Best security cameras Quickly Review

Ring – Best Home Security Camera Overall.
Lorex – Most Versatile Camera.
Canary – Best All-in-One.
Google Nest – Best Google Home Security Camera.
Arlo – Best DIY Install Camera.
SimpliCam – Best User-Friendly Camera.
Blink – Best for Renters.
Kuna – Best Cheap Option.

1. Imou Cruiser 4 MP

Imou Cruiser 4 MP

Swiveling cameras only offer an advantage if they are also swiveled. The Imou Cruiser 4 MP even does this automatically when a movement is detected.

I had to send 3 PoE cameras back, the first did not work after a short time, the second only recorded a few seconds (movement) and this could not be changed in the settings, and the 2-way audio did not work correctly, the third took bad blurry shots despite (apparently) 5 MP. Ok … they weren’t expensive HI-TEC models but around 100 euros, I don’t want to mention brand names here … I guess that only the very expensive cameras work really reliably, not cheap ones.

2. D-Link DCS-2802KT-EU

D-Link DCS-2802KT

D-Link delivers a robust and compact camera. It gives you the choice between local or low-cost cloud storage.

3. Reolink Lumus

Reolink Lumus Review

The Reolink Lumus delivers the best shots and, thanks to integrated LEDs, even at night in great colors. Today, we are going to check and test out Reolink’s first spotlight outdoor WiFi camera… The Lumus. This is the wired version of the spotlight cameras that they are rolling out. There is also a battery version of this which will also be released soon.

What You Should Know About Outdoor Surveillance Cameras

In the past, surveillance cameras for outdoor use had to be laboriously wired, but today they simply send the video signal directly to the router via WLAN. Such IP cameras are much cheaper than conventional surveillance cameras, and therefore affordable for everyone. IP stands for “Internet Protocol”, so IP camera can best be translated as a “network camera”.

Reolink securty camera

An IP camera is ultimately a small computer that is equipped with a camera module and infrared sensors and is integrated into the home radio network as a network device. With the help of a motion sensor, it records photos or videos as soon as someone comes into view of the surveillance camera. Night shots are also possible with a built-in infrared spotlight.

IP cameras are connected directly to the Internet router, such as the Fritzbox or a Telekom Speedport. This has the advantage that a computer does not always have to be running to record the videos. The connection is either via a network cable, or – as with most surveillance cameras today – via WLAN. This is much more practical, because it saves you from having to lay cables.

CAUTION

To access the surveillance camera you need a good password!
You can also do without a power connection with some IP cameras. They are simply equipped with batteries, rechargeable batteries or a solar module. So they can be placed completely freely without cables.

For the test, we have selected a total of 69 models from the huge market of surveillance cameras over the time of several updates, which cover the entire price range, from cheap devices from around 50 to expensive brand cameras that scratch the 400 euro mark.

Surveillance cameras from brand manufacturers are now increasingly being replaced by no-name manufacturers from the Far East. They are often much cheaper, but offer almost no customer service – and sometimes have blatant security flaws. For example, it has recently become known that many inexpensive security cameras can be reached via their IP addresses over the Internet without any password protection – this is how everyone gets access to the camera. Therefore, when installing it, one should definitely assign a strong password for access to the surveillance camera, and it is all the more important that the process is simple and understandable.

Protection against burglars

Virtually all outdoor surveillance cameras work together with a smartphone app, through which an alarm is reported directly and smartphone, either as a push message, by SMS or by e-mail.

That sounds tempting at first glance, because you can catch a burglar red-handed even from a distance and call the police right away – at least that’s what you think.

But the reality is different, because mostly it is not an unwanted intruder who triggers the alarm, but the neighbour’s cat walking across the terrace, children playing or a car in the distance. Even wind moving the branches of trees can trigger certain motion detectors.

In practice, therefore, hardly anyone will leave the push messages on their mobile phones permanently switched on – the constant tinkling is annoying. Push notifications only make sense in special areas, such as the protected entrance area of ​​a house. Alternatively, a schedule limits the activity of the camera to the night hours.

More and more cameras are trying to defuse the problem: On the one hand, by dividing the recorded area into different segments. Here, the playground can be excluded from surveillance, but the entrance remains monitored.

 Outdoor surveillance camera test: Outdoorcamera U0919 Ringstickup Screen
Ring Stick Up Cam Battery: There are three zones for motion detection.

