Getting the hang of it
- Jun 7, 2020
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Unfortunately the YouTuber in question looking more at still images and how simple a system is to setup rather than the thing that really matters, which is motion images. All the good reviews about Reolink focus in still images at a distance and never do look at the motion. I guess the they all thing that your local criminal is going to stand still and let the camera get a good image???There is no F-stop/aperture setting in these cameras like there is in normal picture cameras. However it is an important element of the total performance and it shows up in the "gain" setting of these cameras. The larger the aperture (smaller f-stop number), the more light the camera can pull into the system. This results in a brighter image with a comparable gain setting that a camera with a smaller aperture.
PS - I noticed the Youtuber recently posted another video - this time on AI capable NVR systems. He talks about a Reolink NVR, the Unify Protect System, and BlueIris. He still seems to think Reolink is great even though he reiterated that "there is a ghosting problem with the Reolinks at night." I don't understand how you can recommend a product that doesn't work at night, but I'm sure the reality is that it is more about making revenue on Youtube than actually talking the truth with people. He knows that there are a lot more potential viewer from people that use or are in the market for a Reolink system than there are people who are going to want to tackle setting up a BI system.
Reolink does win on simplicity. It literally is just plug and play. It just can't get anything else right.
As a note, the guy recommending Reolink actually uses Blue Iris and non-reolink cameras mostly in his own setup.
Blue Iris is a bit more complex to get up and running for your average home user because it does take a little fiddling to get it right. Once it is right though, you can forget about it and know it will capture what you need, with the right cameras attached of course.