Today I’m writing about the IMOU Bullet 2E 4MP Security Camera. This is the second review for IMOU on this website after the IMOU Ranger 2C 4MP Security Camera, which I was seriously impressed with.
IMOU approached me again soon after and offered me the chance to review the Bullet 2E 4MP camera. This version is for outdoor use and features a cool feature of full colour night vision. Which, for me was impressive to read about, and I was intrigued. I’ve only ever experienced infrared black and white night vision cameras before.
IMOU asked me to produce some actual images of the camera in use. So, I apologise in advance for my garden. Yes, the grass is long, it makes me angry too, every time I plan to cut the grass it pisses down with rain. So, for now my garden has gone feral and has been donated to nature and for the neighbours’ cat to leave feline fudges for me to discover come spring.
Back to the product, the IMOU Bullet 2E 4MP Security Camera features a IP67 waterproof design, AI human detection alerts, advanced H.265 Codec compression and many more, which I’ll be hopefully covering in this review.
So, is this camera any good? Time to test it out!
Packaging and Contents.
The IMOU Bullet 2E 4MP Security Camera comes packaged in a white/orange coloured cardboard box which features printed product images and specifications. The box measures 25.0cm x 13.5cm x 11.0cm and weighs 640G.
Inside the box you’ll find the following: 1x Camera, 1x AC Power Plug and Cable, 1x Waterproof Connector, 1x Packet of Screws, 1x Positioning Map and 1x Quick Start User Guide.
IMOU Bullet 2E 4MP Security Camera.
The IMOU Bullet 2E 4MP Security Camera is white in colour and measures 147.7 × 74.2 × 74.2mm and weighs 280G. Attached to the camera, dual antenna with MIMO (Multiple-Input Multiple-Output) wireless technology is a method for multiplying the capacity of a radio link using multiple transmission and receiving antennas to exploit multipath propagation.
The fixing plate features 3x fixing holes, and the swivel joint enables you to fully position the camera, the grub screw loosens and tightens the movability of the joint.
The AC power plug and cables measures 3M in length, the plug transforms to the required 12V DC voltage.
To fully use the IMOU Bullet 2E 4MP Security Camera you’ll need to download the IMOU Life app, it’s available free for both iOS and Android devices. Once downloaded, the IMOU Life app assists you to set up your camera, you’ll firstly need to create a user account. IMOU take GDPR data protection very seriously.
You’ll need to power on the camera using the AC power plug, the camera will blink with a green LED light to indicate ready for pairing, simply scan the QR code using your phone whilst in the app and follow the easy step-by-step instruction to pair.
As you can see from the above screenshots, the app is user friendly and completely customisable to suit your needs.
Using the Camera.
You need to fix the camera to a solid surface; you can mount the camera upside down too. IMOU supply 3x wall plugs/screws too. I mounted on my fence post as I couldn’t be bothered to drill into my wall. Lazy, I know, but so what!
Anyway, the IMOU Bullet 2E 4MP Security Camera is IP67 waterproof rated. I’m not exactly happy with leaving the connector to the elements, although I haven’t experienced any issue with water ingress, I’d be concerned with the elements oxidising the connector over a period of time. This could lead to a loss of visual quality. I would highly recommend at the very least a waterproof junction box, especially over a sustained period of winter moisture ingression.
On the app you can zoom in and out (16x digital zoom) can change the stream output quality from 480P, 1080P, right up to 4MP and view the field of view (FOV) to the following:
- 2.8mm: discover the target at 38.6m(126.6ft), field of view is 120°
- 3.6mm: discover the target at 52.8m(173.2.1ft), field of view is 108°
- 6mm: discover the target at 82.8m(271.7ft), field of view is 60°
You can choose to record events via the IMOU cloud, or via a Micro SD card (up to 256GB). You’re also able to use a network video recorder (NVR) if you find that more convenient. I went down the route of local recording via a Micro SD Card. Any motion detection is automatically recorded and available for you to view with a calendar timeline of events.
This is where the IMOU Bullet 2E 4MP Security Camera surpasses anything I’ve reviewed before. A fully coloured night vision view.
I was impressed just how good the coloured night vision looked on camera. I tried it out on one day and then the next day I switched to the standard infrared night vision which we’ve all be accustomed too.
As you can see between the two images, the one on the left looks like I recorded it in the daytime, but in fact both recordings are at the same time. The other advantage of the coloured night vision is the motion detection will enable recording and turn on the light that’s needed to record such detailed night vision. So, you get a welcome light at the same time as video recording.
The standard infrared night vision is also of high quality too, you can set up the camera to record in standard infrared night vision, but automatically switch to coloured night vision upon a human movement being detected. So, you can the best of both worlds.
- Brand: IMOU
- Model: Bullet 2E 4MP Security Camera
- Manufacturer Code: IPC-F42FP
- Manufacturer Reference: N/A
- EAN: 6923172550057
- ASIN: B0952RY2XX
- Power Supply: DC 12VA
- Power Consumption: <5.1W
- Zoom: 16x Digital Zoom
- Night Vision: Yes
- Connectivity: Wi-Fi:IEEE802.11b/g/n, Dual Antenna
- Video Compression: H.265/H.264
- Frame Rate: Up to 25/30 fps
- Working Environment: -30°C~+60°C, Less Than 95%RH
- Waterproof Rating: IP67
- Compliance: CE, FCC, RoHS
Well, IMOU have done it, produced the best outdoor camera. The IMOU Bullet 2E 4MP Security Camera is simply awesome, the coloured night vision is remarkable and has left me astounded with the technological advances of this CCTV camera. I simply cannot put into words just how an all-round package IMOU have supplied. The product itself, the app, the customer service is all top-notch, simply unbeatable.
How much do I hear you ask for this amazing camera? (I’m sure you’re asking this). Well, how about £65.99! Yes, sixty-six flippin’ Great British Pounds for this camera. But wait there’s more (starting to sound like a commercial now) how about an exclusive 20% My Helpful Hints discount code for not only this camera, but across the entire IMOU Amazon Store?
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If you’d like to purchase this item, please check out the purchasing options below. The RRP for this product is £65.99.
Product sample provided by IMOU in exchange for a detailed, unbiased review.
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