• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Not ready for prime time

    I've had a support ticket open with D-Link since I purchased the camera three weeks ago. The support staff are utterly clueless, they don't have any documentation on the camera either. No matter what my question was they gave me the boilerplate "how to set up your Omna" reply. I started answering them in ALL CAPS they are so stupid.

    D-Link thought it was super cute to ship only a half-page "instruction manual" with the camera, which sort of hieroglyphically says "plug it in and install the app" and nothing else.

    No instructions on how to set up notifications with HomeKit. Took me a long time to figure out.

    You CAN monitor the camera and get notifications and watch the SD videos remotely, if you have an Apple TV lying around handy. However those features are all Apple not D-Link, so if you don't have an Apple TV you ain't getting motion sensor notifications. It's like they were developing a baby monitor product and somebody suggested they sell it as a HomeKit camera instead.

    The software is dodgy, and as someone else says the camera runs pretty hot, fully expecting this to die within a year.


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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Why can't you view on iPhone when away

    Who carries around an apple tv or iPad when away from home? You can't view on your iPhone unless you are on the same wifi. Should have got nest!

    8 of 24 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    D-Link Omna 180 Cam HD Camera

    Have had the D-Link Oman for about 6 months, connected with the Omna app with no issues, set up in Homekit app with no issues. Great image quality and I'm able to access remotely via cellular connection and wi-fi. Over all very happy with its performance. One thing that is very shocking is that it physically gets very hot to the touch. Not burn your skin hot, but hotter than I would expect. I have some concern of it failing prematurely due to this heat issue. Any comments from D-link or Apple?

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Not good enough yet with so much potential

    The good:
    180° field of view is insane! See your whole room, no really!
    Video can be recorded to an SD card which is accessible on your iPhone even when you're away provided you have an AppleTV (4th Gen). 2 full days of HD video has taken up 1% of my 128GB microSD card which cost less than £40. For security, your video is not sent to anyone's servers too.
    The night vision is epic with 2 powerful IR LEDs. It easily lights up the whole room in pitch black darkness. Look out for objects in the foreground that may reflect the IR light causing the image to go dark.
    A long power lead gives flexibility with positioning
    There are multiple options for HomeKit automation. Motion sensing offers good control with a 9 segment choice of where to detect movement within the camera's field of view. A hidden gem comes if you use a 3rd party app like 'Eve' (from Elgato) as you can set sound (noise) thresholds to trigger a HomeKit scene too.

    The bad:
    No wall mount available to accurately position the camera from high in the room looking down.
    Recording to SD results in hundreds of 20 second clips throughout the day. Very hard to navigate your footage.
    When motion is sensed, lighting scenes can be triggered, but setting omna to turn them off when motion is no longer sensed is awful. Lights turn on for about 2 seconds and turn off and then it won't respond until the 'retrigger' timer has elapsed (say for 30 seconds). This bug REALLY needs addressing to make it a usable HomeKit motion sensor.

    I'd like to see the ability to view a time lapse of the day and for the video to be stitched together into larger time chunks than 20 seconds. It'd be great if you could skim through time lapse footage and where you stop you can play your footage and skip forward and back through all the footage. I hate that the video is recorded as 20 second clips. I won't be returning mine in the hope the software improves.

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Bought to document market for HomeKit Camera

    I've used Nest cameras for years… the image quality is excellent and the options are wonderful, including off-site video storage. But there is no integration with HomeKit… and there never will be because Google has started up their own "smart home" operation. I bought the OMNA Cam to show that there IS a market for a camera that's HomeKit compatible. The OMNA Cam is limited… the image quality is marginal, there is no zoom capability, video storage is limited to an SD card in the camera body, motion sensing is nice but minimal, HomeKit integration is easy and excellent. There is a LOT of room for improvement, much like the very first "DropCam". But that is to be expected… D-Link needs encouragement to improve their product. Buying the camera can provide that, I hope…

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Good and will get better. Some tips for new buyers now.

    Good first step, but as some users noticed you can't zoom and it doesn't have a defeat screen off option to keep it on all night, like with baby monitors.

    -Turn on zoom in settings / accessibility and enable zoom with 3 finger tap. You can zoom the entire screen and then pan around with 3 fingers. Works well.

