I have reviewed two Reolink WiFi IP cameras in recent years: Reolink Argus Eco and Reolink Argus PT. Both are powered by solar panels, and they’ve been running at home for many months, but there are many false positives, or on the contrary, sometimes the PIR sensor fails to detect people.
What would solve this is built-in AI into those surveillance cameras. The good news is that Reolink RLC-810A does just that with the ability to detect persons and/or vehicles, so you would not receive a notification because some bird or insect flew in front of the camera. I’ve just received a review sample, so I’ll part by listing the specs and features, and unboxing the package to see what the camera looks like, and check out included accessories.
- Video & Audio
- Image Sensor – 1/2.49″ CMOS Sensor
- Video Resolution – 3840×2160 (8.0 Megapixels) at 25 frames/sec
- Lens – f=4.0mm fixed; F=2.0, with IR-cut filter
- Video Format – H.265 at 2 to 25fps frame rate, 1024 Kbps to 8192 Kbps bitrate for the mainstream (As low as 64Kbps for the substream)
- Field of View – Horizontal: 87°; vertical: 44°
- Night vision
- 18x 850nm LED with up to 30-meter range
- Auto-switching IR-cut filter for night/day detection
- Audio – Audio recording via built-in microphone
- Storage – MicroSD card slot
- Connectivity – 10/100M Ethernet RJ45 port
- Misc – Reset button
- Power Supply (one or the other)
- PoE – IEEE 802.3af, 48V Active
- DC Power – 12.0V DC / 1A (12W)
- Dimensions – 192 x 81 x 68mm
- Weight – 485 grams
- Temperature Range – -10°C – +55°C
- Humidity – 10% – 90%
- IP Rating – IP66 (weatherproof)
The camera works with Windows and Mac OS computers, and mobile phones that run Android and iOS, as well as Internet Explorer, Edge, Chrome, Firefox, and Safari browsers. It supports motion detection like other cameras, but also adds person and vehicle detection, and integrate with Google Assistant.
Up to 20 users can access the streams including one admin, and up to 12 simultaneous video streams can be visualized including 10 low-resolution sub-streams & 2 high-resolution main streams. It should be noted the camera does not come with WiFi, so Ethernet is the only connectivity option.
Let’s what we get in the package
Besides the surveillance camera itself, we’ve got a video surveillance sign, a mounting hole template a Quick Start Guide for the “PoE Bullet Camera”, a one-meter Ethernet cable, a waterproof lid, and a pack of screws. Importantly, there’s no power supply, so you’d either have to use a PoE injector or a separate 12V power supply.
The Quick Start Guide focuses on hardware installation and troubleshooting, with very little information about software support except for the links to Android/iOS apps and PC/Mac programs all of which you can also find on the Reolink website. The website also mentions it’s possible to access the camera from a web browser, so we’ll see if that works with Firefox in Ubuntu 20.04 once I’ve got it all set up.
The front of the camera comes with 18 IR LEDs which should hopefully provide a clear picture at night or low-light conditions.
The top of the camera has a sticker with the default username (admin) and password (none), power source specs, and a QR code plus ID that’s used when adding the camera to the app or program.
There are three cables connected to the camera: one for Ethernet/PoE, one for 12V DC power input for people not using PoE, and one with an “IReset” button to restore the device to factory settings when pressing it for around 10 seconds.
I’ll have to install the camera for the second part of the review. I have a spare 15-meter Ethernet cable, and I’ll have to find a 12V power adapter to power the camera since I don’t own any PoE injector.
I’d like to thank Reolink for sending the RLC-810A smart 4K PoE camera for review. If you are interested in purchasing one or more, the surveillance camera can be found on Amazon for $94.99. Alternatively, there’s also a cheaper Full HD model with people and vehicle detection: RC-510A that goes for $64.99.
Continue reading “Reolink RLC-810A review – A 4K security camera with people & vehicle detection” to find out how well the camera performs with the Android app, a web browser, as well as RTSP and ONVIF standards.
Jean-Luc started CNX Software in 2010 as a part-time endeavor, before quitting his job as a software engineering manager, and starting to write daily news, and reviews full time later in 2011.