This new IP camera from LESHP arrived nicely packaged in a medium sized mid market looking box. Inside was the camera itself, a wall/ceiling bracket, Uk plug power supply, wall mounting kit, resetting tool and a simple, easy to read but rather basic User Guide. The build quality seems good throughout and although the camera is quite large it is well made and looks impressive if rather old school.
On the front of the camera is the camera lens and the row of night vision LED’s, the motion detector PIR and microphone, together with indicators for network connection and SD card status On the rear of the unit are the micro-SD card slot, power input port, Ethernet RJ45 connector. On the underside of the base there is the Camera ID info together with a camera reset hole for which a special pin is provided. Unlike with many of the Foscam clones that this resembles there is no interface for an external alarm system and the rear antenna is fixed in place cannot be removed when using Ethernet.
Configuring the camera is very easy – at least when you have used similar P2P audio setups before. Download the Sricam iOs or Android app to your phone and connect the camera to your router with the Ethernet cable provided. Using the app add the camera to it by scanning the code on the base of the camera or manually inputting the reference number. The app will then find the camera on your network and through the app you can then configure your home network’s wifi setting to the camera. You can then disconnect the camera and it will automatically connect to the wifi network. This can also be done without need of an Ethernet connection by making a P2P link to the camera but this is a more complicated process and best avoided if possible. Unlike with most cameras of this type there is no option to connected to the web interface of the camera using a PC and indeed there is no remote web access whatsoever, it is all done through the Sricam app.
Configuring the camera through the app is very easy although registration is mandatory, which is annoying and unnecessary. The included User Guide (included on my video) is large sized, well printed and easy to follow but covers installation only.
Like most similar devices it has motion detection for security use and it records still or video to the app or to the internal micro SD card (not supplied). The motion detection works well and can be set to operate continuously or to a schedule.
I see many similarities to the traditional Foscam hardware here although this camera has improved upon the chunky old design dramatically. The app control of the device is better realised and makes the camera easy to use and for those not familiar with networking, port forwarding and the other problems that beset old time IP cameras. I used the Android app and in fact I found it one of the easiest to use and most configurable of any IP cam apps I have tried.
The camera 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. It has two way audio which means it can work as an effective baby monitor as well as a security camera. In fact due to the limited off site video storage this is in fact a better Baby Monitor than it is a security camera. It is a pity however than an external speaker and microphone cannot be connected and neither can third party alarm systems.
Video quality although only 720P I found to be excellent, sharp, clear and with good colour fidelity. Good quality 720P is many ways is better than full 1080P as it should stream faster and on more devices and with less latency than the higher bandwidth consuming larger image stream.
I found few issues with this camera. The lack of automatic off site video storage – you can only save to the open app or to the SD card – the need to register an account before using the app , no Motion detection zones. My video, made with the camera attached by Ethernet to a wifi repeater on my home network and my phone attached by wifi, show an almost instant response from the camera to commands sent from the app and a short delay only before the video on the app was updated. This is better than with many far more costly cameras.
If you want a good quality rather old school security or baby monitor at a reasonable price then this would be a decent buy
iOs and Android apps
Two way audio
Excellent image quality
Good build quality
Pan and tilt control in app
IR Cut filter
Easy to read User Guide
Micro SD card slot
No Audio out socket
No Audio In socket
Bulky when fitted to wall/ceiling mount
No 5Ghz network support
No SD card included
No FTP uploading’
No Web Interface
App needs to be registered