Top Best 50 Security Cameras: Wired & Wireless Surveillance – Best Buy in November 2021

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TP-Link - Kasa Spot Pan and Tilt Indoor 2K Wi-Fi Network Surveillance Camera - Black/White
Description

Get the full picture of any space in your apartment, dorm, or home with the Kasa Spot Pan Tilt. With a 360° horizontal view and 113° vertical view, the Pan Tilt has everything covered. Receive real-time alerts through the Kasa app when your camera detects motion or sound activity. With all videos stored locally on a microSD card (microSD card not included), access your video history and live stream 2K HD video to your smartphone, Alexa or Google Assistant supported display. The Pan Tilt’s starlight sensor captures colorful images even in low-light environments while advanced night vision to capture activity up to 30 ft. away in the dark. Set custom activity zones around important areas to control what alerts you receive. Use two-way audio to hear and speak to your family. Pair with Alexa or Google Assistant for voice control.

10 Features
  • 24/7 Live view: Keep an eye on what’s important to you in real time from anywhere with the Kasa Smart app. Even stream live video to any Alexa or Google Assistant supported display.
  • 2K HD video: Capture delicate details and vivid colors even when you zoom-in.
  • Pan & tilt in real time: Swipe up, down, left and right on your phone to rotate and set your cameras' point of view in real time from anywhere with the Kasa Smart app.
  • Real-time alerts: Get instant alerts when your Kasa Spot detects motion or sound.
  • Motion tracking: When motion activity is detected, Kasa Spot Pan Tilt tracks and follows the subject to within the camera's field of view. Kasa Pan Tilt can even detect motion up to 30ft. in the dark with night vision.
  • Patrol mode: Set multiple distinct viewpoints and program your pan tilt camera to keep an eye on each region at intervals of your choosing.
  • Two-way audio: Use crisp two-way audio to scare off intruders or check in on your family and pets.
  • Secure local storage: Videos are continuously recorded and stored on a microSD card (up to 256 GB). (microSD card not included.)
  • Smart actions: Create interactions between your camera and other Kasa devices. Set your lights to turn on when camera detects motion.
  • Voice control: Pair with Alexa or Google Assistant for voice control.
  • The Most Useful Review
  • Review by Franki, 10 out of 10
    Security camera

    Love this Kasa camera work great has to get the pan and love it

    Oct 30, 2021 21:32
  • 10score
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    Blink - Outdoor Camera + Floodlight Kit - 1 Camera, wireless, HD floodlight mount and smart security camera - Black
    Description

    Blink Floodlight works with Outdoor to deliver a wire-free, battery-powered HD smart security floodlight camera with powerful LED lights.

    5 Features
  • Full HD: See, hear, and speak to visitors in real time with 1080p HD live view and two-way audio from the app.
  • Shine Bright: Light up the night with 700 lumens of motion-triggered, high-quality LED lights.
  • Motion Detection: Customize motion detection zones, enable alerts, and set lights to trigger from the free Blink Home Monitor app on your smartphone.
  • Easy Setup: Connect Outdoor to wifi and follow in-app instructions. Mount where you want with the included kit (hook included for no drill installation on vinyl siding).
  • Works with Alexa: Use your voice to monitor your home with live view, motion alerts, and activate lights with select Alexa devices.
  • The Most Useful Review
  • Review by BigBob1425, 10 out of 10
    Excellent!

    love it! Works great. Easy to install. The siding clip make is very easy. I was not aware I had so many cats visiting the house in the middle of the night lol

    Nov 12, 2021 15:43
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    TP-Link - Kasa Spot Pan and Tilt Indoor 2K Wi-Fi Network Surveillance Camera - Black/White
    Description

    Get the full picture of any space in your apartment, dorm, or home with the Kasa Spot Pan Tilt. With a 360° horizontal view and 113° vertical view, the Pan Tilt has everything covered. Receive real-time alerts through the Kasa app when your camera detects motion or sound activity. With all videos stored locally on a microSD card (microSD card not included), access your video history and live stream 2K HD video to your smartphone, Alexa or Google Assistant supported display. The Pan Tilt’s starlight sensor captures colorful images even in low-light environments while advanced night vision to capture activity up to 30 ft. away in the dark. Set custom activity zones around important areas to control what alerts you receive. Use two-way audio to hear and speak to your family. Pair with Alexa or Google Assistant for voice control.

    10 Features
  • 24/7 Live view: Keep an eye on what’s important to you in real time from anywhere with the Kasa Smart app. Even stream live video to any Alexa or Google Assistant supported display.
  • 2K HD video: Capture delicate details and vivid colors even when you zoom-in.
  • Pan & tilt in real time: Swipe up, down, left and right on your phone to rotate and set your cameras' point of view in real time from anywhere with the Kasa Smart app.
  • Real-time alerts: Get instant alerts when your Kasa Spot detects motion or sound.
  • Motion tracking: When motion activity is detected, Kasa Spot Pan Tilt tracks and follows the subject to within the camera's field of view. Kasa Pan Tilt can even detect motion up to 30ft. in the dark with night vision.
  • Patrol mode: Set multiple distinct viewpoints and program your pan tilt camera to keep an eye on each region at intervals of your choosing.
  • Two-way audio: Use crisp two-way audio to scare off intruders or check in on your family and pets.
  • Secure local storage: Videos are continuously recorded and stored on a microSD card (up to 256 GB). (microSD card not included.)
  • Smart actions: Create interactions between your camera and other Kasa devices. Set your lights to turn on when camera detects motion.
  • Voice control: Pair with Alexa or Google Assistant for voice control.
  • The Most Useful Review
  • Review by Franki, 10 out of 10
    Security camera

    Love this Kasa camera work great has to get the pan and love it

    Oct 30, 2021 21:32
  • TP-Link - Kasa Spot Indoor 2K Wi-Fi Wireless Network Surveillance Camera - Black/White
    Description

    Keep an eye on your things with Kasa Spot indoor security camera. Receive instant alerts through Kasa app when your camera detects motion or sound activity. With all videos stored locally on microSD card, access your video history and live stream 2K HD video on your smartphone, an Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant supported display. (microSD card not included) The Spot even provides night vision to capture activity up to 30 ft. away in the dark and allows you to set custom activity zones around important areas to control what alerts you receive.

    9 Features
  • 24/7 Live View: Keep an eye on what’s important to you in real time from anywhere with the Kasa Smart app. Even stream live video to any Alexa or Google Assistant supported display.
  • 2K HD Video: Capture delicate details and vivid colors even when you zoom-in.
  • Real-Time Alerts: Get instant alerts when your Kasa Spot detects motion or sound.
  • Night Vision: The Kasa Spot can detect motion even in the dark up to 30 ft. away using advanced night vision.
  • Activity Zones: Configure up to 4 customizable zones to receive alerts you care about.
  • Secure Local Storage: Videos are continuously recorded and stored on a MicroSD card (up to 256 GB). (microSD card not included)
  • Smart Actions: Create interactions between your camera and other Kasa devices. Set your lights to turn on when camera detects motion.
  • Voice Control: Pair with Alexa or Google Assistant for voice control.
  • Easy Setup: Setup and manage with Kasa Smart app.
  • 2 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Steve, 10 out of 10
    Kasa Spot 2K Wireless

    Overall my second Kasa Spot. Love the image quality and especially the night vision. No issues at all.

    Nov 19, 2021 19:03
  • Review by Rick, 10 out of 10
    Awesome

    Great little camera. It does the job. Great local storage if you dont want it stored in the cloud.

    Nov 05, 2021 16:35
  • Wyze Cam v3 1080p HD Indoor/Outdoor Video Security Camera with Color Night Vision and 2-Way Audio - White
    Description

    Cam v3 is the 3rd generation of Wyze’s flagship camera, Wyze Cam. Like its predecessor, Wyze Cam v3 lets you see and record 1080p video right from the Wyze mobile app. New to Wyze Cam v3, is its waterproof design allowing for outdoor installation with an IP65 rating. Wyze Cam v3 also takes advantage of an all-new Starlight Sensor which allows for extreme low-light performance and shows great detail in the dark. With Wyze Cam v3's color night viewing, night time video recording appears as if it’s day time.

    5 Features
  • Color night vision: An all-new Starlight Sensor records night time video in full, vivid color. The Starlight Sensor can see full color in environments up to 25x darker than traditional video cameras and the new f/1.6 aperture captures 2x more light.
  • Indoor/Outdoor: Wyze Cam v3 is a wired video camera with an IP65 rating so you can confidently install it outside in the rain or inside in the kids’ room.
  • Motion/Sound detection: Wyze Cam records video when motion or sound is detected and sends an alert straight to your phone. Motion Detection Zones and custom settings allow you to adjust the sensitivity of detection or turn it off completely.
  • Two-way audio: Greet visitors and have a conversation with loud two-way audio. Wyze Cam v3 also has a siren button you can press to scare off unwanted guests.
  • 24/7 Continuous recording: Continuous video recording with a 32GB MicroSD card (sold separately). Just insert the MicroSD into the base of the Wyze Cam and you’re all set. Works with Alexa and Google Assistant
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by CamGirl, 10 out of 10
    Wow what a difference!

    I bought two V3 cams since I have the V2 and needed more to cover the outside of my house. Well I went ahead and installed my V3 where my V2 was located and omg the quality of the video is superb compared to the V2! It looks like it’s daylight outside in the dark and also it’s in color, my old one kept filming in black and white at night lol. Here are pictures with same time stamp to show everyone.

    Oct 29, 2021 19:53
  • Review by MommyMode, 10 out of 10
    Living Room Camera

    My fiancee and i are very pleased. We will be buying two more for extra security. Super easy to install. As a mom that works, i can see whats going on at home and talk to my kiddos through there.

    Oct 16, 2021 10:59
  • Review by Jondphotographer1, 10 out of 10
    Wyze version 3 security camera

    This camera is very good especially at night. This version 3 has a capability to light up a pitch black area. As you can see in my picture my back yard is pictch black no light but as you can see ot seems like morning wjth a little light. We also bought the wyze plus to help.

    Oct 29, 2021 05:54
  • Review by goodbyetoeverything, 10 out of 10
    Great budget security cam

    Easy to set up and connect to wifi. Tip: In the app, put your cameras in a group; that way you can live-view all of them simultaneously.

    Oct 22, 2021 15:58
  • Review by itsmiiichy, 10 out of 10
    Excellent outdoor camera!

    I bought two of these for my house and am impressed with the quality and capabilities for the price! Even to upgrade for more options is under $5 a month, definitely worth it if you’re not looking to pay a hefty price to get quality security.

    Oct 21, 2021 15:41
  • Review by Cooltom, 10 out of 10
    Great camera! Recommend!

    Great Camera! Easy to set up! I bought 2 of these to use in an office setting to cover some blind spots we needed to keep an eye one. Super easy to set up both cameras. Ap easy to use. Need to figure out if I can use it on the PC. Picture is very clear.

    Oct 22, 2021 19:29
  • Review by htbiddie, 10 out of 10
    htbiddie

    Wyze cameras have never let me down. Great quality visuals and I am very impressed with the night vision. For my tastes this is the best camera for the money. It beats them all.

    Oct 15, 2021 17:17
  • Review by KayW, 10 out of 10
    Wyze

    This camera has better sound and picture than a blink camera.

    Sep 27, 2021 17:42
  • 9.8score
    Wyze Cam v3 1080p HD Indoor/Outdoor Video Security Camera with Color Night Vision and 2-Way Audio - White
    Description

    Cam v3 is the 3rd generation of Wyze’s flagship camera, Wyze Cam. Like its predecessor, Wyze Cam v3 lets you see and record 1080p video right from the Wyze mobile app. New to Wyze Cam v3, is its waterproof design allowing for outdoor installation with an IP65 rating. Wyze Cam v3 also takes advantage of an all-new Starlight Sensor which allows for extreme low-light performance and shows great detail in the dark. With Wyze Cam v3's color night viewing, night time video recording appears as if it’s day time.

    5 Features
  • Color night vision: An all-new Starlight Sensor records night time video in full, vivid color. The Starlight Sensor can see full color in environments up to 25x darker than traditional video cameras and the new f/1.6 aperture captures 2x more light.
  • Indoor/Outdoor: Wyze Cam v3 is a wired video camera with an IP65 rating so you can confidently install it outside in the rain or inside in the kids’ room.
  • Motion/Sound detection: Wyze Cam records video when motion or sound is detected and sends an alert straight to your phone. Motion Detection Zones and custom settings allow you to adjust the sensitivity of detection or turn it off completely.
  • Two-way audio: Greet visitors and have a conversation with loud two-way audio. Wyze Cam v3 also has a siren button you can press to scare off unwanted guests.
  • 24/7 Continuous recording: Continuous video recording with a 32GB MicroSD card (sold separately). Just insert the MicroSD into the base of the Wyze Cam and you’re all set. Works with Alexa and Google Assistant
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by CamGirl, 10 out of 10
    Wow what a difference!

    I bought two V3 cams since I have the V2 and needed more to cover the outside of my house. Well I went ahead and installed my V3 where my V2 was located and omg the quality of the video is superb compared to the V2! It looks like it’s daylight outside in the dark and also it’s in color, my old one kept filming in black and white at night lol. Here are pictures with same time stamp to show everyone.

    Oct 29, 2021 19:53
  • Review by MommyMode, 10 out of 10
    Living Room Camera

    My fiancee and i are very pleased. We will be buying two more for extra security. Super easy to install. As a mom that works, i can see whats going on at home and talk to my kiddos through there.

    Oct 16, 2021 10:59
  • Review by Jondphotographer1, 10 out of 10
    Wyze version 3 security camera

    This camera is very good especially at night. This version 3 has a capability to light up a pitch black area. As you can see in my picture my back yard is pictch black no light but as you can see ot seems like morning wjth a little light. We also bought the wyze plus to help.

    Oct 29, 2021 05:54
  • Review by goodbyetoeverything, 10 out of 10
    Great budget security cam

    Easy to set up and connect to wifi. Tip: In the app, put your cameras in a group; that way you can live-view all of them simultaneously.

    Oct 22, 2021 15:58
  • Review by itsmiiichy, 10 out of 10
    Excellent outdoor camera!

    I bought two of these for my house and am impressed with the quality and capabilities for the price! Even to upgrade for more options is under $5 a month, definitely worth it if you’re not looking to pay a hefty price to get quality security.

    Oct 21, 2021 15:41
  • Review by Cooltom, 10 out of 10
    Great camera! Recommend!

    Great Camera! Easy to set up! I bought 2 of these to use in an office setting to cover some blind spots we needed to keep an eye one. Super easy to set up both cameras. Ap easy to use. Need to figure out if I can use it on the PC. Picture is very clear.

    Oct 22, 2021 19:29
  • Review by htbiddie, 10 out of 10
    htbiddie

    Wyze cameras have never let me down. Great quality visuals and I am very impressed with the night vision. For my tastes this is the best camera for the money. It beats them all.

    Oct 15, 2021 17:17
  • Review by KayW, 10 out of 10
    Wyze

    This camera has better sound and picture than a blink camera.

    Sep 27, 2021 17:42
  • 9.8score
    eufy - Security Spotlight Cam Solar 2K
    Description

    The SoloCam Solar Spotlight Cam is the latest in cutting-edge eufy Security battery cameras with an integrated solar panel. With the built-in 13,400mAh battery and integrated solar panel, just a few hours of direct sunlight each day is enough to extend the battery life to near-infinite power. When motion is detected at night, the 600-Lumen spotlight will automatically turn on, which will not only help the color night vision, but will also scare off intruders. When it comes to security, the key is in the details. Consumers can see exactly what is happening around their home in crisp 2K clarity, detect humans that come into frame, and filter out false alerts with the built-in local AI technology. There is 8GB eMMC of 60 days free local storage and there’s no monthly fee after your purchase.

    10 Features
  • Forever Power, Solar Style: Sunlight each day is enough to continuously power Spotlight Cam Solar 2K, so you never have to worry about changing the battery. And when the sun sets, the built-in battery keeps the juice flowing.*
  • Light Up the Night: The ultra-bright 600-lumen spotlight switches on as soon as motion is detected, shining a light on any unwanted guests, while the color night vision picks out details in the darkness up to 8 meters away.
  • The Key is in the Detail: Capture every event that occurs around your home in ultra-clear 2K resolution.
  • No Hidden Costs: The Spotlight Cam Solar 2K is a one-time purchase. There are no monthly fees or hidden costs. Everything is done on-device for complete security and transparency.
  • Relevant Recordings: The built-in AI ensures the camera only records when a person is present, rather than an animal.Find Your Ideal Brightness: Adjust the brightness and color temperature of the spotlight to fit your space.
  • Easy to Install: Takes just minutes to install the mount using a drill and the included pack of screws. No wires or cords needed.
  • Greet Guests: Chat to anyone passing by—invited or not—and hear their response up to 8 meters away in real-time via SoloCam Solar’s two-way audio.
  • Smart Integration: Connect the outdoor security camera Spotlight Cam Solar 2K up to the Google Assistant or Alexa for complete hands-free control of your home security.
  • Ready for All Seasons: The solar-powered security camera handles almost anything Mother Nature throws at it. It’s IP67 rating shrugs off rain, sleet, and snow.
  • *Note: According to laboratory data recorded in direct sunlight. Actual charging time may vary depending on installation location and lighting conditions.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by mkcar1, 10 out of 10
    Nice upgrade from 1080P

    I currently have 2 1080P Eufy wi-fi security cameras that I have used for over a year as well as an Eufy Smart wi-fi 2k video doorbell for 18 months – and while all have worked well, they required a base to store the videos and their batteries needed charging at some point. So, I was excited to get a chance to check out this new solar unit with built in storage. I wasn’t disappointed as it was easy to setup and relatively easy to install. If you are new to security cameras and/or want a compact all-in-one unit not requiring a base – I would recommend this unit.

    Nicely packaged and comes with;

    Security Camera (seemed kind of shaped like a cow bell to me) with 8GB eMMC memory (not expandable) and 600 Lumens spotlight. Also has an onboard 13400mAh battery. It also meets IP67 standard - yeah that didn’t mean anything to me either so looked it up and it deals with how watertight, heat resistant, etc. a unit is. Also has 90dB siren (which I did not test).

    3-foot 6-inch USB-C charging cable (to be used for initial charge which took several hours)

    No AC brick/adapter to plug charging cable into. This seems the case with many manufacturers now, I guess they assume everyone has several lying around. Which is certainly the case with me – they are everywhere in my house.

    Cone shaped camera mount including screws and wall inserts to secure screws.

    Quick Start Guide

    24/7 Monitoring Security Warning stickers

    Positives;

    Was very easy to un-pack and setup following nicely detailed instructions. But before I did anything though I charged the unit which took several hours.

    I already had Eufy app installed so I just chose the add a device option, selected the SoloCam from the list of products provided and it walked me through synching and installation. It uses 2.4 Ghz band to connect to wi-fi so I made sure my phone was using that band before adding unit. Once added thru the app it will walk you thru installation options as well as do’s and don’ts. Also once connected you can access the camera through app regardless of wi-fi or cellular connection and can be done remotely from anywhere.

    Once added there are multiple settings, etc. you have access to. Since I have other devices, I was able to re-order the way they showed up in the app home screen. You can also choose whether there is a water mark, date/time or both or none on your recordings as well as rename the camera. Set-up how you receive alerts, set whether spotlight comes on and how bright, night vision, motion detection sensitivity, power manger, video quality, storage, wi-fi connection, there is a mounting guide, about device and option to restart or remove device.

    After installation you will want to check Power manager to ensure that the solar panel is working and getting enough sun to function. You can run on battery and documentation states you can do so for up 4 months – but why pay for solar and not use it? Deciding placement of the camera was more difficult than I expected. The new unit is maybe 3 times larger than my old 1080P and maybe twice as heavy. I couldn’t just put it where my 1080P camera was as would not get enough sun to function and the camera mount is larger too, so screw holes don’t match. With that in mind I decided to mount camera on my patio overhang ensuring that some of the mounting holes/screws went directly into the wood structure under my stucco - as I didn’t want it falling off. Setting angle of camera. etc. is easy as you just tighten the camera mount once it’s in place.

    The camera is connected using AES 128 -bit encryption.

    Camera is only about 12 feet and one wall away from my satellite mesh unit so wi-fi signal is very strong and I have no problem streaming/viewing 2K video.

    Day and Night motion and sound detection are extremely good with very little lag time starting recording. You can set the detection level as well as recording all movement or only humans – it uses its built in AI to decide. I have it set to all, but I had to set the detection level down a couple of notches as sound set it off as did moving tree branches. You have option to view live. It provides accurate and fast recording with 2K resolution being very good with nice color. Doesn’t get nearly as grainy when zooming in as my 1080P did. Field of view is great and records in color at night when you have the flood light option on. But I use infrared only so have spotlight turned off – I only used once for this review. 2-way audio is available also - you can also speak through the camera speaker which again I only tried once and its reasonably clear - would have been good to scare trick or treaters though I think!

    It is very easy to download an event onto your phone if you want to save it.

    Can be used with Alexa or Google but I didn’t try either.

    1-year limited warranty.

    Negatives;

    Can’t add/upgrade memory. It would be pretty much perfect if you could upgrade but having access to memory/battery probably would compromise the weather sealing/rating.

    Worry about elements affecting camera over time. I live in desert so snow and even rain really aren’t an issue – it’s the heat. I had problems with doorbell overheating in the summer and shutting down. Had to move to more shaded side of doorway. This camera will get morning sun so hopefully it won’t overheat.

    There is no computer application to work with Windows, etc. So, you must use android or apple to access.

    Since I already had the base, it would be nice to have option to use its storage. If camera is stolen, you won’t have any record as memory will be gone with the camera. To help avoid this I installed camera so that a ladder is needed to access it. I guess an argument could be made that base could be taken if home broken into.

    Overall, very nice and recommend. Just make sure you go through all the options in the app so you can fine tune to your liking.

    Nov 08, 2021 06:55
  • Review by softwareEngineer, 10 out of 10
    Hassle-Free, Wireless Camera!

    The eufy SoloCam S40 is an impressive piece of hardware. It’s a 2K resolution camera that is both wireless and with an integrated solar panel. It even sports a built-in security spotlight that activates during motion detections. This thing is hassle-free, period. But I think what’s most important is that event storage and notifications are free. No monthly fees to pay, no extra costs for premium features. What you pay for this camera is all you need.

    The S40 doesn’t communicate with a hub as it will directly interface with your Wifi at home. This is an important fact because your Wifi strength dictates how far you can operate this camera relative to your Wifi router. Assuming your connectivity is nominal, connectivity to the camera should have no issues. No drops, stutters or miscues surfaced during my testing around the perimeter of my home. Setup is very simple using the EufySecurity app, which will guide you through adding a new camera. It’s awesome to see the different eufy ecosystem of products that you can add along with this awesome camera.

    Detection notifications are relatively quick, probably within 5-10 seconds after detection, and detection latency is not bad, meaning the tape doesn't start rolling until a couple of seconds after detection. I found this quite nominal for a wireless camera as it manages battery life. Person detection is very good, with the app presenting the person's face in the event detection list. Detections can be set as short as 10 seconds or as long as 2 minutes. Recycle times can also be set between 5-60 seconds. These tuning knobs will dictate the amount of battery used relative to the amount of activity you anticipate to capture in a full day.

    Besides the standard night vision, there is an option for "color night vision", but it just appears to be a sensor that is able to take in the dimmest light and still produce a video feed that is usable and viewable at night. The spot lights aren't actually that bright when activated, but the camera makes it appear so. Even without the spotlights, the image quality is pretty impressive with a little ambient light.

    Detection sensitivity can be adjusted and detection zones can be created from within the EufySecurity app. Maybe your camera is looking at an area with trees that can sway to the wind or something similar; best to turn the sensitivity down to reduce battery usage. I did encounter some false detections at a higher detect sensitivity, so I kept playing with the sensitivity until I got it right enough for my use.

    Like I mentioned above, the event caching and notifications are a free service. No monthly fees. The camera has a built-in 8gb ram that will keep recording in the event that you lose Wifi connectivity. eufy claims that to be about 2 months of event caching. I'm guessing it's a rolling cache.

    The camera can participate in home/away modes in the app. If set to away, the camera can flash and siren if it detects a person. I don't use this feature due to the possibility of false alarms, and they do happen.

    As you search for a permanent spot to mount this camera, be mindful of the daylight relative to the mount point. This is a solar camera and you want to give it as much help as you can, even if it says it will only need around 2 hours of sun a day. I have mine mounted in the backyard on an orange tree facing the rear entry door. The afternoon sun sits nicely for a few hours before dusk and the battery has remained virtually full since mounting it there. You never have to get your ladder and recharge the battery every X amount of months.

    Another thing to be mindful of is the amount of movement the camera might encounter during a full day. Facing a busy street of cars could cause constant events to trigger, and that might not be enough to keep the battery constantly charged. The camera does put an emphasis on people, but it still will detect movement and offload those events to you during the evening.

    One minor setback I saw was the inability for the camera to detect when a person is walking head-on to it. The app even recommends you mount the camera at an angle relative to the area being watched so you don’t encounter head-on movement. An example would be if you mounted this camera right above your front door. If a person walked up to your front door, the camera might have trouble detecting that person. Also, this thing is quite large relative to other wireless cameras, but that is attributed to the built-in solar panel. It is big, but it's a cleaner look than a wireless cam + tethered solar panel solution.

    I intend on buying more of the SoloCam S40s in the future.

    Nov 09, 2021 23:38
  • Review by CactusJax, 10 out of 10
    Great night vision

    This camera has a great picture. It doesn't matter whether its daytime, nighttime B&W or color, this is the best security cam picture I have had. This picture is better than some cameras I have tried that claim twice the resolution. I love that the free service version delivers everything I need (vs some competitors). I also like that it begins recording much faster than other systems. My current security cam system doesn't record a delivery person on my front porch until they are walking out of the gate after walking up, placing a package, turning around and leaving. This camera begins recording as soon as the person walks in through the gate and captures the entire event. The software identifies humans and has yet to alert me that an insect or animal is moving around the courtyard (again, unlike competitors I have used). The app picks out and highlights the person it identified and places their image in a circle below the video of the event. This circle is often enough for me to recognize the visitor. Several places I thought I wanted to add a security camera got little Sunlight. The place I set up the camera gets plenty of sun and the battery charge indicator has shown nothing but a full charge so far. The only issue I encountered setting up this camera was that it seemed to want me to start over after connecting to my WiFi router. At first I thought the software had a glitch. I believe that since my WiFi Mesh system is multiband and automatic that the router was connecting the camera to 5G (which is not supported). I have had a similar experience with 2 other devices. Unlike my old system where I assigned a new device to one of the WiFi bands, this router picks a band without my input. Once it assigns the low band it's good to go. this made for a number of attempts to set the camera up but once it got on the correct band it's worked perfectly. I blame this on my mesh WiFi system, not the camera but still a minor issue. All in and all done, I love this camera.

    Nov 20, 2021 23:20
  • Review by ferrari, 10 out of 10
    Great home protection without a monthly fee

    This is the latest addition to my Eufy home security suite. I have the doorbell cam, floodlight cam, 2 exterior cams, and 3 interior cams. This by far is the best of the lot. It's a pretty serious looking and imposing piece of equipment. If you're thinking this is your run of the mill solar device, look again. I did not see a battery size or capacity posted in the specs, but given the heft of it, it appears to be able to handle at least a week or two of sunless weather. Out of the box, it took 4 hours to come to a complete charge. I've had it mounted for a week, with a couple of cloudy days, and the battery is still reading 100%.

    There was only one glitch with it, I recently installed a new Wifi mesh network, and it did not want to connect. The setup pamphlet suggested that as this is a 2.4 device, if you're transmitting both 2.4 & 5G on your wifi, you should split the signal with different SSID's for the 2 frequencies. Went to my router & appended a 5 to the 5G signal, and it hooked right up.

    I have to give kudos to the Eufy app. I now have 8 devices on the one app, and it works beautifully. After owning these products for over a year, I've no idea why anyone would want to pay a monthly fee for security service.

    Referencing the photos I've included, you can see it's a pretty good spotlight. You can configure it for the spotlight to go on upon a detection, or to use only infrared. There are also sliders in the app you can use to control the level of lighting, and the color temperature. You can also set it for human detection only, personally, I like to see what kind of critters are roaming around on the property. The first night I had it up it caught a red fox jumping my fence.

    So far, very happy with the performance & features of the spotlight cam, and have already recommended it to my meighbors & family.

    Nov 10, 2021 13:35
  • Review by HBCUgrad13, 10 out of 10
    Does the job

    [Pro: Video quality is clear.]

    Although 1080p uses less space when recording events, I much rather have better quality clips. The 1440p/2K video is very crisp, and this spotlight camera captures details that would be very important if an unfortunate situation were to occur.

    [Pro: Motion Detection and notifications are quick.]

    The S40 cam has very fast response times when detecting motion and sending alerts. Although I have the camera placed in a low traffic area, I knew quickly when activity was happening in my yard. Furthermore, I didn’t have any false positives which is a major plus.

    [Pro: Bright cameras help for great night vision]

    Night vision is adequate without the light, but the spotlight creates great recordings. Because the camera is big and sturdy, it has a larger light than most outdoor security cameras.

    [Pro: Battery life is great.]

    Battery life is good, but even better for those low traffic areas that still might need the presence of security.

    [Con: Solar panel placement is awkward.]

    The only major drawback for this camera is that the mount might not help it stick out far enough to catch a lot of sun. You might need utilize an external solar panel with a

    USB C connection unless you don’t mind unscrewing the camera from the mount to charge it up.

    [Con: Storage is not removeable]

    8GB is enough space to record clips over multiple months. However, I prefer to be able to expand that video storage and to transfer the card physically to my computer. This is not a major issue, but more of a preference.

    Overall, the Solar Powered Eufy Spotlight Camera is not perfect, but very excellent in the things that it can do. It performs in a manner in which it meets all of my security needs.

    Nov 03, 2021 22:14
  • Review by jsnkc28, 10 out of 10
    Serious contender!

    eufy - Security Spotlight Cam Solar 2K Solo Cam S40 review

    I will start out by saying that I have owned or tried pretty much all of the major companies’ security cameras on the market (except for Eufy). For the last couple years, I have been using one of the big ones and I have been very happy with it. But recently they released a new line of sub-par cameras and their new app has turned horrible so I was looking for something new.

    I jumped at the chance to give this camera a try since I have never used and Eufy products before, but I have heard good things about them.

    Right out of the box I found it to be a nice hefty camera that seems very solidly built. I have no doubt that this will be able to handle the elements. I live in southern Wisconsin so I will definitely be able to see how it works in the extremes of all seasons.

    Setting it up was fairly easy, although I did have a little trouble getting it connected to my router. These only work on 2.4Ghz bands and my router is dual band. So by default it tries to connect to the 5Ghz network which wasn’t working. I ended up setting up a guest network and that one was strictly 2.4Ghz to use for this camera. After getting that figured out, the camera was set up and ready to go in a matter of minutes.

    Mounting it was fairly easy. It comes with a bracket that you screw into the wall with the included 3 screws and then you put the camera on the threaded end and you are able to position it how you need to. The mount is plastic, so im hoping that will hold up, time will tell. I was also a little concerned that there was no kind of locking screw or anything to keep the camera on the mount. Someone could easily come and unscrew the camera from the mount. But you would get them on video doing that. Thankfully I am mounting mine high enough that someone would need a ladder in order to do that.

    They recommend charging the battery fully before mounting which I did. Mine will be in direct sunlight for most of the daytime. After a few days use, the battery on my camera was still fully charged. We have probably 10-20 events a day that it records, so hopefully I will never have to take it down to charge it.

    Going into the app I found it a pleasure to use after coming from that other companies’ app that I had been using. Its not perfect, but its very good. I walked in my yard to test out the notifications. It easily picked me up when I came into view and it took about 6 seconds for the notification to show up on my phone. I was able to see a still image in my notification window showing me what the camera saw. By default that option was turned off, so I had to turn it on. We have a bunch of plants in our backyard that were setting off false notifications when the wind blew, but after tweaking the sensitivity settings in the app a little bit I was able to get it dialed in perfectly. I found the video to be very clear and I was easily able to pick out fine details during the day.

    I was also anxious to see what the night would bring. I am happy to report that the light on the camera easily lit up my whole backyard (its roughly 30’ x 50’) the full color night vision was amazing! Something that I had been lacking with my previous system that just had black and white. I was able to see a lot more details (with the spotlight on) and it was much clearer than my other system. Obviously at night it’s a lot more grainy, but its by far the best I have seen in a camera to date. I found the notifications also worked very well at night. It was able to pick me up when I walked in the frame just as well as during the day. Using the color night vision without the spotlight it pretty useless though, its so dark you can’t see anything. It would be nice to have the black and white on all the time and then the color kicks in when the motion is detected and the light comes on. Then you would always be able to see what is going on without having to switch back and forth between black and white and color.

    Overall, I have been very impressed with this camera. Not to mention you get all of this with no monthly subscription fee!! Although there are some subscription and monitoring available if you choose. I was so impressed that I actually ordered their doorbell camera as well as their pan/tilt floodlight camera as well. I cant wait to get them installed and try them out as well. I’m hoping I can switch to an all Eufy system and get rid of my other system altogether!

    A couple small things in the app that I didn’t like is that when you first open the app, there are still images of the last video event that was recorded (or live view) I think it would be nice to show the current live video on all cameras instead of having to open each one up individually. Even better if the current live video could be displayed on all the cameras so you can get a complete view of everything happening.

    Also, my experience with the Google Home Hub was not that great. I was getting 15-20 seconds before the video would come up on the screen when I went to view a camera. I was also getting a stream unavailable message a lot as well. Not sure if that’s Googles fault, Eufy’s fault, or a combination of both. Would be nice if that was a little quicker. Not sure if that could be fixed or not though.

    Overall, I have been VERY impressed with this camera and I highly recommend it. I can’t wait to get my other Eufy cameras and get my whole system set up. If you are currently unhappy with your security system or have a major company that just released sub-par cameras and are forcing you to switch to an app that doesn’t work as good. Give these a try!!

    Nov 06, 2021 11:46
  • Review by nkpstudios, 10 out of 10
    ESSENTIAL Outdoor Home Security

    The Eufy Spotlight SoloCam S40 is an all-in-one self-contained wireless video solution, with its best application being for outdoor surveillance. It can serve as a camera, motion-activated spotlight (using smart features), security camera, and communication device based on your needs. The S40 is a behemoth when put next to other cameras, but NONE are also solar integrated with a large battery. The field of view is a little tight, so you may need to adjust once you see your camera feed. The IP67 weather-proof build offers excellent protection from the elements, so you can set it and forget it. The setup process is quick and easy using an intuitive app-based approach. In all, Eufy knows how to do security right and ALL without monthly fees AND using ONBOARD AI. With this solution, you essentially get a camera with an unlimited battery so long as you give it a few hours of sunlight per day. Otherwise, you will have a 4-5 month battery life as most other cams in their lineup.

    Setup

    As an existing Eufy user, I added another device using the app as you would have done in the past. If you're new to the Eufy ecosystem, go to your app store and download Eufy Security, create a login, then add the device to your account - easy as that. I first like to test and place the camera in the general area to ensure solar charging and good video coverage. Everything you need to mount is provided for you in the box for a standard install. Long screws and also a set of wall anchors with screws to match are provided in this kit. If you are in the market for smart security, Eufy is where to start looking first! After installation, a quick check of the footage, and you will be ecstatic about the camera quality! I would say that is the best feature. It has HDR to help with bright situations, and the resolution and clarity are excellent in low light and daylight shots. License plates and faces are visible, which is a must in this industry.

    Strengths and Weaknesses

    The app and setup process is straightforward to use. The camera itself is a self-contained IP67 weather-proof BEAST. I like that there are NO FEES, local video storage, and it integrates well with Alexa and Google. With my Alexa ecosystem, I can use it as a trigger to turn on a light or send a notification through any of my Alexa speakers. The inclusion of onboard AI reduces false alarms and alert times while doing a great job of filtering people from the rest of the alerts. Below are a few thoughts I'd like to share regarding my likes and dislikes with the system.

    +Easy setup using the app and QR Codes

    +Just 2 hours of direct sunlight each day is enough to continuously power

    +Strong solid connection

    +AI onboard to detect people in just 200 milliseconds to minimize false alerts and keep your phone quiet.

    +Built-in storage 8GB claiming two months of storage encrypted under AES128 military-grade encryption to protect your privacy.

    +600 lumens of focused light with color temperature control and color night vision!

    +Alerts are almost instant!

    +No monthly fees!

    +Weatherproof IP67

    +90dB siren built-in with flashing light and 2-way communication all in a self-contained easy to use and install solution.

    +Solar panel integrated for near-endless power.

    -Hard to conceal, starting with the color and size. It's a lot larger than other solutions out there.

    -Must enter "Power Manager" for an exact battery percentage and charging details.

    -There are moments with buffering, but usually, they work themselves out after a few seconds.

    -Planned obsolescence - Batteries not removable or replaceable. When it dies, you must buy new hardware. Onboard storage is not removable or upgradeable either - two pretty essential points of failure on wireless security cameras.

    Verdict

    This system is excellent, and I recommend it to anyone who doesn't want to pay monthly fees, charge their outdoor cameras, or pay for overpriced cameras out there. Eufy has created a sweet spot in the home surveillance market where the saying you get what you pay for doesn't ALWAYS have to be true!

    Nov 15, 2021 08:13
  • Review by jkj1, 10 out of 10
    Great Outdoor Security Camera

    There’s a lot that can be said about the Eufy SoloCam S40 camera - and almost all of it is good. It’s larger and heavier than other security cameras I’ve seen. It’s about 5 X 3.5 inches and weighs over a pound. The large top surface area is needed for the integrated solar panel and the weight is probably due to the battery.

    The battery is not removable, so in the event that it needs a recharge, the entire camera would have to be dismounted and charged via the USB cord. But it seems like that would be a rare occurrence. I charged the battery to 100% before using it and inside testing took the charge down to about 80%. But even though it was raining most of today, the charge was at 96% after I put it outside for a couple of hours. The battery charge can be easily monitored in the app.

    The Eufy camera works with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant and Apple HomeKit. I don’t have any of those so I wasn't able to test that function. There are 2 motion detection options. The camera has an AI Human Detection system that detects objects similar to the human shape and filters out animals, cars, etc. Or it can be set to detect all motion. It performed well on both settings.

    The camera has a 135 degree field of view and 8GB of local storage. Stored data can be easily monitored and cleared to create more space. Any videos that you want to save can be individually downloaded to the phone’s photo album. Events are stored by days - not one long running tally.

    The camera includes a very bright spotlight that can be set to come on at night when motion is detected. Both the color and brightness of the light can be adjusted in the app. Videos taken with the spotlight on were very sharp and looked like they were taken in daylight. I noticed that when I had the outside house lights turned on, the Eufy spotlight did not come on.

    Lots of things can be customized in the app. Changing the default notification sound lets me distinguish a Eufy camera backyard alert from an alert given by the camera that is in the front window. In my case there was a 10 - 15 second delay between the motion event and notification on my phone. That is similar to the time lag for my other camera by a different vendor.

    The coolest thing is being able to adjust the activity zone. Once the physical camera position is fixed, the target area can be modified in the app to eliminate spots that might give false alerts (people walking down a sidewalk) or any overlap into a neighbor’s yard.

    No subscription is needed with the Eufy camera. I just discovered how valuable that feature is. The trial period on another brand of camera that I have ran out yesterday. I no longer get notifications or event videos. It’s worthless without the paid subscription.

    I tried the Eufy camera inside to see if it might work if I put it in a sunny window with the option to plug it into the outlet as needed. I thought I might use it to see if anyone was walking past the front window. But it apparently can’t “see” through glass so that didn’t work.

    I did have some trouble with the 2K HD video. The default video recording quality is 2K HD and the app gave me a message "2K HD video not available on your devices" if I tired to view a recorded event or the live view. In the app settings I was able to change the video quality to Full HD (1080P) which allows me to view all the events on the event log. But I still get the error message if I try to see the live view.

    The Eufy app doesn’t just control the camera. It has an Explore button that shows “picks for you” with the other Eufy products and plans. I found that, and the SALE sign that sometimes flashes, to be annoying. I just want the app to control the product, not try to sell me things it thinks I want.

    Other than that, the camera is phenomenal and a good investment that should provide service for several years.

    Nov 08, 2021 18:20
  • 9.8score
    Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery for Select Ring Devices
    Description

    The Quick-Release Battery Pack allows you to have backup power for select battery powered Ring Doorbells and Cameras. To charge your battery pack, simply connect it to a micro-USB cord and plug it into a power outlet. If the battery pack in compatible Ring Video Doorbell or Securtiy Cam runs out of power, you can remove your batteries by pressing the quick-release tab on the battery pack. Then, simply slide your second battery pack into your device, and you’re good to go.

    8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Lenny, 10 out of 10
    Great technology

    We are seniors. Thought the ring would help in our senior years. It does, keeps one company, helps with radio, general information, tells us someone is at the front door, lol. Good best buy!

    Jun 20, 2019 06:48
  • Review by Goodson, 10 out of 10
    Backup

    One battery came with my ring brought as a backup that way I always have one charged

    Jun 19, 2019 18:58
  • Review by angel2955, 10 out of 10
    Extra ring battery.

