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Dropcam Wi-Fi Wireless Video Monitoring Camera
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- 60 Second Setup - Use your computer to find your Wi-Fi network, live stream in under a minute.
- High Quality Video - Get into the details with 720p high-definition video.
- Fast and easy setup - online and securely streaming 720p HD video in 60 seconds.
- Field of View - 107 degrees diagonal, plus Night Vision and Zoom, means you don’t miss a thing.
- Cloud Video Recording (CVR) - Review footage and make clips with optional secure offsite recording.
- Stay connected with Two-Way Talk, Intelligent Alerts, Scheduling and Mobile & Web apps.
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|Item Dimensions||4.5 x 3.15 x 3.15 inches|
|Item Display Weight||4.5 pounds|
|Item Weight||0.34 pounds|
|Shipping Weight||1.45 pounds|
|Video Capture Resolution||720p|
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|Item Dimensions||3.15 x 3.15 x 4.5 in||2.36 x 3.66 x 0.98 in||2.5 x 3 x 5 in||2.95 x 2.56 x 2.65 in|
|Item Weight||5.44 ounces||2.54 ounces||4.48 ounces||1 lb|
Dropcam HD Internet Wi-Fi Video Monitoring Cameras help you watch what you love from anywhere. In less than a minute, you'll have it setup and securely streaming video to you over your home Wi-Fi. Use it to watch your home, your baby, the dog, and your small business. Every camera comes with Night vision, 720p HD video, two-way audio, and Digital Pan and Zoom. Paired with secure online DVR recording, you can watch live and recorded video from anywhere on any device. Dropcam HD makes monitoring what you love and finding peace of mind easier than ever. Watch from any device such as your Apple Mac, Windows PC, iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, or Android. All you need is a Wi-Fi network paired with the free and easy-to-use Dropcam App. Watch what you love while away with Dropcam HD.
From the Manufacturer
Dropcam + Nest ProtectWhen a safety event occurs (smoke or CO is detected):
> Cameras in your home turn on automatically
> A clip is generated and saved automatically during an event, even if you’re not a subscriber
> User receives a notification of the event on their mobile device
> Event is added to your activity feed and Cloud Recording timeline (as applicable)
Dropcam + Nest ThernostatWhen a user manually sets Away/Home mode:
> Alerts turn on or off, respectively
> Cameras turn on or off, respectively
Dropcam is a cloud-based Wi-Fi video monitoring service that helps you stay connected to places, people and pets. Receive activity alerts on your smartphone, tablet or computer. Add optional Cloud Video Recording (CVR) to access video from the past week or month.
With a 107 degree field of view and 4x zoom, Dropcam keeps you connected to people, places and pets in vivid 720p HD video.
How It Works
Open the box and remove the camera. Connect to your Wi-Fi network via your computer. Name your camera and create an account. You're ready to stream!
Connect on the Go
Receive alerts for motion and sound on your smartphone or other device. Drop in live and talk directly with people and pets.
View it Later
Add our optional Cloud Recording service to save up to 30 days (720 hours) of continuous video. Review footage on your device and share favorite clips with family and friends.
Mobile & Web Apps
Watch remotely from your devices.
Receive notifications for motion and sound.
Keep an eye on things, even in the dark.
Talk directly to people and pets.
Set alerts based on time of day or your location.
Live Secure Streaming
Stream safely with bank-level encryption.
Get new features with camera and app updates.
Share your stream with friends or make it public.
Cloud Video Recording (CVR)
Add our optional Cloud Video Recording to save up to a month of video and make clips.
Save 7 days of video
Save 30 days of video
50% off CVR pricing for additional cameras.
- Product Dimensions:4.5" x 3.15" x 3.15"
- Weight: 5.5oz (156g)
Input: 50/60Hz 0.5A
- Camera: Color with digital zoom
- Video: H.264 encoding, up to 720HD (1280 × 720) at 30 frames/sec
- Field of View: 107° (diagonal)
- Audio: Speaker and microphone
- Night Vision: High-power IR LEDs
- Warranty: One-year parts
- Operating Temperature: 0 - 35°C, designed for indoor use
- Computer (for setup)
- High Speed Internet: DSL, Cable, FiOS
- Web Browser: Internet Explorer 7+, Firefox 3+, Safari 3+, Chrome
- Optional Devices: iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, and/or Android Device
- Wi-Fi: 802.11b/g/n 2.4GHz
- Supported wireless security:
- WEP (40-bit, 128-bit)
- WPA (TKIP, AES)
- WPA2 (TKIP, AES)
In the Box
- HD Camera
- Aluminum stand
- Wall mounting hardware
- 10-foot USB cable
- USB power adapter
- Quick start guide
Hours of Operation
Monday through Saturday: 6am to 6pm PT
Which Dropcam is Right for You?
|Field of View||107°||130°|
|Mobile and Web Apps||✔||✔|
|Wi-Fi||2.4GHz||2.4GHz and 5.0GHz|
|Setup||Computer||Computer or iOS device*|
|Video||H.264 encoding, 720p HD |
1280 x 720 at 30 frames/sec
|H.264 encoding, 720p HD |
1280 x 720 at 30 frames/sec
*To set up Dropcam Pro using an iOS device, you need an iPhone 4S or later, iPad 3rd generation or later, iPad mini or iPod touch 5th generation or later running iOS 6 or higher.
Top Customer Reviews
The Dropcam is a very good, very easy to use device. Many of the top rated reviews here do an excellent job of listing the pros and cons. Also, the firmware has been updated since many of the negative reviews were posted, so there have been subtle improvements (not enough) with motion detection, and also the iOS and Android apps are now easy and great.
