Kami outdoor camera

Kami outdoor camera DEFAULT

Overall score: 72/100

Tested June 2020

Key specifications

    • Field of view: 140 degrees
    • Two-way audio: Yes
    • Recording resolution: 1920x1080
    • Night vision: Black and white
    • Siren: No
    • Power: Battery
    • Video storage: MicroSD card or cloud storage via subscription
    • Dimension (cm): 6.8 x 6.8 x 13.5
    • Weight: 200g


Available from: currys.co.uk

What is it?

An affordable wifi security camera that records FullHD video when motion is detected, both during the day and at night. The weatherproof camera can be placed anywhere in the home or garden, and is powered by rechargeable batteries that Kami says will last up to six months between charges. The videos it records can be stored to a MicroSD card or a secure area online.

GHI expert verdict

A simple-to-use wifi security camera that records clear video when motion or unusual sounds are detected. On the downside, there's no colour night vision and it's a fairly bulky camera compared to many on the market.

The good

On test, this wifi security camera not only recorded clear and sharp video clips when it detected motion, but also when it identified unusual sounds, such as an alarm sounding or a baby crying. We also found that the audio accompanying the video was clear and in-sync with the picture.

There’s a schedule function to set times when the camera should and shouldn’t be recording and a two-way microphone so you can talk to, as well as hear, anyone in your home. We love that the camera works with Amazon Alexa too, so you have a live feed from the camera shown on a compatible devices.

Take note

We found large light sources in the video clips, such as windows, appear fuzzy and there was some ghosting in the recordings at night, too. The camera doesn't come with a MicroSD card, so you'll either need to supply one yourself or opt for the chargeable online storage service. The night vision isn't colour and the camera is bulky compare to other weatherproof, wire-free security cameras on the market.


  • Ease of use: 3.8/5
  • Design: 3.5/5
  • Instructions: 3.5/5
  • Performance: 3.7/5

How we test

We assess the quality of video recorded by the camera, both during the day and at night, and whether motion alerts are false positives created by pets, headlights or sunlight. We also evaluate how clear the sound is and test any extra features, such as battery life, sirens and how simple the app is to navigate.

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      Sours: https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/uk/product-reviews/tech/a33828801/kami-outdoor-wire-free-camera-review/

      The Kami Wire-Free Outdoor Camera is a smart camera with some serious girth. It's a two-part device comprising of a rear cover (with pivoting elbow mount), and the business end – a 1080p camera with night vision – which screws onto the front. 

      There's two-way communication via an integrated speaker and microphone array. There's an SD slot for local storage. It can stream straight to its app, or an Amazon Echo Show, with no need for a hub. That's a long list of features for a camera at this price.

      It's fairly heavy, with most of that bulk coming from the four large batteries, the same standard 18650 battery cells you might see in cordless powertools or (more overtly) powering vape mods.

      For power, the 18650 battery solution is pretty smart. The cells are readily available, so you're not tied to some expensive proprietary battery pack or stuck with camera downtime while an internal battery recharges. Just charge up a set and stick them in. Take note, other cameras.

      Four fat batteries doesn't just mean bulk, it means weight, but the angle mount is up to the task of positioning this with reassuring stiffness. The waterproofing, too, seems more than solid, with an o-ring seal between the case and body contributing to its IP65 rating, enough to stop dust ingress and jets of water – this is fine to live in your garden.

      In terms of image quality, smart cameras tend to land very much on a spectrum. Kami's cam trends well above the average line, offering a good range of colour, some truly excellent night vision capabilities, and a 140-degree sensor that can correct its lens distortion in-camera. It handles different light levels well, not flinching when pointed at a bright sky or peering its way through twilight.

      That said, upon deep inspection of the live view, it seems the Kami Wire-Free Outdoor Camera's image does tend to be rather smeary at the pixel level; if you want detail in something small, it's not really there.

      Recordings also tend to be rather heavily compressed, whether stored in the cloud or on the SD card. They'll be enough to prove something happened, sure, but perhaps not enough to identify a face. It all depends on the moment, the available light, the speed of movement.

