond the needs of any ordinary home user or small business owner.

Installation (Speed Dome)

Unfortunately, I cannot locate a video that  provides a step by step guide to installing the Speed Dome cameras. Although Amcrest have created lots of very informative installation videos, none of them deal with the IP2M-853E or IP2M-858.

The best piece of information that I could find about installation, can be found in the IP2M-853E’s user manual.

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Common Features

The 6 Types of Amcrest Storage 

Amcrest offer 5 different storage options with their cameras- although it is important to realise that not all storage options are available on all cameras.

The storage options are;

Amcrest Cloud

Amcrest like many of the biggest security camera manufacturers offer cloud storage.

It seems very odd to me that if you want to store any of your footage from a wi-fi security camera in the cloud, then the only option that you have is to use the cloud storage of the company that makes your camera.

You cannot use a third part’s service.

It is the same for all camera manufacturers, not just Amcrest.

I think that the best thing about using a cloud storage plan is that your footage will never be lost accidentally even if your camera is stolen.

The worst thing about using cloud storage is that it involves ongoing costs in the form of a subscription.

Amcrest offers 6 different storage plans.

Comparing these plans to storage plans from other providers, these plans are very rigid.

Plans need to be paid for every month- there is no discount for paying for an account on an annual basis.

Also, the prices quoted below are per camera- there is no discount for using multiple cameras on a plan.

Also, currently Amcrest does not offer a CVR (Continuous Video Recording) option. This allows a camera to constantly record 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and for all of this footage to be stored.

To register for an account, go here. Registration is free.

Before I dig into the 6 different plans in any details, let’s have a look at the common features of any Amcrest Cloud account.

  1. Any footage that you watch will be streamed in 1080p- regardless of the resolution of your camera
  2. You can set up your camera to record when you want- not just for motion detection.
  3. Watch unlimited live streams from any of your cameras.
  4. Amcrest Cloud uses a high level of encryption and secure connection in order to keep your data safe

Plan 1

The most basic level  is 4 hours and this option is free.

Any recordings that have been made in the past four hours will be stored for free.

Plan 2

The next option is that for any footage to be stored for 7 days.

This costs $6 per month per camera per month

Plan 3

The third level stores footage for 14 days.

It costs $10 per camera per month.

Plan 4

This option allows videos to be stored for 30 days.

This costs $15 per camera per month.

Plan 5

This is for 60 day storage and costs $23 per camera per month.

Plan 6

This is for 90 day storage and costs $27.50 per camera per month.

There are not many smart security camera companies that offer 90 days of storage.

Micro SD Cards

Most Amcrest IP security cameras can use micro SD cards to store footage on.

In order to use a card you do need to buy one- as they do not come with your camera.

Micro SD cards have different storage limits, which tend to vary between 16GB and 256GB and different Amcrest cameras are meant to only be compatible with certain sizes.

However, there is lots of debate around this as many users have found that they can use cards that are larger in terms of storage.

There are two other big issues that concern Amcrest users when it comes to using micro SD cards in their security cameras.

Firstly, is trying to figure out where, on the camera, the micro SD goes.

For some models, this is a lot easier than it is for other models.

For the ProHD and Ultra HD pan and tilt cameras the slot is in the back of camera close to the power socket and audio sockets.

For the Anti Vandal dome cameras, the micro SD card slot is much more hidden because you will need to remove the lens cover.

Or if you want to install a microSD card on an Amcrest bullet camera, then you need to remove an access panel at the bottom of the camera (page 12.)

Once your card is installed, it needs to be set up ready for storage.

If you want to set up your SD card via the app on a smartphone, then follow the 18 steps that are outlined in this guide, starting from page 6.

Or if you would prefer to set up your micro SD card storage via the Amcrest web app, you can watch the video below.

Network Video Recorders (NVR)

An NVR is a video recorder.

Looking exactly like a set top TV box, it contains a hard disc drive that has video footage recorded onto it.

It is connected to a computer network and records footage from IP cameras that are also on the network.

There is no direct connection between an NVR and IP cameras- they can communicate because they are on the same network.

