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Dropcam Pro WiFi Monitoring System Review and Giveaway

Danny Stieben 07-02-2014

When you think of security cameras, you may often think of bulky, expensive devices that are difficult to install and configure. But, this is no longer the case. Today, you can get a very sleek, compact, and lightweight camera for a decent price that is easy to set up and use. If you’ve been curious about getting your own security camera (the easy way), give the $200 Dropcam Pro a serious consideration.


We certainly did. We bought this unit for our review. And now, as lucky MakeUseOf readers, you will have the chance to win it!

About the Dropcam Pro

The $199.99 Dropcam Pro is a small, WiFi enabled, security camera for personal use. The primary goals with this device is to provide a quick and easy way to “check in” on wherever the camera is placed while keeping setup easy and the price reasonable. It’s worth noting that the Dropcam Pro doesn’t record or save any footage locally. It produces a live video stream, which is encrypted and relayed through Dropcam’s servers.

dropcam pro wifi security camera review

Dropcam provides two versions of the same camera — the non-Pro version is $50 less expensive and they both perform the same task but the Pro offers better specifications which can improve your experience. Dropcam also provides a handful of useful cloud features to accompany your Dropcam device.


The Dropcam Pro has a few competing products, such as the Logitech Alert 750n Indoor Master System with Wide-Angle Night Vision and Belkin NetCam HD. The Logitech Alert retails for $299.99 is a more traditional security camera setup (and likewise much more costly) but offers generally the same set of features. However, the Logitech Alert 750n system isn’t WiFi enabled and requires the use of a pair of Homeplugs (powerline adapters) to transmit data.


The Belkin NetCam HD is much more similar to the Dropcam Pro in the sense that it’s wireless, and retails for $129, but it is missing a few features such as Two-Way Talking — more on that later.


The Dropcam Pro sports the following specifications:

  • Dimensions: 4.5 x 3.15 x 3.15 inches
  • Weight: 5.7 ounces (162 grams)
  • 1080p resolution at 30 frames per second with H.264 encoding
  • 130 degree field of view
  • 8x zoom
  • Low light vision with high-power IR LEDs
  • Audio input and output
  • Intended for indoor-use only
  • Dual band 802.11b/g/n

Packaging and What’s Inside

When opening the packaging, you’re immediately greeted by the camera, the metal frame, and a wall mount. If you take out the packaging separator, you’ll also find a USB cable, a pretty strong power supply (2 Amps), and a few screws for use with the wall mount. You’ll also find a card with instructions on how to get the camera set up and going.

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The camera itself is actually very small. It’s not a whole lot bigger than the lens itself — the rest of its size comes from the metal frame which holds it up and angles it the way you want it to. Besides these two items, using the USB is required — either to connect to a computer for power or for configuration, or to the provided power supply so that you can move it to just about anywhere in the house. The metal frame is superb — it’s very strong, and it holds the camera at all angles without budging from the camera’s weight.

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Getting Started

Setting up the camera was both easy and difficult. Dropcam advertised that it’s possible to configure the camera with your smartphone via Bluetooth, but the Android app ended up telling me that this isn’t supported yet. Boo. The instructions also say that you can plug the camera into a PC or Mac and then open the new folder that appears and run the appropriate setup file. Which sounds great, but my computer had issues recognizing the camera as it kept saying that the drivers weren’t able to install correctly. I ended up having to go to the Device Manager to “uninstall” the camera, reboot my computer, and then try again.

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Either way, it worked eventually and I started the setup file. This launched a website (which I wouldn’t be able to reach any other way) that would configure the camera, similar to how the Chromecast does it Google Chromecast Review and Giveaway We're giving away a Google Chromecast, so read through our review, then join the competition to win! Read More . However, unlike the Chromecast, the webpage communicates with the camera via the USB connection — whereas the Chromecast first created its own WiFi network that you had to connect to in order to configure it. I hope Dropcam would incorporate this method in future products, because then I wouldn’t have to worry about malfunctioning USB drivers or the fact that I have to use Windows or Mac OS X.

dropcam pro wifi security review

Anyways, once I got to this website, the process went much more smoothly. I was able to connect the Dropcam Pro to my WiFi network, and then unplug the camera and position it somewhere else. Once the website detected that the camera was online again, it sent me straight to a tour of the video feed interface.

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In case you couldn’t tell yet, Dropcam doesn’t use an app to view the video feed from the camera, nor does it transmit the feed directly via WiFi. Instead, the camera uses its WiFi connection to send its video stream to Dropcam servers (encrypted with AES, of course). By doing it this way, you can access your video stream from any computer via a web browser, as well as from any smartphone via the Dropcam app. Long story short, doing it this way allows you to easily access the video feed from outside of your home, which is the point of this camera.

dropcam pro wifi web camera review

The video feed interface is very useful and capable. You can pause the feed, go back 30 seconds, adjust the volume of the sound being recorded by the camera, and view the feed in full screen mode. You can also digitally zoom in on a certain spot, and then click on the “Enhance” button to have the camera zoom in optically so that you get a higher quality view. You can also enable two-way talking, where the interface enables your computer’s microphone and plays it through the speaker in the Dropcam Pro.

I’ve tried this out and while it works, it doesn’t work very well. The video feed lags by a few seconds because the data isn’t sent directly to your computer or smartphone. It has to go through Dropcam’s servers first before it’s directed to your viewing device. So it’ll feel like a very long, boring, and tedious conversation. So, while it’s theoretically possible to talk this way, it’s more ideal for if you want to say hello to a pet rather than a person.

