THE OCO CAM IN REVIEW
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.