I received my Outdoor Cam yesterday and I got to say that I am NOT impressed with it so far.
The documentation is lacking. I assuming that I am in the minority with it comes to reading the manual but it is just something that I do. Anyway I started charging the camera and the little quick start guide says that if the red light is flashing it is charging. I found some other documentation online that said it will be at least 4 hours to fully charge. After 7 hours the light was still flashing so I powered up the camera and put it online and it showed 100%, so why wasn’t the light solid like the documentation says? OK so maybe a minor bug.
The next item is the detection settings. Why would you adjust the camera the detection zone? Your supposed to adjust the zone to the viewing area. Then the detection distance, so is this in inches, feet, yards? I have yet to find anything giving me this information.
In the Event Recording section there is a setting for a Cooldown. The first thing I thought of was someone walking or driving up to the front of my home (where I have the camera) and I get 12 seconds of recording of the first movement than they have 5 minutes to do whatever without being recorded. No proof that they did anything other than walk for drive up in front of my home. Great. I understand we need to conserve battery but a 5 min cooldown is not good. I changed it to 3 min just to see what the effect on the battery would be last night and over a 12 hour period the camera ate 4% for the battery on 8 events. A little quick math says that I would get about 12 days of use with a full charge and a 3 min cooldown. Not good. Also there is another toggle switch for Back up to Base Station in the Event Recording section. What is being backed up to this SD Card and how do I access it without having to remove it from the base station. The same question for the SD Card of the Outdoor Camera, how to I access the card without removing it? On the V2 it right there on the screen (View Playback).
I’m going to let the camera run for a few days to see if I can figure out things but as it stands right now I will be returning the Outdoor Cam and going back to the V2 that I had in the front of the house.