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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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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 2.3 x 3.7 inches ; 3.4 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B002XG1B2K
  • Item model number: 1
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at November 17, 2009

Product Description

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.

From the Manufacturer

Dropcam company logo Use Dropcam wi-fi internet security camera to automate how you monitor your house Use Dropcam wi-fi internet security camera to watch your dog, cat, or pet Use Dropcam wi-fi internet security camera to monitor your baby boy or baby girl Use Dropcam wi-fi internet security camera to watch over your business, keep an eye on the office, or validate employee labor

Dropcam Wi-Fi Internet camera. For peace of mind. Anywhere you go.

Watch what you love anytime and anywhere with Dropcam wi-fi internet security camera

Stay close to what you love even when you're away, with Dropcam. Whether it's to keep an eye on your house, baby, pet dog or cat, or your business, Dropcam helps you keep an eye on what matters. Log in to any Mac or PC to start watching full-motion video from anywhere. Or download the free mobile app to monitor what matters most to you on the go. And in no time at all, you'll be watching what you love with newfound security and peace of mind.

Be near what you love. From anywhere.

No computer? No problem! Simply download the free Dropcam app for your favorite device from the iTunes App Store or Android Market.

Watch what you love anytime and anywhere with the free Dropcam wi-fi internet security app for iPhone and Android

Easy to use right out of the box

Fast and automatic setup

Take Dropcam out of the box and it just works. Dropcam automatically detects your Wi-Fi network and connects to the secure Dropcam website. You get right to monitoring what you love, and Dropcam does the rest. All you have to do is:

  1. Plug Dropcam into your Wi-Fi router.
  2. Enter the activation code online.
  3. Name your new camera. And that's it.

In under two minutes, your video is up and running for you to watch from any Mac, PC, iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, or Android device. The hardest decision you'll make during setup is where to put your camera.

Use Dropcam DVR to easily and securely watch your video on the go from anywhere
Watch live and recorded video on the go with Dropcam DVR

Dropcam DVR

Digital Video Recording like you've never seen before

What you're watching matters to you. Dropcam DVR is designed so you can monitor what you love from anywhere, without any complicated setup or hassle. Dropcam DVR automatically records your video and protects it securely on the Dropcam website so only you can see it. And because it's online, your video will be everywhere you need it to be.

Keep the video you want to keep

Did Dropcam catch your dog chasing its tail? Or your baby taking his first step? With Dropcam DVR, you can save that video clip to keep forever. Just choose the start time, end time, and length of the clip that you want. You'll get an email with a link to download your video to your computer. Easily save and share important moments as they happen.

Security like an online bank

Before your video gets stored online, Dropcam protects it by encrypting your video with AES 256-bit encryption. The same security measure used by top online banks. And by automatically storing your video online, Dropcam protects it from theft and natural disaster. So watch and share your video with confidence. Dropcam keeps it safe for you.

Event Detection

Motion Alerts to your phone and email

It's impossible to predict the unexpected. So instead, prepare for it using Dropcam motion alerts. Dropcam keeps watch over the entire scene and alerts you when something happens. Choose to receive email alerts or push notifications on your iPhone or both. You deserve to live your life with a sense of security and peace of mind. Know that Dropcam is keeping an eye on things and will alert you when it detects motion. All you have to do is turn Motion Detection on and Dropcam automatically does the rest.

Share to your heart's desire

Get notifications. Watch video. Control your settings.
All on the go.

Dropcam helps you share the video your camera captures with anyone that you want. By default, your video is private and secure for only you to see. You can easily share it by sending a secure link to one person at a time. Or you can share your video with the world by making it public on the Internet. There's no limit to how many people you can share with. And at any time, you can make your video private again with a simple click of the mouse. You're always in total control of your video with Dropcam.

Key specifications

  • 320 x 240 QVGA video resolution shows you all the details you'll want to see
  • H.264 video compression helps you see your video without bogging down your bandwidth
  • AES 256-bit encryption securely protects your video with bank-level security
  • 47°Field of View shows you an entire room at a time

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Picture quality is excellent.
J. Horn
This camera is very easy and quick to setup and use.
J. Duffy
Also, there is no sensitivity to motion.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

37 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Ditzzz on July 27, 2011
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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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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Robert C. Ross on August 22, 2010
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Note: This camera has now been updated, and is available as Dropcam HD Wi-Fi Wireless Video Monitoring Camera; all of the textual material indicates that the newer model would work as well as the previous one, and I am purchasing one for another application. I'll write a review at that site in due course. In the meantime, I'll keep my original review as is; although my wife has since died, it added so much security and relieved so much anxiety for both her and me during our caregiving/receiving days, the review may be helpful for others. I've recommended the camera to four other caregivers, all of who used it with the same success as we had. [A couple of young parents have now reported on how useful this setup was for them; the caregiver found it useful, but the working parent[s] found it a wonderful way to check on their baby while they were at work or commuting -- the iPhone feature is just amazing in relieving stress for both parents.]


As a 24/7 caregiver for my wife, this camera has made a wonderful contribution to our life together. I'm constantly alert to her safety and needs when we are together, but always a little anxious when I'm away from her room. Now, she's visible whenever those anxieties arise, either on my computer or on my iPhone.

Setup was very simple. We needed to run a 75 foot Ethernet Cat5E cable from the camera to our router; the unit comes with a 13 footer.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Heather Jo on April 14, 2010
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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