I have had this camera installed for about a two weeks and I am not thrilled with it. First let’s discuss the cost, the camera will set you back $99.00 you might be able to find it on sale at a big box store. Once installed EACH camera will come with a 30 day free monitoring after that it will cost $4.00 for each camera. For what you truly get its way overpriced at best it should be a $20 camera because of the lack of simple features discussed below.
Set-up- setting up this camera was very simple and took me less than 10 min. Simple.
Video- it’s the most important thing isn’t it? Video quality is good however this camera has horrible camera lag, you can walk in front of it, and watch your phone you won’t see the action, go make dinner, have a drink, have desert, see a movie, look at your phone again and maybe by now it will show you walking in front of it (ok not that long but close) the lag is not acceptable! I have high speed internet in my house ( 50mps) I thought maybe this was my wifi problem so I installed a wifi range extender in the room where my simpli cam is and the result was the lag is now down to a 14 second lag, which doesn’t sound like that much but it is still too long. A thief could be in your home and disable the system before he would ever appear on video . Simpli safe does not even contact you unless the alarm is active for 30 seconds !
Video Storage- Simpli safe stores all video in the cloud accessible via the Simpli Safe app. There is no ability to add a micro SD card and I do not know how long they save stored events on their servers. At this price point it should offer both cloud and onsite storage.
Adjustments- There are very few adjustments with this camera and all are done via the app. Basic adjustments are missing. Want to increase the sound? Can’t do it, want to zoom in? can’t do it, want to use two way talk? Can’t do it- there is no setting for this. I even contacted Simpli safe and they confirmed all of this.
Mount- this camera only has one style of mount. It has to sit on a flat surface, no way to mount it on a wall. This limits where you can place it.
Night mode- Night mode is very good, in fact mine is always in night mode (not my choice) I guess my rooms don’t have enough light. You can turn off night mode but then if you do the camera wont record anything at night. Frustrating
Can I use it without Simpli Safe- No it only works with Simpli safe.
Bottom line. This camera and the app are not ready for prime time, maybe by the 2nd or 3rd generation but right now it is not worth the money. There are MANY other wireless cameras to choose from that do not suffer the same setbacks as Simpli safe. Maybe Simplisafe will realize their camera’s shortcomings and allow companies that know how to make a camera integrate with the Simpli safe system. This camera was released out of Beta way to soon.