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!

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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WiMiUS 4K Sports Action Camera Dual Screen WIFI 130ft Waterproof 16MP 170° Wide Angle 2 Batteries Include With 20 All In One Kit Set (Q4 Black)

MY Use: I buy these cameras to use on DRONES (Quadcopters)

Short Review: If you are looking for a GREAT VALUE FULL 4K camera, the WiMiUS Q4 is that camera.. The camera operates very similar to a GoPro Hero 3 or 4 and offers both a front and rear screen.. The rear screen is used to help you take the perfect photos or videos, and similar to the GoPro the front screen allows you to see what settings the camera is set on.. This kit includes your camera PLUS over $50 worth of accessories making it an AWESOME DEAL!! It even includes two batteries! The camera works well and takes excellent photos and video!

Pros
1.) Full 4K – Be careful buying “Generic” 4K cameras.. A lot only do 4K at 15 – 20FPS.. This camera is FULL 4K at 30FPS like the Yi 4K Action Camera or the GoPro hero 4 or 5.. That makes this a FULL 4K camera and I can CONFIRM that it is TRUE 4K at 30FPS..

2.) WiFi Camera – Works GREAT with the FREE WiMiUS wifi camera app.. I tested the app on a few different devices including the Nexus 6P, Shield Tablet, and several other tablets.. I even tried it on an IPHONE with no issues

3.) Takes AMAZING PHOTOS – Samples Included

4.) Waterproof – Includes a waterproof case which I tested out to be fully waterproof

5.) WORKS GREAT on Drones!

6.) Battery Life is OUTSTANDING – Plus the camera includes 2 batteries so that extends the life of your camera.. I get about an hour and half shooting 1080P and right under an hour shooting 4K.. I know, that doesn’t sound like a lot BUT it is on par with other Action Cameras, even the GoPro branded cameras.. PLUS most previous WiMiUS batteries fit this camera which is a great plus! I now have over 15 batteries for this style camera

7.) Quality is Outstanding

8.) I have owned SEVERAL WiMiUS cameras over the last few years and have never had any issues with them or their customer service

9.) Includes over $50 worth of extras such as mounts!

10.) Fits MOST GoPro Mounts.. Uses same style mounting system which is a great plus

Overall: I received this camera this week after purchasing it earlier in the week and have already taken it out on a few photo shoots and one drone flight!! So far, the camera is excellent! I’ll update if anything happens to the camera!

Tips:

1.) I know some folks don’t like the fisheye cameras like these add to photos.. That can easily be removed with photo editing software! I use basic photoshop software to do it!

2.) This includes MOST accessories you need BUT you will still need a MicroSD card (Not Included) and I also recommend things such as a handgrip, floats (If planned to use around water) and whatever else you think you may need for your intended use for the camera!

3.) ALWAYS test your waterproof case BEFORE placing the camera in it!! To do this, place a paper towel in the case and submerge in water.. I even do this with my GoPro and it’s official case!! Losing a camera to water is one thing BUT losing your photos is another.. SO ALWAYS TEST YOUR CASE BEFORE USE!!

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WiMiUS Q3 Black 4K Wifi 98ft Waterproof Action Camera With 2.4G Remote Control HD16 MP, 170° Wide Angle, 2.0” LCD Screen,2 PCS Batteries,20 All In One Kit Set (SD Card Exclude)

MY Use: I buy these cameras to use on DRONES (Quadcopters)

Main Difference between the WiMiUS Q3 & Q4 (The Q4 has a front screen to help show what settings you are on.. This screen is not needed for most so save a few bucks and buy the Q3 model).. I wanted to compare the two cameras and I found that Q3 will be fitting my needs better so I will be ordering more for my Drones!

Short Review: If you are looking for a GREAT VALUE FULL 4K camera, the WiMiUS Q3 is that camera.. The camera operates very similar to a GoPro Hero 3 or 4 and offers a rear screen.. The rear screen is used to help you take the perfect photos or videos.. This kit includes your camera PLUS over $50 worth of accessories making it an AWESOME DEAL!! It even includes two batteries! The camera works well and takes excellent photos and video!

Pros
1.) Full 4K – Be careful buying “Generic” 4K cameras.. A lot only do 4K at 15 – 20FPS.. This camera is FULL 4K at 30FPS like the Yi 4K Action Camera or the GoPro hero 4 or 5.. That makes this a FULL 4K camera and I can CONFIRM that it is TRUE 4K at 30FPS..

2.) WiFi Camera – Works GREAT with the FREE WiMiUS wifi camera app.. I tested the app on a few different devices including the Nexus 6P, Shield Tablet, and several other tablets.. I even tried it on an IPHONE with no issues

3.) Takes AMAZING PHOTOS – Samples Included

4.) Waterproof – Includes a waterproof case which I tested out to be fully waterproof

5.) WORKS GREAT on Drones!

6.) Battery Life is OUTSTANDING – Plus the camera includes 2 batteries so that extends the life of your camera.. I get about an hour and half shooting 1080P and right under an hour shooting 4K.. I know, that doesn’t sound like a lot BUT it is on par with other Action Cameras, even the GoPro branded cameras.. PLUS most previous WiMiUS batteries fit this camera which is a great plus! I now have over 15 batteries for this style camera

7.) Quality is Outstanding

8.) I have owned SEVERAL WiMiUS cameras over the last few years and have never had any issues with them or their customer service

9.) Includes over $50 worth of extras such as mounts!

10.) Fits MOST GoPro Mounts.. Uses same style mounting system which is a great plus

11.) The included remote works GREAT!!

Overall: I received this camera this week after purchasing it earlier in the week and have already taken it out on a few photo shoots and one drone flight!! So far, the camera is excellent! I’ll update if anything happens to the camera!

Tips:

1.) I know some folks don’t like the fisheye cameras like these add to photos.. That can easily be removed with photo editing software! I use basic photoshop software to do it!

2.) This includes MOST accessories you need BUT you will still need a MicroSD card (Not Included) and I also recommend things such as a handgrip, floats (If planned to use around water) and whatever else you think you may need for your intended use for the camera!

3.) ALWAYS test your waterproof case BEFORE placing the camera in it!! To do this, place a paper towel in the case and submerge in water.. I even do this with my GoPro and it’s official case!! Losing a camera to water is one thing BUT losing your photos is another.. SO ALWAYS TEST YOUR CASE BEFORE USE!!

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