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You also have a few camera-specific settings at your disposal. Within the settings, you can disable the status light, toggle HD video, enable night vision or set it to Auto, rotate the video 180 degrees, enable audio, tweak the microphone sensitivity, enable camera scheduling by time and location, and toggle whether the camera detects motion and/or sound events that are then marked in your recording history.

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Premium Features

Depending on your subscription to Dropcam, you can also record up to 7 days or 30 days of footage. This costs $9.99 per month and $29.99 per month, respectively. With this service enabled, you can view the archive and create a clip of any length that you can download to your computer as an MP4 file. I find this particularly useful if you want to easily show someone a short piece of a recording. You start out with the cloud recording package as a 14-day free no-obligation trial, which gives you a sneak preview to all of these features.

Since the Dropcam doesn’t record footage to local hard drives or SD cards, you won’t have any access to video footage if you aren’t subscribed to the cloud recording feature. That service alone costs $99 or $299 a year depending on the level, which may be a significant additional cost.

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Mobile Apps

While setting up the camera wasn’t possible via the mobile app, dropping in with one is easy to do. The app even supports most of the same features as the web interface, including zooming, two-way talk, and most of the same settings. If you’re on the go, it’s a perfect way to check up on the house. The mobile apps are available for Android and iOS.

dropcam pro wifi security camera review


All in all, the Dropcam Pro is actually a very nice camera to use. It provides great quality, a respectable amount of additional features, and the cloud-end of the Dropcam services are easy to use and stable. It may not be the absolute cheapest option of the bunch, but I feel like the price is well worth the features and polish. I really don’t have any complaints about the camera, except that the setup process could be done a little bit differently to make it easier and more likely to work. Like I mentioned above, I’d prefer the same setup method as Chromecast as it’s already fairly similar. Additionally, the price is still a bit expensive considering it’s a fancy webcam with some nifty extras. Ideally it should be priced $50 less for both products.

Our verdict of the Dropcam Pro:
MakeUseOf recommends: Buy — while I’d prefer for it to be cheaper, it’s useful and should last you for a long time!
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  1. Kelly B
    February 22, 2014 at 8:59 am

    Subscription cost is really the only drawback.

  2. Morrison
    February 22, 2014 at 6:10 am

    Can't see any drawbacks, and the benefits are numerous (Love the 2 way talk feature, as one example!).

  3. Joseph L
    February 21, 2014 at 11:34 pm

    Its all good for me

  4. Terry C
    February 21, 2014 at 1:05 pm

    I can see a great security item here, maybe except for the cost of the subscription, but what it provide will, according to what I see, will offset itself.

    • Mike
      February 21, 2014 at 7:12 pm

      I like the idea of the CVR system making the camera installation more flexible.

  5. Julie T
    February 21, 2014 at 1:04 pm

    love it to be able to see what is going on /draw back of course is the subscription fees

  6. Rajee P
    February 21, 2014 at 12:48 pm

    security and easy to read

  7. Virginia D
    February 21, 2014 at 10:20 am

    I really dont see any drawbacks except maybe the cost for the subscription

  8. DAN J
    February 21, 2014 at 1:30 am

    Great looking but cloud security is never that secure. Would be fun to play with though.

  9. Ariel Chiu
    February 21, 2014 at 12:44 am

    Great for security but drains battery!

  10. Tina F
    February 20, 2014 at 4:54 am

    it would be great to keep an eye on my son when he is in bed sleeping to be able to see when he seizes

  11. Roberto Rother
    February 19, 2014 at 10:01 pm

    I think it is a very useful security tool.

  12. Anonymous
    February 19, 2014 at 5:42 pm

    Benefit is I have no Cam right now and would love one!! Drawback for me is the price.

  13. Anonymous
    February 19, 2014 at 3:15 pm

    Benefit: Good quality footage
    Drawback: Subscription cost

  14. Anonymous
    February 19, 2014 at 3:13 pm

    A friend of mine bought this for her art studio and recently one of their customers watched outside for closing time. The single employee left for the night did not lock up right away. The customer came in when the employee went to the back storage room and he unplugged the laptop and took it. Which is really stupid to steal a laptop. But regardless - her dropcam pro recorded the entire episode perfectly and the guy was caught within 30 minutes because of the video from the dropcam Pro. I didn't know which system she used and she told me just last week - I have been researching since and I am an avid Makeuseof follower. If I don't win - I'll be buying one.
    Thanks Kelly Doak

  15. Anonymous
    February 19, 2014 at 2:22 pm

    The big drawback I see is the costs for the subscription services. They need to let you link your recordings to your own cloud services.

  16. Anonymous
    February 19, 2014 at 11:27 am

    its so cool

  17. Anonymous
    February 19, 2014 at 10:46 am

    Remote monitoring of your home (it automatically sends an email/text alert when it senses motion and/or sound); I'd set it up in my home office to help protect the tech gear and other material in there.

  18. Anonymous
    February 19, 2014 at 9:44 am

    Usable and important for security, but you do need to leave the computer on which is quite a power drain...

  19. Sebastian
    February 19, 2014 at 7:22 am

    I'd use it fo baby surveillance due to its night vision capabilities

  20. AnGelo
    February 19, 2014 at 4:16 am

    Benefit: Motion detection notification & Built in Mic/Speaker
    Drawback: Price $

  21. doe smith
    February 17, 2014 at 9:03 pm

    Benefits: Size
    Drawback: $

  22. Donna L.
    February 17, 2014 at 9:02 pm

    benefit:ability to monitor my home when I'm away
    drawback: paying for the cloud service

  23. Chris L
    February 17, 2014 at 4:00 pm

    security is a pro
    pay to use is a con

  24. Steffi Uy
    February 17, 2014 at 2:55 pm

    dropcam pro gives a clear image. too bad it isn't wifi ready.

