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Hikvision DS-2CD2042WD-I

Model Number Breakdown


  • 2 = 2-Line camera
  • 0 = Bullet camera
  • 4 = 4 Megapixel resolution
  • 2 = Unknown
  • WD = True 120db Wide Dynamic Range
  • I = True IR cut filter

What we like

The Hikvision DS-2CD2042WD-I is the updated 2016 version of the popular 2015 model which had 3MP. Its a very good improvement on an already solid predecessor. The 4MP Hikvision is a great choice as an outdoor camera where you want the camera to be clearly visible.

This IP camera has a 4 megapixel resolution. This is very high for a security camera and should give clear videos both during the day and the night. As I always say, you want the highest resolution you can get for the money. More resolution = higher chance of being able to identify faces, number plates, etc.

This IP camera supports the following advanced motion detection methods:

  • Line crossing detection
  • Intrusion detection

The camera also supports email alerts on motion and abnormality triggers such as running out of disk space.

Push alerts are also supported with the Hikvision native apps on iPhone and Android.

The camera has built-in NVR features, although the lack of an SD card slot means it has no on-board storage.

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What we don’t like

As the lack of the ‘-S’ in the model name suggests, this IP camera does not support audio.

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Full Specifications




Video Resolution

SD / 480p

1MP / HD 720p

SXGA / 960p

2MP / Full HD 1080p




USB: 0


Camera Image

Lens type: Fixed

Focal length: 4mm

Max viewing angle: 83

IR Illumination: Ring LED

IR Range: 30

Camera Features

Type of Use: Outdoor

Form factor: Bullet

Built-in NVR

Camera Storage

SD Card Support: 0

Max. External HDD Size: 3


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