Cisco Video Surveillance IP Camera

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The Cisco® Video Surveillance IP Camera 2500 is a high-resolution, feature-rich digital camera designed for superior performance in a wide variety of environments. The camera employs MPEG4 compression to stream 30 frames per second (fps) at D1 (720 x 480, NTSC) resolution or 25 fps at D1 (720 x 576, PAL) resolution, offering efficient network utilization while providing high-quality video. Two-way audio and contact closures allow integration with microphones, speakers, and access control systems. With its open, standards-based design, the camera provides an ideal platform for transparent integration and operation as an independent device or as part of a Cisco Video Surveillance network.

Primary Features

• Wide dynamic range: Powerful digital imaging technology allows the camera to capture high-quality images in a wide variety of indoor and outdoor lighting conditions. A progressive scan image sensor with global electronic shuttering helps ensure natural color rendition, zero blooming and smear, and minimal motion blurring.

• Embedded security and networking: The camera provides 802.1X authentication and hardware-based Advanced Encryption Standard (AES). For enhanced bandwidth management, the camera supports IP Multicast and quality of service (QoS).

• Event notification: The camera can examine designated areas for activity and notify users or other applications when it detects activity that exceeds a predefined threshold. The camera also provides two digital inputs and two digital outputs that can be used to initiate specific actions when an alarm is detected.

• Flexible power options: The camera supports Power over Ethernet (PoE) 802.3af or DC power through an optional external power supply.

• Mounting options: The camera can be installed with a fixed mount or with an optional external pan/tilt mount and motorized zoom lens.

Optical Specifications

• Imaging device: 1/3-inch complementary metal oxide semiconductor (CMOS) with wide dynamic range.

• Dynamic range: 102 decibels (dB) typical/120 dB maximum.

• Image control: Automatic white balance (AWB), automatic back lighting, automatic gain control (AGC), auto/manual iris, sharpness, image quality, time stamp, and camera ID.

• Image settings: Configurable color level, brightness, sharpness, contrast, white balance, and exposure control.

• Minimum illumination:

– Color mode: F1.4 @ 0.4 lux (.04 fc)

– Black-and-white mode: F1.4 @ 0.04 lux (0.004 fc)

• Signal-to-noise ration (SNR): >48 dB.

• Lens selection: Accepts manual or DC auto iris lens.

• Lens mount: CS mount.

• Shutter speed: On, off.

Video Specifications

• Video format: NTSC and PAL.

• Resolution and frame rate: NTSC/PAL:

– 720 x 480/576 @ 30/25 fps (D1)

– 704 x 480/576 @ 30/25 fps (4CIF)

– 352 x 240/288 @ 30/25 fps (CIF)

• Video compression: MPEG4 SP level 0 to 4, ASP level 0 to 5.

• Video streaming:

– Single-stream MPEG4 up to D1 720 x 480/576 @ 30/25 fps

– Dual-stream MPEG4: Primary stream programmable up to 704 x 480/576 @ 25/20 fps

• Secondary stream programmable up to 352 x 240/288 @ 25/20 fps

• Selectable bit rate: Support for constant bit rate or variable bit rate (constant quality), and variable bit rate with ceiling (bandwidth management by reducing frame rate rather than quality).

• Overlay capabilities: Time, date, and camera ID.

• Activity detection: Three user-definable detection areas (e-mail alert and FTP uploading of captured video or JPEG snapshots triggered by motion alert).


• Configuration: Browser-based using Internet Explorer 5.x and later.

• Camera access control: Multiple user access levels with password protection.

• IP filtering: Users can enter a list of allowed or blocked IP addresses for viewing video and configuring camera settings.

Audio Specifications

• Audio:

– Two-way (full- and half-duplex) or one-way or audio off

– Internal microphone or optional external microphone

– Optional external speaker

• Audio compression: G.711 A-Law, G.711 U-Law, G.726.

Network Protocols

• QoS: Differentiated services code point (DSCP) marking for video and audio.

• Protocols: Dynamic Host Control Protocol (DHCP), File Transfer Protocol (FTP), Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP), Secure HTTP (HTTPS), Network Time Protocol (NTP), Real-Time Transport Protocol (RTP), Real-Time Streaming Protocol (RTSP), Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP), Secure Sockets Layer/Transport Layer Security (SSL/TLS), Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol (TCP/IP).

Physical Interfaces

• Network connection: 10/100BASE-TX Ethernet with RJ-45 connector.

• Video connector: Analog output BNC connector, 75 ohms.

• Audio connectors:

– 3.5-mm output jack for optional external speaker

– 3.5-mm input jack for optional external microphone

• Serial port: RS-485 (2-wire), Pelco D protocol only.

• Alarm input: 2, logic level programmable.

• Alarm output: 2, logic level programmable.

Ordering Information

To place an order, visit the Cisco Ordering Homepage. To download firmware, visit the Cisco Software Center. Table 1 provides ordering information for the Cisco Video Surveillance IP Camera and optional accessories.

Table 1. Cisco Video Surveillance IP Camera Ordering Information

Product Description

Part Number

IP Camera

Cisco Video Surveillance IP Camera 2500


Power Adapter (Optional)

12 VDC @ 1.6A Power Supply



Cisco Video Surveillance IP Camera Tamron 3- to 8-mm Varifocal Lens


Cisco Video Surveillance IP Camera Tamron 3- to 11-mm Varifocal Lens


Cisco Video Surveillance IP Camera Tamron 5- to 50-mm Varifocal Lens


Cisco Video Surveillance IP Camera Fujinon 3- to 8-mm Varifocal Lens


Cisco Video Surveillance IP Camera Fujinon 3- to 11-mm Varifocal Lens


Cisco Video Surveillance IP Camera Fujinon 5- to 50-mm Varifocal Lens


Service and Support

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