This Baby Monitor could equally be considered as IP security camera as this is what it is with the addition of some minor additional features.
This new IP camera from Sumpple arrived well packaged in a medium sized rather up market looking box. Inside the box was the camera itself, a wall/ceiling bracket, a UK power plug, Wifi aerial, USB power cord, wall/Ceiling mount with fixing kit, together with an Ethernet cable, sensor interface, and a well written and easy to read User Guide, software CD. I attach a copy of the User 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 if rather old school. The User is nicely written and easy to follow although printed in hard to read (and scan) pastel tones. I enclose a scan of it at the end of my unboxing video.
On the front of the camera is the lens and the infrared LED, the motion detector PIR and microphone together with two status LED’s. On the rear of the unit are the detachable wifi antenna mount, the micro-SD card slot, audio out port, micro-USB power in port and standard speed Ethernet RJ45 connector, WPS and reset buttons. Unlike with many of the Foscam clones that this resembles there is no interface for an external alarm system.
Configuring the camera is very easy. Download the iOs or Android ‘Sumpple Care’ app to your phone and ensure the phone is connected to your home network. Annoyingly you have to register with an email address before using it. Open the app and then plug in the camera,and connect it to your router using the supplied Ethernet cable.. Inside the app ress ‘Add Camera’ and then follow the app instructions to scan for the camera on the network. When the camera is found you can then rename it using the app and then input the login and password for the camera which will be ‘admin’ and ‘admin’. You can then configure the camera how you wish including inputting the login and password needed to access your wifi network after which you can reboot the camera and remove the Ethernet cable to connect wirelessly to the network. Alternatively, and this is the method I use, connect the Ethernet cable as before but using your computer’s web browser discover the LAN IP number of the camera from your router and then connect directly to the camera IP address which will give you access to the web control panel of the camera where a great many more options are available including setting up a wifi connection. I was pleased to see that the video stream worked fine when using the Chrome browser and unlike with many other cameras it did not require the use of Internet Explorer to function. I include screengrabs in my video. No need to register an account with either before using the camera this way either.
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 microSD card. The motion detection works well and can be set to operate continuously or to a schedule. When triggered it can send email, in-app alerts as well as uploading to an FTP server and save video and stills to the internal SD card. As well as reacting to motion detection the camera also detects and sends alerts when noise is heard by the camera and abnormal variations in humidity, light brightness level and temperature can also trigger alerts
The app control of the camera 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 old time IP cameras are things of the past. 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 or web control panel. It has two way audio which means it can work as an effective baby monitor as well as a security camera.
At 720P the video is not as high resolution as with FHD cameras but the quality is good and perfectly suitable for security camera and baby monitoring usage. The video quality is good but and is one of the best I have seen for a camera in this price bracket.
Priced at almost £90 it has to be sad there are plenty of cheaper rivals available, some at higher resolution although few boasting the environmental sensors on offer here.
Two way audio
Excellent image quality
Easy to configure
Pan and tilt control in app
iOs and Android apps
Audio, temperature, humidity and brightness alert detection
IR Cut filter
Excellent Quick Start Guide
Micro SD card slot
Bulky when fitted to wall/ceiling mount
No 5Ghz network support
No SD card included
App needs registration to work
720P maximum resolution
No motion detection zones