The filters at Netatmo and Nest go one step further: They are available for people, animals or other movements. Depending on your needs, only people trigger the alarm, but not animals. Some surveillance cameras even offer face recognition: family members can then enter unmolested, strangers trigger an alarm or at least a video recording.

Clever cameras recognize faces and learn who is which person.
Clever cameras recognize faces and learn who is which person.

A surveillance camera cannot really prevent a break-in, but it has a deterrent effect. Finally, it provides evidence that may identify a perpetrator. Even that won’t deter a determined and well-prepared burglar, after all, he can also mask himself. But most burglars do not go to work that well prepared.

Some surveillance cameras also have an alarm circuit that can be used to connect a siren or floodlight, for example, or a siren is built in right away. This makes life a little more difficult for potential intruders – or, due to constant false alarms, also for the neighbors.

As a rule, surveillance cameras tend to do their job passively. If there is a break-in, you can view the material from the past 24 hours or – depending on the model or subscription – also from the last few days or weeks. That is the real purpose of a surveillance camera.

Additional functions such as a view of the garden at home in real time may seem attractive at first, but over time the manual operation of the surveillance camera will be forgotten.

picture quality

All outdoor IP cameras in the test had a resolution of at least 1,280 x 720 pixels (720p), but many also offer higher resolutions, around 1,920 x 1,080 pixels (1080p, i.e. FullHD) or even 4K (3,840 x 2,160).

The video quality of outdoor surveillance cameras cannot compete with that of a smartphone or a camcorder. There is almost never an optical zoom either. The image quality can best be compared to a simple HD webcam in the hinged lid of a notebook: Relatively strong image noise, often strongly overdone contrasts, falsified colors and sometimes blurred spots in the image, especially with the movable dome cameras. Even if the manufacturers advertise with HD or FullHD – the picture quality is not necessarily what you expect, even if the high resolution suggests it.

Few cameras have such a clear, high-resolution image with vibrant colors. The camera cannot do anything for the heavy cloud cover and the winter. (Reolink 810A)
Few cameras have such a clear, high-resolution image with vibrant colors. The camera cannot do anything for the heavy cloud cover and winter (Reolink 810A).

But with a surveillance camera it is not about making the best possible videos of the intruder, but rather that it reliably delivers a recognizable image in all possible light situations – especially at night.

Image quality is secondary – as long as you can see something

For this purpose, IP cameras are usually equipped with infrared light sources that illuminate the area in front of the camera with a wavelength of light that is invisible to the human eye. Infrared light in the wavelength range from 800 to 1,000 nanometers can be recorded in black and white by any surveillance camera. In daylight, the infrared filter in the camera is simply folded away.

A good infrared spotlight is essential for a clearly recognizable night shot. Here the person is still recognizable at 5 meters. Most cordless cameras cannot do that.
A good infrared headlight is essential for a clearly recognizable night shot. Here the person is still recognizable from five meters. Most cordless cameras cannot do that.

However, the infrared headlights of most IP cameras are not completely invisible. If you look straight into the camera at night, you can usually see red or blue dots. The reason: IR headlights in cameras usually work with a wavelength of 850 nanometers. There are also invisible 940nm IR emitters, but their range is only half that of 850nm IR emitters.

Typically, surveillance cameras look in one direction and illuminate a narrow area. In the test, it was one to twelve meters wide and at most four to six meters wide. We consider manufacturer specifications of a range of 15 to 20 meters to be greatly exaggerated. In the test, the headlights could illuminate a maximum of six meters sensibly.

Objects at a greater distance disappeared into the darkness. You can remedy this with separate IR spotlights from retailers if you are dissatisfied with the illumination. This is even recommended if the night vision quality is high, because the infrared LED headlights in the camera housing are rarely an optimal solution.

The picture shows the headlight cones of the 2 dome cameras (above the gate) and the 5 other IP cameras (center of the picture)
The picture shows the headlight cones of the two dome cameras (above the gate) and the five other IP cameras (left).

Built-in headlights also have other disadvantages: Dirt on the lens cover leads to reflections that can drastically deteriorate the image quality. Such reflections are a common problem, especially with built-in infrared LEDs in dome cameras, because the plastic dome of the cover also reflects the infrared light from the LEDs below.

