When Valkor brought Remocam to my bench from the Luxury Tech Show, I didn’t know what to expect. I’ve never heard of the company and from a quick Google search, all I can tell is that they’re a new tech entity (2015) from California. Valkor knows how much of a home automation & security nut I’ve become, so, I was looking forward to testing this out. And the fact that I have no expectation actually makes it better.
Once you get through the packaging, you’ll find within its confines the Remocam, which is matte black in color, spherical in shape and compact by design; the device captures video in 720HD resolution and sits on a circular table that gives you a range 335 degree pan (Horizontal) and 95 degree tilt (vertical). The back panel has an audio IN/OUT, which you might consider using if you are in a big room, a micro SD for local storage, and a power port.
If you’re new to Wi-Fi cams and home security, then Remocam is a great entry level device; the directions are fairly straightforward and it takes about a minute to setup and connect to your home’s Wi-Fi. Once that’s done, you then download the Remocam app via the App store or Play store, create an account, scan the unique QR code generated from the app for verification using the Remocam eye and you’re done. You're now ready to keep watch of your goods remotely through your Remocam from anywhere in the world.
The Remocam has the ability of 2-way communication, which is great for pet owners or for those of us who have elderly parents living alone. In addition, it has push alerts and motion detection for when no one is home and someone has entered your area that may or may not have permission to do so. Under settings and security, you can sound an alarm, speak, listen, record and take pictures. The app also has a phone contact list of numbers to call in case of an emergency, like a neighbor, brother, sister or 911; of course, you have to set that up prior to use.
The moment motion is detected, Remocam will push a notification to your phone as well as begin recording, which is then stored either on the Remocam cloud service (subscription based $$$) or you can store video locally on a MicroSD card, depending on your preference. The MicroSD storage is a unique feature amongst wireless cams as most, if any, doesn’t offer such a feature. Motion detection also works during the evening hours as the eye is surrounded by 8 infrared sensors with the quick ability to transition from light to dark, reducing the white screen delay, so that everything is captured. Also attached above and below the eye is a Universal remote and receiver, which can be used to turn on/off TVs, smart appliances, or in my case, the A/V receiver, with just a few clicks. Setting up the Remocam remote was just as simple as setting up Remocam itself. And if your device isn’t the preprogrammed Samsung, Sony, or an LG then no worries, bring the stock remote to the eye and the setup will walk you through the process. Keep in mind, the Remocam eye does require general "line of sight" for this to work since it is an IR device but, it comes in handy if you leave something on and need to turn it off. Or maybe turn something on prior to when you get home, such as an air conditioner.
First up, Remocam is legit easy to setup and use. And when the directions say one minute setup - it literally takes one minute, which kicked off the experience on a positive note. Video quality is impressive, with sharp clear images. And the clarity of HD streaming and recording while using x3 digital zoom in either light or dark environments really impressed me; and with that I also include the quick transition of night vision, reducing blind spot that you get in recording. The IR remote has its practical uses, especially when I or my roommate leaves the AV receiver on. The two-way communication was a major plus, which I had more fun with than I should. But at the same time, I can see the benefit of having such a feature, especially when dealing with the elderly or a way to get at your kids, if they’re getting a little too rambunctious. Otherwise, Remocam is an amazing piece of surveillance equipment that’ll make a great addition in your home.
The sound had its ups and downs; yes it caught a lot of low speaking voices but there was a lot of background noise that it captured as well. I’ll also include the motor grind; on the outside, the motor sound is barely audible but while recording or streaming it overwhelms all sound, especially conversations. The app works very and mostly covers all my needs but there were times I wanted to see it on the big screen. So if possible, there should also be a desktop addition of the Remocam app as well, for those who can access a computer rather than checking their phone.
As mentioned before Remocam a great entry level surveillance camera, with a hefty dose of features, while giving you great ease of access to see, hear, and communicate within your home, while you’re away from home. It’s definitely worth checking out. And out of TOV 5 stars, I’m giving Remocam the perfect score of 5 stars.