      Unpredictable behaviour is a common thread, and we get tangled in it again where motion sensing is concerned. At times it was sensitive enough to trigger when a butterfly flitted through the scene, or a particularly aggressive raindrop deigned to fall. At other times, it utterly ignored a hulking human dancing around in front of it.

      Perhaps that's a harsh assessment? Maybe, but those things happened. It's not so much the butterfly sensitivity that's a worry, because we'll take false positives all day long, and you can tune the sensitivity in-app or put motion detection on a schedule. It's more the (admittedly very few) occasions in our testing where the camera simply didn't do its job.

      It's also justifiable, we feel, to grumble about the speed of alerts: where you'd likely expect a near-instant push message from any smart security camera, the Kami cam frequently took several minutes to inform us of a motion alert. At one point during our test, it decided it would not deliver alerts at all, only waking up (and tossing out seven push messages at once) once we'd gone into the app to see what was up.

      In fairness, a security camera isn't only about immediate alerts, and there's a home and away option, selectable in app, that seems to make it hotter on sending you those alerts when you specifically tell it you're not home. 

      Capturing footage and keeping it is vital, and you'll absolutely want to subscribe to the Kami Cloud service, mainly because the free options are so powerfully hamstrung that this feels like half the camera without it.

      Kami Wire-free Outdoor Camera review: verdict

      Is this a great camera? No. There's a lot about the Kami Wire-Free Outdoor Camera that just isn't quite right. But it's passable, and its large range quality-of-life features raise it in our esteem a little. 

      For certain purposes, particularly live viewing in spots where you need a weatherproof option and no down time for charging, it's a simple and solid option, especially for the price.

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      Sours: https://www.t3.com/reviews/kami-wirefree-outdoor-camera-review
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      Two-minute review

      Outdoor security cameras are generally more expensive than their indoor counterparts, but Yi Technology has managed to build a tough, weather-proof camera in the Kami Wire-Free Outdoor Camera. The 1080p resolution is perfectly adequate for monitoring smaller areas such as gardens or the outside of a small office, and the ability to record video onto your own memory card is a good alternative to paying for online storage. The zoom feature is limited, though, and the odd battery size means you might have to buy a new battery charger.


      Price and availability

      Yi Technology is still a new name in the western world, but it made a good impression with its Kami Indoor Camera recently, which provided useful security features at a very competitive price. Yi has now followed up with an outdoor camera that also offers good value for money at just £79.99 ($89.99). We reviewed the battery-powered Wire-Free Outdoor Camera, but there’s a wired version as well, that relies on mains power supply, for £64.99 ($60.00).

      Design and features

      You’re not going to get a top-of-the-range camera for that price, but the Outdoor Camera gets the basics right, with 1080p resolution (1920x1080), 140-degree wide-angle lens and infra-red sensor that provides night vision for low-light conditions. The camera only records video at 20fps, and it’s not the sharpest lens we’ve come across, but the video quality is still perfectly adequate for keeping an eye on people coming and going in the area outside your home or office. 

      The night-vision mode also works well for such an affordable camera. Our only minor complaint is that the zoom option is fairly limited, but that’s a lot to ask from a camera in this price range, and the Wire-Free Outdoor Camera should be fine for monitoring areas such as gardens or the outside of an office.

      The camera casing feels sturdy and well built, and has an IP65 rating for water- and dust-resistance. It can also operate at temperatures between -10°C and 50°C, which just about covers a typical year in a temperate climate. There’s a wall-mount kit included with the camera, and the head of the camera can tilt and rotate so that you can further adjust the viewing angle once it’s been fixed into place on a wall. Kami also includes a little rubber support that will allow you to simply rest the camera on a window ledge or other flat surface where the wall-mount might not be suitable.

