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Y-cam Bullet review: Y-cam Bullet

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The Good Sturdy-looking design; Good image quality; Two-way audio communication.

The Bad Indiscrete; Pricey.

The Bottom Line You'll need to be handy with a drill to install it, but the Y-cam Bullet is a very good, professional-standard wireless surveillance camera. It could be more discrete, though.

8.3 Overall

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Imagine you've got a load of valuables at home that you need to protect, but that pit bull terrier puppy you bought as a guard is taking absolutely ages to grow up. What do you do? You could sit around all day with a baseball bat waiting for perps to make an appearance, or you could go out and get yourself a Y-cam Bullet, a £320 wireless security camera designed for both indoor and outdoor use.

Big brother

The Bullet is a big, sturdy-looking unit that more closely resembles a shell from a giant, futuristic shotgun than ordinary handgun munitions. Wherever you install this thing, people will notice it, particularly at night when the red LEDs surrounding the lens illuminate. That's great if you want the camera to act as a deterrent, but not so ideal if you need to conduct covert surveillance. You'll feel more than a little conspicuous installing it outside an ordinary suburban home, and it may alert ne'er-do-wells to the fact you have valuables that need protecting.

Installing the Bullet isn't particularly straightforward. If you're mounting the device outside, you'll need to drill holes into a wall on the side of your property to mount the camera, and then drill a hole through the building itself in order to feed the wad of cables inside. Needless to say, putting a hole through your walls can be a tad unnerving, but, once this is out of the way, setting up the camera itself is simply a case of connecting the power and Ethernet cables (or relying on the camera's Wi-Fi antenna) before entering the camera's IP address into a Web browser to see its video stream.

Perps can't hide

The Bullet's video quality is very good. It delivers a clear 640x480-pixel picture at a relatively reliable 30 frames per second, although this reliability depends largely on the speed of your Internet connection. The slower your connection, the lower your frame rate, so you'll need to be wary of uploading files over the Web while using the camera. 

The Bullet is conspicuous, so it may as act as a deterrent to hoodlums, or, alternatively, may incite them to batter it in.

The Bullet delivers good image quality at night too. A set of infrared lights mounted around the lens illuminates objects in the dark, so you can still get a decent picture of any perpetrators attempting to gain access to your premises in the moonlight. Red LEDs at the front of the unit illuminate to warn intruders that they're being watched.

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