External LED spotlights also get dirty, but this has an impact on the illumination, not on the image quality. The beam angle and beam range are in any case less favorable with built-in LED spotlights in the camera housing than with external LED IR spotlights. In addition, the waste heat from the built-in IR LEDs attracts insects and spiders, which like to sit by the surveillance camera and block the view.

Until a few years ago, surveillance cameras had, at best, a resolution of 640 x 480 pixels (VGA). This is still sufficient for the intended purpose, but many buyers still like to purchase high-resolution megapixel cameras: 1,920 x 1,080 pixels are the standard today.

A lower resolution can make more sense

Because the image sensors do not get any larger despite the higher resolution, such cameras require more light in order to provide the same sharpness of detail. As a result, they start to noise faster than camera systems with low resolutions.

The result of the image noise: The quality of the images decreases, the required bandwidth and storage requirements increase by up to 80 percent and intelligent analysis functions continuously provide error results. Our tip: Opt for a lower resolution right away – a maximum of 1080p for mains-operated cameras and a maximum of 720p for battery-powered cameras.

Either way, your surveillance camera should have a very good WiFi signal – or, better yet, be connected via an Ethernet cable – otherwise constant connection errors, an excruciatingly slow app and significant time delays in live view are annoying.

 Surveillance cameras test: Outdoor Cams Update072020 Lupus Le221 Outdoor Pick
A single 4K photo (3840 x 2160) is 10 megabytes in size (Lupus LE221 Outdoor)!

Apps for cheap cameras: Often useless or too complex

Well-known manufacturers such as Logitech, Nest, Netgear, Netatmo, D-Link, Ring, Eufy and Reolink have invested a lot of time and effort in developing convenient apps. You can see that in this program. As a user, you feel good, even if you have to familiarize yourself with something here and there.

Many cheap manufacturers don’t have time for this. They either try to intimidate the user with numerous functions and excessive setting options (Instar, LogiLink, Wansview) or they only have limited setting options (Abus, Samsung, Blink XT). We don’t even want to talk about comfort. A real feel-good factor didn’t want to arise.

The dome cameras from LogiLink, Trendnet and Foscam, but also the Instar cameras, go one step further when it comes to operation: They can be operated and set up using PC or Mac software or simply via IP access in the browser. The layman quickly gets out of these professional tools, because there is nothing »simple« and »comfortable« here. For the professional who sets up four or more cameras and controls the monitoring mainly from the PC, LogiLink, Instar, Wansview or Foscam are powerful tools. From the scheduling, the image adjustment to the FTP storage location, hardly anything is left to be desired.

Example Trendnet: With Windows software, four, eight or 16 cameras can be operated simultaneously. It is saved locally on network video recorders, hardware and software can be adjusted down to the last detail. This is nothing for the layman.
Example Trendnet: With Windows software, four, eight or 16 cameras can be operated simultaneously. It is saved locally on network video recorders, hardware and software can be adjusted down to the last detail. This is nothing for the layman.

Storage: online or on card

Many IP cameras save the recorded video material on permanently installed or externally inserted SD memory cards. Alternatively, with some surveillance cameras, the material can also be stored on an online storage device at the same time – you should find out more about this before buying. You often have to purchase a memory card separately, which you can then order at the same time.

 Surveillance cameras test: Outdoor Cams Update072020 Lupus Le204 Outdoor
Lupus LE204 Outdoor: memory card under the dome: manual fixation of the lens.

In terms of reliability, online storage is ideal because the evidence is retained even if the camera is destroyed.

A few cameras have their own router (Netgear Arlo, D-Link, Reolink Go, Eufy, Blink XT), as it were as a receiving part of the camera that is housed in the house. Some of the video material can be saved on a USB stick or SD card.

If the surveillance camera is triggered manually with the smartphone app, pictures and videos are usually stored directly on the smartphone’s memory.

Motion detection

The motion sensor is a passive infrared sensor ( PIR sensor ) that reacts to movement in connection with heat. In this way, he can continuously search the detection area for living beings, because they radiate heat.

Arlo Pro 2: App - Set Monitoring Area
Arlo Pro 2: App – Set Monitoring Area.