      Kami is a bit vague about battery life, though, merely saying that the batteries provided with the camera should last for 3 - 6 months. The batteries are rechargeable, but they’re an unusual size - Kami says they’re 18650 batteries if you want to check on Google - and were far too big to fit into my normal AA battery charger, so you might need to pay for a new charger as well. But, of course, the wire-free design does mean that you can also bring the camera indoors every now and then if you need to.

      Getting started

      Setting up the Wire-Free Outdoor Camera is admirably straightforward. All you have to do is provide an email address and password to create an account within the Kami Home app for iOS or Android, and then enter your Wi-Fi password so that the camera can connect to your Wi-Fi network (although the low cost of the camera means that it only supports Wi-Fi on the 2.4GHz bandwidth). Once that’s done you can use the camera itself to scan the QR code printed on the box, and the app automatically completes the set-up process and network connection for you.

      The app provides two simple buttons that allow you to switch the camera between ‘Home’ and ‘Away’ modes - with ‘Away’ turning on motion-detection alerts when you leave, while ‘Home’ lets the camera know that you’ve returned and that it can take a rest. There’s also an option to create a customized schedule for the camera’s motion-sensor, perhaps to turn it on during the night-time or at weekends, and you also have a remote control option that lets you view live video on the app, and to take still photos and record videos on your smartphone wherever you may be.

      Subscription charges

      The sting in the tail with many security cameras is the need to pay for online cloud storage for the video clips that the camera records. Like the Indoor Camera that we reviewed from Yi, the Wire-Free Outdoor Camera will record short video clips - just 6 seconds long - free of charge, which it stores and uses to notify you of any activity that it detects. But, unlike the indoor camera, the Wire-Free Outdoor camera also includes a slot for an SD memory card - up to 64GB - so you can store longer video clips directly onto the card.

      That always leaves a slight risk that thieves could steal or damage the camera itself - along with the memory card - so you can also pay for a Kami Cloud subscription that provides more secure online storage for your video recordings. This is where things get a bit confusing, as we found that the plans listed within the Kami app on our smartphone were different from those available on Yi’s web site.

      When we spoke to Yi, they recommended that you choose a subscription by logging into your account on the web site instead. The subscriptions available on the web site offer a month’s free trial, with prices starting at £5.00 per month (about $6), which allows you to record all motion detected by a single camera, and to store those clips for one week. Other subscriptions provide 15 or 30 days of storage for up to five cameras, and there are discounts if you pay for a whole year in advance. There’s also a more expensive ‘CVR’ option - continuous video recording - that works like CCTV and records video non-stop for 24 hours, one week at a time.


      The image quality provided by the Kami Wire-Free Outdoor Camera is good, rather than exceptional, and there are certainly more expensive security cameras that provide better image quality and more powerful zoom controls. However, the Wire-Free Camera is still very good value for a camera that costs so little. Its rechargeable batteries, sturdy design and wall-mount kit make it suitable for a wide range of outdoor locations, and the ability to install your own memory card means that most people won’t need to worry about subscription fees either.

      Buy it if...

      You need an affordable outdoor camera
      The low-cost price tag of the Wire-Free Outdoor Camera is good value for a weather-proof camera for outdoor locations.

      You Need Wire-Free Portability
      The rechargeable batteries are an odd size, but they make it easy to move the camera from one location to another.

      You Don’t Want To Pay For Online Storage
      A memory card slot means that you can record long video clips on the camera itself, without paying subscription fees for online storage.

      Don't buy it if...

      You Need An Indoor Camera
      There are plenty of cheaper alternatives if you simply need a camera for inside your home.

      You Can Use Mains Power
      If there’s a mains power socket nearby you won’t need to worry about the odd size of Yi’s rechargeable batteries.

      You Need A Powerful Lens
      The 1080p resolution is good at this price, but there are sharper cameras available, with better zoom functions.


