D-Link certainly doesn't make understanding their product line easy. At last count, they were actively selling over twenty different camera models. The models are broken down into different series. Each series has its own set of pros and cons. If you're already overwhelmed, buckle your seatbelt because announcements made at CES 2017 have not made things easier.
D-Link has launched a new series called Omna, and their 180 Cam (DSH-C310) is the first HomeKit ready camera.
- 180 Degree Field of View
- HomeKit Integration
- Motion Zones and Motion Retrigger Delay
- Lacks Android Support
- Doesn't Include Sound Detection
Omna 180 Cam Video Quality
HomeKit integration is the star of the show when it comes to Omna 180's features. Beyond that, 180 Cam is just a regular camera. It records in 1080p FHD, offers night vision, a larger 180-degree field of view, and two-way audio.
Though D-Link doesn't share how many IR LEDs back the camera's night vision capability, it appears its reach is rather small with the ability to see just 16 feet at night. I'm sure I don't need to remind you that this doesn't mean you can make out a face that is 16 feet away. Indeed, the actual usable range of the night vision is probably a few feet.
How Does It Protect Your Home?
Omna 180 Cam has one sensor to protect your home, a motion detector. If motion is triggered, the camera will send a notification to your smartphone and capture a snippet that will show what happened 20 seconds before the event. According to D-Link,
Users can also get rich notifications on the lock screen of their iPhone or iPad via the Home app (Apple's HomeKit app), showing a snapshot of what's happening in their home when motion is detected.
Unfortunately, D-Link doesn't share if the motion sensor is PIR (heat detecting) or not. The camera also lacks other sensors including sound and temperature. Fortunately, Omna 180's ability to detect motion is made intelligent via detection zones. The camera's image is divided into 16 segments. Users can select which segments the camera should monitor. If there's any movement outside the selected zones, 180 Cam will ignore the event.
The second way Omna 180 protects your home is by using HomeKit. Through HomeKit you can create scenes. For example, if your camera detects motion, you can have your Hue lights flip on. Unfortunately, HomeKit is still rather limited in regards to integration. Unlike IFTTT, which can connect to hundreds of other devices, HomeKit is still limited to a small range of devices including smart lights, locks, thermostats, and sensors. If you prefer IFTTT, D-Link's Connected Home series is for you.
However, HomeKit has one giant advantage over IFTTT, built-in voice control. I haven't tested HomeKit with a camera, but I have tested it with my Hue lights, and it's pretty fun. You should be able to ask Siri to pull up a live stream, recorded footage, and perhaps even arm your camera.
The third way 180 Cam protects your home is by storing recorded events locally. The camera does not include a storage device but can support up to a 128GB microSD card. All recordings saved to the microSD card can be viewed remotely using the app.
Finally, 180 Cam protects your home by protecting your privacy. The camera uses end-to-end encryption between the camera and your smart device.
Software-wise, we have one big concern: 180 Cam HD uses a new app, the Omna App. Though free, it is a departure from mydlink lite, D-Link's current app. Their current app holds a 4-star rating with over 44,000 votes on Google Play. On iTunes, it's stuck at 2.5 stars. However, the app has been tried and tested. What will the new app bring? Will it bring a stable performance? And the big question, will they launch an Android app for this Apple HomeKit-enabled camera? There is no Android app at the moment, and D-Link isn't making any promises.
Should You Buy It?
Omna 180 is now available for purchase at apple.com for $199.95. It's the first camera added to D-Link's Omna family lineup, no details yet on what the other devices will look like or if they will also be HomeKit-enabled. You can learn more at dlink.com.
Should you buy it? At $200, Omna 180 Cam is an expensive home security camera. Other cameras in that price range offer sound detection, home health sensors, alternative third-party integrations, Android access, and 2017's most popular camera feature-a battery. With D-Link's track record, the risks associated with launching a new app, and device limitations, I personally wouldn't put my money on this new camera. However, if you're a HomeKit user and you're looking for a HomeKit-compatible camera, Omna is your only choice for now with other HomeKit cameras coming soon.