Top 5 DOME POE Outdoor Camera

Various models of high resolution dome type POE outdoor camera are available in the market today including most popular products offered by Amcrest, Hikvision, Reolink, Foscam, and Lorex. Which one is best to meet your business need?

POE Camera

Why POE camera? The good thing with POE camera is that you don’t need to provide power outlet near the camera in area where power is difficult or not possible to install such as in ceiling or outdoor. POE camera allows you run only one network cable (CAT5e UTP cable) for supplying both data and power cable.

In businesses where you require 4, 8, 16 and even more cameras to install, deploying POE cameras is preference instead of coaxial analog cameras. You just connect the POE cameras to the NVR system with built-in POE switch such as 16 channel NVR by GW and LaView or 32 channel H.265 NVR system that supports high resolution H.265 compression format of 4k / 8mp outdoor cameras.


With outdoor placement, generally the difficulty comes when there is no power outlet is available in the point where you need to install the camera. it is therefore you need IP camera that supports POE so you just need to run either a single CAT5e or CAT6 network cable from the camera to the NVR or POE Switch. Many models of PTZ camera come with POE support, and some models of PTZ camera come with wifi such as Foscam PTZ wireless camera.

Most Popular Dome Camera

Dome-type IP cameras are generally mounted on the ceiling either indoor or outdoor with wifi connection or POE. In the following paragraphs list top 5 models of POE outdoor camera you may choose, one of best outdoor security cameras that is suitable to meet your need.

1. Amcrest IP4M-1028E

Amcrest IP4M-1028E is one of 4MP resolution cameras offered by Amcrest in addition of bullet model Amcrest IP4M-1026E and the wireless model is IP4M-1026W. See also comparison between Amcrest vs Hikvision 4mp outdoor cameras. And today you can find higher resolution cameras offered by Amcrest including the 4k cameras and its high bandwidth NVR system to support 4k cameras.

IP4M-1028E is one of premium product with 4mp recording resolution @30 fps real time speed, IP67 weatherproof and IK10 vandal resistant metal base housing ideal for outdoor placement with POE support.

Amcrest IP4M-1028E 4MP outdoor POE camera
Amcrest IP4M-1028E 4MP outdoor POE camera


  • 8 mm Fixed lens Sony IMX322 CMOS sensor
  • High resolution of 4MP (2688×1520) @30fps video recording
  • 118 degree Wide viewing angle
  • Night vision with 30 IR LEDs up to 98 ft illumination distance
  • Connect to Amcrest NVR or other ONVIF NVR system and optional Amcrest Cloud
  • POE support for easy installation
  • IP67 weatherproof and IK10 vandal resistant housing
  • Intelligent Motion Alerts, Email Alerts/Snapshots as well as Mobile and Web Apps


  • No audio
  • No local memory storage

This POE outdoor camera is mounted on the ceiling ideal for either indoor or outdoor, and the good thing is that it comes with IK10 vandal resistant housing to withstand against sudden impact.

Click here to learn more detail IP4m-1028e outdoor POE camera

Should you require camera with internal memory storage, this model doesn’t support this feature, this model is typically connect to the NVR system.

2. Hikvision DS-2CD2143G0-I

If you are satisfied with 4MP high resolution of Amcrest IP4M-1028E, but you require similar camera with internal memory storage you may consider one offered by Hikvision – the DS-2CD2143G0-I with internal memory storage up to 128GB. A newer version of Hikvision dome POE outdoor camera with newer H.265+ capable compression format.

Hikvision DS-2CD2143G0-I model has two fixed lens options, the 2.8mm, and 4.0 fixed lens with different field of view angle. Both model come with bracket adjustment angle.

Hikvision  DS-2CD2143G0-I
Hikvision DS-2CD2143G0-I


  • Fixed lens 1/3 inch CMOS sensor 2.8 mm (4.0mm option)
  • 103 degree FoV (2.8mm) or 83 degree FoV (4.0mm)
  • H.265+; H.265; H.264+; H.264 supports
  • Three video streams
  • 4mp (2688×1520) image resolution @30 fps (main stream)
  • 120dB WDR and 3D digital noise reduction (DNR)
  • Night vision up to 100 ft (30 m) wavelength 850nm
  • Internal memory storage up to 128GB with SD/SDHC/SDXC slot
  • Onvif
  • Two way audio (mono) interfaces
  • Protection Level: IP67, IK10, TVS 2000V Lightning Protection, Surge Protection and Voltage Transient Protection


  • More expensive

If compare with Amcrest IP4m-1028 you can find that Hikvision offers more solid housing with TVS 2000V lightening protection, surge protection and voltage transient protection. Amcrest doesn’t has these three feature, this product os one of best outdoor security cameras offered by Hikvision.