    It works great I wanted to have another I hate waiting on the one that I had with out no visual of the front of my house super happy.

    Apr 27, 2020 20:54
  • Review by PaulB, 10 out of 10
    Great

    The Product works great I’m very glad I went with this brand

    Mar 18, 2020 06:49
  • Review by Malik, 6 out of 10
    Malik

    It seem to serve its job for the most part.what more can I say.

    Dec 29, 2020 16:33
  • Review by Jaedenjax, 2 out of 10
    Ring Battery

    Doesn’t fit to my Ring Doorbell 2020..sales lady who helped told me it should fit on it.

    May 11, 2021 22:10
  • Review by Rodyodo, 10 out of 10
    Great to have for Ring doorbell or security Camera

    I bought the ring 2 doorbell. As I am a renter, and there was no wiring for a doorbell, I need to use battery power for my ring. It is good to have this extra battery charged up so I can easily change it when the battery in my ring runs low.

    Jun 19, 2020 16:15
  • Review by LTD86CHEVY, 10 out of 10
    Great Backup

    It’s always good to have a spare battery, ESPECIALLY IF your door doesn’t receive direct sunlight for solar panels to work. No issues with it, just make sure it’s charged and ready to go when your original battery is lacking power.

    Apr 17, 2020 15:41
  • 9.6score
    Google - Nest Camera 10M Cable - Snow
    Description

    For continuous power and 24/7 video recording outside, add a weatherproof cable to your Nest Camera.

    2 Features
  • Add a weatherproof cable for continuous power.: If you’re installing Nest Cam outside, you have the option to hardwire it with the weatherproof cable (available in 5 m and 10 m) – no charging required. Wiring your camera also gives you access to additional Nest Aware features.
  • Put it in any room.: Add the Nest Cam stand if you’re placing it inside on a desk or shelf. The built-in cable provides continuous power.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Aldiggi, 10 out of 10
    Great accessory for your Nest Camera Battery.

    Thank you google for making a power cord this long. The power cable is very well built and it looks like it will survive the outdoor elements.

    Sep 09, 2021 19:45
  • Review by HotWax, 10 out of 10
    Great addition to google nest camera.

    Google power cable works great. The power cable allows the camera to function constantly and responds immediately to any motion as programmed to detect. Although the battery mode is functional and does not require any physical connection, there is a slight lag in recording in battery mode.

    Oct 20, 2021 11:59
  • Review by HarvickFan, 8 out of 10
    Only way to use new Nest Cam is with this cable

    Cable has great length, at 33ft, should have plenty of cable to mount your camera anywhere you'd like and still power with this cable. Overall feel is very nice, cable is soft touch and very pliable, not rigid at all, so easy to snake around corners and tuck away into spots and not have rigid, kinked cable to deal with. Weatherproof covering is ok, but if you snake it through anything sort of rough, it very easily can scuff or come off. Plug could be a little more solid, but not bad. And the round shape and size of the plug might make it a nuisance for some outdoor outlets.

    Oct 06, 2021 11:07
  • Review by ryanb, 10 out of 10
    Helps

    The cord was super long. I wish they included this in the box. But, we all know they are getting chearper. But, buy this and it will make the nest cameras a lot easier and you don't have to charge them.

    Oct 22, 2021 15:46
  • Review by CBrown, 10 out of 10
    It gets the job done!

    If you have a Google Nest cam (battery powered) and want it wired, buy this cord and steer clear of eBay and Amazon knock-offs. (trust me)

    Oct 23, 2021 18:20
  • Review by Oscar, 10 out of 10
    Good to Mount Camera out of easy reach

    Perfect to plug the nest camera outdoor. Long enough to mount the camera on the wall out of reach.

    Nov 05, 2021 16:16
  • Review by PatLage, 10 out of 10
    Great addition

    Great cable, made my life so much easier with the extra length. More flexibility positioning u to our camera

    Nov 01, 2021 13:38
  • Review by Eddy, 10 out of 10
    Works Great

    A little pricy but I had no problems setting it up. I did not know it came with clips with nails in them to attach it to the ceiling!

    Oct 06, 2021 22:46
  • 9.6score
    Google - Nest Camera 10M Cable - Snow
    Description

    For continuous power and 24/7 video recording outside, add a weatherproof cable to your Nest Camera.

    2 Features
  • Add a weatherproof cable for continuous power.: If you’re installing Nest Cam outside, you have the option to hardwire it with the weatherproof cable (available in 5 m and 10 m) – no charging required. Wiring your camera also gives you access to additional Nest Aware features.
  • Put it in any room.: Add the Nest Cam stand if you’re placing it inside on a desk or shelf. The built-in cable provides continuous power.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Aldiggi, 10 out of 10
    Great accessory for your Nest Camera Battery.

    Thank you google for making a power cord this long. The power cable is very well built and it looks like it will survive the outdoor elements.

    Sep 09, 2021 19:45
  • Review by HotWax, 10 out of 10
    Great addition to google nest camera.

    Google power cable works great. The power cable allows the camera to function constantly and responds immediately to any motion as programmed to detect. Although the battery mode is functional and does not require any physical connection, there is a slight lag in recording in battery mode.

    Oct 20, 2021 11:59
  • Review by HarvickFan, 8 out of 10
    Only way to use new Nest Cam is with this cable

    Cable has great length, at 33ft, should have plenty of cable to mount your camera anywhere you'd like and still power with this cable. Overall feel is very nice, cable is soft touch and very pliable, not rigid at all, so easy to snake around corners and tuck away into spots and not have rigid, kinked cable to deal with. Weatherproof covering is ok, but if you snake it through anything sort of rough, it very easily can scuff or come off. Plug could be a little more solid, but not bad. And the round shape and size of the plug might make it a nuisance for some outdoor outlets.

    Oct 06, 2021 11:07
  • Review by ryanb, 10 out of 10
    Helps

    The cord was super long. I wish they included this in the box. But, we all know they are getting chearper. But, buy this and it will make the nest cameras a lot easier and you don't have to charge them.

    Oct 22, 2021 15:46
  • Review by CBrown, 10 out of 10
    It gets the job done!

    If you have a Google Nest cam (battery powered) and want it wired, buy this cord and steer clear of eBay and Amazon knock-offs. (trust me)

    Oct 23, 2021 18:20
  • Review by Oscar, 10 out of 10
    Good to Mount Camera out of easy reach

    Perfect to plug the nest camera outdoor. Long enough to mount the camera on the wall out of reach.

    Nov 05, 2021 16:16
  • Review by PatLage, 10 out of 10
    Great addition

    Great cable, made my life so much easier with the extra length. More flexibility positioning u to our camera

    Nov 01, 2021 13:38
  • Review by Eddy, 10 out of 10
    Works Great

    A little pricy but I had no problems setting it up. I did not know it came with clips with nails in them to attach it to the ceiling!

    Oct 06, 2021 22:46
  • 9.6score
    Wasserstein - Battery Charger for Ring Stick Up Cam Battery, Ring Spotlight Cam Battery, and Ring Video Doorbell 2 - Black
    Description

    Recharge the batteries of select Ring camera and doorbell models with this Wasserstein charging station. The dual micro-USB slots let you juice up two batteries at once, while the premium-grade rugged construction ensures reliable performance and durability. This Wasserstein charging station has an intuitive design that supports easy use and operation.

    3 Features
  • Compatible with the rechargeable batteries of various Ring devices: Including Ring Stick Up Cam battery, Ring Spotlight Cam battery, and Ring Video Doorbell 2.
  • LED indicator: Lets you know when your devices are receiving power.
  • Charges up to two batteries simultaneously: Allows you to change the batteries of your cameras/video doorbell via hot-swapping thereby reducing downtime.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by macman0628, 10 out of 10
    Excellent

    Awesome when you have a Ring doorbell that's not connected to doorbell wires. Or if you have multiple ring cams. 2 Ring battery docking station. So much easier. Buy the part that plugs into the wall and has a USB port on it though. That's not included.

    Nov 13, 2021 09:07
  • Review by Gamble1294, 10 out of 10
    Great for small spaces

    Easier than having to individually charge each battery - allows 1 full camera to be charged at a time.

    Nov 20, 2021 03:17
  • Review by pamela53, 10 out of 10
    Pams battery charger

    Glad I purchased it will be a big help I am really like bing my ring products

    Nov 19, 2021 15:49
  • Review by akom, 10 out of 10
    Good purchase

    Works great! Nice charging dock that should prove helpful in the future.

    Nov 17, 2021 16:23
  • Review by Debbie, 10 out of 10
    Battery charger

    Works great. Didn't have to pay the price of a named brand charger. Charges quick.

    Oct 30, 2021 01:09
  • Review by Ghzcss, 10 out of 10
    Much better than the OEM cable

    Great little charger. Much better than using the little cable that comes with the Ring devices

    Oct 20, 2021 22:42
  • Review by Raven, 10 out of 10
    Best deal ever helps me charge two ring batteries!

    I like it, very convenient, charge 2 ring batteries at once, what a deal!!

    Oct 01, 2021 18:33
  • Review by julio, 10 out of 10
    convenient

    very happy with the battery charger for my ring batteries, just plug it in set the batteries in the charger and wait for the red light to turn green, and your done.

    Jul 23, 2021 15:50
  • 9.6score
    Wasserstein - Solar Panel for Ring Spotlight and Ring Stick Up Surveillance Camera (2-Pack) - White
    Description

    Power your Ring Spotlight cameras without electricity using this two-pack of Wasserstein solar panels. The lengthy 4m cable supports easy positioning, while the 360-degree wall mount promotes simple adjustments for capturing maximum sunlight throughout the day. These weatherproof Wasserstein solar panels withstand the elements and have high-converting photovoltaic cells for rapid charging.

    5 Features
  • Works with Ring Spotlight and Ring Stick Up surveillance cameras: Specially designed for Ring Spotlight and and Ring Stick Up cameras, it makes sure that your surveillance camera does not run out of power again.
  • High-converting photovoltaic cells: Provide fast charging.
  • Weather-resistant construction: Ideal for outdoor installation.
  • Versatile mounting: The 360° wall mount allows you to easily position your solar panel and ensures that it is placed directly in maximum sunlight exposure. It comes with a 13.1' long cable for more convenient mounting.
  • Easy installation: Installing this solar panel is easy. Simply mount the panel outside your house, and connect a weatherproof DC cable to your camera.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by SusanB, 10 out of 10
    Worth every penny!

    Great upgrade to our security system. Saves electricity and no more climbing ladders to change batteries every month.

    Nov 21, 2021 14:49
  • Review by yogidang, 10 out of 10
    works like a charm

    So easy to install and so far, haven't had my battery ring camera below 95%. I live in so cal, so we are pretty sunny the majority of the time, but even on a cloudy day, I noticed that the camera doesn't dip that much. And it's not as large as i thought it was gonna be, so it's not that noticeable.

    Aug 14, 2021 09:32
  • Review by PowerRingUser, 10 out of 10
    Wonderful

    Great cheap substitute for Ring Solar Panels. I purchased 2 of them, and am very happy

    Nov 07, 2021 07:31
  • Review by Annie, 10 out of 10
    Solar is great!

    Great way to power your cameras when there is no power source outside.

    Nov 08, 2021 12:11
  • Review by Tracy, 10 out of 10
    Great product. Glad I bought it.

    Does an amazing job of charging my camera batteries and I don’t have to worry about it.

    Oct 25, 2021 00:43
  • Review by Toby, 10 out of 10
    Great

    just what i needed for my outside cameras .

    Oct 29, 2021 15:25
  • Review by BBPQ, 10 out of 10
    Charging Ring Camera

    Working great for the Ring Sotlight camera, for the moment charges the camera with single battery very well.

    Sep 26, 2021 07:12
  • Review by Kase1, 10 out of 10
    Best purchase

    Love these!! I hate charging my ring camera batteries and these help me not have to.

    Oct 07, 2021 10:33
  • 9.6score
    Ring - Indoor 1080p Wi-Fi Security Camera - White
    Description

    Bring protection inside with the mini marvel that packs a powerful punch. Ring Indoor Cam is your solution to quickly check what’s happening at home right from your phone or tablet. It sends notifications whenever motion is detected, so you can see, hear and speak to people on camera from anywhere. Its compact form can fit the smallest of spaces, and its simple plug-in installation means you'll have peace of mind in no time. Place a few indoors to cover every corner, and watch over your home from anywhere.

    8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by MrRoo, 10 out of 10
    Small and powerful

    I’ve had this Ring unit for a week now and I like it. I wanted to integrate another Ring security camera into my existing Ring system, but more importantly one small enough to sit on the window sill to detect anyone prowling outside my front window. This camera is smaller than my hand.

    The motion detection works perfect. Only had one false detection (motion alarm) from moving shadows on a heavy windy day. I readjusted the motion settings and this fixed it. The motion zones are adjustable to the specific areas that you only want.

    The night vision is basically on par with most other Ring cameras, meaning it’s ok but could be better.

    Supposedly this camera is designed for interior window placement, it has a setting just for this. Only problem is this camera emits a blue light when in use which reflects back off the window, greatly noticeable at night. The night time use and visibility at night works best when there’s no light around the window.

    Ring should have made this camera in black because the white reflects too much off the window at night. Based on its use so far, I highly trust it will accurately detect and alarm my iPhone if someone is prowling around outside my window day or night.

    Oct 18, 2019 18:25
  • Review by Izzy, 10 out of 10
    Great for $59.99

    I gave the indoor camera a try, and I like the footage quality.And not to mention the subscription price as well that’s a plus. Now my free trial is over so I can’t preview any recorded footage. I will subscribe soon to take advantage of all the benefits ring offers.

    Con: i have the Rapid Ring app, first it worked Great , but now when I open app as soon as I get a notification I get a Black screen and makes this weird UFO SOUND or green stripes appear.otherwise I do recommend planning to buy 1-2 more

    Nov 14, 2019 19:08
  • Review by Marty129, 10 out of 10
    Amazing

    My mom and I live alone together and lately she’s left the stove on she is elderly so I decided to get another ring product this was very easy to install And it gives a great view day and night thank you for making such a great product

    Dec 05, 2020 07:19
  • Review by Frank, 10 out of 10
    Great Camera for $59.99

    Bought this camera 2 days ago, once installed it gave me 30 days free cloud storage. After that I’ll have to pay subscription $3 monthly or 30 yearly (optional) Without subscription you can view live footage , but no recordings can be viewed or saved.

    Comes with camera, power cable,mounting hardware,and a wall mount if mounting on a wall (Cool),Window sticker papers with instructions.

    Great 1080 resolution

    Good 2way talk mic and speaker

    Nice siren Alarm

    Plugs in wall outlet (NOT WIRELESS)

    I also downloaded RAPID RING APP on iPhone to view footage much faster.

    This camera model is indoor only (reason why is $59.99) I will buy more in the future . This one is going on kids room . No more he said she said, or he start it. I got my eyes on you kids now

    Unboxing link: https://youtu.be/6OsGhVK-lSk

    Oct 09, 2019 10:35
  • Review by Mike, 10 out of 10
    Great Table Camera (can be mounted too)

    Super easy to use and setup, especially if you already have a doorbell or other camera. Served it’s purpose during my travel when I had construction at home.

    Nov 01, 2021 20:26
  • Review by Perla, 10 out of 10
    Amazing camera

    This camera is really great for watching my dogs when I’m not home; it’s helped me figure out who’s destroying the puppy pads. It’s great quality, just not in low light. It does glitch with bad wifi. But other than that it’s amazing I love it!

    Jul 20, 2021 22:09
  • Review by TRex, 8 out of 10
    We love it! Ring did that.

    I love everything about the ring it’s working well for us . 4 stars and definitely recommending as a least expensive alternative to home security. You also have the option to subscribe to the monitoring service for a monthly or yearly fee.

    Sep 14, 2021 17:06
  • Review by aghyba, 10 out of 10
    Ring indoor/outdoor camera

    Bought this camera for my office. Integration with Ring and the app is very easy. I recommend if you need a camera to check on things.

    Sep 08, 2021 07:14
  • 9.4score
    Solar Panel for Ring Spotlight Cam Battery and Stick Up Cam Battery - White
    Description

    Install this Ring solar panel with your Ring security system (not included), and enjoy continuous monitoring without having to replace batteries. The compact white panel matches your system or your exterior paint to provide convenient placement that doesn't draw attention. This Ring solar panel powers your security camera setup on just a few hours of sunlight each day.

    4 Features
  • Works with Spotlight Cam battery and Stick Up Cam battery: This Spotlight solar panel is designed exclusively for charging Ring Spotlight and Stick Up camera batteries.
  • Nonstop solar power: With just a few hours of direct sunlight every day, your Spotlight camera will stay charged around the clock.
  • Simple installation: Includes a free tool kit and micro USB cable, so you can set up everything in just a few minutes.
  • Stay on top of local crime: Ring Neighborhoods lets you receive real-time crime alerts from your neighbors, so you can all work together to make your community a safer place.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Avaz, 10 out of 10
    Must have for ring floodlight camera.

    Absolutely must have if you have outdoor ring cameras.

    Initially I was just using the 1 battery my ring door had came with. I could have purchased an additional battery for the ring camera, but sooner or later I'd still have to charge those batteries. Which would have been a greater problem cause of having to get out a ladder to reach it.

    Instead I just went ahead and purchased this solar panel for the ring camera. I installed the solar panel right next to the ring camera both at the same time. Since then i have never had to bother it.

    The battery stays charged. Could have asked for a better option.

    Oct 30, 2021 13:44
  • Review by HomeSecurity, 10 out of 10
    HIGHLY RECOMMENDED 1/6/2021

    It’s compact and very easy to use and install and only takes a few minutes, if you live in a state like Illinois where you have cloud cover often you debate on buying this right, but clouds do move on and sunshine is back and your battery is charging And saves you from changing the battery frequently depending on your settings, since my outdoor camera is set on Maximum for everything this solar panel comes in very handy, trust me folks I’m no different than anyone else who is skeptical and worried about costs, but it’s sooooo worth it in the long run, you’ll be glad you invested in this Solar Panel!!

    Note: this camera is on my front balcony and I’m pointing to where I tucked the wire into the panel and then showing you where I mounted the Solar Panel facing the direction of the sun.

    Jan 07, 2021 09:42
  • Review by EddieIII, 10 out of 10
    Very good purchase and would highly recommend

    The Ring solar panel when used in conjunction with two batteries in the wireless Ring camera ensures that the battery levels remain at 90+% on a daily bases. I’ve had the panel installed for three months now and am extremely satisfied.

    The Ring community is a great addition

    Thanks Best Buy...

    Mar 07, 2020 12:10
  • Review by Mimithompson21, 10 out of 10
    Great value!

    Holding up very well after six

    Months of use although there are periods where connection is slow. Installed in the front of my house for street view. Nice that everything is integrated into RingApp. Thank you

    Sep 13, 2021 20:29
  • Review by Matt, 8 out of 10
    Works great, screws are garbage

    The box I picked up said Spotlight Cam Only! but it works for the stick up cam too like this description says. Maybe this was released before the stick up cam existed and this is an older box.

    Works great, the only thing is the screws that came with it are garbage. I mounted on the eave of my house and the screw heads twisted right off. So I'd make a quick stop by a hardware store and get some #6 wood screws. I had some flat #6 1/2" length laying around and they did the job perfectly. Almost like it was designed for them and not the tiny black screws it came with. Maybe those are just meant to be used with the anchors, but the manual seemed to suggest they'd work for wood too.

    Jun 06, 2019 15:19
  • Review by Paul, 10 out of 10
    Very Satisfied

    Bought 3 of these for each of my 3 stickup cams. 2 are facing South with perfect sun most of the day and the 3rd receives indirect sunlight and is facing more of an East direction.

    Even the one facing East with indirect sunlight is keeping the Cam’s battery charged 97% + with about 5 motions detected per day and an occasional live view.

    Aug 21, 2020 17:03
  • Review by Lula, 6 out of 10
    Knowledgeable staff would be helpful

    Had to return it. Most of the installation videos show as if the cable that connect to the spotlight have a sort of gasket at the end to cover the new exposed holes where the screws go. We tried to go in to the store and figure out why the cable that comes with the panel doesn’t have it but the customer service staff couldn’t figure it out either so we went with a second battery instead.

    Jun 18, 2021 15:16
  • Review by brotim, 10 out of 10
    Just what i needed!!

    Brought this for my second camera. Just what I needed, now I need another one for my first camera so I can stop charging the battery.

    This solar charger works GREAT!!!!

    Aug 12, 2019 21:12
  • 9.4score
    Ring - Floodlight Cam Plus Outdoor Wired 1080p Surveillance Camera - White
    Description

    Provide an effective home security measure to with this white Ring Floodlight Cam Wired Plus surveillance camera. The two-way talk function allows simple communication, while advanced motion detection technology lets you set up custom motion monitoring zones. Featuring a Full HD camera with color night vision and a floodlight output of 2000 lumens, this Ring Floodlight Cam Wired Plus surveillance camera delivers crystal-clear image quality and visibility in the dark.

    13 Features
  • Easy video communication: Connects to your existing Wi-Fi network.
  • Works with Amazon Alexa: You can hear audio announcements whenever motion is detected and enjoy hands-free home security.
  • Motion-activated LED floodlights: Offer up to 2000 lumens of light, allowing you to monitor every dark corner of your property.
  • Customizable motion zones: Allow focusing on important areas in your yard.
  • Night vision: Eliminate blind spots or dark areas with the built-in color night vision.
  • Hardwired installation: Ensures reliable and secure connection.
  • Two-way audio: Communicate with people from anywhere with the built-in microphone and speaker.
  • Free Ring app: Get precise motion-activated alerts, and hear and speak to people on camera.
  • Easy installation: The camera can be mounted on a wall or ceiling.
  • Full HD resolution: Its vivid 1080p resolution allows you to see small details on your screen.
  • 105dB siren alarm: Ensures peace of mind by preventing and deterring suspicious activity.
  • Ring Protect Plan*: Users can save and share videos and photos.
  • Live view: Stream live video from your home to your mobile device.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Resteasey, 10 out of 10
    Happy

    I love it especially with the fact that I'll be able to sleep at night knowing if somebody's on my property or at my door. I also got a couple of family members to invest in getting the flood light monitor. I also love the fact that the light goes on as soon as I appear or anything appears on my property.

    Sep 10, 2021 18:31
  • Review by Montfamchi, 10 out of 10
    2x the coverage

    Loving my second ring. I have a detached, set back garage and have a great view of my property and my neighborhood. Integrates well with Alexa. PS, I was able to hang it upside down on my garage and it works. There is a camera in the middle of my pic, behind the bright light.

    Oct 16, 2021 20:17
  • Review by RBmoto, 10 out of 10
    Clear picture bright light

    I picked up 2 of these for keeping my back and side yard in view. They are awesome and great for keeping an eye on my house while I am away. Flood lights are bright and nice when walking up the sidewalk to my door. It paired great with my doorbell ring.

    Oct 14, 2021 18:35
  • Review by Bubba, 10 out of 10
    Great item

    Very clear video and snapshot. (Early morning visitors) Haven't set sensitivity yet. Trees blowing set it off. Lights can be turned off or on. Haven't read up on it yet.

    Jul 05, 2021 08:26
  • Review by ToughRod, 4 out of 10
    Newer model is much worse color handling

    I'm not sure why they changed the camera, but the older ones I have (for a similar price) have a MUCH better picture. The older one has a LOT more color contrast, light handling, and a clearer picture. This camera would be ok if you didn't have other to compare to. In the pic, the bottom camera is the older model (better) and the top camera is this one.

    Aug 07, 2021 23:51
  • Review by DrNarwal, 10 out of 10
    Must buy for home security and lighting.

    Always love the Ring family of products. They made tiny improvements to the installation process that

    Makes it even better than before.

    Jul 23, 2021 21:47
  • Review by Backyard, 10 out of 10
    Backyard

    This is the third one we have purchased. It keeps our property safe and we feel very protected. If you want peace of mind you should invest in one. So happy with this purchase.

    Jun 19, 2021 08:24
  • Review by Eriewolfeman, 8 out of 10
    Does what is supposed to do, but can get better

    Love Ring cameras and doorbells. They do what they should do. A few things can still improve: (1) I still think the motion zone and light activation zones are hard to set. It does take a bit of tweaking to not get people in the sidewalk or street based on where you put the motion zone indicators. (2) Even though I have all cameras set to disarmed mode with motion detection and alerts off in this mode, it will still activate the light when we are sitting on our back deck at night (if you turn off activate light at night upon motion detection, the lights don't go on at night when you arm the cameras). You can’t set these based on the arm or disarm mode. The only way to get around this was to hardwire a wall switch for the back camera that we turn off when we sit out at night with the fire pit. (3) motion is set to people only, but motion is still detected for spiders, birds, wind blowing the grill cover, etc. I will play with the sensitivity, but I believe it is on low all ready. Despite these areas for improvement, the cameras are still a great purchase. All ours are hardwired with individual wall switches to turn power off independently. Love the Alexa interaction. Own 4 cameras and a doorbell.

    Jul 09, 2021 18:47
  • 9.4score
    Ring - Indoor 1080p Wi-Fi Security Camera - White
    Description

    Bring protection inside with the mini marvel that packs a powerful punch. Ring Indoor Cam is your solution to quickly check what’s happening at home right from your phone or tablet. It sends notifications whenever motion is detected, so you can see, hear and speak to people on camera from anywhere. Its compact form can fit the smallest of spaces, and its simple plug-in installation means you'll have peace of mind in no time. Place a few indoors to cover every corner, and watch over your home from anywhere.

    8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by MrRoo, 10 out of 10
    Small and powerful

    I’ve had this Ring unit for a week now and I like it. I wanted to integrate another Ring security camera into my existing Ring system, but more importantly one small enough to sit on the window sill to detect anyone prowling outside my front window. This camera is smaller than my hand.

    The motion detection works perfect. Only had one false detection (motion alarm) from moving shadows on a heavy windy day. I readjusted the motion settings and this fixed it. The motion zones are adjustable to the specific areas that you only want.

    The night vision is basically on par with most other Ring cameras, meaning it’s ok but could be better.

    Supposedly this camera is designed for interior window placement, it has a setting just for this. Only problem is this camera emits a blue light when in use which reflects back off the window, greatly noticeable at night. The night time use and visibility at night works best when there’s no light around the window.

    Ring should have made this camera in black because the white reflects too much off the window at night. Based on its use so far, I highly trust it will accurately detect and alarm my iPhone if someone is prowling around outside my window day or night.

    Oct 18, 2019 18:25
  • Review by Izzy, 10 out of 10
    Great for $59.99

    I gave the indoor camera a try, and I like the footage quality.And not to mention the subscription price as well that’s a plus. Now my free trial is over so I can’t preview any recorded footage. I will subscribe soon to take advantage of all the benefits ring offers.

    Con: i have the Rapid Ring app, first it worked Great , but now when I open app as soon as I get a notification I get a Black screen and makes this weird UFO SOUND or green stripes appear.otherwise I do recommend planning to buy 1-2 more

    Nov 14, 2019 19:08
  • Review by Marty129, 10 out of 10
    Amazing

    My mom and I live alone together and lately she’s left the stove on she is elderly so I decided to get another ring product this was very easy to install And it gives a great view day and night thank you for making such a great product

    Dec 05, 2020 07:19
  • Review by Frank, 10 out of 10
    Great Camera for $59.99

    Bought this camera 2 days ago, once installed it gave me 30 days free cloud storage. After that I’ll have to pay subscription $3 monthly or 30 yearly (optional) Without subscription you can view live footage , but no recordings can be viewed or saved.

    Comes with camera, power cable,mounting hardware,and a wall mount if mounting on a wall (Cool),Window sticker papers with instructions.

    Great 1080 resolution

    Good 2way talk mic and speaker

    Nice siren Alarm

    Plugs in wall outlet (NOT WIRELESS)

    I also downloaded RAPID RING APP on iPhone to view footage much faster.

    This camera model is indoor only (reason why is $59.99) I will buy more in the future . This one is going on kids room . No more he said she said, or he start it. I got my eyes on you kids now

    Unboxing link: https://youtu.be/6OsGhVK-lSk

    Oct 09, 2019 10:35
  • Review by Mike, 10 out of 10
    Great Table Camera (can be mounted too)

    Super easy to use and setup, especially if you already have a doorbell or other camera. Served it’s purpose during my travel when I had construction at home.

    Nov 01, 2021 20:26
  • Review by Perla, 10 out of 10
    Amazing camera

    This camera is really great for watching my dogs when I’m not home; it’s helped me figure out who’s destroying the puppy pads. It’s great quality, just not in low light. It does glitch with bad wifi. But other than that it’s amazing I love it!

    Jul 20, 2021 22:09
  • Review by TRex, 8 out of 10
    We love it! Ring did that.

    I love everything about the ring it’s working well for us . 4 stars and definitely recommending as a least expensive alternative to home security. You also have the option to subscribe to the monitoring service for a monthly or yearly fee.

    Sep 14, 2021 17:06
  • Review by aghyba, 10 out of 10
    Ring indoor/outdoor camera

    Bought this camera for my office. Integration with Ring and the app is very easy. I recommend if you need a camera to check on things.

    Sep 08, 2021 07:14
  • 9.4score
    Indoor/Outdoor Mount - Arlo & Arlo Pro Compatible - White
    Description

    Get the perfect angle for your Arlo security cameras. Easily adjustable mount provides 360 degree swivel and 90 degrees of tilt for the Arlo cameras. It's easy to Quick Start and adjust the camera position for indoor, outdoor, wall and ceiling mounting.

    4 Features
  • Place Anywhere: Wall or Ceiling Mount (White).
  • Extendable: Extends 5 in. from the mounting surface.
  • Adjustable: Easily adjustable with 360 degree swivel & 90 degree tilt.
  • Compatible with any Arlo system: Easily use this mount accessory with any Arlo Camera.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by VelvetSerpent, 10 out of 10
    Sturdy and does the Job!

    The Arlo wifi camera's magnetic mounts are great idea, but if someone is at all familiar with the system all they have to do is reach up and grab the camera. Then, they've stolen a couple hundred dollars camera from you, without even getting into your property. This mount is very high end for it's price point! It is sturdy, easy to install, and the hardware is included. The Arlo just screws onto the mount, and it is totally adjustable. We were able to get it to the perfect angle. We installed it 15-20 feet up in one of our trees. We did purchase a white one, but a bit of Krylon paint can camo it perfectly. The Arlo also has skin covers to camo the camera, if you don't want to advertise it. Overall, I am extremely pleased with this mount, and highly recommend it!

    May 25, 2017 12:20
  • Review by xoktaftw, 10 out of 10
    A must have for extra security!

    I live in an apartment complex on the first floor. I didn’t feel safe leaving them with only the magnet mount, in case anyone wanted to stop by and take them. With these they are secure! Couldn’t be happier!

    Aug 07, 2019 01:05
  • Review by Arlouser, 10 out of 10
    Solid support

    This is a solid support and can be adjusted to accommodate a wide range of conditions.

    Feb 22, 2019 15:51
  • Review by twitte, 10 out of 10
    Adjustable Mount is best for outdoor use

    I purchased an extra adjustable mount to use outside and I think this is the best way to secure your camera so someone doesn't try to knock it down with a stick or something else. This is a very secure and strong mount that has a screw that goes into the back of the Arlo Pro. It should last for years and appears to be very good quality. The design is excellent and allows for an easy adjustment once you have it mounted and the camera screwed onto the mount.

    Feb 12, 2017 18:22
  • Review by kinneyr2, 10 out of 10
    The best outdoor mount for Arlo cameras

    I have four Arlo Pro 2 cameras mounted with these Netgear mounts on the outside of my house. These are excellent for securing the cameras in their locations . The cameras and mounts have been through rain, sleet, snow and bright sun sheltered only by the eaves where the mounts attached. I am very happy with how the mount attaches securely to the cameras. I recommend the Netgear indoor/outdoor mounts.

    Dec 20, 2018 06:27
  • Review by DanD, 10 out of 10
    Works with Arlo Wireless Security System

    The best place for the camera was on top of our heat/air conditioning unit.

    It needed to be higher up so the adjustable mount worked great.

    Feb 12, 2016 22:04
  • Review by Esdodd, 6 out of 10
    Good mount

    This was a good camera mount easy to install with the flexibility of having your camera securely mounted.

    Jan 27, 2017 17:20
  • Review by missash, 10 out of 10
    Great camera mount for a beginner

    The mount is great. Holds the camera a right up with no problem.

    Jan 07, 2017 10:55
  • 9.4score
    Ring - Floodlight Cam Plus Outdoor Wired 1080p Surveillance Camera - White
    Description

    Provide an effective home security measure to with this white Ring Floodlight Cam Wired Plus surveillance camera. The two-way talk function allows simple communication, while advanced motion detection technology lets you set up custom motion monitoring zones. Featuring a Full HD camera with color night vision and a floodlight output of 2000 lumens, this Ring Floodlight Cam Wired Plus surveillance camera delivers crystal-clear image quality and visibility in the dark.

    13 Features
  • Easy video communication: Connects to your existing Wi-Fi network.
  • Works with Amazon Alexa: You can hear audio announcements whenever motion is detected and enjoy hands-free home security.
  • Motion-activated LED floodlights: Offer up to 2000 lumens of light, allowing you to monitor every dark corner of your property.
  • Customizable motion zones: Allow focusing on important areas in your yard.
  • Night vision: Eliminate blind spots or dark areas with the built-in color night vision.
  • Hardwired installation: Ensures reliable and secure connection.
  • Two-way audio: Communicate with people from anywhere with the built-in microphone and speaker.
  • Free Ring app: Get precise motion-activated alerts, and hear and speak to people on camera.
  • Easy installation: The camera can be mounted on a wall or ceiling.
  • Full HD resolution: Its vivid 1080p resolution allows you to see small details on your screen.
  • 105dB siren alarm: Ensures peace of mind by preventing and deterring suspicious activity.
  • Ring Protect Plan*: Users can save and share videos and photos.
  • Live view: Stream live video from your home to your mobile device.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Resteasey, 10 out of 10
    Happy

    I love it especially with the fact that I'll be able to sleep at night knowing if somebody's on my property or at my door. I also got a couple of family members to invest in getting the flood light monitor. I also love the fact that the light goes on as soon as I appear or anything appears on my property.

    Sep 10, 2021 18:31
  • Review by Montfamchi, 10 out of 10
    2x the coverage

    Loving my second ring. I have a detached, set back garage and have a great view of my property and my neighborhood. Integrates well with Alexa. PS, I was able to hang it upside down on my garage and it works. There is a camera in the middle of my pic, behind the bright light.

    Oct 16, 2021 20:17
  • Review by RBmoto, 10 out of 10
    Clear picture bright light

    I picked up 2 of these for keeping my back and side yard in view. They are awesome and great for keeping an eye on my house while I am away. Flood lights are bright and nice when walking up the sidewalk to my door. It paired great with my doorbell ring.

    Oct 14, 2021 18:35
  • Review by Bubba, 10 out of 10
    Great item

    Very clear video and snapshot. (Early morning visitors) Haven't set sensitivity yet. Trees blowing set it off. Lights can be turned off or on. Haven't read up on it yet.

    Jul 05, 2021 08:26
  • Review by ToughRod, 4 out of 10
    Newer model is much worse color handling

    I'm not sure why they changed the camera, but the older ones I have (for a similar price) have a MUCH better picture. The older one has a LOT more color contrast, light handling, and a clearer picture. This camera would be ok if you didn't have other to compare to. In the pic, the bottom camera is the older model (better) and the top camera is this one.

    Aug 07, 2021 23:51
  • Review by DrNarwal, 10 out of 10
    Must buy for home security and lighting.

    Always love the Ring family of products. They made tiny improvements to the installation process that

    Makes it even better than before.

    Jul 23, 2021 21:47
  • Review by Backyard, 10 out of 10
    Backyard

    This is the third one we have purchased. It keeps our property safe and we feel very protected. If you want peace of mind you should invest in one. So happy with this purchase.

    Jun 19, 2021 08:24
  • Review by Eriewolfeman, 8 out of 10
    Does what is supposed to do, but can get better

    Love Ring cameras and doorbells. They do what they should do. A few things can still improve: (1) I still think the motion zone and light activation zones are hard to set. It does take a bit of tweaking to not get people in the sidewalk or street based on where you put the motion zone indicators. (2) Even though I have all cameras set to disarmed mode with motion detection and alerts off in this mode, it will still activate the light when we are sitting on our back deck at night (if you turn off activate light at night upon motion detection, the lights don't go on at night when you arm the cameras). You can’t set these based on the arm or disarm mode. The only way to get around this was to hardwire a wall switch for the back camera that we turn off when we sit out at night with the fire pit. (3) motion is set to people only, but motion is still detected for spiders, birds, wind blowing the grill cover, etc. I will play with the sensitivity, but I believe it is on low all ready. Despite these areas for improvement, the cameras are still a great purchase. All ours are hardwired with individual wall switches to turn power off independently. Love the Alexa interaction. Own 4 cameras and a doorbell.

    Jul 09, 2021 18:47
  • 9.4score
    Dual Battery Charger for Arlo Ultra and Pro 3 Camera Batteries - White
    Description

    Charge camera batteries quickly with this Arlo Ultra and Pro 3 dual charging station. Featuring two charging slots, this device energizes two batteries at once and makes it easy to keep your cameras operational. This Arlo Ultra and Pro 3 dual charging station lets your cameras spend less time charging by energizing batteries up to 15 percent faster than standard chargers.

    3 Features
  • Compatible with Arlo Ultra and Arlo Pro 3 camera batteries: Including VMC4040P(B)-100NAS, VMS4240P-100NAS, VMS4340P-100NAS, VMS4440P-100NAS, VMS4640P-100NAS, VMC4240B-100NAS, VCS4440B-100NAS.
  • Spend less time for charging: 15% faster charge for two batteries.
  • Simple use: Ensures convenience when charging is needed.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Rhino, 10 out of 10
    Arlo battery charger

    The product is very well made, feels solid and not flimsy like others. N I have a few different arlo cameras and they all take different batterys with special chargers for each individual version. Please be aware the new "economy" priced arlo cameras have batterys that DO NOT need a charging pad! This was NOWHERE on the box.

    May 27, 2021 08:41
  • Review by JoeF, 10 out of 10
    Genuine quality

    If you have more than one Arlo Pro 3 camera this is a must have. It charges two batteries quickly. I definitely wanted to order a genuine Arlo charger as the quality of off brand chargers can be suspect sometimes. I’m happy with this purchase and definitely recommend Arlo cameras.

    Aug 08, 2021 07:43
  • Review by poisonive, 10 out of 10
    Arlo Charger

    Great charger! Charges under 2 hours. I have 4 cameras and it did a great job charging before setting them up. Now I charge two cameras every 5-6 months and the other two cameras 6-7 months.

    Nov 07, 2021 07:29
  • Review by Defiant1, 10 out of 10
    Must Have

    Arlo products are easy to use. The additional battery and charger is a must if you have several cameras.

    Oct 29, 2021 22:03
  • Review by Lastmanonthebench, 10 out of 10
    Great purchase

    Works great. Glad I purchased it. Used to manually charge Arlo cameras with a portable charger. This is more convenient

    Oct 15, 2021 17:55
  • Review by JoeB, 10 out of 10
    Arlo charger

    Does the job but you can find similar products on amazon cheaper

    Nov 16, 2021 06:33
  • Review by Johnny, 10 out of 10
    Great charger

    Great charger easy to use and makes charging Arlo batteries a breeze.

    Nov 12, 2021 16:42
  • Review by Kathy, 10 out of 10
    Arlo pro 3 charger

    Quick charging unit. Works well because you can charge 2 batteries at a time,

    Nov 05, 2021 15:38
  • 9.4score
    Ring - Stick Up Indoor/Outdoor Wire Free 1080p Security Camera - White
    Description

    Add security inside or out with a versatile camera that goes almost anywhere. Ring Stick Up Cam Battery is an indoor/outdoor camera that sends notifications to your phone and tablet whenever motion is detected. Answer the notification, and you can see, hear and speak to people on camera from anywhere. Place it on a flat surface so you can move it when you need to. Or mount it to a wall for more permanent placement. With Ring Stick Up Cam Battery, you’ll always be connected to home so you can see what’s happening at anytime.

    8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by HomeSecurity, 10 out of 10
    Highly Recommend 12/5/2020

    Gotta say after years of wanting to purchase a security system I finally purchased these cameras (3) of them and it’s the best investment I’ve ever made, I don’t have to get up and look out the window or go see who’s at my door or in my house if I’m not home and that’s awesome, I can hear what their saying and can talk to them if I choose thru the cameras speaker how Kool is that, I’ve only had them a month and I love it, no more missing deliveries yeah! My suggestion is to buy 2 backup batteries so ur cameras are never down longer than a few seconds changing the battery, if you have a camera outside and live where you have plenty of sun then I recommend buying the solar system to keep your battery charged and it’s so worth it!!!

    Dec 05, 2020 09:46
  • Review by Sunny, 10 out of 10
    Product is Very Good

    I wanted a wireless camera for my front door and I am extremely happy with this product. It does notify me immediately when some one is at the door and can talk to them as well at same time. Based on the consumption of battery I am hoping to recharge it for few hours every 3 months. I kept it high on sensing to test and I understand it will consume more battery. Overall I am very satisfied with this product.

