With the way crime rates are, it’s always a smart decision to install some form of CCTV in our homes. However, for the average consumer who is unable to afford these high-end systems, D-Link may have just arrived with the solution.
The Cloud Camera may not have the best specs on paper but that is not what we’re here for. As a budget solution for the masses, the camera performs admirably enough; A simple installation plus D-Link account registration later and the camera was up and running. Thanks to its wireless-N support, you can set up the camera virtually anywhere that has a plug point, which greatly enhances its utility.
It Just Works
A quick app installation on my iPhone later and I was monitoring the entrance of my house while having dinner nearby. It’s incredibly intuitive controls allowed me to switch between day and night modes or mute the microphone. Despite not having any tilt control or panning features, the Cloud Camera allowed easy mounting, providing close enough proximity to the power plug. Still, for a sub-RM300 wireless camera, I am incredibly impressed. It may not have the HD resolution of its more expensive competitors, but as a budget solution, you can’t argue with its ease of use. All in all, it’s a really simple device that will suit most users.
Dimensions: 27.2mm x 60mm x 96mm
Weight: 95 grams
Camera: VGA 1/5 inch CMOS Sensor
Minimum Illumination: 1 Lux, F2.8
Digital Zoom: 4x
Focal Length: 3.15mm lens
Field of View: (H) 45.3° (V) 34.5° (D) 54.9°
Connectivity: LAN cable, wireless-N
Mobile app support: Yes. iOS and Android
Video Compression: H.264/MJPEG
Still image Format: JPEG
Video Resolution: 30fps 640×480, 320×240, 160×120
Night Vision: Yes
Verdict: A budget camera with robust functionality.
Total Score: 8/10
This review was written by Daryl Tan, and can be found in the December issue of PC.com.