Annke CZ400 AI security camera reviewed with basic and smart events

Smart Events in Annze CZ400

Smart Events is where artificial intelligence/machine learning is leveraged in the camera. We have eight different smart events. Let’s go through all of them.

Annke Smart Event Audio detection

The first smart event is “Audio Exception Detection“. This will trigger an alert when sound intensity increases or decreases. I set the camera to trigger an alert when sound intensity increases, and I went to shout profanities at the camera, and it totally worked.

audio exception detection

The next day, I  noticed many Audio Exception Detection alerts around 6 am. It turns out that’s about the time birds wake up and start chirping non-stop. Not very useful, but I’ve found out the neighbors’ dogs could make good audio sensors to detect incoming intruders. The demo below shows both day and night time recordings with dogs barking, then birds chirping.

Next up is Face detection.Annke Face detection

Linkage Method
Remember that Linkage Methid must be set for all enabled events.


Face detection does work as shown in the screenshot below, but I had to remove the cap on my head for detection to work.

Face detection event

You’d also need to make sure Face Detection is enabled in an area where people typically stop, as it does not work while walking or running, nor does it work when wearing a face mask.

Motion detection is bringing a lot of noise to our notifications so let’s disable it before moving to intrusion detection.

We’ll have to draw an area for intrusion detection, set the threshold in second as well as the sensitivity. I went the house on the left, and intrusion detection was properly detected.

Annke CZ400 intrusion detection

Line crossing detection is the next smart event I’ve tested.

Security camera line crossing detection

We can draw a line then select A<->B. A->B, B->A, or B->A direction. I selected B->A to detect people entering home, but not when they leave.

I could not make it work after several attempts, so I went back to Windows, and tried with Internet Explorer since Firefox and Edge would not work. I turns out the web interface relies on ActiveX so that explains it…  Line crossing did not work, because I did not place it in the right location.

Annke line crossing configuration

With the live view working, it’s much easier to set the areas or lines used by smart events correctly, and once everything was configured properly, line crossing detection did work.

Line Crossing Detection

The region entrance detection will trigger an alert when people or objects enter a user-defined area.

region entrance detection

No problem during testing here.

Region Entrance Detection

Region Exiting detection is similar, except it will only be triggered when people leave the area.

Annke region exiting detection

I defined a zone in my entryway, and once I reached the street a notification popped up in Android.

Region Exiting Detection AI camera

Unattended baggage detection can be useful in airports, buses, train stations, and so on.

AI security camera unattended luggage detectionWe need to define a zone, set a threshold timer (5 seconds minimum and up to 100 seconds), plus a detection threshold.

Unattended baggage detectionI placed some bags in the area, and sure enough, it was shortly detected with an “Unattended baggage” alert showing in the notification section.

Object removal detection works in a similar way with a threshold in seconds, sensitivity, and a user-defined area to be monitored by the camera.

object removal detection

So I went to take out the bag, but nothing happened. On my second try, I went to install a chair with a stuffed Santa Claus doll.

Object removal detection Annke CZ400 failureObject removal detection did work, but with the 5-second threshold, the thief was not caught on camera, and the one-minute recording only showed the empty chair…

On my third try, I moved the chair in the entryway…

object removal detection second try

I also increased sensitivity to 90 to increase the chances of getting caught. Then I walk to the chair, wave my hand to the camera basically saying “Hello everyone, I’m here to kidnap Santa Claus”, took Santa Claus with me, and slowly walked towards the camera, and on my way inside the house. No detection occurred, so that feature does not seem reliable at all.


Annke CZ400 / Hikvision DS-2DE2A404IW-DE3/W AI security camera brings useful features that should bring the number of false alerts generated by traditional motion detection much lower, and most of the advanced features/smart events work fine. But I found cases where reliability can be an issue, and it’s also disappointing that Internet Explorer appears to be required to access all the features accessible from the web dashboard.

If you’d like to purchase Annke CZ400 AI security camera, you can do so on Amazon for $259.69.  You may want to purchase a PoE injector for powering the camera, and if you’re not going with ceiling mounting, a wall-mounting bracket needs to be purchased separately for $22.

If you have any questions, please make sure to ask them soon, as believe it or not, CNXSoft wants his ladder back! 🙂

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3 years ago

Thanks for an extensive review!
Requires IE for it’s features? Will never buy!

3 years ago

I would be much more concerned by the fact both camera and app have to be connected to someone else’s server running in a data center somewhere in the world and by the usual sort of security nightmares all these surveillance products (or IoT in general) are plagued with, see for example.

3 years ago

The password string looks like a SHA256 hash.

Anyway, a ‘security device’ that needs to talk encrypted to someone else’s server on the Internet is something that can be opened from the outside at any time.

An IoT fleet talking to some server under someone else’s control is already the technical equivalent to a botnet talking to ‘its’ command and control servers.

3 years ago

UPnP doesn’t need to be open on the device to be a problem. It’s UPnP combined with IGD (Internet Gateway Device) / PCP (Port Control Protocol) Interworking Function on a NAT router that might enable an unauthorised IoT device to open ports on the router to be accessible from everywhere.

3 years ago

You can tell Jean-Luc is a classy guy as he has the H8 book.

/me has the Japanese version of the H8 and SuperH books as a monitor stand..

3 years ago

Can it detect opposums and cats? Thats what we really need.

3 years ago

So is the face detection feature acts as “human detection” so alarms are triggered only if someone is here?

3 years ago

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