In the preparation of the test, we have defined practical requirements and the following test criterias:
- Picture Quality
- Motion Detection
- Weather Resistance
In order to be able to evaluate these criteria, we created several tests for the surveillance cameras. In these tests all cameras are installed inside as well as outside. The first step is to evaluate the installation and assembly. While the devices are in position, the connection via LAN and Wi-Fi is checked for stability and time shift. The connection to the smartphone is also assessed. If the devices are installed outside - in a garden - the image quality of all devices is checked during the day and at night. The result is documented with still images. In addition, the motion detector and alarm function are activated to test them. The devices are exposed to all weather conditions for several months to test their strength. Inside, the process is repeated: the image quality of the cameras is checked day and night. When the motion detector and alarm are activated, the sensitivity of the sensors is tested. Finally, the storage capacity of the surveillance cameras is checked.
In order to rule out errors and to ensure that they are resistant to everyday use, each test takes place in several rounds.
The test criteria are given percentages depending on their importance. The final score is then objectively calculated from the test criteria using an algorithm.
Our product selection is based on observation of the current market. In addition to popular branded products, we also include insider tips in our selection. Criteria such as price and range of functions are an important factor for us. The test field is also determined by analysis and evaluation of customer reviews and external tests (e.g. Stiftung Warentest).
The devices are purchased anonymously or lent to us by the manufacturer. Retailers and manufacturers have no influence on the tests and our evaluation.
As soon as new relevant products come onto the market, our test field is extended by these. The new products go through the same test as the already tested devices.