Surveillance Camera review - 06/2019

Did the neighbours secretly take the berries again or was it the deer from the surrounding forest? A surveillance camera is the perfect solution to clarify these cases or simply to deter uninvited guests.

It is now available in various versions: as a set for video surveillance outside, as an IP camera with WLAN connection, with night vision and motion detector function.

We have tested and evaluated different cameras for private use.

last modified: 10.10.2019, 9:14
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Our winner: HiKam A7 ieGeek 1080 P Lupus Electronics LE201 Ctronics WLAN IP Kamera Outdoor COOAU 1080 P

HiKam
A7

ieGeek
1080 P

Lupus Electronics
LE201

Ctronics
WLAN IP Kamera Outdoor

COOAU
1080 P

  • Picture quality
  • Connection
  • Motion detection
  • Alarm
  • Picture quality
  • Sensitive motion detection
  • Connection
  • Picture quality
  • Sensitive motion detection
  • Connection
  • High quality workmanship
  • Connection
  • Motion detection
  • Picture Quality
  • Sensitive motion detection
  • Alarm function
  • Commissioning
  • Cheaply processed
  • No push messages
  • App
  • A "grey haze" covers the picture
  • Connection can be terminated at any time
  • Transmission partly delayed

The commissioning only worked through detours, once the camera is installed it works wonderfully.

The first impression was not confirmed. The device does a reasonable job.

The camera convinces in all aspects, only the app needs a little rework.

The picture quality is poor. Apart from that the device does a good job.

The device convinces with a very good picture quality. Unfortunately, the connection can be interrupted at any time.

Image quality
Motion Detection
Connection
Handling
Weather resistance
Scope of delivery Power supply unit(3m), LAN cable sealing set, adjustment key, mounting plate power supply, Wi-Fi antenna, LAN cable, operating instructions, mounting accessories Power supply unit, Wifi antenna, operating instructions, mounting accessories Power supply unit, LAN cable, mounting accessories, operating instructions WiFi antenna, network cable, power supply, user manual, mounting accessories
Compatibility PC, MAC, iOS, Android iOS/Android devices, Windows PC and web browser Mac, Windows, Android, iOS Mac, Windows, Android, iOS iOS/Android devices, Windows PC and web browser
Memory expansion maximum 128 GB maximum 128 GB maximum 128 GB maximum 128 GB maximum 128 GB
Packaging Simple, Printed with information and image of the surveillance camera simple Attractive and simple Simple, printed with information Simple, printed with information
Additional warranty - - - - -
Quality of instructions Good Good Satisfactory Good Very Good
Manual language DE,EN,FR,IT DE,IT,SP,FR DE, EN DE, FR, SP DE, EN, FR, SP
Width 6,0 cm 6,4 cm 6,1 cm 6,5 cm 6,2 cm
Height 18,5 cm 15,8 cm 15,1 cm 17,2 cm 17,0 cm
Depth 6,0 cm 6,4 cm 6,1 cm 6,5 cm 6,2 cm
Weight 380 g 365 g 450 g 361 g 334 g
Voltage 100-240 V 12 V 12 V 5 V 12 V
Processing Good Satisfactory Good Good Satisfactory
Alarm
Camera resolution 1280 x 960 P 1920 x 1080 P 1280 x 720 P 1280 x 720 P 1920 x 1080 P
Motion detection
Face detection - - - -
Speaker Loudspeaker for voice instructions during installation - - - -
microphone - - -
Night Vision Range
Visual Field 80° 75° 92° Unknown 90°
Time function
Weatherproofness
- - - - -
Test seal: HiKam A7, Rating 1.7
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Test seal: ieGeek 1080 P, Rating 1.9
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Test seal: Lupus Electronics LE201, Rating 2
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Test seal: Ctronics WLAN IP Kamera Outdoor, Rating 2.1
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Test seal: COOAU 1080 P, Rating 2.3
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HiKam

A7

Test seal: HiKam A7, Rating good

The surveillance camera from HiKam has a very high resolution. You have the possibility to choose between "SD" and "HD" picture quality. Another advantage is the sensitive motion detection, almost every motion has been recognized. Another positive feature is the alarm, which is just as reliable as the motion detector if it is activated. Once the device is connected to the Internet, the connection with Wi-Fi antenna or LAN cable runs perfectly.

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HiKam - A7

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Try to adjust the motion detection area so that there are no objects in the picture that can easily move in a case of a wind gust.

If you use an SD card to save the data, the images will be saved even if you are not connected to the Internet.

According to the regulatory authorities, recordings can be stored for a maximum of 72 hours. In special cases, a longer period is also permitted.

If the cable of the surveillance camera is too short, you can use an extension cable to place the camera at the desired location.

With certain applications for Smartphone, Tablet or PC you are able to see several cameras bundled on one screen, even from different brands on one screen.

 

Test Procedure
In the preparation of the test, we have defined practical requirements and the following test criterias:

  • Handling
  • Picture Quality
  • Motion Detection
  • Connection
  • 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.

Product selection
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.

The central component of practically all surveillance cameras is a sensitive CMOS sensor. CMOS is the abbreviation for "Complementary Metal-Oxide Semiconductor" and describes a semiconductor sensor made of metal oxide that registers the light waves and converts them into electrical signals that can be further processed or stored. A wide-angle lens is located in front of the sensor. Modern surveillance cameras today make it possible to take pictures in HD quality with 1,280 x 720 pixels to 1,920 x 1,080 pixels.

lens of the HiKam A7...
This is how the lens of the HiKam A7 looks like.

With different models, it is also possible to take still pictures with a resolution of at least 2 MP. The connection between the camera and the recording device or monitor is made either via a cable or wirelessly via WLAN. Many surveillance cameras are equipped with a motion sensor that only activates the camera when motion is detected and a slot for memory cards (SD or Micro SD cards) to store video recordings.

The security cameras overlooking the garden.
The security cameras have their eyes fixed on the garden.

The range of surveillance cameras and in particular IP cameras has grown continuously in recent years. The reason for this is the sharp rise in the need for security among many people. In this guide, we have compiled everything you need to know about surveillance cameras for private use and show you what you should pay attention to if you are buying a surveillance camera.

What is a surveillance camera?

HiKam A7 lens.
All cameras at once.

A surveillance camera is a video camera used to observe a specific area. It is often connected to a recording device or IP network. Cameras and recorders used to be relatively expensive and required people to monitor the recordings. However, analysis of footage has been simplified by automated software that organizes digital video footage into a searchable database and by video analysis software (such as VIRAT and HumanID). Motion sensors can drastically reduce the amount of video footage by only recording video when motion is detected.

How do we test at askgeorge.com?

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  • Which suppliers are on the market?
  • What current products are there?
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  • What tests are we going to run?
  • What is the test procedure?

When everything's settled, we'll bring the devices to us. For each product the test procedure, the measured values and product properties are documented in detail. We create photos and videos. We evaluate the results for you, summarize everything in a test report and calculate the test grade.

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