      Sours: https://www.techradar.com/reviews/kami-wire-free-outdoor-camera
      Kami Outdoor Camera - Home Security Camera

      Kami Wire-Free Outdoor Camera (W102)


      The Kami Wire-Free Outdoor Camera W102 is a 100% wire-free HD camera with advanced motion detection. Featuring a truly wireless design, this cutting edge Wire-Free Outdoor Kami Camera doesn’t require any external base stations or hubs. Just use the included rechargeable batteries and your camera is ready to use.

      Designed to be the ultimate wireless security camera, with the versatility to be used in multiple scenarios – place it anywhere in your home or bring it with you everywhere you go.

      100% Wire-free - Versatile and portable, place it anywhere you want

      100% Wire-free - Versatile and portable, place it anywhere you want

      Excellent Optics - See clearly day and night in crystal clear 1080p

      Excellent Optics - See clearly day and night in crystal clear 1080p

      Two-way Audio - Greet guests or scare-off intruders

      Two-way Audio - Greet guests or scare-off intruders

      Enhanced Night Vision - View bright and clear clips even during the darkest nights

      Enhanced Night Vision - View bright and clear clips even during the darkest nights

      Your Uptime Peace of Mind - Minimise downtime with 3 - 4 months of operation from a single charge

      Your Uptime Peace of Mind - Minimise downtime with 3 - 4 months of operation from a single charge

      Kami Cloud - Protect your footage from theft or damage

      Kami Cloud - Protect your footage from theft or damage

      Smart AI Human Detection – This camera is packed with smart Human Detection that effectively avoids “false positives” caused by flying insects, pets and light changes. It can even tell the difference between a real person and a picture.
      When an abnormal sound is detected (within a range of 
16 feet), it will promptly send an alert to your phone.

      Advanced Motion Detection – Equipped with a reliable PIR motion sensor reduces “false positives” caused by items such as moving trees, flags, cars at distance. When an abnormal sound or motion is detected, you’ll receive an alert directly on your phone.

      Featuring a 140° wide-angle lens, 1080p HD images, and enhanced night vision capabilities, the Kami Wire-Free Outdoor Camera allows you to see more, more clearly.

      Secure and Free Cloud – Extra secure data. Kami Cloud relies on owned Frankfurt (Germany) based servers and is full GDPR compliant. It actually surpasses 
US and European data privacy requirements. While an outdoor camera is more vulnerable to theft and damage, Kami Cloud stores 
all your footage on the cloud keeping it safe and available even 
if the unfortunate occurs.

      Crystal Clear 2-Way-Audio – Say hello to your guest when they are at the door, or send off a warning to an unwanted intruder on your property. Use the built-in microphone and high-powered speaker to smoothly and clearly communicate with family, friends or unwanted guests from your Kami Home App.

      Night Vision – This camera is packed with Smart Human Detection that effectively avoids “false positives” caused by flying insects, pets and light changes. It can even tell the difference between a real person and a picture.
      When an abnormal sound is detected (within a range of 
16 feet), it will promptly send an alert to your phone.

      Easy to install with flexible viewing angles – IP65 certified “dust tight” and weatherproof protection combined with a wide operating temperature range (between -10º to 50°C) providing 24/7 operation, regardless of the environment. The rechargeable long-lasting batteries and dual Kami Cloud + micro-SD card storage option offers unparalleled convenience.

      True Wireless Camera – Kami Wire-Free Outdoor Camera’s wire-free, rechargeable long-lasting battery life, and SD-card storage option features are combined with easy installation and flexible viewing angles.

      What’s in the box

      Kami Outdoor Wireless Camera

      1 x Kami Outdoor Wireless Camera

      Kami Base
      Kami Wall-mount
      Kami Extra Ring

      1 x Extra Weather-resitent Ring

      Kami Hardware

      1 x Installation hardware

      Kami Stand
      Kami Reset Pin

      Hardware Features

      • Deterrent Alarm
      • PIR Advanced Motion Sensor
      • Enhanced Night Vision
      • up to 20 Week Battery Life
      • Kami Cloud and SD Card Storage option
      • 100% Wire-free
      • Weather Resistant
      • Kami in-app Monitoring and Control


