Sricam SP012 P2P HD IP Camera Review

May 26, 2016

The Sricam SP012 adds the Pan and Tilt function to the SP009 reviewed earlier.










***WARNING***
Many Sricam users reported that they can only get HD from the Sricam mobile app while they only get 640x360 through RTSP channel, and my tests gave different result
Therefore, it seems that the samples I reviewed do not correspond to production currently sold, despite showing the same model, firmware and hardware versions.
Unless you're only planning to use these IP cameras as Cloud devices, (i.e. with the Sricam mobile app only) I advise against buying these products.
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The Sricam SP012 brings back memories with its casing introduced in 2008 by Foscam for their famous FI8908W and widely used since.














The camera setup through the Sricam mobile app is fool and fail proof. Additional instructions can be obtained from Sricam website. Other ways to access the camera are grouped on this page: http://download.sricam.com/rjxz.html

The Sricam app is the main user interface for the camera since it has no web server. The services available are UPnP/5000 and RTSP/554 only. Onvif compliant viewers can detect the SP012 on the port 5000.

Other software, like VLC, can use the RTSP stream:
rtsp://ipcam:554/onvif1 for HD (1280 x 738)
Note: Several users reported being unable to get the HD stream through RTSP. I'm puzzled as to why their camera gives different results than my sample, which streams in HD (bitrate up to 1200kbps) using fw v.14.00.00.52/HardwareId 2.1.

rtsp://ipcam:554/onvif2 for low resolution (320 x 194)

ONVIF support: Like the SP009, the SP012 is ONVIF compliant.

Synology's Surveillance Station 7.2 users will be limited to catch the video stream only through RTSP (no audio). The blame is on Synology here.


All other viewers tested where able to detect and use the device as an Onvif camera (HappyTime Onvif ClientOnviferIP Cam Viewer)

Happycam Onvif Client

RTSP setup in IP Cam Viewer. with low res /onvif2
(HD stream /onvif1 does not work well)
Onvif and RTSP streams from IP Cam Viewer
No IR-Cut means pinkish foliage in broad daylight...




















ONVIF Setup in IP Cam Viewer

















Picture quality:
The GM8135S chipset (cheaper Hi3518 equivalent) is in charge of the picture quality and assisted with IR LED for the night vision.





















Both the lack of IR-Cut feature, and the absence of IR LED manual control makes the camera a bad candidate for watching your driveway or garden by the window.














Two-way audio quality is adequate but I was expecting a stronger speaker in this larger model. In fact it compares with the SP009. There is no audio connector for an external speaker.

Conclusion:

The Sricam SP012 is (at time of writing) the cheapest IP Camera with Pan & Tilt at Gearbest (26€/30$). Despite that, it does the job as advertised as an indoor camera.
For those valuing the size over the P&T feature, the tiny SP009A/B (IR-cut version) is a better option.

Nice:
● Sricam provides a complete documentation.
● Easy to setup.
● Up to 128GB microSD card supported.
● HD stream available through RTSP (see warning above)
 ONVIF compliant

Not so nice:
● No LED mode control (Not suitable for use behind a window),
● No IR-Cut
● No web interface


Thanks to David @ GearBest for providing the sample reviewed here.

49 comments:

  1. A pretty ordinary camera,it seems, in a format where there is huge choice at low prices.
    But I was quite taken by the Happytimesoft ONVIF client - that shows some polish, I think I might start using it. It appears to work well. Many thanks for that.

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  2. How to view if you have more than one camera? Is there a way to change ports?

    Do you know what is the actual default username?

    Thanks in advance

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    1. The Sricam app can be configured for several IP cameras, I don't know how many exactly, but at least 4.
      The ports are fixed: rtsp/445 and upnp/5000
      In terms of username, you have a unique camera ID with a password (default 888888) and a pre-set "management" and "visitor" for which a password can be defined.

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  3. Well I think this camera is very substandard. I have tried multiple ways to get this to run at HD (even with the very limited settings) and even tried you url but the best I can ever achieve is 640 x 360 resolution. Very crappy camera so far

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    1. The resolution I get with SP012 using rtsp://ipcam-addr:554/onvif1 in VLC is 1280x738 (Use Ctrl+J to see the Codec information).

