TRENDnet TV-IP262P IP camera review
The camera has a dome enclosure, this should be more vandal-resistant than a traditional camera but I wouldn't count on it being 100% tamper-proof. Hell, all you need is a simple screwdriver and you can take the whole thing apart in less than a minute.
The camera is surrounded by twelve infrared LEDs, they promise to enable night vision for up to 12 meters. The dome itself is tinted (except the camera area of course).
To the rear of the device, we have the input/output area. From left to right we have the input for 12V DC power, an SD memory card slot, Ethernet port (with IEEE 802.3af PoE support), microphone in, speaker output, and a reset button.
The bottom of the TV-IP262P has three holes for securing the device to a wall or a ceiling. A drill template is included in the manual's bag.
Access to the camera module is gained by removing four screws, once these are removed you can take off the dome.
While the enclosure feels pretty solid, the interior feels kinda cheap and after opening up the device you'll be surprised by how little hardware it actually contains. The device features a 1/4" megapixel CMOS sensor with a maximum resolution of 1280 x 1024 pixels, the camera can be panned side-to-side 350° and tilted up-and-down 70° but this has to be done manually. Everytime you want to change the camera angle you have to open up the device to adjust the position by hand. I feel the value proposition of this IP camera would be a lot higher if the camera featured a motor so you could control this via the software.
Another big disappointment is the lack of remote focus. To focus you have to manually adjust the focusing dial on the lens, which can be quite a frustrating job. There's also no optical zoom on this camera.
Added: January 5th 2014
Product reviewed: TRENDnet TV-IP262P IP camera
Reviewer: Thomas De Maesschalck