NVRs are different from DVR (Digital Video Recorders) because DVRs need to be directly connected to a single camera or multiple cameras.

Amcrest most commonly sells NVRs that are 4, 8 or 16 or 32 channels. One security camera uses one channel and so the number of channels that a NVR has basically means the maximum number of cameras that can be connected to the device.

You can buy an NVR on its own or you can buy it with a set of cameras, but the storage (hard disc drives) must be bought separately.

An Amcrest NVR can be set up and managed using a free piece of software that you can download for a PC or Mac.

The software is called Amcrest Surveillance Pro and it will also enable you to set up remote access of your system.

NAS (Network Attached Storage)

NAS provides extra storage on your network that anyone can access.

Desktop

Any footage that your Amcrest camera captures can be stored on your PC or Mac.

I think that lots of people struggle with how to do this because the correct procedure has been changed and some people might be trying to follow instructions from an out of date procedure.

The easiest way of doing this (if you only use a few cameras) is to use Amcrest’s desktop Web UI.

In order to do this you do need to download a free piece of software for your Mac or PC, which you can find here.

Then you need to complete the 7 steps explained on this page before watching this guide which explains how to set up your PC or Mac for storage.

Using Amcrest’s web UI is only way way of storing your Amcrest videos on your computer.

If you have lots of cameras and you are using a Windows PC, then you might consider paying for a piece of software, such as Blue Iris.

FTP (File Transfer Protocol)

If you want to store your snapshots and your videos on FTP, the video below should be your perfect guide…

Power over Ethernet or WiFi 

The next choice that you will have in many model of Amcrest’s IP cameras, is for the security camera to be powered by PoE (Power over Ethernet) or by a standard power supply that needs to be plugged into an AC socket.

How does PoE work?

In the diagram above, I show the two basic set ups for Amcrest IP security cameras.

The first one, is a PoE camera.

The security camera is connected to a PoE injector and the PoE injector is connected to a router. The Ethernet cable that connects the router to the injector only carries data.

But, the Ethernet cable that connects the injector and the camera carries both data and electrical power.

A PoE security camera does not need a separate power supply.

A PoE injector can only connect to 1 PoE device.

If you wanted to power multiple devices using PoE, you would use a PoE switch.

Like an injector, a PoE switch is connected to a router via an Ethernet cable but instead of only connecting to one PoE device, it connects to several.

A WiFi camera connects directly to a WiFi router. Amcrest WiFi IP cameras can connect to a WiFi router either by an Ethernet cable (that only carries data) or by WiFi.

Regardless of which method a  WiFi camera uses to connect, it needs a separate power supply.

The advantages of a PoE system

Less Wires

A PoE camera only has one wire attached to it- an Ethernet cable that provides data and power.

A WiFi camera potentially has two cables connected to it- an Ethernet cable providing data and a standard power cable

Save Time and Money

If you can power a camera with an Ethernet cable rather than an electrical cable, you should save money. This is because you do not need to use a licensed electrician to install more AC power outlets.

Potentially, anybody can “lay” network cables making any installation cheaper and faster.

And installing network cables does not require as many safety regulations or checks as electrical cables.

Flexibility of Position

Because you do not need to position your camera close to a electrical outlet, you have greater choice when it comes to deciding where to place it.

This is fantastic because it should mean that the camera is placed where it really needs to be.

This flexibility will allow you to test different locations for your camera (in your search for the perfect spot) more easily than if you are restricted to using electrical sockets.

Safety

PoE typically uses 48V DC, which has is a safe voltage by UL Standards, the body that benchmarks power supplies.

There are also built in safety features in PoE. For instance, if there is any interruption in a connection, power is stopped.

When a rat chews through a network cable, power is stopped.

When a rat chews through an electrical cable, it might cause a spark and start a fire.

Reliability

If your camera is powered by mains electricity, when you have a power cut the camera stops working.

Many businesses have networks that are backed up by a UPS (Uninterrupted Power Source) which means that even in a power cut, your cameras will still work.

Scalability

It is easier to add cameras that are powered by PoE, rather than those that need an AC power outlet.

