Hikvision DS-2CD2712FWD-I Camera is a varifocal dome device that uses a lens between 2.8mm and 12mm. It covers angles between 80 degrees and 28.7 degrees respectively.

The varifocal cam is from Hikvision. It is an organization that is based in Shenzhen, China, and sprawled across the world. The Hikvision company is the world’s largest security surveillance company. 

This IP cam is a metal dome device that has waterproofing standards as IP66. The device is vandal-proof also with IK 10 protection. The micro sd card recording supports the device to work as a standalone camera. Tough it functions very well with an NVR.

The visibility is clear and the resolution is 1280*960. It can capture images in a pitch dark environment from up to 20meters.

The Network CCTV camera is right for any outdoor use.

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Buying Guide For A Varifocal CCTV Camera 

Varifocal lens- A varifocal camera allows you to adjust between the highest and lowest angles. This means that you can manually set both the view angle and level of zoom. It has varying focal lengths. Use the 12mm setting (12 degrees and about 4x zoom). Need a wide-angle view? Go with 2.8 mm (109 degrees). Need something in between? Try 6mm (~45 degrees) or 9mm (~30 degrees). It means that you have many options to focus on the object. 

Resolution  Resolution tells about the quality of the image in a device. The better the resolution, the better is the picture quality. When the resolution is poor, then you see disturbing images or videos on the screen. All quality cameras capture images in pixels. 

When images are distorted, then you fail to recognize the faces. It is an example of poor resolution. Nowadays HD cameras and IP cameras are in more demand and they are available with very good resolution quality. Users prefer higher resolution devices

Night-Vision  Night vision is a vital part of any CCTV camera. If you have installed a CCTV camera, then you are supposed to receive round the clock monitoring. When night vision is not clear then you may miss some very important clippings and activities. It may prove to be dangerous for your safety.  

Digital camera– An IP camera is a digital camera that functions on the laws of Internet Protocol (IP) networks instead of analogue electric signals. Digital cameras compress data and don’t require a DVR for the compression of recorded data.

Power-over-Ethernet– In PoE technology, you don’t require a separate power cable and ethernet cable for each camera. There is the same cable for power, data, video, and audio.

Passive Infrared Motion(PIR) Sensor– PIR sensors keep your safety intact by hinting you the transgression. For that purpose, an imaging IR sensor is required. A PIR-based motion detector gives you information regarding humans, animals, etc.

Two-Way Audio– Two-way audio makes you more powerful as you can transfer information. It keeps you in the command. You can horrify a suspect on the device end.

Waterproofing– Test the compatibility of your device in different weather conditions. Minimum IP66 layers are a must for cameras. It happens often that cameras develop glitches in strong weather conditions. All good cameras are weather resistant.

Wireless & WiFi– When cameras are wireless & wifi Accessible, then there are not many wires around the cam. You can easily make your device online. It further means that they can be remotely accessed. 

Recording– Check if cameras have a slot for an SD Card. Sd card recording is better. It makes the device standalone. Cloud server recording is another useful option.

Hikvision DS-2CD2712FWD-I Camera 1Advantages Of Hikvision DS-2CD2712FWD-I Camera 

Following are the advantages of the device.


Design Of The Varifocal camera

The cam is semi-circular in shape, and its color is white. There is a case on the upper side of the cam that covers IRs, and CCDs. The cover keeps the device safe. The dimensions are 140mm*99.9mm, and the weight is 1kg. It is a heavy varifocal camera.

Hikvision DS-2CD2712FWD-I Camera 4It has slots available for CVBS interface, audios, SD card slot, etc. The cam can be a wire connected with a cat-6 wire to give power and get audio and video.

Feature of Hikvision DS-2CD2712FWD-I Camera

The features and functions are given here. With their help, you can operate the cam device in a very effective way. Know them and use them.

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Download Quick Start Guide, User Manual, & Data Sheet

You will get here the link to download these files. The quick start guide is to know the design and installation process. A user manual has been given here to know the features and functionalities of the device. The datasheet is given to know the technical aspects of the device. They have been given here in the button format. Click the button to download them.

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How To Install? 

The first thing you have to do to install the cam is to mark your location. When the location becomes confirmed, mark that area with a template. Now fix the stand at that place with the help of anchors and screws. After that set the cam on that stand.

Hikvision DS-2CD2712FWD-I Camera 2When you want to monitor the cam on your smartphone, then for that you have to install the application. Go to the google play store and download the “Hik-Connect” application on your mobile. Install it, and add the device after scanning the QR Code. Follow the instructions, and the device will come on your smartphone display.

Users Review

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Should I Buy It?

The cam has a varifocal lens, that can zoom in and out, DNR is given for the sensor’s audio clarity. The cam is a metal dome so you can use it outdoors. It has IP66 level weatherproofing, and IK10 vandal-proofing. The resolution is satisfactory. The company gives a 3 years warranty, and its service centers are available at different locations. We can use it outdoors.


Hikvision’s DS-2CD2712FWD-I Vandal-Resistant Network Dome Camera provides important new technology for any security application. The 2.8 to 12 mm lens option provides 80° to 28.7° viewing angles. Night-vision is okay. Company support is good and the price is reasonable. 

Among the family of varifocal cameras, it has a good reputation. Its upgraded versions are also available. 

The review is given to give you an insight into the device. Please share your responses in the comment section.

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