Dropcam HD Wi-Fi

The Good The Dropcam HD WiFi is a Wi-Fi-enabled high-resolution Webcam with two-way sound capabilities. It offers easy setup and flexible mounting options, and you can view a remote video feed over the Internet or on your iOS or Android mobile device via free Dropcam apps. There's no service fee for basic live viewing. DVR functionality is available with a paid plan and recorded video is stored in the cloud.

The Bad You can't tilt or swivel the camera remotely (the lens is fixed) and you may experience some lag with the video and audio, depending on the speed of your Internet service. The need for AC power precludes true wireless operation. Also, there's no native iPad app.

The Bottom Line The wireless Dropcam HD Wi-Fi is an excellent choice for anyone seeking a light-duty Web-enabled remote security camera that emphasizes quick and easy setup.

Editors' Rating
  • Design 8.0
  • Features 8.0
  • Performance 8.0
8.2 Overall

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Review

Easy wireless video monitor hits its stride

Earlier this year, Dropcam, which has made a name for itself for providing an easy-to-set-up video-monitoring camera and service, released its new video-monitoring camera, the Dropcam HD.

Unfortunately, the initial units the company shipped had quality control problems and Dropcam had to recall them. However, the production issues -- which affected image quality -- were resolved in April, and I've been testing one of the new units for a couple of months and everything is working well.

As you can see, the Dropcam has a pretty interesting design and is fairly tiny. The camera can be removed from its stand -- such as when you connect it to your computer -- but most people will leave it in its stand and either set it up on a flat surface or mount it on a wall.

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Specs / Prices

  • MSRP $149
  • Brand Dropcam, Inc.
  • Camera Type Web camera
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