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Drona's Comprehensive Review
22 January 2019
On time delivery by Amazon. The product is as described with decent finish and packing.
I didn't have much hope since it was a China product and I must say I was pleasantly surprised. The testing didn't go well. I plugged in the camera and find that it was not working since it was not getting powered up. I replaced the adapter with another good one and found the camera to be powering on fine. So conclusion
-faulty adapter received with camera
Next I had to configure the device to connect to my WiFi. I installed the app for the camera and it took some tries to get connected to the wifi.
Tip: You need to manually disconnect your phone WiFi with the device hotspot after configuration to complete this step.
Next I proceeded to check each of the cameras functionality. The motion detection alarm was working fine but sending the captured images to your phone app was pretty inconsistent. It sometimes send the alarm details and sometimes did not. Also motion detection alarm triggered unnecessarily sometimes probably due to change in Shadow or something. They need to work on that image processing algorithm more.
-inconsistent alarm notification to phone app
Next problem I faced was setting the device time. I was not able to set the device time same as my mobile phone time and the time zone setting had IST wrongly shown as +5:00 instead of +5:30. The result is that my device time is 30 minutes less than actual time. I check with my friend who had the same camera. This was not an issue for him. On trouble shooting I find that the system app version of my camera is different compared to his. So this is a firmware or app bug that needs to be fixed.
-device time setting bug
The camera rotation in working fine and is quite responsive. No complaints there.
The sound quality of the speakers is not upto mark.
The microphone is decent and captures most sounds nearby.
Now for the most important part, the image or video quality during day and night. I have uploaded the pics, you can decide for yourself. For me it was more than enough. Another thing I noted was that led status lights were not working on my camera. I did not check the recording functionality since I did not have an SD card to install.
Overall rating 2.0 for the faulty adapter. Why ruin a great product at a good price with such a bad adapter? If not for the adapter I would have given it at least 4 if not more. Now let's wait and see how long this camera lasts full time usage.