Reolink RLC-522 POE security camera review – An affordable optical zoom camera compatible with Blue Iris & ONVIF

The Reolink RLC-522 is the latest POE security camera for the brand and is quite unique in that it offers 3x optical zoom, but not PTZ. It is significantly cheaper than its PTZ optical zoom counterparts, and the advantage here is that you have a bit more flexibility about where you locate the camera.


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Reolink 5MP PoE IP Security Camera, Super HD 3X Optical Zoom IP66 Waterproof with Built-in Micro SD Card Slot Outdoor Indoor CCTV IP Camera 100ft IR Night Vision Support Audio, RLC-522


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2560×1920 (5.0 Megapixels) at 30 frames/sec
3x optical zoom
Auto-switching IR-cut filter
Black and white night recording
MicroSD card slot (support up to 64GB)
10M/100Mbps POE
DC power port

Recording Options

You have two recording options with this camera, either microSD or a network video recorder . If you go down the NVR route and only ever plan to use Reolink cameras you can opt for one of their affordable NVRs such as the RLN8-410. The benefit of using that would be computability with all of the wired Reolink cameras, including the 4K D800 and B800.

If you want to mix and match your cameras, then any ONVIF 2.1 compatible NVR will work. In my case, I used a custom server running Blue Iris.

Within the app, there is also FTP upload options, and if you go to the browser-based interface, you have the option for emails with an attached picture.

Set up

I mounted this onto the side of a garage wall, the camera has a twist-off plastic backplate, it is not quite as secure or well made as other dom cameras I have reviewed, but it is adequate and easy to mount.

There is a wide range of adjustment in the dome, so I was able to twist it around to face the right way up for my system and get the best angle possible.

I use POE, but you can optionally use DC power and ethernet, there is no option for Wi-Fi.

With the camera physically installed and powered up, I set it up via the Reolink app. The app auto identified the camera on my network and prompted me to create a log in password, so it is more secure than some cheap POE cameras.

You can modify the settings via the browser, and from here, you get more option than within the app. Unfortunately, Reolink still use Flash Player to stream the actual footage

Set up in Blue Iris

Many of the Reolink cameras are ONVIF, but not all, so if you buy one, make sure it works. This one does.

Reolink state that you need to change the encoding profile to base, but all three profiles appear to work for me.

To make the change you will need to go to the IP of the camera in a...