In front of the four by five millimeter sensor, there is a lens arrangement that divides the detection area into zones. Each lens sees a precisely defined area and directs any thermal radiation that occurs directly onto the PIR sensor. If a heat source moves through the individual zones, different charge differences are generated on the PIR sensor and the alarm is triggered.

Another way of detecting motion is to constantly record a video stream. If the image content changes very quickly, for example when a person walks through the field of view, the alarm is triggered.

However, such a comparison of images can produce a lot of false alarms, for example when trees move in the wind, heavy snow falls or cars drive through the image. Surveillance cameras with passive infrared sensors are more reliable.

What about clay?

While some surveillance cameras completely dispense with audio recording, others can be supplemented with an external microphone or have an integrated microphone (almost all models). Some IP cameras even have a loudspeaker connection or built-in loudspeakers. Together with a microphone, they can then also be set up as an intercom. The quality is at best satisfactory and hardly understandable in environments with ambient noise.

Legal situation

Private users in Germany do not have to worry about data protection regulations on their property or in their apartments if they want to use a surveillance camera. You don’t even have to give specific reasons. However, parts of a public area or area used by a neighbor may not be monitored. There is a general duty of transparency: If you want to be fair to your visitors, you should put up notices regarding the surveillance camera.

Only one’s own property may be monitored.

Targeted observations of the neighboring property are clearly forbidden. That would be a profound violation of the neighbor’s personal rights and he could sue for damages and compensation for pain and suffering. In order not to cause disagreement, if in doubt you should speak to your neighbors about the project and point out which areas will be recorded. Especially when it comes to common access routes and areas, a mutual agreement is mandatory.

According to the current legal situation, it does not matter whether the surveillance camera is a dummy or not technically functional at all. It is crucial that your neighbor or a visitor starts from a recording and feels that they are being watched.

Caution is also required when public sidewalks, parking lots, etc. are also monitored by the camera. German courts regularly give the passer-by’s personal rights more weight than the protective interests of a homeowner. You can  read more about this in a  brochure from the University of Münster.

Business

Restaurants, hotels, shops or office communities usually rely on their house rules when they install surveillance cameras. However, there are data protection regulations here, after all, these are publicly accessible rooms within the meaning of Section 6b of the Federal Data Protection Act (BDSG).

In principle, however, tenants and owners are allowed to take measures against theft or damage to property, and video surveillance is a legitimate means of prevention and clarification. However, clandestine or covert video surveillance violates the interests of those affected and is therefore fundamentally inadmissible. This is especially true for restaurants or similar establishments.

Production facilities, offices and kitchens are critical

Production facilities that are not open to the public, offices or even kitchens are fundamentally a critical case when it comes to surveillance; the owners or decision-makers should definitely find out about their legal scope. Business operations, warehouses, outdoor areas or parking lots, on the other hand, are rarely problematic.

In Switzerland the legal situation is similar to that in Germany. You can find more information on this from the Federal Data Protection Officer.

In Austria, on the other hand, the legal situation is stricter: Here surveillance cameras must be reported as soon as they record video material. In the commercial sector, video surveillance may only be used in justified exceptional cases and must also be approved in advance. You can find more information on this at the Austrian data protection authority.

The catch with data storage

The easiest way to save the recordings of a surveillance camera is to have a memory card in the camera, which can be accessed via the app. However, this is also the easiest way to sabotage the recordings. If a burglar discovers the camera, he can steal it right away and you don’t even have the footage of the crime left.

CAUTION

Never save recordings only in the camera!

Saving in a cloud is much better and safer, which many manufacturers offer, including the use of apps. But be careful, with a number of providers the use is severely restricted and only really makes sense in a paid premium version. For example, Canary charges 10 euros a month for this, and it gets even more expensive if you have more than one camera.

Storage in your own network is safe and inexpensive. This can be done via the central camera control, your own data server or even the USB stick on the FritzBox. Xiaomi in particular is very open and you can use any computer in the network to save data.

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Test winner: Reolink Lumus

I have been using Reolink cameras for a long time, and for a good reason: Reolink impresses with great image quality – both day and night. The Reolink Lumus is no exception and goes a step further in terms of quality. If the integrated LED headlight switches on when motion is detected, night shots with great colors are also available.

The old method that the new camera creates its own WiFi network, into which you have to log in and then tell the camera your own WiFi data, is probably still familiar to everyone. It is no longer that cumbersome and the Reolink app shows how it can be done very easily.

