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Image Quality - Outdoor Night

Lastly, the night outdoor images. The Foscam FI8904W is the only comparison here, as I have not done this comparison previously. I had the Foscam inside for awhile and was amazed at how little it illuminated outside, but provided great night images inside. Knowing that, I expected the DCS-2310L to not be very impressive outdoors, either.

Foscam night outdoor image
Foscam night outdoor image

I need to mention that I could not get exact same positioning for the two cameras, since the DCS-2310L is not wireless and the Foscam location is very remote.

D-Link DCS-2310L night outdoor image
D-Link DCS-2310L night outdoor image

Neither image is all that impressive. The Foscam image shows a blackberry bush about 7 feet out. The DCS-2310L has faint outlines in the image, but nothing really discernible. At the time of testing, there was snow on the ground and I was limping around on a broken foot, so my testing was done rather quickly. Given more time and different conditions I'd like to set up the 5 foot markers outdoors for better comparisons.

Closing Thoughts

The daytime quality of the DCS-2310L is very nice and the customizable options for the image streams provide a lot of value. When it comes to night imaging however, this camera just doesn't illuminate outdoor night areas very well.

Having browser and app (iOS and Android) remote camera access via mydlink is a nice touch. But the feature set is still very basic and options and screens aren't much different from those I saw when I reviewed the DCS-942L back in March. It looks like D-Link has added the ability to notify by email on when motion is detected, though. But you have to specify your own mail server settings, which can be a hassle.

There are still no DVR-type features and all you can really do is watch live video and manually control recording. But it is nice that you can view your camera's live stream over the internet with no router configuration.

Part of D-Link's justification for its $300 price tag is probably the mydlink cloud features and weatherproof housing. But if you're looking for an HD-capable outdoor camera that provides clear images both day and night, the DCS-2310L is not the camera for you.

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