BT Smart Home Cam Review
Features & Spec:
- 720p HD video streaming inc night vision
- 30 day free cloud storage for snapshots
- Motion alerts
- Record clips to your smart device or via local micro SD card (
- 120 degree viewing angle
- Wall mountable
- Safe and secure – secured with AES 128 bit encryption
Design & Contents
The camera is relativity small and very lightweight. It’s constructed from plastic and the camera itself sits on a plastic stand. The camera tilts forwards & backwards, and also the camera face rotates clockwise/anticlockwise. The camera doesn’t swivel on its base, which does limit it’s flexibility and needs to be considered when positioning. The cam can be ceiling mounted if desired.
To the front of the camera is the lens itself,
Set was a breeze and is fully detailed within the instructions provided. It’s a matter of installing the free BT smart controls app to your smart device, setting up an account if you
As for using viewing and controlling the camera, this is all done via the app on your smart device. Within the app, you can select which camera you want to view, so yes you can have multiple on your network if desired. Once a camera is selected, there are a number of options you can select straight away, including taking photos or recording footage buttons, play a lullaby, turn
Performance was fairly positive across the board. The video footage was smooth, with a reasonable FPS and the night vision worked very well. Although the resolution was only 720p, the footage was still clear enough for what I needed and it picked up faces etc quite clearly. The motion detection worked well, both via the video feed and the built in PIR, which I’m still a little confused by, was it really needed? I set the cam up in my daughters room, as a baby monitor and one feature that I really liked was the playback of sounds. Those sounds being lullably type songs, which is a nice touch, especially for getting the little one to sleep.
The app worked well, it was quick and responsive, and the options were easy to navigate & select. Storing footage to the cloud was easy and you get 30 days free storage for snapshots, or store locally via the SD card.
Mixed feelings over the BT Smart Cam, it’s not a bad little camera, with most the features I’d expect but I probably wouldn’t buy one. Why? Because of the price. At £59.99, I feel you’re paying a premium just for the BT logo, and I know for a fact there are cheaper, smaller cameras on the market, offering better video footage. I would recommend the Neos Smart
For more information on the BT Smart Cam and to purchase, visit the official BT web store. Visitors to the BT shop can save £29.98 on a pair of Smart Home Cams as they are currently available for £89.96 (Usually £119.94).
Would we recommend this? No, not until that price comes down.