Big test: Home Security Cameras

Big test: Home Security Cameras

Are you worried about what happens at home when you are travelling - or in the summer cottage when you are at home? Keeping track of your home when you're not there with the help of IP cameras has never been easier. We test the latest surveillance cameras.

The cameras in our test have many different designs and sizes and for a couple of them you can also choose color - but only between white or black.

Don't forget to inform

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It may be appropriate
to remind you of the importance of informing other family members and other visitors that there are surveillance cameras installed.

Of course, even if your own home is not affected by the Camera Monitoring Act, you should, of course, respect the privacy of others and not film / monitor them sneakily.

There are almost as many reasons to get an IP camera as there are different models of them. It can be to protect against burglary (or at least be able to see if someone breaks in and who does). It can also be about keeping track of a dog or cat who is alone at home while at work – or maybe just to see if the kids have gone home right after school as they promised.

All you have to do is place one or more cameras in your home. Connect them to the network via wifi or a network cable, and install an app on your smartphone. Then you can follow a video stream from the camera (s) in real-time, get notifications when motion is detected there at home and see the videos that are then recorded automatically.

White or black IP camera?

There are many things to think about before deciding which IP camera is the best fit. The first is the look. Is it important for the camera to look good? That it is small and pretty? That it blends well into the background? Should it be secret?

For example, if it is a pet that needs to be watched, it does not matter if the camera is visible or not (at least not for the pet), but the idea is that the camera should catch any thieves on film, it is an advantage if it is a little discreetly tucked away.

The cameras in our test have many different designs and sizes, and for a couple of them you can also choose colour – but only between white or black.

The next thing to consider is the connection. All cameras in our test can be connected to the network via wifi, which of course is the simplest and smoothest solution. However, if you want the camera far from the router and/or have very thick walls at home, a wired camera may be preferred. Three of the cameras in our test can be connected both wirelessly and with a network cable.

Cloud or memory card

All cameras in our test are equipped with motion sensors, record video clips in motion and store these clips in the cloud (except one). What sets them apart is how much is stored, how many days the videos are stored, and how much it costs to subscribe to the service that makes cloud storage possible. Because even though some camera manufacturers offer free cloud storage, this is often very limited, both in a number of days and gigabytes of space.

Here, it is definitely worth asking yourself how many days back you need to access the recorded videos, whether it is manually recorded clips or those recorded during motion detection. The more days, the more expensive subscriptions.

As an alternative to cloud storage, some of the cameras are also equipped with a memory card slot (micro sd), so the videos can be stored locally. This is, of course, good in connection trolling, but at the same time a disadvantage if a thief steals the camera with the micro SD card in. With one of the cameras, it is also possible to store the video clips on a home server in the network.

Picture angle and image quality

The last thing that can affect the decision about which IP camera you want is image quality. On the one hand, of course, you want to have as sharp and clear a picture as possible, whether it is daylight, flashlight or images taken in the middle of the pitch-black night with the help of the camera’s dark vision.

But also what image angle the camera has plays a significant role. The higher the value for the diagonal image angle, the more room the room will fit in the camera image. At the same time, a high image angle also means a distorted image. Here you have to make a balance of how much you need to include in the picture and how distorted you accept it to be.

Max 2,000: Then we did the test

In our test, we focused on cameras for indoor use, although some of them are also good to use outdoors. They could also be both stand-alone and mounted on a wall or ceiling. The requirement was also that they should have a resolution of at least 1080p, be equipped with a motion sensor, be able to connect to the network via wifi and be able to store the video clips recorded either locally on a micro SD card or via cloud storage.

We set €200 as the upper limit for what they may cost and took in the best model from the respective manufacturers that met the above requirements. The camera must also not be older than two years.


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D-Link DCS-2530L:  Excellent interface and really smooth

A while ago, we tested the surveillance camera DCS-936L from D-Link, a small elegant camera that received a well-deserved eight in rating with the associated “M3 Recommend log”. Now is the time for the big step shoe DCS-2530L to be examined in our test lab.

