Walmart Momentum IP Camera Tested

Author: John Honovich, Published on Jan 04, 2016

A 'Dropcam' for ~$30?

Walmart does super low cost and they are now bringing it to IP cameras, with a new cloud camera for an almost impossible to believe cost of just ~$30 (or a 3 pack for $90).

Over the past few years, the 'norm' for cloud IP cameras have been $150 - $200, with 'cheap' offerings ~$100. Recently, Hikvision started to sell direct at a breakthrough ~$70 (plus a year of free storage).

Now, Walmart has trumped Hikvision at less than half Hikvision's cost.

But is the Walmart Momentum Camera any good? We bought one and tested its usability, video performance and comparative positioning.

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Comments (19)

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