The Paladin 8.0

4K (8MP = 4x1080P) Wide Angle (112°) Fixed Lens Mini Bullet Camera with Micro-SD Card, Active Deterrence Lights, Speaker and Mic

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The Paladin 8.0 is a bullet camera with a unique feature set. The Paladin features a 2.8mm wide angle lens, a built in microphone and speaker, and active deterrence white light feature. The Paladin is a great choice for situations where you want a bullet, but want that giant wide angle view. Use the Paladin at gates to use two way audio through the SCW Go app with it's built in microphone and speaker. The Paladin also acts as a great restricted area camera thanks to the VCA activated white light feature with audio warnings.

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4K (8MP) UHD @ 20 FPS: 3840 x 2160

Detect: up to 150 ft
Recognize: up to 85 ft
Identify: up to 45 ft

4MP vs 4K



Full protection from dust, rain, snow, dew, frost, and sprinklers.

You can even submerge it for a few minutes.


temperature rating

Temperature rated from -22°F to 140 °F

Humidity rated between 10 and 95%.


112 degree lens

Wide Angle: 2.8mm
112° coverage

Digital Zoom Only

Fixed vs Varifocal Lenses


night footage

Infrared night vision up to 100FT

Active Deterrence White Light up to 30FT

Color video possible until 0.01 Lux

How to get the best footage at night


special features

Micro-SD Card Slot

NDAA Approved M-Star CPU

Built in Microphone & Speaker

Active Deterrence white light and alerts

True WDR (up to 120 dB)

Seeing in shadows: Understanding WDR

The Paladin 8.0 is a bullet camera with a unique feature set. The Paladin features a 2.8mm wide angle lens, a built in microphone and speaker, and active deterrence white light feature. The Paladin is a great choice for situations where you want a bullet, but want that giant wide angle view. Use the Paladin at gates to use two way audio through the SCW Go app with it's built in microphone and speaker. The Paladin also acts as a great restricted area camera thanks to the VCA activated white light feature with audio warnings.

Sample Photos taken by the Paladin 8.0. Click to enlarge the images. Press ESC key to close.

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view at 10 feet from a 2.8mm 112 degree FOV lens 4K security camera view at 25 feet from a 2.8mm 112 degree FOV lens 4K security camera view at 50 feet from a 2.8mm 112 degree FOV lens 4K security camera view at 75 feet from a 2.8mm 112 degree FOV lens 4K security camera view at 100 feet from a 112 80 degree FOV lens 4K security camera


Detect someone up to 150 feet

"Detecting" a face means being able to tell that a human face is in the picture.


Recognize someone up to 85 feet

"Recognizing" a face refers to being able to say "I have seen that person before" - even if you don't know or can't place who it is.


Identify someone up to 45 feet

"Identification" refers to being able to make out identifiable marks with enough certainty to make a sketch or claim.

What makes the Paladin 8.0 Unique:

integrated microphone

Integrated Microphone

This camera has an integrated Microphone. It can pick up a speaking voice about 15 feet from the camera in a clear and quiet environment. Note that external noises like machinery, wind, loud HVAC/vents impact audio quality and distance.

By default, the microphone is off when it ships, as different states (and sometimes cities, municipalities, etc) have different legal requirements that you must meet before recording audio. All states must comply with the Federal Wire Tap Act of 1968. Please make sure that you are within your rights regarding your local laws before turning the microphone on.

For more info, please read our primer on the Federal Wire Tap Act of 1968.

active deterrence white light

Active Deterrence White Light

This camera has a 30FT White Light

The white light offers two unique modes. In active deterrence mode, you can set line crossing or intrusion detection to trigger the white light. During the day, the white light will flash/blink. At night mode, the white light will turn on and stay solid for a few seconds enabling color video.

The second mode is white light mode. In this mode, when the Warrior switches to night mode, it will use the white light instead of IR, giving you a color image. Note that the white light stays on constantly, and is not triggered on and off.

Wide Dynamic Range

Wide Dynamic Range (WDR)

This IP camera has Wide Dynamic Range.

Wide Dynamic Range splits each frame/image into many boxes and it scans for in inaccuracies and adds the right amount exposure to create a balanced and high resolution video shot. Very useful when recording in situations where there can be a large difference in light levels.

Seeing in shadows: Understanding WDR

micro-sd card

MicroSD Card Slot

This camera supports MicroSD for onboard storage.

