Updated 24 Aug 2016

D-Link

DCS-2330L

Snapshot: This outdoor wireless IP camera can be bought individually and has HD image quality. It detects motion and can be remotely accessed on iOS and Android devices and from the internet. But how good is the picture?

DCS-2330L
Consumer score
SCORE
Avg price

$208

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Test results

Overall score
59
Image quality
?/10
Ease of use
?/10

Good points

  • OK image quality.
  • OK to use.
  • Can send smartphone notifications.
  • Sends emails, but without any photos or video.
  • Remote access via iOS, Android and web.
  • Motion detection.
  • Has an HD camera.

But

  • No cloud storage.
  • Firmware updates can only be done via ethernet and this is not properly explained in the app.

How we test

Overall score includes:

Image quality (60%), Ease of use (40%)

Image quality
When assessing how well an IP camera performs we look at its image quality in daylight and low-light conditions. We look at the clarity of the images, the contrast at close range (2m) and a moderate distance (4m). We look at how well they show a person, objects and graphics/text for reading any signage on vehicles or name badges.

Ease of use
Assesses the set-up and use of the camera, including installation, ease of recording and motion detection. We also look at how easy it is to receive alerts when motion is detected. A camera scored higher if it sent an email with a screenshot, but any email or push notification to a mobile was considered good. We also scored cameras on how easy it is to automatically and manually take photos or recordings, irrespective of whether a notification was sent, and how easy it is to store footage to cloud storage.

Full specs

Model

Avg price
$208

Specifications

Kit or camera only
Camera only
Kit required
×
Model or kit description
HD Outdoor Cloud Camera
Camera type
Outdoor
Resolution
1280 x 720
Wireless connection or WiFi band (GHz)
2.4

Features

Weatherproof rating
IP65
Night vision
Yes, 5m
Pan
No
Tilt
No
Zoom
10x, digital
Microphone
Speaker
×
Motion detection
Yes
Motion detection scheduler
×
Notification method
Email and smartphone notification
Email alert with picture attached
×
Local storage
MicroSD
FTP storage
×
Cloud storage
No
Remote access
Automatic
Remote access via Android app
Remote access via iOS app
Remote access via web browser
Ethernet