FLIR FX Wireless Cameras: With built-in batteries and Wi-Fi hotspot capability, these cameras offer a simple, portable monitoring solution for your home or small business. Enjoy peace of mind with remote access from your compatible Apple® or Android device (app download required) and up to 33' IR night vision.
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Flir vs. Dropcam
Posted by: willner from: on
I’m not a newcomer to IP cameras and I can say with confidence that FLIR is better suited for my needs. I own a few Dropcams. Dropcam is ok but I’m not entirely pleased. The cameras’ performance has come a long way since I bought them, but as it turns out it wasn’t the right choice for me.
I wanted to have a system that I can use both inside and outside my office. I tried getting outdoor footage with Dropcam by placing the it facing out on my window, but the IR light reflected off the glass and all I got was a mirror image of the camera itself - not very helpful. When I saw that FLIR is both for indoor and outdoor use I decided to try it out (with additional, separately sold casing of course). I bought one camera and I have to say, it’s a whole different ball game.
I don’t have to scan through my timeline. Why do I need hours of usless footage, even if important events are marked? FLIR creates short videos which summarizes all movements around the camera. Even more than that FLIR combines all those movements into one video by superimposing the videos one atop of the other.
In terms of connectivity I’ve been having some issues with Dropcam. The cameras keep disconnecting and I lose footage. I can see that the folks at FLIR worked their way around it by adding a memory card. I also experienced less network glitches.
Reading the reviews on Amazon I can see that subscription is a sore point for IP Camera users. I’m a heavy user myself and am willing to pay the price. I have the Dropcam Clouds subscription and the FLIR Cloud subscription. For lighter users who aren’t interested in paying it’s nice to know that with FLIR you get two free days of recording. Without a subscription on Dropcam you can only view live feed, which I guess why Dropcam is better suited as a baby monitor than a security camera.
All in all, unless something changes over the next couple of days (if so I’ll update), I’m going to start switching out the Dropcams for FLIRs.
32 out of 32 found this review helpful.
Posted by: ChristopherT from: on
I bought this camera from Bestbuy.com and have been extremely pleased with it so far. Great features for the price. I have an android tablet and it works seemlessly. It was so simple to attach the camera to my account once i downloaded the app. The qr code scanning is a great feature. I was pleasantly surprised by the very wide angle view of the camera. I like the two-way audio which seems to becoming standard but I also like the ability to mute the microphone. The video motion detection filtering is excellent and the quality of the night vision was impressive.
One of the best features that I will see myself using regularly is the RapidRecap. You can take up to 8 hours of video and encapsulate it down to a 2 minute video. What a great feature and amesome tool to quicky look for intruders on my property.
I can't be happier with this camera, escpecially for the price. I am looking forward to buying additional cameras for around my house and will be buying some of the outdoor camera housing.
18 out of 18 found this review helpful.
Great camera with great features
Posted by: VAJET from: on
I had heard some great things about this camera and I was excited to receive this order. The first thing I noticed about this camera is the simplicity in the setup process. The scanning of the QR code makes it so easy to setup. I also like the passwords needed for each camera as an extra security measure. I love the wide angle viewing of the camera and the quality of the 1080p. Similar cameras I have had in the past were also 1080 but the video quality of this camera seems superior. I love the two-way audio feature so I can speak to my kids when they walk in the door. It is also nice that you have the ability to mute the audio if you just want to watch. I noticed when playing around with the different features, that the night vision of this camera is excellent. I can't remember any previous cameras that performed this well in this department.
16 out of 16 found this review helpful.
Fantastic Security Camera - FLIR FX
Posted by: bomsaway from: on
Interested in home monitoring I decided to try the FLIR FX camera and was quite pleasantly surprised. Setup was as easy as registering through the iphone app for a cloud account, scanning the QR code on the bottom of the camera and typing in my home wifi password... setup complete.
-One of the normal issues I have with a camera like this is the image warp associated with the wide-angle lens but FLIR has taken care of this with "Angle Correction" which smartly de-warps the image on the fly.
