Review of D-Link Cloud Camera 5000 (DCS-5222L)



D-Link Cloud Camera 5000 (DCS-5222L)

The new Cloud Camera 5000 (DCS-5222L) is a versatile surveillance solution for a home or small office offering pan/tilt capabilities, automatic day/night viewing, remote control, and a microSD slot for local recording.

  • Free iPad, iPhone and Android apps- Monitor your home from anywhere, at any time with mydlink Cloud Services
  • View More- Pan/Tilt and digital zoom, 720p resolution for the best image quality, and view up to 15 ft in darkness with IR LEDs
  • Enhanced Surveillance and Monitoring- Local recording with built-in microSD card slot, connect to other security decvices with Digital In/Out ports, store more video with H.264 compression  
  • Easy Setup, Flexible Placement and Anywhere Access- Remote viewing with mydlink Cloud Services, simple and easy installation process, and flexible placement and setup

Home and Small Business Surveillance Solution

The Cloud Camera 5000 (DCS-5222L) provides the performance of a professional home or business surveillance solution at a fraction of the cost. Monitor and protect what matters most – anywhere, anytime – using the free mydlink web portal or mydlink Lite mobile app on your iPhone, iPad or Android device. Ultra-smooth pan/tilt and zoom functionality let you monitor with precision and confidence. Why wait for a costly technician to install your system? With Cloud Camera 5000, installation is fast, easy, and flexible. Record in 720p at up to 30 frames per second for the kind of clarity your home or business demands. And with integrated night vision and motion-sensing technology, you’ll have the peace of mind of round-the-clock surveillance. Whether you’re looking for a superior home surveillance solution or a versatile way to monitor your small business, Cloud Camera 5000 lets you see more of what matters.

Sharp Image Monitoring from Different Angles

With sharp, responsive pan/tilt movement and digital zoom, the Cloud Camera 5000 gives you full control, so you can quickly scan a wide area from a variety of angles, and 4x digital zoom lets you zoom in for more detail. The DCS-5222L can also be set to automatically move to specific preset positions, allowing the camera to patrol and secure a wide area.

mydlink for Easy Setup and Remote Viewing on your Phone or Tablet

Stay connected to what matters most — just download the exclusive mydlink app and monitor your home or business – anywhere, anytime – on your iPhone, iPad or Android device.

Zero Configuration

Connecting your D-Link camera with any router is easy – make it even easier with your D-Link Cloud Router. With the push of a button or simple plug of an Ethernet cable, Zero Configuration gives you automatic configuration and intelligent syncing of your D-Link camera — it’s as easy as connect and view!

Record Video and Watch it Anytime: D-ViewCam

D-ViewCam software is included with all mydlink-enabled cameras and allows you to view and manage up to 32 cameras on a single screen easily and hassle free. Plus, with D-ViewCam, you can automatically record and playback detailed video at your own convenience.

A Standalone System – Or a Scalable Solution

The DCS-5222L includes a built-in CPU, allowing it to be used as a complete, standalone surveillance system. Recordings can be made continuously, whenever movement is detected, or according to a schedule you define. E-mail notifications can be sent when specific events occur, keeping you informed of what is going on. The built-in microSD slotallows the camera to record audio and video on the camera without the need for a computer – even if the network connection is lost. The DCS-5222L can also be used as part of a multi-camera surveillance system through the included D-ViewCam software, which supports up to 32 cameras.

Camera Specifications:

-1/4” Megapixel Progressive CMOS sensor

-5 meter IR illumination distance

-Minimum illumination 0 Lux with IR LED on

-Built-in Infrared-Cut Removable (ICR) Filter module

-Built-in Passive Infra-Red (PIR)

-Fixed length 4.57 mm

-Aperture F1.9

-Field of view:

–(H) 45.7°

–(V) 29.5°

–(D) 52.9°

Video Features

-Configurable image size, quality, frame rate, and bit rate

-Time stamp and text overlays

-Configurable motion detection windows

-Configurable shutter speed, brightness, saturation, contrast, mirror, flip

-Three configurable privacy mask zones

Video Compression:

-JPEG for still images
-H.264/MPEG4/MJPEG format simultaneous compression
-H.264/MPEG4 multicast streaming


16:9 (support frame rate up to 30 fps)

-1280 x 720

-640 x 352

-320 x 176

-160 x 80


Pan Range: -170° to 170°

Tilt Range: -25° to 90°

Digital Zoom: 4×1

Manual pan speed: 1-10

Manual tilt speed: 1-10

Pre-set setting: 10 points

Audio Compression:


Network Protocol Support:

-Pv4, ARP, TCP, UDP, ICMP, DHCP Client, NTP Client (D-Link), DNS Client, DDNS Client (D-Link), SMTP Client, FTP Client, HTTP


Remote Management:

-Configuration accessible via web browser

-Take snapshots/video clips and save to local hard drive via web browser

Remote Viewing Mobile Apps:

-mydlink Lite – view and control mydlink cameras

-mydlink+ – tablet app witih multi-camera view


-Administrator and user group protected

-Password authentication

-HTTP and RTSP digest encryption


-Record video continuously

-Record video according to a weekly schedule

-Record video when motion is detected

-Upload snapshots/video clips via e-mail

-Upload snapshots/video clips via FTP

Power Consumption: 10.5 watts maximum

Network Interface: IEEE 802.11n / 10/100 Ethernet

Dimensions (L x W x H): 4.46 x 4.46 x 4.92 inches (114 x 114 x 125 mm)

Weight: 1.19 lb (540 grams)

Price: $245.99 (from Amazon at time of review)


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