Click here to learn more details Hikvision DS-2CD2143G0-I

3. Reolink RLC-422

Unlike the two POE outdoor cameras as discussed above Amcrest and Hikvision, this Reolink RLC-422 comes with auto-focus motorized 4x optical zoom. Resolution is as high as those Amcrest and Hikvision which is 4MP. Casing is made from solid aluminum, it’s weatherproof casing ideal for outdoor.

Reolink RLC-422 4mp zoom camera
Reolink RLC-422 4mp zoom camera


  • Varifocal lens 2.8 ~ 12mm
  • Viewing angle ranging from 36 degree (@12mm) up to 100 degree (@2.8mm)
  • 4x optical motorized zoom and autofocus
  • High resolution of 4MP (2560 x 1440 pixels) @30 fps real time
  • Night vision distance up to 65 ft (20m)
  • POE supports
  • Network connection supports P2P and QR Code scan
  • Onvif compliant


  • No audio
  • No local memory storage

This POE outdoor camera model is technically rich of features with beneficial of autofocus motorized optical zoom, one of best outdoor security cameras offered by Reolink. In some models of bullet cameras you can find varifocal lens camera, you can adjust the viewing angle manually to fit your need. See also varifocal lens 5MP cameras.

Learn more this Reolink RLC-422 and buy in Amazon

4. Dahua IPC-HDW4631C-A

Dahua IPC-HDW4631C-A is a 6mp resolution mini dome POE outdoor camera, higher resolution compared with Amcrest or Hikvision as discussed above. This product is one of best product in mini dome camera offered by Dahua.

Instead of audio In/Out interface, Dahua offers only a built-in Microphone for audio In, no out audio.

dahua mini dome 4mp
Dahua 4MP mini dome camera


  • Fixed lens 2.8mm with ½.9 inch 6MP progressive scan CMOS
  • 6mp (3072×2048) @20 fps with 110 degree field of view angle
  • H.265; H.264 video compression supports
  • Night vision up to 30 m(98ft)
  • 120dB WDR and 3D digital noise reduction (DNR)
  • Built-in microphone for audio In
  • Adjustment angle ~360 degree horizontal rotation and ~65 degree vertical rotation
  • IP67 weatherproof


  • No internal memory storage
  • In audio only

See that if you compare with Hikvision, Dahua offers higher resolution but lower frame rate. However, Dahua doesn’t come with internal storage, so you need to connect to compatible NVR unit. The price is tagged with much cheaper price compared with Amcrest or Hikvision.

Click here to learn more detail Dahua 6mp dome POE outdoor camera

5. Lorex LNE8974 8MP

If you require high resolution of ultra HD camera, you may consider Lorex 8mp (4k) POE outdoor camera. 4k security camera offers 4 times as high resolution as 1080p resolution camera. Lorex LNE8974 is a Turret Dome model camera with Ultra HD resolution @15 fps with H.265 compression format.

The good thing is that it comes with 4x optical zoom and 16x digital zoom with range of 39 ~C 102 degree field of view angle.

Lorex LNE8974 4k turret model security camera
Lorex LNE8974 4k turret model security camera


  • Turret dome model with 4k resolution @15 fps, 2k @30 fps
  • 2pcs IR LED range up to 150 ft(50m)
  • Varifocal lens 2.7~12mm
  • 4x optical zoom plus 16x digital zoom
  • 265, H.264 compression format
  • Range of 39~102 degree field of view angle
  • Metal aluminum based enclosure with IP67 weatherproof
  • True WDR up to 100dB
  • Built-in audio
  • POE supports


  • Frame rate is only 15 fps @4k resolution, 2k @30 fps
  • no local memory storage

This product is one of best outdoor security cameras offered by Lorex. Lorex introduces various models of 4k security cameras instead of this LNE8974 turret dome model, it also offers bullet model including Lorex LNB8111B 4k cameras or LNB8005 4k cameras.

Click here for Lorex LNE8974 POE outdoor camera


With the absence of audio and local memory storage, Amcrest IP4M-1028W is a good choice for 4MP @30 fps POE outdoor camera. For cheaper model with higher resolution, Dahua 6mp is a good idea. For 4k Ultra HD high resolution camera Lorex LNE8974 is a good choice.

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