It was not so long ago that security cameras were bulky, ugly, hard to configure, unreliable and gave grainy washed out results. Those days have gone and the latest cameras are like this one, small, discreet, easy to set up and yield high-quality video. Gone too are the high prices, and except for high-end big-name market leaders prices have fallen as much as quality has risen. This camera is small, discreet and very stylish and has the sort of looks and presentation that comes with Silicon Valley products although from the low price, of course, it must come from China.
It has a rather basic looking silk white and black plastic finish but nevertheless, the build quality seems good. On the front is the lens with Night Vision and multi-coloured LED to show Wifi and power status and the microphone opening. On the underside is the micro-USB power in port and on the other the TF card slot. It uses an angled plug micro-USB power cable but I think with a struggle hopefully any micro-USB cable should work. A UK plug USB adapter is included but it will work with any standard USB socket. Sadly, there is no Ethernet port and so wifi is the only way to connect the camera to your network.
The first thing to do is to download and install the Nooie app for Android or iOS, I tested using the Android app. You have to register the app before use but doing so is free and you can use a disposable email address to do so. After installing and registering the app and plugging in the camera follow the in-app instructions to add a new camera which does so by creating a QR code image the camera can read to input your home wifi password. After a few seconds, the camera will connect to your home wifi network and you can control it through the app. I found I had to restart the phone and camera before it would work, but that may just be me. The app can be used to control multiple cameras and I was pleased to find that upon connection it immediately me offered a firmware update for the camera. Unlike with older cameras, there is no web-based interface so you cannot connect directly to the camera using your web browser.
This model has 1080P image quality which is clearly not just upscaled 720p as on some lesser rivals. Video quality is good for the camera price and is one of the best I found for this price bracket. Unlike with older budget security cameras, this one boasts an i/r cut filter which when not needed removes the night time infrared filter to ensure good colour fidelity daytime images. It supports two-way audio which means it serves 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 and it can capture images and send real-time alerts to the phone app and record pictures and video 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. Unlike most cameras, this one can take cards up to 128Gb in size. There is also the option to save images automatically to the cloud but that is provided by Amazon and costs $5 a month.
This is a high-quality security camera capable of excellent results. The £27.99 price is brilliant for the features on offer and allows me to overlook the lack of web-based User Interface and lack of an Ethernet port.
Standard micro-USB power interface
No Web Interface