Samsung is not our go-to brand for security cameras. We previously reviewed the Samsung SmartCam HD Plus, SmartCam HD Outdoor, and some of their baby monitors. The cameras are average at best; they have good resolutions, night vision, local and cloud storage, and security features, but they often lack home automation integrations and their smartphone app is poorly rated. Plus, they're almost as expensive as our top picks, but offer fewer features. So when Samsung announced the launch of the Wisenet-SmartCam A1 security camera system, I was curious. Will it change the game for the company? Will it finally be the Samsung camera to wow us?
Instead of offering one camera, Wisenet is a system centered around an indoor and outdoor camera. Although its price and date of availability are still unknown, details about the camera are now available, so let's take a first look.
- Works inside and outside
- Outdoor camera is battery-powered
- Panning indoor camera with motion tracking
- Lacks home automation integration
- Indoor camera only pans when connected to the panning station
Image and Video Quality
What We Know
There are two cameras in the Wisenet-SmartCam A1 system.
First is an indoor camera. The cylinder shaped camera is designed to sit on a flat surface. The design is similar to Angee, except Wisenet's camera can be removed from the base station allowing for a more flexible installation. When mounted on its station, the camera can pan up to 350°, allowing you to take a look at an entire room whenever you want using the smartphone app. The camera can even track and follow motion if detected. However, when you take it off of its station, the camera loses its ability to pan. What's left is a camera with a 1080p resolution, night vision, and a 130-degree wide angle lens, still not too shabby.
The second camera is the outdoor camera. Each Wisenet system can support up to eight outdoor cameras. Its specs are similar to Canary Flex and its design resembles Arlo Pro. The camera records in 720p, which isn't as strong as its FHD indoor companion, but it's primed to work outdoors even during harsh weather conditions and comes equipped with night vision. It has an IP rating of 65, making it waterproof and dustproof. It's also battery-powered, place it anywhere your WiFi reaches.
What We Don't Know
Some details are not yet available, and we will update this article once we learn more about the camera. Here's where we still have questions:
- Is the indoor camera's base station also a hub for the entire system?
- Is the indoor camera battery-powered as well?
- How many indoor cameras can the system support?
- What is the night vision range of both the indoor and outdoor camera?
- How wide is the outdoor camera's field of view?
Wisenet-SmartCamA1 to Enhance Home Security
What We Know
We don't know much yet. We do know both cameras can detect motion and sound. In addition to motion detection, the indoor camera supports detection zones. By choosing only the areas that are important, you can make the camera's alerts more reliable and reduce false alarms. As mentioned earlier, the indoor camera can also track motion when it's mounted on its base station. This feature is similar to the iCamera KEEP Pro's motion tracking ability and iCam Pro Deluxe's robotic tracking feature.
What We Don't Know
- Will the outdoor camera support motion detection zones as well?
- Will the cameras have the ability to sound a siren like the SmartCam HD Plus?
- How will Wisenet notify its users of alerts? (push notification, text alerts, email alerts)
- Where will the recordings go? Will there be local and cloud storage options? Will there be options for continuous recording?
- Will the cameras use the same app as the SmartCam HD Plus?
Based on existing information about the system, Wisenet-SmartCam A1 sounds like a good option, though there's nothing earth-shattering about the technology. The indoor camera records in FHD, there are smart features such as motion tracking and detection zones, and the system can monitor indoor and outdoor spaces. However, there are other indoor/outdoor duos already on the market such as Canary and Canary Flex, the Nest Cam and Nest Cam Outdoors, the Blink Indoor Camera and Blink XT, and the Arlo Wire-Free and Arlo Pro. Most of these options are readily available and are already tested. So the question is, is it wise to wait for Wisenet-SmartCam A1?