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    2. Thats funny as the direct comment from Sricam support is that you can only achieve the full HD resolution if you use the Sricam mobile app otherwise any onvif setting will only achieve a 640 rolution

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    3. The only resolution I cannot get actually outside the Sricam app is "SD" 640. VLC does get 1280 x 738 with /onvif1 and very-low-and-useless 320 x 194 with /onvif2. I join a new screenshot from VLC showing the codec info at the end of the review.

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    4. I think VLC does not properly shows resolution. The camera starts to send 720p video for just 1 second and then switches to 368p.

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    5. I will double-check and get back to you shortly.

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    6. I've tested the camera again with several clients. Happycam (screenshot above updated with the resolution) shows H264 1280x720. Files recorded from Synology SS7.2.2 are in HD too, same for <a href="http://hit-mob.com/ip-cam-viewer-android/>IP Camera viewer</a>. Tested with both rtsp /onvif1 url and onvif on port 5000.
      Both SP009 and SP012 stream in HD (bitrate up to 1200kbps) using fw v.14.00.00.52/HardwareId 2.1

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    7. I have the same problem, I got a SP013 and SP019, in both cameras the ONVIF protocol reports the Main Channel and Sub-Channel at 640x360 (VGA), the only way to achive HD is with SriCam software via P2P, probably is a bug on the firmware and is useless if you want to attach to a NVR, I should throw them in the garbage however I'm using them anyway on my NVR as complement for my good cameras, the quality at 640x360 is bad. I did not find any way to update the firmware, they are not even available.

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  4. tinyCam Monitor for Android also supports this camera (rtsp/h264, 1-w audio). However there is no pan-tilt support since the camera only allows to pan-tilt via P2P protocol.
    http://tinycammonitor.com/

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  5. I have sricam sp012. Camera works fine when I got it. But in few day later, I decide to use motion detection and defence turn on (defence was supposed to spelled as Defense but that's how Chinese programmer spell out. ) Camera crashed on me. I had to do factory reset then finally restore settings and did use motion detection again. Camera crashed. I redo factory reset. It seem that it havent changed since $200 X10's Airsight HD camera that crashes all the time that I used to have it 6 years ago and couldn't get it refunded. I can pin blame on firmware issue. Motion sensitivity isn't the issue.. its polling to Email and Alarm flash recording that cause chipset get hot and crashed. I contacted Sricam tech support and they tested my camera and said its fine. I understand trying to prove them its an issue but camera seem to behave good with tech support. I had motion, email alarm set and defence turned on. And it seem working fine. Then I placed camera in dining room, test the camera and it crashed when motion activity was high.

    Camera seem to run fine without alarm defence. I can leave it running for week and monitor when I need to. But using motion detection was my biggest issue. I wanted to use it at night. I will take camera apart and look what kind of chipset it uses. I may as well install 5v cooling fan and old motherboard's "southbridge" cooling fins that fits perfectly on camera's chipset. (It still room enough to fit inside.The video can be configured via phone as LD, SD,and HD. I switched to HD and it's 720p. Its pretty sharp enough to be able to read moderate sized print of bag of chip at 15 feet. Camera resolution isn't my concern.

    I am trying to find IP PZT camera that can runs without crashing when record and email alarm turns on. I don't want to spend $100 on cameras that craps on me. Im leery about getting another one unless they prove that camera had gone through user abuse test and still operateable regardless. (They should have done with their camera and leave it running without motion detection for 72 hrs then turn on alarm while chipset running wee bit hot. That's when it crashes!). They can't just boot up camera and set up then turn on alarm and say its working then sell it. They missed the point where customer had problems. Maybe I can do youtube then send Sricam tech support to watch. They will be surprised why their camera failed on alarm.

    I also may think using WiFi connection to Camera possibilty cause increased heat in chipset or firmware crash when Alarm being used. I will experiment hooking up to Ethernet and turn on alarm (wifi turned off in setting). If it runs well without wifi comnection then I can purchase mini Wireless N bridge so I can place it in any rooms without stringing ethernet wire as workaround with glitchy firmware.

