Solar HD1080P IP67 Camera

IP67 Solar Camera

This device was installed way back to summer 2019 – 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 pretty certain my issue was a loose battery problem – I’d used old ex-laptop batteries.

The first point to note. when I started working with the IP67, concerns the 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.

New camera from Banggood

Once I messed with some simple settings, when I left the wall-mounted camera outside and went back into into the house, the IP67 contacted me on my Android mobile phone and when I responded, I was immediately greeted with video footage.

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 looks good – and the price is OK too. The camera has it’s own access point mode in case it loses the WIFI but it has been rock-solid on WIFI, recovering transparently from 2 short power cuts with the attendant loss of WIFI.

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.

New camera

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 VERY dark (not pitch black) situations well. At 11pm tonight (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 seems to work just fine.

Here’s the Banggood link: https://bit.ly/2Ouo5lc – beware that this link currently says “sold out” but it’s a starting point. And here’s my YouTube video.

And here (July 2020) I note Banggood have two sales on – Summer Prime Sale and Summer Brand Sale.

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21 thoughts on “Solar HD1080P IP67 Camera

      1. I was more concerned about reliability for much of the time so no I’ve not tested it with those items yet… The attached is from just this second – in the heat of summer.

      1. yup, choose PROVEN SOURCE from where to buy, and go for the panasonic (black/green cover), or samsung (usually pink)… anything beyond 3400MAh is just FAKE, that’s the limit of the LI-ION and LiPo techonology in the 18650 form factor… https://xaeus.wordpress.com/2016/09/08/how-to-identify-18650-cell-capacity/

        look at DiodeGoneWild youtube channel for lots of info… i love his russian accent, and his cat which is always supervisioning on his bench 😀
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5lJDBCczlQo

  1. I read that there were fakes and that amount of mAh was miss leading.

    What I’m not sure about is the flat top vs the button top.

    The battery holder on the unit appears too want normal AA batteries, meaning there is a spring at one end and a flat contact on the other end.

    1. Hi

      Read the blog updates, this camera has proven to be unreliable (i.e. left unmanned it has died and I have no way to reset it as I am not currently at that location) and hence I have not done any further work on it. The only SOLAR camera that has proven to be 100% in an unmanned situation up to now is the MINUTEMEN which I’ve blogged about elsewhere in here. So the short answer is I can’t help with your current query.

      1. Hi Peter,
        first of all thanks a lot for interesting and useful video. Well, I searched unsuccessfully your write about MINUTEMEN: would You please assist to locate ? Thanks a lot

  2. I bought mine from Amazon shipped from some supplier in China. https://amzn.to/2PV6HU7

    Batteries were included but upon installing them nothing was happening. No blue LED, no voice prompt for setup. Nothing. Since I got 2 orders, I tried my second one, same thing, nothing.

    Now I was thinking maybe the batteries are totally drained and they need some charging. So I tried leaving them out in the sun for a day, still nothing, no LED, no voice prompt. And they look exactly the same by. But they do not seem to work at all, could there be a step I am doing incorrectly or these are totally busted? What is your expert guess opinion?

    1. I think I made it clear in my video I do not find this camera reliable. After it worked for some time in my presence, I left Spain in October and it went dead, it has not reconnected over 2 months later and I’m not there to press reset. All my other cameras are just fine including the now defunct (I really don’t understand why) Watchman. Initially my IP67 came with no matteries so I fitted two as you see in the video.. It worked for some weeks then just stopped. Amazon should refund you without questioning. I did not however have that initial problem – I hope you put the batteries in the right way round. Personally I’d stick the batteries in a Lithium charger for a few hours to start the ball rolling after which make sure their voltage is above 4v.

  3. I bought the Watchmen camera (a great buy) and I use it so the wife can watch the wild life. The only improvement I would like is if I could view the video using something other than the provided app. Have you managed to do this, and if so how?

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