Price (RRP): $119.95/189.95
The Swann Alert Indoor and Spotlight Outdoor security cameras, are both 1080p, motion sensing, Wi-Fi cameras. They also work with Google Assistant and Alexa.
Swann Alert Indoor and Spotlight Outdoor Security Cameras are part of its 2020 line-up announced at CES earlier this year. Swann now has one of the more complete line-ups of wired and wireless security solutions that integrate entirely in the Swann app and with Google Assistant and Alexa.
Before we get into the review, you should read Wi-Fi Security Camera’s 101 to understand better the types of security camera and why you would select one over another.
Swann Alert Indoor and Spotlight Outdoor Security Cameras
- Swann Alert Indoor website
- Price: $119.95
- Swann Spotlight Outdoor website
- Price: $189.95
Let’s look at the Swann Alert Indoor and Spotlight Outdoor Security Camera in more detail.
Both cameras use the same sensors, lenses and electronics. Also, the Spotlight Outdoor has dual white LEDs to add some colour to night vision and IP66 weather resistance.
The Indoor can stand on its mount or screw to a wall or desk. The outdoor must be screwed to a wall /fence/etc using the integrated mount. Both need to around head height placement.
Both have a 110° Field-of-View (a 90° angle is ¼ of a circle), so you can place it in a corner or on a fence etc. The maximum motion/viewing distance is 10m but after 3m, it is hard to pick out details.
The app has no activity zones to define what areas to view, so proper placement is more critical.
The Indoor has a 5V/1A brick and a 1.5m micro-USB cable. That cable is frustratingly short, but most micro-USB cables are. You can get a Comsol 3m cable USB-A to micro-USB cable for $19.88 from Officeworks et al. and use any USB-A 5V/1A (or 5V/2A) charger (you can’t extend the one with the camera).
The Outdoor has an 18m cable that you need to route to an indoor power point for its 12V/2A 24W power brick. The cable has power, a reset switch and Ethernet just in case the Wi-Fi signal is not strong enough. There no reason you cannot extend the Ethernet via another cable or Ethernet-over-Power Powerline adaptors to the router.
Swann does not have any battery-powered cameras in the 2020 line-up. To a degree, I understand that external power is more reliable but there are some occasions where battery or solar is a better ‘location’ option which means using another brand.
The two white LEDs output 100 lumens each. A total of 200 lumens is about the same as a torch or a single 25W incandescent light bulb. It tends to create a hazy glow out to about 3 meters and provides just enough light to bring some colour to night vision.
It is IP66 rated that means dust and rain resistant.
If you need more light, Swann also has a 2500 lumen floodlight camera that does a better job for more extensive areas – for most Aussie home this is probably a better choice.
Unless you have adequate light levels (200 lumens or more) it records in mono using nine infrared LEDs. Again, while PIR/noise detection works to 10m night vision is strictly close range.
These are 1080p cameras. While PIR can detect movement/heat out to 10m, these need to be as close as possible to the target – certainly no more than 2-3 metres away.