  25. Franjo ?
    February 17, 2014 at 1:02 pm

    + easy, good, secutiry
    - price, pay-to-use

  26. Anthony Prows
    February 17, 2014 at 8:44 am

    Benefits: Security, Ease of Use, Small In Size
    Drawback: Have to pay to save the data

  27. Brent Vollweiter
    February 16, 2014 at 4:48 pm

    Great concept, if you don't mind another monthly payment. Accessing real time video is good, but is only half of the function of a security cam. For the other half you need to continue to pay in perpetuity. Not so good. There must be better solutions out there.

  28. Jeff M
    February 16, 2014 at 7:39 am

    The benefits of the device is the set-up. The biggest drawback is being unable to record to a local drive.

  29. Gaurav Bhargava
    February 16, 2014 at 3:18 am

    Benefit definitely is the monitoring capability but is negated by the price tag.

  30. Kit R
    February 16, 2014 at 12:11 am

    The price of the cloud is insane, totally ruins it. If I could upload anywhere, fine, but I couldn't deal with that. This camera has huge benefits for security, but not being able to record eliminates them all.

  31. Toni Schlinsog
    February 15, 2014 at 10:39 pm

    I could finally see if the cleaning crew is actually stealing my food!

  32. Anonymous
    February 14, 2014 at 6:39 pm

    One feature that would benefit me is the 30 day cloud storage but the audio is a drawback.

  33. Yash S
    February 14, 2014 at 4:46 pm

    Video feeds can be accessed online
    Wireless so it is easy to place anywhere.....

    Drawbacks: Video is sent to Dropcam servers, bandwidth loss will be there

  34. Edmund S
    February 14, 2014 at 9:20 am

    Benefits: wireless so it is easy to place anywhere, and video feeds can be accessed online
    Drawbacks: video is sent to Dropcam servers, which is subscription based, and may be a bandwidth hog

  35. Roman S
    February 14, 2014 at 7:37 am

    + Security
    - Price

  36. Mystic M
    February 14, 2014 at 4:17 am

    It is really cool and easy to use. Subscription fee? I don't think so,

  37. Dorothy H
    February 14, 2014 at 3:18 am

    Great for live monitoring. Price and subscription fee for recording are cons.

  38. Ronald G
    February 14, 2014 at 12:50 am

    Benefit can place to monitor all approaches to the yard

  39. fd cowsert
    February 13, 2014 at 9:24 pm

    Love the security aspect but for the price, there's no way I'd be willing to pay a subscription fee!

  40. Erika B
    February 13, 2014 at 8:03 pm

    You can see everything that goes on!! Cons - what if something happens and you don't know who the person is or they see the camera and avoid it.

  41. Jeff H.
    February 13, 2014 at 7:42 pm

    - will be able to see the live action of what is going on at home.
    - might be expensive to afford.

  42. Steve
    February 13, 2014 at 6:13 pm

    The pro's are that I can monitor my dogs/family/home while away.

    The con, of course, is the price.

  43. Marla K
    February 13, 2014 at 4:31 pm

    I could keep an eye on my dogs while at work are away.

  44. Tomasz
    February 13, 2014 at 4:19 pm

    + Security
    - Price

  45. Rosanne R
    February 13, 2014 at 3:02 pm

    a huge benefit is being able to monitor what's going on in your home when you're out is awesome
    a drawback is the subscription cost

  46. drazen mestrovic
    February 13, 2014 at 5:43 am

    Pro-modern design,quality,simplicity
    Cons-maybe a bit too expensive

  47. Misty Mondy
    February 13, 2014 at 3:04 am

    Pro - really cool gadget
    Con - spendy

  48. Jonathan S
    February 13, 2014 at 1:46 am

    On the good side - feature rich. On the bad side, a bit pricey and needing to subscribe for cloud features.

  49. Daniel V
    February 12, 2014 at 10:51 pm

    Pros - Great video quality, and able to view from multiple devices.

    Cons-Subscription prices, and bulky size; I would be worried putting this outside in case someone might steal, or damage it.

  50. Jacques P
    February 12, 2014 at 9:55 pm

    Pros: Night Vision
    Cons: Delay of image capturing

  51. Paul Y
    February 12, 2014 at 9:32 pm

    plus - seeing what's going on from afar
    minus - wringing your hands being unable to do anything about it - most cctv is insufficient for making an id compelling enough to guaranty a conviction.

    • BL.BLAZY
      February 13, 2014 at 1:58 am

      - can see live
      -the talk feature delays so if you are saying "get off my flowerbed"...the culprit may be already gone

  52. Al
    February 12, 2014 at 4:04 pm

    pro - high quality, wifi
    con– expensive, subscription

  53. Mike
    February 12, 2014 at 12:53 pm

    +: Works with
    -: $200 retail

  54. Aaron L
    February 12, 2014 at 11:55 am

    I don't see and draw backs of using the drop cam but the benifits of being able to see whats going in your house is priceless.

  55. matt
    February 12, 2014 at 8:35 am

    security and ease of use. Maybe a drawback would be price

  56. Brennden Duffy
    February 12, 2014 at 7:38 am

    Security and peace of mind are the primary benefits. The only drawback is not having a SWAT team to back it up! :)

  57. Tarun
    February 12, 2014 at 6:41 am

    would have helped if u had outdoor option with SD card or DVR storage option, and USB continuous cable charge- since it can run out of battery. Most Wifi/ Net -cloud storage connections in India are costly especillay with MB bandwidth used by camera.

  58. Tanya B
    February 12, 2014 at 6:31 am

    Pros Wireless, audio and ability to communicate through the camera.
    Cons monthly subscription to cloud service and no ability to record to a hard drive

  59. Adly A
    February 12, 2014 at 5:54 am

    Security and privacy.