    Email setup was a bit struggle. I found out that to receive email alarm is to add recipent email same as main email in setup in order to work. If you use different email then it won't send. I use Gmail 2 way app security with own password and it worked. Rest of other setups are easy.

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  6. Also i get 368p in vlc, and all other app except Sricam app. No hd stream.

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    1. I have the same problem, I got a SP013 and SP019, in both cameras the ONVIF protocol reports the Main Channel and Sub-Channel at 640x360 (VGA), the only way to achive HD is with SriCam software via P2P, probably is a bug on the firmware and is useless if you want to attach to a NVR, I should throw them in the garbage however I'm using them anyway on my NVR as complement for my good cameras, the quality at 640x360 is bad. I did not find any way to update the firmware, they are not even available.

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  7. Somebody know how to configure sricam sp012 on ip viewer lite from Robert Chou?

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    1. Choose...
      Make: Generic URL
      Model: Generic RTSP over UDP
      URL: rtsp://ipaddress:554/onvif2
      for some reason "/onvif1" was not stable when I tested from outside my lan.
      You could also try "onvif" as Make with port 5000 and no authentication. This should give you HD streaming.

      See this topic: https://www.ipcamtalk.com/showthread.php/10332-I-can-not-access-to-Sricam-SP009-via-Internet

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    2. But how can I use PTZ? Neither generic rtsp over udp, nor Unknown Brand Onvif camera on port 5000 gives me PTZ

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  8. Hi everyone.

    Personnly i think these camera's are utter crap, i have 3 of them and their going back... i have 3 others made by Floureon model number FLOUREON N5810HH-E their outstanding on the image Q...

    However software is a bit crap, and the camera's drop their wifi steam a lot... BUT the image is first class see at this link for your selfs.... Love to hear your opinions Please !!!!

    The Sricam image is VERY poor whats with ALL the greens turning pink ?

    Both Camera set to FULL HD..720

    SEE LINK :- https://1drv.ms/v/s!Al_acNCbsVk21hMUprvxuZS2nhNd

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  9. NEW VIDEO LINK TO SHOW HOW CRAP THESE ARE.....

    https://1drv.ms/v/s!Al_acNCbsVk21hUdmCBmymOJU0m4

    Hi everyone.

    Personnly i think these camera's are utter crap, i have 3 of them and their going back... i have 3 others made by Floureon model number FLOUREON N5810HH-E their outstanding on the image Q...

    However software is a bit crap, and the camera's drop their wifi steam a lot... BUT the image is first class see at this link for your selfs.... Love to hear your opinions Please !!!!

    The Sricam image is VERY poor whats with ALL the greens turning pink ?

    Both Camera set to FULL HD..720

    SEE LINK :- https://1drv.ms/v/s!Al_acNCbsVk21hMUprvxuZS2nhNd

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  10. NEW VIDEO LINK TO SHOW HOW CRAP THESE ARE.....

    Whats your thoughts people !!!!! ???????

    https://1drv.ms/v/s!Al_acNCbsVk21hUdmCBmymOJU0m4

    There is NO comparison, other than the Sricam one's ( black one ) never drop their wifi links.....

    However the Floureon one's do, BUT !!!! come back on line fast they seem to drop off after around 5min of data transfare then auto back on line ?? But the image is VERY good.... Miles better then the Sricam

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  11. Not only can I not get the HD stream out of it to my NVR, the inbuilt recording is also SD! So you can VIEW HD on their app, but you can't record it other than live on your phone. The internal recording to the micro-sd is not 720, and streaming to a DVR will only get you low res. Totally fckkng uselss cameras as 720.

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  12. hi
    i use windows phone is there an app use p2p like sricam android app for windpws phone. thank you

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    1. I don't think there is a solution on Win Phones as they don't seems to support ActiveX, so even this online viewer wouldn't work: http://videoipcamera.cn/view

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    2. I use Windows Phone with 2 of these cameras connected. I use app called "IP Centcom". It works perfect with Windows Phone 8.1, while with Windows Phone 10 for unknown reason only one of cameras work - the other can't be connected to (no idea why).
      One point to note is that onvif autodiscovery on these cameras not always works so I had to set them up manually.

