I have 2 x UCam247i 1080P cameras on the same network as we experienced car vandalism. Because my apartment lease does not allow anything to be mounted externally, we use them through glass. I’ve recently taken a neighbour to court and won, using the video footage from this camera.
– 1080P, good video exported as h.264 (MP4).
– Easy to set up using WiFi or wired ethernet. I use it with a TP-Link Powerplugs and it works fine.
– Support responses are very fast.
– The UCam247i 1080P camera and included software (or Sighthound software) combo works great. I’ve tried this package on both PC (recording to a Storage Pool), recording to exclusive internal drive and on a Macbook Air (Saving videos to external HD). The only downside versus recording to SD card, is that the camera server (PC, MAC or NAS) need to be on permanently to record and save the video.
– 2 cameras work great side-by-side, one watching car park and one watching entrance to apartments, both cameras are split in Sighthound for optimum usability.
– Works very well with Sighthound software which I think is superb. Eyespy247 recommended this software to me, after I’d tried the included software and their first recommendation ‘Blue Iris’, both of which just did not work for me. Too many false alerts through glass.
– Firmware updates are easy, keeping the cameras up-to-date.
– The included software uses ActiveX and Live View which is only viewable in IE browser. I use Chrome and Firefox.
– After 3 months and trying every conceivable Motion Detection setting – using the included software – there was always a plethora of false alarms and missed and incomplete videos. In a week it would fill a 32GB SD card with 10,000 videos. This is using the camera through glass.
– Firmware Update releases should be detailed on the EyeSpy24 website. How else are we supposed to know when a new firmware is released and required?
What I learned using the camera through glass…
If the lighting is good outside at night, the camera will work well through glass – ensure you switch off the camera LED’s in your web panel. I live in a 2nd floor apartment and it watches the car park. I’ve recently taken a vandal/neighbour to court and won, the evidence was good enough for a prosecution in a magistrates court – even though it did not show the offenders facial features.
Personally, I recommend scrapping the included software for recording video, (you’ll never get it working right through glass), and purchase Sighthound software instead. Sighthound records continuously in HD for the period you determine (I record/store data for 5 days, and allocate a 1TB drive – 500GB x 2 cameras), after which time it overwrites the previous data after this allocated period. You can set any time and space allocation. *Bear in mind, Sighthound does not record audio so if this is a requirement look elsewhere.
Sighthound works differently in that it searches the recorded video for specific rules such as people, cars, animals and categorises these with various filters including recording for your desired times (Example: 10pm – 8am). Exporting videos is also easy per event and includes camera name, date and time. The time stamp on the videos is nicer, and the guys at Sighthound are great too. Incidentally, I have 2 of these cameras working fine with Sighthound, on PC, Mac and remotely via Android and Apple phones, using the Sighthound app.
Disclaimer: I am not associated with UCam247 nor Sighthound. This is simply a recommendation based on my positive experience.