    Dec 02, 2019 16:03
  • Review by Grant, 10 out of 10
    Can put anywhere

    I bought this because my wifes car was broken into. The thieves got a little cash and my son's iphone. My ring doorbell had them in the corner of it's view. I needed something I could get a better view with. I stuck this in the tree above the car and hooked up the solar panel to it 9ft away. Now you can't see it until your up on it. The picture quality is 1080. I do wish it was 4k. But it's nice at 1080. The night vision isn't bad either.

    Jul 02, 2021 23:44
  • Review by Paul, 10 out of 10
    Does the job

    Of course these cameras are not as good as a high quality system you can pay thousands for, but for the cost, they work just fine.

    Night vision works well and I also purchased a Solar Panel. Solar Panel has been keeping the battery no lower than 97% with about 4 or 5 motions detected per day and an occasional live view each day.

    Aug 21, 2020 16:59
  • Review by BAngieB, 10 out of 10
    See EXHIBIT A below lol Great Investment

    It’s a great investment; however, it sometimes have a hard time picking up the WiFi signal. Also, it’s a hit and miss with thieves b/c some hide their face and steal your package anyway- but also some get spooked by seeing a camera and go the other way. I still think overall it’s a good investment bc it lets you know when someone is at your door or driveway. I think another great feature is you can communicate with other neighbors who have the Ring app and share information. I have 3 cameras so far and it stopped my relatives from breaking into my aunts estate with a spare key that appeared from out of nowhere...:).

    Apr 02, 2021 15:48
  • Review by Backyard, 10 out of 10
    Outdoor cam battery

    Can’t say enough about how much I love ring. This new purchase is my first battery operated and I’ve had a month and still at 70%. I have the indoor cam, outdoor cam, doorbell and spotlight. Going to get another outdoor cam and put on tree facing house next.

    Aug 20, 2021 16:03
  • Review by txdino40, 10 out of 10
    Get that Birds eye view 24/7 all 365 days

    It's the ideal item; just knowing you have that extra piece of mind like an extra eye around to secure property and lives this is a great quality product for residential or business Highly Recommend and easy installation the setup process is totally simple.

    Outdoor and indoor

    Sep 25, 2021 11:51
  • Review by TRex, 8 out of 10
    Everything about Ring is up!

    I love everything about the ring it’s working well for us . 4 stars and definitely recommending as a least expensive alternative to home security. You also have the option to subscribe to the monitoring service for a monthly or yearly fee.

    Sep 14, 2021 17:03
  • 9.2score
    Blink - Indoor 2 Camera System – wireless, HD security camera with two-year battery life, motion detection, and two-way audio - White
    Description

    Blink Indoor 2-Camera System

    6 Features
  • Battery Life: With long-lasting battery life, Indoor runs for up to two years on a single set of AA lithium batteries (included).
  • Motion Detection: Get customizable motion alerts on your phone through the Blink Home Monitor app so you’re only alerted when you need to be.
  • Live View: See, hear, and speak to people and pets in your home with live view in real time and two-way audio features in the Blink app.
  • Blink Subscription Plan: Record, view, and save events in your Blink app with a free 30-day trial of the Blink Subscription Plan. Then, subscribe for just $3 per month per camera, or $10 per month for unlimited cameras at a single location.
  • Local Storage: Save videos and photos from up to 10 Blink cameras connected to the Blink Sync Module 2 locally in your home and view them through the Blink app or the computer by plugging in a USB flash drive (sold separately) for no additional fee.
  • Works With Alexa: Go hands-free with Alexa. Stream live video, play recorded clips, arm and disarm your camera, be alerted to motion, and more.
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  • Review by kimmy1oh, 8 out of 10
    Blink

    I love them but they would be better if they put out some kind of light when motion turns them on or an internal light because at night the image is not very good

    Jan 08, 2021 16:13
  • Review by THOUSANDSMITH, 2 out of 10
    Unreliable junk

    These cameras are very unreliable. My wifi signal is strong, yet these cameras work whenever they want to. I have kids in my home that need to be monitored when I’m away. If anything happens, I cant count on the cameras to catch anything. Live view is laggy, and thats if its even “available”. The picture quality is terrible. So even if you did catch something, you better hope they’re in close proximity to the cameras. You wont read any license plates on these cameras.

    Aug 10, 2021 08:00
  • Review by Cathy, 10 out of 10
    Five blink cameras

    These little cameras do what they say they are going to do in their description. However, I would have rather them give you an alarm that would wake you up when they are armed. They do not. They just give you a notification tone which you can’t change. And that, they are great.

    May 28, 2021 18:10
  • Review by Perfect, 10 out of 10
    Same great product

    I previously bought the out door version of these cameras and that is what lead me to buy the indoor ones. Same ease, quality, money saving and service.

    Oct 22, 2021 16:08
  • Review by Wade, 8 out of 10
    Not bad

    The item is easy to setup. Hope there will be more remote controllable functions in the next version.

    Nov 06, 2021 22:39
  • Review by Display, 10 out of 10
    Best Bang for Buck

    Great price for that many cameras, easy to set up and use, installed it all around the house

    Oct 25, 2021 17:20
  • Review by Mani, 10 out of 10
    Very useful

    Brought this to monitor my new Golden retriever puppy. Very useful, I can keep an eye on her during night and which I am outside. Gives you peace of mind.

    Sep 06, 2021 11:01
  • Review by Billy, 10 out of 10
    Easy

    Perfect product for my needs! Very easy installation!

    Oct 30, 2021 13:39
  • 9.2score
    Lorex - 4K NVR Security System with 4 Smart Deterrence Cameras, Fusion Capabilities and Smart Motion Detection Plus - White
    Description

    Record and view clear 4K video resolution, which provides a heightened level of detail and definition. Security is now smarter with Lorex 4K Smart Deterrence cameras. Smart Motion Detection Plus provides the option of Face or Person and Vehicle Detection. Keep tabs on what’s important with Safeguard, which notifies you when an object is placed within or removed from a selected area. Experience what true 4K has to offer, providing you with superior resolution and an added level of clarity. With Smart Deterrence, you can set the motion-activated warning light to only be triggered when a person or vehicle is detected. Hear and speak directly to visitors on your property using 2-way talk through the Lorex Home™ app. As part of the Lorex Fusion™ collection you can tailor your security system to your needs – simply add wired and Wi-Fi security cameras, video doorbells, floodlights and sensors. Thanks to smart home compatibility, enjoy seamless viewing by syncing your system to your smart home device. Be confident that your security footage is private and securely stored with the built-in security grade hard drive and never have to worry about any hidden monthly fees. Safeguard features missing and left behind object detection, giving the ability to select up to 3 fields of view. Receive notifications if items in these areas go missing or are left behind, such as a package. Quickly locate Smart Motion Detection events and filter by area, time/date, person, vehicle or person's face with Smart Search, saving time when reviewing footage. With 4K resolution, Fusion™ capabilities, smart home compatibility and Smart Motion Detection, this systems performance is unmatched.

    15 Features
  • 4K Ultra HD video: Capture clear visual evidence with 4K Ultra HD and advanced 16x digital zoom.
  • Smart Motion Detection Plus: Receive notifications on your mobile device when a vehicle ,person or face is detected by the camera, reducing false alerts from other types of motion, such as animals or branches swaying in the wind.
  • Motion-activated warning light: The bright customizable LED light on each camera wards off uninvited guests.
  • Remote-triggered siren: The built-in speaker houses a remote-triggered siren that can be activated from anywhere, using the Lorex Home app.
  • Color Night Vision™: Make nighttime recognition of people and objects easier using clear color video in low light conditions such as porchlights and streetlights.
  • Infrared night vision lets you see in the dark: Keep an eye on things with long-range IR night vision up to 150 ft at night
  • Smart Search: Filters all motion events for reviewing footage quickly and easily
  • Viewing angle up to 111°: Featuring a wide 111° field of view, these cameras capture a wide-angle of your property for exceptional security at all times
  • No monthly fees with reliable and secure local storage: Local built-in 2TB security-grade hard drive ensures only you can access your footage. Max 8TB storage space with no hidden monthly cloud fees.
  • Monitor your property with four cameras: These weatherproof Ultra HD 4K security cameras boast exceptional high-definition resolution.
  • Outdoor security cameras for all-weather coverage: The professional-grade cameras feature lightweight vandal-resistant aluminum protected housing, each camera is IP67-rated and can withstand temperatures from -22° to 122°F.
  • Check in anytime from anywhere with the Lorex Home app: Get set up in an instant and stay connected with the free Lorex Home™ app. Get important motion alerts, enjoy remote live viewing in HD, and review recorded videos.
  • View and record from up to eight channels: Add more devices to ensure that your whole home is safe from uninvited guests.
  • HDMI and VGA outputs: Connect to a wide range of compatible displays for versatile viewing, including your HDTV, LCD or plasma TV.
  • SafeGuard and Active View: Get notified when an object is removed or left behind and follow motion by customizing motion settings
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  • Review by DavidJr, 10 out of 10
    Great system, needs some fine tuning

    I have had several Lorex security systems over the years and they all have been really reliable. Each system has been progressively getting better, including better camera builds, better clarity, better detection and this time a better menu system. However, there are still some things about it that just feels like they haven’t improved enough.

    Having had a DVR system and a NVR system, I can say hands down if you want better image quality, higher field of view, higher frames per second and two way audio, the NVR systems are the way to go. They may cost more, but you can really see the difference in them that makes it worth it. I also prefer wired over wireless as they have been more responsive and 24 hour recording means you can go back and review things that may not have triggered motion, such as someone intruding on the neighbors yard. They may be a pain to set up, by running cables all around the house, but once that added sense of security is in place, I don’t regret it.

    Initial installation is straightforward and fairly simple, test the cameras and wires, run the wires, install cameras and connect everything up to the DVR. The most difficult part is figuring out where to run the wires and getting them in place. The included ethernet cable for internet connection and HDMI cable are fairly short, but easy enough to swap out with one that may work better for you. Using HDMI to a 4K TV is certainly the best choice, but regardless of a lower display, you can continue to record in 3840 x 2160 resolution and download or play from a different device.

    Image quality during the day is amazing, clear, sharp and vibrant colors. The 4k resolution helps notice details that others may not and makes it so that you can digitally zoom and still get decent quality. Though still decently clear, the night vision seems a bit foggier looking than my previous system, like lost contrast. As with most systems, there is a bit of blur in low light motion and you get a bit of ghosting when the color night vision kicks in and the subject isn’t in bright light. The deterrent lights are surprisingly bright and I like that they are spaced on each side of the camera helping to distribute the light. There is also a siren that you can configure, or trigger through the user interface or app, but it’s not going to alert anyone as much as it is just going to draw attention to the fact there is a camera there.

    The menu system on the recorder is better, but it all leads right to the same old looking user interface. There is a lot that you can configure through the recorder and it takes some time to figure out what it can all do. The biggest thing to pay attention to when configuring everything is the ‘Apply’ button. If you make any changes and then select the next camera, if you didn’t hit apply before selecting the next page, all those previous changes will be lost. This can get slightly frustrating after you try and set up specific zones for the different detections.

    One of the new features is the ability to set missing object and abandoned object detection. Instead of the standard vehicle/person or motion detection, you can set it to alert you of something being placed into an area, like a package at the door, or something being removed after it had been there for a while. The only problem is that by default it seems really sensitive and gives a ton of false alarms. This has also been true of vehicle and person detection as it has given every alert for my little dog being on the back deck. He has triggered being abandoned, which makes sense after he has stood in place for a bit, or missing after he leaves, but has also popped up as a person and a vehicle. Through the recorder is the only way to change the specific settings for these rules, but if you don’t want a bunch of event alerts, will take a bit of tweaking to get just right.

    The other part of a security camera system is the ability to remotely monitor. The Lorex Home app is a whole lot easier to use than the recorder UI, but is limited in what it can do. You can add the device by scanning the QR code on the information page of the recorder from your monitor, or manually add the information. Once logged in you can easily view your cameras, take snapshots, record, enable the light or siren and use the two way talk function. Take note though, that the resolution you see on the app is not the full resolution that is being recorded to the NVR.

    The timeline for each camera through the app shows blue for regular recording and yellow for an event, such as motion or specific but makes it easy to pan through the time for as much as the DVR has recorded. At 2TB with 4 cameras at 4K, you can get about 10 days worth of video and audio. But, this will vary if you add additional cameras as well, such as a wireless camera from the same network.

    Another feature that isn’t well advertised is the ability to use the Lorex Cloud application on computers. This makes it easy to monitor multiple systems live or playback and download the full resolution video without having to go to the recorder and use a USB thumb drive. This application is also limited in what you can configure, but you can see the rules you have created for zones and actually see the tracking of events that trigger the rules, such as a vehicle passing through the zone.

    Overall, this is one of the best security camera systems I have had. It is a bit sensitive in detection, especially at night. However, if you take the time to configure zones and sensitivity, you can reduce the number of false events. If they could improve the user interface, or make it easier to fully configure from a PC, I would like it even more. But, needing to be within mouse length of the DVR and monitor to click through the settings and hit apply to everything gets tedious at times.

    May 29, 2021 18:03
  • Review by CraigB, 6 out of 10
    Lots of potential with improved software

    Pros

    Metal housing for cameras

    Smart alerts to reduce false positives

    App can stream high quality on cellular easily

    App is quick

    App works on AppleTV

    More up to date NVR interface

    15fps even on 4K

    Limited ghosting in color night vision

    2-way audio

    No subscription fees

    No internet required

    Works with motion sensors and door sensors

    Supports wired and wireless cameras

    Continuous recording

    H.265 support saves space

    Cons

    Can’t turn off active deterrence lights

    Night vision has noticeable ghosting

    Object recognition at night is only about 30 feet

    App zone configurations conflict with NVR

    Most configuration still requires NVR access

    Push notifications sometimes fail to show preview image

    Motion clips sometimes have no video

    Resolution seems much worse than old 4K model

    Adjustment screw difficult to tighten in certain orientations

    Headlights shining into motion zone can trigger vehicle alert

    Some trees and animals can trigger person alerts

    The Lorex 4K UDH NVR focuses on modernizing a traditional design with hardwired cameras and local storage that can still get the video without any internet. What is new is the NVR has an updated interface and adds the functionality to work with other Lorex Fusion products including wireless cameras, video doorbell, motion sensors, and door sensors.

    Design

    The NVR has a more modern appearance as a white box with rounded corners. Included in the box is a small, wired mouse, 90Ft of Cat 5E cable for each camera, and the 4 cameras with mounting hardware. A wireless mouse would be a good first addition to make adjustments easier. The cameras are almost completely cast aluminum with a small section of plastic.]

    Setup

    Setup requires you to have access to a TV, ideally 4K, close enough to connect to the NVR. A wizard guides you through the basic choices and will automatically update if the system is connected to the internet. Setup is done directly on the NVR where you can set up your motion zones and schedules as well as make camera adjustments. You can remotely view the cameras via the app and get alerts. Setup of the app is easy. After creating a Lorex account you just scan the QR code on the side of the NVR to add it to your account. The cameras include screws, anchors, and drilling templates for installation. After mounting and adjusting, you lock the settings by tightening a single screw. While convenient, a hex head would have worked better as it can become difficult to access in some orientations and the phillips head screw can be easy to strip. This leads to possibly not tightening the lock screw enough where hex head would work easily in tight spaces, not require you to press to tighten, and would allow you to more tightly lock the adjustment.

    The app does allow for some camera adjustments but, at least at the time of writing this, you should not make any camera adjustments through the app. The reason is the NVR has distinct zones for motion, person, and vehicle detection where the app only has one zone. If you configure the zone in the app it ignores any person and vehicle detection and all alerts become for motion causing a lot of false alerts. It seems Lorex hasn’t updated the app to mirror the NVR so your best bet is only make setting adjustment directly on the NVR. For each type of motion, the NVR allows you to create two zones to monitor. Each of the zones has four corners which can adjust and doesn’t allow adding more to refine the shape further. Also, for the vehicle zones you have to be careful about headlights. In some cases, headlights of passing cars can trigger the vehicle detection even if the vehicle never actually enters the zone. If you check video clips directly on the NVR, you can have it highlight what actually triggered the alert to help you fine tune your zones. If you were thinking to only use the active deterrence lights on some cameras, you are out of luck. Unlike previous generations of active deterrence cameras there is no option to turn off the lights. You can set them to 5 seconds on but there is no off option. There also isn’t an always on option or on during motion option. It only allows it to be a set time that is triggered with AI events. Also, any additional devices you wish to view video on requires setting up another Lorex account with another unique email address. This isn’t a problem for family members with their own phones but let’s say you want to view the cameras on your tablet or Apple TV. Even though you likely use the same account and email address on your tablet or Apple TV, Lorex will require you to have or create another email address for each and add them as authorized users.

    Performance

    Out of the box, video quality is decent but washed out. Most of the camera adjustments also aren’t described in the manual so you will need to find the definitions from third party websites to understand how they work. It is just worth noting as more people are expecting to just plug in cameras and have them not require anything further. However; default audio quality is near useless. It defaults to a lower quality mode, presumably to save storage space. The result is it sounds like you are listening through water which is most likely caused by heavy compression. The good thing is you can adjust the quality setting and on the highest setting it is very clear and two way talk is respectable and works well.

    Video quality is hit and miss. This newer version handles strong light source better than previous versions while increasing the speed to 15fps versus the 7fps of the older versions. Unfortunately, noise is dramatically increased with far more grain as the light drops off. During the day, the higher frames per second equates to catching more detail in motion but then overall clarity and sharpness of details is markedly worse than previous generations of Lorex 4K cameras as a whole. In fact, the overall video quality appears to be more along the lines of something between 1080p and 2K. Moving objects, such as people, tend to have a halo ring around them of blurriness. It’s possible this is related to the new H.265 compression but support was not able to assist in reducing this effect. In the end, people were still recognizable, just less clear. During daylight, people are recognizable to about 50 feet. Once the sun goes down, this drops to about 30feet. At about 50 feet, if there is no strong ambient light then people walking at a casual pace become unrecognizable blobs with only their audio captured. This occurs with or without night vision on as the IR doesn’t reach much beyond 30 feet as the IR isn’t very strong. On a positive note, this weaker IR means less chance of blinding the camera from reflections. Ghosting in color night vision has also been reduced. Overall, it seems to be a tradeoff. Older generations of Lorex 4K cameras favored clarity over speed resulting in losing video if someone was moving faster whereas this generation seems to favor catching faster motion at the expense of some clarity. You could improve both with bigger cameras with larger sensors but then it would increase the price of the system and who this is for.

    Once you have everything set up, day to day usage is fairly reliable and you shouldn’t have too many false positives once you work around headlights and certain trees. It would be nice to see further improvements to the AI in the future so these workarounds weren’t necessary but overall detection is decent but not as accurate as the cloud based versions. Strangely, if you have good internet then AI detection locally on the NVR won’t seem any faster than the cloud based versions but connecting to view cameras does seem faster. Detection events take about 5-10 seconds to reach your phone regardless of if you are on wifi or cellular. Motion events usually work but on occasion the app didn’t provide the thumbnail in the notification. Also, a small number of motion events would end up being empty clips. Lorex support has been notified of these issues so hopefully they will be corrected soon. Unlike older NVRs, the new app doesn’t require the old method of manually choosing between main stream and substream. You just open it and if you want higher quality just tap the SD button and it will switch to HD. With good internet viewing cameras in HD on cellular was fairly quick. A nice touch is as long as you are still in the app you can swipe between cameras and you won’t have to wait for them to relaunch. Pinch to zoom is a slow to respond and zooms back out each time you restart the video and wont’ stay when paused. The 2-way talk, if set correctly is clear and both sides can talk at a normal volume and be understood without issue.

    There are also features such as the ability to automatically zoom in and follow people or vehicles by cropping in but the feature only works when you are front of the NVR, is very jerky and hard to watch, and typically ends up zooming in on the torso instead of the face. There is also a face detection which can be used on up to two cameras, but you have to turn off other smart features, mount the camera lower, and yet again adjust it directly from the NVR.

    Final Thoughts

    Build quality with metal components is very good, video quality and AI are decent, and app and NVR software have a lot of room for improvement. It is definitely a step up from traditional NVR’s but nowhere as easy to use as cloud based cameras. This could be a great system with further software and app improvements. So the big question is who is this system best suited for? If you want local storage, with continuous recording, alerts with low false positives using AI, don’t mind getting a little technical in setup, can accept that most functions besides viewing will require you to be in front of the recorder, and want a package with all parts required without spending tons of money or pay for a subscription this Lorex 4K UHD NVR could be for you.

    May 26, 2021 02:58
  • Review by 1ShadowFox1, 8 out of 10
    Lorex is the best Bang for the Buck

    As the craziness in the world has gone up, the cost of security cameras has gone down. New names pop up all the time throwing their hat in the ring to get your hard earned dollar. But one name that has been around for a long time and will continue to be around is LOREX. I originally fell in love with them when they were a product of FLIR as we had their products at work. I was a little leery when they were purchased by Dahua, but I think that has added to their product tool belt and only made them better.

    This particular system with the new N843 recorder and E892AB cameras are a great solution for any resident to monitor and deter problems on their property. And when I say any resident, I mean ANY resident. This package comes with everything you need. 2 TB of storage space, 8 available channels, four 4K cameras with Active Deterrence, and POE TECHNOLOGY!

    What is POE you ask? By literal definition, It is an abbreviation for Power Over Ethernet. But what that translates to is that you only need to run ONE WIRE per camera. This makes install SOOOOO EASY and allows you to avoid rats nest of wires, monopolizing power outlets in your room, and drilling bigger holes than you need to. Also, Lorex makes it so amateur friendly that they are pretty much plug and play. As long as you plug a Lorex Camera into the Lorex NVR, it will add itself. For those of you more technologically advanced, there are other cool ways to minimize your work or fancy up your install, but if you are already at that level, you dont need this review.

    Now onto probably the most important question someone would ask...How is the image quality? See the attached images. 4K. Its pretty darn good. Probably the best image you can get for the price point. Lorex is great with that. They give you the meat and potatoes for the price of the broccoli. They know how to give you a quality product for less. Are their better cameras out there? Sure. But one of those cameras is going to cost you more than this entire system and the average person will probably not be able to tell the difference. Add onto it that these Lorex Cameras have Active Deterrence! When they detect a person or vehicle within the specified area and schedule, they will illuminate a light from the camera which its output would compare to a camera flash. This is not meant to light up your yard, but rather draw attention of unwanted intruders and give them a little nudge saying "Hey there little guy....I see you on my property. Better be on your best behavior because I see everything that you are doing!". If that doesn't keep them from being somewhere they shouldnt, GIVE THEM THE SIREN!!!! Yep. These cameras also have a manually activated siren that you can use to scare people away.

    Now probably the next most important question...is it user friendly? The answer is yes. Lorex has really improved their Lorex Home App and made it my favorite surveillance camera app on the market. Its very intuitive while being feature packed. Spend 5 minutes in the app and you are a pro. Smart Motion is a godsend. This system can tell the difference between people, vehicles, and random blowing leaves and branches. That way you dont have to worry about your phone blowing up with motion notifications all day and night like you would with pixel based motion detection. This way you truly know when you need to actually check in on your property with your camera.

    With all of my praise for this system, why wouldn't I give it 5 stars? Well, I did run into one issue that I have not experienced before. For some odd reason, only 3 of the 4 cameras loaded on my Lorex Home App. All four are on the recorder and can be viewed via the connected monitor, but the fourth just does not populate on the app. Now I would guarantee that 97.2% of you will not be in the same boat I am as I have all of my IP cameras connected to a remote POE switch and have multiple brands of NVRs connecting to the same cameras so that I can use it as a test bench for ONVIF compatibility (Which the N843 NVR does better than any ONVIF compatible NVR I have tested btw). But it does make me wonder what bug is there between the NVR and the app server. But again, this will most likely not be a possibility for the average joe.

    Would I buy this system? YES

    Would I tell my friends and family to buy this system? YES

    Is it worth it? OHHHHH YEAHHHH (Enter Koolaid Man).

    If you are looking for an easy to install system that will leave no doubt what happens on your property, this is it.

    Jun 08, 2021 21:18
  • Review by KKCNIck, 10 out of 10
    Great NVR Camera System with no monthly fee

    This is a great Home security system with no monthly fee and a very reliable setup.

    I unboxed 4 camera's, NVR, spare network cable and power cable. Pretty easy after that. In my case I put the NVR where my TV is which looks like a cable box. Then I ran the 4 network cables to my 4 corners of my home. The hard part was getting the ethernet cable ran the an already built home in Florida. I had to bring a installer out to help me run some of the cables. When done I connected the cameras and ran thru the install wizard. Setup was pretty simple. User name/password and I had camera's.

    After running them for a few days I can see that there is a distinct difference from these vs 1080 camera's. Also the light that comes on really makes the night footage viewable. I tried the talking function but they could not hear me since the camera's are mounted off my second story for better coverage. I also like the lights that turn on when someone approaches the house. It makes it known that the home is being monitored. The app is pretty easy to navigate and you can easily download pictures and video clips to save or share. I did find the notifications inaccurate and quite annoying with all the notifications. I turned it off in the end. I was unable to connect my video doorbell to the system for a single point of access. I assume because it was from a different company. I also liked that I can expand 4 more camera's and increase the HDD storage to 8Tb which would hold 4x more footage. I was able to get Alexa to display the camera's on my tv via voice command but found it easier just to check the app on the phone. One thing to note is you still need decent internet to access the footage remotely since it is still depending on your upload speed of your internet.

    For the money this is a great system that is reliable and performs the functions I would expect of a home NVR solution without the monthly cost. For me that is the biggest selling point. Also since it is not wireless there is less to mess with on a regular basis. Last thing is that these camera's are full metal and I feel like that will last a long time outside in the elements unlike others I have had in the past that are plastic.

    Jun 28, 2021 13:40
  • Review by JerryZ, 10 out of 10
    Sharp and Clear images, large capacity NVR

    LOREX is a proven leader in security products. The first thing I noticed was the care and details in the packaging of my NVR recorder and camera kit. All are recyclable too.

    After connecting the networkable recorder to my router and 4K monitor, I powered the unit up. Next a quick firmware update, I was able to set my security password and start labeling the cameras. The whole process was easy and smooth. I did stumble when adding cameras. I didn't understand what private meant. This is a mode where the live feed isn't visible as you might have set for interior cameras. Once I reconfigured the camera's setting, it was again visible on he screen. Learning curve!

    The clarity and definition of 4K cameras are still amazing to me even after years of installing and using security cameras. Right click and jump to MENU, CAMERAS for a real treat. The settings allows me to rotate the camera view in 90-degree increments. Which is very useful when you set up the camera and m=need to flip the image 180-degrees. Done via software. Full range of camera settings too; darkness, day/night modes, sharpness, etc. So be sure to check this out when setting up the cameras.

    Standard monitor views are included, 4-up 8-up 1-up. Right clip and you can draw a square around an areas and instantly zoom in. Then you can pan around the view as needed. Pretty slick if you ask me.

    I can easily distinguish a 1/4-inch orange rod used to mark the edge of my driveway when covered in snow or at night from 30-feet away. That's how clear an image the 4K gets me.

    Nice white NVR case. Poe for 8 cameras built in. Activate the warming LED lights and siren on each camera either from the front panel button or the software app. I use my iPad which is simple and great for monitoring on the go.

    I also have the ability to trigger on either facies, people or cars. The nicely allow me to silence this when kids are playing in the yard or party on the patio or pool. All welcome functionality. Being able to monitor the pool is especially nice for peace of mind, more so for safety.

    Absolutely recommend this especially for the large 2tb capacity drive. Great updates from the 2020 version. Comes with 30 mete (100 foot) cables for maximum distance via Poe.

    Jun 05, 2021 11:47
  • Review by DJSmooth, 8 out of 10
    Solid 4K Surveillance System with lots of features

    Overall

    The LOREX surveillance system is a solid piece of hardware and a worthy upgrade to my older system. The 4K resolution is a major upgrade and very noticeable when compared to a 1080p system. The package includes your standard NVR system, 4x 4K cameras with RJ45 and auxiliary power pigtail, 4x 100’ Cat5e UTP patch cables, power supply, optical mouse, and 1x 4’ patch cable. The actual NVR houses a single slot for an HDD while the housing seems of plastic. Honestly, I’m not a fan of the presentation they went with as it reminds me of an oversized router without antennas.

    Features

    The LOREX NVR comes feature packed. I thought the 2tb HDD would be worthless with 4x 4K cameras but the high compression h265 method really helps. On average I saw about 300gb on 2 cameras during 1 week of use. Aside from your standard NVR recording, each camera includes a slot for an sd card for local recording of that camera. Gives a bit of redundancy to the system if you opt to not use an ftp server for added backups. They also include 2 small LEDs on the camera which output roughly 500 lumens (I didn’t look this up or noticed those details mentioned in the product description). The pinhole mic on the front of the camera captures great sound detail. Lastly there’s a small set of holes under the camera for 2 way audio. On paper, all of these make for a really great system.

    On the software side of things, the NVR adds motion detection, smart deterrence, unattended object, (for lack of terminology) missing object, person detection, vehicle detection, active zoom, face detection, and mask detection. Plus many rule sets to trigger each and every one of those detection features and a handful of notification options from buzzers, on-screen notifications, and email notifications. To top it off it offers up a web GUI for viewing on any device connected to your network. No ONVIF support from my digging.

    Considerations

    So first I’ll layout what worked for me.

    Motion detection, regardless of camera position or general lighting has worked flawlessly. Smart deterrence was a bit more finicky but also worked great. vehicle detection also worked perfectly fine.

    On the other hand, unattended object, missing object, person detection, mask detection, face detection, and active zoom were all a hit and miss. With person detection and active zoom, the way to get them going felt more like a process or cheat codes in a video game. It worked when you performed some kind of ritual beforehand. Face detection and mask detection were finicky. Their success really seemed to be determined by the environment. Unattended object never seemed to work no matter what I tried. Face detection would come on at strange moments or not come on at all

    May 22, 2021 10:16
  • Review by xupr4, 8 out of 10
    Great Features and Quality

    All right before I start with my review, let me start by giving some advice and tips to whoever is looking to buy a security like this one.

    - Probably the most important. If you have a small attic to where you can barely fit, Do Not Get a system like this unless you really want to go through the trouble or you're going to hire someone to do it for you.

    - If you are not sure what system to get, watch some videos that explain what every type of security system does to help you decide which one fits your needs.

    - IF you are installing the wiring by yourself make sure you plan where tu place your cameras, where do you want your DVR, and make sure you have the right tools.

    Now here is a TL;DR

    Pros

    - Internet security i would say 4/5

    - No Cloud Storage and can view up to 10 days worth of recordings through the NVR

    - Metal shell on the cameras

    - Mobile App easy to navigate

    - Good Night Vision Quality

    - Good Overall Image quality

    - Menu and settings easy to navigate

    - 2way communication

    - Various sensor modes, schedules, and custom areas

    Cons

    - Installation (specially the Ethernet cable and the hole sizes for the cable)

    - Frame Rate (on 4k you only get 15 FPS)

    - Home assistant integration is not the greatest (Firestick, Echo show)

    - Only Digital Zoom

    - No keyboard included only a mouse

    Now for the actual review, here are my thoughts

    Installation

    installation is pretty straight forward, you plan your locations, drill some holes, run your wire, and plug everything in. Well that is what the guide tells you, but actually there is more to it. I would say installing it my house was kind of a pain since the attic is pretty small and also since i live near the water the humidity is bad during the day.

    But anyways, what i found annoying is that Lorex includes these really cheap Cat5 cables that get tangled and pinched pretty easy and also these Seals/gaskets that you can not take off unless you break it off the cable.

    If you decide to keep those seals you have to drill a hole close to 1 inch in diameter which is huge for just an ethernet cable. In my opinion instead of investing on a seal, Lorex should of invested more on providing a higher quality ethernet cables. The foam seal that comes on the body of the camera is more than enough but I also feel they should of made a cover for the wire notch for better protection if you end up not using it.

    Before thinking about buying a system like this, get to know the layout of your house better. It will save you time and money trust me. Also if you decide to get system like this watch a video or 2 on how to install the wiring and what tools you need. Use my installation as an example. I used tools to cut sheet rock, nut drivers, extenders, a drill, fish tape, drill bits, ladders, and a stud finder.

    I mention this because i know people that want to do DIY projects, but run to the store every other hour to get something they missed. One last thing, the little hole layout stickers they provide are pretty useless, dont use them.

    Tips: Planning is key on any type of installation. Make sure you know where you place your NVR also make sure that place is accessible to run wires through the attic. 2nd- make a list of tools and hardware you are going to need, 3rd- The cameras will not always be exactly where you want them to be. Look around your attic and see the areas you can access. You dont want to be drilling a lot of holes all over the place

    Hardware

    The shells of the cameras are made out of metal which is great for outdoor use. The only complaint i have is the lens that protects the LEDs and the camera is made out plastic and can be scratched pretty easy.

    Another thing thing that i found somewhat disappointing about the camera is that you can not move it left or righ once you install it. The LEDs on the camera are great but they are not actually that bright (even at night you can barely tell the difference). As mentioned before, the cat5 cables Lorex includes are not great (sorry Lorex but it had to be said).

    The HDMI and the other ethernet cable for the router are pretty short, so if you are trying to have your NVR far from either your router or TV/monitor, you are going to want to run a longer cable to that device.

    The NVR its self looks like a TV box in looks and size. On the NVR your have your 8 PoE ports for the cameras (what the 8 channels mean), an internet Input, audio inputs (for a microphone??), a HDMI output, a DVI output, and a usb port on the back and one on the front. They also include a mouse to navigate through the software on the NVR, its not the greatest but all the systems similar to this one, do the same thing.

    Software

    Out of the box set up is easy. I would recommend setting up the NVR first before you run any cables or install the cameras. Once set up, you can view your cameras through the lorex app which helps with the placement of your cameras. Once you have everything installed you can change the preview on the monitor/tv to show oly the active channels (in this case only 4). You can also turn on the LED, take a pic, start recording, etc... (You can also do this through the app which is pretty neat).

    Once you enter the main menu you have several options. You have playback which you can go back and watch previous days or hours. When it captures any type of motion, the timeline shows a little yellow spot. Next on the menu screen, you have events. In here, you edit everything related to the sensors on the cameras. You can set up the motion sensor area, sensitivity, schedule, etc.. I believe you also have a missing object sensor to use with static objects such as a boat, a ride on mower, or any object you rarely move.

    On the other tabs you have Back Up which you use mostly if you want to save a video on a flash drive and Display which only changes the resolution and transparency of the menu. On the Camera Tab you get to change the type of video and audio encoding. If you're not familiar with this option, everything is set up to the most optimal settings. In all honesty i wish these cameras would run in a frame rate higher than 15 or at least let me drop the quality to 2k and run them at 30 or 60 fps. Also this is more of a personal nitpick,

    but I also wish you could record at a bitrate higher than 4000. I know the software on these types of systems run very weak processors so i can not be asking too much. Anyways you also have your Network tab, and in here it is all about the security of your system. Personally I do not have much knowledge on these types of things but the option is there for those who do know. It is not that complicated and you can watch some videos to learn what these options do and if it is something you want to change. Lastly, you have your System, Storage, and Account Tabs. System and Account are not really that important since you only change the time, date, and set up the admins for the system.

    On the Storage Tab you can change the way your recordings are saved on the system. You can set up schedules, look at the space and estimates, and other options. One last thing that kind of dissapointed me is the Alexa integration. I was planning on getting a firestick later to view my cameras through my other TV. but then i read the reviews... Lorex please work on your apps

    Final thoughts

    In all honesty, if you are worried about your security both for your home and on the internet this is the way to go. Installation is somewhat frustrating but worth it at the end. Cameras are made out of a nice material and look nice. Software is easy to use and with a lot of options. I know these types of NVR systems work in a similar way so look around to make your final purchase decision.

    Personally, i would recommend this system but once again do some research and make sure this is right for you

    Jun 03, 2021 20:10
  • Review by Caladbolg, 8 out of 10
    A few snags, still solid.

    Lorex is a few simple steps away from having a real gem of a package here that would be worth way more than the price tag. It’s a shame those steps weren’t taken. But I still love what the set has to offer.

    All items were well packaged and nothing looked to be overly hard to find in the box at all. You even get a throw-away-grade mouse to help the setup. (Pro tip: you can easily plug in a wireless mouse with a dongle to get that section of the setup complete.) You get some instructions, but you are going to want to consult resources online to guide you on this install. This can run out of the box. But I think you would be better off looking up some tweaks to increase performance.

    Setup isn’t difficult and the instructions provided are more than sufficient enough to guide you there. Mounting cameras and routing cat 5 is the lion’s share of the work. The set top box is very light and easy to manage when plugging everything in. As light as it is, I can’t imagine the components would generate much heat. However, it does when operational, and the internal fan makes quite a bit of noise. It enough that it drowns out the HTPC I have right next to it that has quite a few more fans in it.

    After a firmware update, account setup, item registration (you need to scan a QR code on the set top box using the Lorex Home app), you are looking right at a live feed of your area(s) of interest. At this point you will have the opportunity to fine tune settings like naming cameras, changing the video compression settings, outlining areas in views for motion detection, testing lights and two way talking, etc. The flexibility this system offers through the number of settings it has is amazing. There is enough there to keep a novice just as happy as a near professional.

    Camera quality is ok. It honestly feels like a stretch to say it’s 4K resolution and you’re more likely to be convinced it looks maybe a bit better than 1080p. The lights really function as a warning. And the speaker is a bit low. However, the space between homes in my area is kind of close and honestly the levels both of these are just right for my specific application. I will say that the construction quality of the camera housing is excellent. These are dense and rigid enough to feel like they could get hit by hail and barely flinch.

    Outside of internal fan being loud, being a little disappointed in video quality, the lack of a more concentrated instruction set (I’m still looking for some details), I’m still very pleased with this system. It’s a very robust set for the price.

    Jun 01, 2021 13:31
  • 9.2score
    eufy - eufyCam 2 Pro 2K Indoor/Outdoor Add-on Security Camera - White
    Description

    Enhance safety in your home with this eufy eufyCam 2 security camera. The night vision capability lets you see clearly in dark conditions, while the Full HD resolution captures detailed videos. This white eufy eufyCam 2 security camera comes with mounting hardware for hassle-free installation, and the IP67-rated construction allows for safe outdoor use.

    11 Features
  • Connects to your Wi-Fi network: Offers convenient and simple setup.
  • Works with Apple HomeKit, Google Assistant, or Amazon Alexa: You can activate or dim the floodlights via the voice command and check in anytime on what's happening outside your home.
  • Motion detection: Set a trigger that starts recording automatically after motion is detected.
  • Powerful night vision up to 25': Allows you to monitor your home or business, even in dim lighting, automatically switching the picture to black-and-white in low-light conditions.
  • 365-day battery life: Its IP67 rated weatherproof camera operates for up to 365 days per charge (or up to three years in the Standby mode), indoors and out.
  • Two-way communication: The built-in microphone and speaker let you hear what happens around the camera and talk back through your phone.
  • Mountable design: Allows for optimal placement on a wall or eave.
  • Record everything in HD: Its vivid 2K resolution enables you to see small details on your screen.
  • 140° field of view: Captures a wide area of your property for high-level security all the time.
  • Notifications keep you informed: Receive motion detection notifications for peace of mind while you're away.
  • Weather-resistant design: eufy's IP67 rating protects against wind and rain for versatile indoor/outdoor monitoring.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by RobertBB, 8 out of 10
    Pleased but not a perfect camera.

    Really good but...

    Would buy again but you should know...

    It is not 24/7 recording. (just event recording, sometimes beginning of the event is missed, like if delivery guy comes running, sometimes doesn't detect at all)

    Also if you move slow towards the camera... It won't detect you until like 10ft away.

    I have charged it once since black Friday (almost 2 months ago, no 365 battery life for me) i don't live in a busy street and there are about 10-15 events per day.

    It is more like a crime deterrent for me. Still would buy it instead of a wired system. Just know that battery powered have obvious limitations.

    No firmware updates so far.

    Takes half day to charge

    Jan 18, 2021 12:25
  • Review by BenRN, 10 out of 10
    Fantastic wireless camera

    I really like this camera, will be buying a couple more.

    Long battery life, absurdly good image quality, wireless. I’m at 87% 27 days since install. Motion detection is as good as can be expected. 10-20ft is a reasonable expectation.

    The mounts are almost totally idiot proof (nothing is completely idiot proof).

    I live on a body of hypersaline water. So far so good. First shot shows camera with sunlight directly glaring in the lens. Second is slightly later.

    Third is dark out with pool lights on. (Yes I know the pool was dirty.)

    The app is great. I have not linked it to HomeKit as you get a lower Res image. (

    Mar 19, 2021 17:50
  • Review by Popeye, 10 out of 10
    Great Camera

    This is a great camera. Very sharp and good in low light. Only gripe I'd point out is when it rains it can get tough, if not impossible, to view. I'm thinking of putting some rain-x on the glass, but can't say yet whether that help. However, do understand I have mine mounted out in the wide open. Rain isn't a problem if you mount under an eve or similar.

    Jan 09, 2021 10:54
  • Review by Susan, 10 out of 10
    Love this camera

    Absolutely Love this camera. I put it in my Barn, so I can watch to see if my sheep need help, with birthing. Need to have a Base for it. I use the Base from the Door bell. My Granddaughter set everything up for me. Night camera is great too.