D-Link DCS-2530L, very well and poorly, very much resembles the DCS-936L purple shoe. The big difference is (except for the price tag which is the double) that the D-Link DCS-2530L has a resolution of 1080p (1,920 x 1,080 pixels) and a viewing angle of 180 degrees. If you place it next to a wall, it can, at least in theory, show everything that happens in the room.

Small and smooth

The first reaction when we unpack the DCS-2530L is a slight disappointment. Although it is a small and pretty black camera, it is not as stylish and elegant. Unfortunately, it also has the same short cord (1.5 meters) as its sibling.

D-Link DCS-2530L has a very good image in daylight as well…

 

However, the disappointment settles quickly, and we note that the DCS-2530L is, after all, one of the smallest and smoothest surveillance cameras we tested.

As expected, the installation then goes extremely fast and smoothly. As with the DCS-936L, we only need to connect the camera to a power outlet, download the app and add the camera. Once started, the picture quality turns out to be very good. Among the better, if not the best, of the surveillance cameras we tested. And unlike the DCS-936L, the DCS-2530L has a clear and crisp image both in daylight and when it switches to night vision.


… like in the dark.

As the DCS-2530L has a 180-degree angle of view, the image as a result of it becomes quite distorted, at least on the outer edges. At the same time, you can still see (or at least imagine) what is happening farthest to the left or right. Whether this distortion is acceptable is a matter of taste, but of course, also depends on what monitoring needs you to have.

Although it is functional, the interface is very easy to use.

Similar to the purple shoe, the DCS-2530L’s sound and motion detectors work great, with very comprehensive tuning capabilities. The motion sensitivity can be set to a hundred-degree scale, and the sound sensitivity can be set to exactly dB. You can also choose whether you want recordings to be started and/or if you wish to notes sent to you when sound and/or movement is detected.

Excellent interface

The interface shares the DCS-2530L with the DCS-936L (and other surveillance cameras from D-Link), and it is an excellent interface. It is clear that D-Link is a veteran in networking and surveillance cameras, and the interface is exemplary simple, clear and easy to understand, without missing features and features. The above-mentioned

sensitivity settings for sound and motion are just one of several examples. Even accessing recorded material on the micro SD card is very easy.

Opinion

The DCS-2530L is just like the little seashell D-Link DCS-936L one of the better surveillance cameras we have tested. It has a higher resolution and sharper image and broader field of view, but at the same time costs the next double. However, the high price and some shortcomings such as short network cables and the lack of cloud storage mean that the DCS-2530L also misses the highest marks.

D-Link DCS-2530L

Manufacturer / Contact: D-Link, www.dlink.se.

System requirements:  Smartphone with Android or iOS.

Resolution: 1080p (1,920 x 1,080 pixels).

Picture angle:  180 degrees.

Sound:  Microphone.

Network:  Wifi.

Storage:  Micro SD card (up to 128 GB).

Weight:  105 grams.

Dimensions:  11.0 x 6.6 x 6.6 centimeters.

Other:  Night vision, sound and motion sensor.

price: From 135 EUR

Small and smooth. Very good image quality.  180-degree field of view.  Sound and motion detectors can be fine-tuned and work well.  Excellent interface.

Expensive.  Short cord.  No cloud storage.

Rating 4 out of 5

 


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D-Link DCS-8525LH is a disappointment

D-Link has long been at the top when it comes to IP cameras, not least because of a very user-friendly interface. Therefore, the hopes were high on their camera DCS-8525LH.

At first, it also looks good. The D-Link DCS-8525LH is motor-driven, which means that it can be aimed at a distance, which of course is flexible to cover a larger area. Admittedly, this also means the camera gets a little big and clumsy, but it’s a price you have to pay. The DCS-8525LH also has both a WiFi and an Ethernet connection, and it also has space for micro SD cards as an alternative to cloud storage. Plenty of choices, in other words.

Unfortunately, the fun ends when the camera is installed.

D-link DCS-8525LHPicture quality of the day…


… In the spotlight at night…

D-link DCS-8525LH
… and with night vision at night.

Useless interface

The installation itself goes smoothly, but it does, on the other hand, for everyone except a camera in this test. But the interface that used to be one of D-Link’s strengths now turns out to be a significant weakness. It is messy and uneducated ¬– and finding the right settings is a minor blow. For example, the camera is said to have sound sensors, but we can’t find settings for it anywhere.

