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Product Spotlight: IP Video Cameras for the Home

IP cameras are growing in popularity these days with more and more people using them to keep an eye on things, especially while they're away. On this week's Product Spotlight, Chris takes a look at a few of the ones we've played with lately.

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There are a lot of IP video cameras out there. They tend to be inexpensive and easy to use, which makes them very popular for a lot of people. Let’s take a look at a few of the latest ones we’ve been playing with.

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ADC-V520IR Camera from Alarm.com

We’ll start off with an IP video camera from Alarm.com. This small security camera will connect via Ethernet cable or Wi-Fi, so that you can even put it in more remote areas of your home. Once installed and connected, you can logon to their website or use a smartphone and tablet app to view and control your camera and setup alerts, and you can record video onto a PC that is connected to it through the network.

This particular model includes infrared, so that it can still see in the dark. They say up to 20 feet.

The ADC-V520IR can be found online for anywhere from $120 to $170 bucks.

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Video Monitor CFH-V10 from Kodak

Next up is the Kodak Video Monitor CFH-V10. This is part of their “Connected Family Home” line of products.

This wi-fi enabled camera connects to your home network and can be accessed by using the free iSecurity+ app on both iOS and Android.

Once setup, the camera will record to the cloud and even comes with free 1-day recording. So it’ll keep recording the last 24 hours worth of video, giving you peace of mind. Oh, and it also has two-way audio on it as well, so you can even use it as a baby monitor and talk to your child while they’re in the other room. The Kodak Video Monitor CFH-V10 sells for about 80 bucks online.

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Circle Portable Home Connection Camera from Logi by Logitech

Now, one of the newest products from Logitech, under their new Logi brand, the Circle Portable Home Connection Camera.

This one is also a Wi-Fi camera that connects to an iOS and Android app. Like the Kodak camera, this one includes 24 hours of video storage for free. When the camera detects motion, it’ll start recording and send a notification to our mobile device. You can connect and view the live feed, or go back at the end of the day and see everything that the camera captured. It’s great to keep an eye on your pets while you’re out. With its magnetic base and 12-hour rechargeable battery, it’s portable enough to use in any room in the house. It also sports two way communication, so it’s great for keeping an eye on the kids, either while they sleep, or while they’re playing or doing homework in another room.

The Circle Portable Home Connection Camera by Logi is available in either white or black and can be found online for about 200 bucks.

This has been just a quick look at a few of the options out there. If you’d like more information, click on the pictures of the cameras to visit the manufacturers’ websites.

 

Written by Chris Graveline

Chris Graveline

Chris has covered consumer technology for 14 years. He is a producer of Into Tomorrow with Dave Graveline and the host of This Week in Tech History as well as a regular co-host on "Into Tomorrow with Dave Graveline" and our Technical Director.

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