    -turn off your phone's auto off feature. You'll need to remember that the phone will stay on the entire time until you physically turn off the screen. It would be nice if apple allowed profiles so that this didn't take so many menu and submenu controls to enable/disable this.

    It does need the ability to view multiple cameras simultaneously. Also sometimes the home app doesn't display anything from the feed. That said, it's still much better than any other camera I've had, especially anything from FOSCAM, and has the added benefit of not being easily hacked thanks to home kit.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Totally useless

    Don't buy this product! It is absolutely useless. They made an app so that you can view the live feed on your phone ONLY if you're on the same wifi. Get a Nest Camera, don't waste your time and money on this ridiculously pointless product.

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    A good start but needs lots of work!

    First let me start by saying that the one thing I truly praise about this camera is that it does not require a subscription service. This is a huge selling point in my opinion for not having to pay monthly for the camera. With that being said there are lots of downsides to it. Not from a design standpoint but mainly from a programming functionality standpoint. Particularly with motion detection. Regardless if your home or not, your motion detection notifications go off 24/7 with a pet or when your at home moving about. This is really frustrating and needs away assist. Half the time the login from the omna app doesnt work without restarting the app itself. The fisheeye is apparent on the camera and the advertised photos do not reflect the actual product.

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Fairly disappointing...

    Basically works but pretty limited.
    No automation due to sensors always on.
    Cant zoom image in homekit or OMNA apps.
    Would be nice if away security clips could be sent to iCloud for safekeeping - but no iCloud.
    Great for pet sitting or the like - not for security so much - storage is on internal card so if the camera gets stolen you're out of luck.
    Nice clear image and some cool features but really needs home and away options.
    Hold off if you're looking for a real security camera that works with homekit.

    16 of 19 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    I really like it. Image quality is great. Firmware upgradeable!

    Actually I really like the Omna Camera. It works flawlessly with HomeKit. I have two and they work wonderfully. I don't think they look too bad either and I love the Micro SDXC slot for storing recordings/images. The firmware is upgradeable via the D-Link app which works well. Would be great to have Home/Away mode though. Also, would be nice to have the ability to turn off the LED light so as to be more not obvious it's there. Also, when night vision goes on you see the two red night vision LEDs on. Would also be great if it integrated with iCloud so you had the option of saving clips to your iCloud account. Otherwise I'm very happy with the Camera!!! I'm sure future firmware updates will make this even better in the future. For $180.00, not too sure it will be a match for a Canary Plus (when it's actually announced with HomeKit, even though it was promised for Fall 2016) if it ends up being sold for <$200 when it's available.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Very Happy with the purchase!

    Overall I really like the camera design, it looks a good solid product by D-Link. Very easy to setup using Apple Home app, very good step by D-Link to provide it's own "Omna app" which is full of features like Motion detection, SD card recording etc.. certainly worth to mention 180 degree lens on the camera which cover a lot of area for live view, 2-way audio on the camera is also very useful and it works perfectly. Hopefully D-Link will provide the automation/remote access using Omna app soon, as remote access is certainly a key feature for Home surveillance/security. would recommend anyone to buy this product.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Camera

    This is my first Home Kit purchase and I waited for a camera that is Home Kit enabled and D-Link did not disappoint.
    With a family of six Kids all under the age of 10 yrs and multiple levels we need a better way to keep an eye on the house , plus security when were away is also a concern.

    This camera has been perfect for both scenarios , the video quality is very good if you want to cover a large field of view , for some it may be a bit to stretched , for what I needed it is perfect . The nite vision is staggering and seems like magic (its just tech , not magic)
    and the ability to use the Speaker and Mic to talk to the Fam has been a nice touch.

    The software is a bit first release bare minimum but all works as advertised , also  Home App is perfect for bringing it all together in a great place.

    An excellent purchase.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great hardware. HomeKit software works well. Easy setup.

    I've had the Omna for a week now. It was easy to setup and the hardware is solid. I'm using a 64GB microSD with no problems. I'm using an Apple TV 3 for my HomeKit hub while waiting for the rumored 4K Apple TV so I haven't tested remote access to video.

