Can the new Avidsen motorized camera, sold for 59 euros, seriously protect your interior?

With the first good weather, home security plans are in full bloom: spring break and then summer break seem to be just around the corner. The array of connected cameras is constantly being updated, as evidenced by the launch of the Avidsen HomeCam2 360, a small camera that allows you to be alerted when presence is detected, as well as monitor your interior from your smartphone. 20 minutes followed her home Sweet Home for a week and will share with you my impressions.

Avidsen’s HomeCam2 is an entry-level motorized plug-in camera. – CHRISTOPHE SEFRIN/20 MINUTES

Ease of use

Attention, the new surveillance cameras are out of order! Among them is Avidsen’s new HomeCam2 360 camera, which has just been released with two arguments: it’s easy to use and it’s motorized. Connected to network, connected to home network in five minutes, paired with QR code offered by the Avidsen Home app, it seduces with its ease of use and can be recommended even if you haven’t completed a techno-bachelor’s degree.

Several settings need to be configured. These include detection sensitivity (low, medium, high), motion tracking, and the need to send notifications when motion is detected. And we can be satisfied with that at first. To go further, it will then be possible to define a camera schedule or even organize routines.

360° object tracking

In everyday life, HomeCam2 360 is also distinguished by its motorization. Once a presence is detected, it sends a notification, starts recording video to a microSD card (not included) and chases the intruder. In this way, the Full HD camera automatically follows any visitor horizontally as they move. For its part, the absent owner can at any time remotely control the orientation of the camera and control it horizontally as well as vertically at an angle of 85°.

The two-way audio system allows you to talk to a person at home from your smartphone and hear their answer. It can also be used to pet a pet dog or cat…

Convenient but with drawbacks

Our testing shows a product that can be relied upon in general. We did not notice any delay between a person passing in front of the camera and the alert that occurs. However, we were able to notice a few untimely warnings that were not justified. So it’s best to check before calling your loved one or the police… The theme of the follow-up is a bit more casual.

Automatic video recording is carried out locally, on a microSD card.
Automatic video recording is carried out locally, on a microSD card. – CHRISTOPHE SEFRIN/20 MINUTES

At first, we noticed that the motorization of the camera works in jerks, not allowing you to visually follow a possible visitor very smoothly. Also annoying: when faced with a fast moving person (as one might imagine in a burglary), the camera sometimes loses sight of him and breaks tracking him! Limitation if we rely on recorded images to confuse the villain…

For their part, the images provided remain correct, with a sufficient level of detail. The HomeCam 2 360 also proved to be quite suitable for night time use. Its infrared LED illumination seemed good enough to us to give us honest quality images (black and white this time).

In for money

Upon arrival, this camera, sold for 59 euros, offers services that match the investment made. More expensive models are necessarily more advanced and may, depending on the occasion, offer a shutter to hide the lens, alerts in case of sound detection, intelligent animal detection, zoom, or even a service. clouds store your records (and protect them!). These are the criteria to consider before buying.

Halfway between Xiaomi’s Mi Home Security 360 (sold for €39) and Yale’s Pan & Tilt (€69), the HomeCam2 360 remains a basic device that could be satisfied until perhaps an update to its setup.

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