Security cameras have undergone a revolution because of the smartphone. But that doesn’t mean every camera is similar, be that physical design or execution of functions. The Remocam Smart Home Security Camera has the advantage because it not only stands out without actually “shouting,” but also provides a host of functions with an ease that makes them not just enjoyable, but also usable.
The Remocam has a retro look for those who remember the 1950’s TV which put the electronics in a cabinet and the TV tube on a short swiveling stand on top. This design allows the Remocam to freely pan and tilt upon command, while keeping it’s shape small enough to be innocuous. The only connections needed for the HD-resolution camera is that of an AC outlet and whether to insert an SD card in the same-named slot, should one wish to save still pictures or video locally, rather than being forced to pay to use a “Cloud” based service (such is to be provided by the manufacturer at a future date).
Setting up the Remocam is about as easy as it’s ever going to get. With the camera plugged in and powered, you download the free app (iOS/Android) and follow a series of instructions which results in the camera being joined to your home network (included in these instructions is the requirement of having a Remocam account and using a QR code to sync the camera). This can take as little as 5 minutes and doesn’t require any high level of sophistication on the part of the user.
With that done, the camera is now ready to rock. As noted earlier, it can be remotely maneuvered and accessed in a number of ways; this includes activating a siren for discouraging thieves, enabling motion detection with zone capabilities (resulting in imaging being taken or notifications being sent), listening in through the integrated microphone or responding through the built-in speaker. The camera also has night time vision capabilities, rending a black and white image through a set of IR LEDs that flood the area the camera is looking towards with invisible light.
The neat thing about those IR LEDS is that they can also be used to turn the Remocam into an “IR Blaster,” in which any number of devices using line-of-sight infrared can be activated and controlled (keep in mind that IR will bounce off walls so the IR receivers on the Blu-Ray player or TV or cable box, etc. doesn’t always have to be directly line-of-sight). The app can be set up in a similar manner to that of Universal remotes (which have touch-screen and updatable databases, that is). This allows the Remocam to send signals to devices and control them, with a screen on the app mimicking the device’s remote. And for those who say “how do you know that the device is reacting,” the answer is that the camera can be directed towards it to see if things are going as they should. There’s also a digital zoom for taking a closer look (degrading the image quality a bit in use, which is unavoidable). And because the app also adds emergency call capabilities, with a direct “speed dial” like effect for setting up a specific person to call, you don’t have to leave the app in order to contact someone in case of an emergency which has been precipitated by what the Remocam is eyeing.
The Remocam Smart Home Security Camera certainly fits the bill of what a app-controlled, easy to use home security camera should be. The retail $199.00 price reflects this, as does the lack of a required subscription service in order to access recording features. The Remocam is definitely suitable for those looking for a home security camera that will be used, not left aside because it’s too complicated.