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D-Link DCS-2530L Full HD 180-Degree Wi-Fi Camera review: The second time is the charm

Michael Ansaldo | Dec. 15, 2016
This new iteration of D-Link's wide-angle Dropcam clone overcomes its predecessor's weaknesses.

You can now set the Full HD 180-degree Wi-Fi Camera’s motion detection areas inside the companion app.

D-Link’s de-warping technology continues to do its job. Even though the 2530L easily took in the expanse of my living room, there was no detectable image bending even at the sides of the frame. Night vision worked well, too, illuminating the entire room and allowing enough contrast to make out details in the picture.

The biggest fault I found with the original version of D-Link’s 180-degree camera wasn’t with the camera itself, but the mydlink lite app. At that time, it only gave you control over the camera’s video and audio features; for advanced settings, you had to access the MyDlink web portal. That's not exactly convenient when you’re away from home with only your smartphone.

The app has evolved considerably since then, as we’ve seen using it with other D-Link cameras, and those advanced settings have been integrated into it and improved. The upshot is you have more finely calibrated motion and sound detection at your fingertips.

You have the option of enabling motion detection only—if you just want to be notified of an event so you can tune in to the live feed—or motion detection-triggered video recording. You can also now set motion-detection areas from within the app. Previously this was a web-only option and required you to draw squares with the mouse on the feed image to define areas you wanted to monitor. It was fairly clunky. The new implementation mirrors other apps where you just tap squares on a grid overlay. You can adjust the detection sensitivity, as well, using a slider control.

As with motion detection, you can opt for sound detection only or sound detection with video recording. A graph displays the current decibel level, and you can move a level bar up or down to set the detection level you want.

These settings give you a lot more latitude for customizing your surveillance. If you have a pet or children at home, for example, you can raise your sound-detection threshold and limit motion detection to areas where movement is more likely to indicate a security breach, such as doors or windows, to drastically reduce false alarms.

Bottom Line

Apparently it’s the second time that’s the charm, because D-Link nailed it with this second generation of its wide-angle security camera. Are the improvements enough to justify the cost of upgrading from the DCS-2630L? Probably not. But if you’re just jumpting into DIY home security, you can now count the Full HD 180-Degree Wi-Fi Camera among the best options available.


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