      • White Polycarbonate material
      • Battery Capacity: 2600mAh 9.62Wh *4 (4×18650 lithium batteries)
      • Night Vision: IR Cut + 6 x 850nm Infrared LEDs
      • WiFi 2.4G Hz (Single band 2.4Ghz and 802.11 b/g/n)
      • Security: WEP / WPA / WPA2
      • Max Resolution: Full HD 1920x1080p @ 20 fps
      • File Compression: H.264 High Profile
      • Lens: 140° wide-angle
      • 32mm Focal Range
      • F1.8 aperture
      • Audi0: Built-in Mic / Speaker (2-way) (3D Noise Reduction)
      • Operating systems: Android / iOS
      • 1/2.7″ CMOS Sensor
      • Internal Storage Max Capacity: 8 – 64GB Class10 micro-sd card

      Product Specifications

      General Product Attributes (Smart & Secure Only)

      Key Feature 1Crystal Clear 2-Way-Audio – Say hello to your guest when they are at the door, or send off a warning to an unwanted intruder on your property. Use the built-in microphone and high-powered speaker to smoothly and clearly communicate with family, friends or unwanted guests from your Kami Home App.
      Key Feature 2True Wireless Camera – Kami Wire-Free Outdoor Camera’s wire-free, rechargeable long-lasting battery life, and SD-card storage option features are combined with easy installation and flexible viewing angles.
      Key Feature 3Easy to install with flexible viewing angles – IP65 certified “dust tight” and weatherproof protection combined with a wide operating temperature range (between -10º to 50°C) providing 24/7 operation, regardless of the environment. The rechargeable long-lasting batteries and dual Kami Cloud + micro-SD card storage option offers unparalleled convenience.

      Physical Attributes

      Weight500 grams

      Kami Outdoor - Wire-free Camera Specs


      • 198g (without battery)
      • 385g (with battery)


      Protection Rating (IP)IP65

      Electronics Attributes

      Power SupplyDC 5V 1A
      Max Consumption5W
      Number of Batteries4
      Battery Life (Estimated)20 weeks

      Performance Attributes

      Operating Temperature-10 to 50º
      Sours: https://www.easygates.co.uk/product/kami-wire-free-outdoor-camera-w102/

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      Kami’s wireless outdoor camera keeps it simple

      You’ve probably come across YI’s range of affordable security cameras while browsing on Amazon or other shopping sites in the past. Recently, the company’s Kami brand launched its $90 battery-powered outdoor camera. After spending some time with it, it’s clear that while it doesn’t quite provide the same experience you’d get from a wired $400 Nest Cam IQ or similar product, it’s a solid security camera and the ease of use makes up for its shortcomings.

      With the Kami Wire-Free Outdoor Camera (that’s its full name), you get a bullet-style camera that you can easily put anywhere you want, thanks to its wireless design. The fact that it’s wireless worried me a bit, given that I wasn’t sure how long those four 2600 mAh batteries would last, but even after a few hours of essentially live-streaming a picture of my backyard, the battery is still at 75%. Given that you’re not likely to do that under normal circumstances — and that YI promises up to six months of battery life — this should do just fine.

      The camera itself streams and records 1080p video at 20 frames per second with a 140-degree field of view. Its IP-65 rating means you don’t have to worry about it getting wet, though I haven’t tested it in a full downpour yet. There’s also a microphone and speaker, in case you want to have a friendly conversation with your local burglar (or the delivery driver, whomever comes first).

      You can run the camera without adding any internal storage and simply send six-second clips directly from the camera to your phone. You also can add a micro-SD card for longer recording times or subscribe to YI’s cloud storage service, which starts at $15 for a three-month plan and seven days of recording history.

      While it’s wireless, you still have to attach the camera somewhere. YI provides all the installation hardware to attach the camera virtually anywhere you can drill a screw.

      As for the software side, getting started simply involves popping in the batteries, using the camera to scan a QR code from the Kami or YI app (they are essentially the same) to connect to your Wi-Fi network and you’re ready to go. The process shouldn’t take more than a minute.

