iFamCare Helmet: 1080P Full HD Wi-Fi Home Video Surveillance Camera

 

Although this new camera from iBaby Labs Inc resembles a traditional IP security camera it is very much a baby Camera rather than a security camera and indeed is sold as such.

The HD IP camera arrived well packaged in a large and impressive looking box. Inside the box was the somewhat camera itself, a wall/ceiling bracket, a UK power plug and cord, wall plug and screw fixing kit, and a well written and easy to read if rather basic User Guide. A more detail User Guide is available from the iFamCare website. I attach a copy of the Setup Guide to my unboxing video. The build quality seems first rate throughout and although the camera is rather large it is well made and looks impressive.

On the front of the camera is the lens and the 10 LED infrared light array and above it a laser light designed for the amusement of pets and babies. On the rear of the unit are the micro-USB power in port and the micro-SD card slot together with a status LED and reset button. The camera has a micro-USB power in port which means it can be powered from any compatible USB port with a standard cable as well as with the power adapter supplied. Note that there is no Ethernet port. This is a pity as it means that the faster speeds and greater stability of an Ethernet connection is not available.

Configuring the camera is very easy. Download the iOs or Android iFamCare app, open the app and register an account – the camera cannot be configured unless this is done – then plug in the camera, press the reset button and wait for the alert tone and flashing status LED. Follow the app instructions and entere the password for your wifi network when prompted. The app will tell you when the connection is complete and the status LED should then turn green. If setup fails then press the reset button and start again. It worked for me first time.

Like most similar devices it has motion detection for security use and it records still or video to the cloud or to the built in micro SD card The video quality is good but and is one of the best I have seen for a camera in this price bracket.

As a long term Foscam user I see many similarities to the Foscam hardware here although the iBaby Labs Inc camera has improved upon the old design dramatically. The app control of the device is very well realised and makes the camera easy to use and for those not familiar with them networking, port forwarding and the other problems that beset IP cameras are things of the past.

This is as more of a baby or pet monitor than a security camera and allows for real time monitoring by phone only rather than PC.. It features motion detection and will send in-app pushes when it detects movement. It will record video or stills to the connected phone or to a micro SD card inside the camera. It has an IR cut feature which means the filter which is used for night time infra red use is removed during daylight to preserve colour fidelity, a feature some cheap Foscam clones lack. There is digital zoom as well as physical pan and tilt control which can be made from the phone.

This is an excellent camera, easy to configure and yielding first class results. Although lacking in features compared to some rival products nevertheless when judged as a home monitoring device rather than a security cam the great price and image quality makes it a five star buy.

The Good
Micro-USB power port
Two way audio
Good image quality
Easy to configure
Pan and tilt control in app
Security system interface
In-app alerts
Night Vision
P2P app setup
Motion detection
iOs and Android apps
Audio alert detection
Two way audio
IR Cut filter
Good User Guide
Micro SD card option
Good image quality
Free Cloud storage
Pet laser

The Bad
Account needed to use camera
Large size
No email alerts
No FTP
Bulky when fitted to wall/ceiling mount
No 5Ghz network support
No SD card included
No Ethernet port