Reolink RLC-510WA Review – An affordable 5MP Wi-Fi security camera with person/vehicle detection

The Reolink RLC-510WA was announced back in March. Similar to most of the recent Reolink launches, the main feature upgrade here is the new smart object detection for people and vehicles, allowing you to minimise notifications and make it easier to find recorded events.

The RLC-410W would be the likely camera this replaces, so you also get a bump in resolution from 4MP(2560×1440) to 5MP (2560×1920).

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Reolink RLC-510WA Review Rating

James Smythe

Overall

Summary

As usual from Reolink, this is a superb option, offering 5MP resolution, Wi-Fi connectivity and advanced object detection.

4

Reolink RLC-510WA Specification

Reolink 5MP WiFi Security Camera Outdoor, 2.4GHz/5GHz WiFi...
  • 5MP High Quality Night Vision: 2560 x 1920 5MP...
  • 2.4GHz/5GHz Dual-Band WiFi: With 2T2R Mimo...
  • Smart Human/Vehicle Detection: With the advanced...
  • Flexible Recording Options: The surveillance...
  • Image Sensor : 1/2.7″ CMOS Sensor
  • Video Resolution: 2560 x 1920 (5.0 Megapixels) at 20 frames/sec
  • Lens: f=4.0mm fixed, F=2.0, with IR cutf=2.7-13.5mm F=1.6-3.3, with IR cut
  • Video Format :H.264
  • Field of View
    • Horizontal: 80°
    • Vertical: 42°
  • Day & Night: IR-cut filter with auto-switching
  • Infrared Night Vision: Up to 30 meters (LED: 4pcs/28mil/850nm)
  • Power: DC 12.0V⎓1A, <12W
  • Connectivity: 2.4GHz/5GHz
  • Snart Detection: Motion detection/human detection/vehicle detection
  • Recording options: MicroSD, Cloud, NVR/Onvif
  • Dimensions: 67 x 67 x 186mm
  • Weight: 415g

Set-Up

I am not sure if this is the formal way of setting up the Reolink Wi-Fi cameras, but I plugged it into the DC power, wired it up to Ethernet, added the camera to the app via the QR code then provided the Wi-Fi credentials afterwards. Once added to the system, you can remove the Ethernet cable.

You have options to record to microSD, a Reolink NVR, any ONVIF NVR, or Reolink cloud. I currently use the Reolink NVR.

While I much prefer using Ethernet, the Wi-Fi performance is good. Obviously, this will depend on the strength of your Wi-Fi signal, but I haven’t experienced any slowness in connecting to the camera or glitchiness with the recordings.

Web Browser Settings

You can also manage the camera via its IP on a browser. I prefer this method as I am always sat in front of my computer. I find this is the best way to tweak the image settings to your liking.

Reolink RLC-510WA Set Up with Blue Iris and Reolink NVR

Setting up the RLC-510WA is identical to every other Reolink camera. With it being POE, there is no faffing around with Wi-Fi. With the app, scan in the QR code to add it to the system and initialise; you will then need to define an admin password.

If you have a Reolink NVR, it should auto-recognise the camera, so you will just need to type in the admin password.

With Blue Iris (or ONVIF compatible products like Synology), I normally get the IP address from the app by clicking the product name at the top of the device settings in the app, then network info. With the correct IP, I also add the username and password, then hit scan, and Blue Iris does everything for me.

Similar to other reviews, setting the sub-stream will reduce CPU load.

Performance

As usual, performance is superb for the price you pay. It offers good quality footage for home users providing enough clarity to make out peoples features and car number plates (when parked at least).

You get a decent field of view, reducing the need for a lot of cameras.

Night time recording is black and white and good quality. I have annoyingly bright street lighting, so visibility is generally good. Due to this lighting, I can get away with reducing the backlight from the camera, which then reduces glare on registration plates. With the DNR setting on it is possible to read registration plates.

Last update on 2021-08-04 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

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James Smythe: I am a UK tech blogger and have been in the industry for over 10 years now running Mighty Gadget, its sister sites and contributing to other sites around the web. I am passionate about all tech including mobile, wearable, and home automation. I am also a fitness fanatic so cover as much fitness tech as possible. Follow me on Strava
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