This is an excellent webcam for the price. I have a Philips M100E/12 Netcam, Wireless Interface
which costs more and lacks several features that the Tenvis camera does.
So what's so good about the camera. Well, first is the quality of the video playback. It's not quite what I would consider to be 720p but on a phone screen looks brilliant and pretty good on a tablet as well. Second, the camera works both in normal daylight and at night using infrared lighting. Third, the ability to remotely move the camera from left to right and up and down is brilliant. The design means that the camera can pretty much be directed to any point through 180 degrees. Fourth, the wifi feature means that the camera can be positioned more or less anywhere you like. The power cable, which is quite thin as there's a transformer built into the UK plug, is very long indeed so you don't need to be very near to a power outlet. Fifth, the camera works with both Android and iOS with free apps for both operating systems. Sixth, the built in speakers mean that you can use the camera to talk to someone at home. Seventh, the security alert features allow an e-mail to be sent and video stored if the unit detects sounds or movement. And finally it really works. I was doubtful I'd manage to get the camera to broadcast over the internet so that I could receive video away from home. In fact this works very well. It's also possible to redirect the camera remotely from anywhere in the world.
There are a few downsides but for the price these in no way negate this excellent device. Setup is not problem free. I had some difficulties in getting the app to detect the camera which perhaps took about 30 minutes to resolve - mainly by resetting the camera a couple of times and reading the instructions more carefully. I was expecting problems in getting the camera to stream online. This involves messing around with router settings and particularly setting up port forwarding. In practice though this only took around 30 minutes. The Tenvis website at www.tenvis.com has some fairly helpful guidance. The key is to download the Tenvis Search Tool programme which allows you to adjust some of the camera settings and setting up port sharing on the router. Setting up cameras can be very complex so it was a pleasure to find this all took around an hour and worked first time.
Other issues, well whilst well made the camera is not small. It's around 15cm high an 10 wide - not something you'll be able to hide away. This is made more difficult still by a green flashing LED which is continuously active. Further, I haven't been able to get an email sent to me when the camera detects motion. The software only seems to allow SMTP mail systems which I don't have. There are other features which it would be nice to have - perhaps a camera zoom - but for the money I'm very happy with the system.
So, overall extremely good value for money and a system that is fairly easy to set up, is well built, is flexible and allows you to see in the dark! All in reasonable quality as well. A definite five stars.
Note that the camera was provided by Tenvis on the understanding that I would post an independent review.