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ANNKE C500 review – are they good 5MP PoE security cameras?

ANNKE C500 review

This PoE security camera has a 2560×1920 detailed image, bring 2.5x 1080P high-resolution images, allows you to see even when you digitally zoom in via the app. 100ft/30m Superb HD Starlight Color Night Vision(default mode is the black & white, manually switch). 2.8mm lens for a wider field of view. Protect your family in a safe day and night. This ANNKE C500 PoE Surveillance Camera System is super easy to install and use, even for beginners. Unlike CCTV DVR camera kit, it needs only one ethernet cable to power the camera and transmits video signal simultaneously, no need for a separate power adapter. It enables long-distance wiring without any loss of picture quality. Find more in ANNKE C500 review.

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ANNKE C500 review
ANNKE C500 review

In the box

* 1 x 8CH PoE NVR
* 4 x 5MP IP PoE Camera
* 2 x 30m/100ft Network Cable
* 2 x 18m/60ft Network Cable
* 1× Power Adapter for NVR (DC48V)
* 1× 5.9ft/1.8m HDMI Cable
* 1× 3.2ft/1m Ethernet Cable
* 1 x USB Mouse & Remote Control
* 1 x CD & User Manual

Specifications – ANNKE C500

Image Sensor1/2.7″ OmniVision Progressive Scan CMOS
Video Resolution5MP(2560 ×1920@15fps)
Signal SystemPAL/NTSC
Video CompressionBullet Camera: H.265/H.264
Dome Camera: H.265+/H.265/H.264+/H.264
Video Bit Rate32Kbps~8Mbps
Audio Compression
Audio input/output
Min.IlluminationColor: 0.01 Lux @(F1.2, AGC ON)
Angle of Viewhorizontal FOV: 100°, vertical FOV: 74°, diagonal FOV: 130°
Number of Infra-Red LEDs2 pcs
Night Vision DistanceUp to 100ft/30m
Wide Dynamic RangeDigital WDR
IR Cut FilterYES
EthernetRJ45 x 1(10M/100M)
HousingMetal & Plastic
Operating PowerDC12V;PoE (802.3af)
Operating Condition-22 °F – 140 °F /-30 °C – 60 °C
Weatherproof RatingIP67
Dimension (L x W x H)Bullet Camera: 6.8″ × 2.6″× 2.72″ /172.7  × 66 ×69.1mm
Dome Camera: 4.3″ × 3.7″  /110  ×93.2 mm
WeightBullet Camera: 0.7lbs /300g
Dome Camera: 0.9lbs /400g

Key Features

  • Stunning 5MP Super HD Resolution
  • Cutting-Edge H.265+ Video Compression
  • Easy PoE Installation, Real Plug & Play System
  • Superb Night Vision with EXIR Array LEDs
  • Email Alarm with Snapshots and APP Push
  • Easy Remote Access on Mobile Devices
  • Connectable to Third-Party Cameras
  • 4K Video Output to Display Ultra Clearness
  • Durable IP67 Weatherproof Cameras

ANNKE C500 review


Part NumberI51DB0102
Item Weight16 ounces
Package Dimensions5 x 5 x 5 inches

How to setup the ANNKE C500?

At startup, the app will request a first configuration, which can also be done via mobile phone number. We opted for this option and we noticed that the confirmation message came from “Ezviz”, another well-known brand on the stage of the security cameras.

Although the manual foreshadows a configuration that is not too easy to use, with a camera to be configured through a web browser and IP to be inserted, in reality it is sufficient to install the ANNKE Vision application on iOS or Android smartphones , available for free on the App Store and Google Play.

After registration, it was sufficient to add a room using the classic “+” icon, framing the bar code on the camera. Of course, this must first be powered and connected to an ethernet socket. At this point the game is done, the room is ready for operation.

ANNKE C500 camera review

Among the most valuable features of this security camera is the support for high efficiency H.265 encoding, which not only reduces bandwidth, but also reduces storage requirements, ensuring stable and fast transmission and a smooth display in real time.

ANNKE C500 uses a 5 MP image sensor. It is an OmniVision sensor that should provide clearer and sharper images on paper than other 5 MP analog IP cameras with standard sensors.

The ANNKE camera also enjoys a 3D DNR technology for the reduction of three-dimensional digital noise, which can be appreciated especially during night vision. As already mentioned, the room is mainly designed for outdoor use. A further indication of this, in addition to aesthetics, is the IP67 protection rating, which allows outdoor use, without fear of rain, and withstanding extreme temperatures from -30 to 95 degrees Celsius.

Of course, the camera also has long-range infrared night vision sensors, thanks to smart infrared LEDs, which guarantee the possibility of automatically switching from day to night vision, so as to provide clear images even in black and white during the night. In particular, night-time night vision covers up to about 30 m, a rather wide range to ensure more than enough vision for the backyard.

Can you use this as outdoor camera?

The video quality of the C500 is good, more than enough for an outdoor video surveillance camera. The 15 FPS video stream is equally sufficient for controlling the backyard or the space in front of your garage. The sensor is still of quality and also in the detection of movements, with the consequent sending of push notification to the smartphone, it is always precise and punctual.

Even with Android, which usually due to battery optimizations causes some problems in sending push notifications, we have not registered any problems. The night vision is absolutely enjoyable and allows you to control the driveway at home in a rather precise and clear way.

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