BabyCam HD Cute Smart WiFi Home Security Video Camera with Two-Way Audio to Monitor Baby, Pet, or Elderly with Apple and Android Apps by brobot

Short Review:  Easy to setup, secure (As long as your WiFi is secure) and overall a decent little camera.  It is an excellent camera for the price!  Video is crystal clear and video has a great large viewing area.  As a little background, I work for a security company and install these things and they are great!

Pros:
1.) Quality – This camera is excellent quality.  The camera is built well, the software is very well done, and overall the camera is a top quality product!

2.) Videos Quality – Video quality is clear and bright.  No matter what your use might be, a buyer should be very happy with the video quality.  Even used as a security camera, the quality is AMAZING

3.) Viewing Area –  Along with the video quality, one of the best aspects of video quality is a large viewing area

4.) Super easy setup!!

5.) Wonderful APP – A lot of these cameras might be nice but their apps are lacking.  Not with the brobot.. With the brobot, the app is beautifully done and very easy to use!

6.) Secure – This camera is secure, just make sure you have a secure wireless network and you will be fine.

7.) Value – Under $50

8.) Works with Android & IOS – Also works with Android tablets and Ipads

9.) Includes everything needed.  Mounts, Cat5 Cable (If you want a wired connection) and more.

Overall:  There are a lot of this style camera on the market so which camera is best?  Well, a lot of them are!! The goal is to find one that meets your budget, one that is secure, and one that offers the features you need.  Some of the features of this camera are below and this is a camera that I recommend!

Features
1.) Wireless
2.) Secure
3.) Easy Setup
4.) Works with Android and IOS
5.) High Def
6.) Offers two way sound

LaView Wireless Security Camera, 1080P HD Indoor Outdoor Home Surveillance WiFi IP Camera IP65 Waterproof Two-way Audio Night Vision Motion Alarm Baby Monitor Nanny Cam with 16GB MicroSD Card – White

Short Review: There are a few things I look for when buying these cameras for myself or suggesting them to a friend to buy (I used to install CCTV systems so I get asked for advice all the time)

1.) Does it take a micro SD card – The answer has to be yes for me to recommend a camera and this camera DOES take a SD card. This is important because not all of these cameras save video locally, and that’s because not all of these cameras allow SD cards. This camera allows the card plus saves video locally.

2.) Does the camera have a decent app – The app doesn’t have to be the best but before I recommend a camera like this, it does need a decent app. This camera has a great app

3.) is it reliable? This is another question I ask before recommended cameras. You are protecting something with this camera, possibly your family! it has to be very reliable and this is reliable

4.) Is the camera safe and secure? A lot of folks don’t trust these cameras but if you set them up correctly, with good passwords and whatnot, they are VERY safe and secure!!!

This camera passes all 4 of those questions, is very easy to setup, and offered at a good value! Thats why I recommend this camera!

Pros
1.) Easy Setup – Follow in app instructions

2.) Saves video locally – no need to purchase a cloud plan. (Why spend more money?)

3.) Notifications work GREAT – All these cameras have basic issues with notifications.. Like bugs landing on them usually set off a notification. But for the most part, notifications work great and I had no issues or no false notifications (A bug landing on the camera isn’t a false notification because it DOES detect movement)

4.) Wonderful Quality!

5.) Excellent Price

6.) Works on both Android and IOS

7.) Night vision works well

8.) Offers two way communication! Talk to your family through your phone or even the intruder! Let them know you are watching

9.) Wide field of view – this camera sees a lot!

Cons
1.) No 5GHZ

Overall: Excellent Camera!! Easy to install and full of features!

YI Outdoor Security Camera, Cloud Cam Wireless IP Waterproof Night Vision Security Surveillance System White


Short Review (Summary): This is a wonderful camera! I used to work security so I will also try to answer some of the design questions with this camera.. Overall, the camera is very easy to setup, it integrates very well and easily into the other home cameras Yi makes, and a cloud subscription IS NOT Required!

First let’s mix things up and do the cons

1.) Echo Show – While Yi finally released an Alexa skill, that skill is pretty much useless.. Sorry Yi, but it is! Basically all it does is turn on/off the camera.. you can say “Alexa turn on/off the porch camera” and it will! I really hope they update the skill so we can see vidoe on the Echo Show or the upcoming Echo Spot.

Aside from that, I can’t really name any other cons at the moment!