Resolution 

Amcrest IP cameras are available in a huge range of resolutions- all the way from 720p to 2160p.

Put simply, the higher the resolution, the clearer or sharper an image will be; objects should shown in more details and colors should be deeper, richer and more natural.

However, just because a camera is capable of recording footage at a certain resolution, it doesn’t meant to say that it automatically will.

There are other factors that might lead to recordings with lower than expected resolutions

The speed of the Internet 

The quality of connection between your security camera and your router

The resolution that the footage is being stored at

The resolution of the device that you are viewing the footage on.

Resolutions are measured in the number of dots or pixels in an image.

To keep things simple, resolutions are given according to the number of pixels high that an image is, followed by the letter p (progressive scan.)

For example, a 720p camera will produce an image that is 1280 pixels wide and  720 pixels high.

Resolution is also measured in megapixels (MP.)

This is the number of pixels wide multiplied by the number of pixels wide that an image is.

And so, a 720p image will contain just under 1 million pixels (1280 x 720= 921, 600) or 1 megapixel (MP.)

A 1080p camera will produce an image that is 1920 pixels wide and 1080 pixels high.

This image will contain just over 2 million pixels or 2 MP.

A 1296p camera will produce an image that is 2304 pixels wide and 1296 pixels high, which is 3 MP.

Amcrest have IP cameras that can record footage at 4 MP, 5 MP and even 8 MP.

Below, I have posted a very short video that shows the same footage in five different resolutions(360p vs 540p vs 720p (HD) vs 1080p (Full HD vs 2160p (Ultra HD/ 4K.)

Hopefully it will help you to see how different resolutions affect details.

Motion Detection 

All Amcrest IP cameras will notify you when they detect motion.

This will be via an “in app” notification or via email.

A more sophisticated option is for all three of these IP cameras is called “Advanced Zone Detection.”

This feature enables the user to create up to 4 individual zones within the camera’s field of view.

Each zone has its own sensitivity levels that define the amount of motion that needs to occur before an alert is sent.

Let’s find out more about how Amcrest’s motion detection works.

All of the functions that I outline below, are best accessed via Amcrest’s Web UI.

There is a small and free piece of software that you need to download in order to set this up.

If you have a Windows PC go here, or if you are using a Mac go here.

Scheduling

This gives you the ability to plot the periods during the week when you want motion detection to work.

Detection Area

This screen shows a live view of your camera.

A detection area can be created by dragging your mouse over the screen.

You can select up to four separate areas. These areas can be individually named and the motion sensitivity of each area can be set.

There are two parts to the sensitivity controls; sensitivity and threshold.

Sensitivity

This is amount of motion or movement that is required it is detected.

Threshold

This control sets the level at which an alarm will be triggered.

By adjusting the sensitivity and threshold levels you can reduce the number of false alarms that you get- for instance when a passing car triggers your alarm.

Anti Dither

The motion detection settings can be set up to record video clips, send emails and photo snapshots.

The anti- dither option, is a difficult option to explain.

It sets how long the your camera will remain “alert” for after motion detection has been detected.

If you set the value to 10 seconds, then the camera will remain on high alert for 10 seconds after an initial motion detection.

If during this time more motion is detected, a new motion detection video clip will be recorded.

The anti dither option is very useful in those situations where several motion detection alerts might happen in quick succession and this setting makes sure that none of that is missed.

It can be set to last between 0 seconds and 100 seconds.

Record & Record Delay

Use these options to set up your camera to record a motion detection video clip.

If you want a video to be recorded, check the “Record” box.

In the “Record Delay” box enter a number between 10 seconds and 300 seconds (5 minutes.) This defines the number of seconds that your video clip last.

If you have opted for a motion detection video clip to be taken, your camera will start recording as soon as motion is detected and the clip will last for the umber of seconds that you entered in the “Record Delay” box.

Relay Out and Alarm Delay

These options only apply if you have an external alarm connected to your Amcrest camera.

Not all models are compatible with external alarms but the ProHD and UltraHD pan and tilt cameras are.