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  13. Let's face facts these sricam, SP012 are utter shit.... regarding image quality... however they control very well. But what's the point of that if the image is just crap. Bin um there's better ones. I know, I have them.

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    1. You're getting repetitive Home Guard Baits, I think we all start to get your point now.

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  14. A very bad camera, without an integrated "web-server", you cant connect with a browser like CHROME with just the local IP, but you need an ONVIF client and even with the ONVIF client you CANT use pan/tilt function. If you use the native app, you NEED to reach internet (NO LAN!!) because you must use the cloud via a chinese external server.... and we know how much can be durable a chinese service >:-(

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    1. Just tested with Happytime Onvif Client for PC and Onvifer for Android, where Pan/tilt works.
      I set rules on my router to prevent any IP cam, including Sricam to use Upnp outside the LAN. To be really securely reachable from outside, they must be grouped behind an NVR.
      I agree the lack of web server is a pain and too many Chinese manufacturers are dropping it. Wanscam is one of the exceptions.

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  15. Yep.... totally agree, their utter shit.....

    FLOUREON N5810HH-E all the way, has everything brilliant little cameras

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  16. Bought four of these, and I'm totally disappointed, I'm going to send them back and ask for a refund ASAP. Resolution is 640x360, the setup software from sricam is crap-quality, but the main problem for me is the motion detection that simply sucks. Recording to the SD card is sloppy and barely functional, and the email this camera sends is just ONE frame (one), making it completely useless. My good old FOSCAM IPcam is still working like a charm, and does what is supposed to do: sends an email with 6 pictures when somebody opens the door, so the information can't be tampered in any way, even of someone destroys the cam. Those were utter disappointment: what is the point of a complex, slow and ugly software (without even a proper translation), with obscure access to a cloud in China (?), when I just need something for my own network ? Terrible. Not to mention, ONVIF protocol support is flimsy at best, and you get just 640x360 resolution, so "FULL HD" is a false claim and a plain LIE. I think they sent a different/better product for the review, since it seems to stream in real HD resolution(1280x720). I hate when they try to scam people like that, reviewing a product BUT selling another. In the end, it was an absolute waste of money and time.

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    1. I cannot ignore that despite all my testing giving HD streaming via rtsp (Synology recorded videos, Happytime, Onvif Device manager, VLC) several people commented that they got only 640x360. Being a very average IP camera, I was surprised to actually get the HD streaming with both Sricam SP009 and SP012 because it's something often lacking in low cost "Cloud cameras", e.g. Eyesight ES series (2 models reviewed in this blog) and the cute but useless "ESCAM Wall-E QF601" that I've just tested (still have to publish the very short review of this one) only give HD view in their dedicated mobile phone app, but not through rtsp.
      It's hard to thing that Sricam or the shop would send a special batch to reviewers, mine was so basic it didn't even have IrCut, but I nevertheless wonder it's very much possible that they produced (even) cheaper batches afterwards. Dangerous game...

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    2. I bought a Wanscam HW0026 (as per your review) for $16 on a clearance sale. I hope this one works as expected: tilt/pan are nice, but not really important for my needs, after all. There was only one left at this price.

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    3. Hi Vittorio,
      Please keep me updated. I suggest that you test the camera with Onvif Device Manager and report back with the resolution indicated for channel 0 in Video streaming section (especially if it's not 1280 x 738) and also the firmware and hardware version from the Sricam app (device information button). It should read "fw v.14.00.00.52/HardwareId 2.1".
      I'm thinking of adding a warning to both reviews of SP012 and SP009 and maybe a dedicated post about it.
      Thanks!

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    4. There you go, with both ONVIF Manager & VLC. 640x360 - the other stream is half res (320x240).

      https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B0QRIopoQgFWdUp4Mkp5UzJjbHc/view?usp=sharing

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    5. Oh and the funniest of things: it reads "fw v.14.00.00.52/HardwareId 2.1". I wonder how is even possible that you get 1280x720, while I get 640x360. Amazing.