MicroSD cards allow for storage on a standalone camera or for backup. Backup footage is a good idea for cameras that are on the network, not plugged in directly to an NVR, especially any cameras operated over wireless links.

SCW recommends high endurance MicroSD cards. MicroSD card is not included. For maximum supported size card, check the specs tab.

MicroSD cards are a less reliable form of storage than NVRs and we do not recommend they be used as a substitute for an NVR.


Bitrate 4K, 20 FPS

At 4K (8MP) and 20 FPS, while recording at H.265, this camera should use 4Mbps of the NVR's bitrate budget. (With H.264, it should use 8Mbps).

Did you know: The processor in an NVR has both an incoming and outgoing bitrate. Incoming is for recording video and outgoing is for watching it remotely. All of our NVRs have at least 5Mbps per channel in incoming bitrate, and many models can have extra bitrate. Your NVR's spare incoming bitrate is what determines if it can record channels at higher-than-1080P resolution, use specialty panoramic cameras, or many other things (see individual NVR models).

low light image sensor

Larger Image Sensor for Superior Low Light Performance

This camera has a 0.37 inch image sensor, which is larger than most competing products. (The industry typically uses 0.33 inch image sensors.)

A larger image sensor allows more light to be absorbed, allowing the camera to take color photos as it gets darker, (a lower lux rating). Lux is the measurement of light in an atmosphere. Twilight is about 3.4 lux. A full moon is somewhere between 0.05 and 0.36 lux, depending on cloud cover. A moonless night is somewhere around 0.001 to 0.002 depending on cloud cover. Adding lighting like flood lights, night lights, or streetlights will increase lux in your area.

This camera can take a color photo all the way down to 0.02 lux (much of the industry can only take a color photo at 1 lux), but that may require some adjustments to your shutter settings...

Lux is a complicated subjective measurement, so please read our knowledge base article on why why lux ratings are useless for brand A to Brand B comparisons, but great for comparisons within a brand..

Admiral Line Camera Features:

plug and play

Plug & Play with Admiral & Imperial NVRs

This camera will plug and play with our Admiral and Imperial line of NVRs.

Please note that our camera models with model numbers in the 26xxx format record in the new, more efficient H.265 compression codex and are intended to work with our Imperial and Admiral NVRs.

line crossing event and other recording modes

Event Recording Mode through Video Content Analysis (VCA)

This camera features AI enhanced Intrusion Detection and Line Crossing. These VCA options can be set to filter by people or vehicles using the onboard AI enhanced chipset.

Entering an area

Lingering in an area

Crossing a Line

Covering, damaging, or moving the camera lens

In addition you can search your video footage for these events

*Each feature must be enabled and set up before it can be searched. Not all features can run at once.

email alerts on motion

Get Alerted when there's Motion

With this camera and an SCW Admiral or Imperial NVR, you can send Snapshot Email Alerts.

You can set up your recorder to email a series of pictures to you when motion is detected by one of your SCW cameras (or if one of our other VCA events is observed). You can choose specific dates and times for these alerts to be active and other times for these alerts to be ignored. Some Snapshot email options are based upon your current recording mode.

Motion Detection, Continuous, and Event Recording Modes

Motion Detection, Continuous, and Event Recording Modes

You can record your SCW cameras continuously, via motion, or even via VCA (video content analysis) events like intrusion detection.

You can create individual schedules for each camera, including hours for motion recording mode, hours for continuous recording mode, hours for event recording mode, or even hours when that camera is off completely.

Motion Detection, Continuous, and Event Recording Modes

Customizable Motion Detection Recording

With this camera and an SCW Admiral or Imperial NVR, you have video analytics-based motion detection.

Motion detection can also be used to send you email alerts when motion is detected or to record when recording on motion events. You can modify the sensitivity level so that more or less movement is required for the motion detection to trigger. You can create inclusion areas (places where you care if there is motion) and define the rest as exclusion areas (places where you don't care if there is motion). So, for example, you could create a motion based alert to notify you if someone was in your yard, but ignore them if they were on the sidewalk or in the street.

No Recording Delay; See What Happened before Motion was Detected

Many consumer-grade cameras use PIR sensors to trigger a camera to turn on when something gets close enough to the sensor. This is a bad design as there's a slight delay (0.5-3 seconds) that can cause the camera to not record what happened. Our cameras not only don't have a recording delay but allow you to record up to 30 seconds before the motion.