Check the relay out box if you have an external alarm connected.

Alarm Delay

In this box, enter the number of seconds that you want your external alarm to sound.

Again the choice is between 10 seconds and 300 seconds, or 5 minutes.

Send Email

Check this box if you want to receive an email after a motion alert has been detected.

PTZ

Check this box if you you the camera lens to start panning after motion has been detected.

Snapshot

Select this box if you want a snapshot (1 photo) of the motion alert sent to you via email.

Below I have posted a helpful video that will explain Amcrest’s motion detection features in a more visual form.

Amcrest Apps & Software 

Amcrest View Pro

Amcrest View Pro is the free app for your smart phone or tablet that you can use to interact with and manage your Amcrest IP security cameras.

Who Should Use It?

This is the way in which the vast majority of people will interact with their Amcrest cameras.

It is perfect for those users who spend most of their time online on their smartphone.

It can be downloaded from the App Store or from the Google Play Store.

To use it on your iPhone or iPad, your device will need to be running iOS 8 or later.

To use it on an Android phone or tablet, you will need it to be running version 3 or later.

The view app is very powerful and it can perform lots of functions.

Some of the things that you can do with the app include;

  • Setting up motion detection
  • Setting up recording to a micro SD card
  • Viewing footage from a micro SD card
  • Setting up recording to Amcrest Cloud
  • Viewing footage from Amcrest Cloud
  • Setting up Push Notifications
  • Setting up the Pan, tilt and zoom options.

Read this step by step guide to find out more.

If you want to access your Amcrest camera using a web browser, visit AmcrestView.com and set up a free account.

Once your account is activated, you will need to download a free plugin.

Then, log into your account.

Add a device

Give the camera a name and type in the camera’s serial number.

You should now be able to use this account to connect to your camera for “live view” and to watch any playback.

AmcrestView.com

This website allows users to manage multiple Amcrest IP cameras.

Who Should Use It?

It is only available for those users who have their cameras linked to an NVR- Network Video Recorder.

Amcrest Surveillance Pro

This is a piece of desktop software that you can download for free and will enable to connect to and manage your Amcrest cameras instead of using a browser.

Who Should Use It?

This software is ideal for people who;

have more than one Amcrest camera

who are more comfortable using their laptop or desktop than their smart phone

who are more comfortable using desktop based software rather than browser based software.

If you are using a Mac, you need to be running OS X version 10.7.5 (Lion). The software is here.

If you are running Windows, make sure it is version 7 or later. The software that you need is here.

Amcrest Viewer (Desktop Web UI)

This method allows you to connect with and manage your cameras just using a web browser.

It gives you web access without the need for extra software.

Internet Explorer, Firefox and Safari are the compatible browsers (as of March 2018.)

Who Should Use It?

The web UI is perfect for those of use who spends lots of time on laptops and desktop computers and who like to interact with “larger screens” and keyboards rather than the smaller touch screens on our phones.

You will need to download a very small and free piece of software (Amcrest IP config)  onto your Windows PC or onto your Mac in order to get started.

And in order to use the live view function with your camera, you will need to download an Amcrest browser or web plugin- which is different depending on what browser you use.

There seems to be lots of confusion (and anger) on the forums about how difficult it is to set up browser access.

One of the main complaints is that Amcrest’s browser access is not accessible via Chrome.

The Amcrest Chrome plugin no longer works

This is a huge setback considering that about two in every three people use Chrome as their main browser!

Also, there are a number of people who are having problems, accessing their Amcrest cameras using Firefox.

The issue with Firefox is that the most recent version has stopped supporting an Amcrest plugin!

But don’t worry as there is a fairly simple (and up to date) workaround  that is explained in the video below.

Weatherproof & Vandal Proof

IP Ratings

Amcrest’s range of outdoor security cameras are all weather resistant.

The very best outdoor gadgets claim not only to be weather resistant but they will also have an industry recognised rating to back this up.

This is an Ingess Protection (IP) rating that consists of two numbers.

The first number describes how much protection a device has against solid particles. It is on a scale between 0 and 6.

