The first thing you'll notice about the unit is that it has been designed from the start as an integrated camera and motion sensor. Many PIR cameras are inexpensive motion sensors with a camera element kludged inside the case. The D-CAM 500's PIR sensor covers a wide 90-degree field of view and looks out 60 feet. It has adjustable sensitivity and pulse count to reduce the chance of false of alarms. The motion sensor, if sold by separately, would retail for about $50 to $70.
With matching PIR motion sensor and camera fields of view, D-CAM is the best choice for an integrated, hassle-free solution. And because it combines several items in one, you'll not only have a more a more cost-effective installation, but a cleaner, clutter-free look. It works with a wide range of operating voltage (12VDC, 24VAC or 230VAC). Internal voltage regulation ensures clear, stable camera images.
Works With Time-Lapse VCRs
The D-CAM 500 has two, separate dry contacts (relays). One dry contact is normally open (NO), and can be used to activate a time-lapse VCR. This feature is great if you only want to capture critical surveillance moments instead of continuous, uncontrolled recording over long periods. A user-adjustable timer can keep the contact closed for periods between 10 and 100 seconds, avoiding sudden disconnections, even when the contact is closed for one or more consecutive time periods. The other dry contact is normally closed (NC) and is usually used as a regular alarm PIR detector output.
The D-CAM 500 has two separate external power supply connections: one for the camera function and the other for the PIR motion sensing function. This feature allows you to use the power supply from an alarm system control panel (PIR motion sensing function only), eliminating the need for a backup battery. This way, if the power fails, the video circuit will turn off (because it draws most of the power) and the motion detector will continue to operate off the alarm system's backup battery. If you like, this feature can be disabled so that one power supply runs both circuits.
Color D-CAM 500 The advanced signal-processing CCD color camera built into the Color D-CAM 500 provides a high-quality picture with high density (290,000 pixels). It offers a high resolution of 380 lines, an automatic gain control (AGC) circuit that provides good picture quality in low-light conditions, and automatic shutter speed control (from 1/60 to 1/100,000). It also offers full automatic white balance using TTL tracking, or manual light balance if you prefer.
Black & White D-CAM 500 The CCD black & white camera built into the Black & White D-CAM 500 provides a high-resolution, 400-line image, with a light sensitivity of 0.1 lux. It has built-in back-light compensation for clear, distortion-free images, aperture correction and phase-adjustable line-lock capability for roll-free sequential switching. Other features include selectable DC driving iris control, composite video iris control or electronic light control.
Number of Pixels
290,000 ( Pixels)
3.7 mm, 78deg. field of view
Video Output Connector
Dual Element PIR
D1.6oC (D 3oF) @ 0.6m/sec (2ft/sec)
0.3 - 1.5m/sec (1 - 5ft/sec)
1 or 2 set by DIP switch
or Automatic depending on speed spectrum analysis
Wide angle 90o (60ft x 60ft)
9-15 Volts DC
Not included, use #7445
14¡ãF to 113¡ãF
14¡ãF to 122¡ãF
2.8" wide x 2.1" deep x 5.3" high
The whole unit is for mounting to a flat surface or it can be installed in a corner. However, using a mounting bracket, sold separately, the D-Cam can be more precisely pointed, which will result in a video picture of the area of you want to monitor.
Power supply sold separately.