I don’t know about you but ever since I’ve had the kids I’ve become a bit (ahem) of a worrier. And it’s not just when we are out and about, or when they are away from me at school, but due to a spate of attempted break-ins across the village, I even worry when we are safely in our home.
As much as I’d love to have CCTV in every corner of our house and garden, I know that isn’t really achievable on a small budget, and so when I was introduced to the new Neos SmartCam, packed with features found in more expensive indoor cameras, for the insanely low price of £19.99 (plus £4.99 for tracked next day delivery) I couldn’t wait to give it a try!
The Neos SmartCam is perfect for the family home, not just for monitoring the outside of your house, but for the indoors too. How many times have you left the house and wondered what your dog got up to whilst you’ve been gone? Or left the room and come back to suspicious little children and wondered what on earth they’d been up to while your back was turned? I love that for such a low price you can use the Neos SmartCam in a number of rooms, and a number of ways, constantly changing from one day to the next.
For me the main focus was to use our SmartCam to monitor the front of our house. When I’m home alone during the day I get super nervous when someone knocks at the door and I love that, linked to my phone, I can view the live-streaming, in razor sharp 1080p full HD, and see exactly who is there before I choose whether to answer it! And although the SmartCam is an indoor camera, discreetly placed on a window sill facing outwards, it is the perfect way to monitor the front of our house and show me exactly what is going on, and who is coming and going.
The SmartCam is powered by mains electricity and comes with a 1.8 metre power cable. For those who prefer to mount the SmartCam you can buy a mounting kit with a 1.5 metre extension cable form the Neos online store.
I’ll be honest with you, whenever we get a new gadget such as this, I instantly hand it to Gaz and assume it will be way too complicated for my frazzled brain to deal with. But, with Gaz at work and desperate to give it a go, I thought I’d have a look at the instructions and literally within a couple of minutes I had the app downloaded, the SmartCam registered, and up and running on my phone! Easy!
For those who want to use multiple SmartCams in their home you can add more than one camera to the same app which definitely makes life easier. At £19.99 I am already planning on buying a second camera for the back of our house just to feel extra secure when we are in, or away from, our home.
Once your SmartCam is connected to your wifi you can begin the set up process, each step explained along the way (for even the least technically minded people like me!) so it really couldn’t be any easier.
I love that if for some reason you do come across any difficulties there are handy troubleshooting options for further details, as well as a fantastic customer service team.
With the SmartCam all set up you can start to explore the settings and really get to grips with all of the features. For such a low price, small device, it’s pretty amazing what it can offer –
- 1080p Full HD: Captures sharp images to see every detail
- Night vision: Enhanced night vision to see in the dark
- Motion detection: Senses movement and sends alerts straight to the smartphone
- Live stream: See through the camera lens in real time, anytime via the app
- Auto-arming: Automatically switches on and off as you arrive or leave the home
- Noise detection: Built-in motion sensor, with push notifications and sound sensitivity controls in the app
- 2-way audio: Hear what is happening in real time and respond accordingly
- 8x digital zoom: Pinch and zoom to see more in live view and playback
- Cloud recording: Automatically records motion, storing 12 seconds of video on the cloud
- Flexible design: Simple installation and setup, with a 3-axis movement to point the camera in the best position
- SD card enabled: SD card compatible to continuously record video even without Wi-Fi
- Download clips: Save video clips on the phone and share with family and friends
I have to say I was super impressed with the quality of the camera and the fact that I could take photos, zoom, record and speak via the app. With the SmartCam perfectly position I have full view of my front door, car and driveway straight from my phone, which is pretty amazing and, over the last week of using the camera, I have felt so much more secure when I’m home alone with the children which can only ever be a good thing.
It’s also been good fun to turn the camera around and take a look at the things going on inside our home, the fact that every time we leave the house Oscar spends the whole time sat up against the window waiting for our return. Or how every time I disappear upstairs to sort the washing, or the front room to hoover round, I can see exactly what the kids have been up to and who has been up to mischief. Now that’s what I call a success!!
We are so impressed with the Neos SmartCam and whether you’re after a little extra home security, something to look out for your pets, your kids, or even to check whether your teens leaves for school on time on the days you’re not there (I checked, he did….), I honestly can’t recommend it enough!
You can buy the Neos SmartCam over at www.shop.neos.co.uk
** We were sent the Neos SmartCam for the purpose of this review and compensated for our time. All words and opinions are my own. **