I usually get down to doing a review on a product when I’ve heard something good about it. Then I wanna investigate more to get to the bottom of whether what I heard was true.
But with the Amcrest ProHD Shield 960P (1.3MP/1280TVL) WiFi Video Security IP Camera, I’d just heard about its shape.
Yep, I sure have seen some things in my time but gee whiz, the way Amcrest go on about this product being six sided is strange to say the least. I don’t think many folks care about the way a Camera looks. They care about what it does and I’ll be telling you about that in this review. But hellfire, Amcrest sure are pleased about the shape of this thing. It’s shaped like a big diamond, and yes it looks good but see below for the really important stuff.
by Amcrest [Amcrest]
- Clear Picture (1280×960)
- Remote Viewing
- Easy set-Up
- Smart Motion Detector
- 32 Feet of night vision
- Easy to navigate App
- Low Price
- Low Frame-rate
The Amcrest has a magnetic base so it’s pretty darn easy to mount.
They did oversell the set-up though because you can’t get a picture straight after opening the box.
But the set-up is only 10 minutes long and the majority of that involves simple stuff like downloading the App and waiting for the Wi-Fi recognition. Not too bad.
Ok so the best thing about the picture is that the angle of the Lens is 140 degrees. That’s one of the widest angles on the market so it’ll basically cover a whole room. Place it in the corner and you can see across a large space.
They’ve provided an unusual native resolution though.
It’s 1280×960 and this means it’s theoretically better than 720p and a little worse than 1080p.Theoretically is the word ya’ll because you only get 30 frames per second here instead of the 60 you get on most other high resolution Cam’s. So things moving at a fast pace can become distorted. Burglars aren’t gonna be moving that fast so it’s not much of a problem but you should know about it. I was quite happy with the pictures all in all, and for around 60 bucks they do represent good value and they where clear.
You get 32 feet of night vision and I can tell y’all that for around 150-250 bucks you’d get 100 feet.
But you’re only being asked to pay 64 bucks for this Cam so y’all are gonna have to weigh that up in your mind.
Do you wanna pay quite a bit more for night vision? Or are you happy with 32 feet?
One of the big complaints you will have seen in my other reviews has been about over-active Motion Detectors. The ones where you’re at work and you get a notification because the dog walked past the Camera. It can get quite annoying and this problem exists even on Cam’s that other than this, I liked.
So it was nice to see the smart motion detection on here. On this thing y’all can separate the area of coverage into zones.
Then you can set the sensitivity levels of each zone, meaning that zones where you know family members are going to go, could be made less sensitive. So no false alarms there. Area’s like near the doorway could be made more sensitive. So you’re not gonna be at work receiving notifications that you feel the need to check but you already know are not emergency’s. Great inclusion.
You’re not gonna get a Hard Drive included for this price, but I would suggest you purchase one separately.
You’ll want to keep up to 30 days of recordings for complete security and a Hard Drive is the only way to do this.
You do however get an SD Card slot so you can record a limited amount of footage with a Hard Drive. It will support SD Cards with up to 64gb of space. You have to buy this separately though.
Capture Family Moments
Amcrest have made a big thing about y’all being able to record and capture family moments for later viewing. They’ve been almost as enthusiastic about this as the shape.
But, if you don’t remember when a specific moment occurred you’ll be looking through hours and days of footage before you find it.
So it’s not as easy as they made it seem. You can do it though.
You can go to the App at any time, and from anywhere in the world to view live or recorded footage. You can even speak to the house live and anyone inside can speak back to you. Great for a conversation with the wife in your lunch hour. The sound is ok, but not amazing. I’ve heard better but it was still a good inclusion at the price.
I liked the angle of the Lens because it gives you lots of coverage, the picture is clear and in many cases detailed. The low frame-rate might be an issue if a burglar is moving particularly fast. Of course you’ll still get the motion sensor alert, so you’ll know he’s there.
But a fast-paced burglar might be a problem later when police look at the Cam to try and identify him if he wasn’t caught. It looks pretty good, but not as good as Amcrest thought.
Other than these points I thought this was a darn good deal. It supports up to a 64gb SD Card and the price is very low. This is Bob out and thank you for reading.