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Product Line: Cisco MV21 Series
Product Type: Cloud Managed Security Camera
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Product Description

The MV21-HW is designed for indoor use, equipped with a 1/3.2” 5MP (2560x1920) progressive CMOS sensor and offers a storage capacity of 128 GB on solid state. It features a wide field of view, ranging from 28° to 82° horizontally and 21° to 61° vertically, with a lens adjustment range of 65° tilt, 350° rotation, and pan, supporting granular user access points. This device ensures continuous footage storage for the last 72 hours, utilizes automatic iris control, operates within a temperature range of -20 °C to 40 °C, and has a built-in IR illuminator with a range of up to 30 m, consuming a maximum of 10.94 W power.

FAQs for the MV21-HW

  • What types of environments is this camera suitable for?
    The camera is designed for indoor use.
  • Can I adjust user access settings on the camera?
    Yes, the camera supports granular user access points for customized control.
  • How long can the camera store continuous footage without deletion?
    It can store continuous footage for up to 72 hours without trimming.
  • What is the lens specification of the camera?
    The camera features a 1/3.2” 5MP (2560x1920) lens.
  • What type of image sensor does the camera use?
    It utilizes a Progressive CMOS image sensor for quality imaging.
  • What kind of storage does the camera have?
    The camera is equipped with solid-state storage.
  • How much storage capacity does the camera offer?
    It offers a storage capacity of 128 GB.
  • What are the field of view specifications of the camera?
    Horizontal Field of View is 28° to 82°, Vertical Field of View is 21° to 61°, and Diagonal Field of View is 37° to 107°.
  • Does the camera have automatic iris control?
    Yes, the camera features automatic iris control for optimal image exposure.
  • What illuminators are built into the camera?
    The camera includes IR illuminators with a range of up to 30 meters.

Product Review

The Cisco MV21-HW offers high-resolution imaging with a 1/3.2” 5MP sensor, providing clear video footage within its variable field of view, which is beneficial for detailed monitoring in indoor environments. However, its limited outdoor usability and a maximum power consumption of 10.94W may restrict its deployment in scenarios requiring extensive outdoor coverage or energy-efficient operations. The device supports granular user access and stores up to 128GB of continuous footage without trimming for the last 72 hours, but its narrow horizontal field of view could be a limiting factor for wide-area surveillance.


The Cisco MV21-HW is a cutting-edge surveillance camera designed for indoor environments, providing high-definition video monitoring with a host of advanced features. This camera is equipped with a 1/3.2” 5MP (2560x1920) lens, ensuring crystal-clear image quality. Its progressive CMOS image sensor further enhances video clarity, making it suitable for a wide range of security applications. One of the standout features of the MV21-HW is its solid-state storage, boasting a capacity of 128 GB. This allows for continuous footage storage of the last 72 hours without the need for trimming, ensuring that no critical moment is missed. The camera offers granular user access points, enabling precise control over who can view the video feeds, thus enhancing security measures. The hardware specifications of the MV21-HW include a horizontal field of view ranging from 28° to 82°, a vertical field of view from 21° to 61°, and a diagonal field of view from 37° to 107°. These wide viewing angles are complemented by automatic iris control and a shutter speed that ranges from 1/5 s to 1/32,000 s, allowing for optimal exposure in varying lighting conditions. The camera's minimum illumination levels are 0.27 Lux for color and 0.001 Lux for black and white, providing excellent low-light performance.
  • Built-in IR illuminators extend the camera's visibility up to 30 meters in complete darkness, making it effective for around-the-clock surveillance.
  • The video recording resolution is set at 720p HD, balancing high-quality video with efficient storage use.
  • With a power consumption of 10.94 W at maximum, the camera is designed for energy efficiency.
The MV21-HW has been engineered to withstand a wide range of temperatures, with a starting temperature range of -10 °C to 40 °C and a working temperature range of -20 °C to 40 °C. This durability ensures reliable operation in various indoor conditions. The camera's physical dimensions include a diameter of 166 mm and a height of 116.5 mm, making it compact enough for discreet installation while maintaining a presence that deters unauthorized activities. Flexibility in installation is provided through the lens' adjustment range, which includes a 65° tilt, 350° rotation, and pan, allowing for precise positioning to monitor specific areas or points of interest. This level of adjustability ensures that the camera can be adapted to cover a wide array of layouts and angles, making it an ideal choice for a variety of indoor surveillance needs. In summary, the Cisco MV21-HW merges high-resolution video capture with extensive storage and advanced viewing capabilities, packaged in a durable and flexible design suitable for a multitude of indoor environments. Its energy-efficient operation and extensive range of features make it an excellent choice for organizations looking to enhance their security infrastructure with reliable, high-quality video surveillance.


Part Number and Manufacturer Cisco MV21-HW
Usage Environment Indoor
Access Control for Users Detailed
Unedited Video Storage Duration 72 Hours Maximum
Lens Specifications 1/3.2" 5 Megapixels (2560x1920 resolution)
Image Capture Technology Progressive Scan CMOS
Memory Type Flash Storage
Memory Size 128 Gigabytes
Horizontal Viewing Angle 28° to 82°
Vertical Viewing Angle 21° to 61°
Diagonal Viewing Angle 37° to 107°
Aperture Adjustment Auto
Exposure Time 1/5 sec to 1/32,000 sec
Low Light Sensitivity (Color) 0.27 Lux
Low Light Sensitivity (Black & White) 0.001 Lux
Infrared Illumination IR LEDs
IR Illumination Distance Up to 30 meters
Video Quality HD 720p
Energy Consumption Maximum 10.94 Watts
Lowest Operating Temperature -10 °C
Highest Operating Temperature 40 °C
Operating Temperature Range -20 °C to 40 °C
Physical Dimensions (Diameter) 166 mm
Physical Dimensions (Height) 116.5 mm
Adjustability of Lens 65° Tilt, 350° Pan and Rotation

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