Soliom S600 Solar Security Camera review: Home security, powered by the sun

One of many challenges with outside surveillance is powering your digicam. It’s often not possible to run electrical wire to a digicam mounted close to your roof, which implies counting on batteries. The issue is that batteries should be recharged, which implies periodically breaking out a ladder a number of occasions a yr.

With its mannequin S600 Wi-Fi safety digicam (reviewed right here in its V3 design), Soliom presents a basic answer: solar energy. And whereas that may be a succesful reply to the battery downside, it presents another challenges that should be thought-about.

This evaluation is a part of TechHive’s protection of the very best dwelling safety cameras, the place you’ll discover critiques of the competitors’s choices, plus a purchaser’s information to the options it’s best to take into account when looking for such a product.

First, let’s speak hardware. As options go, the 1080p digicam is loaded, beginning with a pan/tilt motor that permits you to rotate the digicam on demand via 320 levels horizontally and 90 levels vertically. The digicam presents a record-on-detected-motion characteristic, however in contrast to, say, the Imilab C20, the digicam doesn’t mechanically comply with objects as they transfer.

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Large Brother isn’t watching, it’s simply your solar-powered safety digicam.

The S600 contains two types of evening imaginative and prescient, accessible on demand: A black-and-white model lit up by infrared LEDs, or a “coloration evening imaginative and prescient” characteristic which truly simply fires up 4 white LED spotlights to light up the scene—not less than to a variety of 32 toes.

Recordings will be saved to an onboard microSD card (playing cards with capacities as much as 64GB are supported, however one shouldn’t be included) or to Soliom’s subscription-based cloud service. After 30 free days, this service will run you $2 monthly for 30 days, $11 for 180 days, or $22 for 360 days (although these costs appear to be in flux). Connectivity is by way of 2.4GHz Wi-Fi, and two-way audio is inbuilt if you wish to chat with any potential intruders.

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The Soliom S600 captures clear video, however its app could be way more helpful if it introduced a thumbnail picture for every recording.

Naturally, there’s additionally a big photo voltaic panel hooked up, as nicely. The 10 x 7-inch (HxW) panel is mounted on a swivel/hinge system, and whereas Soliom doesn’t present the wattage of the panel, it does appear succesful at preserving the 9000mAh battery topped up. Soliom says the panel ought to maintain the battery charged for a yr of normal use.

The primary catch? All of this takes up a frightening quantity of house, so if discretion is what you’re going for, the S600 isn’t an ideal match. The complete setup isn’t essentially the most engaging design and it weighs a beefy three.three kilos, so when you mount it to the wall with the 4 included screws, you most likely gained’t be transferring it. You’ll need to plan rigorously not only for the digicam’s video protection but additionally to maximise solar publicity on the panel.

When you full an preliminary cost by way of wall energy and work out the ins and outs of connecting the photo voltaic panel to the digicam correct—a separate energy wire runs between the 2 items—setup is pretty easy. The Soliom+ cellular app shortly will get the digicam linked to Wi-Fi, although metal your self for the booming voice directions that emerge from the unit throughout configuration. When you’re dwell, the handholding largely stops, nevertheless, and Soliom’s handbook is especially complicated, affected by an excellent worse translation from Chinese language than is the norm.