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Oco HD Wi-Fi Camera review: The Oco security camera keeps cloud storage costs at bay

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MSRP: $149.00

The Good Cloud recording and storage for the Oco HD Wi-Fi Camera starts at just $3.99 per month. You can set Oco's live video stream to adjust automatically based on the network connection.

The Bad Oco periodically goes offline for no reason, its push-to-talk feature is laggy, you can't record footage on demand, its night-vision sensor is too sensitive, and it doesn't have a local storage option.

The Bottom Line The Oco HD Wi-Fi Camera is an OK midpriced security camera that manages to differentiate itself from the identical form factor of the ArcSoft Simplicam by way of its adaptable video stream and lower cloud subscription fees.

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6.8 Overall
  • Features 7
  • Usability 7
  • Design 8
  • Performance 5

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The Oco HD Wi-Fi Camera, available for $149 in the US, £109 in the UK and AU$199 in Australia, used the same third-party manufacturer as ArcSoft's Simplicam . Aside from having matching hardware, these cameras also share many features, such as live streaming, night vision, two-way talk, motion and sound alerts (Simplicam recently added face recognition alerts; Oco, pronounced like "loco," expects to introduce that feature soon), cloud subscription services and more.

But, Oco's cloud service starts at just $3.99 a month (that's roughly £2.50, AU$5 a month at the current exchange rate), where as Simplicam's begins at $4.99 (about £3.25, AU$6.50) and it has an opt-in feature that can automatically adjust the quality of your live stream based on changes in bandwidth. On the other hand, the camera regularly switched between live and offline mode for no apparent reason, its two-way talk feature had a significant lag time, you can only snap photos on demand (as opposed to video), its night vision sensor is trigger-happy and, like many other DIY model's we've reviewed, it doesn't accommodate local storage.

The $149 Oco is alright if you want to keep monthly costs down, but there are other cameras that offer free cloud storage , and I'd suggest starting there instead.

The basics

If you've seen the ArcSoft Simplicam, then you know what Oco looks like.

It has a black finish with brushed silver accents. The base of the camera doesn't provide much height, but it is very versatile. Fold it flat and attach the included mount for a more permanent installation, or use it as a stand that you can set on various surfaces throughout your house. Once it's set up where you want, you can rotate and angle the stand to achieve the right positioning.

This camera is equipped with a 720p video camera, a 120-degree diagonal field of view, night vision, two-way talk, motion and sound alerts and an auto-adjusting video feed. It has a few different monthly cloud service fee levels -- get 1 day for $3.99, 7 days for $9.99 and 30 days for $19.99. The Dropcam Pro's monthly fee options are 7 days for $9.95 and 30 days for $29.95. So, you'll save money if you go with Oco's 1- or 30-day options, but the 7-day option is actually a tiny bit cheaper with the Dropcam Pro.

Oco doesn't have a backup battery, so you'll have to rely on the included power adapter. Plug it in and download the Ivideon app on your Android, iOS or Windows device to start the configuration process. The app configuration took less than 5 minutes and was very similar to Simplicam's Closeli set up.

Oco's Ivideon setup shouldn't take very long. Screenshots by Megan Wollerton/CNET

Once your camera is plugged in, enter your Wi-Fi information and stick the QR code in front of the camera until it beeps. Now, you just have to let the app connect to the camera, which took just under a minute and then it's ready for immediate use.

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