Smanos IP6 HD
USING A HIGH QUALITY SENSOR.
WITH SOME SAVVY online shopping, the Smanos IP6 HD can be bought for around $110, but otherwise costs up to $200. The camera uses Sony 1/3-inch CMOS sensor, with a normal 1,280 x 720p resolution, a 110° FOV and the ability to record at 30fps. It connects via 802.11n Wi-Fi (with no wired option) but can also save footage to a microSD card (not included). It also records audio, and has a speaker for two-way communications. The camera comes with an adjustable stand, for easy mounting. Control is via a free Android or iOS app, though we found the setup process somewhat fiddly.
Frustratingly, the IP6 does not have built-in motion detection, and instead relies on being part of a larger Smanos security system. That means for standalone use, that recording has to be triggered manually. Still, the camera has some of the best image quality of the models tested. Low-light performance is particularly good, and it has IR illumination for use in total darkness.
SMANOS IP6 HD
1,280 x 720p resolution; 802.11n Wi-Fi; night vision; adjustable stand; local recording only