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Security Camera: Dropcam Pro

After using SwannSmart ADS-450 for about an year, I came across a new cloud cam called Dropcam. 

If you don’t know what cloud camera is, here is something for you;

Cloud cameras are new generation of surveillance cameras with capability of storing data on the internet, in the cloud. One of the obvious reasons to have a cloud based storage is high availability. Means, you can always access your contents whenever and from wherever you want to. Also, another major benefit is that all your data stays online that means away from your physical location. That means, even if any unfortunate event occurs and your camera gets destroyed or stolen everything it saw before going offline will still be available. This fact is not true when it comes to old fashioned video surveillance systems as they store all the data locally which can be stolen or be destroyed by flood or fire incidences.

How does Dropcam uses cloud?

Dropcam and Dropcam Pro use their own cloud service to store surveillance feeds. Unlike other small budget cloud cameras, Dropcam cameras upload continuous video feeds online. Depending on the cloud plan users can have unto 30 days of online cloud recording. This recording is then accessible via dropcam.com. Dropcam could has bank level encryption to keep user data secure. 

Dropcam Models

Dropcam has two models Dropcam and Dropcam Pro, below is the comparison as displayed on Dropcam.com 

Why Dropcam over others?

The major advantage of having Dropcam as your surveillance camera is that it stores whole video feed online with highest quality offers in current market. Apart from video feed recording, Dropcam apps are available on iOS, Android and also accessible via website. Following are pros of Dropcam cameras;

Video cloud recording – Depending on the subscription plan users can store 7 or 30 days of data
Two way audio – Hear what you see and make yourself heard on the other side
Digital zoom – 8x zoom to see things closer
Clear image feature – One click and see zoomed area sharper, yes the way we saw in Bond movies
Scheduled recording – Schedule when Dropcam should record.
Scheduled alerts – Get alerts only when required.
Integration with Nest thermostat – Users can sync Dropcam with Nest. So when nest is on ‘Away’, Dropcam starts recording.

Dropcam can be purchased at dropcam.com and at major retailers. Dropcam is sold for $149 and Dropcam Pro comes with price tag of $199 for it’s extra features.

Security Camera: SwannSmart Camera ADS-450

Days of recording your security footages on local drives and paying for high end security hardware are over. Today consumers can record their security camera feeds online. 

Why to have a cloud storage?

One of the obvious reasons to have a cloud based storage is high availability. Means, you can always access your contents whenever and from wherever you want to. Also, another major benefit is that all your data stays online that means away from your physical location. That means, even if any unfortunate event occurs and your camera gets destroyed or stolen everything it saw before going offline will still be available. This fact is not true when it comes to old fashioned video surveillance systems as they store all the data locally which can be stolen or be destroyed by flood or fire incidences. 

How does Swann use cloud?

Swann cameras use Seedonk cloud service to store images online. That’s correct ‘images’ and not the video recording. Camera software senses the change in image/situation/lighting and then uploads those frames to the could. 
Even though the number of pics it uploads is limited to 1 image per second, the solution is decent for cheap price of $6/month. If you only want basic home security swann cloud cameras are the solution.

Features like unlimited data storage, smart notifications to your cell phones make cloud cameras better than regular suveillance systems. The requiremends are better wifi router, basic knowledge to browse internet for setup and faster internet speed.

Competitors like Belkin, D-Link

Bottom line

ADS-450 SwannSmart Wi-Fi Network Camera with Secure Cloud Storage is a very good solution for low price home security. Click here for price comparison. Swann has variety of cameras you can hit swann.com to give it a look.