Pros

1.) Local Storage – No need for cloud plan.. The local storage works great! Cloud might be nice if you’re afraid someone will steal your camera but remember your camera will send “Alerts” to your phone that can be saved! Save the alert and if they steal your camera you will still have proof. Yes the SD card slot is protected meaning it would take a crook several mins to get the SD card out if they tried.. Yi did a great job designing this camera

2.) Easy to install and setup – Just follow prompts in the app

3.) Includes everything needed for setup (might require a USB extension cord if not around a power outlet)

4.) Wonderful picture and video quality

5.) Alerts work Very Very well! I have been using alerts from Yi cameras for years and never had any issues

6.) Easy to setup with other cameras of the same brand and works well with other models of the same brand

7.) Powered via USB so if worse comes to worse, very easy to setup a portable battery pack to power this camera.. and you can even grab a nice quality solar panel such as GoalZero or any other brand and charge the battery pack with it! I’d suggest a 20 watt panel or higher and a fairly robust battery pack 50,000 plus mAh and it might still die at night

8.) Cloud is optional.. some makers force you to subscribe to cloud just for alerts. They do not! I have never paid a dime for the cloud and get all my alerts

9.) Auto upgrade – Cameras upgrade on their own

10.) Speakers and mics work great so can be used as an intercom to speak with guest outside

11.) Saves packages! I installed an indoor version looking out the window beside my door after I had packages stolen for 5 straight days. I made sure the camera was able to be seen by the guys stealing packages.. day after I hooked it up, a shady character shows up on my patio and then runs off because he saw the camera.. I have yet to have another package stolen! That camera is now replaced by a real outdoor one so it can be seen even clearer!

Design Choices

1.) Cable coming out of the bottom – This helps with waterproofing the camera and if you are really worried about someone cutting the cable, sign of for alerts or even cloud storage.. I installed cameras for a security company and the cable location doesn’t matter.. most criminals just smash the cameras anyways so if the cable is in the back, they would just hit it with a hammer or bat.. I have seen it happen hundreds of times. Remember water runs down cables so if the cable was stretched up, through the back of the camera, water could pool and then finally work it’s way into the camera. I have seen that cause cameras to fail before, expensive real security cameras

Overall this is a great option for those wanting an outdoor camera and one that is Waterproof!

YI M1 Mirrorless Digital Camera Battery and Battery Charger(Cable Excluded)

People who followed this blog, at the start, know how much I LOVED my YI M1 camera!  As an update I STILL LOVE IT!!! I use it weekly and take hundreds of photos on it! LAST MONTH YI finally released the battery and charger for it! It can be grabbed on their Amazon Page!! As a heads up, the M1 camera has also dropped in price!! Good time to grab it as well!

At the time of this review the single lens version is $299

 
And the TWO LENS VERSION is a STEAL at $379!!!

Finally! Great charger, great battery.. It doesn’t come with the cable but uses same charger/cable that comes with your camera so no issue there.. $20 is a steal for this! Now I wish they sold the battery alone for half price and I’d stock up on batteries!

DJI Spark Fly More Combo, Quadcopter, Drone

Short Review: Received my Spark Fly More package today and for a mini quad, this thing rocks.. I wrote a good review on the Yuneec Breeze about 6 months ago, but the SPARK BLOWS IT out of the water!! I only have 2 flights on this right now but it works WONDERFULLY well and is super easy to fly! Why is the spark so good?

**NOTE** Review will be updated as I get more flights on the drone! Edit history will be logged below

**Edit History**
-Firmware Updated added to Pros (#15) (6/20/17)
-OTG Cable allows for USB phone connection to controller added to pros (#14) (6/20/17)
-Battery Charging Time added to pros (#16) (6/20/17)

Pros
1.) Excellent Battery Life for a mini drone! I get the advertised battery life out of my quad! Which is much longer than other quads of this size.. First flight I got 13 minutes and second 12 minutes.. My breeze gets under 10 pretty much any flight

2.) Fly More includes a remote – The remote ROCKS! It works just as well as a larger DJI Remote and has AMAZING RANGE!

3.) Controller not needed to fly – You can fly this with your phone, saving even more space (Distance and range is limited with the phone)

4.) Camera has a gimbal – Again, gimbals work MUCH BETTER than software stabilization

5.) Quality is Amazing – Everything from the battery, the quad, the controller, and even my storage case is simply AMAZING!!

6.) Picture Quality is GREAT

7.) Video Quality is GREAT

8.) Has AMAZING range – using your phones WiFi, the range is limited but using the included controller the range is 1000+ feet!! In any direction!

9.) VERY EASY TO FLY!

10.) Great Value – for $499 (or $699 with fly more) you get a drone with all the features of the Phantom 4 or Mavic.. That’s a WONDERFUL VALUE in my book

11.) Full of Features – This has all the features of my Phantom 4 which blows the competition AWAY when it comes to mini drones!!

12.) Hand Gestures work GREAT – While I don’t see myself using them often, they do work WONDERFULLY WELL!!! I can see how they will come in handy for selfies and whatnot

13.) Fly more is a GREAT VALUE!! The controller and the battery alone are worth the $200 extra! But prop guards, a much nicer carry case,, battery charging bar, and extra props just add to the value! Plus I got a MicroSD card tossed in

14.) While at first I loved the IDEA of my phone commuicating with the controller via WiFi, Video was spotty! BUT I quickly learned the DJI OTG Cable will allow my phone to connect to the controller VIA USB!! Now video is 100% CLEAR!

15.) Firmware update was simple! I used the mobile app for the firmware update BUT normally I use the DJI PC Software.. I did confirm the update installed correctly using the DJI PC Software.. Update was very simpel via the app!! Another plus for this great drone, making it very user friendly!

