Inside the rather old style product box was the camera itself, wall/ceiling mount, screw kit for the mount, power adapter with UK plug, Ethernet cable and a User Guide. No micro SD card is included. The User Guide is well written and easy to follow and unlike with many rival cameras goes beyond just telling you how to get connected.
The Foscam like appearance of the camera seems a bit dated now nevertheless the build quality seems very good. On the front is the Night Vision sensor with infrared LEDs surrounding the camera lens. On the rear is the Ethernet port, micro-SD card slot, reset button, and power in port.
The first thing to do is to download and install the Sricam app for Android or iOS, I tested using the Android app. You have to register the app for use but doing so is free and of course, you can use a fake email address if you wish.
I usually disregard the installation instructions and connect using an ethernet cable and then just use a web browser to configure the camera from the LAN IP address web interface. My attempt to be clever did not work with this camera as although it connected to the network and was assigned an IP number from my router I was unable to open web User Interface and in fact, I suspect it does not have one. I then struggled a bit to connect using the app – which may well have been me – but after I used the Ethernet cable to connect to the router and configured the app with the ID and password of the camera I was suddenly online. One annoying feature I found was that once connected I could not input the wifi details from within the Ethernet link. I maybe misunderstood but it seemed to me the app was asking me to make a fresh setup over wifi.
I was very impressed with the app indeed. A wide range of options is available including multi scheduled monitoring, motion detection, email alerts, in-app push alerts etc. You can save recorded video and photos to the camera’s SD card or to the app. The app will also work with multiple cameras which can be individually configured. I was pleased to find the camera firmware can be updated from within the app and I was able to download an install an update with no issues. This also shows that the manufacturer are actively updating their products, always a good sign.
This model has 720P image quality and in fact, the image quality is above average for an IP camera of this resolution. Don’t get hung up on image size as good quality 720P is better than a poorly rendered or upscaled 1080p. Keep in mind that higher image quality means increased internet bandwidth use and possibly slower uploading and streaming. Unlike with many cheap security cameras, this one boasts an i/r cut filter which when not needed removes the infrared filter required for night time viewing to ensure good colour fidelity daytime images. I demonstrate this in my unboxing video. The camera supports two-way audio which means it could serve well as a Baby Monitor although the lack of audio in/out ports means external hardware cannot be used to improve the rather tinny audio quality.
It has motion detection alerts, which can be configured to run on a schedule, and it can capture images or video the phone app or to the internal micro SD card. If you use an SD card (none is provided) make sure you use a fast Class 10 card – the card must be able to cope with the high-speed data stream from the camera otherwise the results will be jittery and poor. It will also send real-time push alerts to the phone app. You can control the pan and tilt feature of the camera in real time by just dragging the finger across the app screen to move the camera.
This is a high-quality security camera capable of excellent results but it must be correctly configured to get the best from it. The price is good for the features on offer and allows me to overlook the lack of web-based User Interface.
Excellent image quality
Good Android app
i/r cut filter
Motion detection alarm
In-app real-time push alerts
Scheduled monitoring periods
TF card slot
No 5Ghz wifi support
No cloud video storage
No SD card included
No audio output port
No audio in port
No web User Interface
Initial setup tricky