  60. Vija
    February 12, 2014 at 5:41 am

    The subscription cloud storage :(
    Security :)

  61. Stephen D
    February 12, 2014 at 4:46 am

    Benefit- high quality
    Drawback - expensive

  62. Suky
    February 12, 2014 at 2:24 am

    pro: easy setup
    con: subscription

  63. shahj
    February 12, 2014 at 1:31 am

    great quality but storage becomes little bit problem

  64. Julius Yuth Rosel
    February 12, 2014 at 12:48 am

    for security of the family :)

  65. John R
    February 12, 2014 at 12:10 am

    The cons are the subscription cloud storage and that it's not indoor/outdoor

  66. Luka Malensek
    February 11, 2014 at 8:25 pm

    i can't see any drawbacks, only benefits with this camera

  67. cynthia
    February 11, 2014 at 8:13 pm

    the panoramic view

  68. Natalie Gillham
    February 11, 2014 at 7:26 pm

    pro - lots of excellant features

    con - price

  69. Diana C
    February 11, 2014 at 5:59 pm

    cons: subscription
    pros: versatility of being to take it anywhere with you, wireless, quality of video, great for home security.

  70. Harry C
    February 11, 2014 at 5:57 pm

    Would love to win this

  71. Michael
    February 11, 2014 at 5:57 pm

    Handy for monitoring obscure areas around home or office.

  72. JD
    February 11, 2014 at 5:34 pm

    con: subscription
    pros: 1080p, price

    February 11, 2014 at 5:04 pm

    That is so neat!

  74. yussuf Hamdoud
    February 11, 2014 at 4:48 pm

    Pros : great quality and I'm digging the rotation system
    Drawback : the lag and the subscription cloud storage

  75. Roselle Fernandez
    February 11, 2014 at 4:31 pm

    home security :)

  76. Leo L
    February 11, 2014 at 3:58 pm

    Pro - easy setup, additional customization
    Cons - price

  77. Daniel G
    February 11, 2014 at 3:19 pm

    Pro is the added security, con is the necessary subscription for saving video

  78. James G
    February 11, 2014 at 2:56 pm

    The subscription fee sucks ...but it's a nice cam.

  79. Dharmik M
    February 11, 2014 at 2:50 pm

    Drawbacks-Limited wifi range

  80. Carla F
    February 11, 2014 at 2:44 pm

    Pro: Compact Size
    Con: Subscription required to save video

  81. Jason Caylor
    February 11, 2014 at 2:33 pm

    I'm interested in this device because I want to develop the local-storage LAN service DVR-like application that will allow people to use this device without having their private data stored on the cloud. If I win this, that will be my focus over the next few weeks. All code will be uploaded to github and will be free of charge.

    The process will require reverse engineering the protocol that the dropcam uses to communicate with their cloud servers, and creating a server-side application that mimics this communication. It will also just require a simple hosts modification on the dropcam's firmware or on the client's DNS server.

    Awesome concept! The wifi spec is great, but it is impractical for it to not store the video locally (on flash media) to be accessed through a portal that does NAT traversal or some sort of P2P connection to ensure the most secure storage of your data, or at least allow you to direct the video to a NAS or your own dropcam server (software). The 1080p @ 30FPS (H.264), IR LEDs, 130 Degree swivel, and Audio input/output specs make this well worth the price, believe me, I worked for a video surveillance manufacturer for 2 years and I was heavily involved in R&D.

  82. Robert Turton
    February 11, 2014 at 2:10 pm

    Pro - Simple to set up and a great sized device.
    Con - You can't record video without an expensive subscription.

  83. mandar jadhav
    February 11, 2014 at 2:04 pm

    pros : good quality of resolution, remote zoom feature
    cons : subscription fees to save video

  84. Hassan J
    February 11, 2014 at 1:43 pm

    pros: awesome cam for pc
    cons: : subscription fees to save video

  85. Dawn W
    February 11, 2014 at 1:41 pm

    the pros would be the size and the security and the cons would be the cost

  86. Mritunjay
    February 11, 2014 at 1:38 pm

    Pros: Generally good features and compact
    Cons: lag and subscription fees to save video

  87. Serg
    February 11, 2014 at 8:57 am

    Seems like a great nifty device and easy to set up

  88. Mark D
    February 11, 2014 at 7:19 am

    The benefits include the good quality of resolution with both regular and night vision, also the remote zoom feature. The obvious drawbacks include no ability for local image storage, and only subscription cloud storage.

  89. ketha prathap reddy
    February 11, 2014 at 6:59 am

    pros: awesome cam for pc
    cons: : subscription fees to save video

  90. Maribel
    February 11, 2014 at 5:46 am

    Pros: I like that its available on android
    Cons: The price

  91. Junil M
    February 11, 2014 at 5:45 am

    Its a great way to protect your home and family but its too expensive.

  92. Michael L
    February 11, 2014 at 2:38 am

    benefit - a secure home downsized - i need a secure router so that no one can peak in my home

  93. matt
    February 11, 2014 at 2:34 am

    Pro, size
    Con, service price

  94. Stéphane M
    February 11, 2014 at 1:25 am

    Pros: all the great features / Cons: price

  95. Anna D
    February 11, 2014 at 12:48 am

    perhaps slightly pricey

  96. Stephen
    February 11, 2014 at 12:42 am

    Seems like a great nifty device and easy to set up. Could see myself getting one!

  97. Carol O
    February 10, 2014 at 11:52 pm

    Setup could be easier, and price should be a little lower. I like the zoom feature and the two way talk. Thank you for this contest!!

