THE OCO CAM IN RE­VIEW

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When it came time to re­view a unit, we opted to test the most af­ford­able unit of the bunch – the Oco Cam. At $79 dol­lars, it’s more than af­ford­able. At just about half the price of com­pa­ra­ble units, the Oco Cam was a champ when it came to price to per­for­mance ra­tio.

Though it sported one of the lower dis­play res­o­lu­tions of the bunch (720p), it didn’t hin­der its ef­fec­tive­ness when it came time to mon­i­tor­ing. Of course, the higher the res­o­lu­tion the bet­ter, but if you’re a bud­get-minded con­sumer, then the Oco Cam def­i­nitely cap­tures and wins the cat­e­gory with ease.

IN­STAL­LA­TION

For starters, the con­struc­tion of the Oco Cam is nice. In years past we’ve had Drop­cams, Nest and a mul­ti­tude of other brands, and I will say that the Oco Cam is built well and de­signed to per­fec­tion. The in­stal­la­tion of the Oco Cam was sim­ple, and it lit­er­ally took us less than a minute to in­stall. It’s re­ally as easy as down­load­ing the Ivideon app, plug­ging in the cam­era and se­lect­ing your WiFi set­tings. We found the in­ter­face on the app to be very user friendly, and even the most novice of DIYERS will be pleased with it.

VIS­UAL PER­FOR­MANCE

If you’re not an ab­so­lute tech junkie, you will be more than pleased with what you get and what you see. At 720p HD, you may not get the same clar­ity as other units with higher pix­els, but the Oco does the job and the im­age clar­ity is spot on with what it rep­re­sents. From day­light to low light, the im­age qual­ity was clear and con­sis­tent.

CONNECTIVITY

View­ing the cam­era from the app was quick and ef­fort­less. Click on the icon, se­lect the cam­era and in about a sec­ond your im­age will be ac­tive and live. Through­out our test­ing we had ab­so­lutely no is­sues con­nect­ing to the cam­era.

CLOUD CAP­TURE

One of the high­lights of this unit is that the Cloud-based record­ing of­fers free 10-sec­ond clips with­out a fee. If you’d like longer video clips and stor­age, then you can pay a nom­i­nal fee like most oth­ers cams - but the free 10-sec­ond clips is def­i­nitely a high­light, and trans­mis­sion times from mo­ment of cap­ture to the time it alerts you on the phone hap­pen quickly.

IN USE

After three weeks of test­ing it out, we were quite pleased its per­for­mance. The mo­tion de­tec­tion worked great, the no­ti­fi­ca­tions de­liv­ered within sec­onds of de­tec­tion and we de­cided to push it fur­ther by in­stalling it out­side - although it isn’t rec­om­mended by the man­u­fac­turer. So why did we do it? We de­cided to in­stall it out­side for two weeks to see how it held up to cold tem­per­a­tures and ex­treme sun­light.

How did it per­form? Flaw­lessly. One fea­ture we re­ally liked in­volved the Oco app and a fea­ture they call “Back­ground Au­dio.” When you turn this func­tion­al­ity on, it al­lows the back­ground au­dio to play while you are in other apps .

So why is this great? It’s sim­ple, it al­lows you to use other apps such as In­sta­gram or your emails, all the while lis­ten­ing to what’s go­ing on – per­fect if you want to eaves­drop in a cer­tain room, or sim­ply a great fea­ture if you plan to use it as a baby mon­i­tor.

All in all, for the money, there is no ex­cuse not to own an Oco Cam. They are re­li­able, ef­fec­tive and easy to use. While there are also plans to re­lease a higher-res­o­lu­tion ver­sion, this ver­sion is more than enough to get started with a re­li­able prod­uct that de­liv­ers.

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