Neos SmartCam Review
You may have heard of Neos before, they offer home insurance, the smart way, with the use of smart tech to monitor your home against intruders or leaks etc.
Features & Spec include:
– 1080p HD video capture inc night vision & 8x digital zoom
– Motion & noise detection inc 2-way audio
– Auto arming – automatically switch on the camera when you leave the home via
– Cloud recording or local SD card
– Download clips directly onto your smart device
Design & Contents
The camera itself is very small, fits in the palm of your hand small. It’s constructed from plastic, square in shape and includes an adjustable stand/arm, that swivels and moves up & down. On the back of the camera, you have the power & USB ports, a reset button, plus a perforated area for the speaker. On the bottom of the camera, you have a single button, plus the micro SD card slot. The camera comes complete with instructions and a 2m long power cable & plug adapter. Overall a very minimalist, modern design that’s very practical and
Setting up the camera was very simple, it was just a case of downloading the free
Using The App
At the point of writing this, I had to use a beta version of the app, but I didn’t come across any issues. When in the app, you can view & select which camera you want to view, yes you can have multiple cameras, and once you’ve clicked on that camera, you will see the live stream. From this screen, you can view a small stream vertically with options, or tilt your device horizontally to go full screen. Three buttons appear on this screen, with options for 2-way audio, taking a snapshot or start recording footage. Below that, you can also see previous recordings from either motion or noise triggers.
Taking a deeper look into the settings, you are given options for night vision, image quality, image rotation of 180deg (if you want to hang it from the ceiling) and also recording settings. In these recording settings, you can select if
The video quality is very good, for the money, which we’ll get onto later. On my iPhone, the video is detailed and bright, until you pinch & zoom in. As expected, when you do zoom in on the image, the pixels become more defined and the details get lost. That being said, if you zoom in all the way, you can still make out items and even faces. The camera has a wide lens, so you there is a good field of view, but you also get that fish eye effect towards the edges, similar to a traditional action cam.
It’s unclear what the fps is on this but it’s higher than I expected, during both the live stream and recordings, the footage is very smooth. One thing that I like, which some may find irritating, is the camera shows on-screen where the movement is, via a green box, which gets larger or smaller and follows the moving subject, which I quite like.
Other points worth raising, the night vision works reasonably well, you can see subjects in the dark,
The best part about this camera? It costs just £19.99 to purchase. At that price point, with the features and quality of the footage, it’s a must-have. I know there are cheap cameras available on the market, but they don’t come anywhere near the quality of the SmartCam. Neo’s have made
The camera is available to pre order now, with the first batch of orders being sent out on the 28th January. To purchase, hit the link below: