The Best WiFi Security Camera

The Hammacher Schlemmer Institute's tests reveal the one WiFi Security Camera that can, in its opinion, be called The Best. The Institute forwards its recommendation to Hammacher Schlemmer's buyers so they can procure the product for The Hammacher Schlemmer catalog, web site, and retail store. The WiFi Security Camera that is currently The Best can be found here.

The Best Commuter Cup

Overall Results

Candidate

  • Model A
  • Model G
  • Model D
  • Model B
  • Model C
  • Model E
  • Model F
  • Model H

Performance

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EaseOfUse

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Features

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Ranking

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Preliminary Testing and Evaluation

Before undertaking testing, The Hammacher Schlemmer Institute surveyed consumers to learn which attributes are most critical when purchasing a WiFi Security Camera. They responded that Performance is by far their most important concern, followed by Ease of Use and Features. These attribute rankings were applied to the data collected for this test.

WiFi Security Camera Expectations

Respondents were also asked which features matter most in a WiFi Security Camera. Based on their answers, The Best model must have the ability to record audio and video, have night vision, be pan and tilt capable, and allow users to watch remotely from a computer, smartphone or tablet without a subscription to a third party software.

The Hammacher Schlemmer Institute then researched the marketplace from a reasonably wide range of competing product and obtained WiFi Security Cameras that possess these desired attributes and features. Prior to testing, the Institute eliminated from consideration any models that did not have a required attribute or feature or if it had an obvious quality issue. Conversely, if a sample offered a unique benefit that distinguished it from other models, The Institute, at its discretion, may have included it in testing even though it may have been lacking a critical feature or attribute.

Testing Methodology

Testing involved evaluations by Institute analysts and a Consumer Panel. Each WiFi Security Camera was rated for its Performance, Ease of Use and Features.

Performance

Cameras were set up to monitor a large room. Each of the cameras was assessed over a period of time for audio quality, video quality (live), playback video quality, and night vision quality on mobile devices as well as on a PC. All attributes were assessed by a Consumer panel. The quality of the mobile App was also assessed.

Candidate

  • Model A
  • Model G
  • Model D
  • Model B
  • Model C
  • Model E
  • Model F
  • Model H

Audio/MD

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Video/MD

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Playback/MD

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NightV/MD

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MobileApp

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Audio/PC

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Candidate

  • Model A
  • Model G
  • Model D
  • Model B
  • Model C
  • Model E
  • Model F
  • Model H

Video/PC

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Playback/PC

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NightV/PC

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Ranking

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Ease of Use

For each WiFi Security Camera, analysts determined how easy it was to:

Analysts assigned a score each step, with lower scores indicating a process was very difficult and higher scores indicating it was very simple. After testing, analysts calculated an average ease-of-use score for each WiFi Security Camera.

Candidate

  • Model A
  • Model G
  • Model D
  • Model B
  • Model C
  • Model E
  • Model F
  • Model H

Instructions

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SetUp

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Software

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AppInstall

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Motion

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SetUp

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Candidate

  • Model A
  • Model G
  • Model D
  • Model B
  • Model C
  • Model E
  • Model F
  • Model H

Pan/Tilt

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Factory

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Account

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Accessing

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Ranking

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Features

Institute analysts inspected each sample to determine whether it had any of the following features, which made a WiFi Security Camera easier or more effective to use:

Analysts awarded points for each feature that a model had, weighted according to how important that feature was to consumers. After testing, they calculated an average features score for each sample.

Candidate

  • Model A
  • Model G
  • Model D
  • Model B
  • Model C
  • Model E
  • Model F
  • Model H

Remotely

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Pan/Tilt

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Record

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Cameras

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NightV

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Outdoors

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Candidate

  • Model A
  • Model G
  • Model D
  • Model B
  • Model C
  • Model E
  • Model F
  • Model H

Motion

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Audio

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Email

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Zoom

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Alarm

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Storage

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Candidate

  • Model A
  • Model G
  • Model D
  • Model B
  • Model C
  • Model E
  • Model F
  • Model H

Ethernet

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Mic

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Headphone

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LiveVid

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LiveVid

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What to Look for in a Wifi Security Camera

The Hammacher Schlemmer Institute recommends that you consider these features when shopping for a WiFi Security Camera to ensure you will be completely satisfied with its performance:

About Wifi Security Camera

When you use a WiFi Surveillance Camera, you may feel like you are living vicariously…and you are. But when it comes to personal security, there is no single location that matters more than your home. And fortunately, you don't have to monitor the activities around your home 24/7. Just set your camera up in a strategic location and it will do the work so you don't have to. Monitoring the activities of ne'er-do-wells or pesky nocturnal critters let you see what is happening so you can determine the next steps toward getting your much-desired peace of mind. In fact, some models provide clear images up to 30 feet and support a two-way radio as an added deterrent. Camera features like real-time alarms will let you know when activity has been detected, wherever you are: via computer, mobile phone or tablet. And, most models make it easy for you to document activities with a snapshot or save images to a memory card. Around the clock, you can rest easy: your camera is at work.

Before Use

As with any product, customers must read and follow the product's user guide, marking and labeling prior to use.

About the Hammacher Schlemmer Institute

The Hammacher Schlemmer Institute was founded in 1983 as an independent, not-for-profit corporation to provide independent testing and consulting services for Hammacher Schlemmer. The Hammacher Schlemmer Institute was founded in 1983 as an independent, not-for-profit corporation to provide independent testing and consulting services for Hammacher Schlemmer. Although funded by Hammacher Schlemmer, the Institute functions independently of Hammacher Schlemmer. The Institute consults Hammacher Schlemmer and fulfills its mission statement without regard to product prices, brand names, margins, or other commercial considerations. Decisions on specific products to test, the types of test to perform and how to interpret the results lie exclusively with the Institute's research staff. In addition, the Institute's status as a separate entity from Hammacher Schlemmer prevents access to sensitive information, such as inventory levels or product cost, which might influence testing decisions. The Institute's independence assures products are researched, evaluated, and rated objectively without commercial bias.

The Institute consults Hammacher Schlemmer and fulfills its mission statement without regard to product prices, brand names, margins, or other commercial considerations.