Easy installation with QR code

Just click on the plus sign to add a new camera and the scanner will be activated. Each camera has a QR code, so the app now knows exactly which camera to add. The app then generates a QR code from the WiFi data that is then entered, which the camera reads out. Now the camera only has to be named and given a password in the app and it is ready for use. It couldn’t be easier to connect a surveillance camera to the WLAN.

software

A surveillance camera rarely comes alone and therefore the app should be ready for it. Here the Reolink app is very tidy and clearly shows the preview images of all cameras. If desired, you can also opt for a camera that is started in the live view when the app is opened.

Only the responsive design doesn’t quite fit. While the preview images on the smartphone have the correct aspect ratio, on the tablet they are squashed or stretched. In the full view, however, the aspect ratio is correct again.

A clear app for multiple cameras

There is nothing wrong with the app operation. There is a main menu for basic settings and for each taught-in camera its own setting options for the lighting or the monitoring period. Recordings can be started by motion detection, schedule or permanently.

picture quality

The Reolink Argus 2 already convinced us a few years ago with its good night vision. Of course, it can no longer keep up with all current surveillance cameras, but Reolink has not slept either and the Lumus has not only given powerful IR LEDs but also a spotlight.

Great image quality even at night

Thanks to the combination with a starlight CMOS sensor, recordings with strong colors are possible even at night. The spotlight is also a deterrent or lights the way when you return home even in the dark. But impressive pictures can also be taken during the day, and if the distorted image weren’t for a larger wide angle, it could be taken for a good photo with a smartphone.

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Recording with IR light.

Data storage and alerting

The basic requirement for data storage is an inserted microSD card. But that is not the optimal solution. If the camera is stolen, the recordings that could convict the perpetrator are also gone.

The second alternative is the Reolink cloud. This is limited to one gigabyte and a storage period of seven days, but in this form it is free of charge. Storage can be expanded to 5 cameras, 30 days and 30 GB for just EUR 3.49 per month. This is more than fair to many other providers.

Data storage works without any additional costs with a network recorder, which is also offered by Reolink. The devices are not cheap, but offer a large storage space and your own data remains in your own network.

The Reolink Lumus is absolutely convincing in terms of working speed. The app starts within three seconds and a second later the image from the desired camera is on the display. No other surveillance camera can beat this in the current update.

Notification via push notification is just as quick. Here, too, only three seconds pass between motion detection and notification. The email takes a little longer, but at least this is possible. Only well-known manufacturers offer such a “luxury”. Most inexpensive camera systems are limited to notification via app.

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If desired, all settings can also be conveniently adjusted on the PC.

Disadvantage?

At first glance, the Reolink Lumus does not offer any point of complaint. One can of course criticize the not particularly good sound of the 2-way communication, but one must not forget which technology is in the surveillance camera and that the space available for a good loudspeaker is limited.

There is of course a special request, and that would be a Lumus with a battery. Reolink already offers the right solar module for charging the battery.

Reolink Lumus in the test mirror

So far, we are not aware of any meaningful reviews of the Reolink Lumus. Should we find new ones, we will add them here.

Lupus does not have a cloud, you take care of the safekeeping of your alarm clips (SD card up to 128 gigabytes). A username and password are set up for each camera. That sounds annoying, but it is necessary because there is no central account. So you don’t have to register with the manufacturer and disclose any data.

The Lupus can be operated in WLAN (2.4 GHz) or on a network cable. The latter then also supplies the surveillance camera with energy (PoE). The supplied 12-volt power supply unit is not weatherproof, it must be kept dry in any case. This will not always be possible with the short connecting cable, then you will have to extend it. Operators of an island solar system can connect the camera directly to a 12-volt battery.

We do not recommend WiFi operation, but the Ethernet cable. In our case, even the connection via cable to the WiFi repeater was still too slow, which was noticed in the delayed live view. A direct connection to the basic router is almost mandatory, unless you have a very fast mesh or extender WiFi.

The die-cast body including the base is solid, can be precisely aligned and is sure to withstand wind and weather for many years. The shadow hood over the lens can be moved a little forwards or backwards. The certificates are IP67 (100 percent impervious to dust and sand, 30 minutes under water) and even IK10. The latter describes the degree of mechanical impact that the surveillance camera would withstand. IK10 is the highest level and describes five kilograms of mass that falls onto the camera from a height of 40 centimeters. No other manufacturer can offer this in the test field.

