Samsung SmartCam A1 Totally Wireless System

By: John Scanlan, Published on Jun 06, 2017

Hanwha is keeping the Samsung brand alive in consumer cameras with the SmartCam A1, a new offering combining an autotracking 1080p camera with base station and totally wireless, battery operated cameras.

We bought and tested the A1 to see how it compared to competitors on both fronts, including the $80 autotracking EZVIZ Mini Plus 360, wirefree NetGear Arlo, and historic consumer leader Nest.

******** ******* *** ******* brand ***** ** ******** cameras **** *********** **, * *** ******** combining ** ************ ***** camera **** **** ******* and ******* ********, ******* operated *******.

** ****** *** ****** the ** ** *** how ** ******** ** competitors ** **** ******, including ***$** ************ ***** **** Plus ***,******** ******* ****, *** ******** ******** leader****.

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*** **** ********* ** our ***** ****:

  • ***** ******* ** *** A1 ******* ****** *** similar ** ** ******** better **** *** **** Cam ****** ** **** light *** **** ******, with *********** ********** ** WDR, ** ** ** a **** *** ******, unlike ***********.
  • ***** ******* ** *** A1 ******* ****** *** moderately ****** **** **** and *** ***** **** Trooper, *** ** **** a ******** *** ********* in ****** *** *** more **** ********. 

*******, ******* ****** *** ******* drawbacks ******** ** ***********:

  • **** ************: *** ** *** ****** to ************* *** *** track ******** ** ******** other **** **** **** speed, ****** *** ***** Mini *** **** ***** tracked **** **** ******* subjects.
  • ******* *** ******** ******:**'* ******* ******** ******* frequently ************ **** *** Station *** ** ********** short ****** (~**' ****** vs. ***' **** *** spec), ****** **** ***** was ******** ********** ** 100'+ ** *** *****.
  • ******* ************ ******:*** ** ******* ****** regularly ****** ** ********* at **** ***** **********, automatically ********* ** **** or ******* **** ********** to **** *****, ******* a ****** ** ****** this *****.

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***** *** ******* ************, recording, *** ************ ******, the ** ** ****** to ********* ***/** ********** consumers, ****** *********** ****** options.

*******, ** ******/******* *** ******* the ***** ****** *** firmware, *** ** ** a ***** ***/******** ****** offering, ********* *** ******** and ************ ****** **** in ***********, ***** **** **** local *********, *********** **** **********/*********** than ***** *******.

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*** ** ****** ******/******* hub *** ** ********* for$*** *** ****** **** Samsung. * ***** *** containing *** ******* ***/****** and *** ******* ************ *** $***.

****** ****** ******* ** roughly ******* ** **** DIY/consumer ******, ********* ~$*** USD, **** ** ****, but **** **** ********* than * ***** **** of *** **** ******* such ** ***** **** ($**)/** **** *  ($***) ** *** autotracking***** **** *** ****($**).

******* ** ******* ** similar ************* **, ~$*** *** ******* camera.

Free ***** ******

**** ***** ******* ******** products, *** ** ******** free ***** ****** ** live ***** *** ** card *********. **** **** the ** **** * redesigned ****** ***** ***, simply ***** ********+ (*** previous ******* *** ********), but ***** ********* ****** *********** unchanged. 

Physical ********

*** ** *********** ******** a***** ********** ******* ****** **** an**** ***, ****** ********/************ ********** to *** **** ******.

** ****** *** ***'* features ** **** *****:

Outdoor **** "******"

*** ******** ** ******* Cameras *** **** ******* to **** ******, **** the **** *********** ***** color *** ******** *****. Note **** *** ******** models ** *** ******* the */*-** ***** ***** on **** ******* ***** may ***** *********** ** some ********. *******, **** cannot ** ****** ******* or ******* **** *** magnetic ***** ** **** models ***, ** *** SmartCam ******* ***** ** physically ******** ** *** camera.

 

Station ****** ********** ******

****** *** *******, *** A1 ******* ****** ********** had ****** *********** * full ********** ***** ******. When ********** ** *******, the ****** ***** *** load, **** *** ** we ****** ** ****** to *** ********** (*******). This ****** ** *** "Medium" ****** (****) ********* loaded ******* *****.

********* *** ******* ******** this *****, ****** ** reoccurred ***** **** ****. Note **** **** ***** occurred ** **** ******** and ***** ***********, ** was *** * ******** of ******* *******.