    Dec 11, 2020 16:41
  • Review by Rocky, 10 out of 10
    Love my cameras

    The video quality is amazingly clear. Also the audio comes in very clear as well. I have a total of 6 eufy cameras and a eufy doorbell. Ring cannot compare to eufy products.

    Sep 03, 2021 15:39
  • Review by Rick, 10 out of 10
    Tested and Kept…

    Love every option, camera picture quality and AI is to the point. Purchased the Eufycam pro 2k.

    Battery stands unless constant viewing will drain much faster. However much better than Ring cameras I’ve purchased in the past.

    May 12, 2021 20:41
  • Review by BMunster, 10 out of 10
    Best 2K wire-free cam on the market!

    Amazing 2K quality footage for $99! Very happy with this entire system. And the battery life is amazing! I'll take two!

    Dec 17, 2020 14:00
  • Review by MrLiDo, 10 out of 10
    The video/audio security system must have

    This is the video/audio security system that meets all my needs.

    Price - An affordable system that can be EASILY expanded if needed.

    Ease of installation - Very easy set-up and mounting procedures, all you have to to do is read the instructions carefully or watch the short available videos. Also, another plus, you can easily move the cameras to a better location if you decide so.

    Privacy - All the recorded information is kept on location, house or business, you can easily access it, share it or delete it.

    Picture and sound quality - Very good. Day or night, the images are crisp and clear, sound matches the images.

    Battery life - Excellent and by adding a solar panel you have one less thing to worry about.

    How would I improve:

    1 - Desktop app that is as comprehensive as the mobile app

    2 - Option on the solar panel to charge 2 cameras at the same time

    3 - Option in the app to rearrange the order of the cameras and have all the cameras displayed in squares, thus have 4 to 8 squares on the phone/monitor display without the need to scroll.

    Apr 23, 2021 22:02
  • 9.2score
    Blink - Indoor 2 Camera System – wireless, HD security camera with two-year battery life, motion detection, and two-way audio - White
    Description

    Blink Indoor 2-Camera System

    6 Features
  • Battery Life: With long-lasting battery life, Indoor runs for up to two years on a single set of AA lithium batteries (included).
  • Motion Detection: Get customizable motion alerts on your phone through the Blink Home Monitor app so you’re only alerted when you need to be.
  • Live View: See, hear, and speak to people and pets in your home with live view in real time and two-way audio features in the Blink app.
  • Blink Subscription Plan: Record, view, and save events in your Blink app with a free 30-day trial of the Blink Subscription Plan. Then, subscribe for just $3 per month per camera, or $10 per month for unlimited cameras at a single location.
  • Local Storage: Save videos and photos from up to 10 Blink cameras connected to the Blink Sync Module 2 locally in your home and view them through the Blink app or the computer by plugging in a USB flash drive (sold separately) for no additional fee.
  • Works With Alexa: Go hands-free with Alexa. Stream live video, play recorded clips, arm and disarm your camera, be alerted to motion, and more.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by kimmy1oh, 8 out of 10
    Blink

    I love them but they would be better if they put out some kind of light when motion turns them on or an internal light because at night the image is not very good

    Jan 08, 2021 16:13
  • Review by THOUSANDSMITH, 2 out of 10
    Unreliable junk

    These cameras are very unreliable. My wifi signal is strong, yet these cameras work whenever they want to. I have kids in my home that need to be monitored when I’m away. If anything happens, I cant count on the cameras to catch anything. Live view is laggy, and thats if its even “available”. The picture quality is terrible. So even if you did catch something, you better hope they’re in close proximity to the cameras. You wont read any license plates on these cameras.

    Aug 10, 2021 08:00
  • Review by Cathy, 10 out of 10
    Five blink cameras

    These little cameras do what they say they are going to do in their description. However, I would have rather them give you an alarm that would wake you up when they are armed. They do not. They just give you a notification tone which you can’t change. And that, they are great.

    May 28, 2021 18:10
  • Review by Perfect, 10 out of 10
    Same great product

    I previously bought the out door version of these cameras and that is what lead me to buy the indoor ones. Same ease, quality, money saving and service.

    Oct 22, 2021 16:08
  • Review by Wade, 8 out of 10
    Not bad

    The item is easy to setup. Hope there will be more remote controllable functions in the next version.

    Nov 06, 2021 22:39
  • Review by Display, 10 out of 10
    Best Bang for Buck

    Great price for that many cameras, easy to set up and use, installed it all around the house

    Oct 25, 2021 17:20
  • Review by Mani, 10 out of 10
    Very useful

    Brought this to monitor my new Golden retriever puppy. Very useful, I can keep an eye on her during night and which I am outside. Gives you peace of mind.

    Sep 06, 2021 11:01
  • Review by Billy, 10 out of 10
    Easy

    Perfect product for my needs! Very easy installation!

    Oct 30, 2021 13:39
  • 9.2score
    Wyze - Cam Pan v2 1080p Pan,Tilt andZoom Wi-Fi Indoor Smart Home Camera with Color Night Vision - White
    Description

    Are you ready for the next generation of awesome? Introducing Wyze Cam Pan v2, now with Color Night Vision! Say goodbye to losing sight when something moves outside the view of your camera. With its 110°/sec rotation speed, 360° horizontal range, and 93° vertical range, Wyze Cam Pan v2 delivers 360° coverage in under 3 seconds so you can see exactly what you want to see, when you want to see it. This camera is a favorite for busy households and pet owners.

    5 Features
  • Pan, tilt and zoom: Control remotely using the Wyze app so you can see the whole room, fast. Or monitor a room automatically by setting 4 predefined waypoints. Panning has a 360° left/right rotation range and tilting has a 93° vertical up/down range.
  • Now with color night vision: Record night time video in full, vivid color in environments up to 25x darker than traditional cameras.
  • Livestream from anywhere in full 1080p HD: See inside your home in real time using your mobile device.
  • Two-way audio: Speak with anyone you care about through the Wyze app.
  • Motion detection: Records video when motion and sound are detected and sends an alert to your phone.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by dmm0729, 8 out of 10
    Great camera for the price.

    Good value for the price. Sharp picture. Pan and tilt work well. Zoom function ok. Connected to my WiFi with no issues. Have had to restart the camera periodically, but I am able to do that on the app so just a minor inconvenience.

    Nov 17, 2021 17:00
  • Review by BenThereDunThat, 6 out of 10
    Inexpensive and it shows

    This is a cheap video camera. If cost is your primary concern, this is a good choice it has many features you won't find in cameras costing hundreds of dollars more. The ability to pan the camera left and right, up and down is fantastic and unparalleled at this price point.

    Another plus for cheapskates is that the fee for annual cloud storage and value added services like person/animal/package detection is less than some services charge per month.

    Its biggest drawback though is the real reason you buy the camera. Video is soft, focus isn't the best. The camera is advertised as a color camera, but only in very well-lit spaces. Lose a few lumens and the camera switches to black and white.

    A security camera which can't be used to identify an intruder doesn't provide much security.

    Nov 05, 2021 19:08
  • Review by Steve, 8 out of 10
    Great picture and price

    PTZ are great features and very cost efficient. Picture quality is excellent! Just wish they offered an unlimited monitoring package instead of by individual camera. That is the only reason for 4 stars.

    Nov 17, 2021 22:29
  • Review by Marcus, 10 out of 10
    Puppy Watching

    This a great little camera to watch over the pets with. If you want to extend the length of auto recordings, you'll have to upgrade to Wyze Cam Plus for about $2 per month per camera.

    Nov 12, 2021 16:44
  • Review by Shellyb, 10 out of 10
    Great Camera

    Great camera for the price! Easy to use. Very convenient and useful to catch not so nice customer interactions. Easy to share video clips with Security and other departments.

    Oct 29, 2021 15:20
  • Review by RC81, 10 out of 10
    Nice Picture Quality

    Love Wyze products. This replaced the original Cam Pan. Picture is noticeably better. Wyze app always loads cameras instantly, unlike others I've tried. Great product!

    Oct 18, 2021 09:37
  • Review by Herb53, 10 out of 10
    Great product!

    These are seriously good cameras with a bunch of features for the price. Easy to setup and easy to use. I highly recommend these indoor cameras.

    Oct 29, 2021 21:30
  • Review by BenG, 10 out of 10
    great!

    great product, it needs to power off and reset sometimes but overall it can't be beaten for the price.

    Nov 06, 2021 12:43
  • 9.2score
    Ring - Stick Up Indoor/Outdoor Wired 1080p Security Camera - White
    Description

    Get nonstop power for nonstop peace of mind with a versatile camera that goes anywhere inside or out. Ring Stick Up Cam Plug-In is an indoor/outdoor camera that sends notifications to your phone and tablet whenever motion is detected. Answer the notification, and you can see, hear and speak to people on camera from anywhere. It installs in minutes and plugs into standard power outlets so you’ll never worry about charging a battery. And it goes on flat surfaces so you can move it when you need to or walls for a more permanent solution. Wherever you are, Ring Stick Up Cam Plug-In lets you check in on home at anytime.

    8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by ZIZZY, 8 out of 10
    Just what I wanted.

    Just what I wanted. I bought the wired Stick Up Indoor/Outdoor camera because I didn’t want to deal with changing the battery. I have it looking out of a window. Hardly any reflection, sometimes a little from the blue light. But it’s great. You do need additional lighting at night because the camera will not pick up anything without it. I bought a plastic soap-dish with suction cups to put the camera on it and “Command” damage-free Velcro for extra hold on the window frame. I’m very pleased with my crazy invention.

    Jan 08, 2021 17:04
  • Review by Kenny, 10 out of 10
    Ring outdoor camera

    Awesome product,easy to install and setup, the audio and picture is incredible I have 5 now they are so good.

    Nov 06, 2021 13:30
  • Review by iTech, 10 out of 10
    Great camera!

    This was my fourth ring camera that I purchased and I am very pleased with it. Gives me a great view of my drive way.

    Oct 20, 2021 10:36
  • Review by Kassi, 10 out of 10
    Great camera to check on dogs while away!

    We put this up in our puppy room and it is nice to check in on them with the live camera option, while we are away. Now there is no question if they are ok and not anxious as well as if there is poor behavior, we’ve got that on record too with the digital recordings options.

    Jan 10, 2020 07:12
  • Review by IAH24, 10 out of 10
    Works great

    Took me a little longer to install but it was easygoing. No problem getting them to load to app. Great images. Night vision works very well. Will purchase more in the future. Great when your out and about you will get notice and see & talk to who is at your door.

    Jul 18, 2020 06:55
  • Review by Mycam1isthebestever, 10 out of 10
    My Fav Cameras

    I love this it is the best ever. I can talk to kids through the camera it is small which I love it was easy to set up went well with the other 2 I have thanks so much I have been taking about my cameras since I’ve gotten them

    Jan 15, 2021 16:20
  • Review by Angel, 10 out of 10
    Great

    Great, works great for the day and for night vison

    Oct 23, 2020 15:59
  • Review by Sroyal, 10 out of 10
    Stick up ring camera

    Love the ring family of products and the services they offer.

    Aug 16, 2020 14:18
  • 9.2score
    25' Outdoor Magnetic Charging Cable for Arlo Ultra and Pro 3 Security Cameras - Black
    Description

    Keep your Arlo wire-free cameras charged at all times with this Arlo Ultra/Pro 3 magnetic charging cable and power adapter. The 25-foot cable lets you reach hard-to-access power sources, while the weather-resistant connector permits use outdoors. This Arlo Ultra/Pro 3 magnetic charging cable and power adapter comes with a window decal that keeps it in place for uninterrupted charging.

    3 Features
  • Compatible with Arlo Ultra and Arlo Pro 3 wire-free security cameras: Including VMC4040P(B)-100NAS, VMS4240P-100NAS, VMS4340P-100NAS, VMS4440P-100NAS, VMS4640P-100NAS, VMC4240B-100NAS, VCS4440B-100NAS, VMS5440-100NAS.
  • Weather-resistant connector: Designed for outdoor use.
  • 25' charging cable and power adapter: Enable versatile placement options.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Lefty, 10 out of 10
    A must for arlo wifi cameras

    arlo Cameras work best with constant charging power

    Their ideal spots are outside at mounted at the top of a window

    Where they can have one of these power cords running ing to a wall plug,this way they capture lots of footage,

    Yes they have to be mushed in a closed window leading outside

    Be they can handle it, these are tough cords,

    Arlo cameras do their best when they're not on live when I dart away to play games they pick up alot of movement

    Yes they buffer after shots that can be annoying but usually when I wait until the movement indicator goes from orange to black,

    I can see in play back 2 m what just happened ;

    A fed ex driver,

    A jogger,

    Birds invading the cats food ,

    A crook that sees the camera and keeps it moving!

    May 09, 2020 00:22
  • Review by Evangeline, 10 out of 10
    Awesome outdoor magnetic charging cable

    Love my outdoor magnetic charging cable, now we don't have to remove the camera every time we need to charge the camera.

    It's so convenient!

    Oct 17, 2020 13:39
  • Review by none, 10 out of 10
    Arlo Power Cord

    Not certain why a power cord needs to be reviewed, but okay. It is 25' foot long and fits the Arlo Pro 3 and 4 cameras. You plug it into power at one end and connect to the camera at the other end, not difficult at all. It sure would be nice though if all electronic devices could use the same cord. This cord is an extra $50 and does not come with the camera. You can purchase solar for $60.

    Nov 13, 2021 07:19
  • Review by Marblehead, 10 out of 10
    Must have for Arlo 4K camera in high hit location

    Must have item for Arlo Camera’s in any location picking up traffic. Forget the solar panel if you want to use all the features of the camera that gets a lot of hits. Go right to this cable. Cable is long enough to reach almost any outdoor plug. I ran this one from garage and snaked it through garage door insulation trim up to the camera. Zip tide the few feet extra I had. No more power issues! Do yourself a favor and go right to this solution. One other note. Here in New England it gets too cold for the cameras to charge. They quit at about 29 degrees for charging. This power keeps them working even if they won’t charge. Think of the Arlo battery as backup power only and you will very satisfied as the Arlo solution becomes set it and forget it maintenance wise. No worries about turning on all the features which makes Arlo the great product it is. You will be frustrated if you don’t implement this product.

    Apr 16, 2021 15:55
  • Review by OminousPrime, 8 out of 10
    Does the job

    It works exactly as it should. Upholds in weather conditions and no problems. However, its seriously expensive for what it is. I don't think the value meets the expense, especially when solar is the same price or less at times.

    Nov 21, 2021 11:55
  • Review by Daniel, 10 out of 10
    Keeping me off the ladder.

    I needed this cable in order to have a constant power supply to one of my Arlo cameras that is mounted in a location that is not easily accessible for changing batteries. The cable is working perfectly. The only negative is the cost. It seems a little high for a simple power cord. But since it keeps me from having to get out a ladder to reach the peak of the garage, it was worth it to me.

    Aug 28, 2021 08:15
  • Review by Robert, 10 out of 10
    Arlo power cable

    Good quality. Perfect fit. Though Arlo has the 25' cable, I needed something a little bit longer (had to add an extension cable). In any case, this is a good product.

    Oct 22, 2021 16:28
  • Review by Atominic, 10 out of 10
    Great item!

    This is a great item to attach to an Arlo camera when you're putting it up in a hard to reach place to prevent having to change out the battery pack.

    Oct 18, 2021 16:24
  • 9.2score
    Arlo - Essential XL Spotlight Camera – Indoor/Outdoor Wire-Free 1080p Security Camera - White
    Description

    See the essential details, longer. Arlo Essential Spotlight has extended battery life and captures video in 1080p resolution with an integrated spotlight, color night vision, and an extended life battery. Wire-free and weather resistant, Arlo Essential works indoors or out. Set it up yourself in just a few easy steps and clearly see who’s there, even at night. With one year battery life*, it’s perfect for high traffic locations or areas that are difficult to reach. Easily recharge your camera using the included indoor power cable (battery not removeable). Receive notifications and view videos that tell you a package, person, vehicle or even an animal is detected, so you can take quick action like phone a friend, sound an alarm or call emergency services with 3 months of included Arlo Secure.** Personalize what you get notified for and create custom activity zones to ensure you only get alerts for what matters, reducing those that are less important.

    11 Features
  • 1-year of battery life on one charge*: Perfect for high traffic locations or areas that are difficult to reach so you can charge less frequently.
  • Capture clear details in full high definition: Record video in 1080p for clear picture.
  • See in color, even at night: Integrated Spotlight lets you see color night vision.
  • Alerts that matter most: Receive notifications for people, vehicles, and packages so you can take quick action, with the included 3 month trial of Arlo Secure.*
  • No hub required: Connect directly to Wi-Fi.
  • Coverage for every corner: Fast, wire-free (no wiring required), delivers increased installation flexibility to get the perfect camera view.
  • Ward off unwanted guests: Set the built-in siren to trigger manually or automatically from the Arlo App.
  • Designed to withstand head, cold, rain, or sun: Camera can be used indoors or out.
  • Plays well with others: Works with Alexa, Google Assistant and Apple HomeKit.***
  • Clearly hear and speak to visitors: Tap a button in the app to use 2-way audio.
  • Security in the palm of your hand: Watch live streams or recorded video from your smartphone or tablet using the Arlo App.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by JC1503, 10 out of 10
    Awesome Security Cam!

    Home safety, security and peace of mind starts with intel/knowledge. Getting to know your neighbors, having a monitored security system and good locks are critical. Real time high quality video of what is actually going on at my house is really taking it to the next level! Arlo brings it with this camera! So many awesome features at this price point, not to mention how easy it was to set up really propels this to the front of the line in security cameras!

    I currently have four quality cameras and a popular video doorbell that I have had for about 5 years. The cameras are front and back, one in the main area of the house and one is on our puppy to watch him throughout the day. After testing the Arlo, one thing became clear. It is time to upgrade my older cameras and Arlo is the way I’m going for sure.

    The features I love:

    - First was the video quality 1080p, Arlo Looks great and connects fast. Keep in mind your wifi and internet speeds as well as your device you're using (cell phone or ipad) remotely will play into connection speeds.

    - Arlo’s ease to set up. It was a breeze. This is a big deal. My other cameras, minus the video door bell, were very troublesome and problematic to set up. I mean a nightmare! I bought upper end cameras but great cameras with crappy software = problems and lots of data drops and restarting! The Arlo camera and app has been rock solid!

    - I like the two-way audio in this spot light platform. My current bullet cameras do not have that capability. I can place the Arlo on the corner of my house like a bullet camera and if someone pulls into my driveway I can talk to them! The audio is much more responsive that my popular doorbell set up.

    - No wires!!! NONE! My other wireless internet camera out front is wireless in technical terms (i.e. no ethernet cable required) but guess what…it had to have a power chord for power! I had to crawl into my attic and guide a power cable and cuss for hours to get the power cable to the “wireless” camera. Arlo is pick up and move ready to go anywhere I want it!! Indoor/outdoor…Awesome!

    - It can ID a person from an animal! Super smart and then notify me!

    - It has a siren I can activate manually or with a trip! That is really cool! Prowler outside in the middle of the night? … I feel like I could yell at them and hit the siren and that would get them running for sure! You can set up the app to call 911 as well or a friend if you want.

    -The spot light is a nice touch too. The night vision it has is crisp but all night vision has that weird night vision color. With Arlo you can turn the spotlight on as well for a color view. Getting color descriptors of a suspect’s clothing to give to police, like a red sweatshirt or pants is important! The spot light doesn’t illuminate the whole yard but anything close enough for the light to hit is going to capture nicely on the cam! See my pitch black home office and pitch black home office with the spotlight pictures for an example.

    - Rechargeable with a a one year charge. I can’t really test that yet but that would be impressive even if it was half that time. Consider that at some point you will need to charge it when installing somewhere.

    Some cons:

    - Kind of heavy (due to the large battery I’m guessing) this is not a huge deal unless you are going to set it up on a small tripod to move around a room (i.e. baby/dog monitor). On a small tripod it is front heavy and has a tendency to tip forward when pointed downward. Arlo makes a baby monitor that would work better probably for that.

    - Doesn’t have the option to zoom or pan. Again small complaint because 99% of the time one just points and leaves it. I have two pan and zoom cameras inside my house…guess what…I never pan and zoom. You can digitally zoom on your phone but the image loses some clarity. Also Arlo makes a 4K camera if that is really important to you.

    The siren really isn’t very loud.

    I feel my con’s are a little nit picky to be honest. It’s a spot light cam with audio so it’s a little bigger and the weight is well worth the wireless power for a year. Overall, It’s an outstanding high quality camera and has great features. The app is easy to use and install is a super easy! Highly recommend!

    Nov 21, 2020 12:39
  • Review by SirGalahad, 10 out of 10
    Easy To Get Up And Running

    Setup is extremely straightforward and easy as it operates from a battery (that can last for a year) and requires no wires. If you wish you can buy a solar panel separately to power it. The packaging includes mounting screws, a USB A to Micro USB cable (which is unfortunate as I would have preferred USB C), a mount that can adjust in any way you’d want, the camera (that can last for up to a year), and a piece of paper that notifies you to download the Arlo app and to charge the camera before installation. Once you download the app (which is available for Android and Apple) it goes through the process of how to setup it up to your Wi-Fi network (2.4 Ghz band only). Which is simple. At one point in the process it will tell you to mount the device and it gives you a picture of what it is currently capturing along with any audio with a black bar across the top of where you don’t want it to send you alerts (such as a street). There is about a 2 – 3 second delay on this audio/video. When alerted it will send a Push Notification (if allowed) to your phone so you can see what is happening. At which point inside the Arlo App you can choose to view that video clip, a live recording of what is happening, call e911 (in the US only), call a friend, or activate the siren.

    When you are live monitoring (again there is a slight delay from what you are seeing and what is actually happening of 2 – 3 seconds) you can choose to talk to someone through your phone/device and the camera. For me I placed my device about 10 feet away and it was raining which made it slightly difficult to hear what we were saying to each other. But if it were closer and not raining, I wouldn’t see this being an issue. As I found it to do a great job at picking up voices/noises. You can also take a picture, record video, mute/unmute the volume from the camera, and turn on the flashlight. I found the overall picture quality to be fantastic at 1080p. Colors were accurate, and nothing was washed out or difficult to see even though it was overcast and rainy. It supports a 130-degree field of view which picks up a ton of area. It even can capture things at night with its night vision which works well. It is weather resistant and can work from -4F to 113F.

    The App itself is great. It is very straightforward with an attractive look. On the main part of the screen you see any cameras you have connected. You simply press on the camera you want and it goes into the live view. This is also where you add new devices. On the top right you have the options to call e911, call a friend, or activate the siren. On the bottom row you have the Devices, Library, Mode, and Settings. Under the “Mode” setting you can either arm all your devices or disarm them. You can also turn on/off which ever devices you choose. I really enjoy this app.

    Under the settings section of the app you can adjust a bunch of things. Such as Flicker Adjustment, Camera LED, Device Info, Device Utilities (Camera Positioning and Motion Detection Test (can adjust how sensitive it is from low, medium, high from 0 – 100), video settings (brightness, rotate image 180 degrees, low light settings (spotlight/nightvision), power management (best video, optimized, best battery life)), activity zones (which I couldn’t get to load on mine), and audio settings (microphone, speaker, speaker volume).

    It also works with Amazon Alexa, Apple Homekit, Arlo, and Google Assistant. With Apple Homekit you need an Arlo Base Station which comes separately. I wasn’t able to get this to correctly work with any of them. Likely due to user error on my part and not having everything I need.

    The only thing that is unfortunate about this camera is that it uses cloud recordings, so you’ll likely need to buy a monthly subscription service to get the full use out of it. This subscription service varies between the 2k vs 4k options. But it something you need to incorporate into the cost of device. Where other cameras (that aren’t as easy to setup) usually have a hard drive that comes with it for local storage that doesn’t require a subscription.

    Overall, I think this is an excellent device and comes with everything you would want out of it for your at home/work security. It does come at a price premium due to the wireless nature of it. But man is setup and overall operation extremely easy and straightforward. Battery life is going to vary greatly depending on multiple factors and vary from user to user which is why I didn’t specifically discuss it.

    Nov 21, 2020 16:30
  • Review by Curly6509, 8 out of 10
    4.5 stars

    Several years ago, we installed a wired security camera system. To say that we have been overwhelmed is an understatement. From poor video qualty to cameras offline, we have experienced it.

    I have been wanting to try a wireless system for quite a while but my husband has been against it. He doesn't like the idea of having to change the batteries or having to use a cloud for monitoring. After a recent rash of car break ins in our neighborhood, we saw how well a neighbor's Arlo camera system worked. After researching more, we decided to give this Arlo camera a try.

    Out of the box, we followed the set-up instructions. After charging the camera and downloading the app, it was a breeze to get the camera up and running. To mount the camera, the you attach the mounting bracket and then screw on the camera. We temporarily placed ours in the tree in front of our house so we could get an idea of the view. The picture was so good. From daytime, into nighttime, even in a heavy rain, the picture was clear. You could see a lot of detail and it was crisp.

    There is a microphone and speaker for 2-way communications. There is a spotlight that can be configured to illuminate the view.

    You can set up motion activity zones to limit the number of notifications but the zone is defined by a rectangle shape, not a grid where you could really define the area.

    The packaging states that the battery life is 12 months. We haven't used the camera long enough to judge this. There are AC power adapters available so you can hardwire the camera to a power source, reducing the frequency of battery changes.

    We use Google Home. It was very easy to connect the Arlo camera through it. It works well through our Google Home.

    We are very pleased with this Arlo camera and plan to buy more cameras to add to the system. The only place that it loses points with us is that you have to use the cloud.

    Nov 22, 2020 22:31
  • Review by explore42, 10 out of 10
    Quality Camera and App

    If you want a good Security camera that is simple to install and easy to operate this is best option that I have come across so far. The biggest concern I had originally was that this camera would be slow in sending alerts and activating the video to my phone and the battery power would not last. After installing the Essential XL and using it I can say I no longer have those concerns. The Arlo app alerts me quickly on motion detection and the video activates reasonably quick. Anyone who wants to monitor their property and doesn’t want to run wires or doesn’t have local power should definitely consider this camera. The only downside is that you have to sign up for subscriptions services if you want to use most of the features beyond the trial period and this includes accessing the video in the cloud.

    Features: This camera is a full featured camera with a 130 degree field of view, a 12x zoom feature, a spot light – note this not a flood light, two way audio, a siren alarm and color night vision. The image can be rotated 180 degrees in case you have to mount the camera upside down. The biggest feature in this camera is its extra long battery life of about a year between recharges. The batteries cannot be removed from the camera as in other Arlo cameras and it does take some time to charge the battery. The charge time will depend on the usb charger you use since one is not provided with the camera. The Arlo app gives you complete control over the motion sensing, the alerting and the use of geo fencing. If you chose to purchase the Arlo Smart subscription you get Smart Notifications like detecting people, packages, cars and animals. You also get 30 day cloud storage with the Arlo Smart subscription.

    Setup: The Essential XL Camera set up is fairly easy and is typical of most Smart Home devices. You have to download the Arlo mobile app on your phone, create an account and then follow the directions on adding the camera. It takes more time to mount the camera than it does to get it operational. Because the camera is wireless you have to make sure you have good wireless coverage in the area where you plan to mount it. You can quickly verify wi-fi signal strength by looking at your phone’s wi-fi settings while holding the phone where you plan to mount the camera. The camera’s mounting bracket can either be attached in the rear of the camera or under it. I mounted mine on my front porch and attached the mounting bracket to the rear of the camera. The camera mount is pivotable and allows you to tilt the camera to get the best viewing angle. There is a twist knob that you tighten down once you get the camera set into position and this locks the camera firmly in place. As mentioned above no USB charger is provided so although they provide a short USB-A to USB micro cable you will have to provide the charger. The first charger I tried was taking forever to charge the battery so I connected a higher powered one and the battery did charge faster. Once I had the camera mounted and working in the Arlo App I added the Arlo skill to my Alex app and now I can see my Arlo camera on my Echo Show using Alexa.

    Video Quality: At 1080p this camera does not have the highest video resolution but for someone looking to monitor their doors or driveway this camera meets the requirements. The video is always crystal clear and the camera provides a wide view without having a fish-eye effect. The color night vision is not the most colorful but the image is good even in low light conditions.

    App: You need Arlo’s mobile app to set up and manage the camera. The app is very intuitive and well thought out. The home page allows you to directly access the camera’s live view. From the home page you can also manage your devices, enter the Library where prior alert video is stored, go into settings as well as arm or disarm the camera. The app allows you to set up and manage the activity zones and you can set schedules or use geo fencing for arming or disarming the camera. If you pay for Arlo Smart you can also set up activity detection based upon packages, cars, people and animals. The Arlo Smart also has an emergency feature that allows you to trigger the siren, alert a friend or call 911.

    Nov 21, 2020 21:48
  • Review by Grouticus, 10 out of 10
    Another great Arlo product

    I took a risk on Arlo years ago when they just came out with their first security cameras and have never looked back. In my opinion, Arlo has one of the best, if not the best, wireless security camera system on the market that is actually affordable and continues to make strides in the market setting the bar for other companies to try to keep up. They added to their arsenal with the new Arlo Essential XL Spotlight Camera. There are so many things to like about this security camera so let’s get started. First off, I was pleased to see they now make a camera that lasts about a year without a charge and it’s surprising they were able to do this considering it also has a very bright spotlight. You will immediately know how they made this possible once you open the box as the camera itself is about twice the length of their normal wireless cameras making room for a much larger battery. That was one of my issues over the years from their other cameras is that I would have to pull some of them down that weren’t wired to a power source to charge them. Potentially not having to charge this camera in a year is music to my ears. The other thing I am pleased to see with this camera is you do not need an Arlo Hub to connect it to your account, you can do it through your wireless network and smart phone app. The camera was very simple to set up through the app after you create an account; I added our new Essential XL camera to our existing system of five cameras within a minute or two. I installed it under the roof pointing at our boat parked in our driveway which works great; previously I had a camera and separate spot light and I was able to consolidate both into this one and relocate the old camera and spotlight to another area of our house. The spotlight is plenty bright enough for most areas and it also has color night vision instead of the typical greenish and black color imaging you would expect from night vision. The video itself is very clear with 1080p high definition and a 130-degree viewing angle.

    This package comes with a screw on mount with hardware and charging cable. My favorite part about the Arlo system is their smart phone app. It is very user friendly and you are able to change many of the options within the app unlike some other security systems. I found that it is definitely worth considering keeping the Arlo Smart service because of their cloud storage and object detection to ensure you don’t lose footage and are able to filter out some notifications. I recently made the mistake of going to another security camera system and went right back to Arlo because of their great products and all the additional features built into the app that they are consistently updating with more options for their users.

    Nov 18, 2020 20:34
  • Review by JustCuz, 10 out of 10
    Fast and easy install

    I want to start off by saying I feel most every one will feel comfortable setting up and installing this unit.

    I am already an Arlo user and adding this camera to my others was fast and easy.

    The main difference with this essential XL spotlight camera is battery life. That's why I waited almost 3 weeks to review. I placed my unit on the front door. That's where I get the most traffic about 20 to 40 hits a day. Family going and coming usps, ups, fedex. I have it set up as to not see the road for passing cars. And I feel I will get about 6 months out of one charge. This is more than double the life than my arlo pro's. So it's only half of the up to one year that is advertised. But 6 months in my book is very good.

    And key features I like are

    * Two way audio - Giving you the ability to talk with the person you see. This works best when you are on wifi.

    * Video quality - Very clear picture

    *battery life - I feel any where from 6 months to a year for some

    *The App - I find the app very easy to use and set up each camera on it's own. You may have some you don't want notifications from.

    * Works with google assistant - I have mine set to turn lights on at night when a camera sees motion.

    * Spotlight - Helps see things in color at night and lets people know they are being watched.

    I have been a fan of arlo for some time now.

    And they continue to improve their products and the app.

    If you are looking for a surveillance you can count on you found it in arlo. You can start off with one cam and add on as you see fit.

    Dec 06, 2020 13:44
  • Review by dgelsleichter, 10 out of 10
    Great Camera

    Good resolution, bright spotlight, quick notification, and really fast load time. So far the battery hasn't budged off of 100% in over a week, with 10 to 20 notifications a day. Highly recommend.

    Apr 24, 2021 11:15
  • Review by Vinayak, 10 out of 10
    Great value for money!

    I just bought this camera and it works great! It has alerting, zoning and voice features at a very great price! The feature I like the most is it does not require any additional hub to manage. Works effortlessly!

    Jan 04, 2021 11:29
  • 9.2score
    Arlo - Pro 3 Indoor/Outdoor Wire-Free 2K HDR Floodlight Camera - White
    Description

    Security at its Brightest. Zoom in to see and record video in 2K with HDR for a clearer, undistorted picture, day or night. Connects directly to Wi-Fi without the clutter of extra gear. Illuminate your property with 2000 lumens of brightness or up to 3000 lumens with the outdoor magnetic charging cable (sold separately). The Pro 3 Floodlight Camera is wire-free and weather-resistant to deliver fast, easy installation and flexibility to get the perfect camera view, year-round. With the floodlight, see important features like faces and licenses plates in full color, at night with color night vision. Get the big picture with 160° diagonal view. Get smarter alerts for quicker action. With 3-months of Arlo’s Secure plan included, receive notifications for people, vehicles and packages and take quicker action like sound the siren, call a friend or dial emergency services.* Ward off unwanted guests by triggering the siren or floodlight automatically or manually from the Arlo App. Works with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Apple HomeKit** and Samsung SmartThings.

    15 Features
  • Superior Brightness: Brightly illuminate your property with 2000-3000 lumens.***
  • Zoom in to see sharper details: 2x video resolution of HD lets you zoom in 12x with picture perfect detail.
  • See color at night: Notice important features like faces or license plates in full color, even at night, with color night vision.
  • 100% wire-free: Free of power cords and wiring hassles for easy installation in a variety of environments.
  • Noise cancelling audio: Hear and speak to visitors with clear, 2-way audio.
  • Ward off unwanted guests: Trigger your siren automatically or manually from the Arlo app.
  • Powerful AI - object detection: With an Arlo Secure plan, recognize when a package is delivered and knows the difference between a human and a tree branch.*
  • Get the bigger picture: Wider, 160º diagonal view with auto image correction, reducing the fisheye effect.
  • Smarter alerts, quicker action: With an Arlo Secure plan, receive notifications for people, vehicles, and packages so you can take quick action such as sound the siren, call friend or dial emergency services.*
  • All-weather protection: Designed to withstand heat, cold, rain or sun.
  • Custom control: Enhance protection with custom floodlight and camera settings.
  • Connects directly to Wi-Fi: No hub required for an even easier install.
  • Multiple powering options: Power with the included rechargeable battery, optional solar panel or outdoor charging cable (Optional solar panel and outdoor charging cable sold separately).
  • Plays well with others: Works with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Apple HomeKit** and Samsung SmartThings.
  • Arlo Secure*: Includes 3-months of Arlo Secure for 30-day cloud recording, advanced object detection, rich notifications, cloud activity zones and more. Plans start at $3.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by cjviscito, 8 out of 10
    Near Perfect Wireless Floodlight Cam Solution

    We have Arlo Pro 1 & 2 cameras at our house, and I was looking for a floodlight to add to the side of the house near our garbage bins because it's pretty much pitch black at night when I take the trash out. When I saw that I could pick up an Arlo camera with floodlight, I thought 'Great - a camera and a light!' In truth, the Arlo floodlight camera is a nice addition to our Arlo family, however there are some shortcomings that Arlo could easily fix.

    The camera itself is fairly large and the light can get really bright. If you have other Arlo cameras, this thing is easily the size of 2 or 3 of them. The unit comes with:

    - Floodlight Camera

    - Mounting Plate

    - Drywall Anchors and screws

    - Rechargable battery pack

    - Micro-USB charging cable

    - USB charging brick

    It's pretty much the all-in-one solution I was looking for. I was able to connect it with my existing Arlo base and camera set up fairly quickly. Out of the box, there was a firmware update that Arlo had available, so I used that time to connect the charging cable and charge the battery up as well. Arlo does make a magnetic charging cable option if you want to be able to essentially "hard wire" this camera up, but that option wouldn't have worked with where I wanted to mount it... not unless I paid an electrician to run an outlet nearby.

    The hardest part was installing the unit - mostly because I thought I was going to be able to mount it to the brick instead of the wood trim under the gutters. At the end of the day, I check the screw lengths and they were long enough to hold the mounting plate in place snugly agains the wooden trim. Just be sure to check the clearance when mounting, because you could find your space a bit tight due to how wide the floodlights are on either side.

    Once I had it up and running, I was able to go into the Arlo app and set up an activity zone. Something that Arlo doesn't make very clear is how to automatically trigger the light. I thought by creating an activity zone and setting the light to go off between dusk and dawn that it would automatically go off if it detected motion. True to Arlo's settings though, this camera works like their other ones - you have to have the cameras in an "Armed" mode in order for the camera to look for motion and then it'll trigger the lights.

    You can manually turn on and off the lights from the Arlo app - but there again is where an unnecessary limitation exists. If you want to have that setting on for the floodlight camera to automatically turn on when it detects motion, you either have to make a custom mode for it, or have your entire system on "Armed". I fee like Arlo could've made a setting for this that allows you to engage the light while leaving everything else disarmed, but it's essentially Armed or not.

    The video quality on the camera is quite good too - but that also depends on the strength of your WiFi signal, so your milage may vary. Overall, I'm happy with the camera. I haven't had it long enough to comment on battery life, but it's been up and running for about 4 days now and the battery is at 98%. I typically leave my Arlo system on a schedule setting, so it's only looking for motion during the night, so I'm sure that's helping save the battery life also.

    Nov 04, 2020 12:44
  • Review by CactusJax, 10 out of 10
    Great floodlight, no wiring required!

    While I had seen the Arlo floodlight cameras I didn't realize that they were battery operated like their other cameras. I had assumed that being a bright floodlight that they would require wiring so I hadn't considered adding one to my 4 Arlo cameras. While there are provisions that allow being plugged in or attaching a solar charger, I used the included battery. I checked that my WiFi would reach an oak tree near the street and installed this floodlight camera on that tree. It only takes 3 screws to attach the base and the camera mount just twists to lock on the base. Since I already have Arlo cameras installed, adding this one to the network was a snap. I set this camera up in the wide angle mode and it covers my entire front yard and more. This camera allows you to define zones where it will and won't record. I set the zone to exclude my next door neighbors driveway so that I don't get an alarm every time they come or go. Like the other cameras, you can listen in or have a conversation over the camera. There is a delay in the audio if you try to have a conversation but it works. The night vision is great and the bright light really lights up the yard (see the attached pics). There are a couple of things I wish this (and my other Arlo cams) did a little better. I wish they would begin recording sooner, and most of the time there is a delay between the time I get a notification and the time I can view the video. I love this camera/light and intend to install another in the back yard.

    Nov 04, 2020 18:10
  • Review by Sreenadh, 10 out of 10
    Ridiculously Bright!

    I bought this to put on a tree next to my driveway and its ridiculously bright. I have an arlo pro 3 and an arlo light already there which were bright but i wanted a wider more brighter solution so i got this. Check out the before and after pictures

    Jun 07, 2020 23:00
  • Review by BigZo, 10 out of 10
    As good as it gets!

    This camera has excellent 2k quality and a surprisingly bright spotlight. It also has amazing battery life. I bought this for surveillance purposes and it paid off immediately. I was wondering why my squirrel-proof bird feeder was emptying so quickly. I mounted this camera, which is the 9th Arlo camera in my collection (5 Pro 2s, 2 Ultras, 1 indoor, and now a floodlight camera) to the side of my deck, and literally caught the culprit on video the very first night. See the picture. I highly recommend this product.

    Aug 07, 2020 15:55
  • Review by Robbie, 10 out of 10
    Very good floodlight

    Mounting it was super easily (once I found a spot that wasn't a dead zone). Setting it up is like any other camera, very easy. The day time video quality is great. The night vision is not as good, but still pretty good; better than my essential spotlight cameras. The light is very impressive.

    Jan 14, 2021 11:30
  • Review by TECHBEENGOOD, 10 out of 10
    Powerful security floodlight/camera

    Arlo - Pro 3 Indoor/Outdoor Wire-Free 2K HDR Floodlight Camera

    Arlo’s Floodlight (emphasis on LIGHT) security camera is part of a very complete system with the capability of local storage, subscription and all types of other security devices available. In a competitive market for security cameras, Arlo offers a very useful mix of desirable features and great performance for this and its other devices. I’ve got other examples from several manufactures around my house, but this Arlo makes perhaps the boldest statement, aiming for “bleeding edge” parameters.

    PROs

    A very high resolution (not 4k, but 2k) for a security camera ….. and you can see it in the images. These are very detailed movie clips live or recorded. Very wide angle of view which can be narrowed for a more typical image layout. But: You can (and may) need to sacrifice resolution if you don’t have adequate Wi-Fi bandwidth and/or the camera is mounted at a great distance from a Wi-Fi node.

    Very strong W-Fi (with long range connectivity). The camera linked to my Wi-Fi network without difficulty just about anywhere around my house.

    Motion activation is flexible, easily modified in the App. In fact, there is almost nothing that can’t be adjusted: brightness, trigger sensitivity, field of view, duration of lighting (within 1 - 20 minutes), etc.

    Easy-to-use phone App is remarkably fuss-free, with good in-App support, to connect.

    Manual light control from phone App to extract even more or less brightness. Very very high light output when triggered by an event. But: Be kind to your neighbors.

