July 26, 2015
The landscape of home security market is teeming with cameras that promise to keep an eye on your family or pet or properties. Most of them claim to be cloud based and let you see live video on your mobile device whenever internet if accessible. However, very few choices currently allow you to record your video footage on the cloud instead of an SD card, and if you want it for free, then SpotCam may be the solution you are looking for.
SpotCam is an emerging home monitoring solution brand that is getting more and more attention for two reasons: first, it has free cloud recording – it records your video fully and continuously so you can playback full footage instead of snippets of event videos. SpotCam does provide an optional plan for longer storage but, at least for the majority of home users, 24 hours of cloud video retention should be quite enough.
The second thing that sets this product apart is the fact that they design and manufacture their own hardware. While most home camera brands in the market are outsourcing their hardware from China (such as Dropcam, or Simplicam and Oco).
A Weaterproof solution: Spotcam HD PRo
SpotCam HD Pro, a new camera launched by SpotCam last month, is a weather proof home monitoring camera that you can install in outdoor environments, which is quite rare for the cloud cameras currently available in the market. This is very useful because most of the time people need not only to cover indoor space, but also the surroundings to make sure there is no sign of break in.
Aside from the above two unique points you find in SpotCam, it supports all the functions you would expect from a cloud camera. Remote viewing on not only mobile devices but also web browsers with PC/laptop, receiving event notification in mobile app or mail, motion and sound detections, etc. More than that, SpotCam also features some uncommon cloud functions that you don’t usually see in other solutions. To name a few: sleep mode, which hibernate the camera when there is no event and wake it up automatically if any detection of sound or movement to save your bandwidth; or motion mask, with which you can focus motion detection function only to area of interests so you can filter false alarms.
Last but not least, the image quality of this cam is quite surprising. SpotCam displays one of the best image quality seen on the home monitoring niche, on par with Dropcam Pro. During the day, the image is sharp and clear just like what is found on most cameras, but during the night, especially with poor lighting, things change, as SpotCam delivers an almost-professional video quality.
To conclude, SpotCam is definitely a very strong contender in the home security niche and, if you are looking for a home monitoring camera, then this should definitely be an option to keep an eye on. Currently, SpotCam HD is selling at $149 and SpotCam HD Pro at $199 in the US, a price that is justifiable considering all the features it provides and the free cloud recording coming with the camera.
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