Swann Wireless Smart Security Camera (review)
4.0Overall Score

Price (RRP): $299.95
Manufacturer: Swann

Wireless security cameras are on a rapid ascent – all you need is one or more cameras, a Wi-Fi connection, and the smartphone app to see, day or night, who is at your door, in your backyard – anywhere.

Swann has long been a provider of security cameras, sensors, digital video recorder systems, and the accessories you need to secure your home or office. It is up against some tough competition in Reolink Argus, NETGEAR Arlo, D-Link and many more.

Swann is popular because you can get it at Bunnings, Office Works, other major retailers and online. And it works out of the box.

Its latest wireless (no wires) smart camera SWWHD-INTCAM is well specified.

  • Resolution: 1080p (2MP)
  • Night Vision Distance: up to 10m metres
  • Viewing Angle: 120°
  • Audio: up to 5 metres
  • True Detect: Heat sensing PIR motion detection up to 8 metres
  • Camera Usage: Indoor/ Outdoor IP65, Weatherproof
  • Wi-Fi Frequency: Wi-Fi N – 2.4GHz and 5GHz
  • Power: Wire-free / Rechargeable Battery
  • Storage: 7 Day Local + Cloud option
  • IP: IP65 waterproof
  • Wi-Fi: 2.4GHz up to 20 metres. 5GHz is available for shorter distances.
  • Warranty: 12 Months
  • App: Safe by Swann for iOS and Android to View, Control and Listen 24/7

Out of the box

It is one of the few ‘independent’ items that does not rely on other security devices to function. All you need is Wi-Fi (for remote viewing), and a smartphone with the app.

It comes with a magnetic ball mount, a USB-A to microSD cable and instructions. That is it!

Battery

The massive 6,000mAh non-replaceable battery takes about six hours to charge (no charger is supplied so use any USB 5V/2A charger – lower amperage will take longer to charge).

In a week of testing, I have not needed to recharge – I suspect the battery will last a couple of weeks of typical use and perhaps two months of infrequent use.

You can leave the charger connected if convenient and it will still record.

The app (Android tested)

The iOS or Android app is not available on Windows or macOS.

Safe by Swann allows you to pair with the camera, name it to suit its location, set the environment, select image quality, and the level of PIR motion detection sensitivity (to help avoid false positives).

It requires you to establish a Swann cloud account. Additional cameras can also be paired (looks like up to six).

It stores recordings for up to 7 days. It sends notifications, not emails, to your smartphone.

The app offers an optional premium subscription package that includes up to 30 days of cloud recording, 5 GB data storage, ongoing premium support, shared access for up to 4 users, and push notifications.