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Dropcam Wi-Fi Wireless Internet Home Security Camera

by Dropcam
3 out of 5 stars 46 customer reviews
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  • The world's easiest setup - no computer necessary!
  • Watch on your iPhone or Android in full motion
  • Get motion-triggered alerts sent to your mobile phone or email - instantly!
  • Built for secure online access
  • Record and save video securely when you're not around

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Product Description

Use Dropcam as a baby monitor to watch your kids, as a pet cam to make sure your dog and cat are behaving, or as a security camera to keep an eye on your stuff. Everyone has something to watch, and Dropcam helps you see what you're missing from anywhere! The Dropcam is a small wi-fi enabled video security camera (IP camera). Keep an eye on your stuff with your computer at work, your laptop while at a coffee shop, or even an iPhone while on the road! Dropcam also provides an Internet DVR so you can go back and review what happened, and you'll never have to worry about losing tapes or theft.

Product Information

Product Dimensions 1.3 x 2.3 x 3.7 inches
Item Weight 3.4 ounces
Shipping Weight 1.1 pounds
ASIN B002XG1B2K
Item model number 1
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3 out of 5 stars 46 customer reviews

3 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #1,652 in Home Improvement > Safety & Security > Home Security & Surveillance > Complete Surveillance Systems
#13,712 in Electronics > Security & Surveillance
Date first available at Amazon.com November 17, 2009

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I wanted to wait before I wrote a review and have had this cam for over a month.
Was excited to get this cam, especially since my Panasonic wireless cam stopped being wireless. The dropcam was super easy to set up. No ports to open and in a flash was up and running.
However, after the trial recording ended, it was nothing more than a plugin usb webcam, one I could have purchased for $25 and had the same response.
It doesn't do anything, like pan or tilt... or zoom in... a feature I dearly miss which my panasonic has. Picture quality is good, as good as any $25 cam to $400 cam. (I have them all)
If your looking for a fixed web camera, easy to set up, this one will do but it's way over priced for a basic, do nothing web cam. Their service is much too expensive per month and our home security costs just a little more then their service. Better to pick up a little video program and do your own web site recording of this cam.
I also found their recording trial to be unreliable. Would send a notice there was motion, and there was none... and did not sent a notice when I saw motion from the cats on the lanai. Also, there is no sensitivity to motion. Not sure what triggers it, but I wouldn't trust it for reliability.
I paid much less for my panasonic Bl-C131a, with pan tilt zoom and sound and it works like a dream. Yes, there are ports to open but once this cam is set up, it's fabulous. Loved how I could swing to the right and look out at the dock and water, then swing to the left and view the kitchen and sliders. There are sensitivity adjustments to motion and lots of other bells and whistles. Probably more than you need. I'm sorry I just didn't purchase a third panasonic.
Overall, this would not be in my top ten for a web cam.
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UPDATE 8/24/2010
So we've now had the dropcam for several months and are pleased to report we are still loving it. I wasn't sure if the kids would start shifting their tatale-worthy behavior out of screenshot, but surprisingly they haven't changed a thing. We all seem to forget about it when walking around upstairs. My husband and I use it the most when we're downstairs doing dishes/cleaning/etc and the kids are "supposed" to be taking showers upstairs. It allows us to multi-task.

One important note in regards to other reviews....I've learned it's not really "motion" detection as much as it is "light" detection. We get a number of motion "flags" throughout the day when the area being monitored experiences no movement. I finally realized it's the reflection on the walls that's causing it. The cars drive by our house and it shifts the light coming through our foyer window and casting onto our hallway wall. The camera flags it as movement, when it's really the light that's moving not an object. This is also what makes it miss detection in low light. As I mentioned in my review below, we've actually set up a number of different cameras in our house. I've found the exact same issue with all of them so dropcam is not unusual in this respect and it seems you would have to upgrade to a significantly different price point to avoid this small pitfall. Still, the camera records all the time (we have the 7 day subscription) so we get the video regardless of whether there is a motion "flag".

Also, when we purchased it I wasn't sure if it would affect our wireless bandwidth since we set it up wirelessly. We've seen no change to our capacity (I certainly challenge it with all my uploading of the kids pictures!).

Still lovin' it and the customer service!
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We purchased the Dropcam so that we can watch our 7 month old play while we are at work. My husband and I are able to watch from our work computers and our iphone's. The camera was pretty easy to get set-up and we are really enjoying watching our son during the day. It is very easy to use. Our nanny can even unplug the camera and plug it in in a different room so that we can watch while they are doing different activities. I highly recommend this for working parents who have baby withdrawls!
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I was looking for a camera to use with my Mac, but did not want to leave the computer running. This camera fit all my requirements and then some. Easy to install. Great web interface. Picture quality is excellent. I now have two cameras and will install a third within the next few weeks. If you want a good video/security system go for this it's great.
Its been several months now, and I have noticed that the camera does not detect all motion. For example, someone has been watching our house but the motion detector did not go off. I have seen this several times.
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I've been using the Dropcam service for months and find it super easy to use. My Dad shared his Dropcam camera feed with me and I started using [...] to check in on him and my mom. It puts me at ease to be able to check in on my parents while I'm in NYC. Not only can I see what's going on live, but the site also allows me to view recorded moments I may have missed! How cool is that? My Dad also mentioned how easy it was to set up in the house. Highly recommend!
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