security camera


I'm a big fan of the Dropcam and have reviewed and used every model since it first came on the market five years ago. In that same time period, I've reviewed many other home security cameras like the FLIR FX which is the latest camera I've had the opportunity to try. I tend to compare [...]

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If you've been looking for a home security camera but can't decide which brand to buy, let me make your decision even harder by giving you another company to check out that you might not have considered before. It's FLIR, the same company who makes thermal imaging cameras and other high-tech gear. Their FLIR FX [...]

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Julie and I have reviewed many Withings living-well products over the years, primarily smart-scales and activity trackers up to this point. Though in the past year, they have expanded their line-up to include baby, sleep, heart, and home products as well. In this case, Withings sent us several of their new high definition surveillance cameras to [...]

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I've not seen the need to get a security camera. I neither live in a huge, obviously-full-of-expensive-things home, nor in one of “those” areas where break-ins are common. But I do have this cute little dog, and when I'm gone, I often wonder just what he's up to - when he's not sleeping in his [...]

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Manything is an iOS app that will let you to turn your unused iPod touch, iPhone or iPad into a security camera that can be controlled and viewed remotely. You can even view captured video from as old as 30 days. But the most exciting thing about Manything is that it's free. Well at least for now. Note: [...]

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Everyone wants to be more secure in their home. One way we achieve this is by the use of security cameras. Wired security cameras have been around for a long, long time, but all in one wireless systems are more recent to the market. Swann who has been selling security cameras for a while has [...]

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The Dropcam Pro is my all time favorite security camera. It's my favorite because it provides the best wide angle image I've found in a security camera, it's easy to setup and has a very good web viewer and mobile app for remote viewing. Of course no gadget is ever 100% perfect for everyone and the main [...]

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belkin netcam HD+03

I've avoided playing with "home" monitoring cameras because (1) I live in a tiny condo in San Francisco, and (2) my son is 8 now and we're past the baby monitoring stage.  I do have friends and family with small children, so I figured I owed it to them to stay on top of this [...]

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Zetta Z16 1

We live in a gated community and just a few years ago, things were stolen out of our car while it was parked in our driveway in broad daylight (we had forgotten to lock it that day). We never found out who had perpetrated the crime, but I remember wishing I had some kind of [...]

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I've been procrastinating for a while now about picking up an IP-Cam to monitor my home and my cats while I am away from home. We've managed to get by on a webcam attached to our media center computer, but it is stationary, with no pan and tilt capabilities. I've seen Swann cameras in my [...]

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Dropcam Pro review


I've been using a Dropcam WiFi security camera since my review of their first camera back in 2010. I've tried several other camera brands over the years but always come back to Dropcam due to ease of use, image quality and mobile viewing. Their latest camera is the Dropcam Pro. I don't want to spill the [...]

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I've always been on the hunt to make my own at-home security camera.  I've fiddled with low-res webcams and my Raspberry Pi, which have given me interesting results.  When I recently got the opportunity to review a small form-factor security camera, I jumped at the chance.  Let's take a look at the Intelligent Security Z12 Camcorder by [...]

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The included administration application lets you identify cameras on the network and find their IP address.

Everyone occasionally wanders into a situation where they want or need to have an extra set of eyes watching their stuff.  There are a number of ways to do this by setting up a webcam, but getting a webcam where you need it can be difficult, and not everyone has the patience or know-how to [...]

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Knock knock!  Who's there?  Now you'll know with the PeepHole Viewer PHV1330 from Brinno, which records images outside your door onto a microSD card and has a 3" LCD display on the inside for your viewing. Regular peepholes are great, with a few shortcomings:  You have to be the right height to use them for one thing, [...]

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