Category: CCTV

Soliom S60 Bird Solar powered Outdoor Security Camera Review Score 70%

Soliom S60 Bird Solar powered Outdoor Security Camera Review

One of the big issues with wireless CCTV cameras is the regular need to charge or replace the batteries. With some companies, like Eufy, you can go several months between charges, while Reolink offers a solar adaptor to provide some extra juice. The Soliom Solar Cam follows a similar concept as Reolink, but the solar charging is built into the unit while costing just  £117.21, making it one of the cheapest wireless CCTV systems I have reviewed. Design and Features The Soliom is a fully integrated unit, there is no hub that you need to wire up inside the...

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UCam247 Moobox ProXT Review – A well-made sub-£100 Wire Free Outdoor Security Camera Score 83%

UCam247 Moobox ProXT Review – A well-made sub-£100 Wire Free Outdoor Security Camera

*This review has been updated to reflect the new firmware which addresses my main gripe with motion detection* In the past few years, the wire free outdoor camera market has boomed there are now dozens of options on Amazon. I have recently reviewed the Ring Spotlight, Eufy E, and D-Link, all of them being great choices, but they all cost over £200. Blink XT has always been my main recommendation for an affordable outdoor camera, but now there is the UCam247 Moobox ProXT which is priced the same as Blink but has 1080p, 7 days free cloud recording and...

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Ring Spotlight Cam Battery Review Score 80%

Ring Spotlight Cam Battery Review

I am a huge fan of the Ring Doorbell 2, as someone that gets a lot of deliveries, I get notified by my watch, phone, Alexa, and Chimes when someone is at the door whilst letting me see who it is when I am away. In the future, I will hopefully integrate this with a smart lock so I can accept deliveries or have parcels picked up even when I am away. I have recently reviewed a lot of outdoor surveillance cameras, and they have all been great, but that has left me running four different systems with Ring,...

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Netatmo Presence Review – A Wired Smart Outdoor Camera with Floodlight Score 82%

Netatmo Presence Review – A Wired Smart Outdoor Camera with Floodlight

The Netatmo Presence has been out for a few years now, making Netatmo well ahead of the curve for wired outdoor surveillance cameras with a floodlight. It is only the past year or so that we have seen options from Ring, Arlo and Yale offering similar functionality. Similar to their indoor Welcome camera, the Presence has several unique features that differentiate it from the pack. This has smart detection which will distinguish between people, animals and cars, and there is no cloud service, everything is stored locally. This means no monthly charges and fewer privacy concerns. It is currently...

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Kodak Cherish 685 PTZ Indoor home security camera review Score 78%

Kodak Cherish 685 PTZ Indoor home security camera review

I reviewed the outdoor Kodak PTZ network camera back in July last year, it was a good camera, but it was let down somewhat with the poorly designed software compared to many popular brands such as  Nest, Ring and Arlo. Most recently I have been reviewing their Cherish F685 Home Security Camera which is an indoor PTZ camera with a built-in battery allowing it to work wire free for up to 5 hours. Priced at £84.99 on Amazon this appears to be a decent, affordable option. Looking at competing products they are mostly unknown Chinese brands. While they are probably perfectly suitable...

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Yale Smart Living All in One Outdoor Camera Review – SV-DAFX-W

The Yale Smart Living All in One Outdoor Camera is a new product from Yale which acts as a stand-alone device with onboard video recording and app control via Yale View putting it in direct competition with popular home surveillance options such as Arlo and Blink. At the time of writing, this does not appear to be available online so I won’t be able to comment on its pricing yet. Update this is now available on Amazon Yale SV-DAFX-W - All-in-One Outdoor Camera 1080p - Detect, View, Light up, Talk and Listen - Live... £108.00 in stock 16 new...

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Netatmo Smart Video Doorbell Announced at CES 2019

For a while Ring smart doorbells were the only decent option on the market, but, quite likely due to their success, several other brands entered last year including Arlo Audio Doorbell and Nest Hello. Not to be left out Netatmo have just announced their own smart video doorbell at CES 2019. With the Netatmo Smart Video Doorbell, the user knows who has come to see them, wherever they are. When a visitor rings the Doorbell, the user receives a video call on their smartphone and sees their visitor. They can choose to speak to them – or not – and...

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Reolink Go Review – An affordable Arlo Go alternative. Score 85%

Reolink Go Review – An affordable Arlo Go alternative.

This year I have reviewed a few different Reolink cameras and found them to be a great affordable alternative to popular cloud-based security camera solutions such as Arlo, Ring, and The Reolink Go recently launched and is yet another affordable option to one of Arlo’s offerings, the Arlo Go. It is a bit of a niche camera, but it offers functionality that many people need. The camera includes a sim slot with 4G accessibility. This then gives you the freedom to mount the camera anywhere you want. So, for someone like myself, it is not all that useful as...

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Reolink Argus Pro Review – Wire free CCTV with no subscription and local recording Score 84%

Reolink Argus Pro Review – Wire free CCTV with no subscription and local recording

I previously reviewed the Reolink Argus 2 and found it was a very appealing option for home security. At £120 it is cheaper than many other brands, it is entirely wire free and has no hub, there is also no subscription required, and it stores all its content on a microSD card. I have now been sent the Reolink Argus Pro which on the face of things is an identical product but at a lower price point of £96.99. The two cameras are so identical I had to go to the Reolink website and open up each product page...

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7 affordable ways to secure your home from thieves

Depending on where you live your exposure to robberies will vary greatly. With continued cuts to the police force, it may come as no surprise that robbery offences were up by 29% across the UK in 2017. Most people I know do not take-home security very seriously, at best they just lock their doors, and maybe have an alarm fitted. It is very common for thieves to exploit poor security measures such as getting access to your house via your back garden, quite often through an unlocked back door. Theft from unlocked or poorly secured garages is particularly common,...

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Kodak Security Network surveillance camera with pan / tilt /zoom review: Model EP101WG Score 74%

Kodak Security Network surveillance camera with pan / tilt /zoom review: Model EP101WG

I have reviewed a large number of home security cameras now but the Kodak EP101WG is actually the first model I have tried out with pan / tilt /zoom, so it is an interesting alternative to the many options available nowadays. The Kodak EP101WG is part of a new security system Kodak has developed and not only is it a PTZ outdoor camera, but it can integrate with various sensors and other indoor cameras to create a full home security system. Priced at £168.29 on Amazon it is not the cheapest, nor the most expensive option o the market,...

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Ring Video Doorbell 2 with Chime Pro Review Score 81%

Ring Video Doorbell 2 with Chime Pro Review

I have covered a lot of home security products in the past couple of years, and I have always been eager to try one of the Ring products. As I have IP CCTV at home I mainly wanted a Ring Doorbell for its notifications, I live in a reasonably large semi-detached house (thanks to Blackpool’s low property cost), so I regularly miss the doorbell when I am in the kitchen, or if I am watching a movie in my TV room. Due to the nature of this blog, I receive a considerable number of deliveries of review samples, then...

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