-Shortly after installation the iOS app informed me there was a firmware upgrade available for the camera. I am used to having to plug in the camera into a usb port on a computer, download the firmware and re-flash but FLIR has made this process much easier. Click the button on the app and the firmware upgrade is done wireless from remote.
-At first I was streaming the video in HD but the Standard definition video is so good I switched to SD. Infrared mode works as well as advertised... I ended up turning off night lights as the IR mode works better in complete darkness. The IR images show very distinguishable features even if streaming in SD mode. The microphone sounds stream through the app in perfect clarity (this can be muted), as does the intercom which allows you to talk through the phone back to the camera. You can even set the app to send you notifications by app alert on your phone when the camera detects motion (this can be disabled as well if you are tired of watching your cats fight or you know someone is at home).
-RapidRecap and Snapshot are the reasons I will buy more FLIR FX cameras and add them to my home monitoring plan. The phone app makes creating a recap video as easy as moving a slider through a "history" wheel to select an 8-hour time period. I was a little shocked when I saw the recap video. The video compresses time by showing and tagging moving objects or people with timestamps. So what you end up with is a video that quickly shows moments in time but these moments overlap to make viewing faster. Let me explain... If I am moving through the coverage area and perhaps I move through the camera coverage area 15 times in the span of an hour or so the recap video will show 3 or 4 versions of me at the same time on screen all with timestamps floating above my head. That hour of movement may be covered in 10-15 seconds of recap time but all of my movements are clearly labeled by a time-label that floats above my head in the recap video as I move around. "Creepily awesome" is the best way to describe the incredible manner that FLIR FX recaps moments in time.
-As for my own personal recap... I need more of these cameras to cover the outside and inside of my home. The FLIR FX experience is fantastic.
12 out of 12 found this review helpful.
Good Security Camera for the cost
Posted by: Ride307 from: on
Setup was a bit of a challenge but once it was up, it's a pretty good tool. The mobility is nice because you can move it around your house easily. Not sure I would compare it to other action cameras though. App is a little finicky to.
13 out of 14 found this review helpful.
Good with hopes to get better
Posted by: lprod96 from: Lancaster, PA on
I was looking for a camera for my apartment since the building I live in has been put up for sale and there are many showings with people I don't know coming through. The camera does as advertised by allowing remote access via an app for smartphone or tablets however there is no access yet through the web. Flir states this is in development but has no projected release date. The app is easy to use and you can toggle either motion or audio detection. I have found that even on the lowest setting that the motion detection is over sensitive and alerts me of many false positives. The solution I found, after even trying to call customer service support to resolve this issue, was to enable audio detection versus motion detection since I live in a pretty quiet place. Since I have done this I have not gotten any false readings. Customer service assured me that they are working on the sensitivity issue detect less false positives in the future. The camera does not come with the real user manual so some things aren't completely explained in detail about its functions I found myself contact and customer service several times to answer questions that I had. Each representative was always friendly and willing to help but I did not get every answer that I ask for. One thing to note is that customer service, and the company, are open to suggestions from customers that then get forwarded to the development team to be considered. One issue that I suggested was to be able to disable a very audible beep that comes from the camera if you decide to hit record from the app. Once again, I'm using this to try to monitor my apartment and at times I might randomly just check in on the camera when I don't have it set for audio or motion detection and if there ever was an instance where I wanted to try to capture something that I noticed and I hit the record button it would certainly alert whoever or whatever was happening at that time and I wish this was a function that could be disabled. Overall, after playing with the camera some I have found how to make it work for me. I am also hopeful that the company will roll out updates the only improve the function of the camera. I do like that this camera has the ability to take in an SD card up to 64 gigabytes. It comes with an 8 gigabyte card already. The camera also has other accessories that you can buy and an additional cost for various functions but I have not delved into any of them. The camera is detachable from its base but be aware that the base also acts as an additional battery for the camera doubling the amount of time that you can record footage.
10 out of 10 found this review helpful.
