I’ve done a few reviews of internet cameras for GeekMom. Ohh, wait. That’s right. You wouldn’t know that because most of them stunk and I ended up rejecting them. Here is one that actually made the cut: the Momentum 720p Wi-Fi camera.
Let’s start out with why this one actually made the cut and the others didn’t. I could get it set up. Easily!
It took just a couple of clicks, a snap of the QR code, and entering my home’s Wi-Fi password to get going. The app is about as easy to get around in as you can get, and the clarity of the video is great.
Momentum plugs into the nearest outlet, so you have the security that unless your power goes out, your camera never will.
The two-way audio feature allows me to get the attention of anyone that sets the camera off. In some instances, I’ll admit I used this power for evil and yelled at my son to take a break from his computer or to my husband to answer his phone that I’d been calling for an hour. MUAHAHAHAHAHAH!
Another neat feature that I like is the convenience of the cloud service. For my day to day use, I’m good with using an SD card, but for longer periods of time when I need stronger security, I’m happy the cloud service is available and at a competitive rate.
The app allows you to see your camera’s live stream 24/7, and if you see something you want to record, you can start and stop a recording manually. I took the downloading for a spin and took this short video to show you the quality of the camera. You can hear the sound quality as a movie plays in the background. Bonus points if you can tell me in the comments what movie was playing at the time.
For $4.99 I can get 7-days of cloud recording with the ability to see the live stream 24/7. The cloud recordings will only store the instances when an alert goes off like motion detection or sound detection. When I get home, I can download the videos I need to keep to my computer.
For $9.99 I can get up to 30-days of cloud recording. What I like most about this subscription service is I can cancel at any time and they prorate the cost. So if I want to only use the service for 14 days while I’m on vacation, that’s fine. Each camera needs its own subscription, so keep that in mind if you plan on grabbing more than one camera.
What if you’re watching the live stream and something catches your attention? There’s an option in the app to take a picture or video so you can capture the moment without the app tripping a rule.
Here are some additional features the average user might find noteworthy:
- Night vision capable
- Motion and sound detection
- Live stream
- 110-degree viewing
It’s not all smelling like roses over in Camp Momentum, though.
The camera doesn’t save your settings if it gets disconnected. This is where the ease of setting up is so nice. Because if you want to move it around the house, you will have to set it up again.
I found that the infrared doesn’t work if you point it out a window. This is annoying because it’s at night that I need to keep an eye on my front yard the most.
My second complaint is that you can’t turn off the sound recording. This annoys me because if I have it plugged in to watch the front yard it automatically picks up every sound in the house.
Those two short complaints, though, are not enough to deter me from recommending this. The ease of setting up and the apps user-friendly interface are the best I’ve seen so far.
I’m happy with the cloud service pricing and the ability to cancel it at any time and swap back to using the SD card for my memory keeping needs. Since it doesn’t require to be mounted, I can move it from room to room and point it where I need it any given day. Overall, I’m happy to have momentum keeping an eye on things in my house.
Momentum Wi-Fi camera is currently $49.99 at Target and Walmart stores –a steal of a deal that is hard to pass up.
Disclaimer: GeekMom received a review sample.