  98. Francis
    February 10, 2014 at 10:12 pm

    A lot can be identified for the benefits of using an internet camera, but the only drawbacks about this particular one is the user the will use this on an average to low security reason. $299.00 a year is very expensive for most people.

  99. Darrell Bowman
    February 10, 2014 at 9:40 pm

    Would be nice if it had an option to stream to a local server, lag time on conversations is a drawback, and the subscription to save data is a drawback. Favorable is the zoom and the small footprint.

  100. Daniel
    February 10, 2014 at 9:31 pm

    Looks great to me...can't see many drawbacks.

  101. Jayendran
    February 10, 2014 at 8:46 pm

    Pros: Quality
    Cons: Cost, lack of Wi-fi ac standard support

  102. Francesco F
    February 10, 2014 at 7:50 pm

    Pros: watching what is happening in real time from everywhere!

    Cons: price

  103. Ben
    February 10, 2014 at 6:31 pm

    Pro: My bike was stolen and could have used a working personal security cam
    Cam: Not sure my wifi reached down to the garage.

  104. Shannon G
    February 10, 2014 at 5:37 pm

    Small camera with wifi, I like that. I do not like having to pay extra for saving video or the other options.

  105. jeri accardo
    February 10, 2014 at 5:30 pm

    I love it!! I really don't see any drawbacks. I can monitor it from anywhere!

  106. Tim
    February 10, 2014 at 4:59 pm

    Pros: security
    Cons: the price could come down a little

  107. Lesley
    February 10, 2014 at 4:03 pm

    Pros: Easy remote access, small size, lightweight, nice features. Cons: Setup could be easier, pricey, paid subscription service if you want to save videos.

  108. Alfred Chan
    February 10, 2014 at 1:16 pm

    pros: innovative and great features :)
    cons: no storage and there is a price for the service :(

  109. Poignant T
    February 10, 2014 at 11:32 am

    pros: great features / cons: no storage

  110. SKSai
    February 10, 2014 at 9:58 am

    I am a security Freak. I would makeuseof this camera very well :-)

  111. Stephanied B
    February 10, 2014 at 4:37 am

    Pros: Excellent way to keep an eye on my house while I am not there and see who is trying to get in, I know someone is. Cons: the price of using it

  112. yes
    February 10, 2014 at 2:48 am

    Easy to set up, sleek and stylish.

  113. Kristine Bridget Rangel
    February 10, 2014 at 1:52 am


  114. Kantanon W
    February 10, 2014 at 12:45 am

    The company should sell the camera much cheaper with the service.

  115. Kendra W.
    February 10, 2014 at 12:37 am

    Keeping an eye on things at home (I'm incredibly paranoid), security around my area is terrible. Lots of break ins, car theft, etc. The fact that it has motion/sound detection, has an incredibly wide view, you can speak through it (good for house-sitters/babysitters/pet-sitters). It seems like an awesome camera!

    Cons? Just bandwidth usage!

  116. Natalie Y
    February 9, 2014 at 11:33 pm

    A pro is that you can monitor your child without being in the room and a con is the price and the fact you have to pay extra for storage.

  117. Dan Vaughn
    February 9, 2014 at 11:24 pm

    Privacy is always a concern with cams. Be sure you put security cams ONLY in places to assure your property's safety and not to invade anyone's privacy.

  118. Nicolas D
    February 9, 2014 at 8:51 pm

    For a spy cam it is rather big,.

  119. Aimee B
    February 9, 2014 at 8:01 pm

    The storage issue blows but, overall, I would still love one!

  120. Jaime Brown
    February 9, 2014 at 7:14 pm

    This drop camera would be great to keep an eye on things at home while you are away, and ask your friends to check if you see something out of place. Thank you:)

  121. Jason
    February 9, 2014 at 6:59 pm

    Good: Small, stylish
    Bad: invasion of privacy

  122. Pam Flynn
    February 9, 2014 at 6:09 pm

    A bit out of budget for the Cloud Storage but nice pack

  123. George A
    February 9, 2014 at 4:44 pm

    Storage definitely a problem.

  124. Isaac C
    February 9, 2014 at 4:21 pm

    Stylish but pricy

  125. Marlene V.
    February 9, 2014 at 3:29 pm

    It looks easy to use but I don't like the cloud storage fee is high

  126. Sande
    February 9, 2014 at 3:22 pm

    Pros: good for security - I need this.
    Cons: monthly cost - I prefer to keep fixed costs low.

  127. Rory L
    February 9, 2014 at 12:23 pm

    Its pricey but pretty well featured for such a small device

  128. Raymond C
    February 9, 2014 at 11:57 am

    well it is an added security but it can also invade some privacy

  129. Norbert G
    February 9, 2014 at 11:56 am

    pros: wifi
    cons: expensive cloud storage

  130. Sashwanth
    February 9, 2014 at 11:36 am

    turns 180 degrees seems good, but 360 degrees would be cool!!! $200 seems good but monthly subscription is a spoiler!!! Small in size, nice camera clarity and it is a best gifty to be won.

  131. Amanda Gorton
    February 9, 2014 at 11:00 am

    The pro is definitely easy set up (a requirement for a technophobic) AND that it gives peace of mind.
    And the con would be its inability to cover larger areas, especially of a night.

  132. Nikki C
    February 9, 2014 at 10:14 am

    Nice size and price, but pay for cloud storage?

  133. Benjamin T
    February 9, 2014 at 9:41 am

    The benefits is the great quality and the drawback is that its not wireless.

  134. Stephanie S
    February 9, 2014 at 9:05 am

    I like the cost of the camera itself and it is a real techie tool. I am not sure what I would use it for with the exception of keeping an eye on my teenaged granddaughter when she is here. That seems kind of creepy, I know, but there are some reasons she needs supervision. Storage is expensive which is a down side for sure.

