Newly updated with a £10 price drop this indoor/outdoor wireless rechargeable security camera from Voger, is contesting with the likes of Arlo and Nest in a very competitive market. For the budget price of just £69.99, what does it have to offer?
In the well designed mid-market box is the camera, USB cable, wall mount, rubber seal ring, screw set, tweezers, access port grommet and a short, well designed but not very informative user guide. Although compact and lightweight, everything seems pretty robust and well made.
The camera is small-sized with a rounded bay front holding the lens, PIR, Night Vision LEDs, microphone, and status LED. On the rear is a metal screw mount, on the base another screw mount along with a recessed bay for the Power/Reset buttons, micro-SD card and micro-USB charging port. A heavy-duty grommet for the bay is provided which still allows access to the charging port.
To configure the camera just install and register the Cloudboom app and then follow the instructions there. Although it worked in the end, I found the instructions did not exactly relate to what the camera was doing and there was no confirmation I was online. I only discovered it was by returning to the front page of the app. I had no more issues after that, and once connected the camera performed well. Both the User Guide and app install wizard need to be rethought.
After connection, the camera uses the easy to use and well designed Cloudboom app to configure and use the camera. The app configures targeted motion detection, scheduling, app alerts, cloud storage, camera sharing, format the micro-SD card (maximum size an impressive 128gb), access and edit alert videos and pictures. The app is very user friendly with all the main features immediately accessible on the front page.
Once set up the camera offers good quality 1080p video with 2-way audio at around 15-20fps. Videos and stills can be saved to the optional cloud service as well as to the micro-SD card in the camera. Unlike many rivals, the camera works perfectly well without the cloud storage option.
Battery charging takes as long as eight hours, but given that battery life is between 3 and six months depending on usage, that is not too bad.
My only bugbears are the ill-thought-through initial setup, and the hard to access port bay – for which tweezers are most certainly needed, although the puny plastic ones provided are not really up to the job.
Voger is entering a market already crowded with rival cameras but this one is well priced, well-specified and well priced and although fiddly to set up is surely worth a look.