Great little security camera
Posted by: Stealth09 from: on
This security camera has good resolution. It comes with a micro-SD memory card (8 GB, I think). You can set it up to store video on the cloud. It has recording features so that you can set triggers when sound is detect and/or motion. The sensitivity level goes from low to medium to high. The only downside to this is that you need a smart phone or tablet to access any of these features. You cannot do it with a computer. Once you download the app, it takes a while to get setup. There's not much in terms of instructions. The default setting on the camera is no-IR lighting at night. You have to download the app to set it to active. You can set the resolution from standard to HD. The camera angle is about 160 degrees. I think you can set it a smaller angle too so the outside images don't get distorted. I am satisfied with the purchased.
9 out of 9 found this review helpful.
Excellent Performer and Very Useful Features
Posted by: Babtanian from: on
I purchased the FlirFX version with the all-weather outdoor housing accessory...
I did a ton of research before ultimately purchasing the Arlo unit by Netgear initially, based on a Best Buy associate's recommendation. The Arlo is a great unit, especially being completely wireless, but it's effective motion detection distance was insufficient for my purposes (roughly 15 feet). So, more research, and... more research. I was nearly convinced that I needed to consider a much more expensive system to suit my needs.
I liked the features of the FlirFX and figured I would try it as the last chance of having an acceptable system at the $200 to $300 price point. I was slightly discouraged by some of the negative reviews related to false positives in motion detection and difficulty of setup...
I experienced neither of those problems.
If your home wifi network is even moderately suitable, you have enough bandwidth to reliably stream video (Netflix, Hulu, iTunes) and you understand how it works, how you access it, etc., I can't see many people having issues setting up this camera. You download the app, scan a QR code for pairing, enter your wifi password and you're done. Unless the camera is defective, I don't think Flir could have made setup much easier.
Motion detection has been excellent. I purchased the camera primarily to keep watch over our vehicles, which sit in a parking lot in a condominium setting. My truck is approx. 80 feet from the camera, and the FlirFX has had no issues picking up movement around it. Since cars are always moving around, the motion capture did begin to get out of hand, but one of the excellent features of the FlirFX camera solved that in a heartbeat; "Smart Zone" technology. With Smart Zone, the app places a grid over your viewing area, and you can tell the camera to detect movement only in the areas you want it, while all other areas are ignored. Superb.
Finally, the biggest selling point of the FlirFX for me so far, is the "Rapid Recap" feature. Truly fantastic, unbelievably helpful, and something that introduces an entirely different use for a camera. This feature will create up to an 8-hour window of footage captured by the camera (12 hours with a premium subscription) and create custom video clips allowing you to review everything in minutes. So far, it seems to be a one-hour to one minute ratio, i.e. I can review 8 hours of video footage in about 8 minutes; and my camera is setup to record almost every few minutes. With less motion and sound sensitivity and more Smart Zone restrictions, reviewing an 8 hour window would likely take only a few minutes. The way Rapid Recap works, is that it superimposes all the captured elements and displays them over the same camera view/shot, with time stamp indicators, so you can easily locate and review the individual related video for anything you see that warrants a closer look.
My intention was to basically let the camera do its thing, and review footage only if something happened to the vehicles or the property. With the quick review capabilities of Rapid Recap, there's a clear benefit to reviewing all of the day's footage to possibly detect suspicious behavior before something bad happens, i.e. someone scoping out your home, doing some pre-burglary research, etc.
Flir is currently having some issues with the IOS version of the app, which can affect notifications, but I gave this product the full 5 stars because I'm confident they will resolve those issues, and the camera is just packed with excellent features for an extremely affordable and easy to use platform.
9 out of 9 found this review helpful.
CAUGHT A ROBBERY ON CAMERA
Posted by: MrCox from: on
I bought this camera a week before some college students decided to break into my home and steal some electronics, thanks to the camera I was able to recover all that I had lost! It has given me a sense of safety!
10 out of 11 found this review helpful.
When it works it's great
Posted by: Lida from: on
I've had nothing but problems with this product. It works for a while and then stops working. I've exchanged this a few times.