  135. Tracey
    February 9, 2014 at 8:32 am

    Lovely and compact easy to use , it can be used without others knowing it is there.

  136. Bill M
    February 9, 2014 at 5:36 am

    The option to be notified (txt or email) when there's motion, using the off-site viewing, smartphone connectivity.

  137. Aaron
    February 9, 2014 at 5:28 am

    Benefit: Home monitoring
    Drawback: Privacy/hacking

  138. Garv S
    February 9, 2014 at 4:29 am

    Dropcam is a good device for security but when you see the price of it then the features and goodies of it will not seen clearly.

  139. Charlie
    February 9, 2014 at 4:08 am

    Cloud storage is too much $$$

  140. Alan Tong
    February 9, 2014 at 2:57 am

    great tech details, wifi.. however the cloud recording service is too pricey.

  141. jeff
    February 9, 2014 at 12:04 am

    ease of use / cost

  142. Mark Arthur
    February 8, 2014 at 11:56 pm

    small, compact and convenient, tons of great features at a low price! I like it.

  143. Peter V
    February 8, 2014 at 11:47 pm

    I definitely like the notification feature—I like knowing that if there's anything to see or hear, it'll tell me, and I won't have to even think about it unless it does. I also like that the images will look crisp in 1080p, and the motion smooth at 30 fps.
    I do hope they'll work on eliminating that audio lag. I think the cloud fees need to come down, and there should be an option to record to a local drive for those who may worry about privacy.

  144. Wei Lian L
    February 8, 2014 at 10:29 pm

    The camera can be used to monitor places. Which is itself is a drawback in terms of intrusion of privacy if used for the wrong purposes.

  145. Vala
    February 8, 2014 at 8:50 pm

    well i can just think of a drawback and that is not being "Completely" wireless.

  146. Harry
    February 8, 2014 at 8:35 pm

    There are better cameras in the same price range as this. And this appears to be indoor only. Sorry, this is not for me.

  147. ssd
    February 8, 2014 at 8:27 pm

    I don't know

  148. Asterios
    February 8, 2014 at 7:42 pm

    plus: not saving videos locally
    minus: price

  149. Jayesh
    February 8, 2014 at 7:06 pm

    Benefit: 1080p recording, relatively small
    Drawback: You need to pay to save video locally :S

  150. Mark
    February 8, 2014 at 7:03 pm

    I like the recording feature, lots of applications -- might add video for two way conversation...

  151. Tate S
    February 8, 2014 at 6:28 pm

    It is a very small security device with a reasonable price but the you need to pay to record or save the video locally

  152. Luis Alberto Scandurra
    February 8, 2014 at 6:27 pm

    pros: small, simple
    cons: cloud storage=$$

  153. Carolyn H
    February 8, 2014 at 6:26 pm

    It's a cool & affordable camera with easy set-up.

    Con: It has a lag in the audio.

  154. Mihir C
    February 8, 2014 at 6:25 pm

    Benefit: Great clarity
    Drawback: Price

  155. Eugene Dimarsky
    February 8, 2014 at 5:33 pm

    Pros: remote access and visibility of your environment
    Cons: Paying for premium features is always a bummer

  156. Sean M
    February 8, 2014 at 5:12 pm

    Benefit: Knowing what is going on
    drawback: Knowing what is going on

  157. Rick H
    February 8, 2014 at 4:29 pm

    great camera, no storage though

  158. George
    February 8, 2014 at 4:05 pm

    Ease and convenience. Cost could be better.

  159. Vitaliy P
    February 8, 2014 at 3:55 pm

    I dont now )

  160. Daniel Ooi
    February 8, 2014 at 3:53 pm

    The benefits is we can view the camera from anywhere in the world with an active connection, the drawbacks is the paid service.

  161. ???? ?
    February 8, 2014 at 3:34 pm

    benefit: high resolution
    drawback: unuseful cloud features

  162. Denis K
    February 8, 2014 at 3:32 pm

    + security
    - no

  163. Erik
    February 8, 2014 at 3:18 pm

    Ycam Home monitor hd does same but includes a week of free cloud storage with an option of extending to a month for $40

  164. Igor S
    February 8, 2014 at 3:15 pm

    easy setup, high resolution
    people using it for spying.

  165. Alex
    February 8, 2014 at 3:07 pm

    Pros: Small size and WiFi meaning a great equipment for spying who gets in my garden during night.
    Cons: No internal storage.

  166. Elisabetta S
    February 8, 2014 at 2:49 pm

    Con: premium features
    Pro: easy setup, high resolution

  167. Victor O
    February 8, 2014 at 2:12 pm

    benefit: security
    drawback: paid service

  168. ?????? ?
    February 8, 2014 at 2:11 pm

    benefit: security
    drawback: paid service

  169. alan parker
    February 8, 2014 at 1:41 pm

    pro: inexpensive
    con; not wireless

  170. Jonathan S
    February 8, 2014 at 1:14 pm

    It seems very easy to use.

  171. Alexander
    February 8, 2014 at 1:10 pm

    Cool Camera!

  172. Al Crombie
    February 8, 2014 at 12:57 pm

    Not keen on being forced to use a cloud based service for configuration and recording - if their site got hacked, a malicious user could control the monitoring of the camera.

  173. Bogdan
    February 8, 2014 at 12:56 pm

    That's awesome camera! There are no drawbacks, only benefits!!!

  174. ekeith2000
    February 8, 2014 at 12:53 pm

    benefit: security
    drawback: paid service

  175. Dmitriy S
    February 8, 2014 at 12:35 pm

    Small size!

