D-Link DCS-6513 Full HD WDR Day & Night Outdoor Dome Network Camera Reviewed

D-Link DCS-6513 Full HD WDR Day & Night Outdoor Dome Network Camera

D-Link DCS-6513 Full HD WDR Day & Night Outdoor Dome Network Camera

The D-Link DCS-6513 Full HD WDR Day & Night Outdoor Dome Network Camera is about as impressive as the length of the product name. The DCS-6513, for short, is D-Link’s premier high definition professional surveillance solution that is ideal for small, medium and large organisations. Featuring a 3-megapixel progressive scan CMOS sensor with a P-iris lens and built in stepping motor, the DSC-6513 is touted as being capable of delivering superior image quality. In addition, the P-iris lens ensures the camera iris is being utilised with ultra high precision.

To address bandwidth requirements of such a high precision lens, the DSC-6513 also supports real-time video compression using H.264, MPEG-4 and MJPEG codecs. These can be adjusted in real-time and the video can be stored onto an MicroSD card or a Network Video Recording (NVR) device.

The high quality components inside the camera extends out to the build quality of the vandal (IK-10) and weatherproof (IP-67) dome casing. The toughened design and optional camera mounts make it easy to install in a variety of locations. The remote focus feature helps with removing the need to have the camera installed in an easily accessible location as you can make focus adjustments from any computer. There is no longer a need to make manual adjustments.

D-Link DCS-6513 specifications include:
Indoor/OutdoorIP-67 compliant weatherproof housing
Vandal-ProofYes (IK-10)
Image Sensor1/2.8” 3 Megapixel progressive CMOS sensor
Maximum Video Resolution (Ratio)4:3 (at 15 fps) - 2048x1536
4:3 (at 30 fps) - 1600x1200
16:9 (at 30 fps) - 1920 x 1080
Maximum Frame RateUp to 30 fps
Lens3 to 9 mm motorized varifocal lens, F1.2
Minimum Illumination (Lux)0.5 lux (F1.2, color mode)
0 lux (B/W, IR-LED on)
Infrared-Cut Removable FilterYes
IR Built-in20 m
Wide Dynamic Range (WDR)Yes
3D Noise ReductionYes
Angle Of View (H/V/D)(H) 96.4° to 31.6°
(V) 51.2° to 17.7°
(D) 114.1° to 36.3°
External Device Interface10/100 BASE-TX Ethernet port with PoE
1 DI / 1 DO
DC 12 V, 100 mA output
Micro SD/SDHC
Audio input/output
Video FormatSimultaneous H.264/MPEG-4/MJPEG format compression
H.264/MPEG-4 multicast streaming
JPEG for still images
Audio FormatG.726
G.711
Multi-StreamYes
Digital Zoom10x
Motion DetectionYes
Event RecordingYes
Recording to NASYes
IPv6 SupportYes
DimensionsΦ151.79mm × 127mm
Weight1.53 kg
Operating Temperature-40 to 50 °C
Operating Humidity20% to 80% non-condensing
Optional Power InputDC power adapter (Input: 100 to 240V AC, 50/60 Hz; Output: 12V 1.25A)
SafetyCE
CE LVD
FCC
C-Tick

Installation

The D-Link DCS-6513 offers a range of connection options, pretty much everything but wireless. The supplied harness provides connectivity to an external power source, external devices (e.g. IR sensors, switches and alarm relays) and other surveillance monitoring equipment. Best of all, the DCS-6513 also comes with an 802.3af PoE module which simplifies the installation considerably as we can get power and network to the camera via the one ethernet cable.

The DSC-6513 cable harness is a swiss army knife of connections

The DSC-6513 cable harness is a swiss army knife of connections

Mounting the camera is as easy as we have found with previous D-Link models. However, if you don’t have the surface area required to mount the camera directly to the ceiling or wall, you will need to use one of the optional mounting brackets.

Ceiling mount for DCS-6513

Ceiling mount for DCS-6513

Bent wall mount for DCS-6513

Bent wall mount for DCS-6513

 

Camera Performance

As most cameras perform well under daylight conditions, I decided to focus more on how it went under low or no light. The camera used in comparison was the D-Link DCS2330L so that we could get a good feel for the difference in quality when comparing home to business grade cameras. The cameras were used next to each other under the following conditions:

  • Outdoor area, minimal light with ambient light from inside
  • Outdoor area, no light with ambient light from inside
  • Outdoor area, no light
Performance under low light

Performance under low light

No lights outside, lights on inside

No lights outside, lights on inside

No lights inside or out

No lights inside or out

If we zoom in on the chair, you can really see the difference in image quality.

The D-Link DCS-6513 is well ahead on image quality under low light conditions

The D-Link DCS-6513 is well ahead on image quality under low light conditions

NAS Compatibility

We regularly review NAS products from QNAP and Synology so we naturally test all cameras we review for compatibility with the Surveillance Station software they both come with. As the D-Link DCS-6513 is ONVIF compliant, we weren’t expecting any issues and were not disappointed.

The auto search feature on the QNAP found the D-Link DCS-6513 camera without an issue

The auto search feature on the QNAP found the D-Link DCS-6513 camera without an issue

The Synology found the D-Link DCS-6513 as a supported camera

The Synology found the D-Link DCS-6513 as a supported camera

Final Thoughts

The D-Link DCS-6513 is by far the largest surveillance camera that I have reviewed. As well as having state of the art features I found the DCS-6513 to be highly capable and an extremely reliable performer. The low light performance was on par with what we expected and the remote focus quickly became one of my favourite features.

This surveillance camera has an industrial look and feel and you get the sense of it being a high end security solution that is suitable for any business. In our review, the DCS-6513 definitely came across as an attractive camera for anyone being serious about a security surveillance project. We also recommend looking into the optional camera mounts for a clean and professional looking install.

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