Uniden app cam Solo


TechLife Australia - - CONTENTS - [ PAUL TAY­LOR ]

UNIDEN’S CAM­ERA CER­TAINLY has porta­bil­ity on its side. This fist-sized se­cu­rity cam snaps neatly onto a mag­ne­tised base, which is strong enough to be hung up­side down with­out fear of the cam­era fall­ing off. Or you can screw the Cam Solo to a threaded base which latches onto a strap, which can then be mounted to a tree or post — and eas­ily re­lo­cated should you need — even un­der pour­ing rain, as it’s IP65 rated. Af­ter a pain­less setup process, you have the op­tions of a live feed to the cam­era via your smart­phone on Wi-Fi or mo­bile data, check­ing in as you wish, or be­ing no­ti­fied when some­thing crosses its path. Stick a 64GB SD card in it and the cam will au­to­mat­i­cally record move­ment should any­thing come within 10 me­tres of the 130° view­ing an­gle. Night­time ca­pa­bil­i­ties are ad­mirable, too. A mic and speaker combo gives you the power to talk to the per­son on the other end — use­ful if you mount this near your front door. How­ever, we ex­pe­ri­enced a weird feed­back loop that made one per­son com­plain that it sounded like they were “be­ing screamed at by bats”, negated by us turn­ing the talk func­tion on and off. Not an ideal so­lu­tion, but it’s the only quirk in a sys­tem which is oth­er­wise re­li­able, if a lit­tle un­ex­cit­ing. The front end of the app is util­i­tar­ian, and the cam­era’s pow­ered by four CR123A bat­ter­ies, which are around $6 each. Uniden ad­ver­tises that the cam­era’s good for 180 days of standby, or up to 840 min­utes of record­ing. Bat­tery main­te­nance is your only on­go­ing cost, as there’s no cloud stor­age ser­vice, or hard wiring to mains. A great all-rounder, and the App Cam can be paired with up to three other iden­ti­cal de­vices.

UNIDEN APP CAM SOLO CRIT­I­CAL SPECS $229.95 www.uniden.com.au 130° view­ing an­gle; IP65; 4 x CR123A bat­ter­ies; 180 days standby time; SD card (Class 10, up to 64GB); 720p - 1080p @2 - 15fps; re­quires iOS or An­droid de­vice and Wi-Fi net­work for setup; 186g (with bat­ter­ies)

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