Great Video Quality
10X digital zoom.
Wide view angle.
Price is High.
Samsung being one of the leading brands in producing smart products, the Samsung SmartCam HD Pro has knocked off many competitors in the market with its outstanding features. Not only does this IP camera have an extra wide lens and a local storage but its aesthetic look and its ability to capture life-like videos and that too entirely in 1080p have elevated its ranks in the tough competition among other brands. Its top notch wireless technology has been appreciated by many reviewers.
The Samsung SmartCam HD Pro camera will provide its users with a wide array of features that can cater to their every need. Its outstanding video-quality is one of the major plus points coupled with an in-built speaker and a microphone along with remote viewing facility. The Wide Dynamic Range (WDR) and the light enhancer that is provided with the Samsung SmartCam HD Pro improve the visual clarity even more. You can monitor with the help of both iOS and Android app and the best thing is that you can zoom up to 4 times with the help of mobile app and a whooping ten times on PC. Last but not the least, with its Wi-Fi compatibility you can connect it easily with the help of the Samsung app. If you are an advanced user and have a Samsung SmartThings enabled Home automation (HA) system, this is the camera you will love to have as it smoothly integrates with other HA devices in your home and promises to bring security to your already ‘smart’ home. If you are still in doubt check out the full review and decide for yourself how good the Samsung SmartCam HD Pro is.
Design & Setup - The cylindrical design of the Samsung SmartCam HD Pro camera makes it look attractive and aesthetic. The banding on the sides is of faux chrome and entire exterior is made up of white plastic. The size of the entire arrangement is no more than a hockey puck. For enabling night vision, the camera has a luminance sensor just below it.
The entire setup procedure of the camera is very easy. You only need to plug it in at your desired location. Then just download the Samsung SmartCam mobile app which is readily available on Google Play and proceed further with the instructions that would appear on the screen. If you are looking for an iOS version of the app then you can get it from iTunes.
The Samsung SmartCam HD Pro camera’s Wi-Fi Direct technology that is built inside it, makes the setup procedure even faster. The camera has the ability to detect the presence of Wi-Fi networks nearby. All you need to do is select the network which is yours and then proceed with the login method.
Field of View - The 128-degree field of view of Samsung SmartCam HD Pro camera is something that it boasts about. This feature has made the camera rise up above the other cameras in the market with only the Dropcam Pro beating it by only two digits as it has a 130-degree field of view.
But you need to place the camera exactly in the proper place and angle at the time of installation as it does not have the tilting capability.
Detection of Motion - The motion detection of the camera is completely adjustable. Do you have a pet in your home for which you need alerts that will let you know about its activities? Then this camera has exactly the option that can do the same. The all new feature of Samsung SmartCam HD Pro camera which lets you form separate motion zones in which even the slightest activity will give you an alert. This is very helpful even if you have a baby in the house.
Resolution - The Samsung SmartCam HD Pro gives one of the best quality resolution standing with a capability of recording videos completely in 1080p. This feature has really made the camera a standard one for home surveillance. With the best video output coupled a maximum angle coverage, this camera is one of the best if you consider from the resolution point of view. All you need to do is find a perfect location in your room to put up this camera and you can capture every single thing in every corner of the room. Being a surveillance camera, the vibrant images with bright colors that it captures are life-like.
Night Vision - The SLE or Samsung Light Enhancer and the WDR or Wide Dynamic Range facilitates an excellent night vision. The main purpose of SLE is making use of even the slightest light that is available in dark conditions and gives a flawless picture quality. The WDR helps to eliminate shadows when footage is taken in the dark. So whether it is day or night, you can get the best clarity in your recordings as the elevated technology used in improvising the visual features in this camera is one of its major plus points.
Sound - The sound quality of Samsung SmartCam HD Pro camera is good but there is one drawback. The transmission of sound is sometimes a bit delayed. With the two-way-talk feature that is implemented in this device, you can make a quick chit chat with your child back home while you are at the office or even say a hi to your pet. With it, you can even remind your maid servant or anyone back home to complete a task. If you are not satisfied with the speaker quality just get yourself some external speakers and enjoy the two-way-talk feature.
Movement - When it comes to movement, the Samsung SmartCam HD Pro is a bit behind the others as it does not possess the flexibility of movement. It cannot be tilted so you need to fix it in exactly the right position at the time of installation otherwise you won’t be able to make the best use of its outstanding video quality.
Wi-Fi Capability - Connecting to the Wi-Fi is extremely easy for Samsung SmartCam HD Pro camera as you just have to get the Samsung app which you can easily download and your Wi-Fi setup will be completed in a few minutes just by following the instructions that would be shown to you.
But there is a small drawback with the Wi-Fi and that is, it has been reported several times that the connection to the Wi-Fi gets broken every now and then. However, there is an option for connecting the Ethernet cable but it comes with its own problem of loss of flexibility and as you have seen earlier, this camera already is on a negative side when it comes to ease of movement.
Zone Detection - The zone detection feature of Samsung SmartCam HD Pro camera is commendable. It has the technology by which you can create motion zones in which any movement would send a direct notification to you. You must be wondering how you can create motion zones. But you will be surprised by how easy it is. You just have to form a box with the help of your fingers on the screen while a live video is streaming and the enclosed portion becomes the motion zone.
Notification/Alert - The best part is that in your busy lives you obviously won’t have so much time as to sit and monitor everything that is going on. For that this device provides the option for real-time-texts. Whenever the camera detects any motion or even noise in the motion zones, it will immediately send you a text. The notification can be in the form of a push notification or even a mail. In addition to this, it also sends a snapshot of the disturbance captured. The technology is so advanced that the probability of false alarms is highly reduced. You won’t get notifications for petty matters like movement of trees due to the wind or other day-to-day activities.
Cost - Available at quite a high price of $159.99, the Samsung SmartCam HD Pro is good from its visual clarity but when it comes to security issues and mobile apps, it could have provided something better. But again its paid storage adds on to the overall cost which is also a drawback. A monthly payment of $4.99 is required. And if you want local storage you would require an SD card which would further elevate the cost. But, no matter how steep the price, the Samsung SmartCam HD Pro has been winning hearts with its full 1080p recording capability.