Audio Baby monitors are a thing of the past. Nowadays, new parents want to keep a watchful eye on their kids with live streaming video. This has caused a massive influx in the number of video monitors and wifi video cameras. Vimtag sent us one of the Cloud Cameras to test out. While it does have some pretty cool features, it may not be the best camera for home.
The Vimtag P1 camera gives the user a look into their home from wherever they are. Once installed, a user can peek in on the camera no matter where they are. They can get alerts when motion is detected, and even save video or pictures of the live stream. And you don’t even need to be on wifi to use it. Even if you’re on the road and have a cell signal, you can use your phone, to keep an eye on your home wherever you are.
Setup of the camera was incredibly. Unlike other wifi cameras I’ve used in the past, this one did not need to be hardwired to be set up. Through the free downloaded app for my phone, I was able to set up the camera and get it connected to my password secured wifi network in just a matter of minutes. With the included wall mount, you can decide whether you want your camera up on the wall on set it on top of a cabinet or dresser. Once set up, I was able to quickly navigate using the free phone app to control the camera, move it around, and set up motion detection alerts.
Unfortunately, I had issues setting up the motion detection alerts. I set it up, then in the middle of the night walked in front of the camera. I expected a push notification to come to my phone alerting me that motion had been detected, but that alert never came. Sadly the Vimtag camera doesn’t come with a manual. I looked online and the online manual didn’t go into details about it either. Taking a look at the product page on their site; it mentions that special wireless sensors are needed for motion detection, but couldn’t seem to find them on their site. I will only assume that that feature isn’t available yet. While the camera has night vision, it’s very obvious to tell when night vision is activated. Other cameras I’ve tested used the Infra-red lighting, which you could somewhat see, but it wasn’t that obvious. The Vimtag camera has two glowing red eyes staring you down when night vision is activated. Something that would definitely scare youngsters.
The look of the camera is pretty slick, it’s a nice dome shape. But those clean lines are quickly disrupted once you plug the device in. For some strange reason, Vimtag decided to not have the USB power outlet on the device. Instead there is a USB 3.0 connector on the back. You then plug in an awkward box into this slot. This box contains the power plug, as well as the ethernet cable adaptor. Other features of the camera include a built in speaker and microphone. This allows the user to speak into their phone and have their voice projected out of the speaker inside the camera. This is great to comfort crying kids or whining pets, but it could also back fire. You may scare a child with your bodiless voice, while only exciting your dog, making them think you’re home.
One feature that I really like about this camera, but was unable to test out, is it’s cloud recording capabilities. Vimtag also offers a 1 terabyte hard drive which acts as a video storage for your Vimtag cameras. Whether you have one camera or four, the storage box has enough storage to save up to 60 days of footage. While you wouldn’t want or need to have two months of footage of your baby’s room, if you have a small business; adding this to your security system is a great way to get a decent security set up without having to pay a lot of money. If you don’t want to pay for the extra storage, you can also install an SD card directly into the camera for storage, or you can save videos and photos directly to your camera.
If you are thinking about getting a video security system in your home or business, or just looking to put up a camera or two around your home; Vimtag has a range of camera packages to fit your budget. They offer a wide range of packages, from single cameras, to four cameras with the cloud storage device right from their website.