• Ports: MicroSD
  • WiFi: Yes
  • Encryption: HTTP and RTSP digest encryption
  • Range: -15° to 90° Tilt (stand only)
  • Camera: 2-megapixel progressive CMOS sensor
  • Microphone: Yes
  • Dimensions: 109 x 61 x 61 mm
  • Weight: 104g
  • Pros:
  • Night mode
  • Cons:
  • Can’t move

Hidden Surveillance

There are times when you want a surveillance camera that’s a more lowkey. Compared to the D-Link DCS-5030L we reviewed in our March issue, the D-Link DCS-2530L is an even less conspicuous model. We tested it out to see how it performs.

Upon emptying the product box’s contents, it’s immediately apparent that the DCS-2530L has some major differences with its larger sibling. There’s no additional mounting kit this time, but there are some screws that you can use with it. To actually mount it, we had to remove the bottom of the base and use that as the mount. Additionally, the box has a quick install card with the default WiFi password on it, as well as a quick install guide.

The DCS-2530L is painted in all black and connects to its round base via a horseshoe-shaped stand. Unlike some other IP/surveillance cameras around, the major difference with this model is that it can’t pan or tilt on its own. You can adjust the tilt angle manually using the stand, but that’s about it. However, the camera lens’ effective viewing angle is 180°, so it can still see a lot if positioned well.

There’s no Ethernet port on the camera as it operates solely through WiFi. It does have a microSD card slot to store recordings and a WPS button at the back for fast pairing with your home router. Although you can access the camera locally, it’s better to have a mydlink account for ease of use and to monitor the camera remotely.

As per usual with D-Link cameras, you can access them through the app or browser remotely. Both provide the same set of controls, including screen capture, changing the resolution (between 480p, 720p, and 1080p), and switching the camera mode. By default, the camera is in auto mode, which switches to night mode automatically once the ambient light is below a certain level.

In addition, the DCS-2530L comes with sound and motion detection. Once enabled, the camera will send a notification to your browser or smartphone to alert you. With that, you can then snap a screenshot as evidence if there’s a burglar attempting to get into your house.

The visual quality of the camera is good and since it doesn’t have to worry about moving, there’s less tearing and such as well. Moreover, D-Link applied a de-warping tech to its fisheye lens, ensuring that you get a standard 180° widescreen image instead of a distorted one.

CHIP CONCLUDE: Although its asking price is high, this camera is worth considering for its widescreen Full HD resolution and useful features.

(previously published in issue May 2017)

D-Link DCS-2530L