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.
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.
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.
It provides two-way audio that was not too bad as it does not suffer from more than a microsecond Wi-Fi lag (or internet lag if viewing remotely).
Simple to use. It has
Motion detection on/off (useful for when you are at home). There are no armed/disarmed settings.
Video rotation (to allow for different mounting)
It is not as sophisticated as other brands apps that may support smart homes etc. But it does everything you need.
GadgetGuy’s take – Uniden Guardian App Cam Spotlight takes good shots day or night
It is refreshing to get a product that is not overhyped. It is what it is, and it does it honestly and without fuss.
Delivers precisely what it claims
Clear day and night video from a f/2.0 lens
No ongoing costs – not a cloud storage device
Time and day stamp on photos
Not weatherproof – but resistant. Mount under eves
Needs local 240V power point
The app is capable but lacks the sophistication of other brands
Storage is inbuilt (not user replaceable)
$199 (good value as it includes 32GB storage and there are no ongoing cloud costs).
As a 720p, Wi-Fi security camera with a spotlight
Overall: 4 out of 5
Features: 4 out of 5 – reasonable picture quality, onboard storage, the spotlight is handy
Value for money: 4 out of 5 – Includes 32GB storage
Performance: 4 out of 5 – Good daylight and above average night vision. Images best displayed at postcard size
Ease of Use: 4 out of 5 – Very easy to set up
Design: 4 out of 5 – keep it out of direct weather