The Dericam H502W was a huge success due to the exceptional follow up of its developer, Maygion.
The new H503W has more potential to brings up the missing features of its predecessor, like the preset positions.
The H503W keeps the well-known design of its older brother.
The double antenna and the removal of the WPS button are the only visible differences.
The unit tested came with the firmware 14.08.19.02 which is also found on Dericam.com
I've been tempted to do a copy/paste of my previous review, because that's what the user interface looks like. The only change in the interface is the, now operational, Presets page
|Always backup your board.dat!|
so first things first, backup of the board.dat, which can also be done via the unadvertized page /debug_hw.htm
A Wi-Fi hotspot option has been added so the IP Camera now supports a router-less connection to its clients.
Better PTZ control
The H503W does a full rotation when powered up. That's good news! The motors have been upgraded to support preset positions (preset.html seen before).
Nothing has changed really with the H503W, there's still no audio capabilities detected by Synology Surveillance Station (ONVIF Profile S certified), nor patrolling option. It's still better to select the H502W in the list so at least the PTZ control is possible.
No change from H502W, both model have the same excellent picture quality.
The streaminfo.htm page tells you all you need to know to intercept the video stream
The audio quality seems unchanged. I found it good. There are reports of audio being lost after a while, just like with the older H502W but I rarely used the audio it simply doesn't work with Synology Surveillance Station.
The H503W is not a revolution.
Apart from the welcome addition of the PTZ presets, it shows the same limited Synology compatibility as before. The rest is virtually unchanged and I suspect the double antenna to be there only as a visual distinction with the older model.
However for the price (67.54€ on ebay), it is worth spending the mere 4€ extra for that newer model. Unlike many IP Cameras, the developer has earned some credit in improving his firmware at regular interval.
Synology limited compatibility: no audio, no presets control.(Who's fault is not clearly determined).
Cybernova WIP604SW (not WIP604MW),
From Cybernova; www.ipcam-online.com (includes SDK)