    Wall attachment is easy with a nicely designed mount that can be easily released (twisted off). If you choose to rely on battery power and not the magnetic extension cable, this is important. The camera is front heavy, so you want it to be securely attached. You can press a button to release the housing for access to the battery.

    CONS: (Yeah, it’s mostly about which features are available without the need for a subscription.) Sorting out the mix of features which require a subscription and what accessories will or won’t do depending on the subscription is a bit off-putting for a new owner.

    SUMMARY: The stand-alone Arlo - Pro 3 Indoor/Outdoor Wire-Free 2K HDR Floodlight Camera is full of useful features simply used as a stand alone device. Adding it to a whole system and/or using an Arlo subscription is worth the cost, but accessories can get costly. I’m going to use it as a stand alone security flood-light camera (at least until I get a sense of its long term performance). It’s a unique and special way to create your own security system.

    Oct 29, 2020 15:44
  • Review by Apex, 8 out of 10
    No more thieves

    Works great on my phone! Those that gave it low reviews must not be tech savvy and have cheap internet. Very visible at night too

    May 16, 2021 15:06
  • Review by Vany, 10 out of 10
    New to cameras

    I am new to cameras and I was trying others when I was recommended Arlo. The others I would use had static noise and catch every little motion I would wake up with over 100 notifications of just the tress swaying. I ended up traded those cameras and getting Arlo. I can say it was such a difference. Arlo has great cameras that are so smart and knows the difference in cars, humans,animals, and trees. The image was clearer and there was no back ground noise except talking. I would recommended arlo to everyone who is thinking about cameras. Im in love and for sure will be buying more

    Sep 05, 2021 18:37
  • 9.0score
    Ring - Spotlight Cam Wire-free - White
    Description

    Monitor your property from your phone, tablet or PC with Ring Spotlight Cam Battery, a motion-activated security camera with LED spotlights, a siren alarm and a rechargeable battery pack. Ring Spotlight Cam battery lets you adjust your motion sensors, so you can get the ideal setting for you and your home. When anyone steps on your property and triggers your motion sensors, you’ll get an instant alert on your phone, tablet and PC. Answer the alert, and you can see, hear and speak to people on your property from anywhere.

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  • Review by DaddyChIll, 10 out of 10
    Ring Spotlight Cam works great during the day

    I own 3 of these specific spotlight ring camera and love it. In day light it works great but at night it isnt bright at all. The night recordings arent very good without light and the light isnt very bright to help the camera out. Unless u have this low to the ground or add other lights around it to help light up an area at night, it isnt that effective. I mounted this by my front porch light so it does the job for my home day and night but again, If you have it mounted high, the light will not work well at all. In my back yard I added sensor solar lights that light up the area if anything is near so it supplements this ring camera to help get a better recording at night. The pictures show the camera at night without any light, during the day and at night with my other non ring solar porch light qith sensor. The ring cam caught a possum walking in our back yard. Without the additional light it gets really grainy and hard to see. I have the same driveway cam see day and night pics. Hands down, love the ring apps. Watch videos of the various settings. They also have a ring community where you can share info like "hey someone tried to break into my car" and actually share footage or just messages. U can see when someone reports occurrences in your neighborhood too.

    Nov 13, 2020 16:42
  • Review by Louis, 10 out of 10
    Ring wires free security camera

    Bought it since got a discount. I have two already installed and this would be the third. In addition, I bought the associated solar panel since I do not have to charge the battery. The solar panel keeps the battery at 100% charge. That has been my experience with the existing other two Ring security cameras. I really like the view that these cameras provide, especially when I am away from home.

    Jul 24, 2020 17:31
  • Review by Grant, 10 out of 10
    Really nice with a few kinks

    Really nice, but the night vision dosen't work as well as the day at picking people up. I have a streetlight and at night it won't pick up people walking the road like the day. (Picture is nice though). But if they come 1/4 of the way in my yard it will pick them up. It may just be a settimg. It lets you make a fence it watches for. Also I have it set to go off, when it picks up people. Also it has a bit of latency by about 10 seconds to notify that there is someone there. Which may be my internet wifi coverage. Spotlight is bright, but if you really want to light the yard up. Then I suggest getting the camera with flood lights.

    Jul 02, 2021 23:33
  • Review by Poohkado, 8 out of 10
    It does it's job!

    We installed the spotlight camera in the backyard to watch people approaching the back porch and the said gate. It took a while to get it positioned just right to pick up someone entering the side gate. We also have a tree near the porch which was constantly triggering it from the wind or birds. After much adjustment we finally got it dialed in. The battery life in the spotlight cam seems shorter so we bought a second battery. It works good now, but we probably need to get a second one or mount it on a pole to get a proper view of all access points, currently there's a blind spot behind it.

    Aug 21, 2020 18:28
  • Review by spendsalotatbestbuy, 8 out of 10
    Great Camera Setup Needs Clarity

    I agree with the previous poster most issues in these reviews are people wanting something for nothing. You need to familiarize yourself with Wifi mainly. Almost every issue I have read in reviews can be avoided simply fixing your crappy wifi, Not getting alerts, black screen, pixelating, delays in recording etc. Just because the cam has some wifi reaching it doesnt mean a thing. Its outside and the average home's wifi is too weak. Unless it is 5-10ft away. I too had all the issues stated here until we had to replace our router. (nothing to do with the camera). The new router was installed closer to the camera then we had to add the camera and

    this solved most issues. The videos are in color, and if installed properly not too high you get perfect facial pictures. If you have it pointed towards trees or plants you get too many alerts. The app lets you choose the alert frequency. Move the camera around, experiment. My cam is mounted aprox. 6ft high for clarity I will post a photo. Sure a bad guy could damage it but by the time they reach it the video is already saved to the cloud vs installing it higher out of reach but not seeing the bad guys face only an angled head shot.

    Explore the app. You can set the camera to turn on the light at night when motion is triggered or not. It is very very bright.

    I think the big issue here is the Ring Company not going into better detail in the installation. You def. need to check wifi signal for any wifi camera system.

    Photo is a screenshot taken from Ring video at night with the spotlight . There is no additional lighting on. Motion zones set to 3/4 and installed at 6' high. (yes that is remainder of yard sale not put away yet lol)

    Cons: The battery door needs to be re-designed. It is extremely hard to close properly. By design they say however it is a huge issue.

    Aug 20, 2018 15:27
  • Review by Sunny, 10 out of 10
    Great camera

    This is my first wireless ring camera, the setup was super easy (as always) and just like my wired cameras I get a great image and all the same features. I was in need of a camera to watch my kids clubhouse and hardwiring was not an option, I am very satisfied with my wireless camera.

    May 29, 2020 18:44
  • Review by Pespad, 10 out of 10
    Great buy

    Very impressed by the range of space it covers, bought with the solor panel and I have it connected to a tree in my backyard. Don’t have to worry about charging batteries. I have to batteries installed. Will be buying for the fro yard next.

    Jun 14, 2021 18:08
  • Review by HappyBuyer, 10 out of 10
    Love this camera!

    We bought this when it was on sale and got a free Echo Show as well so it was a great deal. We wanted something for our porch area but thought a floodlight would be overkill. This camera is perfect for our needs. At first it wouldn't pick up motion right away so I adjusted the settings and it picks up movement as soon as someone enters the area which is a vast improvement over my 1st generation Ring doorbell. I recommend getting a 2nd battery (it only needs 1 but you can have 2 in there). After 2 weeks at the highest settings, here's what the battery statuses are. The 2 way audio works well. No complaints there. Very happy with this purchase!

    Sep 11, 2020 21:39
  • 9.0score
    Lorex - 4K Wired DVR Security System with 8 Active Deterrence Cameras, Smart Motion Detection and Face Recognition - White
    Description

    Record and view impressive 4K video with this innovative recorder, providing superior clarity when it comes to your security. Customize your experience with a smarter security solution thanks to Smart Motion Detection, which sends notifications when motion from a person or vehicle is detected or when a familiar face is recognized – all directly through the Lorex Home™ App. With the Virtual Fence option, extended property monitoring beyond what the cameras motion detection can provide and receive notifications when the Fence line or Area has been crossed. With convenient smart home compatibility and voice control, remote viewing, and Smart Motion Detection, this recorder gives you next-level security to fit your everyday needs.

    16 Features
  • 4K Ultra HD Video: Record and view video up to 4K (8MP) Ultra HD resolution on all cameras. Digitally zoom in up to 8x on distant objects for better clarity
  • Smart Motion Detection and Face Recognition: Receive notifications when a person, vehicle or a person’s face is detected on your property from the Lorex Home™ app 2.
  • Motion-activated warning light: The bright customizable LED light on each camera wards off uninvited guests.
  • Remote-triggered siren: The built-in speaker houses a remote-triggered siren that can be activated from anywhere, using the Lorex Home app.
  • Color Night Vision™: Make nighttime recognition of people and objects easier using clear color video in low light conditions such as porchlights and streetlights.
  • Infrared night vision lets you see in the dark: Keep an eye on things with long-range IR night vision up to 150 ft at night
  • Smart Search: Filters all motion events for reviewing footage quickly and easily
  • Viewing angle up to 105°: Featuring a wide 105° field of view, these cameras capture a wide-angle of your property for exceptional security at all times
  • No monthly fees with reliable and secure local storage: Local built-in 2TB security-grade hard drive ensures only you can access your footage. Max 8TB storage space with no hidden monthly cloud fees.
  • Monitor your property with eight cameras: These weatherproof Ultra HD 4K security cameras boast exceptional high-definition resolution.
  • Outdoor security cameras for all-weather coverage: The professional-grade cameras feature lightweight vandal-resistant polycarbonate protected housing, each camera is IP67-rated and can withstand temperatures from -4° to 131°F.
  • Check in anytime from anywhere: Get set up in an instant and stay connected with the free Lorex Home™ app. Get important motion alerts, enjoy remote live viewing in HD, and review recorded videos
  • Smart Home Compatible: Google Assistant
  • View and record from up to eight channels: Cover all areas of you home or business with 8 cameras.
  • HDMI and VGA outputs: Connect to a wide range of compatible displays for versatile viewing, including your HDTV, LCD or plasma TV.
  • Virtual Fence5: Virtual Fence5 creates a fence line or sets an area that requires heighten security monitoring and receive notifications when that line is crossed or the area has been breached.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by explore42, 8 out of 10
    Fast Notification to View

    The primary reason to purchase this system vs another brand is the speed with which the Lorex Mobile Home App opens and displays the actual video. I have used other brand’s wired and wireless outdoor cameras and I would get so frustrated because by the time the app would actually display the video on my iphone the delivery guy was in the next zip code! I have timed other apps versus the Lorex Home App on my iphone using my home wi-fi network and the Lorex Home App will consistently show the camera video within 4 seconds of launching the app. This is at least twice as fast as other wired systems I have used and nearly 3 to 4 times faster than all of the wireless cameras I have used. But this Lorex system certainly has some short comings due to the lack of flexibility in camera resolution and frame rate, there is no audio recording by the cameras and it’s difficult to set up email notifications. If you can get past these this is a decent Security Camera system that is quick to respond in the Lorex Home App and it has no monthly fees.

    While this system uses 4k cameras that resolution is at a slow 7 frames per second so the video can be choppy especially if there are fast moving items in the video. Also that 4k resolution is only available when viewing the video on a 4k monitor directly attached to the DVR. What you see on your phone, tablet or pc is the sub-stream video at a far lower resolution. The actual default resolution sent to the mobile device is 704x480 with a max resolution of 960x480. They do this to limit the bandwidth required to use remote devices. Its quite a difference from the 4k resolution of 3840x2160 which is the mainstream video that is stored on the DVR. Because the mobile device’s screen is small the image is still quite sharp even at the lower resolutions. To actually gain all the benefit of the 4k cameras you need to be looking at a 4k monitor attached to the DVR via an hdmi cable. Sadly I found no way to lower the resolution on the Lorex cameras so that I could increase the frame rate. The cameras that come with this system actually support up to 15 frames per second per Lorex’s tech specs but the software in the DVR limits you to 7 frames per second no matter what resolution you select.

    What I liked about this system:

    - Speed, it’s the fastest from notification to viewing video of any camera or system I have tested

    - No monthly subscription fees

    - 4k video quality is really clear and the viewing angle is wide with minimal distortion. The night vision was clear but not the most colorful under normal night lighting.

    - The Smart Motion Sensing worked well and setting up the motion detection zones was simple.

    - There is a home and away setting as well as an “alarm all/disarm all” type setting in the Lorex Home App

    - The system supports face recognition on two cameras

    - The system supports a virtual fence setting which allows you to refine your alert zones for example you can put a virtual fence around your pool that will alert you if anyone crosses the fence and enters the pool.

    - The ability to access the video locally on the DVR or remotely using a pc, tablet or phone is plus. You can access the DVR from a PC using Microsoft’s Edge browser and the DVR’s IP address.

    - The setup was fairly straight forward as long as you stay with the default settings.

    - The Lorex Mobile Home App is very stable, quick to launch, easy to use and navigate.

    What I disliked about this system:

    - To get email notifications you have to register your system with Lorex and then set up a DDNS. Doing this can be technically challenging. This is the only company that I am aware of that makes you go through this to get email notifications. Luckily the Lorex Home App does provide notifications to your mobile device without having to set up anything special but these are notifications and not emails.

    - No audio recording built into the cameras

    - As mentioned above the cameras are defaulted to 4k at 7 fps and the software will not allow you to configure a different resolution with a higher frame rate.

    - Lorex’s user manual covers the “what” the configuration options are but provides very little information on what the settings actually do, why you would want to use them and what impact they have on the system performance.

    - The use of BNC cables and analog cameras are becoming outdated in the digital world

    May 12, 2021 21:20
  • Review by DaveW, 10 out of 10
    Has my house covered

    The Lorex 4K 8-camera DVR kit (YD862A82-8DA8-E) comes with everything you need to setup your own home security camera system. I set out to install this system myself (solo) over the course of a weekend plus a little extra for adjustments. This is my first time installing a wired camera system, but not my first time pulling wires in an attic.

    The kit includes 8 C882DA bullet cameras and the 8 channel 2TB D862A82 DVR. Also included with the kit are 8-60ft long Siamese BNC/DC cables, 3 identical power supplies (12V, 2.0A, 50/60Hz), and 2 4-way DC squid splitters to power the cameras. Also included was a 3ft HMDI cable, 3ft CAT5e cable, a wired mouse, and some window stickers noting the property is under 24hr video surveillance. Documentation is included in the box but it is pretty sparse, and mainly just shows you what to plug in and where. You need to go to Lorex’s website to get the full manual which is split up between the camera and the DVR.

    Installation

    For the installation I planned where I wanted to locate the cameras, so I had a full view of the property, entrances, and trafficked areas. Having done wireless systems in the past I had a decent idea of where I needed to locate the cameras. I decided to mount 7 cameras outside and 1 in my garage. The outside cameras would be mounted under the eaves to the soffit along the house. I have vinyl soffit so I used 1/8” x 2” toggle bolts to secure them. Each camera comes with a sticker pattern to make drilling the holes pretty easy.

    Tools I used:

    Drill

    Fish tape

    Fiberglass fish rods

    12” drill extension attachment

    3/4” spade bit

    7/8” spade bit

    Headlamp

    Electrical tape

    Siding removal tool

    Foam sealant

    I drilled a ¾” hole for individual cables to route through. Where I needed to pass the full bundle I drilled 2 overlapping holes with the 7/8” bit. Routing the Siamese BNC/DC cables was a real chore because they loved to snag and tangle. I taped the heck out of the cables to the fish tape to reduce the snags when routing through the holes I drilled. Definitely make note which end of the cable you need to pull through the wall – I thought I was doing a really good job of this only to find I messed up on 2 cables. Once the cables were all routed through the eaves I sealed the holes up with expansion foam and put the soffit back together. Mounting the cameras with the toggle bolts was pretty easy. The camera mounted right over top of the hole for the wiring so I had no need to utilize the cord notch in the camera base. Luckily for me I had the DVR centrally located on the main floor so all the cables reached their destinations. I found in the manual (either camera or DVR I can’t remember) that you can’t daisy chain extension cables together, but rather it needs to be a single continuous cable ran. The manual mentions a 100’ and a 250’ cable as being compatible. Best Buy carries a couple different varieties of security cables (including the ones from the manual), but you only need to look for 4K, in-wall rated Siamese BNC/DC cables.

    After mounting all the cameras I took some time to fine tune their position so they would be in the best position. The camera bases have 3-axes adjustment, so you can set them just how you want with nothing more than a screwdriver. I setup the whole system and used the app to live stream the camera pictures to make adjusting them easier.

    Setup

    Hooking everything up to the DVR was fairly easy. I didn’t number or identify the wires before routing so I just swapped them around to get the images in the correct order. I found out later that I could have changed the order through the sequencing menu. I routed all of the cables into my living room entertainment center to utilize the 4K TV as the display. The included mouse works well, but I found myself getting tired of sitting on the floor in front of the DVR with the wired mouse. I tried out a Logitech M325C wireless mouse I had laying around and it works perfectly. I also plan to utilize a battery backup UPS to power the system in case of outages.

    Starting up the unit takes you through the setup wizard which checks for updates right off the bat. This only took a few minutes, and then it moved on. In the setup you could set a schedule for days/times you wanted the system to record/alert. I left mine at 24/7 for now unit I get a hang of how I want to set it up. Once the system is up and running you get to choose your screen layout. I choose a view that had all 8 cameras with the selected one showing up larger. There are little quick menus that go along with each feed – turning on the light, alarm, manual record to a backup, zoom, audio, and taking a snapshot. The snapshot feature is configurable in the system menu to adjust resolution, quality, time between shots, and number of shots to take. This feature can also be scheduled or event based.

    The system a bunch of different features that are fairly well explained in the online menu – all 122 pages. Some things I have configured are the motion alert areas, virtual fence line, and motion lights. I placed a virtual fence line on top of my perimeter fence, so I can get alerts if the neighborhoods kids jump over for whatever reason. I have motion alerts setup for all of the cameras, but only have light triggers on the ones nearest my entrances. I’m still fine tuning how I want the system to respond and trigger to different events. I have set my recording to automatically overwrite – if you don’t the manual says you will start receiving warnings about your drive filling up. It only took a week of 8 cameras recording 24/7 to fill up the drive. Now that I have changed some settings it shouldn’t fill up as fast (record on motion mainly).

    What I liked

    There were a number of things about this system that I liked. For starters I like that the internal hard drive is upgradeable and can be swapped out for an (up to) 8TB drive. It currently has a 2TB Western Digital Purple 5400RPM drive. Increasing the size allows you to hold onto records for longer periods of time before they get overwritten. Going up to a 4TB option runs a little over 100 bucks, so enough that I would really need the space to make the jump rather than picking one up on a whim. The DVR allows you to change your camera resolution settings to fit your needs, as well as adjusting the bitrate and image quality. All of these things allow you to maximize your storage space.

    The cameras were pretty easy to install and position. When you are way up on a ladder its nice that these are pretty easy to adjust. They are also fairly lightweight so I had zero issue installing them onto my vinyl soffit.

    The app is really well done. It is fast with its notifications and it gives you some tips here and there. My only request is that more of the settings should be available on the app – right now a lot of the settings have to be implemented locally (on the DVR). Setting your motion detection zones through the app is so much nicer/faster than through the DVR UI. The zones show up as a grid that you can just swipe through on your phone to define your coverage quickly.

    The panic button on the DVR is a pretty nice/interesting feature. It’s a really quick way to draw a lot of attention to your house and any would-be intruders.

    Playback of the 4K recordings look really nice on the TV. Picture quality is excellent and you can see details at a good distance.

    The night vision is excellent and provides plenty of detail in low/no light situations. I can read the license plate on my car in the pitch black garage from 15 ft.

    There are no subscription fees to go along with this system – a big plus.

    What I didn’t

    The main thing I didn’t care for was the BNC/DC Siamese cables. They are more difficult to route, prone to snagging, and can’t be made to length. The BNC/DC fed cameras are an older technology whereas things are moving towards PoE which utilizes ethernet cable runs. These cables can be longer, cheaper, and made on site. They are also much easier to route.

    The lack of 2-way audio is unfortunate. I really hoped that I was missing a setting when I was setting this up, but I did not. You can only listen to audio coming from one of the camera feeds at a time.

    The settings menu is a bit convoluted and extensive to navigate. A first timer or tech novice would get lost in there. Having the manual handy is a must if you want to find what you are looking for, or if you need an explanation on a feature.

    The 4K video is only at 7FPS which is very low and choppy. If you are tracking something/someone that is moving quickly then it will blur. Knocking down to 1080P gets you 30FPS which is less sharp (detail wise) but a smoother moving image.

    Looking forward to Trying

    I haven’t had a chance to setup the facial recognition feature yet. I want to set it up for the kids for when they come home from school. The feature lets you catalog a set of familiar faces and then lets you decide what to do when they are recognized by the system. This is an interesting sounding feature for sure, and I ‘m looking forward to fiddling around with it.

    Overall, this wired 8 camera 4K system ticks a lot of boxes for me. It was fairly easy to install and setup. The feature set is robust and at times a bit daunting. The app works terrifically well and has been very reliable.

    May 20, 2021 01:08
  • Review by SUHD, 8 out of 10
    Complete system for larger property

    The Lorex - 8-Channel, 8-Camera Indoor/Outdoor Wired 4K UHD 2TB DVR Surveillance System is a complete security camera system with local DVR storage. This is my second Lorex 4K system install and the company has gradually refined their products from last year. The included documentation is very helpful and the connections are self-explanatory. Much like any other wired security camera system, the most difficult part is routing the 60 foot camera wires through the attic or side of the house. I still prefer the PoE NVR systems that just use a CAT5 cable that carries the signal and power over a single, thinner wire that can be as long as ~ 300ft. With the bulky BNC signal connector and additional banana plug power connector, you have to drill a bigger hole for outdoor installations and have shorter cable length restrictions. The setup of the DVR and camera registration is an intuitive step by step process, best accomplished with the DVR connected to a monitor via the included HDMI cable if you have a 4K TV or old-school VGA cable for a lower resolution.

    The DVR is quite stylish and contemporary, looking more like a cable box or TiVo, except that it's white, which may not go well with everyone’s black home theater A/V components. The pre-installed 2 TB hard drive seems to be performing well and offers ample recording time, even for a couple of weeks, depending on the resolution and other recording settings. The total recording time will get considerably shorter if you’re recording 24x7 from all 8-cameras. But if you need more room, you can easily upgrade to an 8TB hard drive - make sure you get a surveillance rated hard drive that’s meant to run 24x7 and offer better video recording/playback performance.

    The image quality coming out of these 4K cameras is very crisp with vivid colors during the day and very reasonable at night, even with some color with very little light. The bright deterrence LED light can potentially scare intruders away at night, especially if you don't have too big a house and the cameras are not installed too high-up. At a minimum I’m hoping it will scare some of the wild life away in my neighborhood. The motion detection notifications to your smart phone work fairly well and the “virtual fence” perimeter setting is pretty accurate, seems to respect the set boundaries better than my Ring doorbell.

    Despite the 4K resolution and pretty good digital zoom capabilities, I haven’t been able to actually get a car's license plate in motion, even at less than 50ft away. Also the video is a bit choppy, mainly because it is limited to 7fps, even though the cameras specifications say they are capable of 15fps. I'll have to play around with the DVR settings some more to see if there is a happier medium, or maybe a firmware update will allow 15fps recording.

    The smartphone app is decent, could use some refinement, but it's better than other popular brands. Unfortunately it streams at much lower resolution, up to 960H which is the standard analog resolution for North America’s NTSC analog TV signal, but that’s still sharp enough on smart phone screens.

    Overall this is an affordable, quality security camera system, fully loaded with 8x 4K cameras, relatively easy to set up, with great (still) image quality, lots of useful features, Alexa and Google Assistant integration for voice commands and best of all, no monthly fees to pay for cloud storage, cause it stores it all on the generous 2 TB internal hard drive. Additionally it comes with a 2-year warranty which is an extra year over most other comparable systems from different vendors.

    May 19, 2021 21:35
  • Review by Txstatesal, 8 out of 10
    Sharp Images with a Sleek Design

    I’d like to kick off my notes with you need to make sure you’re willing to commit to getting inside your home’s wall for this install otherwise it will look tacky.

    The cris HD image and lighting is great. I’ve had battery powered cameras but I had to rely heavily on charging them.

    With my wires system I am enjoying that the power is rooted in the brain of the device which is the slim and sleek DVR system with a lot of memory!

    I’m a big advocate of smart home assistants so I’m glad to know I can integrate that.

    I’m all honesty I’m just enjoying that a company isn’t charging me for access to my videos and I have everything I need in house.

    Overall it is a good system (you might need to buy extra wiring for longer cameras around the home). Oh, and like I said, be sure to get advice on the install if you’re not ready to drill holes around your home.

    May 27, 2021 20:20
  • Review by TheOffice1234, 10 out of 10
    WOW – BEST WIRED DVR / SURVEILLANCE / CAM I USED

    WOW – BEST WIRED DVR / SURVEILLANCE / CAM I HAVE USED

    REVIEW: LOREX - 8-CHANNEL, 8-CAMERA INDOOR/OUTDOOR WIRED 4K UHD 2TB DVR SURVEILLANCE SYSTEM - WHITE - WHITE

    MODEL:YD862A82-8DA8-E

    Best Buy Tech Insider Network

    SUMMARY:

    This is not your “Father’s” clunky old security camera system. I was very impressed with the ease of setup and high quality in everything, software, equipment, documentation, apps, EVERYTHING.

    Am I gushing too much? I don’t think so. I did not expect this level of quality without spending 10X more. I have been deploying security cameras for about 15 years at home, our local homeowner’s association, my office and for family. I am not in the industry, but I have probably deployed about 7 different systems.

    I have always been skeptical about these “all in one bundles”, but LOREX seems to have gotten it right. As recently as last year I tried a bundle from a competing brand and it was only just OK but still clunky. LOREX paid close attention to the entire user experience from unboxing to setup and day to day operations.

    PRO’s

    - Bright Clear 4K Video and Pictures

    - Excellent Night Vision Quality

    - Great “People” and “Auto” recognition and Alerts

    - Everything you need is in the box (ethernet, hdmi, mouse, wires, power, etc)

    - 8 Cameras should be enough for most people

    - Alexa Integration if you have a “Video Alexa Device”.

    UNBOXING: (see picture)

    INITIAL IMPRESSIONS:

    Everything was well packaged and very secure. Instead of “a box of loose parts” everything has its own box. Each Camera, and the DVR and cables are all packaged separately. In effect, everything is triple boxed. (it is a big box).

    SETUP:

    No Instructions needed, but there is a quick start guide.

    There is only one way to plug everything together, so you can’t really make a mistake. BE CAREFUL WHEN YOU RUN THE WIRES that the correct ends of the wire are at the camera end. This might be the only thing I could suggest to improve upon in user friendliness is to color code which end “faces” the camera. Of course, I got one of them backwards and had to pull the wire and start over. In the end, not a big deal.

    Like a modern Computer or TV once you power on the DVR (The main unit) it takes you step by step through setting up the device, connecting it to the network, doing a firmware update, naming the cameras, setting up alerts. It is all really easy. Again, other brands, and DVR’s of old you really had to hunt around for these settings. (Motion Detection, Camera Names, Etc). LOREX even went as far as to make premade camera names that you can “apply” without a keyboard. It sounds like a little thing, but it is the little things that make this a breeze to set up and start using in minutes.

    FEATURES AND USAGE:

    It will be a while before I get to all the features and have the system 100% operational. You can read the feature list for yourself. What I have used so far….

    Motion Detection – It was very easy to “paint” the areas where I wanted motion detected, and then I could tell the DVR if I wanted to be alerted for Vehicle, or People, or Both. It works and it immediately started sending accurate alerts (to the phone app) and which type of alert it was.

    Remote Lights / Siren – You can trigger lights and sirens from the App or the DVR. The alarm is not overly loud, and might even be a touch quiet, but that is OK, it is just a causal deterrent.

    Viewing on the phone – Works great (toggle SD vs HD), the images are great. You can also take snapshots and store the images on your phone. It even works when you are away from home (not only on local wifi).

    Phone APP – Pretty much does it all. While other brands only let you do basic view, you really can control your entire DVR without a head end monitor. This enables you to set up the DVR and then tuck it away in a corner and forget about it. Some of the “very advanced” settings need to be done one time at the main DVR (Email Configuration if you need that, or advanced camera quality settings).

    If I ever get an Alexa enabled video device I look forward to trying commands to show “who is at the door” on the device.

    NOTES:

    The LOREX 4K resolution cameras max out at 7fps. This is 100% OK for a security camera, but don’t expect to make 30-60 fps movies with these cameras. My other “Medium - High End” cameras that each cost as much as this entire bundle only do 20fps at 1080p resolution. 7fps is a perfectly fine tradeoff for 4K resolution.

    If I had one wish, I wish the DVR had built in WiFi. I get why it does not. You don’t want to kill your home WiFi with 4K video streams. But instead ,I had to dig through my box of cables to find a long enough ethernet cable to perform the initial setup. It took me longer to find a long cable, than to setup the unit. In the end, I ended up repurposing and old WiFi Router and turned it into an Ethernet Bridge so that I could put the DVR anywhere I wanted. With a wired setup, you have to figure out where the “center” of all of your cables can best fit, and that is where you have to park the DVR. Technically, you don’t need a network, but if you want the latest software, and advanced alert capabilities, then you need to connect it to a network.

    With a “wired” system (like LOREX), most of the smarts are in the DVR. The BNC cables are mostly just carrying the video signal. The advantage is that each camera does not have to be its own super computer / web server. The DVR does almost all of the heavy lifting. With IP based Cameras (not proprietary to a specific DVR), the cameras need to have computers, network adapters, and web servers, in each camera, making them much more expensive. IP cameras can quickly saturate a network LAN or Wi-Fi as most of these networks are not meant to carry 8 simultaneous 4K video streams. Both type of systems have their strengths and weaknesses. With my existing (previous) IP based system I had to put in a completely dedicated (separate) network from my “home” network to keep from killing my home network with traffic, just for the security cameras.

    SUMMARY / RECOMMENDATIONS

    I absolutely recommend the LOREX system for anyone wanting a turn key “wired” security system at a good price. Yes, you have to run cables, but every camera system needs at least power cables, so you are going to have to run cables not matter what. Other than FPS, the LOREX outperformance my my existing system that cost about 10X as much. Anyone can set this up. If you can program a TV you can set up this system.

    May 14, 2021 09:00
  • Review by Camera, 6 out of 10
    Camera went out.

    Good cameras but display went out after 2 days of install. Other cameras work well but this display is the most important one.

    Jul 23, 2021 07:22
  • Review by Posted1, 8 out of 10
    Good Video Surveillance System

    This was the second Lorex video system I was able to get. Based on my first experience, when I got the chance for this one I jumped on it.

    The most difficult of the installation is pulling the cables if you do not already have them. If you have not had very much experience, I would suggest hiring a pro. If you have experience, it's 2 to a few hours work, depending on your environment.

    The main control unit is small, sleek and should fit into most any environment. The only complaint, and it's probably only an issue for a few of us with fat sausage finger's, is the video/power connectors on the back of the unit are very close together. I had to have my 15 year old daughter connect them.

    The internal DVR software is clean and simple. Set up took maybe 20 minutes for all 8 camera's. It's intuitive, clean and straight forward.

    The camera's are decent looking and quality. The system delivers excellent daytime quality with crisp and sharp video. You can also zoom in which is nice. Night time quality is as expected, not bad but certainly less than daytime.

    It has some pretty cool features like virtual fence that allows you to eliminate automatic recording of repetitive things, like cars or bikes on the roadway.

    As for the "Active Deterrence" camera's, It's a light, but not a particularly intimidating one. While this might be a useful feature for some, I'm not yet convinced it's more of a gimmick than a useful tool. Bit it can be managed on a per camera basis so ultimately it can manages as preferred.

    End of the day, this an excellent choice for home, business or retail needs. I would highly recommend it to a friend.

    May 14, 2021 20:12
  • Review by AALL109, 10 out of 10
    Great deal

    Great product. The setup was simple and the camera quality is great. The only downside is having to make multiple accounts to view from different mobile devices.

    May 30, 2021 22:40
  • 9.0score
    Ring - Certified Refurbished Floodlight Cam - White - White
    Description

    Keep an eye on your home with this refurbished Ring Floodlight surveillance camera. The HD camera captures high-quality footage, while the weather-resistant design withstands the elements. This white Ring Floodlight surveillance camera boasts a two-way talk feature for easy communication with visitors, and Wi-Fi connectivity transmits audio or video to connected devices seamlessly.

    15 Features
  • Works with Amazon Alexa: Connect your Ring camera to Alexa, then enable announcements to be alerted when motion is detected. Talk to visitors through compatible Echo devices by saying "Alexa, talk to the front door."
  • Fully customizable motion zones: Tells you if the source of motion is a person or a car and how many are in view.
  • Night vision: Allows you to monitor your home or business even in dim lighting.
  • Hardwired installation: Ensures reliable and secure connection.
  • Two-way audio with noise cancellation: Lets you hear what happens around the camera and talk back through your phone no matter where you are.
  • Free Ring app*: You can control the lights, trigger the siren, zoom in to focus on your most important areas and more.
  • Easy installation: The camera can be mounted on a wall or ceiling.
  • Full HD resolution: Its vivid 1080p resolution allows you to see small details on your screen.
  • Live View: Stream live video from your home to your mobile device.
  • Adjustable mount with 140° field of view: Provides high-level security along with its 78° vertical field of view.
  • Two LED lights: Illuminate every angle with up to 1800-lumen bright and 3000K warm light.
  • Siren alarm: Ensures peace of mind by preventing and deterring unwanted intrusions.
  • Ring Protect Basic Plan**: Users can review what they missed for up 60 days and share videos with friends, family, neighbors and more.
  • Connects to your Wi-Fi network: Offers convenience and simple setup.
  • Weather-resistant design: The durable construction protects against wind and rain for versatile indoor/outdoor monitoring.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Way4west, 8 out of 10
    So-so, not very useful

    The motion sensors turns on/activates several times a day and in as many times during the night. I have no way of knowing what is moving around the house because for some odd reason I cannot see the video when it happens. I already have a Ring account, and I am paying for the yearly server space. And yet, somehow I cannot add a second device that account. Strange isn’t it?

    After the long rant, a few positives, the picture quality is fine even though sometimes it freezes in a strange manner, the lights can be turned on remotely. That’s a nice feature. But the lights are not activated by the motion sensor. And that is just strange.

    Jun 25, 2021 16:25
  • Review by Michael, 10 out of 10
    Excellent

    I was skeptical of installing this myself but it was honestly no problem! The camera quality is good (normal ring quality) but the flood light exceeded all expectations. I'll be buying another for my garage.

    Sep 04, 2021 21:56
  • Review by Pamela, 10 out of 10
    Floodlights

    Quality and sound is outstanding. Even though it said wireless, it was not wireless and required an electrician to install.

    May 07, 2021 18:55
  • Review by Reziliance89, 10 out of 10
    Ring floodlight working great

    Greatest buy!!!! Added this to my ring setup at home. Very bright and great visibility

    Feb 05, 2021 19:28
  • Review by Mzchas, 10 out of 10
    Safe and Satisfied

    Love the floodlight cam! Works great and super easy setup!

    Apr 02, 2021 15:43
  • Review by kab15, 10 out of 10
    Love it!

    I had a Ring Doorbell at my previous house so I knew I wanted Ring products when I moved into my new home. I ordered this and it arrived within a week and was super easy to install. The camera has a much wider range and lens view than I expected.

    Nov 01, 2021 09:30
  • Review by Kacey, 10 out of 10
    Setup myself without issue

    Setup myself without issue. The refurbished had no affect on the light. Everything worked right away as advertised. The app is great. There is an extra service you can pay to review past video.

    Nov 04, 2021 08:28
  • Review by S1inder, 10 out of 10
    Great camera quality and lighting.

    This is amazing! We had a junky flood light over our garage and it didn't work half the time. After looking into nicer flood lights I found this for a price close to that of a nicer flood light. I was initially worried about the distance and the camera picture quality but wow it is clear and picks up everything. I did have to adjust the sensitivity since it would pick up cats walking around our house at 2AM lol. Great camera and the light is very bright, even at about 65ft off the ground. Highly recommended.

    Feb 04, 2021 23:10
  • 9.0score
    Blink - Mini Indoor 1080p Wi-Fi Security Camera (2-Pack) - White
    Description

    Blink Mini is a 1080p HD indoor plug-in security camera with motion detection and two-way audio that lets you monitor the inside of your home day and night.

    3 Features
  • Blink Subscription Plan: Record, view, and save events in your Blink app with a free 30-day trial of the Blink Subscription Plan. Then, subscribe for just $3 per month per camera, or $10 per month for unlimited cameras at a single location.
  • Local Storage: Save videos and photos from up to 10 Blink cameras connected to the Blink Sync Module 2 locally in your home and view them through the Blink app or the computer by plugging in a USB flash drive (sold separately) for no additional fee.
  • Works With Alexa: For additional ease of use, pair Mini with a supported Alexa enabled device to arm and disarm your camera, engage live view, and view recorded videos using just your voice
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  • Review by VM808, 10 out of 10
    Blink mini - great for tracking your pet

    Very easy to plug in and use with the downloaded app. It serves my purpose - alerting me when my pet eats! Blink with record a short video when it is motion activated. You can also see the area live and it has a feature where you can talk to the subject. You can hear them video the live feature too. You can save the videos if desired. You have the option to arm or disarm the device.

    Jan 10, 2021 12:23
  • Review by Solo, 10 out of 10
    This mini camera is great

    this camera i can pace it anywhere inside the house it has motion detection and it has color viewing or black and white viewing and you can talk live and you can heard it and

    it alerts you on your phone everytime

    I showed it to my family and friends using on my phone.

    I told them about Blink mini camera I bought from BestBuy.

    They all love it and they told me they going to BestBuy to buy the Blink mini camera too.

    Sep 11, 2020 17:00
  • Review by TexasGeek52, 10 out of 10
    Blink Camera

    I got this at a promotional price when I purchased another device. Didn’t think much about it at first, but have really enjoyed it. It’s small and displays a great view of the room where I placed it. I can pull up a view and check on my dog whenever I am away from home.

    Aug 06, 2021 12:59
  • Review by Abby, 10 out of 10
    Great cameras for the price

    A lot of security cameras on the market are expensive, so when I found these I was pleasantly surprised. There are two cameras that come with the set. Everything is included in the kit. The cameras, the cords, mounting brackets, and instructions.

    The only things you need outside of the kit is internet, the phone app, and a storage plan (you get a free cloud storage trial until the end of 2020. After that you can buy an external hard drive for the cameras or a subscription to cloud storage).

    Setup took a while, but wasn't complicated. My cameras are in the same room as the internet router so they work well there, so I can't speak on how well they do farther away from the internet source.

    The cameras have a lot of options to customize the settings to your specifications (see picture). You can arm and disarm the cameras and watch the live feed from practically anywhere. You can even set up a schedule for the cameras to detect motion (so you don't have to manually arm and disarm the system). The scheduling option only lets you set it up in 15 minute intervals (so 00:00, 00:15, 00:30, or 00:45. Times like 00:25 are not an option)

    Overall, I'm very pleased with the cameras and the value of getting two cameras for the price many companies charge for one without sacrificing the quality. The video quality is very good in my opinion, especially for the price. I'm glad this is the product I chose.

    Jul 06, 2020 08:19
  • Review by Willydixon69, 10 out of 10
    Camera in my home

    Is a good camera good image and resolution audio is very good too I love it I got three in my house and maybe I will buy more thank you

    May 07, 2021 16:05
  • Review by Ryan, 6 out of 10
    All cameras not HD.

    I would give a 5 star if the other pair camera is HD. This is the 2nd time I exchanged this mini camera. First I bought 1 camera, the pixel is not that 1080HD I can tell bcoz I have the outdoor Blink and I know how HD it is. So I went to ahead and exchange it trying one more time this time I got the 2 cameras. Guess what? 1 camera is HD and 1 is just like the camera I returned. I guess the QC did let this defect camera slipped in.

    Nov 07, 2021 22:34
  • Review by BustaAndroidNow, 10 out of 10
    Peace of mind

    I love these things. It allows me the peace of mind I need in a neighborhood where peace of mind does not come cheap. Luckily it did for me. I love these little guys

    Oct 12, 2021 04:47
  • Review by RAMC, 4 out of 10
    No continuous view from cellphone

    It doesn’t let you see the image continuously, yo have to press “Continue?” every 30 seconds in the app. On the Echo Show doesn’t ask this, that means they can have a feature like this on the cellphone but they don’t want to put it. I’ll try a Wyze Camera as my next option. Image at night is poor.

    Nov 23, 2020 02:30
  • 9.0score
    Ring - Stick Up Indoor/Outdoor Wire Free 1080p Security Camera - Certified Refurbished - White
    Description

    Add security inside or out with a versatile camera that goes almost anywhere. Ring Stick Up Cam Battery is an indoor/outdoor camera that sends notifications to your phone and tablet whenever motion is detected. Answer the notification, and you can see, hear and speak to people on camera from anywhere. Place it on a flat surface so you can move it when you need to. Or mount it to a wall for more permanent placement. With Ring Stick Up Cam Battery, you’ll always be connected to home so you can see what’s happening at anytime.