      Especially at this price, these are solid specs, and the image quality, both during day and at night, using the camera’s night vision, is good.

      The only area where I felt the camera fell short of my expectations was in its motion detection. It uses passive infrared motion detection, and while that ensures that your camera isn’t going to ping you about every car that drives by, I did get a few random alerts when it started raining, for example, or when a bird flew through my yard. On other days, there were no false positives at all.Unlike some other cameras, including YI’s own lineup of indoor cameras that I’ve used in the past, this one doesn’t allow you to set up a specific zone to monitor. That’s an odd omission, and the one area where the camera fell short of my expectations. Occasionally, it also takes a long time for the camera to start streaming the live video feed and you have to exit the camera view and go back to the main menu. That’s not exactly a deal breaker, but it is a bit of an annoyance. A software update could probably fix both of these issues.

      Overall, though, the new Kami outdoor camera provides solid performance at this price. It won’t wow you, but it’ll do what it promises to do, and at this price, that’s all you can ask. Whether you trust the company and are comfortable with the privacy implications of having your house under 24/7 surveillance is something you have to decide for yourself, of course. So far, though, YI has had a pretty good track record and no major breaches.

      Sours: https://techcrunch.com/2020/03/03/kamis-wireless-outdoor-camera-keeps-it-simple/
      Kami Wire-Free Outdoor Camera - The Best In Home Security

      Kami Wire-Free Outdoor Camera Review

      A cheap outdoor security camera, the Kami Wire-Free Outdoor Camera does the basics well and can be a good choice if you just want simple coverage for an outdoor area. There are some hefty restrictions with this product, including no battery charger in the box, heavy compression on the video stream and a lack of motion detection controls. If you need more in-depth security, there are better choices but for occasional use, this camera does a reasonable job.


      • Low price
      • Easy to install
      • Does the basics well


      • Heavily compressed video
      • No charger in the box
      • Few motion detection controls

      Key Specifications

      • Review Price: £89.99
      • Outdoor security camera
      • 135 x 68 x 68mm
      • 1080p resolution
      • 140-degrees Field of View
      • Cloud and microSD recording
      • IR night vision
      • Battery powered
      • Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant support

      With the Kami Wire-Free Outdoor Camera you get all the convenience of a wireless camera for keeping an eye on the outside of your home but at a far lower price than you could reasonably expect.

      As the low price suggests, there are a few cut corners and a few niggles that mean this camera is good enough for basic use but not a lot more.

      Kami Wire-Free Outdoor Camera – What you need to know

      • Installation – Quick to mount and install using the app, but make sure you have strong Wi-Fi where you want the camera to go.
      • Detection performance – A PIR sensor picks up movement well but there’s no control over sensitivity and no activity zones.
      • Image quality – Very basic thanks to heavy compression washing out detail.

      Related: Best outdoor security camera

      Design – Chunky but easy to install

      Cheap if might be, but the Kami Wire-Free Outdoor Camera doesn’t show its budget origins in its design. This lozenge-shaped camera looks every bit as good as its more premium competition.

      The main difference is that this camera is massive (135 x 68 x 68mm, 200g). The main reason for the bulk is because instead of a battery pack, the camera runs on four 18650 cells, which are like extra-long AA batteries.

      Kami Wire-Free Outdoor Camera batteries installed

      The advantage of using these batteries is that replacements are readily and cheaply available, but the downside is that there’s no charger in the box, so you’ll need to factor in around £20 for one. It’s a shame that there’s not simply a USB port on the camera for charging.

      Kami Wire-Free Outdoor Camera batteries

      Although the camera is large, it’s easy enough to install. There’s a wall mount in the box that’s attached with three screws, and you then clip the camera to. Kami has provided a ball-joint on the main camera, so you can quickly get it positioned where you want it.

      Once on, you use the Kami app to set the camera up and connect it to Wi-Fi. Only 2.4GHz networking is supported, and make sure that you’ve got a strong signal: I found that the camera would lose its connection if I took it too far from a wireless access point.

