The Need For Home Security
The need for home security has increased over the years, with more and more homeowners (and even those in apartments) wanting to have visual control over what goes on in their house. Once this required hiring a specialized security company to install and monitor the camera(s) because the level of sophistication was beyond the average person. This has changed as consumer based home security-specific cameras came onto the market. The biggest reason for people buying and setting up their own cameras was not due to cost (which was now less than that of a security company), but due to the ease of getting that camera working, thanks to an accompanying app on a smartphone/tablet. So you didn’t need to know the ins and outs of wireless transmissions or different video resolutions to have the camera functioning correctly. Now stepping into the spotlight is SpotCam, maker of many home-use video security cameras, and their Eva 2. Which as will be seen not only is true to all the statements made above as to successfully integrating a security camera into the home, but also adds to the capabilities and ease of use that homeowners now demand.
What Eva 2 Looks Like And Can Do
The Eva 2 sort of resembles a Star Wars droid, in that the lens is set inside a “ball” that rests on another “ball.” The reason for this is simple, in that the lens is able to be remotely panned 360 degrees) and tilted up (90 degrees). This means there can be remote control over what the lens sees, since the user isn’t stuck with the lens being in just one position all the time (an example would be setting up the lens to see the front door, but wanting at other times for it to focus on a side area — no longer requiring physically having to move the camera).
Another value for the pan/tilt functionality is that the Eva 2 has “human tracking” or that is to say being able to recognize a person being seen by the lens and then follow said person while recording is taking place. Trying this out with the camera aimed at the front door, we entered and could literally see Eva 2’s lens rotating to follow us as we stepped inside and moved to the left. The camera doesn’t make a loud noise that gives away its position either. And it certainly doesn’t hurt that the lens has a 90 degree wide angle view — making static positional shots easy to set up because so much of what is being aimed at can be seen. That there are 8 infrared LEDs pushing out for night vision also adds to the value (as not all times that video will need recording will happen during daylight hours), and the resolution being 1080p @ 30fps — Full High Definition — ensures a better recorded image, both from the point of view of what has been captured and as to what will be seen when transmitted to a smartphone/tablet (this is important because the use of the 8X digital zoom will cause some image degradation). And for those who like to freak out their family (or scream at a miscreant trying to break in), there’s two way audio for listening in and speaking out.
The App And Storage Are Important
So it’s obvious that an app is going to be used to operate Eva 2 (when not operating on its own), but first a setup must be done. Putting the camera in position means standing it up or mounting it to a wall, but either way an electrical outlet is required. As is having a home wireless network (and who doesn’t?). The app lets you register so as to have the “Cloud” account, but it also aids in setting up the camera to use the home network (2.4 GHz ). Doing this through the smartphone/tablet means you can also see exactly what the camera is going to see. The app provides the expected services that are fairly standard these days, including enabling motion or audio alerts that the camera detects and then forwarding them to the user.
One of the most oft-putting things about consumer-based security cameras is in how they store the videos being recorded. In some cases a memory card is inserted into the camera — this seems simple but requires periodic physical removal for checking their contents. So most go with “Cloud” based storage which provides the opportunity for viewing what has been recorded from anywhere an Internet connection is possible. But the annoyance comes from companies who charge for this service and don’t provide any alternative at all. SpotCam understands and also provides 3, 7 and 30 days storage capacity on a subscription for recorded videos as well as a free 24-hour full time cloud recording plan service which many users will find worthwhile. And of course all the videos that are being streamed and stored are encrypted for security.
So when all of this is added together, plus a price of under $50.00, it’s hard to find a complaint when looking for a full featured but inexpensive wireless security camera.