Introduced the D-Link DCS-8302LH outdoor camera, but not waterproof, the camera seems to be pretty versatile. Among its strengths, there is a wide range of image storage possibilities. Launched at 125 €, the D-Link DCS-8302LH outdoor camera adds a little more to the manufacturer’s already well-supplied catalog. Operating on mains, it connects to the Internet via Wi-Fi or via an Ethernet cable.
In addition to a Full HD sensor (1920 x 1080 pixels) on a 110° horizontal field of view, this model is equipped with an infrared mode, which is no longer exceptional today. Unlike other models, it allows various possibilities for storing images: on microSD, in the cloud (free or paid) or on a NAS thanks to its compatibility with the ONVIF Profile S (Open Network Video Interface Forum) protocol. Finally, it has a microphone, a speaker and a siren.
D-Link DCS-8302LH Ergonomics and installation
The D-Link DCS-8302LH surveillance camera is preferably positioned outdoors. However, unlike the majority of the other outdoor cameras in our comparison which are waterproof, it must be sheltered to protect it from splashing water. It can therefore be fixed to a wall (two screws provided) under a roof overhang. Its discretion allows it to be installed indoors without any problem, on a flat surface, for example.
The manufacturer specifies that this model supports temperatures ranging from -20 to 45° C, but it has not affixed an IP rating (standard of impermeability to liquids and dust). The ball head allows you to position the lens to find the ideal monitoring angle. The ring is tightened well at the level of the foot to block it.
As a good wired camera that it is, it necessarily plugs into the mains to operate; a more restrictive installation than that of the battery models. Once plugged in, you can connect it to the Internet via Wi-Fi or an Ethernet cable; a choice that we appreciate. No connection bridge is required, which eliminates an additional installation step. The whole pairing process is very simple and is explained step by step in the Mydlink application.
The camera finds its place indoors without any problem thanks to its slim design. Under a cover on the back, a microSD port allows you to insert a memory card (256 GB maximum) in order to save images locally. In addition, the device is compatible with the ONVIF Profile S (Open Network Video Interface Forum) protocol, which allows communication between connected devices of different brands, including NAS (Network Attached Storage) in order to keep its videos. If that wasn’t enough, a cloud service is possible.
There are several D-Link cloud subscriptions :
- A free offer for one day of unlimited storage for 3 cameras.
- Basic, gives access to 7 days of unlimited storage for 3 cameras at a price of € 2.49 per month or € 24.99 per year.
- Premium, allows you to keep unlimited videos from a maximum of 5 cameras for 14 days. To take advantage of it, you have to pay € 4.99 per month or € 49.99 per year.
- Pro, allows you to keep unlimited footage of 10 cameras for 10 days. You must then invest € 9.99 per month or € 99.99 per year.
D-Link DCS-8302LH Application
Mydlink is the application common to all D-Link cameras. Clear and instinctive, its handling poses no problem. The blue cursor on the home page activates private mode in order to stop all detections and recordings. On the home page, you can access the live video by touching the image in the center.
From this live, we manage the microphone, the loudspeaker, the siren and we change the image definition; this is generally the case for all the cameras in our comparison. The icons at the top right provide access to detection alerts as well as recorded videos. Here again, the presentation of the video library is understandable and we do not feel lost.
On direct, the toothed wheel allows you to change the camera parameters, for example the type of storage (local or not). It is also possible to concentrate surveillance on a single detection area. This seems a bit restricted to us compared to the 15 zones of the TP-Link Tapo C310, to name just one.
Unlike the majority of devices in our comparison, it is not in the settings that we determine the type of activity taken into account by the camera or the conditions for activating the siren. To configure all this, you must return to the home page then click on the icon at the top left (three horizontal lines placed one above the other), then on Automation. This tree structure is not intuitive and it multiplies the operations. However, when the tab in question is open, everything is detailed and understandable.
We can then define the types of movements that will trigger an alert or a recording. This is also the case for sounds, whose detection sensitivity is adjusted from 60 dB (A) to 90 dB (A). We also appreciate the examples of sound volume that are given to get an idea of the types of sounds that will be taken into account.
People detection can also be activated, which is welcome to reduce the number of notifications and registrations. That said, we prefer the more sophisticated differentiated detection (human, vehicles, animals) offered by the Arlo Ultra, in particular. In summary, the application is quite simple to use and offers a nice panel of settings.
D-Link DCS-8392LH Image quality
The D-Link DCS-8392LH offers two definitions: HD (1280 x 720 pixels) and Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels). We tested them in day mode and infrared. Really slight 1080p improvement. Remember that a lesser definition can be useful to save the space available on the local storage. To determine how well the videos from the D-Link DCS-8302LH rendered, we compared them with those of the Ezviz C3X, the best outdoor surveillance camera in our buying guide.
In the day, there is a glaring lack of details on the images of the D-Link DCS-8302LH, for example on the title of the book which is illegible. The scene is completely overexposed and certain elements are indistinguishable (the bear cub or the map to the right of our scene). The responsiveness, this camera switches from day mode to night mode in just two seconds.
The same goes for infrared: the scene is overexposed. Certainly, this offers better visibility in dark areas, but the faces are not identifiable. We have also experienced this by measuring that a person is more or less identifiable at 50 cm from the objective; a very disappointing result when we know that the Ezviz C3X can identify someone at about 5 m. Finally, the D-Link DCS-8302LH notes an activity at 6.40 m against 7.60 m for the Ezviz, which is quite honorable in both cases.
D-Link DCS-8392LH Audio quality
The loudspeaker is powerful enough to clearly hear statements about 1.50 m from the device. The voices remain intelligible and we recognize quite well who is speaking. The microphone is not very sensitive and does not pick up the most discreet sounds. It even stifles the voices a little. The overall rendering is not very good, even if we manage to understand what is being said. There is no signal loss during communications, which allows a smooth conversation. The siren volume reaches approximately 67 dB (A) at 1 m. By way of comparison, that of a normal conversation is around 60 dB (A).
D-Link DCS-8392LH STRONG POINTS:
- Indoor use possible.
- Quick and easy installation.
- Easy to use application rich in parameters.
- Many solutions for image storage (microSD, NAS, free and paid cloud).
D-Link DCS-8392LH WEAK POINTS:
- Outdoor installation under shelter only.
- Overexposed images (day and night).
- Disappointing microphone quality.
D-Link DCS-8392LH FINAL CONCLUSION
Due to its weakness in the wettest conditions, the D-Link DCS-8302LH non-waterproof outdoor camera left with a serious handicap. And yet, it manages to seduce thanks to its various very interesting storage solutions and its easy-to-use application. However, it will be necessary to deal with overexposure observed day and night which prevents an individual from being identified. For more advanced surveillance, we can opt for the Ezviz C3X whose color night vision without flash is totally bluffing.