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Amazon Price: $185.00 (as of January 20, 2019 11:22 am –
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.
Uses ~60GB of Bandwidth Each Month
My review is focus on one aspect so as not to be too long, but still useful. **Please note the updates at the end**
Excellent wide angle, clear picture for live viewing. If you plan to get this camera because it sends you a snapshot of each motion alert, you will be sadly disappointed. Problem is that Dropcam claims to give you a picture for each motion alert delivered to your email. But the picture you get is only visible IN the email at a very small size. When you click on it, you are sent to your live cam to view live video, NOT TO A LARGER PHOTO like you would think. So if you need it to identify someone or something, you are out of luck. If you planned to not pay for the recording service and just go with the email alerts, think again. $99/year is the least you will have to pay with any plan. Another problem is that email alerts are only sent every 30 minutes or more. If you have this camera aiming outside and a car goes by at 3:05, and your house is robbed at 3:10, you will not be alerted to motion and there will be no photo because 30 minutes hasn’t passed. You would need to buy the recording service. Also, custom activity zones are only available to paying CVR subscribers. A custom activity zone will allow you to draw a box around the area of the video that you want to be alerted to when there is motion, like a doorway. So if you want to get the full use out of this camera, you are going to have to pay every year or month for the life of the camera. If you just need a live cam to monitor the baby live, this is perfect.
An amazing home monitoring camera for an amazing price!
Absolutely awesome item! I did research for well over two months for a home monitoring camera, and while there are a ton of options available, I decided to finally pick The Dropcam as my choice. I want to say this right now, if you end up wanting the Dropcam, and you don’t mind spending an additional $50.00, get the Dropcam Pro as it’s everything this Dropcam is but even better with sound, night vision, etc. I did not need the Pro version, but I did want to say that I thought about it, but am still glad I picked this one and saved the $50.00.
$100/year to actually use
Great quality camera but there’s a catch! Minimum $100/year to use their cloud DVR system. They give you a trial period for free but it expires, and there are other cameras with cheaper or free cloud services.
DROPCAM Helped Police Catch Burglars
The DROPCAM caught my home being robbed by three men. I was on a plane to Japan so I was not reachable when the event happened. However, once I got to Tokyo and hooked up to wifi, I saw three men in my home going through my things. Shocking to say the least, I was stunned. I called the police from Japan but it was hours after the robbery due to the time difference and the long flight to Japan.
So far I am pleased as punch. I installed this into my elderly parents portion of our house in order to keep an eye on them at night. No sooner had I done so than we hired an overnight aid. In fact I used it one night to watch her before discovering that I needed to ask her permission to have a video cam running.
Great product, as long as you don’t get a "purple" one…
I purchased 2 of these directly from Amazon after doing quite a bit of research. I simply wanted to monitor my front yard and driveway and maybe use one as a baby monitor down the road when we have a kid.
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