0 offers no protection against solid  particles whereas 6 offers total protection against any solid particle.

A rating of 6 means that in an eight hour test, no dust entered the device.

The second digit describes protection against liquid particles. This is on a scale between 0 and 9.

0 offers no protection against liquid but a rating of 9 means that a device can have a incredibly high pressure water jet fired at it for 30 seconds and no water entered the device.

Amcrest outdoor cameras have an IP rating of 66 or 67.

This means that the cameras are totally dust proof.

A rating of 6 or 7 for liquid protection means that these cameras are totally water resistant even when they have jets of water sprayed at them.

IK Ratings

Amcrest’s Vandal Resistant Domes (the cameras with the covers over the lenses) as well as having an IP rating, also have an IK rating.

An IK rating is an international industry standard that measures how impact resistant a device is.

This is an incredibly useful rating for a security device to have, particularly cameras that are on the “front line.”

The IK scale goes from 0 to 10.

A device with a 0 rating has no impact resistance whereas a device with a 10 rating can withstand the equivalent of an object weighing 5KG being dropped from a height of 400mm (or 16″.)

Amcrest’s vandal proof dome cameras all have an IK 10 which is the best rating possible.

Pan Tilt and Zoom

Many of the Amcrest cameras that I have looked at in this buying guide have some sort of PTZ capability.

Three of the groups of cameras have a motorised PTZ capability; ProHD and UltraHD pan and tilt cameras, indoor PTZ camera and the SpeedDome cameras

Just let me quickly clarify, exactly what I mean by each term.

I have included a simple diagram of pan, tilt and zoom to help us.

Pan

This is the ability of a camera to move from left to right along the horizontal plane.

Most modern PTZ security cameras pan so that they get a 360° view.

This doesn’t mean that the body of the camera itself can swivel in a complete circle because it doesn’t need to.

Tilt

This is the ability of a lens to be moved up and down vertically. Some Amcrest cameras tilt 90° and others like the HD pan and tilt cameras tilt 45°.

Motorised Pan and Tilt- What It Does

Amcrest’s smart security cameras that have motorised pan and tilt capabilities can be controlled by using a touchscreen with the Amcrest View Pro (smartphone app) or by using a mouse with the Amcrest Web UI.

In both the smartphone app and the browser, the PTZ feature is found in the Live View menu.

On your smart phone or tablet you can move the camera lens up or down or left or right by using “swipe” gestures.

You can zoom in using a “pinching action” with your thumb and index finger.

Using your mouse in your browser, in the top right hand corner, is a set of arrows (up, down, left and right.)

Clicking on any of these with your mouse will move the lens.

Amcrest PTZ cameras can also be preset.

A preset is a specific position for the camera lens that is “saved.”

You can save up to 25 presets and these can changed by moving the lens horizontally, vertically or by the level of zoom.

These presets can then be accessed via the app- as you choose the preset, the lens moves to show the exact view that you set.

This is done in the PTZ settings menu under the arrow icons.

Just choose “Presets” from the dropdown menu.

Motorised Pan and Tilt- What It Doesn’t Do

Firstly, even though you can create PTZ presets, the presets can only be controlled via the app.

The presets cannot be created to move to that view automatically at a certain time on a certain day.

Secondly, the PTZ function doesn’t automatically track moving objects as other PTZ cameras will do.

Lastly, if you want to know more, read the Pan Tilt and Zoom section in this detailed guide (from page 26 onwards.)

Zoom

Zoom is the ability of a camera to bring objects nearer or make them larger.

There are two types of zoom- digital and optical.

Digital zoom is a function of Amcrest’s software and all of their cameras have it.

Objects are brought closer by reducing the resolution of an image (making it blurred) and so with digital zoom there comes a point where the object will be larger but it will be too blurred to be useful.

Optical zoom is when the lens is motorised and it physically moves closer to objects.

Optical zoom is a much higher quality zoom because objects are made larger and the resolution of an image stays the same.

Go here to find out more. 

Amcrest cameras that include optical zoom include the Indoor PTZ cameras and the Speed Dome cameras.