The surveillance camera from Lupus is suitable for a large yard, a large garden or a company site. The camera would be oversized for a narrow driveway. If you want to operate several Lupus cameras, NVR software is mandatory. Large amounts of material cannot be viewed with the app. The timeline is not comfortable, there is no daily summary and no face recognition either.

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Surveillance cameras test: Outdoor Cams Lupus Le221 Outdoor
Lupus LE221: powerful 4K lens.

The Lupus LE221  delivers first-class images during the day, the colors are natural. The wide-angle lens (112 degrees horizontal, 60 degrees vertical) creates a fisheye look with slightly distorted objects. At night we experience a centered IR illumination that makes every detail visible down to four to six meters. The infrared lights do not scatter in width, but focus on the center, which is clearly visible in the images.

Such almost razor-sharp night shots have not yet been offered by any surveillance camera in our tests. We consider the manufacturer’s specification of up to 60 meters of night vision to be very exaggerated.

One can argue about whether a surveillance camera has to deliver 3840 x 2160 pixels. The storage space on NAS, PC or SD card is used up unnecessarily quickly and the bandwidth is strained.

On the other hand, we can monitor a large area down to the last detail in live view and approach it very closely. The picture remains razor-sharp. Depending on the setting, the alarm videos can also be recorded in smaller resolutions.

Wireless: D-Link DCS-2802KT-EU

The two D-Link cameras in the set offer numerous advantages, but for a hefty surcharge. On the one hand, their workmanship is exemplary, in this respect and also in terms of appearance and attachment, D-Link is very similar to the Arlo competitors. The cameras can be attached to the wall with the magnet semicircle.

This allows very easy alignment and readjustment. For roof mounting, i.e. standing on a surface, use the tripod screw connection on the underside. A corresponding bracket is included. The cameras are set up quickly after setting up the base station, they have a sync button for this. The base is connected to your router via a power cable and must be set up in the building, it is not weatherproof.

The base station is equipped with a siren which, if desired, goes on automatically in the event of an alarm event. Perhaps it is not in your interest at all, because if the perpetrator finds the base due to the noise, he may immediately steal the video material.

D-Link is the right choice for those who shy away from paid subscriptions . In the simplest case, you save your alarm videos on the SD card in the station, unfortunately such a card is not included. You can also connect an external USB hard drive. Incidentally, no mydlink account is required for local storage. This works via the web interface.

With local storage you are protected from follow-up costs, but a burglar could steal the base including the data storage. You can avoid this risk with the paid D-Link cloud service, which then also gives you an overview of the day. The 24-hour video storage in the cloud is free.

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D-Link DCS-2802KT app: not everything is intuitive. What is the privacy mode and where does it come from?
D-Link DCS-2802KT App: looks very modern, but is complex (familiarization)
D-Link DCS-2802KT app: Home screen

 

D-Link does a lot of things right with its app: It has a modern interface and offers numerous options for creating schedules and automation. Unfortunately, that also brings with it a certain complexity, we first had to familiarize ourselves with it for a while before we understood everything.

The video recordings are made with almost no delay. This is particularly praiseworthy, the other cameras have a delay of one to two seconds. During this time, people have sometimes disappeared from the camera’s field of view.

One Tap is a function of the app. Here you store self-defined states with certain behavior modes of the camera. For example »Absent« if the D-Link should record movement.

D-Link DCS-2802KT: powerful but more complex solution for which you do not necessarily need a subscription.
D-Link DCS-2802KT: A powerful, but more complex solution for which you do not necessarily need a subscription.

As with all battery-operated cameras, the running time depends very much on how many alarm recordings are made per day and how often the live video in the app is used. With a very high frequency of activities and accesses, the runtime is a few days. D-Link leans far out of the window and speaks of six months: »Every camera has high-capacity lithium batteries. These allow 6 months of operation without recharging. […] Based on an approximate camera operating time of 3 min./day without live display. «

We do not want to leave unmentioned the numerous detail settings: Here, the length of the clip, the video quality or the pauses between the videos can be influenced.

The bottom line is that we think the D-Link DCS-2802KT-EU is a very good solution, but due to its complexity, it is aimed at ambitious alarm system fans who also want to integrate additional cameras in the future. If you are looking for a quick solution, you are better off elsewhere.

