This device was installed way back in summer 2019 and this update is December 2020 with bits added April 2021 – the Solar powered HD 1080p Wireless PIR waterproof security outdoor IP67 camera from Banggood. I’ve resurrected this article as I originally gave it a bad review as I felt it was unreliable – now I’m 100% certain my issue was a loose battery problem – I’d used old ex-laptop batteries. Actually, update that again – RUBBISH ex-laptop batteries – meaning they are a loose fit even now (or rather were). Can’t blame the camera for that – now fixed with coins to make them a really tight fit. Please note (April 2021) that I’ve updated the link above, mine doesn’t have a SIM slot – the current model does seem to have one – otherwise they seem identical.
A point to note: when I started working with the IP67, this concerns the i-Cam App for my Android phone – dead easy to use – setup of the camera was trivial and I was interested to see that the IP67 stores short video sequences triggered by the PIR into free cloud space (you can turn that off) even if you choose as I originally did, NOT to fit an SD.
When I originally wrote this, the instructions for setup seemed so simple I skipped over them – WELL, haven’t I now lost the manual. SO, with externally charged batteries, we put the batteries in and the camera starts to say “now ready to begin pairing”. Next, point the phone at the FRONT of the camera and in the i-Cam app, start “ADD a DEVICE” – “Setup Device” – and as you will note if you get one of these cameras, the blue light is flashing on the FRONT of the camera. At this point all we have to do is tell the APP the light is flashing. A percentage indicator will show on the phone and after under a minute you will hear “pairing information received” on the camera. Oh, and make sure the WiFi your phone is connected to is 2.4G, not 5G. The whole lot will be over in a minute.
YES I do now have an SD in the camera and and YES it is marking movement on the timeline in the APP, just like my MINUTEMEN camera. With a 16GB SD, I can log several days worth of movement and access it on the phone. Note that I mostly use Samsung and Sandisk SDs and am very happy with the results.
The idea of using the movement (PIR) sensor was to have the camera contact me when I’m away from home or hiding in my office. On answering I would be able to talk to whoever was visiting (like the postman) – or in the case of burglars, threaten to beat them to death. Be aware that at the lowest sensitivity this device picks up (when it is windy) on some large sunflowers we have, so, positioning for minimum visual interference is vital in order to use the alarm feature.
Wall-mounting the camera is simple and they even provide a small screwdriver to open the battery compartment – the camera is solar but of course needs (not-provided) standard Lithium batteries for the night.
HD quality is good – and the price is OK too, or was when I received the camera. The IP67 has it’s own access point mode in case it loses the WiFi but it has been rock-solid on WiFi, recovering transparently from two short power cuts with the attendant loss of WiFi.
April 2021: I thought I’d check if these are still shipping to the UK, given issues getting other products to the UK right now. I’m pleased to say they do appear to be shipping.
The camera arrived in plain and simple but perfectly adequate packaging.
Be warned: as is often the case, there are some really DUMB specs for this device online. What the hell is “200w pixels” for example. Also “low-battery warning sent to your phone”… REALLY? Not much use if you are away from home, like, thousands of miles away. I hope that’s just a translation issue.
You have a choice of SD or HD modes and once set it appears to stay in whichever mode you put it.
I also now have night shots and the camera handles dark (not pitch black) situations well even without using it’s lights. At 11pm (June 2020), those caves opposite came up really detailed in monochrome.
The simple design means you cannot optimise the solar panel position and angle but that does not seem to be an issue. When I returned to Spain in July 2020 I checked and discovered the battery connections could indeed have been better and once adjusted the camera works just fine.
Quick update October 2020: I got up this morning and as the rather grim sky started to light up, I looked at both the IP67 and my Watchmen camera on my phone – both have been running for months without issue. Out of interest, the IP67 came into full colour long before the Watchmen camera did the same.
April 2021: Both the IP67 and the Watchmen are still running 24/7 without issue, left entirely to charge on solar.