• Ports: LAN
  • WiFi: Yes
  • Range: 180°
  • Camera: 2-megapixel progressive CMOS sensor
  • Dimensions: 102 x 75 x 89mm
  • Weight: 360g
  • Pros:
  • Weatherproof
  • Easy-to-use
  • Cons:
  • None

Eyes Outdoors

Keeping your home safe has always been a priority for families. Even with security guards and guardhouses, your safety isn’t guaranteed and there are no absolutes. So, why not take safety into your own hands just to add that additional layer of assurance? A basic way of adding security to your home is the addition of a security camera, but with so many options out there it’ll be hard pressed to pick one out.

You can leave out the more industrial or corporate options out as they’re not really necessary for a home, and instead get the more portable ones like the D-Link DCS-2670L. The DCS-2670L is perfect for those who need a camera that can be moved from one place to another while also being placed in an outdoor environment. Weatherproofing is one of the cameras defining features, and also an important factor when it comes to placing it outdoors. It’s sturdy enough to stand up against the toughest weather, and survived a test run where we had a hose spouting water at it.

Pair that with a 180-degree f/2.0 panoramic lens and it enables you to have surveillance for a wide area, with clear detail even in tough conditions. You also don’t have to worry about too much distortion even with the ultra-wide lens, which we can attest to. The camera is capable of recording in 1080p resolution to provide greater detail when reviewing videos, and with that comes better evidence should the situation presents itself. It’s also capable of Night Vision of up to 10m, which turned out pretty good during our tests.

Once you have everything set up nicely, you connect it to your smartphone or tablet through the mydlink app, or using a web browser from a PC. You can also save snapshots and video clips either locally on a microSD card, or directly to your smartphone through the app. To keep you alerted, the camera will send an instant push notification to your phone and automatically record videos and snapshots whenever motion or sound is detected.

CHIP CONCLUDE: A strong choice if you’re in the market for a high quality surveillance camera, whether for indoor or outdoor use.

(to be published in issue October 2018)