Controlling the camera also proves to be a challenge. Here, too, the interface is clumsy and very imprecise.

However, the picture quality is good in both daylight and evening light – and even with dark vision, but the picture angle of 114 degrees is a bit low.

The response is also not good. It takes a long time (over five seconds) from passing the camera to the app to detect motion. Also, there is a delay about two seconds between what happens in front of the camera and that it is visible in the live stream in the app.

However, a little positive is that cloud storage for one day is included at no cost. If you want more, the monthly price is about EUR 2.5 for 7 days, EUR 5 for 14 days or EUR 10 for a month. These prices are in the middle of our test.

Opinion

D-Link DCS-8525LH was promising on paper but did not keep it in practice. The main shortcomings are the educational and messy app and a low picture angle. Positive, however, with both room for micro SD card and free cloud storage for 24 hours.

Specifications

Product name: D-Link DCS-8525LH

Manufacturer / contact: D-Link, www.dlink.se.

System requirements: Wireless network, a smartphone with Android or iOS.

Resolution: 1080p (1,920 x 1,080 pixels).

Image angle: Up to 114 degrees diagonally.

Sound: Speakers and microphone.

Motion sensor: Yes.

Movement zones: Yes.

Sound sensor: No.

Network: Wifi and Ethernet.

Storage: Cloud storage and micro SD card (up to 128 GB).

Free storage: 1 day.

Subscription cost per month: 2.5 EUR for 7 days of storage, 5 EUR for 14 days of storage or 10 EUR for one month of storage.

Colour: White.

Dimensions: 11.1 x 13.4 x 11.6 centimeters.

Weight: 331 grams.

Cord length: 300 centimeters.

Other: Pan & Tilt control (340 x 110 degrees), Google Home support.

Price: 140 EUR.

Good picture. Remotely controllable. Free cloud storage for 24 hours is included. Both wifi and ethernet. Micro SD card.

Nasty app. Low picture angle. Big and clumsy. Difficult to control.

Rating 3 out of 5

 


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Hikvision DS-2CD2443G0-IW:
A surveillance camera for professionals 

Like the D-Link DCS-8525LH and Ring Stick Up Cam Wired, Hikvision’s camera with the somewhat tricky name DS-2CD2443G0-IW can connect both via wifi and ethernet, at least in theory. In practice, however, it soon becomes apparent that Hikvision’s camera is primarily intended to be connected via ethernet and that it is best suited for more professional users.

The Wifi installation proves to be a real nuisance where we have to try and fix settings before we can finally get started. However, the connection is anything but stable, and the camera loses contact with the router repeatedly.
It is also noticed in the app that this is mainly a camera intended for slightly more experienced users. The interface is anything but educational and finding the right settings is tricky. Surprisingly, there are also no settings for the motion sensor sensitivity or the ability to set motion zones.

Hikvision DS-2CD2443G0-IW
Picture quality of the day …

Hikvision DS-2CD2443G0-IW
… In the spotlight at night…

Hikvision DS-2CD2443G0-IW
… and with night vision at night.

Very good picture

Hikvision DS-2CD2443G0-IW with its 2 688 x 1520 pixels, has the highest resolution of the test and the image quality is also very good, whether it is daylight, lamplight or with a dark vision. However, the viewing angle is only 114 degrees, the worst in the test together with the D-Link DCS-8525LH and YI Dome Camera, so what you see is quite limited. And where D-Link and YI have controllable cameras, Hikvision is firmly stuck where you put it and sees only what you set it to see.

No cloud storage is possible with Hikvision. Instead, the micro SD card or storage on a home server (NAS) in the network applies, which further reinforces the feeling that this is more a camera aimed at professional users.

As the image quality, the response is very good, both when the app alerts for movement (a few seconds) and for what happens in front of the camera to be seen in the live stream of the app (for a second).

Opinion

Hikvision DS-2CD2443G0-IW is a slightly good professional camera for our test. The picture quality is very good, but swaying wifi, lack of cloud storage and a high price make this a cam we cannot recommend for an average user.

