Let’s first find out what an IP Security Camera is and why do you really need it? Or do you really even need it?
What’s an IP Camera?
An Internet Protocol camera, or IP camera, is a type of digital video camera commonly employed for surveillance, and which, unlike analog closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras, can send and receive data via a computer network and the Internet.
Some IP cameras require support of a central network video recorder (NVR) to handle the recording, video and alarm management. Others are able to operate in a decentralized manner with no NVR needed, as the camera is able to record directly to any local or remote storage media.
Why you need an IP Security Camera?
It’s simple in today’s world where crime rates keep increasing, you need to keep yourself safe. With the inclusion of IP Camera’s in your home’s security, you can continuously monitor your surroundings and be prepared in advanced in case of a threat.
That was all about IP camera’s.
Now that you know how important IP security camera’s can be, let’s get to the review.
I have broken my review into nine parts.
The picture quality on the device is above average. With its 720p camera it is able to produce pictures that are good enough. The colour accuracy and dynamic range aren’t great though.
But it also does not hog much of your bandwidth. So I think it’s a fair trade, at least during the day.
With its 10 pc IR LEDs with a 10 m range it is able to provide you with good night vision. One thing the company can improve upon is software processing to produce less noise.
The wide angle fisheye lens on the Diycam E37 W is able to complete complete room comfortable when placed at a good height in a corner. I recommend you place this camera at one of the top corners of your room, try to point it towards the door of your room.
This is a very week part about this camera. It fails to recognise motion a lot. According to my tests, it detected motion and sent me a notification 20% of the time. So if motion detection is a priority you shouldn’t buy this camera.
It’s a welcomed feature, people are more concerned about their privacy then ever before, so the option to stop recording is nice. Also the scheduling helps with simplifying the whole process and reduces effort from consumers end
Or one way audio? It’s another feature that needs improvement. You can listen to whatever is happening pretty easily, but when it comes to interacting with people it’s works only 10% of the time.
It often either completely fails to record what you want to say or it gets butchered by the time it reaches the camera.
The speakers are also not loud enough, one suggestion from me is to include an 3.5 mm jack so that we can connect it to a good speaker.
It’s a mixed bag in this case. Their claims are true. No DVR or cabling is required, it’s a plug and play camera and won’t take more than 30 seconds to configure.
But, consider this I’m a tech savvy person and I had a hard time figuring it out. I also called their customer support for help, but the person who received my call didn’t even sound interested in helping me. Also, they say that we can contact the customer care till 6 PM, but my experience says you can call they till 5:30, after which they just won’t pick the phone.
Eventually I did figure out how to set it up.
Live Video Playback
Diycam App is available on Android and iOS, but not on windows devices.
I noticed an average delay of 5 seconds in video. Which is fine for most part considering it’s an ultra budget device, but it’s also a security device and a delay of more than 1 second isn’t good then.
It supports upto a 128 GB SD Card. The problem with the SD Card is that this device heats like crazy, especially the SD Card slot area.
Story-time, during my testing I ran the camera for 15 minutes and was trying to take out the SD Card to check the recording quality, the SD Card was so hot that I had to throw it in the air while taking it out.
The problem with this is, continuous exposure to such high amount of heat might end up melting the contact points of the SD card.
I don’t know about the cloud storage, couldn’t find anything related to it.
I don’t usually point out warrant, but this time considering the market for this product, I think a 6 months warranty is very short. It should at least be 1 year warranty, considering the price, but ideally any security camera should have a 2 year warranty.
Considering all the above factors and the price of INR 2,555 at the time of writing this review, I would say if you desperately need a security camera then definitely go buy it, but if your requirement isn’t urgent you should wait and save some more money for a better camera.
According to me the best market for this camera is going to be college students living in dorms or shared apartments.
What do you think? Is this camera worth the price? Or can it offer more? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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