D-Link DCS-8600LH Outdoor Camera Review

8.6

After D-Link’s successful launch of their DCS-2802-KT (OMNA Wire-Free), they decided to launch yet another brand new WiFi surveillance camera, which they called the DCS-8600LH outdoor camera.

This specific camera is a unique, full HD WiFi device that is designed specifically for being set outdoors. Of course, you still have the option of keeping the camera indoors, depending on your choice. It comes with a smart and contemporary home integration which makes the DCS-8600LH outdoor camera even better.

If you want to learn more about this camera from D-Link, then just sit back, relax, because we’ve got you covered. We have all the necessary details laid out for you such as the features, specifications, and performance, giving you an idea if this DCS-8600LH outdoor camera is something you’d need for your home.

D-Link DCS-8600LH Outdoor Camera Review – What’s in the Box?

We really liked how the company packed their DCS-8600LH outdoor camera. It arrived in the usual D-Link box that looked really nice and clean with its blue and white theme. In front, you will find an image of the camera at the center of the box, while D-Link’s name can be seen at the upper-left corner of the package. Next to this are wordings stating what type of camera this is; below the image, you will find a collection of the device’s features and functions.

The back and sides of the box provides you with further details about this outdoor camera, which is important especially when you’re comparing products to purchase in retail stores.

Inside, you will find the camera kept securely in place. It’s really nice that D-Link opted for this manner of packaging to ensure that the device doesn’t get damaged during transit. Aside from the camera, you will find a complete mounting kit for installing the DCS-8600LH.

There’s also a power cable that’s about 7 meters long which is long enough to run the cables neatly in areas such as the edge of fences and even alfresco boundaries.

The Product

D-Link DCS-8600LH Outdoor Camera Review

The D-Link DCS-8600LH outdoor camera is a full HD WiFi camera that can record videos with 1080p resolution. This leaves colors appearing bright and crisp when watching the videos on your mobile devices. Its 135° viewing angle makes it easier and more convenient to monitor a sizeable portion of your home.

The camera also comes with infrared LED lights that provides you with night vision functions to maintain the efficiency of the DCS-8600LH outdoor camera throughout the night.

What’s nice is that videos can readily be streamed to your iOS or Android devices in real-time using the mydlink application. If you need to get a closer look, the app supports the pinch-to-zoom function; likewise, you can set up alerts to send images or video clips to your smartphones if you don’t really have the time to watch the camera’s live stream 24/7.

A combination of the camera’s durability and alerts means that you don’t really need to occasionally check on the status of your security camera. And since the DCS-8600LH outdoor camera has the IP65-rated housing, you can ensure that the camera can effectively repel dust particles. In addition to this, the housing can also protect the device against strong streams of water.

Because of how it is designed, the D-Link DCS-8600LH outdoor camera can work excellently in a wide range of temperatures. With that, you can be sure that it can withstand extreme heat since it can handle temperature that range from -25 to 45° Celsius. However, during really hot summers where heat waves are common, it’s best to keep an eye on the camera’s vitals.

Video footage from the camera can be directly streamed to your cloud, or it can be locally stored on your micro SD. Cloud footage can be viewed via the mydlink app, though once the introductory subscription ends, you’ll need to sign-up and subscribe for a paid mydlink Cloud Recording to continue using this feature on cloud streaming and recording.

Product Features

Endures Extreme Weather Conditions

Whether it’s the harshest winter temperatures as low as -25°C or heat waves that go up to 45°C, the DCS-8600LH Outdoor Camera can withstand any of these. You can keep track of the outdoors without worrying about your camera being damaged by the intense cold or the heat. Not only the camera is weatherproof, but even its 7-meter power cable will incur damages even when exposed to various elements from harsh weather conditions.

Dust and Dirt Proof

This outdoor camera is IP65-rated, which means that ot’s protected from dust and dirt. It’s the perfect camera for the dustiest areas of your home such as the garage and the driveway, or if you live in places where dust storms are common.

Save All Footage to the Cloud

You don’t have to worry about losing all your camera footage since the DCS-8600LH allows you to save recorded snapshots and video clips to the cloud for you to access anytime. With that, you can playback old recordings and download footage to your mobile device wherever you are, as long as you have internet access.

