Many Hikvision IP cameras come with the option to plug an external microphone. This should not be confused with the Hikvision IP cameras that come with built-in mic (such as these). This article demonstrates how to connect an external (separately sold) microphone to a Hikvison camera. How to tell if your camera supports this feature? Usually Hikvision cameras which have –S in their model names support audio function (such as these cameras).

Hikvison cameras have different audio interface. Inspect your camera and take a look at the three examples shown below:

Example 1.

On the Hikvision IP cameras with model naming rule such as: 21XX. In this case, on the cameras pigtale the cable labelled “audio in” (microphone) is 11. If you see a cable named “audio out”, that’s another option to connect an external speaker. Connect your microphone to the audio in cable. Make sure to power the mic separately.

Audio in is 11.

Audio in is 11.

Example 2.

On the Hikvision IP cameras with model naming rule such as: 63XX. In this camera type, the “audio in” input is 9 and the “audio out input” is 10. Connect your microphone on those terminal points, power up the mic separately.

Audio in is 9.

Audio in is 9.

Example 3.

Hikvision also offers active microphone units such as DS-2FP2020 (see picture below), you can find three wires come with the unit. Red wire is power +, white white is audio +, black wire is Power – and Audio -. Connect Red wire with Positive power supply; connect white wire with audio in interface; and then connect black wire with negative power supply and audio GND interface together.

This type of camera has three wires for the mic.

This type of camera has three wires for the mic.

Where to buy microphones for Hikvision camera?

You can find active of passive microphone for Hikvision cameras on Amazon on these links. Read the reviews before placing an order and make sure you’re getting the right one. Once you have installed the mic on your camera, you need to do the settings (shown in this article).