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    6. This one has no ir-cut too, just to make it all more shitty. I paid $26 each. The purpose of those was simply to get 6/10 frames and send them via email when somebody opens some of my office doors, and it was impossible to do. It's the new trend of software/devices/phones: 500000 bells&whistles and "cosmetic features" that nobody uses, but they fail in the basic tasks. Professional-quality devices are the total opposite, 4/6 buttons, minimalist interface, clear documentation, and a solid implementation of the basic 3/4 functions that you really need. For example: a program that when the alarm kicks in, it can be programmed to send an email with "n" pictures, and after that upload a short video (30/60 sec) to some google drive/ftp/something. Or a sensor that checks if somebody cuts the power lines (happened here twice) and triggers an alarm. It's simple and cheap stuff, but they all mindlessly clone the same designs over and over in this ipcam business.

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    7. Thanks Vittorio, your screenshots leaves no doubt. We somehow have different results from supposedly same product. That's enough evidence that Sricam is fooling customers. I will amend my reviews and make a special post about that.
      One last thing to try, unless you actually can return the camera for refund: if you open the camera to see the PCB, you should see the chipset in the middle: mine reads Grain, GM8135S-QC (http://www.grain-media.com/html/8136S_8135S.htm). Do you have the same chipset on yours?
      Thanks

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  17. Sorry, can't open the camera since I'm returning all four of them, but I'm pretty sure they're absolutely the same product. It streams in HD resolution but ONLY in their (shitty) app, using a custom protocol (I guess it's encrypted with the AES/3DES cryptoengine contained in the CPU) in a random UDP port above 50000 or something like that. Why they removed it from the ONVIF interface remains a mistery. My guess is that they want to market things in different ways by crippling the software, a standard procedure to lower the value/usability of a product. Would be nice to have something like DD-WRT that runs on those platforms.

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    1. OK Vittorio, I'll use portion of your screenshot in my next post about S(ri)cam (if you don't mind). You might want to look at the Wanscam HW series, which has a much more complete Onvif implementation and a good'old web interface in addition to their optional "cloud app".
      Another possible candidate could be the Digoo BB-M2 (not BB-M1 which does not mention it) which claims to have a HTTP interface and Onvif support. I haven't tested it yet, but I will as soon as I received it.

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    2. No problem, go ahead. I have already ordered a Wanscam HW0026, just one to test it.

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  18. How can i setup the camera to view the strem from anywhere? currently i can view only local. But i want to view from anywhere of the world. How ?

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  19. I had a working 720p stream on H264... Then , only god knows why, i've updated the firmware via the app.. and not stuck at 360p h264 stream via onvif1.

    Any solutions?

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    1. Try to contact Sricam about this: support@sricam.com
      Don't expect too much though, I sent them an email and their reply was complete nonsense.
      What is your firmware version now?

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  20. I contacted them about this and received this:

    Dear customer

    Firstly ,Thank you very much for using our camera and service.
    please keep watching our product, we will have an update app in the future, it can record for HD.
    and if you use onvif software view your camera for full screen, then you can view HD.
    if still not, please add my skype: tech.sricam then i can remote for you can check for your camera version.
    If there's anything else I can do for you on/regarding this matter, please feel free to contact me at any time.
    Bests regards,
    Tina

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    1. It makes just a bit better than the reply I got a few weeks ago, but then that one was really weird...Tina is making progress...

      "From: support@sricam.com
      Date: 19 October 2016 at 01:37
      Subject: Re: Re: Actual streaming resolution of SP009 and SP012
      To: Bubbah
      hi,
      the was device to onvif version. some people can view HD ,that's good, but if not then we don't have way to fixed it, it was not our software. happy for you.
      and we have ap series camera, but it was old, so i suggest you buy sp series camera was great.
      have a nice day.
      tina"

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  21. Hi we purchased SriCam AP Series IP Camera, it is already set-up and efficiently working for few months. But just this November it suddenly went blank and tried everything to make it work again, and well, we successfully did it, but the only problem is that the infrared/the night vision is not working at all. We are all keeping on searching on how to activate it again. Can someone help us to solve this problem? Anticipating for your reply. Thank you very much.

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  22. I just purchased a SP012 camera and the default password is not working. I cannot get the camera to connect or anything. I have followed the instruction several times. Any ideas?
    I went to the website www.sricctv.com and anything I click on it routes me to nothing. No help at all. Can anyone help?

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