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Review: GW Security 5 Megapixel Security Camera (GW-5061IP)

GW Security is a security camera company that has soared up the leaderboards and has managed to break free from the stigma of being just another Chinese company. They have recently launched a website where you can buy their cameras and also download their latest software.

Specifications

GW Security 5 Megapixel Security Camera (GW-5061IP)Feature
Resolution 2.0MP@30fps (1920×1080) 3.0MP@30fps(2048×1536) 5.0MP@15fps(2592×1920)
SD card No
Built-in NVR No
Imaging Sensor 1/3'' CMOS sensor
Lens 2.8-12mm Manual Varifocal
Infrared LED 64 Infrared LEDs with 180 feet range
Power source DC 12V power socket, 802.3af Power over Ethernet (PoE)
Protocols RTSP/FTP/PPPOE/DHCP/DDNS/NTP/UPnP/ONVIF H.265 and H.264
Power consumption 130mA / 560mA with IR ON
Dimensions 280mm * 90mm * 90mm
Weather proofing IP66
Warranty 1 Year Warranty and free tech support
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What we like

The GW-5061IP is a boxy looking bullet camera designed to be used outdoors or indoors.

It has a stonking 5 megapixel resolution, these guys are really pushing the ante when it comes to pure video quality. While I recommend 1080p or 2MP as a bare minimum, these 5 MP cameras are so affordable that there’s really no reason to not try them out.

The highlight of this camera is its varifocal 2.8mm-12mm lens, but watch out this is a manual zoom. So you will have to access the camera and adjust the zoom if needed. But this feature is very useful because it gives you great flexibility in installation and placement of the camera. It does support digital zoom just like every other security camera.

This camera has an incredible 64 IR LEDs as well, giving a very bright Infrared light output, with a range of up to 180 feet. Alas they are not the more long-lived EXIR type, but the difference is not astronomical by any means.

They are fully ONVIF compliant and support RTSP, so will play nice with NVRs from their own brand or others such as LaView or Hikvision. You could add them to you BlueIris system also.

The camera is managed through its web interface, which is par for course on this class of cameras.

This GW Security network camera also supports Power-over-Ethernet which is my preferred way of wiring up security cameras. However a DC 12V input is also available if you don’t want to run PoE or are using a PoE injector and splitter.

The camera is outdoors ready with a very good IP66 weather proofing rating. So it should be able to take a beating if the weather should turn.

There is a 1 year warranty on offer and free US tech support, which is quite reassuring.

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What we do not like

You will need an NVR or a computer running BlueIris to use these cameras because they do not have a built-in NVR feature or an SD card slot for local storage.

There are no audio features or alarm inputs on offer here.

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Full Specifications

Specification

Brand

GW Security

Video Resolution

2MP / Full HD 1080p

3MP

5MP

Interface

USB: 0

PoE

Camera Image

Lens type: Variable

Focal length: 2.8-12mm

Max viewing angle: 80

IR Illumination: Ring LED

IR Range: 55

Camera Features

Type of Use: Outdoor

Form factor: Bullet

Camera Storage

SD Card Support: 0

Max. External HDD Size: 0

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Verdict

7.7 Total Score
Review: GW Security 5 Megapixel Security Camera (GW-5061IP)

If you are looking for a camera to add to your DIY NVR system, the 5 Megapixel GW Security GW-5061IP is a strong contender.

Video Features
7
Audio Features
0
Smart Features
6
PROS
  • 5MP resolution
  • Manual varifocal lens
  • Strong infrared LED range of 180 feet
  • IP66 weather rating
CONS
  • No on-board NVR features
  • No advanced motion detection
  • No audio features
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