Dropcam Wi-Fi Wireless Internet Home Security Camera
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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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|Item Dimensions||3.7 x 2.3 x 1.3 inches|
|Item Weight||0.21 pounds|
|Shipping Weight||1.15 pounds|
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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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!Read more ›
- You don't need to worry about installing complicated software on your PC to monitor, record or manage your camera. As soon as your camera connects to the Internet you can log on to their website and manage all the camera settings from there.
- If you get the DVR option you can browse the video history directly from their website using your browser (again, no need to install anything)
- The image quality is surprisingly clear even in low light conditions
- There is a motion detection feature that will send you email alerts
There is definitely room for improvement in the camera management web interface. Sometimes the motion detection doesn't work and sometimes the video takes a little bit longer to load but the system is fairly new and improvements are being made all the time. Because the camera's web interface is hosted by Dropcam they can fix bugs and release new features without us having to do anything to the camera itself.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Dropcams are easy to setup and they're really cool when they work. I'm an IT wireless pro and I thought they were an awesome... At first. But 4 months later... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Bilbo
Terrific quality inside and out. The packaging is simple and effective. I thought I had purchased an APPLE product when I received this. Read morePublished 22 months ago by JGM
REASON FOR PURCHASE
It's a long walk from my office to the reception area of my office suite. Read more
I purchased and installed a Dropcam as my first purchase of an IP camera to set up a video camera that I could view over the internet. Read morePublished on September 28, 2013 by Just Me - Gene
This was a good buy. The camera set up well on the first try. Picture is great. I travel a good deal and it is nice to check in on the homestead. Read morePublished on September 12, 2012 by Tom Baca
I received this camera after some hype in the trade papers and have been bitterly disappointed. The quality of the so called HD camera can only be described as very poor. Read morePublished on July 30, 2012 by William Ralph
I thought this product was great at first. It worked flawlessly for a week and a half after I received it and set it up. Read morePublished on June 26, 2012 by acso524
Well, what can I say but "you get what you pay for" - and in this case, maybe over pay for.
After reading all the Dropcam descriptions I could find, I decided to... Read more
I have it in a remote location and can't troubleshoot. Goes down frequently and can't fix. When it is working I'm satisfied though it gives many false positives for motion... Read morePublished on February 18, 2012 by Dr. Beat