When it comes to adopting a viable CCTV system into your home usually small IP cameras are a no-no. They are crap quality, hard to set up as basically there is too much networking knowdledge that you need to know in order to set them up. So what’s the point in buing a cheap camera that doesn’t produce the goods. That was certainly the case until Dropcam hit the market.
They have just released version 2 of their popular camera. It is has been upgraded and let me tell you the Dropcam Pro is a beast. It has got a severe overhaul which means the sensor is 1/3 bigger and this vastly improves the quality of the images it can capture. It also has built in LED’s for night vision recording.
The camera also has an audio interface built into where you can talk directly into it via your PC or SmartPhone. I can see some distinct scare the crap out of family members or even better criminals who are trying to break into your home.
But the beauty of this new model is the set up time it takes a few minutes and bang you are ready to go.
Now what’s even bigger news for Dropcam fans is that Google have just bought the company behind them. they are called NEST and Google has paid a whopping half a billion dollars for the buy out. Now if Google have invested so heavily in this monitoring system you can definitely see vast improvement coming in the future.
What i would like to see for now is a simple online cloud or digital recorder bundled in with the system. So far there is only an expensive cloud recording service offered with costs $100 a year. That is half the buying price which is just plain outright unfair. Most people who buy this camera will only use it for live streaming. But it would be nice to be able to go on holidays and then review up to 30 days of recorded footage if you need to.
The only other drawback is also that you cannot use this camera outdoors. It is not weatherproof and you would need a massive USB lead to reach outside your home anyway. Most people would not want an IP cam recording footage outside their home anyway, they are too flimsy and ork better fro indoor security.
Hopefully Google will pump some resources into this camera and build in a PTZ function. Currently there is a wide angle lens offered on the Dropcam Pro that has a 130degree angle of vision. It is nice but it will scew the picture dimensions on most TV displays. A little more thought in the future and this camera will be even more irresistible.