My wife and I got some other IOT cameras at our local outlet store for around $25-$30. We wanted more but the price would have been near double for new cameras so we decided to get a second set from a different brand. These cameras are BETTER at $25 than the others we bought. Let me start with the features I use.
Motion/Sound Detection Recording:
We needed a camera for some bed time accountability. The camera is great because it will take a snippet of video when it detects motion. You can set a schedule for when the camera should record these snippets depending on time of day and which days of the week. It also has a sound detection but I haven't used that much.
The night vision is pretty good. All people in the house are easily recognizable with this camera in night mode.
I'd give this feature 4 stars. It works great if the camera is placed in a room as opposed to the hall. I was hoping to use this in my hall to track when people move there but if the individual is too close to the camera, they'll move too fast and the camera cannot keep up the tracking. It also doesn't track faces so you sometimes get interesting angles as the tracked person moves.
That being said, the camera works great tracking people in a room. I even think that if it doesn't track anyone for a short while, it returns to the default position instead of staying where it was. This is a preference thing but it's good for my house.
The video watching interface is pretty intuitive. You can easily look at old footage by scrolling back. The alerts are also easy to setup. One tip though, you need to leave the app 'open' in order to get alerts. Both my wife and I have noticed that if you manually close the app, you won't get notifications. Maybe it's a permissions thing, but you need to leave it running in the background. Also, the picture in picture feature is awesome for multi-tasking.
This camera is amazing, especially for the price. I put in a fat micro SD card to keep a lot of recordings. I haven't used the cloud service so I can't speak to that but if that's your thing, it's great that it is a feature.
So far I really like this. We are using it as a baby monitor for our twins. The. Ight vision is really good, makes it easy to chek in on them wihout opening foors and turning on lights. I also like the sound feature so we can listen in as well. For the most part the movement detection feature works pretty good, but once when my husband walked in the room, it did not send an alert. Set up was super easy for someone that isn't tech savvy. Would purchase again.
Honestly I didn't expect much from this camera. It was on sale for $60. You spend more than that in the drive thru at McDonald's for four people.
On to the review....
The camera picture has standard definition (SD) and high definition (HD). Both look amazing and stream locally and while away from your home network. The night vision also works great - in a completely dark room, you can see everything!
You can hear audio through the phone app/speaker. You can also talk through the phone app which is a nice feature. There is a slight delay but only a second or two.
The camera is able to rotate left and right about 180 degrees. It's also able to rotate up and down but currently I have mine sitting on a table and when I rotate it up, the camera rotates up into the frame and blocks the camera. If you mount it, it might be different.
The phone app is decent, has basic functionality unlocked, but it does push advertisements to a paid cloud service.
This camera does everything I needed and more. With solid night vision, the ability to pan the camera remotely, motion tracking, and 2-way sound, I can easily monitor my dog the entire time I'm gone and even talk to him. I'll definitely be getting another of these to mount in my basement (comes with a mount).
I love this camera. The night vision works very well and the two way audio is excellent also. I plan on adding another to place elsewhere in my home for greater coverage. You can rotate the camera left, right, up , and down from your location to get even more added coverage. Highly recommend this product to anyone looking for an easy to install, easy to use home security system or just to keep an eye on things while your away from home.