Reolink Duo 3 PoE: A Smart Home Camera With 16MP Now Available at €175.99

It is the industry's first UHD 180° panoramic camera equipped with two 4K sensors.
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Updated: 25th Feb 2024
Published: 24th Feb 2024
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By Ricky Harewood

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After Reolink has already announced the Reolink Duo 3 PoE, which is equipped with two sensors, the camera is now available. To celebrate the launch, the Duo 3 PoE, originally 219.99 euros ($289) each, it's now on offer from February 21st to 29th on Reolink.com or Amazon at a 10% discounted rate, plus an extra discount using the code PRD3PEU10. With a 10% reduction, the price comes down to 175.99 euros (approximately $190), so you save 44 euros ($48) on the list price. Further details regarding this camera are provided below.

Industry's first 16MP PoE security camera

At first glance, you can tell that the Duo 3 PoE doesn't look like the usual dome and bullet outdoor cameras. The sharp edges, the dual camera system, and the black-and-white color scheme give it a special, modern character.

High resolution, strong zoom

With 16 megapixels, the Reolink Duo 3 PoE has a resolution many times higher than the usual 4-megapixel cameras. Behind it lies side-by-side, dual 4K (UHD). In pixels, the resolution is 7,680 x 2,160. A tenfold digital zoom should make it possible to recognize faces and license plates from a distance of over 25 meters. By the way, PoE stands for “Power over Ethernet”. The camera gets power via the appropriate Ethernet (LAN) port.

Smooth video transmission and efficient video compression

By default, the Reolink Duo 3 PoE achieves 20 frames per second, also called fps (frames per second). Normal television, for example, is often in 24 fps. With the security camera, you can enjoy a smooth live view with maximum resolution. However, lots of images and high resolution mean a lot of data, which can put a lot of strain on the home network or storage space. H.265 video compression is supposed to get ahead of this. This is said to offer up to 50 percent better data compression compared to H.264 and thus reduce the data stream.

180° panorama - two cameras in one

As you can see from the pictures, the Reolink Duo 3 PoE is a dual-camera system. The two 2.8mm/F=1.6 lenses mean that a Duo 3 PoE camera is effectively like two traditional cameras, but you only need to attach one. But how is a panoramic image created from two imaging cameras?

Updated dual image stitching algorithm

Even if you align two identical cameras so that they produce a 180° panorama and place the videos side by side, you would be able to clearly see that there are two cameras. Different colors and brightness due to different exposures would be obvious. Reolink has developed its own exposure compensation technology, which is used in the third, improved generation of the Duo 3 PoE. Differences in exposure and color are eliminated by calculations by the 4-core SoC processor, just like the human eye.

The two images now have to mesh correctly to avoid unsightly overlaps, duplication, etc. The improved algorithm ensures this. Despite remaining minimal distortions and overlaps, a 180° panoramic image is created without loss of important details or annoying fisheye effect.

Innovative motion track function

But the Reolink Duo 3 PoE software can do even more. It can show the movement of a single person over a period of time in a single image. This means that a person's movements are clear at a glance, without having to scroll back and forth through the recordings for a long time.

A special overall package

In addition to these new, improved functions from Reolink, the Duo 3 PoE also offers the usual high-quality and important features of a security camera. We have briefly summarized these here.

  • Colored night vision with 8 bright spotlights (6,500 Kelvin, 560 lumens)
  • Intelligent motion, person, vehicle, and animal detection
  • Instant motion alerts
  • Local storage with microSD card up to 256GB
  • Works with Reolink NVR
  • 24/7 recording
  • IP67 weatherproof
  • Two-way audio with built-in microphone and speaker
  • Compatible with Google Assistant, Alexa, Onvif

Thanks to so many functions, the Duo 3 PoE is conceivable for any scenario at home and in the smart home. However, it can also be used for monitoring business properties and areas.

Perfect for spacious areas

Whether in front of the front door, in the backyard, the garage, or a warehouse - the large 180° panoramic field of view with sharp resolution makes the Reolink Duo 3 PoE perfect for any large area. To cover a large viewing area, two cameras or a standard panoramic camera with a highly distorted image would otherwise be necessary. The Duo 3 PoE is like two good cameras in one. As an outdoor security camera, it is built robustly and comes with a 2-year guarantee. A final special feature of the surveillance camera is the price.

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