The camera came nicely packaged in a cylindrical tube, the top half being clear displaying the camera. After cutting a couple seals the top “clear” half comes off and inside you will find the camera, base, magnetic wall/ceiling mount, power adapter, USB Cable “nice and long”, mounting hardware for the mount and a quick start guide. The camera itself has a nice heavy duty feeling to it, it’s not a light piece of plastic by any means.
The first thing you’ll want to do is charge the camera, I used the enclosed charger and USB cable then let it charge till the front light turned green. You’ll also want to download and install the Guardzilla app for your Android or IOS device. Next, follow the instructions for turning on the camera and setting up an account through the Guardzilla app. It’s very simple to do and only took me a few minutes to get everything connected and running.
What’s very unique about this camera is it really does give you a full 360 degree view, when sitting upright and using their app you can move your phone around to look all around the area, straight up, all around and most of the way down to the floor. The app has a selector to pick how you have the camera mounted. We currently have it mounted on the wall above our front door and it gives an excellent 180 degree view side/side. My neighbor was pretty amazed how you could look around the image with this, “he’ll probably be picking one up very soon”. When setting up the camera you will want to go into the settings and play around with the motion detection sensitivity, brightness, alert types and other settings you may want for your individual preferences. There’s also a built in microphone and speaker that allows you to hear and talk back through the camera, it works pretty well and if the camera isn’t mounted too far away you can be heard fairly easily.
Setting the image quality on “high” in the app produces excellent video quality. I don’t know what the hit is on battery life but changing it down a little will probably help extend it. I’ve been heavily testing this unit and recording / viewing a lot more than I normally would so I’ll have to test out the battery life once I get into more real world use. At the moment it’s been a lot of fun being able to pan the phone around and look about the area so I’m pretty much eating up the battery really fast but still get 3 or so days out of it. If you plan on using this where there’s a lot of activity, “or just like messing around with it”, I would recommend using the adapter and cable to keep it powered up, the USB cable is around 10’ long so it’s plenty long to reach. The battery would act as a backup in case of a power outage “as long as your network has backup power”.
All the videos are stored in the cloud, and there’s no SD card slot or external onsite storage with this, it’s strictly cloud based. The cloud storage is plenty fast and playback wasn’t hindered on my end either using my home based Wi-Fi, cellular data, or the free public Wi-Fi at my car dealership while I was waiting for an oil change. The free 2 days of storage would probably be plenty for anyone wanting to use this as a monitoring device or short term security. I’d opt for one of the plans they offer for longer videos “30 seconds instead” and longer storage lengths “7 or 30 days” the cheapest plan if you purchase annually is $50 which isn’t bad at all, or $4.99 a month if you want to go that route. The company is also offering professional monitoring but I haven’t looked into this part of it as of yet.
This is a new device and somewhat newer technology in the security camera world so I’m going to give the company and developers the benefit of the doubt that they will be enhancing this even more with future updates. Their customer support has been quick to answer back and very helpful getting things figured out. This is a great addition to our security system and I’d recommend it to anyone.