Uniden Guardian App Cam Spotlight security camera (review)
4.0Overall Score
Name: Uniden Guardian App Cam Spotlight
Price (RRP): $199
Manufacturer: Uniden

The Uniden Guardian App Cam Spotlight includes a spotlight combined with a passive infrared motion detector and an HD weather resistant camera – it is a surprisingly good combination.

The Uniden Guardian App Cam Spotlight is part of its Guardian range of Wi-Fi and wired security cameras that are sold by major hardware and electronics retailers.

Who is Uniden?

Uniden is a Japanese company founded in 1966. It is most famous for its range of cordless phones but before that for its CBs and as a prime OEM supplier to the Realistic and Radio Shack brands.

Uniden is sold via major retailers, hardware stores and online. It has a reputation for quality products and support.

Review – Uniden Guardian App Cam Spotlight

  • HD recording (up to [email protected] independent of Wi-Fi or Internet conditions)
  • 32GB onboard (non-removable) storage
  • PIR motion detection up to 4 metres
  • IR night vision to 10 metres
  • Wi-Fi N 2.4GHz connection to the router
  • 6 x LED spotlight – 500 lumens
  • 2-way audio
  • IP54 weather and dust resistance
  • External power point required –  240V to 9V/2A
  • Operates via the Guardian App for iOS and Android
  • Website here
Uniden Guardian App Cam Spotlight

Mounting

It is IP54 meaning dust and weather resistant. Uniden recommends placement under an eve. A 240V power point is required (to 9V DC).

Supplied with a wall mount (screws/anchor plugs provided), and software that can flip/reverse images –  so you can mount it upside down or on its side etc.

It accurately states the maximum distance for Wi-Fi connection is 50 metres line-of-sight. It works reliably although that distance reduces to about 30 metres through walls or glass.

Setup

  • Make sure your phone in on the same Wi-Fi 2.4Ghz band as your camera will use
  • Download the app
  • Scan a 3D barcode to add the App cam
  • Change the camera password from 00000 to a secure one
  • Alternatively, you can search for the camera and manually add the router password (P2P setup)
  • It is foolproof

Live view or recorded view

The camera does not claim to do more than 720p video, and it does just that. It has a ¼” CMOS and is capable of 1280 x 720p video at up to 25fps. Video is stored in H.264 format on the 32GB internal card. It takes 1280 x 720 stills as well.

Its f/2.0 lens produces reasonably natural daylight shots, good IR shots and the spotlight can wash out the night shots so use it sparingly.

It has a narrower 92° field-of-view than many other security cameras and does not distort the image.

Uniden Guardian App Cam Spotlight
Daylight – good natural colour and details
Uniden Guardian App Cam Spotlight
Floodlight – surprisingly good (little dots in the water to the right are ducks)

Compared to the Arlo 2 reviewed here Uniden’s 1280 x 720 stills had more natural colour and slightly better detail.

The spotlight function provides 500 lumens (about 40W in old lightbulb terminology) – about 15% of the light output from the Ring Floodlight Cam reviewed here.

As such the light is more of a convenience factor providing light in a well defined 3 x 3-metre area. At night it tended to wash out the IR shot, but it did add detail to closer items.

The light can be programmed to stay on for a specific time from 1/3/10 minutes and dimmed to 25/50/75%. It would be very handy for a driveway or entrance monitoring where the light matches the PIR detection distance.

The app provides push and email notifications.