Outdoor ******* **********

** *** *****, ** had *** ****** **** the ** ******* *******:

  • ** ***** *********:*** ******* ****** *** not ****** ****** ** the ******* ***'* ** card ** ********. ****** events **** ********* ********, and **** ************* ****, but ** ***** *** stored. ****** ********** ** SD **** ****** ******* issue.
  • ************ **************:****** ******* *** ******** cameras ********** ************ **** the ******* ***, ******* being ~**' ** **** away. ********* ******** ***** is ***' **** ** sight ********* ** *** camera's *****.

******* *** ** ******** to **** ***** ** the **** ** *******, but ** **** ****** this ****** ****** ******** updates/fixes ****** *********.

Autotracking ***********

*** ** ******* ******'* autotracking ********* ****** ** our *****, ****** ***** of ******** **** ** normal ** **** ******* speed ** ******* *********, shown ** *** **** below:

** ********, *** ***** Mini **** *** *** able ** ***** ******** throughout *** **** ***** in *** *****, **** at **** ******* ******, shown ** *** ********* ***** **** *** Plus ****.

Station ****** **. ******* ******

**** **** *** ** Station ****** *** ******* camera **** **** ********* angles ** **** (***° vs. **°). *******, *** is *** **** ** both ******* *** ** their ********* ********** ********** (1080p **. ****).

*** ******* ****** (****, below) ******** ******** ****** details **** *** ******* camera *** ** ******** contrast, ****** ****** ******* are **** ** ****.

Station ******: ******* **** ***** *******

** ***** ****** ******* in **** *****, ~*****. The ********** ***** ***** the *********** ** ***** of **** ******* *** SmartCam ******* ******, ***** Mini ***, *** ****. Note **** *** ***** camera ** * **** narrower ***** ** ****, but **** ***** ********** (720p **. *****). ******* were ****** ** *** same ******** ******* ** standardizing *** ***** ** order ** **** ********* more ******* ** ***/******** camera **********, ***** *** generally **** ********** **** in ********** *******.

** **** *****, *** A1 ******* ****** ******** details ******* ** *** Nest *** *** ******** worse **** *** ***** Mini *** **** *** to *** ****** ***. 

******* **** *** ******, details *** **** ********** better ** *** ***** camera **** ******, **** more ****** ****** *** test ***** ****.

 

Station ******: ***** ** ***********

** *** *****, *** A1 ******** *** ******** text ******* ** *** cameras, *** ******* ******* are *** **** ** all ***** *******. 

*******, ** ****** *****, the ******** ******** ******** better ****** ******* *** more **** ********** **** EZVIZ *** ****. 

Station ****** **** ***

*** ******** **'* ******* camera ** **** ***, unlike **** ***/******** *******, such ** *** **** Cam **** ** *** comparison *****. *******, *** to *** ***** **** 360's **** ******** ***, subject ******* **** ********, due ** ****** *** and **** ***** ******** (see *****).

*******, ****** ***** **** much ****** ** *** EZVIZ ****** **** *******, shown ****:

*** **** ** *** SmartCam ** ******* ****** shows *** ******* ******** the ****** *****, ********* WDR ***********:

*** **************** ** *** ***** cameras *** ** ********** here.

Outdoor *******

*** ******* ******* ****** has *** ********* ***** of **** ** *** wirefree ******* ******, **° vs. ***°/***°.

******* ** ****, ******* are ******** ****** ** the ******* ******, ****** not ***********, ***** **** at ~**' ********.

Outdoor ****** *** ***** ***********

*** ***** *********** ** the ******* ******* ****** was  ***** ******** ****** than ******, *** ******* are *********** ******* ** near *****.

*******, ** ******* *********, the ******* ******* ****** produces ****** ******* **** the ****, ***** ** noticeably ****** **** ***** cameras, ** **** ** better **** ********** **** the ***** *******.

Tech *******

**** ******* *** **********, with ~* ****** **** times ** **** ********* we ******. ***** **** helpful, ******* ******* *************** our ************ *** ****** recording ****** (*** *****), but **** ********** ****** to *** *** *****. Tech *******'* ***** ************** was ** ******* *** hub *** ******* *** reconfigure, ***** *** *** solve ***** ******. 

Test **********

*** ********* ******** ******** were **** *** **** test:

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Comments (4)

Thank you for reviewing this interesting equipment !

Question about close range capability. Any chance you tested the shortest subject distance that will retain focus?

Undisclosed #1,

We didn't specifically test shortest subject distance that will retain focus but during our testing we were about as close as 1' away from it and it did retain focus.

Thanks!

Hanwha decides to copy Ezvizlife.com domain and changes samsungsv to wisenetlife.com for their IP camera lines.

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