Don't miss out on important motion events: go back in time, before the event, to understand why it happened.

Cloud Firmware Update

1 Click Firmware Update

Tired of chasing down firmware from the manufacturer, downloading the firmware, uploading the firmware to the device, and then restarting the device? Don't bother!

This device checks for firmware and then downloads and installs it, itself, with one click.

3 year warranty

3-Year Warranty

This camera has an industry leading 3-year warranty. This camera can also be upgraded to a 5-year warranty.

weatherproof rating

Weatherproof Housing

This camera has a Weatherproof Housing.

It has been rated at IP67 which means that International Electrotechnical Commission’s (IEC) international standard 60529 has rated this camera housing as having full protection from dust and safe from water damage up to powerful jets of water and immersion up to 1 meter up to 30 minutes.

This camera can be safely used outdoors.

Attention: The IP67 rating covers the camera's housing not the cable. Don't ever submerge cables. Please follow our RJ45 Waterproofing Guide for weatherizing your cable connections.

Commercial-Grade Aluminum Molding

Commercial-Grade Aluminum Molding

This camera is commercial-grade and is made of cast aluminum and ceramic molding, instead of the typical plastic molding common in the industry.

This product has passed vibration tests, can withstand an electrical surge up to 6,000 volts, and the casing will prevent intrusion of both dust and water into the internal component space. The screws and mounting hardware are made of stainless steel that has passed SUS410 salt spray anti-corrosion testing. We use automotive-grade LEDs and anti-reflection glass (which means better infrared results). In short, this camera is going to hold up over time.

Anti Reflective Glass

Anti-Reflective Glass

This camera has Anti-Reflective Glass.

Anti-Reflective Glass allows better light transmission vs standard glass. Standard glass cameras often come with a foam ring around the lens to prevent infrared light from bouncing back off the glass and entering the lens. This bounce-back can cause extreme differences in infrared lighting, which makes some items too bright and others too washed out if the ring is loose, ripped, or removed. Anti-Reflective Glass prevents this issue. Also, people have a tendency to accidentally destroy, damage, throw away or lose these foam rings. Anti-Reflective Glass reduces maintenance and user error.

Auto Grade LEDs

Auto Grade LEDs

This camera has Auto Grade LEDs.

Many IP cameras include low-quality infrared bulbs that fail over time. This camera has Automotive Grade LEDs, and you should expect the same sort of longevity from them as the headlights in your car.

Headlight Compensation

Headlight Compensation

This camera has Headlight Compensation.

Vehicle headlights directly into the camera lens can render many cameras useless. Headlight compensation reduces glare and overexposure due to car headlights.

At SCW, we try not to use the misleading term "License Plate Camera." The term "License plate cameras" is used rather flippantly by the security camera industry, has no real definition as a term, and can sometimes mean simply the presence of HLC; be careful with companies offering a simple solution to a very complex task of capturing license plates.

For more info, please read our knowledge base article on What they don't tell you about License Plate Cameras.

Automatic Defog

See through Fog with Automatic Defog

This camera has Automatic Defog.

Our automatic defog feature allows you to cut through fog, air pollution, and other atmospheric haze.

Adjustable Shutter Speed

Adjustable Shutter Speed for Customizable Performance in Low Light

This camera has an Adjustable Shutter Speed in a range between 1/30s to 1/100,000 of a second.

The shutter in a camera controls how long the camera takes to take a picture, but faster doesn't mean better. The faster that a camera shutter opens and closes, the more likely that you will get a clear, blur-free image. The longer that the shutter is open, the more light you let in and the better your image will be in low light. Shutters that are open for an extremely long time allow you to take color pictures at night/twilight without having to switch to infrared mode, but can result in motion blur.

There's no one-size fits all approach to shutter speed, so we give you full control (and free tech support) to set it up the best way possible.

Extended Transmission: 750 Foot POE

Extended Transmission: 750 Foot POE

This Camera has SCW EasyConnect2.0 which allows it to plug and play with SCW Cameras up to 750 feet away!

Normally, ethernet cable has a limit of ~300 feet. After that you start getting data packet collision (your video data gets all mixed up and hard to figure out the order of the data). With this SCW Admiral NVR and any of the SCW Admiral Line Cameras, you can extend that distance up to 750 feet. This feature requires both our cameras and NVR to work together.

