Dropcam Echo Wi-Fi Wireless Internet Home Security Camera with Audio
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- The world's easiest setup - no computer necessary!
- Watch on your iPhone or Android in full motion
- Get audio and 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||1.35 pounds|
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Top Customer Reviews
I got the 'echo' model and the sound works great - even from 30 feet away speaking in a normal voice.
Also, the notification system (sending me an email with there is motion or sound) worked great; as did being able to see my camera on my iPhone AND iPad.
So far I can't find anything I don't like about this camera.
UPDATE: August 3, 2011
I have to report this: 1) The notification system reports a *LOT* of false alarms. and 2) I have 2 cameras and until recently was charged $8.95 per month for internet recording of what was captured. Without notice or warning, DropCam changed the charges to $8.95 PER CAMERA. Since I need several more cameras I will have to look elsewhere. Too bad. Good camera. Good personnel. Lousy policy.
The problem is that the motion detection isn't very sensitive and only works (as one reviewer noted) in bright light (daylight is best). Medium brightness household lighting wouldn't do it for me. On the other hand, the audio detection is too sensitive. Even with the microphone sensitivity set all the way down, very slight noises (like a car going by the house with the windows closed) will set it off, making the feature useless for me. What is needed is not only the mic sensitivity control that exists now, but also a threshold setting for noise below which you don't get an alert.
On the plus side, because of the web-based approach Dropcam can improve this on the server without changing the camera. In fact, I've written support on these problems and they say they're working this now. I'm hopeful and expecting improvements, which is why I'm giving 4 stars. If you're application doesn't need this, or is a more specialized alert application like a quiet office, this camera is a good option.
The Bad: It is Axis hardware. I have plenty of experience with Axis network print servers and they often, randomly drop off the network even though all the settings are OK and the devices are either hard wired or very close to the wi-fi router. The same is true for these cameras. Sometimes the camera will just lose access to the network even though the router is exactly about 2 feet away. This happens about once or twice a week and only for a few minutes so it isn't THAT much of a problem. Unless of course something critical occurs during those few minutes. The motion sensor goes off when it detects the pixels adjusting to the darkness in dim light. It is pretty expensive. The service plan is also VERY expensive. As of 11/8/2010 it costs $8.95 a month for 7 days of recording or $24.95 a month for 30 days of recording.
The Ugly: The image quality. Its nowhere near crystal clear but that doesn't really matter much. Nighttime is useless to even attempt to view. Even in dim light it is a little difficult.
The Summary: Though I really wish the price on the hardware and the service would come down, I have to say that it is a nice tool to have if only for the piece of mind. I am a bit concerned about sending your wi-fi security setup to Dropcam though instead of connecting directly to your camera to set it up yourself. I know its there to make the setup "easier" but if we were inclined to configure the device ourselves, we should have that option.
Update: There are cheaper alternatives now. For example the iZON Remote Room Monitor is $129, has audio and uploads to a private YouTube channel for free.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have an old dropcam. I purchased this dropcam for ease of use. The ease of use should be simplified more. Read morePublished on January 4, 2014 by fg
Simple system to set up and run. I check on my handicap daughter at home. I like the microphone feature as I can talk to her and check on her helper during the day when I might be... Read morePublished on August 29, 2013 by Uncle Dave
It has been very good for monitoring my home when I am out of town. I have it aimed at the front driveway which allows me to see who is or has been at my home. Read morePublished on June 29, 2013 by Kevin Grimes
It's a great camera with good image quality when not in night mode and easy to set up and use.
However, the DVR feature is expensive. Read more
Everything you read in other reviews is true. Awesome product, simple to setup, no more need to worry about your router settings and port forwarding and the ridiculousness that... Read morePublished on October 23, 2012 by The Dissident
UPDATED 12/21/12 - see below!
We wanted a camera for our apartment to keep an eye on the pets while we were away. Read more
Finally, I've purchased a product that delivers more than I imagined. Everyone said setup was 2 minutes and it is. I've never seen easier. Never. Read morePublished on February 5, 2012 by Ben Myers
We were looking for a camera to use so we could look in on our twins when they were home with the nanny. Read morePublished on January 25, 2012 by Bearcat
This product does exactly what it says it does and does it very well. Gives me the peace of mind of knowing what is going on in my home when I am away. Read morePublished on January 16, 2012 by Luttrell007