Solar HD1080P IP67 Camera

IP67 Solar Camera

This device was installed way back to summer 2019 and this update is December 2020 – 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. 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 – hopefully now fixed with coins to make them a really tight fit.

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.

New camera from Banggood

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.

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, or was a year ago. 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 (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: – 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.

Quick update October 10, 2020 – a new screengrab taken moments ago – the camera has operated flawlessly since my last update.

Screengrab Oct 5, 2020 - the IP67 camera operating flawlessly

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 Minutemen camera on my phone – both have been running for months without issue. Out of interest, the IP67 came into full colour long before the Minutemen camera did the same.

IP67 (left) and Minuteman (right) cameras - same location, same time.


24 thoughts on “Solar HD1080P IP67 Camera

    1. Did you every find out if this camera works with the Synology NAS? or by chance software like Blue IRIS?

      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…

        look at DiodeGoneWild youtube channel for lots of info… i love his russian accent, and his cat which is always supervisioning on his bench 😀

            1. yep. Well, – the first camera I had was thw same size and design – ESCAM and it was not reliable – so if it does not SAY WATCHMEN I would be wary.

  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. Button top usually is due to an addon little pcb containing some sort of protection, increasing a little the battery total length… If you open envelop and remove that they’re all flat on both sides

    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.

    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?

  4. Hi All.
    Has anyone reviewed or have experience with POE (not Wifi) external CCTV cameras, we now have a requirement at home so am looking for insight.

    Br John.

    1. I went with cheap injector pairs similar to rather than a full blown POE router. That way I could use cheaper cameras and the supplied 12v power supplies which were sufficient given the cable runs I had, and did not need the full 48v. Avoid CCA cable I find it prone to cracking – stick with full copper and try not to go for the cheapest – all the effort in installing outweighs a few pounds saved if it fails. Personally I always stick with CAT5 its far easier to install than messing around with the insulators and bend radius limitations of higher categories and the speeds I get with CAT5 are more than sufficient

  5. Thank you Steve, great input.
    I’ve got to add a switch at our router anyway (8 port) so though would be easy to get a POE jobbie and solve two problems at once.
    The run to the front CCTV will be CAT5 and is around 3m, I’ve already wired the house for CAT5/6 cable.
    Using a POE switch I can then add a camera at the garden any time I wish.

    Thoughts on cameras anyone?

    Br john.

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