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Motion detection settings also work the same as the DCS-942L's. Motion areas can be drawn to include some or all of the screen. Sensitivity can be adjusted from 0-100% and a percentage of the motion window filled with motion can also be adjusted from 0-100%. However, Tthere is no real-time feedback to let you know if you trip your threshold; it's all trial and error.
D-Link DCS-2310L Motion Detection draw area
Events can be set up with a multitude of options, including full-time recording, motion recording and recording with the PIR sensor in darkness. A quick snapshot can be captured or entire videos with pre and post buffering. Destinations for events include FTP, SD card, network storage and mail.
I tested all settings except FTP and all worked well. You'll notice network storage has an IP address rather than a hostname. I could not get hostname to work despite acquiring DNS entries by DHCP. The network storage setup had an option for WINS server. I have no WINS server so I could not test if that was my missing link.
D-Link DCS-2310L Event setupRecording to the micro SD card works well. With the testing I did, I would recommend setting an event to record to the SD card only on the Network Lost option as shown in the image below. The files quickly ate up my 2 GB microSD card while testing.
D-Link DCS-2310L Network Lost configuration
As an example, I left my video stream at 800 x 450 (not the maximum resolution of the camera) and maximum framerate, which ended up being about 30fps. I set the event to create a new file whenever the file reached 10 MB and set it to continuously record. My 10 MB files ended up being about 24 seconds of video each.
Doing the math, that would have filled my 2 GB SD card in a mere 81 minutes! Motion recording or lower resolution would take longer to fill the space, but you want good resolution. If you've ever fiddled with getting motion detection properly set up, you know how easy it is to fill up drive space with HD resolutions. (I could not find a spec for the largest supported microSD card.)
Note that specifications on the product's mydlink page, which is different than its page on the dlink.com site, lists one digital input and one output. Despite references to digital I/O in the DCS-2310L user guide, the camera does not have digital I/O. This was confirmed by my camera's admin interface not showing the digital IO icon shown in the user guide, which should be changed to eliminate this confusion.
I've included more admin interface screenshots within the gallery below.
Image Quality - Indoor Day
The DCS-2310L is a 720p HD camera with a 57.8° horizontal field of view capable of 30fps, which I verified in Blue Iris. I expected daytime pictures to be very crisp and clear, but I was a little skeptical of the 5Mmeter (16.4 feet) IR illumination distance at night.
For image comparisons I did my standard indoor day and night tests and also my outdoor daylight image. Since this is an outdoor camera, I also added nighttime outdoor image. Since I've never included an outdoor night image before, the only comparison I have for this is a Foscam FI8904W which I've set up as a "weather cam" for my retired father. It's not really an apples to apples comparison, because the Foscam has 24 IR LEDs and the night visibility is spec'd at up to 20 meters. Then again the Foscam sells for only $95 vss $300 for the DCS-2310L.
The junk room control was done with an image from our Nikon D5000 DSLR. I didn't take a new picture for this, but instead linked it from a past review.
Control image from the Nikon D5000 DSLR
Next we've got the day image from the DCS-2310L.
D-Link DCS-2310L day indoor image
For comparison's sake I wanted to show several comparable HD cameras we've reviewed. Let's look at the AXIS M1054.
Comparison Day image from the Axis M1054
Now, the ZyXEL IPC-4605N for daylight comparison.
Comparison day image from the ZyXEL IPC-4605N
It's all in what you prefer, but the DCS-2310L has what I feel to be the best picture of the three. The colors are more vibrant with the ZyXEL IPC- 4605N, but the ZyXEL's image is also a little washed out.