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  • Review by Gardenview, 10 out of 10
    Ring camera photo view (rainy day)

    Product works as expected with no issues. Easy installation

    Oct 15, 2021 20:20
  • Review by USARET, 10 out of 10
    Love This Little Camera

    Added this camera to my ever growing "Ring" security/doorbell equipped home. I'm always looking for a deal and this was an excellent deal and ideal for a corner of my backyard.

    It arrived fairly quickly and looked brand new! Everything was in the box that you needed. After fully charging the battery, I paired it to the Ring and Alexa app. The field of vision is amazingly large for a smaller camera! Its almost as good as my spotlight wired cam!

    You can mount it several ways and I choose the mount affixed to the back of the camera for the location I mounted it to. Really simple install, setup and the battery is still in the higher side on 90+%! Battery life will differ +/- depending on how you set it in the app to function. Right now I am using the recommended setting and based on the pattern that it has used only a 2-3% battery for the last couple of weeks, I feel fairly safe in saying mine should last for at least 90 +/- days before needing recharged. Weather will also play a role in battery usage but I have mine in a shaded roof overhang to avoid direct sun light.

    Weatherproof and compact, portable and powerful! The siren is definitely 90db and after trying it my neighbor had to call and check to see if all was alright... ;)

    Great night vision and you can put it in a night color mode that helps view live and recording clearer and cleaner.

    I mentioned it being portable, you can always take it down and have it travel with you or set it up in a special location in your home. Of course it will need wifi/internet but we have that already at home, on our phones and as an add on in our vehicle.

    All said, this is an amazing camera and it works perfectly and no matter that is refurbished, it still operates and looks brand new but with a cheaper price tag!!

    You can power this several ways and the best I have found is with the solar panel sold separately. They (Ring) even has a 110volt plug also sold separately. I have the solar panel, which charges the battery it seems faster that removing the battery and using the electricity. I purchased 2 of these cameras and 1 solar panel, this one is all on internal battery.

    2 way talk or just listen, siren, easy set up, ease of use, portability and best of all another tool to help protect my family, home and property.

    Oct 13, 2021 22:29
  • Review by kaizen61, 10 out of 10
    Great camera either way...

    In short: A no brainer if you already have other Ring products like a doorbell or alarm, but should be considered even if you don't.

    I was lucky enough to test out the Stick Up cam via a beta tester program with Ring a while back and was really impressed with the performance and Ring's engineers responsiveness to the beat tester's suggestions and questions about the HW and the app's interactions with it.

    As a beta tester, I received a free camera to test and was allowed to keep it after I submitted my reviews, test results and posted questions. I liked it so much, when I saw this one on sale I bought it.

    Person detection is good, but I can see things that could be better. But I know there are more improvements to come soon via firmware updates, so I'm looking forward to some of my needs/wants being met.

    And the recordings are really great; have some great footage of deer on my front lawn that other cams missed. Raccoons too; had no idea my place was so popular.

    Oct 15, 2021 18:30
  • Review by Jweila01, 10 out of 10
    Good camera, easy setup.

    Use this linked with another Ring camera on the other side of the house. Set up was very easy and camera performs well. So far (2 weeks) battery has only dropped to 95%! Recordings are clear - even the black and white night recordings.

    Oct 23, 2021 12:16
  • Review by DiOrt, 10 out of 10
    great product!

    love it! great product! jsut be aware that the lifht is super strong if you move or catches something! tou have to purchase to get the recorded videos! overall very good quality and like it!

    Oct 08, 2021 16:17
  • Review by BRob, 10 out of 10
    Ring Camera

    Good quality picture & sound easy set up. You can have multiple ring cameras at different locations & manage on one app.

    Oct 29, 2021 16:07
  • Review by RingCam, 6 out of 10
    Ownership and subscription issues

    I ordered two of these cameras refurbished and both had issues. One camera kept freezing and the trial subscription to the services was already expired. The other is still registered to another person, so it can't be used for 15 days until Ring can either get the previous owner to release it or they do it. You're only going to get someone else's headache with there "refurbished" cameras. They don't even bother to reset to ownership.

    Oct 09, 2021 18:44
  • Review by Kenski, 8 out of 10
    Good camera

    Camera works well. Good nite vision too. Would like to have a volume control for speaker and mike

    Oct 29, 2021 16:12
  • 9.0score
    Swann - Enforcer™ 8-Channel, 4-Camera Indoor/Outdoor Wired 1080p 1TB DVR Home Security Camera System - White
    Description

    The expandable Swann 8 channel 1080p Enforcer™ system is armed with the latest in home security, such as red & blue flashing lights, Night2Day™ color night vision, TrueDetect™ heat & motion detection, Google & Alexa compatibility, and much more. Expand your security with up to four additional Enforcer™ 1080p cameras. An 8-channel security system suits larger properties, such as retail stores, restaurants, warehouses, and large homes.

    5 Features
  • Monitor Your Property with Swann: This security system is packed with the latest surveillance technology, such as weatherproof cameras, color night vision, push notifications, bright flashing red & blue lights and integration with Dropbox, Google Assistant, and Alexa.
  • Full HD 1080p Resolution: Get amazing detail with 1080p Full HD. Zoom in closer to see essential evidence like clothing and faces, great for use in large areas such as retail stores, warehouses and parking lots.
  • TrueDetect™ Heat & Motion: TrueDetect™ triggers recording and push notifications when the heat from people and cars are detected, with fewer false triggers, so you will always know what’s happening.
  • Store Your Recordings: The massive hard drive stores months of footage with no fees ever. Link your DVR to Dropbox and upload still images to the cloud for off-site storage.
  • Swann Security App: See live or playback video on your phone from anywhere with the Swann Security app.
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  • Review by MGoose, 10 out of 10
    Great value w/HD & useful features

    This system replaced an older non-HD camera system at my aunt's house and was a huge upgrade (her first words were: "is that my house, it is so clear"). It is a great affordable option - videos are sharp, push motion alerts via app, easy setup, and the lights built into the cameras work well.

    Pros

    - Complete kit includes everything you need for a smaller house.

    - HDMI connection to TV.

    - DVR is compact, quiet, and has a clean design.

    - 1080p image is sharp and clear.

    - Swann Security app works well and was easy to connect. Motion alerts are received quickly and seeing a live view of your cameras takes only a few seconds. It also allows you to trigger both the bright white and red/blue lights remotely.

    - Adjustable motion zones and schedules for recording, alerts and lights.

    - Red/Blue lights on each camera work great to draw attention to the system (when needed) - I have this set so that they only come on when I trigger them from the app (I didn't want my guest thinking I was calling the police on them).

    - Bright white light works both to get your attention and to illuminate dark areas (allowing limited color viewing at night).

    - Cameras use standard BNC/power cables (I was able to reuse the cables from my existing system).

    - Heat detection really helps to reduce false motion triggers (like the wind blowing the leaves of my aunt's plants on her porch).

    Things to Consider

    - Requires running wires to each camera and a LAN cable (Cat 5/6) to directly connect to your network router. Depending on the size of your house the included video cables (BNC) may not be long enough especially if you plan on having your cameras on multiple levels.

    - The Swann app cannot be used to adjust settings like schedules or motion zones. You have to set these at the DVR. The DVR interface works well and is fine once you get the hang of it but is not as user friendly as it could be. Tip - Once you have changed a setting you have to hit apply, before moving on to another menu tab (I had already set 2 motions zones perfectly before I figured out it was not saving them!).

    Jun 06, 2021 01:00
  • Review by PhillipB, 10 out of 10
    Great entry level budget system.

    I have had BnC type of units for almost 10 years now. I started with 480 then 720 then 1080 now 4k all BnC.

    Installation can be tough because you need to install cables. Thank goodness I already have upgraded BnC in my open garage ceiling so I just needed to plug and play this system. If you are going to run this in your house and you have either crawl or attic space and don't know how to run the cables just hire someone. It can be a pain and take several days or weeks to run. Also before you start to run the cable put everything on your dining room table and setup all the cameras and NVR prior to doing anything physical. You don't want to run cable to find out your cable is bad and then your are screwed. NVR was already up to date with firmware so did not have to waste time with that. Mobile app was easy. Scanned QR code and I was all set.

    Performance. Lag is noticeable from mobile app to cameras. It's about 20 seconds. Motion detect is nice. Light alert is ok. Flashing lights get someone's attention but this system does it have an audible alarm.

    Night vision is decent for 1080 resolution. Color night vision is good. Infrared night vision is decent. Day vision is good. Field of vision is also good too although I wished it was a bit wider both horizontal and vertical.

    App was simple to use. Straight forward. Easy playback. Easy to turn on lights. Motion detect easy to review.

    The cameras themselves are ok. Plastic and simple to adjust with typical 3 screws.

    This is my I think now my 5th system. Swann has always been had good budget system. This would be a good one if you are looking for a budget entry level system.

    Swann has always been a solid choice.

    Alexa and Google assistant I could not get to work. I have had problems with all of the DVR/NVR systems to work with these platforms because Google and Alexa are just a pain to setup.

    Anyway don't hesitate to buy this system. This is a must for security cameras.

    Also not monthly payments for storage and access.

    May 25, 2021 22:49
  • Review by Linksys, 8 out of 10
    Decent

    Wires,wires and more wires, this is a wired system but one important thing to know is the hard drive has to be hard wired to your router as it doesn’t have WiFi. Having it hardwired though will generally give you a stronger connection and less latency on the video feed. The setup process is fairly straightforward though there is a decent amount of steps you have to do to get everything up and running.

    Video quality for the cameras are about what you would expect from 1080p during the day. The video quality at night is decent to good but it all depends on the lighting. If you have the cameras placed where there is sufficient lighting the video quality is good. If there is not sufficient lighting the video quality will not be good until you turn the spotlight on. The one thing missing for the cameras is the ability to add zones for motion detecting. This can be a big deal if the cameras are placed in areas with a lot of activity as you may get notifications for stuff you don’t want. The app allows you to turn off the notifications, but this is all you can do with the notifications. Though the app has limited functionality, the functionality it does have is very good. The app gives you the ability to connect to your cameras remotely and is definitely a plus for Swann as its proven stable and reliable.

    The big factor in me recommending the system is how you plan to use it. If you need a system to make out little details (especially @ night) like the details of a car, person or needing to read a license plate number when zooming in, I don’t think you’ll be happy. If you just need a cheap system to monitor and know when someone or something is there, I think you’ll be happy.

    May 27, 2021 21:57
  • Review by Mookie, 10 out of 10
    Nice reliable system for new security cam set up!

    I'm somewhat new to the security camera world. The cameras I was using were battery powered and to top that off there is a monthly subscription fee. Don't get me wrong, quality and audio was good but wanted something a little more permanent with no fees, or consumable items like batteries.

    These work very nicely, with many nice options for the phone app.

    My PROS:

    clear picture HD 1080p

    dvr free recording (1TB hard drive!)

    flashing lights and spotlights are great to scare off someone

    (can be operated remotely through app of course)

    easy to hook up with slight mechanical/technical skills needed

    connects to smart home device easily

    app is very well done and effective

    FREE, no subscription!!

    no need for consumable batteries

    My CONS:

    my home is a tri-level, needed extra wire to run cameras to all locations I wanted due to floor plan

    no ability to speak through camera as there is no 2-way speaking

    Sep 05, 2021 22:36
  • Review by DJSmooth, 8 out of 10
    Good 1080p Surveillance System-software could impr

    Overall

    The Swann Enforcer surveillance system is a good mix of hardware and features. It’s probably one of the simpler systems to setup as the wizard practically holds your hand the entire time. There isn’t any setting configuration along the way that the average computer user would need to look up a tutorial or online definition for an internet protocol. It’s all provided in a simple to understand, easy to follow guide. That goes for both DVR and mobile app. Installation will probably be the biggest obstacle for the average user. With that said, my only complaint in this area is that the cables are a little too short for outdoor use unless you live in a tiny home. It’s pretty well detailed in the product description however, so I wont take any stars for that. Configuring your notification preferences is a simple task. Simply select your detection areas from the grid, mask whatever you don’t want the camera to see, and toggle a few boxes for the type of monitoring/notification you want from your system. I will point out that while going through this process I realized the software was pulled from a different system. There’s a field for “siren” while the enforcer does not actually offer that. The siren check box activates the strobing red/blue light setting. Picture quality, even for a 1080p system, is fantastic. The low light color mode blows my older system out of the water. At night, my street facing camera activates IR, but if a car sits on the street, it gives it enough light to enter color mode.

    Cons

    Perhaps the biggest issue with this system. The heat activated motion detection feels more like smoke and mirrors. Activate the feature, walk in front of the camera and watch it respond. Next drive or wait for someone to drive in front and watch it respond. Same thing with animals, dogs, cats, and I’d suspect anything within that size

    Jun 01, 2021 11:14
  • Review by TechReviews, 4 out of 10
    Good Basic System, but sadly too dated for me

    If you’re a parent or guardian of young children, or feel comfort and peace of mind knowing the home and family are protected, adding a surveillance systems should be high on your list, particularly as affordable as these units have become.

    This Swan Enforcer 4-camera (expandable to 8) uses older gen 1080p cameras (as opposed to costlier 4k ones) to connect via interlocking BNC connectors to the DVR / NVR, with a dongle adapter for power from the shared power supply.

    Basic connection setup was an absolute breeze, no manual needed, wires fit together only one way — foolproof. However once setup and in use the color imbalances between various cameras in the same room on the same subject were quite different. A trip into the menu to adjust Hue resolved some of that (colors of guitar pillow depicted), though there is no fish-eye distortion correction so things look taller and more curved than IRL.

    I’d probably have rated this much higher if the software was written this century. Honestly feels like a trip to the 90s, with an odd user interface, options that aren’t valid for this unit (ahem, Siren) and no Bluetooth for Admin setup, instead forced to use the thankfully included mini mouse, clicking OSD virtual keyboard. The app unfortunately won’t progress through setup without allowing a lot more access to my system than comfortable with — notifications i get it, access to Photos to store video, a nice thought though i was unable to continue without granting full access.

    I also encountered difficulty getting it to work with Google and Alexi, though that’s not a big loss as my family is on the Apple ecosystem.

    PROS

    + well packaged

    + complete system (all you need)

    + expandable allows addition of (4) 4k cams

    + light and siren enable (off by def)

    + customizations and configurable options

    + reasonable and affordable

    CONS

    -no audio record capability

    -camera colors are poor (Hue adjust helps some)

    -1080p quality far below 4k cameras

    -decades old dated software interface

    -cameras feel lightweight cheaply made

    -mouse setup admin user is cumbersome

    -no fisheye lens correction (distortions)

    CONCLUSION

    With this being my first budget oriented surveillance system i admit I’m spoiled by 4k (different vendor) using PoE (power over Ethernet). Despite that being a single cable solution this Swann combo bnc, power line jacketed together is much easier to setup.

    The Swann 8-ch 4-cam NVR really got a lot going for it. As a basic low-cost, no brainer done in an hour setup, I’d recommend it as a buy.

    However the dated software, clunky UI, and lack of 4k cameras masks its usefulness if you’re planning a system to last you to 2025, in which case i would sadly recommend to look at more robust 4k offerings.

    Jun 16, 2021 14:57
  • Review by hitsuyoo, 8 out of 10
    Secure The Four Corners

    I was intimidated by all of the wires that come in the box, mainly because I'm wireless kinda person, but I have to say, it wasnt that difficult to put together and install. If you're feeling weary about doing it yourself, there's a Swann Install Card in the box. For an extra fee, they will send out a tech to come install your unit and cameras for you. But honestly, it wasn't that difficult. Heck! I did it in a couple hours. They supply you with 4 extremely long cables to for your 4 cameras, a power adapter for the cameras and one for the DVR. you'll get an HDMI cable, an ethernet cord and a mouse for setup purposes. I wish they would've allowed me to use a keyboard for the setup as well, considering it has an extra USB port up front. Sadly, they want you click everything with the mouse. I did have to drill a couple holes in my walls for a cleaner look. ( there's a lot of cable. I'm just saying.) There's no contract to sign up for( One of my favorite parts.) and the DVR is 1TB, so you should have more than enough space to catch everything that moves. Because yes, they are motion sensitive. And for the sense of security, there's an app that you a use for IOSor Andriod, to look in on your things whenever you feel the desire. Considering how crazy things are getting right now, I think it would be a no brainer to get security cameras. I have to recommend this setup. At roughly $250 USD, this is a great deal. Go get you one.

    May 31, 2021 20:29
  • Review by btb2k, 10 out of 10
    Awesome home security system!

    This security system is super easy setup and install with the most difficult part being running the wires. I would recommend checking YouTube as there are lots of good tips on how to install/hide wire or hire a professional to install it if you don't want to DIY it. For a HD DVR, the quality is surprisingly well and with 8 channels you can get close to the areas you want to have closer pictures of for fine detail. Once you run the wires and connect the DVR, it's really easy to setup and configure the recording schedule and setup zones to record along with the control of the lights and alarms. The Google voice integration works really quite well and makes it easy to access the system remotely. The App is intuitive and works well enough for me, but I would definitely recommend having a good internet connection for the best experience in terms of remote viewing. The night vision works well but the color is hit and miss and depends largely on the scene. I must say the flashing lights and alarms are definitely enough to startle you even if you are expecting it! The heat motion detection does generate fewer false alarms but I wouldn't go so far as to say they are completely eliminated. In all, this is a solid system and offers great expandability. There's plenty of wire for most installations of the 4 cameras and it's easy and inexpensive to get longer cables. In all I would recommend it!

    Jun 09, 2021 11:19
  • 9.0score
    Ring - Spotlight Cam Wire-free - White
    Description

    Monitor your property from your phone, tablet or PC with Ring Spotlight Cam Battery, a motion-activated security camera with LED spotlights, a siren alarm and a rechargeable battery pack. Ring Spotlight Cam battery lets you adjust your motion sensors, so you can get the ideal setting for you and your home. When anyone steps on your property and triggers your motion sensors, you’ll get an instant alert on your phone, tablet and PC. Answer the alert, and you can see, hear and speak to people on your property from anywhere.

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  • Review by DaddyChIll, 10 out of 10
    Ring Spotlight Cam works great during the day

    I own 3 of these specific spotlight ring camera and love it. In day light it works great but at night it isnt bright at all. The night recordings arent very good without light and the light isnt very bright to help the camera out. Unless u have this low to the ground or add other lights around it to help light up an area at night, it isnt that effective. I mounted this by my front porch light so it does the job for my home day and night but again, If you have it mounted high, the light will not work well at all. In my back yard I added sensor solar lights that light up the area if anything is near so it supplements this ring camera to help get a better recording at night. The pictures show the camera at night without any light, during the day and at night with my other non ring solar porch light qith sensor. The ring cam caught a possum walking in our back yard. Without the additional light it gets really grainy and hard to see. I have the same driveway cam see day and night pics. Hands down, love the ring apps. Watch videos of the various settings. They also have a ring community where you can share info like "hey someone tried to break into my car" and actually share footage or just messages. U can see when someone reports occurrences in your neighborhood too.

    Nov 13, 2020 16:42
  • Review by Louis, 10 out of 10
    Ring wires free security camera

    Bought it since got a discount. I have two already installed and this would be the third. In addition, I bought the associated solar panel since I do not have to charge the battery. The solar panel keeps the battery at 100% charge. That has been my experience with the existing other two Ring security cameras. I really like the view that these cameras provide, especially when I am away from home.

    Jul 24, 2020 17:31
  • Review by Grant, 10 out of 10
    Really nice with a few kinks

    Really nice, but the night vision dosen't work as well as the day at picking people up. I have a streetlight and at night it won't pick up people walking the road like the day. (Picture is nice though). But if they come 1/4 of the way in my yard it will pick them up. It may just be a settimg. It lets you make a fence it watches for. Also I have it set to go off, when it picks up people. Also it has a bit of latency by about 10 seconds to notify that there is someone there. Which may be my internet wifi coverage. Spotlight is bright, but if you really want to light the yard up. Then I suggest getting the camera with flood lights.

    Jul 02, 2021 23:33
  • Review by Poohkado, 8 out of 10
    It does it's job!

    We installed the spotlight camera in the backyard to watch people approaching the back porch and the said gate. It took a while to get it positioned just right to pick up someone entering the side gate. We also have a tree near the porch which was constantly triggering it from the wind or birds. After much adjustment we finally got it dialed in. The battery life in the spotlight cam seems shorter so we bought a second battery. It works good now, but we probably need to get a second one or mount it on a pole to get a proper view of all access points, currently there's a blind spot behind it.

    Aug 21, 2020 18:28
  • Review by spendsalotatbestbuy, 8 out of 10
    Great Camera Setup Needs Clarity

    I agree with the previous poster most issues in these reviews are people wanting something for nothing. You need to familiarize yourself with Wifi mainly. Almost every issue I have read in reviews can be avoided simply fixing your crappy wifi, Not getting alerts, black screen, pixelating, delays in recording etc. Just because the cam has some wifi reaching it doesnt mean a thing. Its outside and the average home's wifi is too weak. Unless it is 5-10ft away. I too had all the issues stated here until we had to replace our router. (nothing to do with the camera). The new router was installed closer to the camera then we had to add the camera and

    this solved most issues. The videos are in color, and if installed properly not too high you get perfect facial pictures. If you have it pointed towards trees or plants you get too many alerts. The app lets you choose the alert frequency. Move the camera around, experiment. My cam is mounted aprox. 6ft high for clarity I will post a photo. Sure a bad guy could damage it but by the time they reach it the video is already saved to the cloud vs installing it higher out of reach but not seeing the bad guys face only an angled head shot.

    Explore the app. You can set the camera to turn on the light at night when motion is triggered or not. It is very very bright.

    I think the big issue here is the Ring Company not going into better detail in the installation. You def. need to check wifi signal for any wifi camera system.

    Photo is a screenshot taken from Ring video at night with the spotlight . There is no additional lighting on. Motion zones set to 3/4 and installed at 6' high. (yes that is remainder of yard sale not put away yet lol)

    Cons: The battery door needs to be re-designed. It is extremely hard to close properly. By design they say however it is a huge issue.

    Aug 20, 2018 15:27
  • Review by Sunny, 10 out of 10
    Great camera

    This is my first wireless ring camera, the setup was super easy (as always) and just like my wired cameras I get a great image and all the same features. I was in need of a camera to watch my kids clubhouse and hardwiring was not an option, I am very satisfied with my wireless camera.

    May 29, 2020 18:44
  • Review by Pespad, 10 out of 10
    Great buy

    Very impressed by the range of space it covers, bought with the solor panel and I have it connected to a tree in my backyard. Don’t have to worry about charging batteries. I have to batteries installed. Will be buying for the fro yard next.

    Jun 14, 2021 18:08
  • Review by HappyBuyer, 10 out of 10
    Love this camera!

    We bought this when it was on sale and got a free Echo Show as well so it was a great deal. We wanted something for our porch area but thought a floodlight would be overkill. This camera is perfect for our needs. At first it wouldn't pick up motion right away so I adjusted the settings and it picks up movement as soon as someone enters the area which is a vast improvement over my 1st generation Ring doorbell. I recommend getting a 2nd battery (it only needs 1 but you can have 2 in there). After 2 weeks at the highest settings, here's what the battery statuses are. The 2 way audio works well. No complaints there. Very happy with this purchase!

    Sep 11, 2020 21:39
  • 9.0score
    Ring - Spotlight Cam Wire-free 2-Pack - Black
    Description

    Keep an eye on your property, even when you’re not at home. These 2 Wire-Free Ring Spotlight Cams connect to your Wi-Fi and stream live HD video and audio. Using the Ring app, you’ll be able to talk and listen to anyone around, control the spotlights and alarm, and more.

    7 Features
  • Optional premium services: Includes live streaming for all cameras. Choose Ring Protect plans starting at $3 per month per camera or Ring Protect Plus to cover unlimited Ring Cameras for a flat rate of $10 per month.
  • Download the free Ring app: See, hear and speak to people or pets. The app works with any iOS or Android device, and lets you use Live View for on-demand 1080HD video and 2-way audio.
  • Adjustable motion sensors and infrared night vision: You’ll be notified when motion is detected, day or night. Plus, you can adjust the sensors to find the ideal setting for your home.
  • Spotlights and siren alarm: Take control in any situation. Manage the LED spotlights and 110-decibel alarm manually with the app.
  • Simple installation and battery pack: Everything you need to get set up quickly is included. Plus, the devices can be charged easily with the quick-release rechargeable battery pack.
  • Lifetime purchase protection: Ring replaces stolen cameras, so you’ll always be covered. You also receive a 30-day trial of Ring Video recording so you can save, share and review your footage.
  • Stay on top of local crime: Ring Neighborhoods lets you receive real-time crime alerts from your neighbors, so you can all work together to make your community a safer place.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by DaddyChIll, 10 out of 10
    Ring Spotlight Cam works great during the day

    I own 3 of these specific spotlight ring camera and love it. In day light it works great but at night it isnt bright at all. The night recordings arent very good without light and the light isnt very bright to help the camera out. Unless u have this low to the ground or add other lights around it to help light up an area at night, it isnt that effective. I mounted this by my front porch light so it does the job for my home day and night but again, If you have it mounted high, the light will not work well at all. In my back yard I added sensor solar lights that light up the area if anything is near so it supplements this ring camera to help get a better recording at night. The pictures show the camera at night without any light, during the day and at night with my other non ring solar porch light qith sensor. The ring cam caught a possum walking in our back yard. Without the additional light it gets really grainy and hard to see. I have the same driveway cam see day and night pics. Hands down, love the ring apps. Watch videos of the various settings. They also have a ring community where you can share info like "hey someone tried to break into my car" and actually share footage or just messages. U can see when someone reports occurrences in your neighborhood too.

    Nov 13, 2020 16:42
  • Review by Louis, 10 out of 10
    Ring wires free security camera

    Bought it since got a discount. I have two already installed and this would be the third. In addition, I bought the associated solar panel since I do not have to charge the battery. The solar panel keeps the battery at 100% charge. That has been my experience with the existing other two Ring security cameras. I really like the view that these cameras provide, especially when I am away from home.

    Jul 24, 2020 17:31
  • Review by Grant, 10 out of 10
    Really nice with a few kinks

    Really nice, but the night vision dosen't work as well as the day at picking people up. I have a streetlight and at night it won't pick up people walking the road like the day. (Picture is nice though). But if they come 1/4 of the way in my yard it will pick them up. It may just be a settimg. It lets you make a fence it watches for. Also I have it set to go off, when it picks up people. Also it has a bit of latency by about 10 seconds to notify that there is someone there. Which may be my internet wifi coverage. Spotlight is bright, but if you really want to light the yard up. Then I suggest getting the camera with flood lights.

    Jul 02, 2021 23:33
  • Review by Poohkado, 8 out of 10
    It does it's job!

    We installed the spotlight camera in the backyard to watch people approaching the back porch and the said gate. It took a while to get it positioned just right to pick up someone entering the side gate. We also have a tree near the porch which was constantly triggering it from the wind or birds. After much adjustment we finally got it dialed in. The battery life in the spotlight cam seems shorter so we bought a second battery. It works good now, but we probably need to get a second one or mount it on a pole to get a proper view of all access points, currently there's a blind spot behind it.

    Aug 21, 2020 18:28
  • Review by spendsalotatbestbuy, 8 out of 10
    Great Camera Setup Needs Clarity

    I agree with the previous poster most issues in these reviews are people wanting something for nothing. You need to familiarize yourself with Wifi mainly. Almost every issue I have read in reviews can be avoided simply fixing your crappy wifi, Not getting alerts, black screen, pixelating, delays in recording etc. Just because the cam has some wifi reaching it doesnt mean a thing. Its outside and the average home's wifi is too weak. Unless it is 5-10ft away. I too had all the issues stated here until we had to replace our router. (nothing to do with the camera). The new router was installed closer to the camera then we had to add the camera and

    this solved most issues. The videos are in color, and if installed properly not too high you get perfect facial pictures. If you have it pointed towards trees or plants you get too many alerts. The app lets you choose the alert frequency. Move the camera around, experiment. My cam is mounted aprox. 6ft high for clarity I will post a photo. Sure a bad guy could damage it but by the time they reach it the video is already saved to the cloud vs installing it higher out of reach but not seeing the bad guys face only an angled head shot.

    Explore the app. You can set the camera to turn on the light at night when motion is triggered or not. It is very very bright.

    I think the big issue here is the Ring Company not going into better detail in the installation. You def. need to check wifi signal for any wifi camera system.

    Photo is a screenshot taken from Ring video at night with the spotlight . There is no additional lighting on. Motion zones set to 3/4 and installed at 6' high. (yes that is remainder of yard sale not put away yet lol)

    Cons: The battery door needs to be re-designed. It is extremely hard to close properly. By design they say however it is a huge issue.

    Aug 20, 2018 15:27
  • Review by Sunny, 10 out of 10
    Great camera

    This is my first wireless ring camera, the setup was super easy (as always) and just like my wired cameras I get a great image and all the same features. I was in need of a camera to watch my kids clubhouse and hardwiring was not an option, I am very satisfied with my wireless camera.

    May 29, 2020 18:44
  • Review by Pespad, 10 out of 10
    Great buy

    Very impressed by the range of space it covers, bought with the solor panel and I have it connected to a tree in my backyard. Don’t have to worry about charging batteries. I have to batteries installed. Will be buying for the fro yard next.

    Jun 14, 2021 18:08
  • Review by HappyBuyer, 10 out of 10
    Love this camera!

    We bought this when it was on sale and got a free Echo Show as well so it was a great deal. We wanted something for our porch area but thought a floodlight would be overkill. This camera is perfect for our needs. At first it wouldn't pick up motion right away so I adjusted the settings and it picks up movement as soon as someone enters the area which is a vast improvement over my 1st generation Ring doorbell. I recommend getting a 2nd battery (it only needs 1 but you can have 2 in there). After 2 weeks at the highest settings, here's what the battery statuses are. The 2 way audio works well. No complaints there. Very happy with this purchase!

    Sep 11, 2020 21:39
  • 9.0score
    Blink - Outdoor Add-On Wireless 1080p Camera
    Description

    Blink Outdoor is a wire-free, battery-powered security camera that helps you monitor your home day or night in 1080p HD with infrared night vision. Add-on Camera requires a Sync Module

    6 Features
  • Battery Life: With long-lasting battery life, Outdoor runs for up to two years on two AA lithium batteries (included).
  • Motion Detection: Get motion detection alerts on your phone with the option to customize motion zones in the Blink Home Monitor app so you’re only alerted when you need to be.
  • Live View: See, hear, and speak to visitors with live view in real time and two-way audio features on your Blink app.
  • Blink Subscription Plan: Record, view, and save events in your Blink app with a free 30-day trial of the Blink Subscription Plan. Then, subscribe for just $3 per month per camera, or $10 per month for unlimited cameras at a single location.
  • Local Storage: Save videos and photos from up to 10 Blink cameras connected to the Blink Sync Module 2 locally in your home and view them through the Blink app or the computer by plugging in a USB flash drive (sold separately) for no additional fee.
  • Works With Alexa: Go hands-free with Alexa. Stream live video, play recorded clips, arm and disarm your camera, be alerted to motion, and more.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by JoeyNoNuts, 10 out of 10
    Blink security camera

    Bought this to complement our existing cameras and, overall, I am pleased with this product. The app is pretty easy to navigate and the resolution is good as well as the sound quality. The only thing I find a little annoying is how easily triggered by movements they are and also that they’re not capable of continuously recording. I think they would be better outdoors to monitor your car or trashcan as opposed to indoor security cameras.

    Nov 04, 2021 13:26
  • Review by Leisa, 10 out of 10
    Blink gets an A+

    I started with one outdoor camera. I have two outdoor cameras now and one mini. I got the cameras to keep an eye on our pets. I can just check on them or arm the cameras and get clips when there is movement, sound, ect. Either way they are very clear. I am very satisfied with the quality of the pictures or clips . I liked that I don’t have to have a contract. I like the wireless battery option and the mini is electric. The quality of the picture is as good on the battery as the electric . The microphone works well both from sending and receiving. Blink gets an A+ in my books.

    Feb 19, 2021 19:51
  • Review by Kurt, 10 out of 10
    Amazing wireless camera

    Excellent video quality with phenomenal battery life.

    Apr 30, 2021 21:18
  • Review by Eddieb, 8 out of 10
    Eddie B

    This camera system is very easy to set up. I now have 4 cameras in my system. I have one on the storage building which is over 100 ft. away from my WiFi. Very happy with everything so far. Pretty big delay in communication feature, but hope I never have to use this!! I am amazed that it can work this well on an internet system that is probably worked to the limits in our country! Night vision fair. Pictures are very amazing in total darkness. For the money I would buy more cameras for my system. Thanks Best Buy!!!

    Nov 06, 2020 18:59
  • Review by MrDucks, 10 out of 10
    Best Camera's on the Market especially wireless

    By far the best camera's on the market. I've used Arlo and Blink out performs Arlo and much better quality pictures by far. Easy to link and install. I would recommend these to anyone for their home security or just keeping watch outside your home or inside. 5 Stars plus.

    Jan 04, 2021 19:44
  • Review by Hammond, 10 out of 10
    Blink Outdoors

    ABSOLUTELY LOVE!!! Setup was so EASY!!! This is the 3rd security camera we have purchased. The other two we took back beings setup was ridiculous, we could never get them to work. After watching several youtube videos on the BLINK OUTDOORS I decided to order one. If it didnt work then strike 3 im out!! Ordered online and next day the camera set arrived. Honest to god within 5min tops the camera was setup and ready to go. We purchased the one camera set for $99 which again, can NOT BE BEAT.. But we wanted to see if it would work. Few days later we purchased another camera. 10-24-21 I got on line and seen bestbuy.com had the blink outdoor cameras for $59.99 oppose to $89.99 so guess what lol I ordered my 3rd camera. These cameras can be setup and moved around at any time, anywhere!! Indoors or out. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THE BLINK OUTDOOR SECURITY CAMERAS. Worth every penny for the price. Saturday Oct 23rd 2021 I got to use the voice activation for the first time. I moved the camera to where our Chihuahuas lay to keep an eye on them while running to store. When i jumped on to do a LIVE VIEW checking on my dogs they was all barking like crazy. I pushed the TALK BUTTON And yelled, GUYS LAY DOWN!!! You are fine. NICO, GET OVER THERE AND LAY DOWN!! Shilo you tooooo. The dogs all stopped lol they had no clue where i was lol , yet they did EXACTLY as told. AMAZING!!! OMG I LOVE!! Now i can keep an eye on my house as well as my pets. I cannot say enough good about these cameras. I get alerts within minutes.. For the price they are worth every penny!! And NO!! You DO NOT Have to purchase any fees what so ever. The module allows you to insert usb port and download videos your self. As well as SHARE your videos. What is there to loose. You dont like , return and get your money back. HIGHLY RECOMMEND THANKS BLINK

    Oct 27, 2021 01:09
  • Review by Kam71, 8 out of 10
    Good buy when on sale

    I have the older Blink account which is nice as I can add camera's and cloud storage is still free. This is my 4th camera (59.99 sale when normally 89.99) in my system after initially buying a 2 camera system. Daytime resolution is amazing and night isn't bad either depending on the circumstances. When outside lights are on at night and the camera video stays black and white (no control over this), the picture is degraded some and less clear. If the video converts over to color (again no control over this), with the same outside house lights on, the picture is so much better. Night vision without color using infrared without lights is also not too bad. The only other con that most others who own these cameras would point out is there is a slight lag in recording when motion is detected and the notifications sometimes can be delayed. You can configure settings for the cameras like sensitivity so the lag in recording can probably be adjusted. Still pretty good for a free system.

    Oct 05, 2021 10:52
  • Review by WirelessCamera, 8 out of 10
    Wireless and easy to install.

    I like that is wireless, comes with batteries and easy to install. The motion sensors are good and you can actually mark the places you want the sensor to be on or off. The camera has speaker so basically you could speak live with the person in front of the camera.

    Mar 26, 2021 16:10
  • 9.0score
    Ring - Spotlight Cam Wire-free 2-Pack - White
    Description

    Keep an eye on your property, even when you’re not at home. These 2 Wire-Free Ring Spotlight Cams connect to your Wi-Fi and stream live HD video and audio. Using the Ring app, you’ll be able to talk and listen to anyone around, control the spotlights and alarm, and more.

    7 Features
  • Optional premium services: Includes live streaming for all cameras. Choose Ring Protect plans starting at $3 per month per camera or Ring Protect Plus to cover unlimited Ring Cameras for a flat rate of $10 per month.
  • Download the free Ring app: See, hear and speak to people or pets. The app works with any iOS or Android device, and lets you use Live View for on-demand 1080HD video and 2-way audio.
  • Adjustable motion sensors and infrared night vision: You’ll be notified when motion is detected, day or night. Plus, you can adjust the sensors to find the ideal setting for your home.
  • Spotlights and siren alarm: Take control in any situation. Manage the LED spotlights and 110-decibel alarm manually with the app.
  • Simple installation and battery pack: Everything you need to get set up quickly is included. Plus, the devices can be charged easily with the quick-release rechargeable battery pack.
  • Lifetime purchase protection: Ring replaces stolen cameras, so you’ll always be covered. You also receive a 30-day trial of Ring Video recording so you can save, share and review your footage.
  • Stay on top of local crime: Ring Neighborhoods lets you receive real-time crime alerts from your neighbors, so you can all work together to make your community a safer place.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by DaddyChIll, 10 out of 10
    Ring Spotlight Cam works great during the day

    I own 3 of these specific spotlight ring camera and love it. In day light it works great but at night it isnt bright at all. The night recordings arent very good without light and the light isnt very bright to help the camera out. Unless u have this low to the ground or add other lights around it to help light up an area at night, it isnt that effective. I mounted this by my front porch light so it does the job for my home day and night but again, If you have it mounted high, the light will not work well at all. In my back yard I added sensor solar lights that light up the area if anything is near so it supplements this ring camera to help get a better recording at night. The pictures show the camera at night without any light, during the day and at night with my other non ring solar porch light qith sensor. The ring cam caught a possum walking in our back yard. Without the additional light it gets really grainy and hard to see. I have the same driveway cam see day and night pics. Hands down, love the ring apps. Watch videos of the various settings. They also have a ring community where you can share info like "hey someone tried to break into my car" and actually share footage or just messages. U can see when someone reports occurrences in your neighborhood too.

    Nov 13, 2020 16:42
  • Review by Louis, 10 out of 10
    Ring wires free security camera

    Bought it since got a discount. I have two already installed and this would be the third. In addition, I bought the associated solar panel since I do not have to charge the battery. The solar panel keeps the battery at 100% charge. That has been my experience with the existing other two Ring security cameras. I really like the view that these cameras provide, especially when I am away from home.

    Jul 24, 2020 17:31
  • Review by Grant, 10 out of 10
    Really nice with a few kinks

    Really nice, but the night vision dosen't work as well as the day at picking people up. I have a streetlight and at night it won't pick up people walking the road like the day. (Picture is nice though). But if they come 1/4 of the way in my yard it will pick them up. It may just be a settimg. It lets you make a fence it watches for. Also I have it set to go off, when it picks up people. Also it has a bit of latency by about 10 seconds to notify that there is someone there. Which may be my internet wifi coverage. Spotlight is bright, but if you really want to light the yard up. Then I suggest getting the camera with flood lights.

    Jul 02, 2021 23:33
  • Review by Poohkado, 8 out of 10
    It does it's job!

    We installed the spotlight camera in the backyard to watch people approaching the back porch and the said gate. It took a while to get it positioned just right to pick up someone entering the side gate. We also have a tree near the porch which was constantly triggering it from the wind or birds. After much adjustment we finally got it dialed in. The battery life in the spotlight cam seems shorter so we bought a second battery. It works good now, but we probably need to get a second one or mount it on a pole to get a proper view of all access points, currently there's a blind spot behind it.

    Aug 21, 2020 18:28
  • Review by spendsalotatbestbuy, 8 out of 10
    Great Camera Setup Needs Clarity

    I agree with the previous poster most issues in these reviews are people wanting something for nothing. You need to familiarize yourself with Wifi mainly. Almost every issue I have read in reviews can be avoided simply fixing your crappy wifi, Not getting alerts, black screen, pixelating, delays in recording etc. Just because the cam has some wifi reaching it doesnt mean a thing. Its outside and the average home's wifi is too weak. Unless it is 5-10ft away. I too had all the issues stated here until we had to replace our router. (nothing to do with the camera). The new router was installed closer to the camera then we had to add the camera and

    this solved most issues. The videos are in color, and if installed properly not too high you get perfect facial pictures. If you have it pointed towards trees or plants you get too many alerts. The app lets you choose the alert frequency. Move the camera around, experiment. My cam is mounted aprox. 6ft high for clarity I will post a photo. Sure a bad guy could damage it but by the time they reach it the video is already saved to the cloud vs installing it higher out of reach but not seeing the bad guys face only an angled head shot.

    Explore the app. You can set the camera to turn on the light at night when motion is triggered or not. It is very very bright.

    I think the big issue here is the Ring Company not going into better detail in the installation. You def. need to check wifi signal for any wifi camera system.

    Photo is a screenshot taken from Ring video at night with the spotlight . There is no additional lighting on. Motion zones set to 3/4 and installed at 6' high. (yes that is remainder of yard sale not put away yet lol)

    Cons: The battery door needs to be re-designed. It is extremely hard to close properly. By design they say however it is a huge issue.

