Review: Keeping you safe and secure at home

Review: Keeping you safe and secure at home

Ezviz Full HD wi-fi Outdoor Turret camera features Full HD 1080p resolution video capture for both day and night. It is designed for outdoor use and has security features including a strobe light, customised voice alerts and 100db alarm that should deter any would-be thieves.

Although this is a wi-fi enable camera system, it can also connect directly to a network via an ethernet cable. The camera unit has a cable coming out of it that splits into a ‘Y’ with a female power socket on one side and an ethernet port on the other. This is only about 40cm long but connects to an extension cable that is about six metres long. This then connects to the power supply, which has an additional 1.5 metres of cable.

The camera is incredibly simple to set up.
The camera is incredibly simple to set up.

The short cable going into the camera might make it difficult to install the connection part on the inside of a wall or building and the socket isn’t waterproof so you may need to use something like amalgamate tape to get a good watertight seal. The camera itself is IP67 dust and waterproof, so it won’t have a problem getting wet.

For my testing, I used both wi-fi and ethernet, but it’s worth noting that it only supports 2.4GHz and not 5GHz. It does support wi-fi standard IEEE802.11b/g/n and transmission rates of 11b: 11Mbps, 11g: 54Mbps, 11n: 144Mbps.

Like most Ezviz cameras, this one is incredibly simple to set up. You just need the free Ezviz app to scan in the QR code on the camera to set up. There’s a PC version of the app called Ezviz Studio.

You can configure the camera to record up to a 10-second custom sound file using your phone’s mic. The sound is clear, but not very loud. The siren, on the other hand, is ear-piercingly loud and is much more of a deterrent. The strobe light is very effective in the dark but not so much in broad daylight.

The camera has some excellent motion detection features. There are nearly 400 detection points on the camera screen that you can select as motion detection areas. You can also set sensitivity from a scale of zero to six and set alarm notifications to get an alert on your phone if the camera detects motion. You can set a notification schedule for each day with a start and end time and have it repeat on certain days of the week or every day. The motion detection is trial and error as trees waving in a breeze will set it off, but it works really well when set up correctly.

The camera can record directly to a microSD card located in the camera (sold separately), which supports up to 256GB cards. Ezviz also offers an encrypted cloud storage system (Ezviz Cloud) for additional back-up, but this is subscription-based and costs €5 per month or €50 per camera for seven-day playback. If you want 30-day playback per camera, it’s €10 monthly or €100 for the year.

The camera has both a mic and speaker for two-way conversations via the app. This is integrated with a professional de-noising algorithm to filter background noise for enhanced voice quality and the internal mic is also waterproof and supports audio pickup within five metres. I had no issues with connectivity over wifi while testing the smart turret camera. This is in part down to the dual antennas, which enhance signal strength through wall-penetration and anti-interference capabilities.

Finally, video quality is excellent for both night and daytime and the app is really easy to use and find your way around to see what you’ve recorded or to view live video. The camera uses a 1/2.7” progressive scan CMOS image sensor and the lens has a wide field of view (118°) which covers a large area. Power consumption is only 6w maximum using the 12v DC power supply but a permanent power supply is needed and makes the installation trickier than other wireless solutions.

Available now from Argos.ie at €121.99.


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