  176. Abdelrahman El-Feky
    February 8, 2014 at 11:58 am

    pros: mobile app.
    cons: people using it for spying.

  177. Ann
    February 8, 2014 at 11:05 am

    My neighbor has this and it was put to good use recently!

  178. Philip C
    February 8, 2014 at 11:02 am

    High Video Resolution.
    Need for a cloud subscription.

  179. Eibert D
    February 8, 2014 at 10:58 am

    Pro: you can use it with mobile device
    cons: high price

  180. moorandro
    February 8, 2014 at 10:27 am

    Price is a bit too high but it's nice

  181. paulie
    February 8, 2014 at 9:27 am

    great picture quality and size of unit not a fan of the cloud storage or paying for it

  182. Abid M
    February 8, 2014 at 7:56 am

    Very nice webcam with great resolution..

  183. Jo-anne P
    February 8, 2014 at 7:45 am

    Pros. being able to set it up in the bathroom to record my cats using the potty. Bigger pro .. having proof that my cats actually use the potty..
    Cons...not a thing I have my proof and can upload to the cloud all good.

  184. Milos D
    February 8, 2014 at 6:52 am

    Benefits: WiFi, bluetooth, nice optic, zoom, setup...

    Drawback: speaker and is pretty robust design.

  185. Denise M
    February 8, 2014 at 6:26 am

    I definitely like that I can keep tabs on my house when I'm away with this think. It's not exactly stealthy, though. I'm sure if someone broke in, they'd easily spot it and disable it.

  186. Dennis Dubs
    February 8, 2014 at 4:58 am

    I want to keep in touch with my puppy Pepper and this will do the job with two way audio as well as motion detection to let me know when she's near the camera.

  187. Lori P
    February 8, 2014 at 4:07 am

    The cloud storage (subscription) and ability to save recorded video for up to 30 days would be invaluable to pinpoint and/or document security 'irregularities'. One drawback would be that the field of view is limited to where you place the Dropcam and much fine-tuning might be necessary.

  188. Khalid F
    February 8, 2014 at 4:04 am

    Nice cam.. will come handy for security.

  189. Kim M
    February 8, 2014 at 4:02 am

    I would rather be able to stream to my laptop so I could save locally instead of having to pay.

  190. George A
    February 8, 2014 at 3:51 am

    Not a fan of the cloud storage option.

  191. George A
    February 8, 2014 at 3:48 am

    This would be a good addition to my security system.

  192. Ajarn D
    February 8, 2014 at 3:20 am

    This is really very useful and it looks like well worth the $200.00. I will get this for sure.

  193. Beh H
    February 8, 2014 at 3:06 am

    Benefits: Small size
    Drawback: Expensive subscription

  194. Amber Green
    February 8, 2014 at 12:40 am

    Benefits would include being able to prove my ex is the creep who keeps sneaking into my yard and messing with stuff. Drawbacks would include inability to instantly transmit the sound of a racking shotgun.

  195. Me
    February 8, 2014 at 12:37 am

    Benefit: spying on people.

    Drawback: getting caught!

  196. Brady W
    February 8, 2014 at 12:33 am

    Picture quality is great, but the price seems to high.

  197. Irwin
    February 8, 2014 at 12:10 am

    pros: video quality and remote viewing
    cons: camera and subscription services are expensive

  198. Hans
    February 7, 2014 at 11:52 pm

    It's a wireless camera... So it's useful! You could use it for taping things you shouldn't, so that's a negative. But overall, I can think of many things to use it for that would be really useful!

  199. dreamwalkn101
    February 7, 2014 at 11:44 pm

    pros: small, great in all lighting, cloud storage
    cons: cloud storage security

  200. Dave Wells
    February 7, 2014 at 11:44 pm

    Pro - cloud services, con - price.

  201. Ernest M
    February 7, 2014 at 11:18 pm

    The benefits are numerous as the article, the only negative which should't be a negative but there will be those that will use this for "things" it shouldn't be taping.

  202. Bill
    February 7, 2014 at 10:57 pm

    Pros: Nice video quality

    Insecure due to cloud storage
    Camera is too pricey
    Subscription is too pricey
    No local storage

  203. Dan D
    February 7, 2014 at 10:48 pm

    P- The picture quality is great for the size.
    C- Expensive. Have to pay more for premium service.

  204. Suresh V
    February 7, 2014 at 10:47 pm

    Benefit: Wifi Drawback: Not wireless.

  205. Va D
    February 7, 2014 at 10:41 pm

    Nice quality but you have to pay significantly more money for all the extras services even the ability to record and playback video.

  206. Julian
    February 7, 2014 at 10:41 pm

    benefits are peace of mind/security that this provides. negative: perhaps the only thing i'd like to see added is the ability to pan left and right remotely

  207. ken
    February 7, 2014 at 10:10 pm

    security no drawbacks

  208. Stephen Montgomery
    February 7, 2014 at 9:28 pm

    Probably one of the biggest benefits is the wifi connectibility. One of the biggest disadvantages is the audio delay problem.

  209. cassandra berholtz
    February 7, 2014 at 8:42 pm

    Small and easy to use

  210. Ren
    February 7, 2014 at 8:33 pm

    Seems like the camera has possibilities and maybe updates will take away some of those drawbacks. I would love to try this.

  211. Ed
    February 7, 2014 at 7:47 pm

    Pros - small, wireless.
    Cons - Cloud storage instead of local.

  212. Bjørnar B
    February 7, 2014 at 7:39 pm

    pro – small
    con – security on cloud possibly

  213. Andrew
    February 7, 2014 at 7:35 pm

    The main benefit is being able to see what's happening when I'm not there. The biggest drawbacks are that you need to subscribe to record anything, and that someone might be able to break into your video feed and watch your place.

