by Andy Clutton

The DC-S6283HRXL dome is an external IP66, IK10 rated, 1/2” CMOS 2MP Lightmaster PTZ ONVIF compliant dome from IDIS with 36 times zoom lens and long range IR capability.

Getting started

The camera must be powered from a High Power PoE source capable of supplying 75W or the supplied 24v AC power supply. This power supply was fitted with a 2-pin Europlug for mains connection and a flying lead for the 24v AC output. The 24v supply is rated to 4.5A. Much of this power demand relates to the internal heater as the specification sheet gives an operational PoE demand of 27.9W without the heater active and 55.2W with it on.

Not the easiest of items to deal with as it weighs over 7kg and is supplied without a mounting bracket. The collar and mounting adaptor are quite small so handling can be problematic if setting-up in a workshop environment.

Connections are made into the top plate onto a pcb under a fold-down plastic cover that includes the 25-way “D” type connector used for all interconnections with the dome. The cables must be fed through a relatively small hole (19.6 mm diameter) in the base, so cable types must be chosen carefully to allow access if all functions including alarm and audio are used. Three connectors are used for external connections; a three pole for 24v AC power, a six pole for the audio input, output and CVBS output, and a fifteen pole for 8x alarm inputs and 2x alarm outputs. The dome fixes onto the top plate by aligning a notch on the body to ensure mating of the 25 way connector and then a slight turn to lock the dome in place. It was felt that the “Lock” word above the notches was confusing as it appeared to suggest an incorrect rotation. Three captive hex screws are then fastened to secure the dome in place. A clipped lanyard is then used to connect to the mounting bracket to provide additional protection.

A range of optional wall, corner, pendant and pole mounting brackets can be supplied.


When powered, the dome runs through a calibration routine to establish its datum points. Once complete the dome leaves its camera looking straight down but this can be replaced with a move to a Home setting during configuration taken from one of the 256 preset positions available.

If connecting to the camera with a web browser (DHCP is set by default), you are prompted to run the IDIS WebGuard software before continuing.

At first connection you are unable to access the camera as there needs to be a unique password set. This must be set using the IDIS Discovery software that is downloaded from their website, though the supplied Quick Guide is not clear on this. Once discovered the individual camera can be managed and a password set for the administrator level user. This password must be 8 to 16 characters long and include three character types. Ideally, when used with an IDIS DirectIP NVR the setup is simplified.

Read the full review in the October 2020 edition of PSI magazine

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