Testing Smart Home PTZ (Remocam)

Author: Ethan Ace, Published on Dec 03, 2015

The consumer cloud video market is dominated by wide angle, fixed cameras (Dropcam/ Nestcam, Simplicam, Canary, Piper, etc.)

Startup Remocam is taking a different approach with a pan/tilt camera for the cost of most fixed options, with novel IR device control features for basic home automation.

Here's their marketing video for the pitch:

We bought a Remocam and tested it. In this report, we look at Remocam's features, performance, and pricing, and see how it stacks up against the most well known names.

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