Keep an eye on your home or business with this Zmodo EZCam ZM-SH721-SD wireless high-definition video monitoring camera, which comes with a 16GB microSD card for simple recording. The Zsight app (free download required) makes setting up this camera easy.
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Posted by: beans from: on
I wanted to write a review in order to give more details about what this camera actually does. The details provided by Best Buy and the manufacturer are minimal, so I wasn't really sure what I was getting when I ordered it. I surprised that the manufacture does not provide more details about this camera. I ordered it out of curiosity.
A smart phone (iPhone or Android) is required to use this camera. It does not have a built-in screen and does not work with just a computer. I'm using it with an Android phone and the Zsight app.
Setup and connection to my wifi was easy. The camera is the dark circle in my picture. The white is just the stand. You can separate the two if you want. It comes with a USB cable and power adapter to power the camera. The USB cable is about 9 feet long. There is what looks like a small button on the back of the camera, but I didn't see anything indicating what it is for. It looks like maybe a reset button.
It comes with a micro SD card which holds 3 days of recording. Once setup, the camera records continuously onto the SD card, and you can go back up to 3 days to see video. Once the SD card fills up, it just removes the oldest video from the card and continues recording. This is automatic and no user input is required for this.
It records in color when there is enough light. Otherwise, it will turn on some IR lights and the recorded video will be in black & white. Note the picture where my camera shows 8 IR lights. The blue center light is always visible when the camera is operating. Trying to record outside activity at night from inside may be problematic as the IR lights can create a reflection on the window that the camera will focus on.
The device records audio and will broadcast your voice from the app on your smart phone to a speaker on the camera, but I have not tested these features yet.
The camera does get quite warm, but I have not seen any indication that this is a problem for it. There is a sticker on the side of the camera saying that it is a hot surface.
I have not removed the included micro SD card to see what types of files are written to it.
You control the camera with your smart phone and the Zsight app. While this app is functional, it could use some additional features and quality control. When playing back recorded video, the app will freeze on my phone if I change the starting time that I want it to replay too many times. Going out and back into the app gets it working again.
The Android app has the following features:
. Access to multiple cameras (if you own more than one).
. Notifications (alerts) when the camera notices movement. I don't know how significant the movement needs to be to register, and I don't know how long it takes to reset before an additional notification will be sent. By seeing the time stamp of the notification (alert) in the app, you can play back recorded video from that time period.
. Watch live or recorded video & audio stream from the camera from anywhere in the world where you have a data connection to your phone.
. While watching live video, you can change the quality of the picture. This was the only place I could see where you can change the quality. I was not able to get it to record to the on-device SD card at different qualities.
. While watching live video, you can broadcast audio to a speaker on the camera. I've not tested this feature, so I don't know how well it works.
. From the live view, you can capture a picture and/or video directly to your phone for storage and replay at a later time.
. While watching recorded video, you can capture a picture directly to your phone for view at a later time.
. The playback feature allows you to choose the date and time of recorded video that you want to watch (stream to your phone). I would prefer that the time used a chooser similar to the date as it can be difficult to slide the time precisely. This is where the app has frozen on me - when trying to select the precise time for playback.
. Push Alerts and Microphone (audio) recording can be enabled or disabled in the app settings.
. You can share access to the camera with other people (as long as they install the app on their smart phone).
. You can choose between a software or hardware decoder for playback on your phone. I was unable to get playback to work when I had the hardware decoder selected (Samsung Galaxy Note 3).
That's all I can think of now. I'm quite happy with the camera and find it very functional. I have not tried other devices that may operate similarly.
30 out of 32 found this review helpful.
This camera was exactly what I was looking for!
Posted by: Sydney from: on
I was looking for a camera to watch my house while I was out of town, and this one did the trick. I set it up just inside my front door, which enabled me to see out to the street. I could see the mailman come up and deliver, along with a tiny bit of the street. I like the wide viewing angle, it lets me see the whole foyer so when I am out I can see where my dog is sleeping. I like the included SD card, but I doubt I will use it. I use my camera to watch what is going on live so I don’t have a lot of use for the recording function.
The device itself was easy to setup. Though I did run into issues with the Android app, once those were resolved I was able to see the camera anytime I wanted. The physical install was just as easy, a few screws and it was good to go. I do have to mention the body of the camera got a little hot when I was doing some last minute adjustments, please make sure you turn the unit off for a little while if you are going to touch it. Since mine is mounted to the ceiling this won’t be something I will deal with too often.
26 out of 29 found this review helpful.
Excellent security camera.
