OWSOO 801 1080p WiFi IP Camera

I've had security cameras here in Spain and in the UK for many years. My original cameras, low cost Chinese models here in Spain, finally started to give up this year after around 8 years of reliable service. I chose the Owsoo 801 (also referred to as KKMoon) ONVIF cameras as replacements.Owsoo camera

Not exactly household names – and there are many cheap Chinese models out there… why these? Well, they are not waterproof but they DO have remote movement control. Together with a roof overhang here in Spain of around 8” I find this to be a good combination and the similar looking Tenvis models before them, lasted for years in the same conditions these will meet. . At first I realised I could not get to the MAC number of these which I felt might make it difficult to access them remotely.

Then I remembered my router has VPN server capability and the problem of external access went away.

I used the KKMoon settings (very simple) with my choice of user name and pass. Unlike many models which insist on special Apps to view the video (which IMHO makes them useless) these cheap (£24 AliExpress – https://www.aliexpress.com/item/OWSOO-Wireless-Security-IP-Camera-WIFI-Home-Surveillance-1080P-Night-Vision-CCTV-Camera-IP-Onvif-P2P/32819057757.html?spm=2114.search0104.3.142.5450c577D9rM5j&ws_ab_test=searchweb0_0,searchweb201602_5_10152_10151_10065_10344_10068_10547_10342_10343_10340_10548_10341_10696_10084_10083_10618_10307_10820_10301_10821_10303_10846_10059_10848_100031_10103_524_10624_10623_10622_10621_10620,searchweb201603_6,ppcSwitch_3&algo_expid=24cbaf74-d52f-4ccf-914a-b118b28c49f8-19&algo_pvid=24cbaf74-d52f-4ccf-914a-b118b28c49f8&transAbTest=ae803_1&priceBeautifyAB=0 ) cameras are usable with the company’s preferred App for Android and IOS as well as their pretty awful PC program. Di I say 1080p? Yes they have decent quality imagery at several frames a second, depending on your connection.

But more importantly they work with both the PC and mobile versions of IP Cam Viewer (I use the Pro version on mobile). PC version is free, mobile can be free with an ad.

Record video to SD, or remotely or not at all. Motion detection and IR-CUT night view, all work a treat.

The cameras come with 5v 1 amp mains supplies and can run wired networking or WIFI – I chose the latter.

For the  PC, Antonio (Mr Shark) recently suggested trying generic ONVIF software available from Sourceforge for free. https://sourceforge.net/projects/onvifdm/files/onvifdm-v2.2.250/odm-v2.2.250.msi/download?use_mirror=vorboss&r=https%3A%2F%2Fsourceforge.net%2Fprojects%2Fonvifdm%2Ffiles%2F&use_mirror=vorboss

I did and it works a treat on the PC, the setup allows for fixed IP/ports and reports the device MAC address.

The image here is from my mobile phone (via OneNote and grabbed in GreenShot to make for easier blogging)

camera pics

Ignore the crappy camera naming. There are two wall cameras in this single photo. As you can see the quality is ok. No zoom on these but for the price, what do you expect. The last couple of years has seen big improvements in these low-end cameras.

And yes they have bidirectional audio. I have two of these cameras, I’m going to buy more.

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11 thoughts on “OWSOO 801 1080p WiFi IP Camera

  1. I am curious to see how an outdoor night vision image looks like. Can you please add one to this page? There is a night vision image on the page you link to, but it is from a kitchen and I am not 100% sure it just a day light image converted to black/white.

  2. It's a good price for 1080p but if they report the true value on the paperwork then when it arrives in the UK you get hit with £5 VAT plus an £8 Royal Mail handling charge pushing it closer to the UK pricing. Amazon do a decent ONVIF camera with the same spec( but a 720p resolution) for the same £23 price tag as this one.

    1. I bought it from AliExpress, into the UK and there were no charges at all. Why would anyone today want a 720p camera when you can have 1080p at the same price? I never incur charges for small items from China. As for the handling charge - that is simply institutionalised extortion. Always insist on using normal mail, NOT couriers. In rural Spain where I am now, that is even more important as DHL think of a charge and double it, while local courier SEUR could not deliver to the door if their lives depended on it. Normal mail here is fine.

  3. The handling charge is levied by royal mail for collecting the vat as determined by customs. I bought a £16 card last week and they wouldn't deliver till I went online and paid £1 vat and £8 handling. Doesn't happen every time but often enough to make me wary of buying things just over the £15 threshold. Even if you appeal and win you still have to pay the handling charge.

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