Magnetic Design for Maximum Flexibility

The unique magnetic design of the DCS-8600LH allows for setting up and angling the camera anywhere. Whether you want to place this on your wall, the doorway, or your ceiling, this will work for you

Works with Google Assistant and Alexa

With Google Assistant and Alexa, you can finally monitor everything from the comfort of your couch. You can stream live videos from the DCS-8600LH to Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, Echo Spot, Echo Show, and Google Home Hub.

More Visibility in the Dark

With the night vision capabilities of the DCS-8600LH Outdoor Camera, you won’t have to deal with the usual problems with surveillance cameras and low-light environments. This outdoor camera give you round-the-clock monitoring capabilities since it comes with integrated infrared LEDs that allow video capturing in low-light and complete darkness up to 7 meters.

Hear and be Heard

The DCS-8600LH has an integrated speaker and microphone so even when you’re not at home, you can make your presence felt. Not only that, but you can also hear live audio through the outdoor camera’s live view and talk through your mobile device to broadcast live audio.

Specifications

The D-Link DCS-8600LH is a full high definition WiFi outdoor camera with a video compression of H.264. Its maximum resolution is 2 megapixels while its total frame rate is at 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps.

It comes with digital zoom and has good illumination range that reaches 7 meters for the day & night IR LED. Focal length can reach up to 3.26 millimeters, its aperture is F2.2, while the camera’s angle of view (horizontally / vertically) is (H) 115 (V) 59 (D) 135 degrees.

This D-Link DCS-8600LH outdoor camera has wireless network connectivity and its wireless IEEE standard is 802.11 b|g|n. In addition, we really think that it’s good that the company gave the camera two-way audio for further convenience.

When it comes to power input, the camera uses a micro USB with 5V DC 2-A, and it consumes a total of 6 Watts and operates at -25 to 45° Celsius. For the measurements of the D-Link DCS-8600LH outdoor camera, it measures 88 x 88 x 69.6 millimeters (W x D x H), and weighs 290 grams.

Using the Product

Performance of the DCS-8600LH outdoor camera was great, and when it came to clip recordings, these definitely had excellent quality, and we didn’t have any issues figuring out what’s happening in the scene. Even in the dark, the camera’s night vision worked really well and was able to produce clear and crisp clips.

It worked smoothly because of the smart home integrations which includes voice assistants like Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa, and we really liked that it responds in a snap when we give out commands and such. We tried saying “show us the backyard camera” to our Google Assistant, and the camera automatically displayed the live stream on our screen.

The D-Link DCS-8600LH outdoor camera worked perfectly just as advertised and it’ll definitely be a great addition to your home’s security system.

Software

Having the DCS-8600LH outdoor camera is really convenient, but controlling and managing this every time can get a little tricky. For us, it’s a real fact since we also have other smart devices around.

Luckily, D-Link decided to make their mydlink app simpler, smarter, user-friendly, and more compatible. WIth the improved mydlink application, you can now manage and control all your smart plugs, cameras, and even yoru sensors via smartphone or tablet. We also appreciate the fact that the mydlink app works well with Alexa, Google Assistant, and IFTTT which makes everything easier and more convenient.

The mydlink app was made to offer high degrees of customization and control. Here, you can proceed with a multi-step exercise to make an automation of your choice, or, you can opt to make a couple of automations to provide you with full control over when the camera should be switched on or off.

If you need help at all, you can take advantage of the numerous tutorial videos that are accessible via the D-Link website.

Conclusion

The DCS-8600LH Outdoor Camera from D-Link records full, high-quality 1080p videos and works great in day and night, allowing you to protect your home at all times. With IFTTT, Google Assistant, and Amazon Alexa integrations, the outdoor camera gets a smart home integration upgrade.

We also like its design since it can be placed wherever you need it. Most importantly, it performs excellently and it exceeded our expectations.

All in all, the D-Link DCS-8600LH Full HD Outdoor WiFi Camera is a great addition to your home security system. Image and video quality is a common problem with these types of cameras, but when it comes to the DCS-8600LH, you won’t have to deal with these problems anymore.

If you’re looking for a weatherproof surveillance outdoor camera that captures and records high-quality images and videos, we highly recommend the D-Link DCS-8600LH Outdoor Camera.

Where to Buy

If you want to have your own D-Link DCS-8600LH, you can purchase this online from the company’s official website, or you can also check out their store locator to find other authorized resellers and distributors.

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