DBPOWER H.264 1280 x 720p Home Surveillance Camera Wireless IP Camera Built in Microphone with One Key WI-FI Configuration APP, Motion Detection, Remote Viewing Function
Something is not right with society when we need to snoop and record every aspect of your lives, and use security cameras in the home as an extra length on security, or a way to gain concrete evidence. This form of security is normally only seen in shops, warehouses, in general terms business, to snoop or records thief’s.
Times have changed; we now see the uptake of a security camera in the home, from pin hole to night vision, with everything from motion detection to facial recognition, with easy connection and quick access via Wi-Fi. Almost all my neighbours have one, from the external motion detection camera’s, which watches their property and cars, to door cameras that allow the user to see who is knocking, some have more than one, some have them hidden on the windowsill, it’s like we don’t trust the world we live in.
I remember my Gran talking about the old days, when you could leave your door open, even overnight; you knew your street and who lives on it, everyone was friends. Move into the 21st century and its each to his own, locked doors, social retardedness, put it simply we don’t trust anyone or anything.
Why would I request one to review, well, why not, I know my neighbours and I like them, even trust them, and with me running Invision from a spare room, it has been just to protect my assets. So when DBPower offered up the DBPower H.264 I thought I would give it a bash, see what it could do.
The Camera arrives in a basic box, nothing to shout about, or any real sales properties, if this one on a shelf you would easily walk right by it. In the box you get the camera, USB charging cable, instruction manual and a CD.
A CD what is this old age rubbish, we have moved on from CD’s on PC; move to digital media and save some money DBPower. In the manual it says 700GB, 700GB of something I simply have no idea what for, there is nothing to be found within the manual, so shit knows. Could be a model number, but to any PC person it means Gigabyte.
Setting up, truly easy, you will need a mobile phone (Android or iOS) with a camera, with software to read a QR code, but to the non-savvy peeps out there here is the actual address for the android version – https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=dbcam.p2pwificam.client.
Once your app is installed just launched and follow the on screen instructions, of course, make sure you have plugged your camera into the mains. WHY, WHY put a red light on the plug, Hey, Thief look at me, it’s so obvious, recommend removing light, this is ‘security’ not, hey here I am, the plug that gives the camera power. Having a light on the camera is great, but don’t give direct indication, this is the plug that powers it, unless you have the cam in a place where loads of other devices are plugin into.
Back to application and setting up the camera, search for your Wi-Fi router and enter your password, then send the settings to the camera via sound, just put your camera close to the device and its recognises the beeps and configures that camera ready for you to access and for it to record and send pictures either to your PC, FTP or phone.
To access the camera via your phone you will need to know the username and password, which you will need to change from the default settings of ‘Admin’ and ‘123456’. Once you are in I would recommend going to advance settings and setting up the camera properly, as it currently only set to watch, and does not save anything.
In the advanced settings you can find the option to turn on motion detection, and where to save video and images to, I set mine up so everything would auto save to an FTP that we use to run Invision on.
On the 24th September Invision was over at EGX 2015 at the NEC Birmingham, and this was the perfect opportunity to test out the Cameras, motion detection and recording options. Login on from anywhere was easy, either via Wi-Fi or DATA thanks to the app, there is of course a slight delay. Watching live, gives you the standard 720P or you can alter it to 1080P, you can even capture screen footage and save directly to your SD Card.
When we got back, I checked the server and found over 900 captured images, bloody cats, the 60 degree viewing angle of the camera captured every single move the damn cats had done when the moved past the viewing area of the camera. The image quality was not the best, but you can clearly see which cat was messing about, but we also had our neighbour looking after the cats, and the camera picked them up perfectly.
There are a few issues, the camera does not have a huge viewing angle, and no night vision, so when it took pictures during the night, all we got was black screens. This camera is good for a small room, or a static position, like watching the car from the window, the baby’s room, or a whole room as one.
The Camera is no good for 24hr surveillance, in regards to closing times, or night time, when everything is dark; the camera is also not good for watching a room in every degree, as the camera does not come with an option to move the up, down, left and right.
When looking back at EGX and what I used the camera for, I was happy with its basic functionality, I would keep the camera in my office now, as it can watch the room and would not need to move or has night vision. For downstairs, I would like to grab a better camera which would include night vision and the option to operate the camera to view all areas.
Overall the camera did what it said on the box, did it do everything I hoped it would? Yes, can it be improved? Yes, I was happy with what I got? Yes, so this camera gives a 4.5/5, can be improved, but for a basic camera it does what it says on the box.
- One key WI-FI configuration via sound, quick and easy installation;
- You can install it in baby room, office, kitchen, living room, and cage;
- H.264 compression, 1280*720 displays with 1/4″ CMOS Sensor, 60 degree viewing angle;
- With motion detection alarm sending picture/video, you can monitor every corner of your house;
- Free “DB CAM” App which is compatible with iOS APP v4.3, Android APP v2.2 or above.
- H.264 = MPEG 4 compression
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