Note: I’m having a re-think about this camera. I don’t think it is ONVIF compatible, the picture quality is variable and it seems to keep logging off then back in. It has just lot the job to my spare (and wonderful) Q8 camera. ACTUALLY, too late now but it was I believe down to power. I used a 200ma USB supply which the other (Q8) camera is happy with. Bringing the Q9 into my office it is reliable (even overnight) on a different supply able to manage (arbitrarily) 1 amp.
As some of you know I have various IP cameras dotted around both in the UK and Spain – just to keep an eye on things. I recently received this odd one from Banggood back in January 2019 – a miniature fish-eye type camera which connects as most do via an app – in this case the free Android App HDMiniCam and claiming H264 1080p.
Update October 2019: I thought I’d finally found a use for this little thing… I recently returned from Spain to the UK and in the not so distant future I’ll be going back. Brian Gentles apparently has this camera running on iSpy – I’m waiting to hear back from him.
Just because I can, I have security cameras everywhere but when I last headed off to Spain it never occurred to me to keep an eye on the heating system water pressure in the UK. Aidan and I were talking about this last night over dinner as I was pondering how to put a water pressure sensor into/onto the incoming mains water and to cut a long story short, this little camera can be magnetically mounted anywhere – in this case to monitor the manual water pressure gauge and control panel without invalidating any warranties – HOWEVER on experimentation, despite it’s undoubted small size I’m not 100% happy about the quality, at least in low light conditions. It was just fine on my desk but in a cupboard not so good. Take a look at the Q8 camera page.
The HD MiniCam app for the Q9 can handle multiple cameras as the thumbnails are quite small. My camera is white, not black.
Well, the good news is, it works – it took seconds to connect to my phone via the free app though I’ve not tried a PC connection yet. What I find interesting about this model is the size and the fact that it has it’s own rechargeable battery. Oh, and a magnetic stand. Here you see the fish-eye effect.
Since starting it up it has worked 100%, plugged into the USB on my PC. The fish-eye view and inconsistent frame rate would prevent using this as a Skype webcam but then that’s not what it is intended for. Sound in and out is fine.
Here is the actual white camera. There are two clearly marked buttons – one for on-off, the other for setting up etc. Yes, the green and blue indicators are bright. One of these cameras would be easily hidden but for the bright lights. Underneath you see the magnetically attached stand who’s base is adhesive, not magnetic. I’ve not tested battery life yet.
The 150 degree wide angle fish-eye lens is as you can see here on the top. For actual use, I could see this going in the car, a lot less obnoxious than the camera I have now in the car and it could be used for recording minor accidents or near misses. Along with others of it’s kind, I’m not sure the magnetic connection would stand up to a severe accident.
The camera takes a microSD, not supplied. I happened to have a couple floating about.
For general use in terms of value for money, my much larger Alfawise camera previously blogged about is better if ultra wide angle isn’t important to you.