Specifications

Product Name : Hikvision DS-2CD2443G0-IW

Manufacturer / Contact: Hikvision, www.hikvision.com.

System requirements: Wireless network, a smartphone with Android or iOS.

Resolution: 1520p (2,688 x 1520 pixels).

Image Angle: Up to 140 degrees diagonally.

Sound: Speakers and microphone.

Motion sensor: Yes.

Movement zones: No.

Sound sensor: No.

Network: Wifi and Ethernet.

Storage: Micro SD card (up to 128 GB) or NAS.

Free storage: –

Subscription cost: –

Colour: White.

Dimensions: 6.5 x 3.3 x 10.3 centimeters.

Weight: 128 grams.

Cord length: 150 centimeters.

Other: Alarm signal (120 dB).

Circa price: SEK 2,000.

Very good picture. Micro SD card. Alarm signal. Quick response.

Severe Installed. Unstable wifi connection. Low picture angle. No cloud storage. Complicated app. Expensive.

Rating 3 out of 5

 


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Logitech Circle 2: Impressive 180° angle of view

Circle 2 from Logitech has been out in the market for a while now, and it is noticeable. Despite some impressive features such as 180-degree image angle and the possibility of battery operation, it feels a bit outdated, not least in the way Logitech wants to force subscription by limiting camera and app features.

The installation of Logitech Circle 2 is simple, and the app is then educational and easy to use. Admittedly it can sometimes get a little messy with too much information at the same time on the screen, but finding the right menus is no big deal.

However, it is not entirely easy to place Logitech Circle 2 in a stable and good way. It will be the right fit if it is in the supplied place and without the stand, the possibilities of directing the camera are significantly reduced. If you choose to mount it on a wall or ceiling, it works better. But a big minus for the ridiculously short cord of 75 centimetres.

On the other hand, Logitech Circle 2 is the only camera in our test that also has battery operation, which is a clear advantage.

Logitech Circle 2

The picture quality of the day …

Logitech Circle 2

… In the spotlight at night…

Logitech Circle 2

… and with night vision at night.

Good picture angle

In terms of image, Logitech Circle 2 stands pretty well both in daylight and lamplight as well as with night vision, where it is mainly the picture angle of 180 degrees that impresses. By far the best in the test. The image will be slightly distorted with such a high image angle, but still surprisingly a bit.

The response is good for what is shown in the app (for one second), but worse (over five seconds) before the app alerts for movement.

Like the D-Link DCS-8525LH and Somfy Indoor Camera, cloud storage is included in 24 hours. If you want more, the monthly cost is SEK 39 for 14 days or SEK 99 for a month, which roughly corresponds to D-Link’s subscription costs and is in the middle of the test.

However, what makes Logitech tricky is that they limit the features of the camera and the app. For example, if you do not obtain a Premium subscription (SEK 99 per month), you will not be able to access settings for operating zones and personal sensing. Badly!

Opinion

In terms of image, Logitech Circle 2 still looks pretty good, where the picture angle of 180 degrees impresses most. An expensive subscription to access all the features is bad and feels out of date, especially with a camera that costs so much to buy.

Specifications

Product name: Logitech Circle 2

Tested: May 2019

Manufacturer / contact: Logitech, www.logitech.com/en-us.

System requirements: Wireless network, a smartphone with Android or iOS.

Resolution: 1080p (1,920 x 1,080 pixels).

Picture angle: Up to 180 degrees diagonally.

Sound: Speakers and microphone.

Motion sensor: Yes.

Operating zones: Yes (only for paid subscriptions).

Sound sensor: No.

Network: Wifi.

Storage: Cloud storage.

Free storage: 1 day.

Subscription cost per month: SEK 39 for 14 days storage or SEK 99 for one-month storage.

Colour: White.

Dimensions: 6.7 x 7.1 x 8.6 centimeters.

Weight: 207 grams.

Cord length: 75 centimeters.

Other: Battery operation.

Circa price: 187 EUR .

  Battery operation. 180-degree image angle. Free cloud storage for 24 hours is included.

  Short cord. Subscriptions are required to take advantage of all camera/app features. Bad camera rack. Expensive.

Rating 3 out of 5

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