April 15, 2013 by Rachel Cericola
There are a lot of companies out there looking to make security easier and less expensive. We have yet to come across a cheap monitoring service (and would you really want that?). However, if you’re willing to be the eyes and ears, there are several security camera options out there that can be used in conjunction with your smartphone and/or tablet.
The Samsung SNH-1011 WiFi IP SmartCam offers real-time video and audio monitoring from anywhere with a web connection. Just set it up anywhere in the house and you can view live feeds from Samsung’s SmartCam website or the company’s iOS and Android apps. This option also offers real-time sound and motion notifications, two-way audio and built-in IR LED lamps for night vision, all for $149.
With its size, price and list of features, this camera’s main competitors are Foscam and the DropCam HD. Unlike the latter, Samsung doesn’t offer any type of archiving or storage with the SmartCam—at least not directly. Instead, Samsung has partnered with iWatchLife, a company that offers cloud-based storage for SmartCam users. Currently, only the cameras available through iWatchLife work with the software. However, Samsung is working on expanding that lineup. Otherwise, the camera has built-in Picasa and YouTube integration, if you’re interested in uploading stills and 30-second clips. It also offers the option to share events through Twitter or an email account.
Unfortunately, I didn’t get the chance to use the cloud service. However, I spent plenty of time with the SmartCam and think that any sort of add-on could be a difficult sell for this camera. That’s because it’s so darn easy, it’s hard to imagine that anyone buying this would want to be bothered with add-ons. It’s certainly not essential, though; the SmartCam offers up plenty of interesting peeks, all on its own.
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Over the past 15 years, Rachel Cericola has covered entertainment, web and technology trends. Check her out at www.rachelcericola.com.
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