Y-cam HomeMonitor Indoor Camera hands-on
Always ready to give us the bird’s eye view, the Y-cam HomeMonitor Indoor Camera might be something suitable enough to give you peace of mind when you’re away. Much like other IP-based cameras on the market, the Y-cam HomeMonitor Indoor Camera enables us to use a plethora of devices to check out what’s happening at home – though, it’s something you can use anywhere honestly. Now the beauty of this camera lies in its ability to stream video content to the clouds, which allows us to use iOS and Android devices to check out things in real time. Design-wise, there’s nothing really to it with this model, as it doesn’t hide the fact that it’s a camera. With the included bracket, we’re given some flexibility in adjusting its angle, but it’s mostly stationary for the most part.
Even better, it’s nice that there’s both a wired and wireless connection. So what else makes the Y-cam HomeMonitor Indoor Camera special? For starters, it features infrared night vision for up to 15 meters in pure darkness. Honestly, it’s a great thing to have, but we can’t help but think about those Paranormal Activity movies that makes us look all ghostly in the dark. Still, the ability to see in complete darkness is useful.
Using the HomeMonitor app, we can access the camera and turn on/off different functions. From motion detection that automatically uploads videos to the clouds for viewing later on, to being notified via e-mails about detections, the app gives us some meaningful control. Now, it’s worth mentioning that Y-cam’s service will save unlimited videos for up to 7 days for free. However, if you need more, they offer a $40/year service that ups the saving time to 30 days.
So how’s the quality? Well, it’s undoubtedly pretty clear when there’s plenty of lighting around to light up the scenery – plus, audio recording is pretty clear. On top of that, the option to set specific “detection zones” with the web-based interface is pretty useful, so that it doesn’t record every single movement that comes into view. Of course, details are softened tremendously with low lighting quality, but then again, we can’t complain too much seeing that it can see in the dark. In terms of pricing, the Y-cam HomeMonitor Indoor Camera retails for $200, which isn’t too bad at all – while an “outdoor” version tallies in at a heftier $350.