Samsung Smartcam
With Samsung's SNH-V6410PN SmartCam, you can monitor your home remotely in real time, even in the dark, thanks to its infrared LED. Photo: Samsung
 

The Samsung SNH-V6410PN SmartCam is a sleek and attractive wireless camera for the home.

Using the SmartCam, you can monitor your home remotely in real time, even in the dark, thanks to its infrared LED.

The camera sends alerts to your e-mail or the companion SmartCam app (available for iOS and Android) when it detects motion or audio within its range.

To set up the SmartCam, you need to download the app to your mobile device, register for a free user account and follow the instructions in the app.

The entire process is relatively painless and quick. Other than having to press a small button at the base of the camera, I could configure everything required in the app.

At the start, the app helpfully explains what its various icons are for. The interface itself is not the prettiest, but it is functional. However, the app takes a few seconds to load some functions, especially when you are outside the home.

Once you have used the app to set up the camera, you can access the camera's video feed and settings via a browser on a computer.

The SmartCam supports up to three different motion-detection zones of varying size. This helps to reduce false alarms as you can focus on certain areas, like the entrance to the room or the window.

Once the camera detects a moving object, it automatically tracks it till the object is out of range.

An integrated microphone lets you communicate with someone near the camera. While this feature sounds great, the lag limits it to short, one-sided conversations.

To scare away would-be intruders, you can manually trigger an alarm with the camera. It can produce a police siren, an alarm siren, or the barking of a dog.

I like the SmartCam's privacy button that tilts the camera inwards to prevent it from taking any videos or photos. You can set the camera to switch to this privacy mode at a specific time and day.

Recordings are saved to the cards (of up to 128GB) in the camera's microSD slot. Continuous video recording is available, along with an option to overwrite the contents of the microSD card when the card runs out of space.

Videos can also be saved to your mobile device, but they are capped at 30sec, presumably to conserve your device's storage.

The SmartCam does not have the ability to save videos to the cloud now. However, there is a chance that it will be able to do so in the future as this feature is available in another model in North America – for a subscription fee.

Written by Vincent Chang for The Straits Times

TECH SPECS

PRICE: $269

VIDEO RESOLUTION: Up to 1,920 x 1,080 pixels

VIDEO FORMAT: H.264

PAN AND TILT: 350 degrees/ 155 degrees

NIGHT VISION: Yes

MOTION DETECTION: Yes

MOBILE APPS: iOS and Android