When plugging a camera into a normal POE switch or POE injector, the normal ~300 foot limits will still apply. SCWEasyConnect 2.0 only available on SCW NVRs and some SCW POE Switches.

H.265 Recording

H.265 Recording

This device can record in H.265

H.265, also known as High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC) or MPEG-H Part 2, is the video compression standard which replaces H.264. HEVC was a collaboration by many parties including Apple, Microsoft, Cisco, Dolby, and the Moving Picture Experts Group. In comparison to H.264, H.265 offers about double the data compression ratio at the same level of video quality, which means both substantially improved video quality at the same bitrate and lower storage requirements.

H.265 saves hard drive space and increases the quality of an image by splitting the screen into a grid and only updating the sections that changed from the previous frame. This focuses nearly all of the processing power of the camera on the areas of the screen with activity. The image quality differences of H.265 is most noticeable in situations such as attempting to watch your camera remotely if your internet upload speed is slow.

You can also record in H.264 if you need backwards compatibility.

ONVIF Conformant

ONVIF Conformant

This device is ONVIF Conformant.

ONVIF is an open industry standard encoding language for the interface of IP-based physical security products.

Power over Ethernet

POE (Power over Ethernet)

This camera can be powered via an ethernet cable.

POE allows a Cat5 cable to both carry data and power, making it so that you only have to run one cable. You will need either a POE injector, a POE switch or one of our NVRs with built-in SCWEasyConnect POE to power a camera via ethernet.

**There is an optional wall plug adapter on most of our camera models. This wall plug adapter is only used by clients who cannot run POE cables.

UL Listed

UL Listed and FCC Certified

This product is UL Listed and FCC certified

UL is a safety consulting and certification company headquartered in Northbrook, Illinois, and provides safety-related certification, validation, testing, inspection, and auditing of SCW products.

The Federal Communications Commission has certified that the electromagnetic interference from the device is under limits approved by the FCC.

American-Based Technical Support after the sale. For FREE. Forever.

Real review from Larry, who had this to say:

The most important part of a purchase like this is the support for technical assistance when there is a question or when there is a problem, and they always exceed expectations!

All of our equipment comes with Free Technical Support that is US based (Our Warehouse and Staff are located in Asheville, NC). We're happy to help you via chat, email, screen share / remote support sessions, and phones. Our number is 866-414-2553 and we're open from 9-7 M-F (EST).

scw support included

The Paladin 8.0 v2 - 26BF8M-L-A Specs



Image Sensor
1/2.7” 8 Million Pixel, Progressive Scan CMOS
SoC/Processor Manufacturer
M-Star NDAA Approved
VCA / Smart Features
Motion Detection, Smart Intrusion Detection, Cross Line, Audio Detection, Video Tampering
Corridor Mode
Min. Illumination
Color Video Until 0.01 Lux (2.0, AGC ON)
0 lux with IR on
Auto/Manual, 1~1/100000 s
112° of horizontal coverage; (60° vertical)
Day & Night
IR-cut filter with auto switch (ICR)
Digital Noise Reduction
Wide Dynamic Range
True WDR @ 120dB
Digital Defog
Video Compression
H.265, H.264, MJPEG
Camera Streams
Main Stream: up to 8MP/4K (3840×2160): Max. 20 fps,5MP: 2944x1656 Max. 30FPS, 3MP (2560*1440): Max. 30 fps; 1080p (1920x1080) 30FPS

Sub Stream: up to 720 (1280×720): Max. 30 fps;
Mobile Data-Sensitive Stream: up to D1 (720×576): Max. 30 fps
Bit Rate
32 Kbps ~ 8Mbps
Max. Image Resolution
3840×2160; 8 Megapixel
Frame Rate
8MP (3840×2160): Max. 20 fps
Image Settings
Saturation, brightness, contrast, sharpness, headlight compensation, backlight compensation, region of interest, evaluative metering.
Yes, zone configurable
Alarm Trigger
Motion detection, tampering alarm, network disconnect, IP address conflict, storage exception
ONVIF (Profile S+ Profile T)
Communication Interface
1 RJ45 10M/100M Base-TX Ethernet
Operating Conditions
(-22°F ~ 140 °F) Humidity 10 - 95% (non-condensing)
Power Supply
12 V DC±25%, PoE (IEEE802.3 af)
Power Consumption
Max. 10.5W
Weather Proof Rating
7.5” × 3.0” × 2.9”
IR Range
IR up to 100ft, White Light up to 30FT

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