D-Link DCS-5222L “Cloud IP Camera” Launched


D-Link’s new DCS-5222L was released last week, and it’s loaded with some pretty cool features, as well as some kind of confusing ones. You can get it on Amazon for about $250. We’ll start with the cool stuff first. The DCS-5222L is equipped with:

  • 1280×800 (HD) resolution at 30 FPS
  • Megapixel 14″ CMOS
  • Full PTZ
  • Night Vision up to 16 feet
  • H.264 Video Compression
  • Local Recording on micro-SD Card
  • Two-way Audio
  • MyDLink Enabled (like other D-Link cameras)
  • Easy Setup Process

The features are neat, and it’s not too bad of a deal for $250 — though you can get started with a Logitech Alert set for about the same price, if not a bit less. A few early reviews of the DCS-5222L suggest the Logitech Alert line is superior, but we haven’t tested D-Link’s new camera yet. We’ll try and get our hands on one in the future for a comparative review of our own.

On to the somewhat confusing stuff. The DCS-5222L is marketed around the web as a “cloud camera,” but it doesn’t actually store any video other than what’s on the micro-SD card. You can view the camera’s live feed from MyDLink, but you can do that with the 932L, 942L, etc. — there’s no actual cloud storage that I can find.

Sensr.net turns the DCS-5222L into a true cloud camera, where all motion events are recorded, stored, and available for later viewing. Of course, Sensr.net makes a great pair with MyDLink, as we’ve written about in the past. If you have already purchased the new DCS-5222L, get it up on Sensr.net and let us know what you think about it in the comments!