  214. rufrank
    February 7, 2014 at 7:29 pm

    Easy to use and convenient

  215. Gord M
    February 7, 2014 at 7:27 pm

    it is small to help conceal it if you want
    a little pricy

  216. Antonio R
    February 7, 2014 at 7:06 pm

    Pros: watch out what's being at home hidden places
    Cons: watch out what's being at home hidden places

  217. MikeB
    February 7, 2014 at 6:53 pm

    Pro Small and lightweight

    Con Cloud storage

  218. Betty B
    February 7, 2014 at 6:49 pm

    You have to use internet connection on your phone.

  219. Charlita M
    February 7, 2014 at 6:45 pm

    + = ease of use
    - = no storage

  220. MarkTGT
    February 7, 2014 at 6:45 pm

    I was sold when it first came out, but Amazon kept back ordering and eventually canceled the order. Never thought of it again until now. Great technology for the money and will reconsider should I not win it.

  221. Colleen
    February 7, 2014 at 6:45 pm

    Pro: Would be great item to have to check on an elderly person with Alzheimer's, such as my mother.

    Con: Cost of added services.

  222. Giuseppe P
    February 7, 2014 at 6:43 pm

    it's not too cheap, but it's really usefull

  223. Dennis R
    February 7, 2014 at 6:40 pm

    Would be interested in having one to keep tabs on the puppies!

  224. Mickey G
    February 7, 2014 at 6:04 pm

    Plenty of benefits, easy setup, for example.
    One downside is that if you want to save the video you have to pay for cloud storage, no HDD integrated.

  225. Jdwilson307
    February 7, 2014 at 5:38 pm

    Certainly seems like like quite the device for the money - mobile device viewing and e-mail notification are great.

  226. Michael B
    February 7, 2014 at 5:28 pm

    A benefit is definitely being able to see what's going on while you're away from home; however, one of the main drawbacks is the lag the camera has.

    February 7, 2014 at 5:20 pm

    Pros: Small cam feature with wifi, stylish but has a small price
    Cons: No storage feature such as MMC or HDD. We need cloud storage to store the movie result and it is not free! Starting $99-$299/year.

  228. Shiva
    February 7, 2014 at 5:12 pm

    Pros: Good Camera..
    Cons: Price and storage...

  229. Catherine M
    February 7, 2014 at 4:38 pm

    pro - small
    con - security on cloud possibly

    • Louis D
      February 7, 2014 at 5:15 pm

      Pretty useful. I like the 2 way audio even if limited.

  230. Wendy
    February 7, 2014 at 4:33 pm

    Pro: Easy to use.
    Con: Paying to record.

  231. BrianP
    February 7, 2014 at 4:32 pm

    No local storage

  232. JeffC
    February 7, 2014 at 4:30 pm

    I don't see any benefits over any other webcam. Drawbacks camera overpriced, subscription fee for service, and security/privacy issue of storing video on cloud servers.

  233. Vjosan
    February 7, 2014 at 4:28 pm

    The only major drawback in my opinion, which is not really a drawback is that you need a really good internet connection to get the most out of the camera. As for benefits, the fact that you can access the video feed anytime using you smartphone is tremendously awesome!

  234. Tomas P
    February 7, 2014 at 4:18 pm

    Pros - small
    Cons - video stored on cloud servers (security concern), price

  235. Sayed I
    February 7, 2014 at 4:07 pm

    subscription service - I would expect at least local saving of feed (may be upto 8hr free) and then subscription for cloud.

  236. Denise Anderson
    February 7, 2014 at 4:00 pm

    Benefits? Being able to see what is going on with the kiddies- Drawback? Seeing what is going on with the kids! LOL (double edged sword)

  237. Baxter
    February 7, 2014 at 3:48 pm

    Benefit: Seeing things. Drawback: Seeing things.

  238. Tony V
    February 7, 2014 at 3:11 pm

    One drawback is that you cannot locally store the video on your home network. I like that it is encrypted through Dropcam servers, but I still don't like the idea of surveillance video being sent out of my network and then back in.

  239. Anna L
    February 7, 2014 at 2:50 pm

    There is a giveaway! No costs. ;-)

  240. Bill Fleet
    February 7, 2014 at 2:33 pm

    If you need to track activity in an area of your office or home, it seems like a good implementation. Also, as a nanny- or baby-cam, it's cool. But it's price means it's for those who have serious needs for this kind of surveillance.

  241. Axel C
    February 7, 2014 at 2:29 pm

    The mayor drawback is that there is no local storage and then you need to pay to keep footage.

    On the other good side, no fiddling with a local server or something. Install, connect to WiFi and you are good to go. :)

    • Carl C
      February 7, 2014 at 3:38 pm

      Add to that drawback the amount of bandwidth it uses ~30 - 60 GB / month depending on video quality settings. Many ISPs employ monthly data caps of 250 - 300GB/month here in the U.S.

      The DropCam ONLY works by sending video upstream to the cloud servers of Dropcam, where you can view it by downloading a stream or by viewing stored video if you pay for the storage. The footage from your camera is not viewed locally on your network. The video always goes out to the cloud first.

      I agree that it is super simple to get up and running but the lack of local storage and high bandwidth utilization (my ISP is capped at 250GB and already averaging close to the monthly allotment) will keep me from purchasing.

  242. Sam K
    February 7, 2014 at 1:57 pm

    Just 1 con is the price. It's on the higher end.

  243. Dany B
    February 7, 2014 at 1:41 pm

    The camera seem to be of good quality, but the drawback is the subcription fee for the service.

  244. Richard B
    February 7, 2014 at 1:30 pm

    I can have security and don't see any drawbacks at all.