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Oco Pro Outdoor Camera Review

Hardware Criteria6.8
Software Criteria9.8
Video Storage10
IP Rating / Weatherproofing10
Hands-on Authority and User Reviews7
8.7
Reader Rating: (8 Rates)4.5

Oco recently launched Oco 2, an improved version of their original indoor camera. But Oco2 isn't the only camera they've added to their lineup; they recently released an outdoor camera—Oco Pro, and it comes in two versions.

1. A dome-type camera.
2. A bullet-type camera.

The two cameras have a couple of differences. Of course, the design is different, but they also have different viewing angles and night vision range. Other than that, they are the same so unless we differentiate between the two cameras below, assume what we say applies to both.

Setup & Design

Oco Pro is a sturdy camera that is technically marketed at small businesses. While Oco wants to sell their camera to small businesses, I don't see why you couldn't put the camera in your home. After all, it can withstand heat, cold, rain, or snow. It can operate in an environment with temperatures between -22° to 140°F. (To compare, Nest Cam's new outdoor camera only operates in temperatures between 32° and 104°F.) Finally, it has an IP rating of 66. That said, you can install Oco Pro almost anywhere, so why not allow it to protect your home?

As noted above, you can place it almost anywhere. First, Oco Pro doesn't have batteries, so it needs a steady power source. You can either plug it into an electrical outlet or use PoE (Power over Ethernet). In both cases, you are restricted by the length of the cable you use. Second, Oco Pro needs Wi-Fi or an Ethernet connection. You will need to place it within Wi-Fi signal range.

Oco Pro Image & Video Quality

Oco Pro offers a Full HD (1080p) resolution and a 2MP image sensor. It also has the ability to zoom in digitally up to 8x.

In addition to Oco Pro's high resolution, it uses Wide Dynamic Range (WDR) to produce better images. WDR is a technology that increases a camera's dynamic range, allowing it to clearly capture both bright and dim areas in a single frame. In regards to an outdoor camera, this feature is vital. Without it, changing light patterns will make it very difficult to view detail within the image capture.

As mentioned above, the Dome and Bullet versions are the same until we get to the viewing angle. The Oco Pro Dome has a wider viewing angle of 106 degrees compared to Oco Pro Bullet, which only has an 85-degree viewing angle. On the other hand, Bullet has more IR LEDs which gives it better night vision experience. It promises up to 100ft. of night vision range. The Dome only has 10 IR LEDs and its night vision range is 35ft.

Oco Pro to Enhance Home Security

Oco Pro has basic security features—motion and sound detection, nothing more. However, they improve upon those features to reduce false alarms. For one, the camera uses smart algorithms to distinguish a real event from recurring ones. For example, it eventually learns to ignore motion alerts caused by passing cars or moving branches. This way, your phone won't be bombarded with useless alerts. You can also set motion detection zones, so only the important areas are monitored. And finally, you can adjust the sensitivity of Oco Pro's sensors.

To help keep you safe, Oco also includes free push notifications of events. If something suspicious is detected, you will receive a smartphone notification. You can immediately take action by opening the app and watching live footage. You can also use two-way voice to communicate through the camera so long as your phone is connected to Wi-Fi, 3G, or 4G.

Oco Pro is also able to work with other devices to keep your home safe. For one, it is an addition to Oco's ecosystem of cameras and works with Oco1 and Oco2. It can also work with other brands like Nest, SmartThings, and WeMo with the help of IFTTT - an app that lets you integrate hundreds of smart home brands and create rules in the "If 'this' then 'that'" format. For example, you can create a rule that makes your lights turn on if Oco Pro detects motion. You can also have the camera arm itself when you leave the house.

Storage

While getting a smartphone notification is helpful, what happens if you aren't around to self-monitor?

Oco 2 will record a 10-second video clip of events, if the camera is online. If the camera is offline, the clip is saved to a microSD card (up to a 128GB, sold separately) for later viewing.

 Basic/Free$4/month/camera ($40/year)$9/month/camera ($99/year)$19/month/camera ($199/year)
Cloud Storage24 Hours24 Hours10 Days30 Days
Store LocallySD CardSD CardSD CardSD Card
Downloading Clips1 Hour of Clips1 Hour of Clips2 Hours of Clips2 Hours of Clips
Clip Length10 SecondsUp to 1 HourUp to 1 HourUp to 1 Hour
Custom Motion Detection Area and Self-Learning YES
YES
YES
YES
Sound DetectionYES
YES
YES
YES
TimeWarp NO
YES
YES
YES
Notification SchedulingYES
YES
YES
YES
Shared access with other users. 2 Users2 Users4 Users4 Users

For cloud storage, they have both free and paid plans. For free, you can store motion-based clips in the cloud for 24 hours and share access to the camera with up to 4 users. If you choose a paid subscription, you will be able to access added features like TimeWarp.

TimeWarp is a cloud feature that helps you find relevant events quickly. It saves you the trouble of watching multiple event clips by creating a short clip of everything recorded within a given timeframe. For example, if the camera detects you are entering and exiting your house four times, the clip will show four overlapping images of you. Each of the images will be enclosed in a color-coded rectangle. If you tap inside one of the rectangles, you will be led to the actual clip.

The plans outlined in the chart above are for homeowners. If you purchase Oco Pro for your business, they have a seperate set of cloud plans.

 Online ProCloud 10 ProCloud 30 ProCloud 60 ProBroadcasting
Price$6/month
$18/3 months
$60/year
$15/month
$45/3 months
$120/year
$25/month
$75/3 months
250/year
$35/month
$105/3 months
$350/year
$150/month
$450/3 months
$1500/year
Cloud RecordingBasic Event Clips for 5 daysFull Recording of All Events for 10 daysFull Recording of All Events for 30 daysFull Recording of All Events for 60 daysFull Recording of All Events for 30 days
Share Camera AccessUnlimited AccountsUnlimited AccountsUnlimited AccountsUnlimited AccountsUnlimited Accounts
Video ExportUnlimited Number of Clips up to 8 hours longUnlimited Number of Clips up to 8 hours longUnlimited Number of Clips up to 8 hours longUnlimited Number of Clips up to 8 hours longUnlimited Number of Clips up to 4 hours long
Ability to Embed Feeds to WebsiteYES
YES
YES
YES
YES
Other featuresNO
NO
NO
NO
Flexible public broadcast management*

*Publicly broadcasted cameras are shown in Ivideon TV, Ivideon's catalog of public cameras.

Oco Pro Software Behavior

Oco Pro uses the same app as indoor cameras Oco and Oco2, the Ivideon mobile app, which makes monitoring your Oco cameras easier. From the app, you can watch live videos and use two-way voice, access recorded clips and TimeWarp videos and tweak your camera's settings.

The Ivideon app can be downloaded from the Play Store and iTunes. You can also access some of the apps features using a PC or Mac by logging into your account through the Ivideon web app.

A Short Summary

Oco Pro is an outstanding outdoor camera, particularly if you are already invested in other Oco cameras. They are sturdy, they have high resolution, and the app is superb.

Oco Pro Bullet sells for as low as $129.

The Oco Pro Dome sells for $199.