Home security cameras are becoming all the rage. Earlier this year John P. gave us a heads up about the new lineup of security cameras from Samsung introduced at CES 2014. If you’re looking for an in-home, easy-to-use, inexpensive yet technologically advanced camera, let me share with you, my friends, the Samsung SmartCam. There are three offerings in Samsung’s SmartCam line. In this review we’ll take a look at the flagship SmartCam HD Pro SNH-P6410BN .
Incredible List of Features for a Low Price
Being a huge fan of all things Samsung, I was excited about the opportunity to review the P6410BN model SmartCam. Let’s take a quick look at the features. You, um, might want to buckle your seatbelt for this. All right–here we go!
- Three resolutions up to 1920×1080
- High-def 1080p
- 128°/ 62°/ 111° Depth/Vertical/Horizontal viewing field
- True D/N filter (full color in day and nighttime infrared)
- Automated switching between day and night
- Ethernet connectivity
- Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4G and 5G Dual-band)
- IP address for remote web browser management/monitoring
- SmartPhone app for “out on the town” management/monitoring
- Adjustable motion detection
- Backlight correction
- 64GB SD memory card storage for recording (card sold separately)
[My fingers are taking a deep breath…]
- Motion detection
- Audio detection
- Real-time alert notifications
- Built-in mic and speaker for two-way audio communication
- Audio output jack
- 4X digital zoom
- 30fps (frames per second)
As of this review, this model of the SmartCam is available on Amazon for $189.00.
Samsung’s Legendary Quality
This is not your ordinary convenience store security camera. The SmartCam provides amazingly detailed viewing at a very wide angle. Truly HD. No pixelation or jerky screenshots. I set up the camera at one end of our kitchen which opens up to the living room, about thirty feet of open rooms. I could see everything. I could see the mess of shoes my teenagers left by the utility room door, the pile of unfolded clothes on one of the couches, the pictures of them on a wall as infants when they made different kinds of messes. I could see the ceiling fan and identify the color of the blades, what they were watching on TV, count the bricks on the fireplace…While also listening to what the kids were saying. [They were talking about what a great dad I am if you’re curious.] Seriously, I am truly amazed at the clarity of the video. And this was while viewing/listening over the Internet on my secure, Samsung SmartCam webpage. I do have a fiber Internet connection, which helps with the quality in remote monitoring.
About That SmartCam Webpage
One of the features I like the most about the SmartCam is the option to set up your own free, secure webpage on Samsung’s website. This allows you to see what’s going on at home from any computer that can connect to the Internet. The same can be done with your smartphone. Now I’m as paranoid as the next guy, actually, probably more so than most people because of my background. Anything that resides on a network in a digital format can be hacked by someone with the technical expertise, equipment, and willingness to sacrifice enough time to get in. That said, I felt comfortable with the security measures in place. You must set up a username and password, register the camera(s) (which requires the individual serial numbers of the individual cameras), and set up usernames and passwords for each camera.
The Physical Stuff
The camera weighs only 293 grams, or just over a half-pound. At this time, it is only available in white, which has a nice, sleek look to it. My hope, though, is that for truly covert monitoring, Samsung will make one in black as well. Its obviously much easier to hide a dark camera in a dark corner. It has a stable base and can be tilted down or up depending on whether the camera is placed in a low or high spot.
Uses for the SmartCam
In addition to home or office security, the SmartCam is an ideal baby monitor. Back in my day, we had fuzzy black and white screens with staticky sound to monitor the little ones. The SmartCam is so much better. And you never know when he or she will take their first step. The camera can be set to auto-record in thirty second intervals when the motion or audio detection sensors are triggered, capturing baby’s magical first step so you can plaster the video on all of your favorite social media sites.
The SmartCam can also help you discover which cat keeps eating Sir Goldfish, for example, and other nefarious acts committed by the four-legged family members.
You can use the SmartCam to check on the house while you’re on vacation, and know you didn’t leave the iron plugged in or the gas burners on.
If you are in the process of selling your home, the SmartCam is perfect for capturing the comments and reactions made by your real estate agent and the potential buyers while you’re away during showings.
And, of course, the SmartCam can be used to spy on your kids and teenagers. Though, in all honesty, you should inform them that Big Father/Mother is watching… listening…