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Good upgrade over the original Bullet, expensive compared to competition
on 24 December 2014
I have 2 non-HD bullets and previously tried the original 1080 bullet which I returned. I also had some Knights previously in external enclosures.
I've been waiting for the prices to come down on this 2nd gen Bullet 1080 and when it was on sale I got one to try. I have to say that I expected a lot for the price against the original Bullet and in some ways I have not been disappointed:
- 1080 image is a lot better than non-HD bullet, no contest, though not as clear as you'd think
- H264 compression means bandwidth is not a lot higher than non-HD MJPEG with somewhat better FPS
- Much smaller than original bullet
- uSD card supports 64GB while the original Bullet could only do 8GB
- N (150Mbps max) wireless is a lot faster and has better range than Bullet with G (54Mbps max)
- Small included "breakout box" means no breakout box/wall-mount? is needed anymore and less wires (can do Power over Ethernet too!)
The main issue is that the mount is different from the old one so you will need to drill new holes and mount it differently, possibly over the "hole in the wall" since the cables might go through the hole of the breakout box.
The leads are only as long to get into the box - and are far shorter than the original bullet; thus they are unlikely to get to the original breakout box you may have for your existing install; either you need to have cables bypassing the new breakout box or extending the old ones effectively having 2 breakout boxes.
The previous 1080 bullet had the same mount so was pretty much replace non-HD bullet with HD bullet; the "compatible"/"look-alike" cameras also on Amazon are still using the old mount so they would make better sense. They are also far less expensive.
The software is pretty much an updated version of the old, I don't see any stand-out features - if you are familiar with the old Y-cams then you're pretty much there. For both iOS and Android I found 3-rd party apps have better support and functionality than official Y-Cam apps (select "Cube 1080" as model if new Y-Cam cams are not listed).
As it is, the price is almost 2x similar 1080 "bullets" by other manufacturers with not any special features that I see. Even at the sale price with 1/3 off it is still overpriced IMHO. If you want to stay with Y-Cam then it may be worth it...
Note: This has corrupted its firmware twice now, requiring recovery - note that it enables a DHCP server - which in my case started assigning IP addresses to systems on my LAN (managed to respond faster than current DHCP server) which confused me no end. Perhaps they should add a delay so that the proper one responds - and if no DHCP server then start dishing out IP addresses...