    Aug 20, 2018 15:27
  • Review by Sunny, 10 out of 10
    Great camera

    This is my first wireless ring camera, the setup was super easy (as always) and just like my wired cameras I get a great image and all the same features. I was in need of a camera to watch my kids clubhouse and hardwiring was not an option, I am very satisfied with my wireless camera.

    May 29, 2020 18:44
  • Review by Pespad, 10 out of 10
    Great buy

    Very impressed by the range of space it covers, bought with the solor panel and I have it connected to a tree in my backyard. Don’t have to worry about charging batteries. I have to batteries installed. Will be buying for the fro yard next.

    Jun 14, 2021 18:08
  • Review by HappyBuyer, 10 out of 10
    Love this camera!

    We bought this when it was on sale and got a free Echo Show as well so it was a great deal. We wanted something for our porch area but thought a floodlight would be overkill. This camera is perfect for our needs. At first it wouldn't pick up motion right away so I adjusted the settings and it picks up movement as soon as someone enters the area which is a vast improvement over my 1st generation Ring doorbell. I recommend getting a 2nd battery (it only needs 1 but you can have 2 in there). After 2 weeks at the highest settings, here's what the battery statuses are. The 2 way audio works well. No complaints there. Very happy with this purchase!

    Sep 11, 2020 21:39
  • 9.0score
    Solar Panel Charger for Arlo Ultra, Ultra 2, Pro 3, Pro 4 and Pro 3 Floodlight Cameras - White
    Description

    Experience the power of the sun with this Arlo Solar Panel Charger. Featuring a weather-resistant solar panel, an adjustable wall mount and 8-foot magnetic cable, the Arlo Solar Panel Charger keeps your Arlo Camera battery charged with direct sunlight. Compatible with Arlo Ultra, Ultra 2, Pro 3, Pro 4 and Pro 3 Floodlight Camera.

    3 Features
  • Harness the power of the sun: Uses solar power to keep your Arlo wire-free camera powered.
  • Continuous charging: You can let your Arlo wire-free camera operate continuously without the need to remove the battery.
  • Easy installation: It’s weather resistant design, 8-foot magnetic power cable and adjustable mount makes installation easy anywhere.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Dressitup, 10 out of 10
    Pays for itself in time

    I love this panel. I haven’t had to replace the battery yet of my outdoor cameras. They go down to about 95% charged and go back up to 100% during day. Replaced the indoor batteries twice already

    Nov 04, 2021 09:48
  • Review by JCfromAZ, 4 out of 10
    Don’t buy it’s a waste

    I Purchased this for my Ultra 2. Initially bought 3 panels for 3 cameras but I returned two of them. Installation is a breeze and connectivity is simple as charging the camera.

    I followed all recommendations to make this perform at the optimal operation. As a background I live in Phoenix, Az that it is sunny most of the time. I installed this with my camera at 100% fully charged and face the panel where it would get all day sun exposure with its positioning. It worked fine for a week. After the week my camera percentage dropped to 35% after moderate use. It was not charging. In fact my camera would die and it would take 2 days to give it a little juice to start functioning again. My camera stays at 15-25% battery life with the “it’s charging Indicator.” This is the reason I returned the other panels. If you provide everything the solar panel needs to perform at its best and it performs poorly I can’t recommend it.

    On the side note with the Ultra 2 it overheats easily and says it needs to cool down. You would think that they would have it in mind when developing this camera to withstand all type of climates. I bought 4 of the Arlo Ultra 2 cameras. The quality is very good but if it’s not working 1/2 the time is it worth it?

    Sep 03, 2021 11:45
  • Review by christomart, 10 out of 10
    Works extremely well.

    These solar chargers work great. This is my second unit, and works just as well as the first. Will eventually buy one more to compete my system. It would be great if Best Buy and Arlo would list the length of the power cord (8 feet) on their respective product pages, and make obvious the fact that the cord is permanently attached to the panel. Finally, would be nice to get a longer cord, maybe 25', as an option.

    Oct 15, 2021 16:55
  • Review by Payton, 8 out of 10
    Arlo solar panel

    I bought this solar panel when I bought my arlo cameras. I haven’t had them very long, but so far it has been holding up well. The cord that hooks to the cameras is very long and it actually has a metal yes I said metal mounting base. Very well built and well packaged. I hope it will hold up in the snow and cold as well as it has in the heat and rain.

    Jul 17, 2021 11:55
  • Review by Jerry, 10 out of 10
    Great investment and saves time.

    I was very hesitant to purchase solar panels. I just had my doubts that they would work. After deciding that I did not want to climb on ladders to switch out batteries I decided to try them. What a great decision. I have a 3 camera ultra system plus a floodlight for the driveway. I only bought 3 solar panels even though I had four cameras total. After almost three weeks of use all three cameras with a solar panel are 100% charged. The lone camera that does not have a solar panel was around 79%. I have since been back to the store and purchased a fourth panel for my last camera. I highly recommend trying them.

    Aug 28, 2021 15:47
  • Review by JaiRon2075, 10 out of 10
    Arlo solar panels for your cameras

    I have to say that if you have Arlo cameras this is the way to go. It prevents you from continuously having to remove the camera and charging the battery in the dock. Trust me this will save you a lot of time from climbing a ladder, removing the camera, having to recharge the battery and having an inactive zone in your system while you do so.

    Nov 06, 2021 09:08
  • Review by Alex, 10 out of 10
    Arlo Solar Panel

    I bought for the Arlo ultra cameras. It does its job charging the batteries. Connects the the camera very easily. With the supplied hardware, I was able to mount the wall. Once in awhile I clean the solar panel. A lot of dust collects on them. After I adjusted to receive the most sunlight, I dont have to take out the battery to charge the camera any more.

    Oct 29, 2021 15:52
  • Review by BenThereDunThat, 6 out of 10
    It works. But is it worth it?

    I bought this because I needed a panel for my fourth Arlo camera. I had already ordered a three pack of Wasserstein panels from Amazon. As it turned out, my local Best Buy had a single Arlo-branded panel so I figured I would try it out to compare the expensive Arlo panel with the cheaper Wasserstein units.

    So far, as far as performance, the two types of panels are dead even. The camera batteries are full every day there's enough sun to produce electricity.

    The only real test will be to see if one panel lasts longer than the other.

    So at least for now, I'd say the $50 Arlo panels are not worth the extra $15 over the Wasserstein panels I got for less than $30 each. Save your money.

    Nov 05, 2021 18:58
  • 9.0score
    Lorex - 4K NVR Security System with 6 Smart Deterrence Cameras, Fusion Capabilities and Smart Motion Detection Plus - White
    Description

    Record and view clear 4K video resolution, which provides a heightened level of detail and definition. Security is now smarter with Lorex 4K Smart Deterrence cameras. Smart Motion Detection Plus provides the option of Face or Person and Vehicle Detection. Keep tabs on what’s important with Safeguard, which notifies you when an object is placed within or removed from a selected area. Experience what true 4K has to offer, providing you with superior resolution and an added level of clarity. With Smart Deterrence, you can set the motion-activated warning light to only be triggered when a person or vehicle is detected. Hear and speak directly to visitors on your property using 2-way talk through the Lorex Home™ app. As part of the Lorex Fusion™ collection you can tailor your security system to your needs – simply add wired and Wi-Fi security cameras, video doorbells, floodlights and sensors. Thanks to smart home compatibility, enjoy seamless viewing by syncing your system to your smart home device. Be confident that your security footage is private and securely stored with the built-in security grade hard drive and never have to worry about any hidden monthly fees. Safeguard features missing and left behind object detection, giving the ability to select up to 3 fields of view. Receive notifications if items in these areas go missing or are left behind, such as a package. Quickly locate Smart Motion Detection events and filter by area, time/date, person, vehicle or person's face with Smart Search, saving time when reviewing footage. With 4K resolution, Fusion™ capabilities, smart home compatibility and Smart Motion Detection, this systems performance is unmatched.

    15 Features
  • 4K Ultra HD video: Capture clear visual evidence with 4K Ultra HD and advanced 16x digital zoom.
  • Smart Motion Detection Plus: Receive notifications on your mobile device when a vehicle ,person or face is detected by the camera, reducing false alerts from other types of motion, such as animals or branches swaying in the wind.
  • Motion-activated warning light: The bright customizable LED light on each camera wards off uninvited guests.
  • Remote-triggered siren: The built-in speaker houses a remote-triggered siren that can be activated from anywhere, using the Lorex Home app.
  • Color Night Vision™: Make nighttime recognition of people and objects easier using clear color video in low light conditions such as porchlights and streetlights.
  • Infrared night vision lets you see in the dark: Keep an eye on things with long-range IR night vision up to 150 ft at night
  • Smart Search: Filters all motion events for reviewing footage quickly and easily
  • Viewing angle up to 111°: Featuring a wide 111° field of view, these cameras capture a wide-angle of your property for exceptional security at all times
  • No monthly fees with reliable and secure local storage: Local built-in 2TB security-grade hard drive ensures only you can access your footage. Max 8TB storage space with no hidden monthly cloud fees.
  • Monitor your property with six cameras: These weatherproof Ultra HD 4K security cameras boast exceptional high-definition resolution.
  • Outdoor security cameras for all-weather coverage: The professional-grade cameras feature lightweight vandal-resistant aluminum protected housing, each camera is IP67-rated and can withstand temperatures from -22° to 122°F.
  • Check in anytime from anywhere with the Lorex Home app: Get set up in an instant and stay connected with the free Lorex Home™ app. Get important motion alerts, enjoy remote live viewing in HD, and review recorded videos.
  • View and record from up to eight channels: Add more devices to ensure that your whole home is safe from uninvited guests.
  • HDMI and VGA outputs: Connect to a wide range of compatible displays for versatile viewing, including your HDTV, LCD or plasma TV.
  • SafeGuard and Active View: Get notified when an object is removed or left behind and follow motion by customizing motion settings
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by DavidJr, 10 out of 10
    Great system, needs some fine tuning

    I have had several Lorex security systems over the years and they all have been really reliable. Each system has been progressively getting better, including better camera builds, better clarity, better detection and this time a better menu system. However, there are still some things about it that just feels like they haven’t improved enough.

    Having had a DVR system and a NVR system, I can say hands down if you want better image quality, higher field of view, higher frames per second and two way audio, the NVR systems are the way to go. They may cost more, but you can really see the difference in them that makes it worth it. I also prefer wired over wireless as they have been more responsive and 24 hour recording means you can go back and review things that may not have triggered motion, such as someone intruding on the neighbors yard. They may be a pain to set up, by running cables all around the house, but once that added sense of security is in place, I don’t regret it.

    Initial installation is straightforward and fairly simple, test the cameras and wires, run the wires, install cameras and connect everything up to the DVR. The most difficult part is figuring out where to run the wires and getting them in place. The included ethernet cable for internet connection and HDMI cable are fairly short, but easy enough to swap out with one that may work better for you. Using HDMI to a 4K TV is certainly the best choice, but regardless of a lower display, you can continue to record in 3840 x 2160 resolution and download or play from a different device.

    Image quality during the day is amazing, clear, sharp and vibrant colors. The 4k resolution helps notice details that others may not and makes it so that you can digitally zoom and still get decent quality. Though still decently clear, the night vision seems a bit foggier looking than my previous system, like lost contrast. As with most systems, there is a bit of blur in low light motion and you get a bit of ghosting when the color night vision kicks in and the subject isn’t in bright light. The deterrent lights are surprisingly bright and I like that they are spaced on each side of the camera helping to distribute the light. There is also a siren that you can configure, or trigger through the user interface or app, but it’s not going to alert anyone as much as it is just going to draw attention to the fact there is a camera there.

    The menu system on the recorder is better, but it all leads right to the same old looking user interface. There is a lot that you can configure through the recorder and it takes some time to figure out what it can all do. The biggest thing to pay attention to when configuring everything is the ‘Apply’ button. If you make any changes and then select the next camera, if you didn’t hit apply before selecting the next page, all those previous changes will be lost. This can get slightly frustrating after you try and set up specific zones for the different detections.

    One of the new features is the ability to set missing object and abandoned object detection. Instead of the standard vehicle/person or motion detection, you can set it to alert you of something being placed into an area, like a package at the door, or something being removed after it had been there for a while. The only problem is that by default it seems really sensitive and gives a ton of false alarms. This has also been true of vehicle and person detection as it has given every alert for my little dog being on the back deck. He has triggered being abandoned, which makes sense after he has stood in place for a bit, or missing after he leaves, but has also popped up as a person and a vehicle. Through the recorder is the only way to change the specific settings for these rules, but if you don’t want a bunch of event alerts, will take a bit of tweaking to get just right.

    The other part of a security camera system is the ability to remotely monitor. The Lorex Home app is a whole lot easier to use than the recorder UI, but is limited in what it can do. You can add the device by scanning the QR code on the information page of the recorder from your monitor, or manually add the information. Once logged in you can easily view your cameras, take snapshots, record, enable the light or siren and use the two way talk function. Take note though, that the resolution you see on the app is not the full resolution that is being recorded to the NVR.

    The timeline for each camera through the app shows blue for regular recording and yellow for an event, such as motion or specific but makes it easy to pan through the time for as much as the DVR has recorded. At 2TB with 4 cameras at 4K, you can get about 10 days worth of video and audio. But, this will vary if you add additional cameras as well, such as a wireless camera from the same network.

    Another feature that isn’t well advertised is the ability to use the Lorex Cloud application on computers. This makes it easy to monitor multiple systems live or playback and download the full resolution video without having to go to the recorder and use a USB thumb drive. This application is also limited in what you can configure, but you can see the rules you have created for zones and actually see the tracking of events that trigger the rules, such as a vehicle passing through the zone.

    Overall, this is one of the best security camera systems I have had. It is a bit sensitive in detection, especially at night. However, if you take the time to configure zones and sensitivity, you can reduce the number of false events. If they could improve the user interface, or make it easier to fully configure from a PC, I would like it even more. But, needing to be within mouse length of the DVR and monitor to click through the settings and hit apply to everything gets tedious at times.

    May 29, 2021 18:03
  • Review by CraigB, 6 out of 10
    Lots of potential with improved software

    Pros

    Metal housing for cameras

    Smart alerts to reduce false positives

    App can stream high quality on cellular easily

    App is quick

    App works on AppleTV

    More up to date NVR interface

    15fps even on 4K

    Limited ghosting in color night vision

    2-way audio

    No subscription fees

    No internet required

    Works with motion sensors and door sensors

    Supports wired and wireless cameras

    Continuous recording

    H.265 support saves space

    Cons

    Can’t turn off active deterrence lights

    Night vision has noticeable ghosting

    Object recognition at night is only about 30 feet

    App zone configurations conflict with NVR

    Most configuration still requires NVR access

    Push notifications sometimes fail to show preview image

    Motion clips sometimes have no video

    Resolution seems much worse than old 4K model

    Adjustment screw difficult to tighten in certain orientations

    Headlights shining into motion zone can trigger vehicle alert

    Some trees and animals can trigger person alerts

    The Lorex 4K UDH NVR focuses on modernizing a traditional design with hardwired cameras and local storage that can still get the video without any internet. What is new is the NVR has an updated interface and adds the functionality to work with other Lorex Fusion products including wireless cameras, video doorbell, motion sensors, and door sensors.

    Design

    The NVR has a more modern appearance as a white box with rounded corners. Included in the box is a small, wired mouse, 90Ft of Cat 5E cable for each camera, and the 4 cameras with mounting hardware. A wireless mouse would be a good first addition to make adjustments easier. The cameras are almost completely cast aluminum with a small section of plastic.]

    Setup

    Setup requires you to have access to a TV, ideally 4K, close enough to connect to the NVR. A wizard guides you through the basic choices and will automatically update if the system is connected to the internet. Setup is done directly on the NVR where you can set up your motion zones and schedules as well as make camera adjustments. You can remotely view the cameras via the app and get alerts. Setup of the app is easy. After creating a Lorex account you just scan the QR code on the side of the NVR to add it to your account. The cameras include screws, anchors, and drilling templates for installation. After mounting and adjusting, you lock the settings by tightening a single screw. While convenient, a hex head would have worked better as it can become difficult to access in some orientations and the phillips head screw can be easy to strip. This leads to possibly not tightening the lock screw enough where hex head would work easily in tight spaces, not require you to press to tighten, and would allow you to more tightly lock the adjustment.

    The app does allow for some camera adjustments but, at least at the time of writing this, you should not make any camera adjustments through the app. The reason is the NVR has distinct zones for motion, person, and vehicle detection where the app only has one zone. If you configure the zone in the app it ignores any person and vehicle detection and all alerts become for motion causing a lot of false alerts. It seems Lorex hasn’t updated the app to mirror the NVR so your best bet is only make setting adjustment directly on the NVR. For each type of motion, the NVR allows you to create two zones to monitor. Each of the zones has four corners which can adjust and doesn’t allow adding more to refine the shape further. Also, for the vehicle zones you have to be careful about headlights. In some cases, headlights of passing cars can trigger the vehicle detection even if the vehicle never actually enters the zone. If you check video clips directly on the NVR, you can have it highlight what actually triggered the alert to help you fine tune your zones. If you were thinking to only use the active deterrence lights on some cameras, you are out of luck. Unlike previous generations of active deterrence cameras there is no option to turn off the lights. You can set them to 5 seconds on but there is no off option. There also isn’t an always on option or on during motion option. It only allows it to be a set time that is triggered with AI events. Also, any additional devices you wish to view video on requires setting up another Lorex account with another unique email address. This isn’t a problem for family members with their own phones but let’s say you want to view the cameras on your tablet or Apple TV. Even though you likely use the same account and email address on your tablet or Apple TV, Lorex will require you to have or create another email address for each and add them as authorized users.

    Performance

    Out of the box, video quality is decent but washed out. Most of the camera adjustments also aren’t described in the manual so you will need to find the definitions from third party websites to understand how they work. It is just worth noting as more people are expecting to just plug in cameras and have them not require anything further. However; default audio quality is near useless. It defaults to a lower quality mode, presumably to save storage space. The result is it sounds like you are listening through water which is most likely caused by heavy compression. The good thing is you can adjust the quality setting and on the highest setting it is very clear and two way talk is respectable and works well.

    Video quality is hit and miss. This newer version handles strong light source better than previous versions while increasing the speed to 15fps versus the 7fps of the older versions. Unfortunately, noise is dramatically increased with far more grain as the light drops off. During the day, the higher frames per second equates to catching more detail in motion but then overall clarity and sharpness of details is markedly worse than previous generations of Lorex 4K cameras as a whole. In fact, the overall video quality appears to be more along the lines of something between 1080p and 2K. Moving objects, such as people, tend to have a halo ring around them of blurriness. It’s possible this is related to the new H.265 compression but support was not able to assist in reducing this effect. In the end, people were still recognizable, just less clear. During daylight, people are recognizable to about 50 feet. Once the sun goes down, this drops to about 30feet. At about 50 feet, if there is no strong ambient light then people walking at a casual pace become unrecognizable blobs with only their audio captured. This occurs with or without night vision on as the IR doesn’t reach much beyond 30 feet as the IR isn’t very strong. On a positive note, this weaker IR means less chance of blinding the camera from reflections. Ghosting in color night vision has also been reduced. Overall, it seems to be a tradeoff. Older generations of Lorex 4K cameras favored clarity over speed resulting in losing video if someone was moving faster whereas this generation seems to favor catching faster motion at the expense of some clarity. You could improve both with bigger cameras with larger sensors but then it would increase the price of the system and who this is for.

    Once you have everything set up, day to day usage is fairly reliable and you shouldn’t have too many false positives once you work around headlights and certain trees. It would be nice to see further improvements to the AI in the future so these workarounds weren’t necessary but overall detection is decent but not as accurate as the cloud based versions. Strangely, if you have good internet then AI detection locally on the NVR won’t seem any faster than the cloud based versions but connecting to view cameras does seem faster. Detection events take about 5-10 seconds to reach your phone regardless of if you are on wifi or cellular. Motion events usually work but on occasion the app didn’t provide the thumbnail in the notification. Also, a small number of motion events would end up being empty clips. Lorex support has been notified of these issues so hopefully they will be corrected soon. Unlike older NVRs, the new app doesn’t require the old method of manually choosing between main stream and substream. You just open it and if you want higher quality just tap the SD button and it will switch to HD. With good internet viewing cameras in HD on cellular was fairly quick. A nice touch is as long as you are still in the app you can swipe between cameras and you won’t have to wait for them to relaunch. Pinch to zoom is a slow to respond and zooms back out each time you restart the video and wont’ stay when paused. The 2-way talk, if set correctly is clear and both sides can talk at a normal volume and be understood without issue.

    There are also features such as the ability to automatically zoom in and follow people or vehicles by cropping in but the feature only works when you are front of the NVR, is very jerky and hard to watch, and typically ends up zooming in on the torso instead of the face. There is also a face detection which can be used on up to two cameras, but you have to turn off other smart features, mount the camera lower, and yet again adjust it directly from the NVR.

    Final Thoughts

    Build quality with metal components is very good, video quality and AI are decent, and app and NVR software have a lot of room for improvement. It is definitely a step up from traditional NVR’s but nowhere as easy to use as cloud based cameras. This could be a great system with further software and app improvements. So the big question is who is this system best suited for? If you want local storage, with continuous recording, alerts with low false positives using AI, don’t mind getting a little technical in setup, can accept that most functions besides viewing will require you to be in front of the recorder, and want a package with all parts required without spending tons of money or pay for a subscription this Lorex 4K UHD NVR could be for you.

    May 26, 2021 02:58
  • Review by 1ShadowFox1, 8 out of 10
    Lorex is the best Bang for the Buck

    As the craziness in the world has gone up, the cost of security cameras has gone down. New names pop up all the time throwing their hat in the ring to get your hard earned dollar. But one name that has been around for a long time and will continue to be around is LOREX. I originally fell in love with them when they were a product of FLIR as we had their products at work. I was a little leery when they were purchased by Dahua, but I think that has added to their product tool belt and only made them better.

    This particular system with the new N843 recorder and E892AB cameras are a great solution for any resident to monitor and deter problems on their property. And when I say any resident, I mean ANY resident. This package comes with everything you need. 2 TB of storage space, 8 available channels, four 4K cameras with Active Deterrence, and POE TECHNOLOGY!

    What is POE you ask? By literal definition, It is an abbreviation for Power Over Ethernet. But what that translates to is that you only need to run ONE WIRE per camera. This makes install SOOOOO EASY and allows you to avoid rats nest of wires, monopolizing power outlets in your room, and drilling bigger holes than you need to. Also, Lorex makes it so amateur friendly that they are pretty much plug and play. As long as you plug a Lorex Camera into the Lorex NVR, it will add itself. For those of you more technologically advanced, there are other cool ways to minimize your work or fancy up your install, but if you are already at that level, you dont need this review.

    Now onto probably the most important question someone would ask...How is the image quality? See the attached images. 4K. Its pretty darn good. Probably the best image you can get for the price point. Lorex is great with that. They give you the meat and potatoes for the price of the broccoli. They know how to give you a quality product for less. Are their better cameras out there? Sure. But one of those cameras is going to cost you more than this entire system and the average person will probably not be able to tell the difference. Add onto it that these Lorex Cameras have Active Deterrence! When they detect a person or vehicle within the specified area and schedule, they will illuminate a light from the camera which its output would compare to a camera flash. This is not meant to light up your yard, but rather draw attention of unwanted intruders and give them a little nudge saying "Hey there little guy....I see you on my property. Better be on your best behavior because I see everything that you are doing!". If that doesn't keep them from being somewhere they shouldnt, GIVE THEM THE SIREN!!!! Yep. These cameras also have a manually activated siren that you can use to scare people away.

    Now probably the next most important question...is it user friendly? The answer is yes. Lorex has really improved their Lorex Home App and made it my favorite surveillance camera app on the market. Its very intuitive while being feature packed. Spend 5 minutes in the app and you are a pro. Smart Motion is a godsend. This system can tell the difference between people, vehicles, and random blowing leaves and branches. That way you dont have to worry about your phone blowing up with motion notifications all day and night like you would with pixel based motion detection. This way you truly know when you need to actually check in on your property with your camera.

    With all of my praise for this system, why wouldn't I give it 5 stars? Well, I did run into one issue that I have not experienced before. For some odd reason, only 3 of the 4 cameras loaded on my Lorex Home App. All four are on the recorder and can be viewed via the connected monitor, but the fourth just does not populate on the app. Now I would guarantee that 97.2% of you will not be in the same boat I am as I have all of my IP cameras connected to a remote POE switch and have multiple brands of NVRs connecting to the same cameras so that I can use it as a test bench for ONVIF compatibility (Which the N843 NVR does better than any ONVIF compatible NVR I have tested btw). But it does make me wonder what bug is there between the NVR and the app server. But again, this will most likely not be a possibility for the average joe.

    Would I buy this system? YES

    Would I tell my friends and family to buy this system? YES

    Is it worth it? OHHHHH YEAHHHH (Enter Koolaid Man).

    If you are looking for an easy to install system that will leave no doubt what happens on your property, this is it.

    Jun 08, 2021 21:18
  • Review by KKCNIck, 10 out of 10
    Great NVR Camera System with no monthly fee

    This is a great Home security system with no monthly fee and a very reliable setup.

    I unboxed 4 camera's, NVR, spare network cable and power cable. Pretty easy after that. In my case I put the NVR where my TV is which looks like a cable box. Then I ran the 4 network cables to my 4 corners of my home. The hard part was getting the ethernet cable ran the an already built home in Florida. I had to bring a installer out to help me run some of the cables. When done I connected the cameras and ran thru the install wizard. Setup was pretty simple. User name/password and I had camera's.

    After running them for a few days I can see that there is a distinct difference from these vs 1080 camera's. Also the light that comes on really makes the night footage viewable. I tried the talking function but they could not hear me since the camera's are mounted off my second story for better coverage. I also like the lights that turn on when someone approaches the house. It makes it known that the home is being monitored. The app is pretty easy to navigate and you can easily download pictures and video clips to save or share. I did find the notifications inaccurate and quite annoying with all the notifications. I turned it off in the end. I was unable to connect my video doorbell to the system for a single point of access. I assume because it was from a different company. I also liked that I can expand 4 more camera's and increase the HDD storage to 8Tb which would hold 4x more footage. I was able to get Alexa to display the camera's on my tv via voice command but found it easier just to check the app on the phone. One thing to note is you still need decent internet to access the footage remotely since it is still depending on your upload speed of your internet.

    For the money this is a great system that is reliable and performs the functions I would expect of a home NVR solution without the monthly cost. For me that is the biggest selling point. Also since it is not wireless there is less to mess with on a regular basis. Last thing is that these camera's are full metal and I feel like that will last a long time outside in the elements unlike others I have had in the past that are plastic.

    Jun 28, 2021 13:40
  • Review by DJSmooth, 8 out of 10
    Solid 4K Surveillance System with lots of features

    Overall

    The LOREX surveillance system is a solid piece of hardware and a worthy upgrade to my older system. The 4K resolution is a major upgrade and very noticeable when compared to a 1080p system. The package includes your standard NVR system, 4x 4K cameras with RJ45 and auxiliary power pigtail, 4x 100’ Cat5e UTP patch cables, power supply, optical mouse, and 1x 4’ patch cable. The actual NVR houses a single slot for an HDD while the housing seems of plastic. Honestly, I’m not a fan of the presentation they went with as it reminds me of an oversized router without antennas.

    Features

    The LOREX NVR comes feature packed. I thought the 2tb HDD would be worthless with 4x 4K cameras but the high compression h265 method really helps. On average I saw about 300gb on 2 cameras during 1 week of use. Aside from your standard NVR recording, each camera includes a slot for an sd card for local recording of that camera. Gives a bit of redundancy to the system if you opt to not use an ftp server for added backups. They also include 2 small LEDs on the camera which output roughly 500 lumens (I didn’t look this up or noticed those details mentioned in the product description). The pinhole mic on the front of the camera captures great sound detail. Lastly there’s a small set of holes under the camera for 2 way audio. On paper, all of these make for a really great system.

    On the software side of things, the NVR adds motion detection, smart deterrence, unattended object, (for lack of terminology) missing object, person detection, vehicle detection, active zoom, face detection, and mask detection. Plus many rule sets to trigger each and every one of those detection features and a handful of notification options from buzzers, on-screen notifications, and email notifications. To top it off it offers up a web GUI for viewing on any device connected to your network. No ONVIF support from my digging.

    Considerations

    So first I’ll layout what worked for me.

    Motion detection, regardless of camera position or general lighting has worked flawlessly. Smart deterrence was a bit more finicky but also worked great. vehicle detection also worked perfectly fine.

    On the other hand, unattended object, missing object, person detection, mask detection, face detection, and active zoom were all a hit and miss. With person detection and active zoom, the way to get them going felt more like a process or cheat codes in a video game. It worked when you performed some kind of ritual beforehand. Face detection and mask detection were finicky. Their success really seemed to be determined by the environment. Unattended object never seemed to work no matter what I tried. Face detection would come on at strange moments or not come on at all

    May 22, 2021 10:16
  • Review by JerryZ, 10 out of 10
    Sharp and Clear images, large capacity NVR

    LOREX is a proven leader in security products. The first thing I noticed was the care and details in the packaging of my NVR recorder and camera kit. All are recyclable too.

    After connecting the networkable recorder to my router and 4K monitor, I powered the unit up. Next a quick firmware update, I was able to set my security password and start labeling the cameras. The whole process was easy and smooth. I did stumble when adding cameras. I didn't understand what private meant. This is a mode where the live feed isn't visible as you might have set for interior cameras. Once I reconfigured the camera's setting, it was again visible on he screen. Learning curve!

    The clarity and definition of 4K cameras are still amazing to me even after years of installing and using security cameras. Right click and jump to MENU, CAMERAS for a real treat. The settings allows me to rotate the camera view in 90-degree increments. Which is very useful when you set up the camera and m=need to flip the image 180-degrees. Done via software. Full range of camera settings too; darkness, day/night modes, sharpness, etc. So be sure to check this out when setting up the cameras.

    Standard monitor views are included, 4-up 8-up 1-up. Right clip and you can draw a square around an areas and instantly zoom in. Then you can pan around the view as needed. Pretty slick if you ask me.

    I can easily distinguish a 1/4-inch orange rod used to mark the edge of my driveway when covered in snow or at night from 30-feet away. That's how clear an image the 4K gets me.

    Nice white NVR case. Poe for 8 cameras built in. Activate the warming LED lights and siren on each camera either from the front panel button or the software app. I use my iPad which is simple and great for monitoring on the go.

    I also have the ability to trigger on either facies, people or cars. The nicely allow me to silence this when kids are playing in the yard or party on the patio or pool. All welcome functionality. Being able to monitor the pool is especially nice for peace of mind, more so for safety.

    Absolutely recommend this especially for the large 2tb capacity drive. Great updates from the 2020 version. Comes with 30 mete (100 foot) cables for maximum distance via Poe.

    Jun 05, 2021 11:47
  • Review by xupr4, 8 out of 10
    Great Features and Quality

    All right before I start with my review, let me start by giving some advice and tips to whoever is looking to buy a security like this one.

    - Probably the most important. If you have a small attic to where you can barely fit, Do Not Get a system like this unless you really want to go through the trouble or you're going to hire someone to do it for you.

    - If you are not sure what system to get, watch some videos that explain what every type of security system does to help you decide which one fits your needs.

    - IF you are installing the wiring by yourself make sure you plan where tu place your cameras, where do you want your DVR, and make sure you have the right tools.

    Now here is a TL;DR

    Pros

    - Internet security i would say 4/5

    - No Cloud Storage and can view up to 10 days worth of recordings through the NVR

    - Metal shell on the cameras

    - Mobile App easy to navigate

    - Good Night Vision Quality

    - Good Overall Image quality

    - Menu and settings easy to navigate

    - 2way communication

    - Various sensor modes, schedules, and custom areas

    Cons

    - Installation (specially the Ethernet cable and the hole sizes for the cable)

    - Frame Rate (on 4k you only get 15 FPS)

    - Home assistant integration is not the greatest (Firestick, Echo show)

    - Only Digital Zoom

    - No keyboard included only a mouse

    Now for the actual review, here are my thoughts

    Installation

    installation is pretty straight forward, you plan your locations, drill some holes, run your wire, and plug everything in. Well that is what the guide tells you, but actually there is more to it. I would say installing it my house was kind of a pain since the attic is pretty small and also since i live near the water the humidity is bad during the day.

    But anyways, what i found annoying is that Lorex includes these really cheap Cat5 cables that get tangled and pinched pretty easy and also these Seals/gaskets that you can not take off unless you break it off the cable.

    If you decide to keep those seals you have to drill a hole close to 1 inch in diameter which is huge for just an ethernet cable. In my opinion instead of investing on a seal, Lorex should of invested more on providing a higher quality ethernet cables. The foam seal that comes on the body of the camera is more than enough but I also feel they should of made a cover for the wire notch for better protection if you end up not using it.

    Before thinking about buying a system like this, get to know the layout of your house better. It will save you time and money trust me. Also if you decide to get system like this watch a video or 2 on how to install the wiring and what tools you need. Use my installation as an example. I used tools to cut sheet rock, nut drivers, extenders, a drill, fish tape, drill bits, ladders, and a stud finder.

    I mention this because i know people that want to do DIY projects, but run to the store every other hour to get something they missed. One last thing, the little hole layout stickers they provide are pretty useless, dont use them.

    Tips: Planning is key on any type of installation. Make sure you know where you place your NVR also make sure that place is accessible to run wires through the attic. 2nd- make a list of tools and hardware you are going to need, 3rd- The cameras will not always be exactly where you want them to be. Look around your attic and see the areas you can access. You dont want to be drilling a lot of holes all over the place

    Hardware

    The shells of the cameras are made out of metal which is great for outdoor use. The only complaint i have is the lens that protects the LEDs and the camera is made out plastic and can be scratched pretty easy.

    Another thing thing that i found somewhat disappointing about the camera is that you can not move it left or righ once you install it. The LEDs on the camera are great but they are not actually that bright (even at night you can barely tell the difference). As mentioned before, the cat5 cables Lorex includes are not great (sorry Lorex but it had to be said).

    The HDMI and the other ethernet cable for the router are pretty short, so if you are trying to have your NVR far from either your router or TV/monitor, you are going to want to run a longer cable to that device.

    The NVR its self looks like a TV box in looks and size. On the NVR your have your 8 PoE ports for the cameras (what the 8 channels mean), an internet Input, audio inputs (for a microphone??), a HDMI output, a DVI output, and a usb port on the back and one on the front. They also include a mouse to navigate through the software on the NVR, its not the greatest but all the systems similar to this one, do the same thing.

    Software

    Out of the box set up is easy. I would recommend setting up the NVR first before you run any cables or install the cameras. Once set up, you can view your cameras through the lorex app which helps with the placement of your cameras. Once you have everything installed you can change the preview on the monitor/tv to show oly the active channels (in this case only 4). You can also turn on the LED, take a pic, start recording, etc... (You can also do this through the app which is pretty neat).

    Once you enter the main menu you have several options. You have playback which you can go back and watch previous days or hours. When it captures any type of motion, the timeline shows a little yellow spot. Next on the menu screen, you have events. In here, you edit everything related to the sensors on the cameras. You can set up the motion sensor area, sensitivity, schedule, etc.. I believe you also have a missing object sensor to use with static objects such as a boat, a ride on mower, or any object you rarely move.

    On the other tabs you have Back Up which you use mostly if you want to save a video on a flash drive and Display which only changes the resolution and transparency of the menu. On the Camera Tab you get to change the type of video and audio encoding. If you're not familiar with this option, everything is set up to the most optimal settings. In all honesty i wish these cameras would run in a frame rate higher than 15 or at least let me drop the quality to 2k and run them at 30 or 60 fps. Also this is more of a personal nitpick,

    but I also wish you could record at a bitrate higher than 4000. I know the software on these types of systems run very weak processors so i can not be asking too much. Anyways you also have your Network tab, and in here it is all about the security of your system. Personally I do not have much knowledge on these types of things but the option is there for those who do know. It is not that complicated and you can watch some videos to learn what these options do and if it is something you want to change. Lastly, you have your System, Storage, and Account Tabs. System and Account are not really that important since you only change the time, date, and set up the admins for the system.

    On the Storage Tab you can change the way your recordings are saved on the system. You can set up schedules, look at the space and estimates, and other options. One last thing that kind of dissapointed me is the Alexa integration. I was planning on getting a firestick later to view my cameras through my other TV. but then i read the reviews... Lorex please work on your apps

    Final thoughts

    In all honesty, if you are worried about your security both for your home and on the internet this is the way to go. Installation is somewhat frustrating but worth it at the end. Cameras are made out of a nice material and look nice. Software is easy to use and with a lot of options. I know these types of NVR systems work in a similar way so look around to make your final purchase decision.

    Personally, i would recommend this system but once again do some research and make sure this is right for you

    Jun 03, 2021 20:10
  • Review by Caladbolg, 8 out of 10
    A few snags, still solid.

    Lorex is a few simple steps away from having a real gem of a package here that would be worth way more than the price tag. It’s a shame those steps weren’t taken. But I still love what the set has to offer.

    All items were well packaged and nothing looked to be overly hard to find in the box at all. You even get a throw-away-grade mouse to help the setup. (Pro tip: you can easily plug in a wireless mouse with a dongle to get that section of the setup complete.) You get some instructions, but you are going to want to consult resources online to guide you on this install. This can run out of the box. But I think you would be better off looking up some tweaks to increase performance.

    Setup isn’t difficult and the instructions provided are more than sufficient enough to guide you there. Mounting cameras and routing cat 5 is the lion’s share of the work. The set top box is very light and easy to manage when plugging everything in. As light as it is, I can’t imagine the components would generate much heat. However, it does when operational, and the internal fan makes quite a bit of noise. It enough that it drowns out the HTPC I have right next to it that has quite a few more fans in it.

    After a firmware update, account setup, item registration (you need to scan a QR code on the set top box using the Lorex Home app), you are looking right at a live feed of your area(s) of interest. At this point you will have the opportunity to fine tune settings like naming cameras, changing the video compression settings, outlining areas in views for motion detection, testing lights and two way talking, etc. The flexibility this system offers through the number of settings it has is amazing. There is enough there to keep a novice just as happy as a near professional.

    Camera quality is ok. It honestly feels like a stretch to say it’s 4K resolution and you’re more likely to be convinced it looks maybe a bit better than 1080p. The lights really function as a warning. And the speaker is a bit low. However, the space between homes in my area is kind of close and honestly the levels both of these are just right for my specific application. I will say that the construction quality of the camera housing is excellent. These are dense and rigid enough to feel like they could get hit by hail and barely flinch.

    Outside of internal fan being loud, being a little disappointed in video quality, the lack of a more concentrated instruction set (I’m still looking for some details), I’m still very pleased with this system. It’s a very robust set for the price.

    Jun 01, 2021 13:31
  • 9.0score
    eufy - IndoorCam Mini - White
    Description

    Make a smart solution to upgrade your home security to IndoorCam Mini. Never second-guess what you see in clear 2K resolution, and give yourself control with pan and tilt functions to monitor your home’s most vital areas. IndoorCam Mini features On-Device AI Human Detection, a technology that identifies humans in the frame and only sends you the notifications that matter. After returning home, you can turn on Home Privacy Mode, which turns off the camera and rotates it to your preferred privacy angle. Best of all, there’s no monthly fee after your purchase.

    9 Features
  • 2K Resolution: Stop guessing and know with exact certainty what’s happening inside your home.
  • 24/7 Recording: IndoorCam Mini never stops recording, ensuring that your property is always monitored, no matter what time of day or night.
  • Pan & Tilt: Check all the hidden corners inside your house to ensure nothing sneaks past you.
  • Home Privacy Mode: Instead of unplugging IndoorCam Mini, use Home Privacy Mode to turn off the camera and rotate it to your preferred privacy angle.
  • On-Device AI Human Detection: This innovative technology detects when a human enters the frame and cuts back on annoying false alarms.
  • Noise-Activated 360° Pan: IndoorCam Mini detects suspicious activity, activates the recording, and rotates 360° to capture any potential threat.
  • Motion Tracking: Any movement is followed and recorded, ensuring that you never miss the key details if someone walks out of frame.
  • Subscription Free Security: IndoorCam Mini comes with local storage, so you won’t have another monthly bill piling up on your kitchen table.
  • Smart Integration: Easily connect to Alexa and the Google Assistant to keep your home devices bundled together.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by MnstrMike, 10 out of 10
    Mini Camera, Grande Features

    Install took a couple of tries but finally got it going.

    I didn’t realize that this is not compatible with the Homebase2 and so the camera cannot utilize the HomeBase2 storage or the easy arming when setting the security system (this is also the same for the Solo Series of cameras).

    Storage options are Local via MicroSD on the camera or cloud. It comes with a 7-day trial of cloud so it will work out of the box, but I found it was a little slow.

    If you already have a Eufy Camera then this will show up on the dashboard right next to it, but when you select the Security tab you will be presented with more than one camera to arm. In my case I have a HomeBase2 with 3 cameras, entry sensors, and motion detectors all linked. Then a SoloCam and now the IndoorCam Mini.

    The more Eufy products I use, the more I wish they would utilize the Android Widgets. I get that it maybe a little less secure if you don’t run a system lock on your phone/device, but I would like that to be my option, but I haven’t found a security system yet that has this option.

