To give my latest gadget its full title – Solar powered HD 1080p Wireless PIR waterproof security outdoor IP67 camera. Originally I received an ESCAM solar camera which was GREAT but which would not operate reliably in the outdoor heat despite its other great features. This is is my alternative pick and after several days of un-interrupted, external solar operation it is proving to be 100% reliable.
So, straight off the bat, I LIKE this camera, I also have a couple of MINOR gripes about the Android “i-Cam” app – no volume control on the sound… I like the idea of talking to the postman from thousands of miles away… .but to offset that – there are ways around the lack of sound control as I have a fully remotely controllable Raspberry Pi here in Spain. The camera, as well as being fully solar operated (it came minus batteries and I just fitted 2 cheap Lithium 18650 (maybe 2,000maH) batteries – it only actually needs one but I thought better safe than sorry) is fixed lens and has a wide field of view complete with 2-way sound.
There’s a video I made here: https://youtu.be/lVHvhZlC0F8
The first pleasant surprise was the App on my Android phone – dead easy to use – setup of the camera was trivial and I was surprised to see that the camera stores short video sequences triggered by the PIR into free cloud space (you can turn that off) even if you choose as I did, NOT to fit an SD.
Moreover, once I messed with some simple settings, when I moved past the wall-mounted camera back into the house, the camera rang me up on my Android mobile phone and when I answered the call I was immediately greeted with video footage.
Nice trick – I can have it ring me when I’m away from home or hiding in my office, on answering I can talk to whoever is 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 on some large sunflowers we have when it is windy so position for minimum visual interference if yo want to use the alarm feature.
Wall-mounting the camera is simple and they even provide a small screwdriver for the open-able battery compartment (the camera is solar but of course needs not-provided standard Lithium batteries for the night).
HD quality looks good – and the price is ok too. Time will tell how well it works, no gripes on that front after the first few days of operation– so far so good. The camera has it’s own access point mode in case it loses the WIFI but so far it has been rock-solid on WIFI, recovering transparently from 2 short power cuts with the attendant loss of WIFI.
Packaging was simple but perfectly adequate.
Apparently July 31 was the end of sale season. 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.
Such a camera MUST recover automatically from a flat battery. Don’t expect to see much about this in other reviews. Despite the above, I love this camera. You have a choice of SD or HD modes and once set it appears to stay in whichever mode you put it.
The simple design means you cannot optimise the solar panel position and angle gut that does not seem to be an issue. I’ll know more after our first day of poor weather, not expected for some weeks.
Here’s the Banggood link: https://bit.ly/2Ouo5lc