If you like being able to check your home while you’re away, the full pan and tilt controls on this Deecam D200 IP Camera will help you look around your home, even when you’re not there.
- HD recording: The picture and video quality on this camera is very good (see the attached video sample of the camera switching to night mode). The 720P resolution picks up a lot of detail and makes it easy to see what’s going on in your house while you’re away.
- Night vision: The IR lights make it possible to “see in the dark” in black and white when there is no other light in the room. Please note that this will not work through glass, so you can’t aim this through a window to record outside at night. I’ve attached a sample video to this review that demonstrates the night mode kicking in when I turn the light off.
- Motion detection: You can place a Micro SD card into this camera and it will locally record video whenever motion is detected. You can also have the camera email you when it detects motion.
- Pan and tilt controls: Using the app for this camera, you can control the pan and tilt controls to view an entire room or check out different areas of your back yard, for example. You can also set preset locations so that the camera automatically moves to a certain position.
- Compatibility: Early IP cameras required odd Active X controls, which meant you had to use Internet Explorer to setup the camera. This camera’s web interface is much more compatible, working with Safari and Chrome on the Mac.
- Setup: There are basically two ways to setup this camera.
- The Easy Way: Download the “Life Online” app and use it to scan the QR code on the bottom of the camera. An online service will automatically help your phone and camera find each other when you’re not at home. This relies on a third-party website to help the two devices to connect.
- The Hard Way: I like having a little more control, and I was pleased that I can set this camera up the “traditional” way as well, which involves changing the router’s port forwarding settings and setting the camera to a static IP address. For most people though, the “easy way” will suffice
- Unencrypted connections: I could not find an HTTPS server on this camera. While this is common for home IP cameras, please be aware that if you’re connected to a public WiFi hotspot, then your password to access the camera can be sent over plain text. To help mitigate this, you can use your phone’s cellular connection. Also, change your IP camera’s password often (and never make it the same as another password you use).
Overall, this device has a sharp HD camera that performs well in the dark, thanks to the infrared lights. This Deecam IP camera is great for monitoring your home when you’re away.
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— Sample provided for review