    The camera has all the same settings and then some compared to the EufyCam line I am already using adding in the ability to pan, tilt, and zoom.

    Placement will definitely be key for your needs. I have found that it does not like the spot I have it placed in. It is a short wall with a staircase on one side and then a hallway on the other. When walking from one to the other, the camera is very slow to respond and track. The installation diagram recommends facing out of a corner, but I didn’t know that before selecting the device as my intended use location does not give me that option.

    During setup it asks how high the camera will be placed and gives a recommendation of height if you will be wanting to watch animals via the camera. If so, that height is lower than for traditional purposes. I have mine set on a small end table at about 28” above the floor. For animals it recommends 25”-50” to track. During one of my times I was away, the dog jumped on the couch that camera is facing. It picked up that clearly. But then when the dog jumped down later at some point, it never tracked and recorded the motion. So not sure why it didn’t capture the movement of the dog leaving the couch.

    Overall it is a pretty neat camera; placement is key. It does come with a mount to be installed on a wall or ceiling. However, you do have to provide power to it, so not sure how you would do that in the ceiling. It is very light, so if you wanted to install in some sort of ceiling tile, it would not be too much weight for it.

    If you want it completely off while you are home, it has a Privacy button in the app that turns the camera to face the wall and kills the feed from the camera.

    Adding in the MicroSD card is about the biggest gripe I have with the system. The location is below the lens and can only be accessed when the camera is off, however, you cannot rotate the lens very far; at least without the threat of breaking the camera. The instruction guide was not much help either. I put the camera in manual mode and position the camera looking up as far as it would go, then unplugged it and gently rotated the lens further to expose the MicoSD slot. When I plugged the camera back into the power source the card was recognized.

    If you have a Network Attached Storage (NAS) you are supposed to be able to record to that location. I do not have that so cannot comment on the procedure. Both MicroSD and NAS can utilize continuous recording.

    Overall, i can recommend this. If you are wanting a cheap baby monitor or pet cam, I think this is a really good setup.

    Nov 09, 2021 13:46
  • Review by Naztynestor, 8 out of 10
    protect your home with eufy!

    - Eufy makes great products i’ve been using their door camera for quite a while now and i’ve neever have any complaints or disappointments for choosing to go for eufy security

    - now to add into my collection I finally have an indoor camera that that’s small, yeah it really is tiny and very light camera to place around your house

    - indoor cam mini is a 2k monitor which it’s 1440p resolution camera

    - in the box you have a mount piece, power adapter and about 7inc of micro usb cord that goes along with it

    - very easy setup using the eufy security app to get it going, a tiny button under the indoor cam mini and the rest can be completed through the app once it’s been fully plugged

    - once you followed the setup process you should be able to see a small window preview of your new camera, by clicking it you have great amount of option to choose from the main control is the ability to use 360 rotation manually if you choose

    - there’s tons of option on the view settings, we have record, screenshots, ability to speaker through the camera, the 360 round look and to turn the sound off. dragging the slider up should provide you with even more settings from. you’ll see the event section that list all recording for future viewing, a night vision, also an alarm feature im sure will be handy in the future, last two are tracking and calibration

    - one thing about this camera is that you have an option to click timeline we’re you can just pick certain section of the recording, unlike their door camera you only have the option to video on the recorded list

    - from the main setting it’s self they do have privacy mode incase you don’t want the camera recording while you’re home, you have the option to turn it off this setting at any time.

    - also the ability to turn off the blue light on the front of your camera, which is what I prefer

    - the motion detection is where im a little bit disappointed, this camera doesn’t have settings to capture just pets, so you either tracking person or just set it to other motion to be able to track your pet when you’re away, would be nice to have just animal to avoid getting too much recording while at home, without this, if you have the camera on while you’re at home, it will constantly record and it’s just too much recording to delete back and forth

    - storage option you can add up to 128GB of micro SD card, eufy shows in the app that 128GB should store for abo it 288 hrs of footage (12 days).

    - you also have an option for cloud save there’s a 30 day trail that i’m checking out at the moment, but you won’t be able to use 2k video recording while using cloud and it’s lock to only 1080p resolution which it’s still great quality.

    - indoor mini offer a great amount of options to customize your camera best suited for you, I just wish it offer a dog/pet tracking, this should also need to be the norm when it comes to home security. the thing I personally did not like was the 7” cord, would like to see 10 or even a tiny bit longer to give the user enough headroom when planning to use the camera.

    - overall still satisfied user, I love eufy I think it’s a great budget camera that offer tons of option and optional subscriptions service for protecting your property, and still have an option to not opt in if you choose.

    Nov 07, 2021 08:36
  • Review by SirGalahad, 8 out of 10
    Solid Contender

    Pros:

    - Wired camera that supports 24/7 recording @1080p only (to save memory card). For Motion/Human Detection supports up to 2K. I would prefer the option for me to decide if I want to save my memory card’s lifespan or not. Especially, since it doesn’t come with one.

    - Good picture quality.

    - The detection works extremely well. It picks things up almost immediately and then tracks them accurately until out of the frame.

    - I found recordings recorded the entire event over only getting half of it like most of my other cameras. If anything it goes to long which I prefer over too short.

    - Loading up the live view is quick.

    - Setting up schedules was easy and works well.

    - I REALLY like the privacy setting. Where when it turns off it will move to be facing the other way giving you peace of mind. Additionally, the light on the front is blue when on, and red when recording. You can set up exactly where it moves to when off and where it moves to when on. When in live view you can also pan 360 degrees.

    - Multiple mounting options such as by itself on a shelf, on the ceiling (mount included), or on a wall (mount NOT included).

    - Night vision looks good and works well.

    - As mentioned, it has pan/tilt. Where it can pan 360 degrees and pan up and down.

    - It supports noise detection. Where if it hears something, it will turn on and then pan to that location. From my brief testing this working alright being very hit or miss.

    - Doesn’t require the cloud and is a completely close system. Meaning no subscription fees!

    - You can talk through it via 2 way audio.

    - Comes with a long cable.

    - Eufy app is relatively easy to navigate.

    Cons:

    - Doesn’t support animal detection. I got this mostly to monitor my puppy (6-months) when I’m not at home. So, I have to turn on all motion alerts to pick him up which drastically increases the number of alerts I get throughout the day. As it is quite sensitive and sends me a lot of false positives.

    - Doesn’t come with a memory card. Adding $16 - $30 to the price. Making it less competitive to other brands. Hopefully, they will make this more obvious on their marketing material. As I wasn’t aware of this when I bought it as it’s kind of hidden.

    - Tracking can be jerky, is picked up on recordings, and with low FPS can make things blurry.

    - Not supported by HomeKit. But is supported by Alexa and Google.

    - Freaks people out as it moves with them.

    - Alarm setting isn’t very loud (which can be a pro or a con) and for some reason was activated by default when any motion was detected.

    - Uses Micro USB. Like why?!

    CONCLUSION:

    It’s a nice camera and at first I really wasn’t sure I liked it. But after using it for the past week it has grown on me. I get a lot of false positives which can be frustrating but part of that is on me for having “all motion” detection on, instead of having “human detection” on. I could also probably further refine this though the settings as they are currently on default. But them adding at least “animal” detection would be great. As I think most of the target demographic will be getting this to monitor their children and/or animals. There is plenty of customization in the app itself and the pan and tilt function is really neat.

    Nov 07, 2021 16:06
  • Review by SimpleLiving, 10 out of 10
    Simple to use and great indoor camera

    I have a good outdoor camera system around the perimeter of my house, but I needed a good quality indoor camera with a couple of valuable features. The Eufy indoorCam Mini comes is great to satisfy many needs of an indoor camera. The main features are noise and motion activation, clear night vision, and extremely fast notification. The pan of 160 degrees and the up/down tilt covers enough angle of view; it can cover a large area of a room if placed on the right location, center wall of a room. The home privacy function is great if you want to avoid recording when someone is home and when set, the camera will pan around to a set position, like facing a wall for privacy. The AI human detection and pet detection works as expected. Set up is straightforward; download the eufy security app, sign up, add the device to the app (indoor cam mini), and follow the illustrated instructions. Note, save yourself time by making sure the camera connects to the app before attaching it to a wall. Every time you open the app, you will view the most recent snapshots events and view the clip; click on the image to view the event details. You can do two-way talk during live view, and it works great for me when I want to listen and play with my pet pug. The daytime video quality is excellent for 2K, and the auto night vision, the camera has four infrared LED lights, does a decent job during dark recording. The motion alert notification speed is fast, and I get them within a few seconds. I like the most of this product because I have the option for subscription-free recording with a micro SD card (not included) and that it is compatible with Google Home devices, great to view the camera on my smart TV. If desired, there is availability for cloud storage subscriptions. Overall, I am satisfied with the product.

    Nov 09, 2021 05:29
  • Review by Santy41, 8 out of 10
    Good indoor camera

    This pan & tilt indoor camera is another good product from Eufy, great for home entrance or maybe as a baby or a pet monitor. The settings in the app are pretty easy to use and the view of the cam is clear with the 2K resolution, however the micro usb cable provided is to short to install on a ceiling as suggested on the manual so I had to buy a longer one. For those people that don’t mind the cable been to short or want to use it on a table, it’s an ok camera, personally I wish camera would have been completely wireless with a rechargeable battery, other than that the features on the mini camera works well with the exception of the Privacy mode that doesn’t have a setting to activate for a long Period of time, when I turn it on it last for a few minutes and then it will turn off automatically or maybe when it sense movement, hopefully they fix this with a software update. Another thing thing that this camera is lacking , unlike the other Eufy cameras is the Geofencing setting, this help detect when you’re home so it will turn the motion off automatically.

    Nov 09, 2021 00:07
  • Review by JMan, 6 out of 10
    Nice camera if you don’t use a Eufy Home Base

    This Eufy indoor cam was a breeze to set up because I already use a Eufy system and have the app installed on my phone. I opened the app, selected add new device, and followed the easy setup steps which generated a QR code for the camera to scan. I pointed the QR code at the camera, it scanned it and joined my wifi network. It was good to go from there. Even without an existing system, new users would download the app and set up the camera the exact same way. The kit includes the camera, a micro-USB power cable and mounting brackets and hardware. You are asked if you have a micro-SD card during setup. If not, it offers other options. If no storage is available, it can still be setup to stream without saving.

    Video quality is good. It’s clearer, brighter and sharper than my existing battery operated Eufy cams. Night vision is also particularly good quality. It’s crisp, bright, clear and sharp on the static areas of the room and furniture. It’s a little less sharp with people and movement but still exceeds my expectations. Available recording and streaming resolutions are 1080p and 2k. It also has a water ark option that will stamp the date and time on each recording. The camera can also record and monitor sounds and the app allows two-way intercom communication with the camera. Other features include manual video recording, snapshots and sounding an alarm. Unlike my other Eufy cams, there is no camera off option in the app. The only way to power off the camera is to unplug it. I do not want to risk corrupting the SD card, so I always try to make sure the camera is not recording before unplugging. It’s a little inconvenient and would be much nicer if the app allowed me to power off the camera like the others.

    The pan and tilt feature is useful for checking an entire area. I can sweep and see the entire room 360 degrees. The camera does make a low motorized sound when moving but it’s near silent and nothing I would consider disruptive or annoying. I like that this cam is AC powered because one of my battery operated Eufy cams has a faulty battery and needs to be recharged every month or two. It’s been that way since the beginning. The other camera works fine and goes 3-4 months between recharges but neither battery lasts remotely close to a year as stated. AC power is much more reliable. The only downside to AC power is the cord may stick out and it limits placement choices. It provides about 7-8 feet of cord to work with. The good thing about the cord being micro-USB is I’ve seen third party micro-USB cables available that measure as long as 15 feet.

    I do have one enormous complaint with this camera as an existing Eufy user. I do not like that it seemingly does not appear to be compatible with the Eufy home base that manages and stores recordings for my other Eufycams. This camera seems like a totally independent device that merely shares the Eufy app to an extent. It does not store to the home base like the other cameras and requires either a micro-SD card, a NAS, or a cloud storage subscription. It doesn’t even save events in the app’s event tab with the other cameras. I have to click on the camera in the device list and find the events there. Other than live streaming the only footage it archives without an SD card is the last taken snapshot. It doesn’t even save the most recent few snapshots beyond the last one. It feels disjointed and inefficient to have two Eufy cameras storing to the home base and one separate Eufy camera storing totally independent of the others on a locally inserted SD card. It’s especially frustrating that even the events are logged and accessed separately in the app. For that reason, I wouldn’t recommend this to owners of the home base system unless they need an AC powered or totally separate camera that merely utilizes the same app. I do feel this is a decent camera for those without a Eufy home base and would rate this a 4 star in that regard. My review and rating are from the perspective of a home base user. Both ratings took into account that like a Nest cam, this is essentially worthless without optional storage. However, unlike a Nest cam, this camera at least provides a free local storage option. Well, aside from the cost of a compatible SD card. A card whitelist is provided within the app for reference.

    Nov 06, 2021 12:41
  • Review by LuvsDaSun, 8 out of 10
    It has Night Vision

    Just got this so not much time with it.

    -Night Vision: yes! Similar to other indoor cameras, you can toggle it off/on. Without night vision & my bedroom doors closed, it is pitch black.

    -Storage: local micro SD card on the camera. Does NOT connect to homemade. It's a stand alone camera, you do not need a Home Base for it to work.

    -Privacy Mode: you set the default point the camera sits at & a point you want it at when you toggle privacy mode. There's an Eye-shaped icon on the camera feed in the devices section you use to toggle it manually. Can also change settings in Home Mode.

    -Motion Tracking: yes! You can toggle this on to move the lens to track any motion it sees for as long as it detects it. In my small bedroom it worked great. Have not tested its range.

    -Sound, Noise: can turn on noise alerts, also do a 360° pan to check for movement. In a small bedroom with a hollow core door, it alerted to me knocking 3 times with just a knuckle.

    -Mounting: can put upright on a shelf or upside down on a ceiling. You can flip the video 180° if mounted on a ceiling. Recommends a separate *NOT included* ball joint mount (the ones used for outdoor cameras) to put camera sticking horizontal from a wall.

    -Continuous Recording: yes! But only in 1080p, similar to other cameras. See screenshot. Says it's to prolong micro SD card. 128GB card can last for 288 hours or 12 days & cards can usually be rewritten 500 times.

    -Includes camera, *micro USB charging cord, USB wall charging adapter, mounting sticker for screw holes, flat mounting bracket, screws, camera, & quick start guide.

    **Not much time with it. The guide says you need to rotate the camera to connect the mounting bracket but the one in the box is just 2 small posts that slide up/down which doesn't match the picture in the guide. They likely didn't correct the guide after a change.

    **don't like it's $60, feel like competition has better pricing

    Oct 12, 2021 20:38
  • Review by Bergm, 10 out of 10
    Nice indoor security cam!

    The Eufy IndoorCam Mini does exactly what I was hoping for. It is very convenient and easy to use! Following are the pros and cons of this Security Cam:

    PROS:

    - This is a small unit, so it is easy to find a good place to put it. You just need access to electricity. It can be set on a table or shelf or mounted on a wall or ceiling with the included mounting hardware

    - It was very easy to set up and start using it. You just plug it in and download the eufy security app, connect via Bluetooth and it is ready to go. The app gives you instructions on how to use it and various settings. There are a lot of different settings that can be adjusted to meet whatever your needs are.

    - The 2K resolution is really quite good. I can clearly see everything going on in the room where it is installed via my phone. Even at night it has a very good night vision mode so you can still see what is going on and it can detect motion. It also has a very wide field of view and motion detection area.

    - The camera will rotate and pan and tilt automatically to follow any motion or sounds, if you have it set to detect both. You can choose whether to have it track motion or sound or both. If you mount it in the corner of a wall or ceiling it would probably capture the most motion, but I have it sitting on a TV stand. As long as I have it close to the edge so the camera can pick up things down low, I can see my whole room and even capture the cat down on the floor when she walks by.

    - It performs 24/7 recording. You can pop in a mini SD card and it just uses that and keeps recording over it when full, so you don't have to pay for any monthly storage fee. You can also choose a cloud based storage plan if you'd rather have a service store it for you, but I use it with a mini SD card and it works great.

    - You can set it up to send you alerts whenever it captures motion or sound. It will then send you an alert and either a 30 second clip you can watch, or a longer clip if there is continuous motion or sound in your house. You can also choose to turn off the alerts and just log into the app whenever you want to watch all the clips recorded. You can watch them and delete them or save or forward any clips. I have had as many as 50 clips stored and it barely used any of the SD card storage. As I delete them it frees up storage space.

    - You can also go into the app at any time and watch a live feed of what is going on in the room where it is set up. You can click on a button for it to do a complete rotation to see the whole room, or you can adjust it however far you want to go, side to side or up and down. I really like this feature as I can pull it up and see and hear what my pets are doing when I am away. A can also speak to them or anyone in my house remotely through the speaker and people can also speak back to me.

    - When I come home at night, I can go into the app and click on a privacy mode button and it will rotate the camera backwards and turn it off so that recording stops while I am home, then turn it on again when I leave.

    - You can also choose whether to only record clips where a human is in the room, if you don't want clips of your pets or other movement or sound in the room. This is great for security purposes, but you can still go in and look at the live feed whenever you want to see the pets

    - When movement or sound is detected, it has motion tracking that allows the camera to rotate and follow the movement or sound in the room.

    - You can set up the cam to run on a schedule if you don't want to turn it on and off each day.

    - If you see someone in your house via the live feed, you can set off a loud alarm on it with the push of a button on the app.

    CONS:

    - It would have been nice if it came with a mini SD card. I luckily had an extra one at my house to put in, but if you don't then make sure you buy one if you want to record video. You may want to choose the size of your mini SD card, but even if it had come with a small one to get you started, it would be nice.

    - I've noticed the motion tracking cannot keep up with fast moving objects. If my pet runs by it or even a human who walks by quickly, it will start recording and the camera turns to follow them, but if they are moving fast and quickly get past its field of view, then it will lose them. Not an issue if I am watching a live feed, as I can manually turn it to watch. I think for monitoring and recording for security purposes, this is why it would ideally be hung in the corner of a ceiling, as it could then easily monitor the whole room and track any movement in the room. Based on where mine is setting on a TV stand in the middle of a wall, things that move past quickly and at close range could be lost on the recording.

    - It does make some noise when it is rotating. Its not really noticeable in a house with background noise like a TV on. However, if someone broke in and was walking around in a quite house, I think they would hear it and see there is a camera. However, that is not necessarily bad as it might scare them away since they would know it may have sent an alert to someone. However, if you are wanting to use it as a nanny cam or to spy on someone's activity in your house, it may be hard to do that with the sound being made.

    While I have listed a few cons, I feel they are very minor issues and compared to all the pros and great features, I feel this is an excellent small indoor security cam that meets all my needs and more. I would definitely recommend it!

    Nov 05, 2021 15:36
  • 9.0score
    Arlo - Essential Indoor Camera - Indoor Wired 1080p Wi-Fi Security Camera - White
    Description

    Protect your home while away without comprising your privacy when at home. Arlo Essential Indoor Camera captures 1080p video and offers a way to reassure your privacy with an automated privacy shield, controllable through the Arlo App. Receive motion alerts directly to your phone and use 2-way audio to hear and speak to visitors. See at night, with black and white night vision. Connect directly to Wi-Fi for easy setup. Get notifications on your smartphone when your camera spots people or animals, and view recorded video clips directly from your phone, with 3 months of included Arlo Secure*.

    13 Features
  • Protect your privacy: For added peace of mind, your moments can stay private, just by closing the automated privacy shield.
  • Capture clearer details: Watch and record video in clear 1080p high definition.
  • Communicate while you’re away: Hear and speak to people or pets with two-away audio.
  • Motion detection and alerts: Take immediate action from your phone's locked screen.
  • Quick and easy install: Plug-in and connect directly to Wi-Fi and install anywhere.
  • Ward off unwanted guests: Trigger your siren automatically or manually from the Arlo app.
  • See even at night: Night vision lets you see without a light, to view and capture even the most precious moments.
  • Plays well with others: Get extra help keeping an eye on your home with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant and Samsung SmartThings.
  • Keep an eye on what matters with a wide field of view: 130° viewing angle lets you see more.
  • Connects directly to Wi-Fi: Setup made easy and no hub required.
  • Security in the palm of your hand: Watch live streams or recorded video* from your smartphone or tablet using the Arlo app.
  • Smarter alerts, quicker action: With an Arlo Secure plan, receive notifications for people, vehicles, and packages so you can take quick action such as sound the siren, call friend or dial emergency services.*
  • Arlo Secure*: Includes 3-months of Arlo Secure for 30-day cloud recording, advanced object detection, rich notifications, cloud activity zones and more. Plans start at $3 per month per camera thereafter.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by MGoose, 8 out of 10
    Smart Indoor Camera

    I love the design, video quality, 2-way audio and smart features of this camera. The app is quick, and I never have to wait to see what is going on when I get an alert. Setup only took a few minutes.

    Pros

    - Daytime video quality and viewing angles are great.

    - Privacy shield is a great physical indication that the camera is not recording and makes my family more comfortable knowing the are not being recorded when we are home.

    - Design and size allow the camera to easily blend in on my white fireplace mantel. You can turn the status led off to make it even less noticeable.

    - Smart detection tags motion alerts (people, animals, other) and allows you to exclude notification of certain types. This helped cut down on false notifications due to my dog, but it didn’t always work.

    - Microphone allows the camera to record audio and be triggered by noises, including listening for smoke and carbon monoxide alarms

    - 2-way audio allows you to get a better idea of what is going on – you can listen for your dog barking and speak to people/pets if needed

    - Allows for multiple motion detection zones (unfortunately this is all or nothing – I wish it allowed you to select different zones dependent on time of day).

    - The Arlo app works well on the iPhone. Notification previews work great – giving you the type of alert, a short video clip, and highlighting the motion so you can easily determine if there is an issue without opening the app. Inside the app it is easy to set up the camera, live stream, view recordings, change motion settings, set schedules and turn the camera on/off.

    - Arlo works with my Echo Show (Alexa)

    Things to Consider

    - Low light video quality is just ok – it is just good enough to provide motion alerts and make out high level details.

    - Camera is wall mountable and includes the mount/screws, but the length of the provided power cord limits your options (6-7ft). Not a big issue, since the cord is standard USB and you can easily buy a longer one.

    - Video recordings and smart alerts require a subscription that adds to the overall cost of ownership. The plan you subscribe to impacts video quality. It is an investment, but this is not my only Arlo device and they all work well.

    Aug 11, 2021 00:23
  • Review by Thomas, 8 out of 10
    An evolution of the Arlo Q

    My Arlo Q has served me well for years, and this is essentially a new version of it that performs just as well or better. The new privacy cover over the lens is pretty neat. However, I was disappointed to discover that the base for the camera is no longer magnetic like the Q, which is something I use extensively with my older Arlo Q, so I have to deduct a star for that alone. The power cord is shorter, too. I also quickly found out that the black model picks up dust almost immediately, so you might want to go with the white model.

    Jun 16, 2021 10:04
  • Review by stevefromtheburbs, 10 out of 10
    A nice addition to the Arlo lineup

    I've been using Arlo since they launched years ago. And to be honest, I don't know what I would have done all these years without it. They were the first to come to market with a fully wireless product, and it works.

    Fast forward to today, I've got at least one of everything I think they offer from the camera line, and this is the latest offering I've gotten. It fills a void previously filled by leaving one of the wireless cameras plugged in to charge. So I replaced my "puppy cam" that I use to watch my front door and where the dogs tend to hang out, thus the "puppy cam" and while not puppies anymore, the name still fits.

    This provides the camera, the mount, the AC adapter and cord, along with screws if you wish to wall mount this. I have kept it on the little table in the hallway, looking back towards the front door. It works fine, provides a nice 1080p view, and allows all the rules you would have with any of the other cameras such as when to record, do you want notifications, etc. All that is pretty Arlo typical.

    The only thing I don't like, and I'm not willing to drop a star for it, is the lack of dynamic lighting/background lighting gain control. And my example picture will show why that can be important. Without it, the light coming through the door is overwhelming the camera and if I adjust the brightness of the camera to tame that, when the door is closed, everything is too dark. Since I have Arlo cameras outside, it isn't a big deal for me, but for some, this might be an issue such as wanting to see who is at a door that is backlit by the sun.

    Arlo has come a long way, continues to offer innovative products, and products that fit the needs and budgets of the American people. Thank you Arlo for doing this, because since not all of us are able to buy the very pricey installed system from a security company, this fills that void quite well. It isn't perfect, but for the price point, I'd say it is about as good as anyone could have hoped for! It does include a microphone and speaker, so you can listen in and/or talk back, if desired.

    One unique feature this camera has is a privacy feature. That allows you to put this into privacy mode, which puts a physical cover over the mic and camera - you'll know you've activated it in the app because you'll hear the click when the cover is engaged or disengaged. Very cool!

    Adding this to an existing system, or a new system, takes no time at all to do. Follow the app guidance, and I had this online in about 30 seconds.

    Aug 05, 2021 21:24
  • Review by mrjlwilliams, 10 out of 10
    Love Arlo cameras...easy setup.

    I have 5 Arlo cameras, and they are ALL great. Had some for more than 3 years or so, and they still work like new. This one is in my office, and it's super clear even at 1080p. The others are 4k and 2k, but this works great too. Easy fast setup, within about 5 minutes. You will spend more time looking for a place to put, than setting it up. Open the app, power it on, boom. Done. Since this is wired unlike my others, no need to have solar, or worry about charging it. Having a privacy shield is nice, so no one can look in on you while working or you needing some alone time.

    Buy these, they are worth it.

    Aug 01, 2021 16:43
  • Review by CTmom, 10 out of 10
    Easy to set up

    I was able to get this camera up and running in a matter of minutes.I have outdoor cameras but wanted one for inside to monitor the front door, an entry in from the kitchen, and a door from a lower level living area.

    With the accompanying app, I was able to connect the camera to the app, update the firmware (why do all new devices immediately need the firmware updated??) and I was ready to go!

    The camera uses a wide-angle lens so it covers a wider area than expected.

    They do want you to buy their monthly plan. I am using the 30-day free trial and will make my decision after that. I will see what I can watch and save without the subscription but the lowest price plan for one camera is only $3 per month so it's not too bad.

    It did take me a little navigating in the app to figure out how to deactivate it while we are home and walking around. I mainly want it to register movement overnight and during the day (once I return to work in Sept). It was annoying at first because it would notify me every time I walked by to go to the kitchen. I was able to go into the "mode" section of the app and set a schedule.

    Overall, this is a great way to monitor indoor areas.

    Aug 02, 2021 11:40
  • Review by Maclemoor, 8 out of 10
    Typical Arlo

    I now have four Arlo cameras this is the only one that requires constant energy and be plugged up into an outlet. The camera looks good and works good. There is however a weird shutter sound when the camera is on which is called shield mode the camera is covered when the shield is on when you turn the shield off the camera cover comes off and starts recording and you’re able to view, this is an extra feature for privacy. The video quality is super clear way better than the indoor outdoor cameras overall I like it just wish it ran on battery and not wall outlet.

    Aug 03, 2021 11:12
  • Review by MacUser, 10 out of 10
    Works great as a baby monitor

    To be really honest, I got this camera for the sole intention of using it as a baby monitor. I know, that is not the main purpose of this camera but hey, as they say "to each their own". Arlo is a renowned company and they include the best level useful basic and advanced features, no subscription and a wide variety of cameras. The App is quick to understand and easy to use for a basic user as well as people who like to get into adjustments and advanced features. The best feature is you don’t need a subscription to get a fully functioning camera system. That was a big selling point for me. It gives me all the most useful features without paying subscription. Arlo also offers advanced features for a low monthly fee compared to all the other systems I researched. I have been very pleased using it extensively without any subscription so far.

    As mentioned above, I'm using it as a baby monitor. We have a newborn in our house and we are making full use of this camera. Initially, we were planning on buying a dedicated baby monitor but then I came across this camera and thought, wait a minute. Can it be used as a baby monitor? I did some research online and found out that people do use indoor cameras as baby monitor. So I thought of giving it a shot and I'm not disappointed so far. The only caveat is that you have to have the app running all the time on your phone or ipad to keep an eye on the baby which is kind of a problem sometime for us as our 5 year old son takes advantage of the ipad being unlocked and grabs it to start his own adventures. So we might end up actually buying a baby monitor but lets see. This is a personal problem and won't affect my review in any way.

    Lets talk about the camera itself. I had this thing set up in less than 10 minutes. Picture is good. Sound is loud which is what I was looking for. The app is super intuitive and very easy to use. The 1080p resolution is gorgeous. The HD image is great and you can pinch to zoom and really see detail and faces. Talking about using it as a baby monitor, the video is crisp and clear, and the motion zones work very well. The microphone picks up even the faintest cry, and the speaker on the camera is surprisingly clear. We can clearly see the baby with the night vision. With a baby monitor, you want it to work when you need it. The audio/video alerts give you a good 15-30 second recording of audio or motion events. You can set a specific area in the image to focus on for sending you alerts too. You can even use the digital zoom up to 2x if you want to look at a specific location more closely. Two way audio is great, so when the baby gets older, we will be able to talk to her through it. Other way of using it is with Amazon Echo Show if you have one. We have one but rarely use the Arlo camera with it. The reason being, the Echo show is not wireless and is stationed at a different location in the house than we normally sit. Still, I have connected the camera with my Echo Show just in case if we need it. So we can just ask Alexa to "Show me the baby monitor" and it comes right up with the live feed.

    Pros:

    -Great build quality and design

    -Great picture quality

    -Very responsive when connecting to Echo Show

    -Small size

    -Mountable base

    -Long power cord

    -Two way audio with App

    -Reliable App

    Overall, I'm greatly satisfied with this. I am looking forward to using this as an indoor security camera once we no longer need it as a baby monitor.

    Aug 19, 2021 00:38
  • Review by jkj1, 8 out of 10
    Lots of features

    I received the Arlo Essential Indoor camera 5 days ago. I started the set up on the day I received it and just got it working yesterday. I can either blame it on the app or my stupidity!

    The Arlo camera will only connect to Wi-Fi that has a frequency of 2.4 GHz. I have a 5 GHz Arris router and a 2.4 GHz Century Link router. I’m usually connected to the 5 GHz router, but the other is available. The app has good instructions for changing to a different SSID in the phone settings. During the camera installation, I got as far as entering the SSID password on my phone and powering the Arlo Camera and then got stuck. There was no “Continue” button or right arrow in the app. I assumed that nothing was happening because of interference from the 5 GHz Wi-Fi. Either that, or I was using the wrong password since the app didn’t check the validity of the password. I plugged and unplugged, changed phone settings and started over in the app for 5 days. Yesterday I accidentally swiped left on the “Power Your Arlo Camera” page and found the rest of the instructions. But once again the instructions were unclear. They said to “Press the Sync Button to Start Sync” and to wait for the blue light to flash. I pressed the button but nothing happened. I had to Goggle Arlo Indoor Camera Sync Button to find that the button has to be pressed for several seconds. Once I got past all of that, the rest was easy.

    The Arlo camera is wired, which limits where it can be positioned since it must be placed within a couple feet of an outlet. Compared to other Arlo cameras I’ve tested, the stand seemed cheap and like it could easily break.

    Notifications can be set up for people, vehicles, animals, all motion or a combination. When aimed outside, even the wind gently blowing a tree will set off the motion alert. When all the notification types are enabled the phone can ding constantly with alerts, so it's nice to be able to filter out some. Even so, there can be hundreds of alerts in a short period of time and each alert is a video that takes up phone memory. Fortunately, it is possible to “select all” videos and trash them in one step. The alerts (phone dings) can be muted for up to 24 hours but I couldn’t find a way to mute until unmuted. When muted, a video will still be made of the event. Videos can be filtered by vehicle, person, animal and package for viewing, which is helpful if just looking for a package to be delivered.

    Unlike another security camera I tested, the Arlo indoor camera can “see” through a window. I was able to see the FedEx truck pull up and the driver deliver a package. However the picture was too small to identify a person or capture a license plate number. I could tell it was a white truck with FedEx on the side and that the package was delivered by a man of average build wearing shorts, but that was the extent of the identification using my phone. However, it appears that it's possible to view a larger picture using the Arlo Web Portal on a PC.

    The Emergency Response feature, available free for 30 days or after that with a subscription, could be valuable. During Emergency Response set up, information such as residential/business, single dwelling/apartment, building access code or building entry instructions, name, age, language spoken and a photo are entered. Once the set up is complete, touching the red shield in the upper right corner of the app will theoretically cause a siren to go off and an Arlo agent will contact a first responder. Arlo will share the location and any additional information that has been provided. I didn’t test this part. It seems like it might be easy to hit the red button by mistake, but on the other hand if it takes too many steps to get to it, it wouldn’t be useful in an emergency.

    My overall opinion is that the picture is clear and the camera does accurately detect a person or vehicle passing by its wide field of view. It’s unlikely that the identification of a stranger could be made from the picture on my phone, but it does have a small screen. I think a paid subscription is needed to get the most value out of this device.

    Aug 10, 2021 18:25
  • 9.0score
    eufy Spotlight Cam Pro 2K
    Description

    Spotlight Cam Pro 2K is a completely standalone security cam that you can access via your app. No need for a Homebase, or wires, as Solocam is completely wire-free and battery-powered, so you don't have to mess with anything. Every eufy Security product is engineered to ensure your security data is kept private. Have peace of mind that you will have a secure record of everything that happens around your home. Adjust the brightness and color temperature of the spotlight in case you don’t want to wake the neighbors. Takes just minutes to install the mount using a drill and the included pack of screws. No wires or cords needed. Chat to anyone passing by—invited or not—and hear their response up to 8 meters away in real-time via Spotlight Cam Pro 2K’s two-way audio. Connect Spotlight Cam Pro 2K to the Google Assistant or Alexa for complete hands-free control of your home security. Designed to protect your home as well as your wallet, Spotlight Cam Pro 2K is a one-time purchase that combines security with convenience. Only receive the alerts which matter. Customize the area in which detection takes place to suit your home

    6 Features
  • Capture every detail: Clarity is key when it comes to keeping watch over your home. See exactly what’s happening in crisp 2K high-definition video.
  • Security that shines: As soon as the ultra-sensitive motion detector is triggered, the 600-lumen spotlight lights up any unwanted visitors.
  • Bright as day: See every detail of what’s happening outside when night falls with SoloCam L40’s advanced color night vision
  • Protecting your privacy: 8GB of secure local storage protected by 265-bit military-grade encryption keeps up to 60 days-worth of recordings and data out of the hands of digital thieves.
  • Essential alerts only: The on-device AI only notifies you when people are detected, reducing false alerts triggered by passing animals or swaying tree branches.
  • Smart Integration: Connect Spotlight Cam Pro 2K to the Google Assistant or Alexa for complete hands-free control of your home security.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Chuck, 8 out of 10
    Great video, WiFi reception so-so

    I decided to test this camera because I have tested and bought several types of Eufy cameras over the past several years, and I've liked them all. This camera is larger than the other cameras I have, but it's not overly large... it kind of reminds me of a robotic cyclops eye. Set up and activation was relatively simple, but I did experience some trouble when finding a suitable mounting location; the camera didn't have a good enough WiFi connection at the location I initially chose. This is the only real problem I have with the camera so far; the non-ability to use this camera with existing Eufy base stations. I have several base stations at various places in my house that act as extenders for WiFi coverage, but I thought that this camera could also be used with a base station; I mistakenly thought it had the *added* ability to work as a standalone WiFi camera, but this is not an *added* ability, it is the *only* ability. Not a show stopper, but a big surprise. Eufy support stated that they are thinking about releasing products in the future that can be used either way, but this particular camera is WiFi only. In any case, I was trying to place the camera on a screened-in porch, but it wouldn't connect to WiFi, even though there was a base station at the same location that was connecting to the same WiFi without any issue. I wound up placing a range extender in the room closest to the location so the camera could 'see' the router. Once the camera was mounted, the app allowed the same access to settings you'd expect with any other Eufy camera. As with the other Eufy cameras I have, the motion sensitivity setting works rather well, but I also usually run the cameras in 'Human' mode, and I still occasionally get false alarms; most of the time it's deer, I assume it's the legs. This camera also has the ability to record with/without the spot light. I chose to use the light, and it does illuminate the area quite nicely so that the video is in full color. The app allows the user to set the brightness as well as the hue of the light.... probably from about 3500K to 6000K. Overall, I like the camera. If you want a true standalone camera that provides great 2k color video, even at night, this camera might work for you... just make sure you can get your WiFi to where it needs to be.

    Oct 18, 2021 16:31
  • Review by SteveC, 10 out of 10
    Excellent stand alone camera

    Needed / wanted an additional security camera to cover part of our back yard and with our wired system it’s too hard to run cabling for that location I didn’t want another Ring camera as their image quality isn’t that great. I’ve been following Eufy Security’s products for a while and decided to try out their new Spotlight Cam Pro 2k camera.

    Unboxing and setup:

    The camera came very well protected in a nicely logoed box, and was very well protected. In with the camera was a USB C charging cable “no charger”, mounting bracket, mounting screws “two types” manual, some security stickers.

    The camera itself is pretty heavy for its size, mainly due to having a large battery capacity. The included bracket is your typical three hole articulated camera bracket and is plenty sturdy to hold the camera. There are two different mounting screw / anchor packets with it, one longer set and one shorter just depends on what you will be mounting it to.

    The first thing I did was to plug it into our universal charging station and let it charge overnight. The next morning I proceeded to start the setup which is really simple, “just a couple hiccups”, you do have to download the EufySecurity APP from the app store of your choosing “Android or IOS, “we use Android””. And upon opening the app it shows you how to complete the setup by pressing the top button to power on the unit and then have the software find the camera. Now this is where I ran into the first issue. You will have to make sure your Wi-Fi on your phone is set to 2.4ghz, with mine being on 5ghz it wouldn’t connect “easily fixed”, then the app displays a barcode on your phone and just hold that up to the camera for it to see and it sets up the camera. That’s where the second issue came in, once it would scan the barcode the app just sat there with a spinning “Wait” wheel and nothing happened. But If I closed the app completely “not just minimized it” then reopened the camera was there and ready to go.

    I initially used a tripod “same screw pattern as my DSLR”, to try it out and find just the right place to mount it and set it outside for testing. The app has plenty of settings and you can pick from just “Human” alerts or anything. Plus you can set the image quality “ours is set at max 2k” and motion detection area. I had also accidentally left it out during one of our monsoon storms, the wind and pouring rain didn’t seem to bother it a bit. Surprisingly there weren’t any false alerts during the storm which I figured there would be with everything blowing around and rain pouring down “didn’t catch the storm unfortunately either :( “.

    We were pleasantly surprised with the image quality, it’s far better than any of our Ring cameras, but it’s not quite as good as our hard wired 4k cameras. It’s really closer to the 4k quality than the 1080 of the Ring cameras, just no comparison there. The image is also has a very wide angle and covers almost what two of our 4k cameras cover so a single camera will cover quite a bit of area. The Ring spotlight has a wider angle, but that really hurts overall image quality and you can see the difference in our test pics.

    I really like how the app will take a snapshot of a person caught in the video, it’s generally nice and clear and easy to make out just who it is for identification purposes. The B&W night vision works really well also “although there are visual red IR leds that anyone can see “not bright but noticeable”, which may also help be a deterrent. The white spotlight is more of a flood light and it’s nice and bright, plus you can change the color temperature from warm to cool and adjust brightness to your liking. The speaker is reasonably loud, it seems to be clearer than our Ring spotlight cam, and the microphone, while watching a clip or viewing live video is much clearer than the Ring, “big thumbs up to Eufy for that one”. The siren isn’t exactly loud, but it’s loud enough to give anyone a good start and hopefully make them run away.

    Conclusion:

    If you don’t have a way to easily run wiring for a dedicated wired system this is going to be a great camera for you. You do have to remember to mount it where it’s easily accessed so you can either take down to charge or to hook up the charging cable by extension cord and adapter. I saw that Eufy is making a solar panel for this and I believe that’s what we’ll be adding as I want to put it up a little higher but don’t want to have to get the ladder every few months to charge, “Eufy says up to 4 months”.

    The image quality is surprisingly good day or night “we won’t use color night vision as it requires the spot light” and the 8gb of internal storage is enough for a lot of clips “it’s non removable or upgradeable” but plenty for the average consumer.

    This is such a simple system to install and set up, any home owner should be able to set it up and mount it. Plus Eufy makes doorbell cameras and other cameras you could pair with this to make a complete home monitoring system. For the price and not have to deal with trying to run cabling Eufy has come up with a great camera.

    Oct 13, 2021 16:38
  • Review by Wishkid, 10 out of 10
    Another Eufy Hit

    The SoloCam L40 is another great product from Eufy. Like my other Eufy devices this one also came nicely packed. The way they packed their products differentiates from the rest. This device is a 2K security wireless camera with a spotlight. It has a built-in rechargeable battery and is IP67 weatherproof. This camera is packed with other more features besides the one I mentioned. It comes with two way audio and siren, human detection and motion zones and more. When you get the device out of the box you will notice it is not tiny and it has little weight to it. It is very nicely constructed and does not feel cheap at all.

    Setting it up is easy but I encountered some issues trying to get it connected with my WiFi.