Posted by: Honey from: Washington, DC on
I bought this camera for a friend who was worried about the concierge staff in her apartment building entering her home while she was out. Several things were missing or broken. Two days after setting up the camera, the culprit entered and started watching television. My friend recieved the alert on her cell phone and called the police. Needless to say, mystery and case solved.
20 out of 21 found this review helpful.
Posted by: AgNO3 from: on
The specifications found both on this website, the Google Play store for the Zsight app, and on the product's packaging all state "requires Android 2.3 and up", the packaging states "Setup requirements: A Smartphone or Tablet", yet when the app's page is loaded from a tablet running Android 4.2 it states "Your device isn't compatible with this version.".
Why does an instruction pamphlet and/or tablet ready app not exist for this product if the packaging states it can be set up with one?
24 out of 27 found this review helpful.
Good but can be improved.
Posted by: ocuser01 from: on
I bought 2 of this camera to monitor the front and back of the house. I just had a Zsight update today that I hope fixes the issue of false alarms. I kept on getting snapshots yet there were no movements on both cams. The cam does get a bit hot monitoring 24/7 even though I have restricted recording only when movement is detected. Since the cam is located inside facing a window to the outside, it does have issues at night when the night vision kicks in and it reflects the light back to the camera. You may get some issues with wireless connection if the cam is located quite a distance from your router. There were times when my connection would drop but would re-connect. To be fair though, the cam has good daytime resolution and you can access it virtually from anywhere. The Zsight application has limitations but recently have been updated to add the functionality of Camera Schedule and Notification settings which were previously only available on the Zviewer pc application (Great update). I hope the bugs are out and developers keep on improving it.
15 out of 15 found this review helpful.
Great Camera for the Home
Posted by: ldtester11 from: on
I was invited to test this camera by Zmodo for 9 days. Over those 9 days I put the camera in my front window. since the camera is small enough it was in a spot where people who walked in front of my house couldnt see it, as it blended in with my christmas tree. From testing zmodo's EZCam I found it useful, I had packages being delivered to my house and was able to to ensure that it was delivered by watching the video live or by playing it back in time to see the mailman deliver it. This camera also has amazing range. the front of my house is about 70 yards away from the road and I can see the road and hear cars going by clearly. Although, my window is quite dirty, you can still see pretty clearly through it. The night vision also works pretty great on the camera, as it got darker the camera switched over towards different shades of night, and I could still see a decent distance. Overall I thought this camera worked really well, and I'm thinking about getting a few for my home after testing it.
29 out of 37 found this review helpful.
Camera can't find my network
Posted by: NoTalentHack from: on
I'd like to be able to give this camera a glowing review. I particularly like the fact that it's got built in storage so no need to subscribe to the cloud-based service of some of its competitors.
However, when trying to download the ZSight app on my Android phone (an Alcatel OneTouch), the play store tells me the app won't run on my hardware.
Downloading Zight to an iPad was successful, however each time I attempted to set up the device, it failed to locate my network. Tried this on two separate networks in two different buildings - a Verizon home network and a Verizon DSL. Network and password were correct, as I wouldn't have been able to get the iPad online if they weren't.
So, I am not a happy camper and at this point feel I should have gone with a more expensive and presumably more reliable product.
11 out of 11 found this review helpful.
Posted by: BLESSINGS from: GAINESVILLE, FL on
Camera works well for a small area and setup at the location to be used. I did a preview setup at another location and when I tried to change location (another address) I could not get it to work. However, in the original setup location I worked very well.
7 out of 7 found this review helpful.
Posted by: nightmare from: on
Was excited to buy this item, got it up and running and within 6 hours the camera stopped working. Had to return it for a Belkin camera and happy now
7 out of 7 found this review helpful.
great little security camera
Posted by: penny from: on
I purchased this for a great price to primarily keep an eye on my 3 dogs. it was super easy to set up. just download an app to your phone, plug in the camera , set up a password, scan the QR code and you're done. the camera gives really nice pictures and video. night vision is ok. enough to see whats needed and the camera itself can be mounted almost anywhere. I turn off notifications for now because it will send you notifications constantly. if your away on vacation it is useful but its easy just to login and check when you want to see what the camera is seeing at any given time. Mine came with an sd card that can be reset when full or it just writes over itself. the unit gets warm but i don't find that a concern since its listed as normal. i haven't been able to set the time yet (the date is easy to set) the instructions are very basic and it says to set time you need to access the camera by logging into the IP address but i'm thinking there has to be an easier way. except for that, i really like this camera.