Security cameras have proliferated thanks to the Internet and the use of “apps.” But where once a cornucopia of choices could be had with the camera, now the online connectivity has taken the spotlight. And as a result those cameras that are the easiest to use often have the least features. Good ting Turcom doesn’t buy into that, because their cyberVIEW Mini Wireless Network Camera (TS-624) is stuffed with tech.
The cyberVIEW isn’t that large but it makes up for it by having a base that can be angled both horizontally and vertically for setting a desired angle. Combine that with a wide angle lens and what’s being aimed at is going to be seen. As found in most cameras, there’s a choice between wired and wireless use — wired will provide the most stable and dependable signal, but using the WiFi allows for more portability (while keeping in mind that an AC outlet will still be required).
Setup is extremely easy, as a combination of the app in conjunction with QR coding on the camera will streamline the syncing of the camera to the home network. The free app (iOS/Android) enables viewing what the camera sees in the near-real time of the Internet, with any WiFi hotspot or home network that you can tap into will bring you the video. The app is also able to integrate with as many of the Turcom cameras as you can want (access via a computer is done through a web browser arrangement).
Video transmission is improved upon through the high resolution capabilities of the camera: it shoots at 720p which will provide detailed imaging in sufficient light and at a frame rate of 25fps (frames per second). For greater control over the image area, a digital zoom of 8X magnification can be enacted (keeping in mind that any digital “zooming” has the potential of degrading what is being seen). When dark, the camera switches over to its “Night Vision” mode using 8 infra-red LEDs. This provides for night vision imaging, courtesy of an IR-Cut filter which can view in low light/the dark at a range of up to a couple of feet (realistically in the dark what is viewed and noted is motion that can be interpreted as human). The transmission of imaging is dependent on the home network/Internet, but the high resolution that the cyberVIEW puts out at the start will help to provide for a viewable image by the time all the data bits make it to wherever the viewing device is located.
There’s also a microphone and speaker arrangement; the microphone picks up and transfers audio from the camera’s position while the speaker lets you “talk” back (via the microphone in your phone through the app). The motion detection feature can be rigged up so that an alarm email/message can be sent when the camera detects motion.
The cyberVIEW Mini Wireless Network Camera lists at $129.99 but can be found on the “street” at less. This makes it desirable as a “starter” camera, albeit one with a full feature-set. It’s all of the options, geared in through the hardware that makes the cyberVIEW so usable for those looking for a simple and efficient means for home security.