      Features – Only basic control and cloud storage can be expensive

      The app gives you all of the basics that you’d expect. Open it up and you can see any cameras you have. Tap one and you can view the live stream, which defaults to SD quality; you can choose HD if you want to see more detail.

      In the live view, you can record video, take a snapshot and have a two-way conversation with anyone that you can see. My camera had quite a delay on it, but the speaker on the camera is clear and the microphone picked up responses well enough.

      Kami Wire-Free Outdoor Camera app

      As a security camera, you’ll want to have the Kami Wire-Free Outdoor Camera record automatically when it detects motion. As with all wireless models, the Wire-Free Outdoor Camera uses a PIR motion sensor to detect movement.

      What you don’t get is any options to control detection. Usually, you can adjust motion sensitivity, but this isn’t an option here. The only setting is called Smart Detection, which sounds exciting, but is merely a setting to control how often you’re sent alerts.

      As a result, positioning is really important with this camera: point it at a busy road or areas with lots of motion and you’ll get lots of alerts and the battery will drain fast. Get the camera pointed in the right direction, and you can eke out up to six months between charging.

      While you can’t control alerts particularly well, there are controls to let you choose when the camera will record or not. On the app’s home page you can set the mode to Home or Away, with the former turning off motion detection and the latter turning it on. You can also set schedules.

      Video can be recorded to the cloud or to the microSD card slot in the camera. While local storage is neat, avoiding paying any monthly fees, you can’t remotely view these recordings. Instead, you have to take the microSD card out and plug it into a computer. And, it means that if the camera is stolen your footage will be gone, too.

      You can also subscribe to the cloud subscription service. This is more complicated than it sounds, as there are different offers depending on whether you use the app or the website. Via the app, I could only see plans for up to five cameras, starting at £74.99 when paid annually for seven-day video history. That’s more expensive than Nest Aware, which gives you unlimited camera support for £5 a month.

      Go to the website instead and you can get a single-camera plan (£40 a year for 7-day history). You can also pay 1p more per year for five-cameras with 15-day history, which is just bizarre.

      Each camera you have has its own cloud section for viewing recorded footage. There’s a timeline to let you select the date you want, and then thumbnails for footage recorded that day. You can download videos to your phone, to preserve evidence.

      Video quality – Heavily compressed video makes it hard to see what’s going on

      The Kami Wire-Free Outdoor Camera has a 140-degree lens on it, which is wide enough to capture what you need outside. Internally there’s a 1080p sensor, which sounds great, but here we have a perfect example of how video compression is just as important.

      While the camera may capture video at 1080p, the resulting video is heavily compressed. Grass tends to blur into one green mess, objects far from the camera are really hard to work out and, even up close, people lose a lot of detail.

      Kami Wire-Free Outdoor Camera day sample

      At night, the camera turns on its IR LEDs, switching to a black and white image. IR tends to soften the image anyway, but with the heavy image compression, you lose even more details. There are 720p cameras that produce better image quality thanks to lower (or better) compression.

      Kami Wire-Free Outdoor Camera night sample

      Should you buy the Kami Wire-Free Outdoor Camera?

      On the face of it, the Kami Wire-Free Outdoor Camera is really good value, coming in at less than £100 for a full wireless model. However, if you don’t have a suitable battery charger, then you need to spend around £20 for one, adding to your cost. Image quality is also pretty bad, with heavy compression getting in the way of quality.

      What your choice will come down to is what you need to achieve. If you just need a camera for occasional use and don’t need anything fancy, then the Kami Wire-Free Outdoor Camera is good value. If you want proper security, then the wired Nest Cam Outdoor is excellent value, although you need an outdoor power socket to use it. If you want wireless, then the Ring Stick Up Cam battery (I’ve reviewed the wired model) costs the same as this model.

      Sours: https://www.trustedreviews.com/reviews/kami-wire-free-outdoor-camera

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