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D-Link's strategy to get you into its IP cameras is quite insidious. First, you buy one of the company's low-cost cams to look at the baby in the crib. Then, you buy one to point out the front door. Pretty soon, you have a 1,000-eyed beast that would make Orwell envious. Well, D-Linker, prepare to add the new to your many-eyed monster. The DCS-5222L is the latest camera in the MyDlink fleet and brings with it pan, tilt, and zoom capabilities as well as onboard storage for video and still images, visible infrared night-vision imaging, and a passive infrared motion detector. Pan, tilt, zoom (PTZ) isn't new to D-Link's webcams, but the DCS-5222L is the first with “HD” resolution. In this case, that translates to 1280x800 pixels. MyDlink-enabled cameras are different from many webcams in that you don't have to poke holes in your firewall or any of that rigmarole. The camera requires that you set up an account with MyDlink, which lets you stream live video and sound to a browser that supports Java. Setup isn't as horrible as with older IP cameras, but also not always snag-free. We had to update the firmware on the camera before we could get it up and running.
If you're looking for a pan/tilt IP camera for security purposes, but you don't need the top-shelf performance and design features that drive the price of more business-centric models like the Axis M5014 beyond five bills, the $250 (as of August 5, 2012) D-Link DCS-5222L is worth consideration. The D-Link model offers many of the same features as the Axis camera does, at half the price. It also boasts a couple of features that the Axis lacks: night vision and two-way audio. D-Link's camera delivers good color fidelity, but this picture looks fuzzier than we expected from an “HD” camera.So what do you give up in exchange? Video quality, for starters. Although the DCS-5222L delivers 1280-by-720-pixel resolution—just as the Axis M5014 does—video from the D-Link camera looks much fuzzier. The DCS-5222L is also more vulnerable to tampering, since its lens and pan/tilt mechanism are unprotected. And anyone who wants to prevent the D-Link camera from recording need only pull out its MicroSD card; in contrast, Axis put the M5014's card slot on the bottom, where it's inaccessible once the camera is mounted.
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