16.) After several flights now, the batteries for the quad charge VERY quickly!! Normally under an hour! Wow, talk about fast!

Overall: Right now I am in love with this drone and I can’t wait to fly it more tomorrow!! Everything is as expected!

YI 4K+ Action Camera 4K/60fps with Waterproof Case Black Black

Short Review: Excellent UPGRADE to an already GREAT CAMERA!!! If you aren’t on a budget this camera offers enough improvements that make it worth the extra cost EVEN if you don’t need 4K/60FPS.. These improvements include EIS, Voice Command, Raw Support, and more! If you are on a budget and don’t need those features, the regular 4K cam from YI is a GREAT VALUE.. Remember, this fits the regular 4K case so if you have a waterproof case already, you can order this camera elsewhere (Check Yi Technologies Website) without the waterproof case and save a little cash!

This review will be updated as I play with the camera more

Pros
1.) Image quality is GREAT just like the first Yi 4K camera.. it really gives GoPro a run for it’s money at a MUCH lower price

2.) Works with the already released 4K Gimbal for the Yi 4K Action Camera

3.) Works with previous Yi 4K Action Camera batteries! THANK YOU FOR THIS YI!!! I hate having to buy a new stockpile of batteries when a new camera comes out

4.) Sound quality is excellent without the case on and is decent WITH the case on

5.) Battery Life still AMAZES me!! The Yi 4K action camera revolutionized the Action Camera battery.. Gone are the days that a battery only last about an hour in an Action Camera.. On 4K 30FPS or lower you can expect to receive 2 hours or more battery life!! 4K 60FPS still offers WELL OVER an hour of battery life

6.) EIS works GREAT on 4K 30FPS or lower.. I however have the gimbal so I really have no need for EIS but it is a nice feature to add-on and have

7.) Gorilla Glass Screen is NICE AND DURABLE!!

8.) USB-C – PERSONALLY I am very happy about this.. So many devices I own are now going to USB-C and the more devices that convert over to it, the fewer chargers I will have to take places.. Plus USB C is MUCH faster

9.) Same EASY TO USE UI as the first 4K Action Camera from YI

Overall: So far the improvements are WELL WORTH THE PRICE for me even if I don’t need to use 4K 60FPS

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YI Gimbal 3-Axis Handheld Stabilizer for Action Camera (Gimbal Only)


Short Review: I purchased this last week on the Lightening Deal due to the Feiyu Tech QD Gimbal that I already owned not working properly with the Yi Action Camera 2. (The Feiyu Tech QD Gimbal had a pressure arm that held the camera in unlike this classing screw clamp on the Yi Gimbal. That pressure arm always pressed the power button turning off the Action Camera).. I am impressed with this Gimbal from YI Technology and the price, even at $199 is a steal!! It even works with GoPros and most other Action Cameras (As long as they are the same size as the YI).. Just keep in mind, this gimbal was DESIGNED for the Yi 4K so it will work much better with it.. I know I will talk about Feiyu Tech a lot in this review but they are the other company who makes budget friendly gimbals that are good quality.

Pros
1.) Just a Gimbal & And not a hand grip – Why is this a pro? Basically this Gimbal will WORK WITH ANYTHING that has a standard camera tripod mount screw!! Buy a GoPro tripod mount and you can NOW ATTACH this Gimbal to anything such as chest mounts, helmet mounts and more!!

2.) Light Weight – This doesn’t add much weight to your mounts making it comfortable on chest mounts and more.

3.) US Support (Or at least support that has a good understanding of English) – Feiyu Techs support, while decent, didn’t have a good grasp on English and sometimes very hard to understand

4.) Includes everything needed to get you started – Batteries, Battery Charger, USB Cable, and Software.. Software can be found online on Yis Site

5.) Softwareless Calibration – My Feiyu Tech Gimbal could only calibrate one arm without software.. With this gimbal, you can calibrate the entire thing without software. This is GREAT if you are out and about and find your gimbal titling or rolling.

6.) Price – Price is AWESOME.. My Feiyu Tech was over $300.. This on a Lightening Deal was under $175.. Even at the time of this review it is still a deal!

7.) Screw Mount Works with MOST Action Cameras – Like I said earlier, My Feiyu Tech QD didn’t work well with cameras other than GoPro.. This was due to the spring loaded pressure mount. The screw mounts, like the one on the yi gimbal, might take a little longer to mount the camera BUT they do work with more cameras.. I have tested this Gimbal with GoPro and other generic cameras and it works fine!

8.) US Support and Help Site – A dedicated US Support site makes this much easier to use and update vs the other Chinese gimbal makers

9.) Quality seems outstanding!

10.) Silent Gimbal – My Feiyu Tech made buzzing noises at time.. I returned it and ordered another and it had the same noises so I determined the noises where normal.. This YI Gimbal makes no noises at all!

11.) Wonderful Battery Life

12.) Also makes a nice camera stand for your table!

Tips
1.) Software for this can be downloaded from YI’s US website
2.) If you want a hand grip to go with this, grab the YI Bluetooth Grip.. This Gimbal was designed to work with it and works great

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