In today's review we will analyze one wireless surveillance camera who wants to be inspired by Arlo, both for design and for technologies, and in more detail we are talking about Imou Cell Pro. So how did she behave during our tests? We just have to find out in our article.
Imou Cell Pro review
Unboxing - Imou Cell Pro
Inside the sales package we find the following equipment:
- 2 Imou Cell Pro surveillance cameras;
- 2 wall mounts;
- 2 batteries;
- screws and stops;
- 2 USB cables - Micro USB for charging;
- Base Station;
- Base power supply;
- Ethernet cable;
- instruction manual.
Design and construction
Il design in Casa del Imou Cell Pro is similar to that of Arlo, but the shape is completely different. I must say that I really like its look and it is perfect if combined with modern contexts, especially the base station.
Le dimensions I'm quite compact, or 77 × 77 × 71.5 mm for a weight of approx 350 grams and it will be easy to place it on some furniture thanks to the rubber feet at the base. Alternatively, you can take advantage of the wall support to hook it on the outside or the 1/4 ″ entrance to put it on any other support (even a tripod if you want). Unfortunately we do not find a steel part to take advantage of the magnetic housing as it happens on Arlo.
The camera has one IP65 certification that will allow us to use it safely even outdoors. On the back we find a Micro USB input for charging and the Sync button, while on the front are the microphone, the lens, the PIR sensor, the status LED and the IR sensor. It does not end here, however, because there is also the speaker and the housing for the removable battery.
Speaking instead of station, the dimensions are of 157 x 108 x 154 millimeters for a weight of 270 grams and on board we find the input for power supply, a reset button, the LAN input and a USB 2.0 input for local saving.
- Sensor: 2MP (1920 x 1080), Progressive CMOS 1 / 2.7 ";
- Night vision: 10 m distance;
- Fixed Optic 2,8 mm;
- Field of view: 110 ° (H), 61 ° (V), 130 ° (D);
- Video compression: H.265 / H.264;
- Frame Rate up to 20 fps;
- Operating conditions: -20 ° C ~ + 45 ° C, UR ≤ 95%.
Software and operation
To synchronize the cameras at the base station you must first download the application "Imou" and then scan the QR code under the station. Once you find the model of the camera on the app you will have to connect theImou Cell Pro power supply and follow the instructions shown on the screen.
At first it might seem difficult to understand, but once you have explored all the menus you will be able to move around the application without too many problems. Generally speaking the software è quite complete, we do not find any particular functions such as those present on Arlo, but we find some basic modes for satisfactory use of a standard surveillance system.
Among these we mention the Geofencing (which however is in beta), which will allow us to automatically activate the alarm once we have left our home. All of this will be done through the GPS Compass of your smartphone.
However, we do not find any functions that allow us to analyze only a portion of the shot and this is a shame because if you take back the entrance of the house and a public road we will receive a notification every time someone passes there.
Let's say that in part it will also help us PIR sensor, in more detail this will ensure that objects passing in front of the camera are not unnecessarily reported (e.g. leaves, dust, etc.), but only humans, as only body heat will generate IR rays that will actually trigger the alarm.
For the rest we can connect up to 6 cameras at the same station and we also find the full support ad Alexa, Google Home e IFTTT.
On the main screen where we can see what our device is shooting, you can take photos, record videos or start two-way conversations.
I video can be saved in local by inserting one pen drive in the station (up to 2 TB), or we can activate one of the paid plans offered by the Chinese company. Later I leave you the screenshot with the prices, reminding you that the first 30 days of trial are free.
This camcorder has one battery removable from 2300 mAh, which according to the manufacturer should last up to 6 months. Personally with the first recharge I managed to get it barely 3 weeks of use, of course, everything also depends on how many times you activate the alarms and the various detection systems, but autonomy did not seem to me the real strong point of these cameras.
Audio and video quality
L'Imou Cell Pro it is characterized by a sensor from 2 mega-pixels with 2.8 mm fixed lens, wide angle of 110 °, PIR sensor, IR and ability to record videos up to 1080p.
In general the quality è good, but not surprising for the price range in which it is placed. During the day we can see very well what happens and the sharpness and resolution reach sufficiency, but in the evening visibility is guaranteed up to a maximum of 10 meters and a drop in quality is noted, although the infrared helps us to better understand the scene.
Don't get me wrong, this one Imou Cell Pro will suit your needs perfectly, but since the price of the kit with 2 video cameras is close to 400 €, I would have preferred that more goodies similar to those seen for Arlo.
Finally, good audio captured by the device as well as that returned by the speaker. This way you can interact with the other person without understanding problems.
Conclusions - Imou Cell Pro
Coming to the conclusions I have to say that in general this Imou Cell Pro it's a good product, but looking at the price maybe this is a little too high for what is offered. In fact, the autonomy turned out to be a bit swinging and I would have preferred to have some more customization in the software.
If it had been sold to one lower figure it would certainly have been a successful purchase since we have a nice design and good quality, but about 359 € with the kit of 2 video cameras we begin to get a little too close to the house proposals Arlo (although we talk about the first 720p model).