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Decent upgrade to the older "Dropcam HD"
, October 10, 2013
This review is from: Dropcam Pro Wi-Fi Wireless Video Monitoring Security Camera (Camera)
This is my fifth DropCam, so obviously I love them. SUPER easy to setup (less than a minute) and you have a live webcam.
This new one ("DropCam Pro") seems to have slightly better video quality than the previous ones. When compared side by side green looks a little "greener" and the picture is a bit sharper.
It also increased the field of view, which can be good or bad depending on your particular use.
WARNING: they are *ONLY* for "indoor use", but I make my own enclosures for outside in an ocean environment (looking at surfers and waves) and it holds up pretty well. I plan to seal up this with Silicone Sealant ($5 at any hardware store, Amazon sells it also) and try it outside. I'll update this review as I get some experience (like if it dies quickly).
If you Google search for "Weatherproof Dropcam" and look for a link on "ski-epic" that shows the DIY (Do it Yourself) totally for free way to waterproof your Dropcam. NOTE: I'm not selling anything!! I'm just documenting how I did this.
EDIT (two days later): I setup the new "Pro" side by side with an old "HD" and here are my observations. The two URLs to view the side by side are:
New Dropcam "Pro" -> https: -SLASH- -SLASH- www -DOT- dropcam -DOT- com -SLASH- demo -SLASH- 703f9eb6507048d9966f460c6153b697
Old Dropcam "HD" -> https: -SLASH- -SLASH- www -DOT- dropcam -DOT- com -SLASH- demo -SLASH- 58024311db644950842dc85f337aa8de
1) The colors are much more saturated (vibrant) on the new one, so different color correction? It's an improvement.
2) They choose to display the new "Pro" in a larger size, maybe just a visual trick?
New -> 951 wide, 537 tall
Old -> 769 wide, 435 tall
3) The new one is DEFINITELY wider angle (as advertised)
4) In "low light" (at night looking at the ocean) the new one is 50 times better, the old one you couldn't see anything, the new one can watch the waves in the moonlight, it's a wonderful improvement.
EDIT 12/1/2013 - The Dropcam Pro mentioned above died! More accurately I killed it. :-) It is always outside (this is against the dropcam company's recommendation), and in a big rainstorm a few days ago it got soaked and stopped working. No light, doesn't power up, doesn't appear as a disk when you attach it via USB to a laptop. The older one survived (side by side, same rainstorm). I'm FedEx'ing a new one from Amazon to replace the older one, should be up and running in a couple days.
EDIT 12/5/2013 - Ok, new Dropcam Pro is up, I updated this review to point at the new one's serial number which is 703f9eb6507048d9966f460c6153b697
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