The PC730 camera from Govicture, which bears more than a passing resemblance to the excellent PC730 from Victure, is compact, attractively designed, easy to configure over Wifi or Ethernet and offers very decent video quality along with a well designed and simple to use Android and iOS app.
In the box are the camera itself, UK power supply, cable connector set, screw-in antenna, wall/ceiling mount with screws and plugs, and a nicely printed and well-written User Guide. Although lightweight, build quality seems fine and the camera has an attractive and modern design. It has a silk white plastic finish but the build quality seems good. On the front is the lens with Night Vision LEDs, a multi-coloured LED to show Wifi and power status and the microphone opening. On the underside is the grommet protected access panel for the micro-SD card. On the rear is the pigtail three cable array with a reset button, power connector and Ethernet port and optional wifi antenna.
Although it has a budget price, compact design and simple design I was pleased to see that unlike many rivals this camera has an ethernet interface as well as wifi. It is always better to go with an ethernet cable connection to the router as this gives a faster and more stable signal as well as making for an easier initial setup. The optional wifi antenna can be left off for a neater look when ethernet is used. The excellent Android and iOS app offers a simple walkthrough connection of both wifi and ethernet connections.
The first thing to do is to download and install the IPC360 app, I tested using the Android app with a wifi connection. You have to register the app before use but doing so is free and you can use a disposable email address to do so. Take note to ensure the phone used to configure the camera is connected to a 2.4Ghz network, not 5Ghz. After installing and registering the app and plugging in the camera follow the in-app instructions to add a new camera. After inputting your home wifi details the app automatically and very quickly sends this to the camera which then connects automatically to the wifi network. The app can be used to control multiple cameras across the Govicture and Victure range. 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 a clean 1080P image quality which is clearly not the upscaled 720p of some lesser rivals. Video quality from the 110° wide-angle lens 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 nighttime infrared filter to ensure good colour fidelity daytime images. It supports two-way audio which means it serves well as a general-purpose communications Monitor.
Like most rivals, this camera has motion detection but sadly does not offer detection zones or object tracking. The lack of audio in/out ports means external hardware cannot be used to improve the rather feeble audio quality. The camera is rated IP65 weatherproof which means it should be fine with anything short of water immersion.
The camera has the option to save video and audio within the app as well as to the SD card or to an optional cloud connection, which starts at just £14.99 per year. If you use an SD card (none is provided) make sure you use a Class 10 or better 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. A card of up to 64GB can be used.
Video saved to an SD card is encrypted which means it can only be viewed within the app. It may be that I have got this wrong but I was unable to read any of the recorded files on my PC directly from the card.
This is a high-quality security camera capable of excellent results. The £53.80 price is not the cheapest but good for the features on offer and allows me to overlook the lack of a web-based User Interface and the lack of access to SD card files.
In-app real-time push alerts
SD card slot
Good Video Quality
Supports Amazon Alexa
No Direct Access To SD card Video
No 5Ghz wifi support
No audio output port
No audio in port
No Web Interface