Sold for 59 euros, can Avidsen’s new motorized camera seriously protect its interior?

With the first good weather, plans to secure your home are in full swing: spring break, then summer vacation, seem close at hand. The abundant supply of connected cameras is constantly renewed, as evidenced by Avidsen’s launch of its HomeCam2 360a small camera that allows you to be alerted in case of presence detection, but also to look out its interior from your smartphone. “20 Minutes” took one look at him Home Sweet Home for a week and gives you his impressions.

Avidsen HomeCam2, an entry-level motorized connected camera.
Avidsen HomeCam2, an entry-level motorized connected camera. – CHRISTOPHE SEFRIN/20 MINUTES

Easy to use

Alert, the new surveillance cameras are out! Among them, the new Avidsen HomeCam2 360, which has just been released on the market with two arguments: it is easy to use and motorized. Plugged into the mains, connected to the home network in five minutes, paired via a QR code offered by the Avidsen Home application, seduces by its ease of use and can be recommended even if you have not completed a techno baccalaureate.

Few parameters need to be adjusted. These include detection sensitivity (low, medium, high), motion tracking, and whether or not to send notifications when motion is detected. And we can be satisfied with it at first. To go further, it will be possible to define the operating hours of the camera, or even orchestrate routines.

360° Subject Tracking

In everyday life, the HomeCam2 360 is also distinguished by its motorization. As soon as it detects a presence, it sends a notification, starts recording a video on your microSD card (not included), and chases the intruder. The Full HD camera thus follows horizontally and automatically any visitor in their movements. For his part, the absentee owner can remotely control the orientation of the camera at any time, and control it horizontally but also vertically, with an angle of 85°.

A system with two-way sound can possibly address the person at home from their smartphone and hear them respond. It can also be used to pet the dog or cat in the house…

Convenient, but with shortcomings.

Our tests reveal a product that can be generally trusted. We didn’t notice any latency between a person passing in front of the camera and the resulting alert. However, we were able to notice some untimely alerts, which did not justify anything. It’s better to check, therefore, before calling a loved one or the police station… Tracking the issue is a bit more random.

Automatic video recording is done locally, on a microSD card.
Automatic video recording is done locally, on a microSD card. – CHRISTOPHE SEFRIN/20 MINUTES

We first noticed that the motorization of the camera works jerkily, not allowing a very fluid visual tracking of a potential visitor. More annoying: Faced with a fast-moving person (which one can imagine in the case of a robbery), the camera sometimes loses sight of him and breaks his tracking. A limitation if we rely on recorded images to confuse a criminal…

For its part, the images provided are still correct, with a sufficient level of detail. The HomeCam 2 360 has also proven to be quite relevant for night use. Its infrared LED lighting seemed good enough to give us images (this time in black and white) of honest quality.

for money

Upon arrival, this camera was sold for 59 euros and offers services corresponding to the investment made. The more expensive models are necessarily more advanced and can, depending on the case, offer a shutter to hide the lens, alerts in case of sound detection, intelligent animal detection, a zoom or even a service. cloud to store your recordings (and secure them!). These are criteria to consider before a purchase.

halfway between the Home Security Mi 360 from Xiaomi (sold for 39 euros) and the pan tilt From Yale ($69), the HomeCam2 360 is still a staple you can be happy with before possibly upgrading your setup.

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