Oco is one of my favorite security camera brands because of their simple, affordable, and reliable security cameras. They started with the Oco camera, a decent indoor camera, and followed up with Oco 2, Oco Pro Outdoor Bullet v2, and Oco Pro Outdoor Dome v2. Now they're expanding their lineup with Oco HD, a $99 indoor camera.
- Easy Setup
- Local & Cloud Storage
- Learning Motion & Sound Alerts
- Supports Schedules But Not Geofencing (unless via IFTTT)
- Lacks Motion Zones
Image & Video Quality
Oco HD excels in many ways. The camera offers WDR (Wide Dynamic Range) and long-range night vision that allows you to see up to 30 feet at night. Of course, with a $99 price tag, you know that some features will be skimped on. For example, Oco is fully capable of manufacturing 1080p cameras, but Oco HD offers a 960p resolution with a viewing angle of 125°.
Oco HD Indoor For Home Security
Oco HD has two sensors for home security: motion and sound. These sensors work together to detect possible intrusions. If motion is detected within the frame, the camera will notify you. If it hears a loud sound, it will notify you. Notifications are sent to your smartphone via the free Android and iOS companion app. The app, Video Surveillance iVideon, adds one more security feature. You can assign a different notification sound for each type of event, such as motion or sound. Doing so gives you the advantage of knowing what type of event occurred at your home without looking at your phone.
As is the case with most security cameras, motion and sound sensors can cause false alarms. Oco HD's way of rectifying false alarms is its learning ability. According to Oco, the camera can learn which motion and sound alerts are valuable to you and which are useless. Eventually, it will start sending you the most relevant alerts while ignoring false ones. Also, the sound sensor's sensitivity is adjustable. If placed near a high-traffic area, you can lower the sensitivity to prevent false alarms. Unfortunately, the motion sensor doesn't seem to have smart features other than its ability to learn, which is a step backward from Oco 2 which supports motion detection zones.
Aside from notifying you if motion or a sound is detected, Oco HD will also record a clip of the event. The event clips can be saved locally to a microSD card or in the cloud.
For local storage, the camera supports up to 128GB. Videos stored locally can be accessed anywhere via the Oco app as long as both your phone and your camera are connected to Wi-Fi (or 3G/4G).
You can also choose to add one of Oco's cloud storage plans. Each camera comes with free cloud storage that lets you store event clips in the cloud for 24 hours. For free, event clips are limited to 10 seconds in length. Paying for cloud storage will allow you to extend the length of each clip by as much as 1 hour. So long as there is motion, the camera will continue recording, but not longer than the clip limit. The higher plans will also let you add up to four co-users, all of whom will have access to the camera's recordings and features.
If desired, you can mix local and cloud storage for redundancy. For example, if your internet is down, instead of sending clips to the cloud, the camera will record clips to the microSD card. Once your internet is restored, the clips recorded locally will be sent to the cloud.
The cloud plans on a per-camera basis are as follows:
|Basic/Free||$4/month/camera ($40/year)||$9/month/camera ($99/year)||$19/month/camera ($199/year)|
|Cloud Storage||24 Hours||24 Hours||10 Days||30 Days|
|Store Locally||SD Card||SD Card||SD Card||SD Card|
|Downloading Clips||1 Hour of Clips||1 Hour of Clips||2 Hours of Clips||2 Hours of Clips|
|Clip Length||10 Seconds||Up to 1 Hour||Up to 1 Hour||Up to 1 Hour|
|Custom Motion Detection Area and Self-Learning||YES||YES||YES||YES
|Shared access with other users.||2 Users||2 Users||4 Users||4 Users|
Oco HD vs. Oco vs. Oco 2 vs. Oco Pro Outdoor
If you're wondering what Oco camera to purchase, here's a comparison of their features.
|Oco (1st Gen)||Oco 2||Oco HD||Oco Pro Bullet v2||Oco Pro Dome v2|
|Resolution||1280 x 720||1920 x 1080||1280 x 960||1920 x 1080||1920 x 1080|
|Viewing Angle||120°||140°||125°||100° ||106°|
|Motion & Sound Detection||YES||YES||YES||YES||YES
|Buy Now||Buy Now||Buy Now||Buy Now||Buy Now
Working With Others and Pricing
As you've probably noticed, HD's features are somewhat limited compared to the other cameras in Oco's lineup. However, you can make Oco HD a better security camera by pairing it with other devices. For one, it works with other Oco cameras. If you have existing cameras from Oco, simply add HD to your account, and you will be able to control it alongside your existing cameras. You can create schedules, arm/disarm them, or watch live videos from multiple locations.
You can also use IFTTT to pair HD with other brands. IFTTT is a third-party app that lets users integrate two or more devices that don't normally work together. For example, Oco doesn't work with Amazon Echo, but by using IFTTT, you can connect the two. You can also use IFTTT to connect Oco to Philips Hue so that when the camera detects motion, your lights turn on. IFTTT is compatible with hundreds of brands and devices.
You can purchase Oco HD for $95.99, but beware, we've fallen for Oco's good Amazon review hype before and recently learned that Oco often employs fake reviews. Fakespot.com currently has Oco HD's Amazon reviews graded at a D giving them an adjusted rating of 2.5 stars.
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