D-Link DCS-8200LH

A de­cent cam­era that records ev­ery­thing lo­cally for no cost

Mac Format - - APPLE CHOICE -

> £160 > FROM D-Link, dlink.com/uk > FEA­TURES 180° panoramic lens, 720p HD cam­era Ease of use

Set­ting up is sim­ple enough, and made eas­ier by an op­tion to pair di­rectly with your router via WPS, if sup­ported. The app it­self is rea­son­ably easy to nav­i­gate, but some op­tions, such as re­view­ing footage, can be tricky to find.

Fea­tures

The wide-an­gle, 720p HD lens is good qual­ity with no warp­ing. It’s got night vi­sion up to five me­tres, and the abil­ity to set cus­tom de­tec­tion zones and tweak sen­si­tiv­ity. How­ever, there’s no schedul­ing or lo­ca­tion-based con­trols.

Con­nec­tiv­ity

The cam­era in­te­grates into the my­dlink Home ecosys­tem, and the ad­di­tion of IFTTT sup­port through a trig­ger- and ac­tion-based chan­nel widens sup­port to other apps and ser­vices. Shame it can’t pro­vide those miss­ing con­trols…

Run­ning costs

You have to pro­vide your own (for­mat­ted) Mi­croSD card for stor­ing your recorded footage, but that’s the only ad­di­tional cost in­volved – there’s no ex­pen­sive monthly sub­scrip­tion to fac­tor in, giv­ing you full con­trol over your record­ings. This is how it should be done.

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