Home Security Reviews : VT-361 Super HD WiFi Video Monitoring Surveillance

Interested to buy a home security camera for an affordable price? How about a security camera with the pan, tilt and zoom? For $99, for instance?

With the price, people want to see what the manufacturers left out to sell at that price. They always leave out something, so the best deals are the ones where they left out something you personally didn’t really need, or it could be bought separately.

So how did they get the Vimtag VT-361 Super HD WiFi Video Monitoring Surveillance Security Camera down to such a low price and still offer movement? Let’s find out.

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Pros

  • Easy set-up
  • Pan, Tilt and Zoom
  • 720p
  • Good motion detection
  • 2-way audio
  • Remote viewing

Cons

  • Motion detector needs reconfiguration before use

Performance

Set-Up

The good news here is that the manufacturer has designed this system to be set up in five minutes. Plug in the network, connect the power, wait for the Wi-Fi to kick in and download the app. The set-up is very simple and quick.

Pan, Tilt, Zoom

More good news comes in the form of the camera movement. You won’t find many cameras at that price range that aren’t static.

Usually you get a camera and maybe you can zoom but mostly it’ll just the facing the way it was when you installed it.

Here you can remotely turn it to get a look at other parts of the room. You can move it up and down too. It’s not a 360 degree turn but it is almost that much at 320 degrees with a 120 degree up and down motion. You get to see more than you would with other cameras and one thing that people love is more for the money.

Hard drive

Unfortunately, there’s no hard drive in this system. But that’s not so bad news because a hard drive only costs about $50 these days so that’ll take the overall price up to $150 bucks which is still a good deal.

It’s more like bad news to do with your time, because you gotta go through all the hassle of going online or going to the shops, and buying a hard drive too.

You may need a hard drive if you want to record lots of day’s worth of footage. If you don’t they’ve provided an SD card slot and you can record up to 32 GB on a SD card. You still have to buy the SD card separately though so whatever happens you’ll be needed two purchases here.

2-way audio

Think of the opportunities here with the 2-way audio. You can tell your kids off for coming home from school late even if you’re at work. You can even shout insults at a burglar as he’s being arrested.

You can even talk to your dog, or your wife if you want too. The reality is that you’ll mostly be using the audio here for family stuff like that. It allows you to be at home even when you’re not. Kid’s birthdays when you had to rush out to work are a great example of what you can take part in with the 2-Way Audio.

The 2-way audio doesn’t really enhance your home security but it does have some amazing uses.

Picture

The picture is 720 HD so not quite full HD although there is good pixel performance. Full HD 1080p really helps when the cops are trying to identify a burglar or home invader.

The more detail you have the better chance you have of a case against this despicable human being standing up in court.

At 720p you get a less clear picture when you’re using zoom and when you’re moving the camera around. But, 720p is still excellent for the money in terms of picture quality. You could watch a movie in 720p and not have any problems.

Motion detection

The thing about the motion detection is that it starts out bad and if you do a few things it turns out pretty good.

It’s a passive detector which means it’ll wait to go off until something crosses it’s area of detection, rather than sending out microwaves or lasers actively looking for something to respond to.

These types of detectors are prone to false alarms so unless you want to get notifications on your phone 50 times a day you’ll turn down the sensitivity. Once you’ve done this it’ll only go off when big things happen like a man picking up your TV set and walking out the door. There’s still a few false alarms even after you’ve made those adjustments but not so much as to bother you.

Remote viewing

You can go to the app anywhere you’ve got Wi-Fi and view live what is happening at your home. Most devices these days have this but here you can also Pan, Tilt and Zoom the camera even from the other side of the world if you’re lucky enough to be that far away from home.

You can also view recorded images on your SD card as well as fast forwarding and rewinding them.

This gives buyers the peace of mind that comes from being able to check on the house no matter where they are. You can speak to the house remotely too and anyone present can speak back to you.

Conclusion

Despite there not being a hard drive present, the price is still good. Still a whole heap of competitive at $99 for the camera and $50 for a large hard drive. But if you don’t want to go through the process of buying two things then this is not for you.

Buyers will love the Pan, Tilt and Zoom because you see across a wider area and so you get more bang for your buck.

At 720p the images could have been better but anyone who is not an expert and couldn’t tell the difference between 1080p and 720p.

1080p would be better for video evidence at a prosecution but other than that there aren’t major advantages between one or the other. Bottom line is that the price right and the missing hard drive can easily be bought cheaply. Then you got the real deal in terms of singular cameras.