amcrest ip2m-866 ptz camera

Amcrest ip2m-866 PTZ Camera vs Reolink Argus PT

Which one do you prefer between the rich features offered by Amcrest ip2m-866 series and the operational ease offered by Reolink with its Reolink Argus PT wire-free camera products?

Amcrest ip2m-866

We’ll briefly discuss the products offered by this Amcrest (ip2m-866) and compare the features with Reolink Argus PT. There are two models namely Amcrest ip2m-866e with wired connection (not POE) and ip2m-866w with dual band wifi connection. Both of these models technically the same as well as the features except the way to connect to the network is different either wired POE or wifi.

Amcrest ip2m-866e ptz dome camera
Amcrest ip2m-866e

Sony Starvis CMOS

Sony Starvis CMOS is already famous for the sharp quality images results and in low light conditions up to 0.005Lux can still provide color video footage, and IR will be enabled when it is totally darkness around 0.0005Lux. In ambient light you can still enjoy video recording in color, no longer black and white like other standard night vision cameras. This is like those Lorex outdoor cameras with Color Night Vision (CNV) technology such as Lorex lnb8972 4k outdoor camera, or any other Starlight color night vision cameras including Reolink Argus PT that comes with Starlight CMOS sensor, and also Hikvision ColorVu series.


Amcrest complements this camera with a varifocal lens with 3x optical motorized zoom capability that allows excellent image quality result even with zoom in up to 8mm. in addition it also supports 16x digital zoom capability. Of course the image quality is different between optical zoom (which is done by mechanical optic) and digital zoom that is processed by software.

Reolink Argus comes with fixed lens with 6x digital zoom capability, no optical zoom feature. With the battery power supply, the need for mechanical power for panning and tilting, especially if there is an optical zoom will drain the battery resources quickly.


Amcrest ip2m-866e is a wired model with Ethernet wired connection instead of wireless connection like its twin ip2m-866w which comes with dual band wifi connection to your internet network. With wired Ethernet connection your data transmision to the network is reliable without any noise like wifi connection which is prone to signal disruption.

Reolink Argus PT
Reolink Argus PT wire-free camera

Argus PT on the other hand is a wifi connection with wireless n standard (802.11b/g/n) single 2.4GHz band. When you use battery powered, or Reolik solar panel, your Argus PT camera is completely wire-free, no clutter of wired.

Now see spec comparison table below between Amcrest ip2m-866e and Reolink Argus PT, for detail spec you can follow the product links.    

Table Amcrest ip2m-866 vs Argus

ModelAmcrest ip2m-866Reolink Argus PT
Recording resolution1080p @30 fps1080p@15fps
LensVarifocal lens 2.7~8.1mmFixed lens
Image sensor½.8” Sony Starvis CMOSStarlight CMOS image sensor
Minimum illuminationColor: 0.005Lux@F1.8; B/W: 0.0005Lux@F1.8; 0Lux@F1.8 (IR on)Unspecified
Zoom3x optical motorized zoom 16x digital zoom6x digital zoom
Field of view105.6° ~ 35.2°105°
Night visionColor night vision in ambient light Darkness with 3x IR LEDs up to 50ftColor night vision in ambient light Darkness with 6x IR LEDs up to 33ft
AudioBuilt-in Microphone – one way audioTwo way audio with High-quality speaker and microphone
Local storageMicro SD Card up to 256GB, Amcrest cloud storage is availableMicro SD Card up to 64GB or Reolink cloud storage
PTZPan: 0° ~ 355°; Tilt: 5° ~ 90°355° pan and 140° tilt
PowerDC power 12V (Not POE)6500mAh rechargeable battery or Reolink Solar panel
Housing constructionIP66 Weatherproof and IK08 Vandal ResistantIP65 weatherproof
Price (May 2020)$199.99$139.99

Besides the convenience offered by Reolink Argus PT especially with the wire-free feature, with a price difference of around $ 60 with Amcrest which is equipped with 3x optical zoom, IP66 and IK08 vandal resistant, realtime frame rate @30 fps 1080p, Amcrest spec is more profitable.

Click the product link below to learn more spec details and link to shop in Amazon.

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