Pivots automatically: Imou Cruiser 4MP

If you walk past a surveillance camera and it is following you, you assume that someone is sitting there watching you. That doesn’t have to be the case. The Imou Cruiser 4MP does this automatically and completely by itself, if you want to and if you have activated the function. But then they react very quickly and do not lose the person being pursued if they are on the move a little faster.

At first glance, the Cruiser is quite bulky, large, light and therefore only appears to be of limited quality. However, due to the possibility of pivoting movement, a smaller design is hardly possible. And there is nothing wrong with the material and workmanship.

The cruiser has two antennas and swivels horizontally by 355 ° and vertically by 90 °. If you add the viewing angle of 88 ° in width and 46 ° in height, it enables a complete all-round view.

The included bracket enables it to be mounted on the wall or ceiling and, as an alternative, can also simply be set up. The connection is made via a short breakout cable that contains the power supply and a LAN connection. In order to make this weatherproof, a screw connection is included, which is pulled over the plug and offers protection from the weather with a thick seal.

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Panning cameras are rarely small and handy.

 

The Imou Life app is relatively nimble and very clear. Cameras are added using the simple QR code method and are also shown with a preview image when the app is opened. So you can see immediately which camera has been installed where. Alternatively, all cameras can be shown in the live view at the same time.

In order to improve the Imou Cruiser’s motion detection , activity zones and private areas can be defined. In addition, you can program the times at which the app should report via push and which not. Unfortunately, there is only this form of notification.

The cooperation with Alexa seems to be in its infancy. As with most surveillance cameras, the image can be viewed on the Echo Show. In addition, the Imou cameras are also displayed as a trigger for a routine, which is rather rare. The error message that the device is currently not supported only appears when you select it. Maybe that will change with an update.

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The quality of the recordings is not perfect, but it is pretty good. During the day there is nothing to complain about and the Imou Cruiser 4MP delivers rich colors. The picture could only be a little brighter.

At night, colored recordings should also be made, for which there are various settings and LED lighting. Here you have to try out a little how the best shots are made. For us, it didn’t work so well with the colored night vision.

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The “smart night vision” should decide the settings itself. She opts for black and white.

The Imou Cruiser 4 MP offers good pictures and a properly equipped app. Their great advantage, however, lies in the swiveling design, which independently pursues moving targets. Without any detected movement, it turns back to its starting position.

Clever extras: Eufy eufyCam 2 Pro

The Eufy eufyCam 2 Pro is a wireless surveillance camera with FullHD resolution and an extremely powerful battery pack of 6,500 mAh. According to the manufacturer, this should be sufficient for year-round operation. We couldn’t check that in the test. With a few daily recordings, renouncing live view and without winter operation, half a year is certainly conceivable. Then simply dock the camera to the charging USB port on the base for half a day.

The eufyCam 2 Pro is delivered in a double pack with a base. The cameras cannot talk to the router directly because they have no WiFi. The base is connected to your router by cable or, alternatively, by radio. A connection can also be made with the smart home: eufy offers a small tray of sensors and actuators.

It is attached either with a magnetic base or with a small screw bracket. The latter plastic construction in particular seems too sensitive and fragile for outdoor use. After all, a surveillance camera weighing 748 grams has to be kept in position during storms and rain. The housing of the surveillance camera is beyond reproach because it is solid and weatherproof.

The eufyCam 2 Pro is really clever, but it needs a constant internet connection. In a weak or failure-prone WiFi network, this can quickly become annoying due to an unresponsive app. This meant that we could no longer go into home mode during a network malfunction.

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Eufy eufyCam 2 Pro App: Geofencing in beta – the surveillance camera is activated when you leave the property.

Geofencing is brand new, here still declared as beta. When leaving the immediate vicinity or the property, the camera automatically switches to “Away” and monitoring begins.

The bottom line is that the recognition works well. Recordings are reduced to a minimum, which benefits the sighting. Unfortunately, the timeline does not have an activity display. During the research, we had to work our way through the clips comparatively laboriously.

The Eufy can be used as an intercom system for visitors. The talk volume is decent. A conversation can be held as long as there are no cars in the immediate vicinity.

 

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The Eufy eufyCam 2 Pro.