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Samsung Smartcam HD Pro review

An HD security camera with something of an identity crisis
Wed Aug 20 2014, 08:40

Product: Samsung SNH-P6410BN Smartcam HD Pro
Specifications: 1920x1080 resolution HD 1080p at 50fps, 4x digital zoom, infrared LED with true day/night filter, 0.3 Lux (colour) 0.0 Lux (black and white), 802.11 a/b/g/n WiFi, RJ45 Ethernet port, speaker/microphone, audio out jack, microSDXC card slot, AES encryption
Price: £149.99

SAMSUNG APPEARS to have gone a bit maternal with its latest Smartcam, claiming that it's great for ensuring that you don't miss your baby's first words or first steps, but has small office/home office (SOHO) security credentials too.

samsung smartcam and wd-ex2Design
The Smartcam HD Pro is just under 12cm tall and weighs just 300g, including the base, which can be detached for wall mounting should you prefer. It's sleek, modern and subtle and sits almost apologetically on a shelf, unnoticeable unless the infrared lighting is on in a darkened room. Ours is hidden amongst some ornaments and hasn't been spotted by anyone visiting. The build quality is a little flimsy, but for something that will spend its working life in a stationary position, the need for any kind of reinforcement is minimal.

The Smartcam HD Pro is a joy to configure. Download the app available for Android and iOS, and allow your device to connect to its WiFi hotspot. It will then ask you for the credentials for your router. Once these are input, within two minutes the device will configure itself on your network and you can go back to your regular WiFi hotspot.

The camera has no internal memory aside from a short buffer, so for recording you will need to buy and insert a microSD card into a small slot on the base of the main unit. Once this is done you will be required to set up an account to allow remote access. All in all, you can be up and running within 10 minutes.

The quality of the images provided by the Smartcam HD Pro make it a cut above a standard security camera. This is more of a hybrid device, somewhere between a security camera and webcam. Colours are well-defined and images are crisp, even at a distance. The only thing that takes this below near-broadcast quality is the framerate, which will start to show imperfections on a big screen.


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