Recently I had the chance to review the Belkin NetCam, and I reviewed both the HD and non-HD models. Starting with the NetCam HD, it offers wide-angle video, crystal-clear audio, easy mobile-device setup on iOS and Android, email alerts and mobile device recording.
The Belkin NetCam HD also offers night vision which honestly is one of the features that is going to deduct this review a point. This night vision feature needs a major improvement. It’s horrible. I mean yeah the night vision works, but when it’s day, it thinks it’s night. You manually have to go into the NetCam app and turn infrared on / off for day and night unless you have a super eye-blinding environment. Normal lighting does not trigger the night vision to turn off and this applies to both the NetCam HD and non-HD models. A pain-in-the butt? Yes. A major disadvantage, yes. Not everyone wants black-and-white photos which is what you get for night vision. In the day, I want true color images.
The other area the cameras are lacking is in functionality. There is no cloud recording. You literally have to get an email notification that something is going on, launch the app, login, wait for it to load, select your camera and start recording while the event is taking place. That does not make sense to me. Cloud storage is so cheap these days, why isn’t there any recording to the cloud? The other disadvantage is that you have to be tied down to your mobile device to view what’s going on. I really wish there was a web application where I could login through any browser and watch what’s going on.
In terms of quality, both are amazing. I personally prefer the HD model as the quality is better and you get wide-angle video and it doesn’t look outdated.
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