The best use case of this camera, by far, is indoor remote surveillance of a kids room, a family room, or a workplace.
Here's the real, overpowering negative about the device for me: it uses about 60GB of upload data capacity each month. The camera transmits its HD video feed to the DropCam cloud servers ALL DAY, EVERY DAY. The cloud service is what makes the user experience so easy, and what allows you to view your camera from multiple places, phones, tablets, all with just a userID and password. It's good in that you don't have to learn about firewalls, IP port forwarding and such just to make it work. But, that also means that it sends enormous amounts of video of a room with nothing at all happening in it. If your ISP has a quota or a limit to how much you can send per month, this camera WILL DEFINITELY USE A LARGE PORTION. In Canada and with some US ISPs, the limit is 50GB...i.e. less than this camera sends!
- Lots of ISPs offer a quota of 250GB, so this camera won't put most US customers over their limit. Just know that this will soak up a good portion of your allotment.
- Each additional camera will add to the bandwidth you use.
- Consider that you are also downloading the video feed from your ISP, so if you are in the same place as the camera viewing it, it doubles the bandwidth used. Yep, that's right, your video goes up to the cloud server, then back down to you.
- FYI, the upload rate is about 200 Kbps
- The camera does use excellent compression, so the HD video is as compact as it can be in 2012.
- If you have anything less than awesome Internet service, the camera will slow down your uploads of other stuff, like photos, attachments, etc. Upload speed is always much slower than download on consumer Internet service, and that's what this camera uses.
So, take this important point into consideration. It may still be a great product for you, but you need to know the costs. For me, I planned on using this at a lake house with slow Internet, so it doesn't work for me. I'll have to find another use for it.
****Update, September 2012
The camera has just received a software update that lets you switch between SD mode and HD mode. All DropCams that are turned on and connected to the Internet will get the update automatically. The standard definition mode uses half the bandwidth of the HD mode. Overall, there is a big improvement regarding the problem I cited in my original review. The update has other benefits in motion detection, etc.
As for me, the 30GB a month is still too much, so I will continue to use the available software switch to turn the camera on and off, and only enable it when I want to watch.
****Update, May 2014
Dropcam keeps on adding features that improve the camera. This is the upside of a cloud service. They can update features on the cloud, and then you get them, even on your older Dropcam. Lately, they've added ACTIVITY RECOGNITION, which is really great. This means that their servers storing your video can recognize certain patterns that tend to occur on your camera, and then distinguish those patterns going forward. An example would be a camera pointed at a front door with the street in the background. The Dropcam cloud might identify cars moving on the street as one activity, and a person walking up to the door as another, and a person walking away from the door as a third. You can then go into the web site, name the activities, and then set up alerts and search on each individual activity. Thus, you could quickly find all instances of somebody walking up to your door, or get a notification each time it happens. Or you could wonder "What time did the kids leave" and then filter only by people walking away from the door. Good stuff.
Setup was very simple as other reviewers have noted and I was up and streaming live video in just a few minutes...very cool. The hardware is very simple and modern, dare I say even Apple-esque and seems to be of very high quality. First impression of the video feed was, "this is HD??; Even with a very fast broadband home connection the video was somewhat choppy and the resolution was far from what I would consider High Definition. It is quite acceptable but just don't expect it to look anything like the 720p cable you watch on your HDTV.
The "Purple Haze">>> Once I got my 2nd Dropcam setup and viewed the streams side by side I noticed one of the cameras video feed was very "purple" as colors were not true to life. Green grass looked gray, Blue sky looked not so blue, green trees were just outright purple = This is what people that do acid must see lol...
To demonstrate this (see user attached pictures), I set the cams up right next to each other looking at the same view from the same vantage point. I then went upstairs to view the video streams on my dual monitor PC. One cameras video is normal (left screen), the other has aforementioned "purple haze"(right screen) This ain't cool...
I have seen other complaints about this color issue and it seems Dropcam is aware of the issue. I have a support ticket in as I write this and will update this review when it is resolved. Hopefully it is just a firmware/software update and not a hardware flaw that necessitates a return.
Other than the color issue the camera is great. The Android app works well and connects 95% of time within ~10 seconds. A couple times it failed to connect and you have to close the app and restart, no biggie. Odd issue that has happen twice...when viewing the app on my Nexus 7 it shows a "live feed" of my driveway during the day BUT it is clearly night time outside and dark. I press the "go live" button and its says "you are live!" haha. A restart of the app fixes this and displays the correct live feed.
The DVR function works as advertised and is very user friendly, I am not sure If I want to pay the $10/mo after the 14-day trial period is over though ($5 for additional camera so $15/mo in my case). The cool thing is that if you are using this as a security camera the footage is stored offsite not locally, so if someone breaks into your abode and steals the camera itself, your video footage is still safe.
If Dropcam fixes the color issue I'm keeping both!
Dropcam customer service got back in touch with me and explained the "purple haze" is due to an infrared film over the lens that allows the camera to work better in nigh vision mode and hence, there is nothing they can do to correct it! That did not explain why ONLY ONE OF MY 2 DROPCAMS exhibit this "purple haze" and the other is perfectly normal (again, see user attached pics to see what I mean). They both equally well in night vision mode too. They didn't respond to that part of my question and just left me hanging. Well, it looks like the "purple" camera is being returned to Amazon, I'll keep the "normal" one. Lowering my rating to 3 stars due to this explainable flaw.
NOTE: If you purchase the $99/year plan for cloud recording, you are agreeing to be automatically billed every year until you cancel. There is no other option and you are not told this *surprise* until after the purchase.
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