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Hikvision DS-2CD2542FWD-IWS

Model Number Breakdown


  • 2 = 2-Line camera
  • 5 = Mini-dome camera
  • 4 = 4 Megapixel resolution
  • 2 = Unknown
  • F = On-board SD card slot
  • WD = True 120db Wide Dynamic Range
  • I = True IR cut filter
  • W = Wi-Fi enabled
  • S = Sound feature

What we like

The Hikvision DS-2CD2542FWD-IS is the updated 2016 version of the popular 2015 model which had a 3MP sensor. The 4MP Hikvision mini-dome is a good choice as a discreet outdoor camera.

This IP camera has a 4 megapixel resolution. At the time of writing, this is very high for a security camera and should give clear videos both during the day and the night. If you are using this camera as a front-door camera, you are in good company – that’s what we use it as!

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, and the SD card slot means it has on-board storage.

The Wi-Fi feature works well and is a good alternative to using the Power over Ethernet (PoE) feature.

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What we don’t like

Wide Dynamic Range feature produces blurry videos at night.

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Full Specifications




Video Resolution

SD / 480p

1MP / HD 720p

SXGA / 960p

2MP / Full HD 1080p




Audio: In

Alarm: In/Out

USB: 0


Onboard mic

Camera Image

Lens type: Fixed

Focal length: 2.8mm

Max viewing angle: 106

IR Illumination: Ring LED

IR Range: 10

Camera Features

Type of Use: Outdoor

Form factor: Mini-dome/Turret

Built-in NVR

Camera Storage

SD Card Support: 128

Max. External HDD Size: 3


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