Some of the Hikvision IP security cameras come with an HDMI output on the motherboard. If you open the camera you’ll see a labeled HDMI port.
It’s possible to connect the camera straight to a TV via an HDMI cable and get the live view right away without the need of using an NVR or a computer. This feature is very convenient if you need to show the picture of a camera to a TV for live view monitoring only.
In this guide, we will demonstrate how to properly connect a Hikvision IP camera to a TV/monitor using an HDMI cable.
Before you start, you need these items available:
- A camera that comes with an HDMI port onboard. For example, DS-2CD21x5G0-IMS supports this feature.
- If not sure, check with your seller or on the Hikvision website.
- A monitor with HDMI input which can be a regular TV.
- An HDMI cable.
- An HDMI switch cable (type D-to-type A).
How to use the HDMI out on a Hikvision camera
Step 1. Loose screws to take out the dome from the camera’s body.
Once you open up the camera, you can see all the ports available on it. Take a look at the picture below. You should see there the network interface, the power interface, the cable’s hole, and the HDMI port.
Step 2. Wire the HDMI cable. You need to insert the HDMI switch cable (Type D-to-Type A) and power up the camera.
Step 3. Locate the camera on the Hikvision SADP tool (get the software here). There’s no need to activate the camera, usually, the picture will be displayed via HDMI without activation.
However, for certain camera model you may need to do the activation first.
Step 4. Connect the camera to the TV/monitor via the HDMI cable. Select the correct input source via the remote control. It may take a few seconds until you see the live camera’s feed on the TV.
Note: Camera models such as DS-2CD2125G0-IMS and DS-2CD2185G0-IMS only support 2MP HDMI output which means it doesn’t depend on the monitor’s resolution. For more information, you may need to check your camera’s spec sheet.
Additionally, you can adjust the HDMI output settings by accessing the camera directly. As shown below, you need to go to Configuration > Image > Display Settings, and on the Other section, switch to HDM_1080P or any other available option.
The built-in HDMI out on the Hikvision IP camera may be really useful in a situation where it’s more convenient to run an HDMI cable straight from the camera.