    The motion detector is useful for automation. While the Omna app does not allow creation of automations, the free Elgato Eve app lets you create rules for scenes and does not require an Elgato device. Once the Eve scene rule is created, Apple's Home app and some other HomeKit apps recognize it. Note that a rule that turns on an outlet after 11PM and before sunrise quits working at midnight. This is probably because of the date change. A work around is to create two rules. The first rule operates from 11PM until midnight and the second between midnight and sunrise.

    Suggestions for improvement:
    1. The video quality is excellent although the fisheye effect is too strong.
    2. Since the camera is far from an uninterruptible power supply, a built-in battery would be a nice addition in case of a power outage. I'm making do with the 5V 2A USB charger on a Belkin Rockstar surge protector outlet. When power is lost, the Belkin switches the USB to the built-in battery and the Omna restarts.
    3. Better handling of rules that span a date change in HomeKit.
    4. The Omna app needs a share sheet that allows it to share a frame or full video that was recorded on the SD card.
    5. Access to the saved videos via Apple's Home app would be very nice. And it would be nice if the Home app had a share sheet.

    Overall, this is a solid initial product release which should only get better with time.

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Generally good, but lacks basics

    The setup is easy, and the notifications have been pretty accurate. It detects a wide gamut of movement (though it's hard to see detail on the Apple Watch). My main problem, as others have noted, is that there is no way to only have motion detection on when you are away, and not have it on at home, unless you go into the Omna app and manually turn it on and off. This sort of defeats the purpose of having the Homekit integration. There is no way to control turning motion detection on or off in the Home app itself. Hopefully this is coming in an update and they just rushed to be the first ones on the market with Homekit integration.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great home monitoring camera

    This camera is great. Really easy to set up. Literally took seconds. Using it to monitor a large entrance way in the basement. I can see from wall to wall with this thing. At first I couldn't figure out how to make the motion detection trigger only around the door. But then I downloaded the Omna app. Made it really easy. Just a grid on the screen and I selected where I wanted it to trigger. Also like that I can record right on to an SD card. Don't have to subscribe or pay any money. Just wish it came with an SD card. Luckily I had one kicking around. Can view the recordings through the Omna app. I've owned other cameras before and they tend to lag. Not this one. Picture quality is great. Overall really happy with this so far.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Not fully Baked!

    As with many other reviews, I agree that this product is not ready for the consumer market.

    1. The 180 degree camera is clear, but far too wide to be able to recognize faces that are 15-20 ft away.
    2. No Zoom capability.
    3. Motion detection is very difficult to get right.
    4. Recorded video on the SD card is not accessible via the Home app. Also not accessible via the Omna app if you are outside your wifi network. So if you are away on vacation and you miss a notification, there is no way to view the video content until you return home.
    5. Not plug and play like every other smart home device I've installed. I still cannot figure out how to add the device to scenes on Apple Home!
    6. No simple way to turn camera off while at home without going into the Omna app/settings/
    7. No Cloud storage. If no SD card, nothing is stored, only live view.
    8. No Android support. If you have an android user in your family, this camera will not be accessible from that phone. No Android App.
    9. Tech Support will not help with anything outside the camera and Omna app. No Apple Home setup support. You will need to call Apple support for this.
    10. Set-up instructions consist of a few drawings, not helpful.
    * Returning item. Not willing to be a beta tester and pay full retail price of better cameras. I will wait for a better solution that works with Homekit...maybe Withings?

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Work well as long as you are aware of HomeKit limitations

    How much you can see of a room and the detail is incredible with this camera. Also, the 2-way audio is probably the best on any home monitoring camera available. If you have an Apple Watch, you can see the live view as well as talk/listen, which is pretty amazing. The downside at the moment is the need to also have one of the latest Apple TV or iPad to be able to see the live view when you are away from home, which is currently a limitation of HomeKit. So to sum up, As long as you have an Apple TV or iPad supports HomeKit, you would not be disappointed.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Love it

    I am in love with HomeKit, and this camera is so easy to setup as all HomeKit items are. Congrats to D-Link for being the first to get HomeKit. Excellent wide angle view, amazing in fact. Perfect to see the whole room. The motion sensor works and sends notification if something moves in the room. I hope D-Link will improve the firmware or software so that we can fine-tune timing and location of the motion alarm, I don't need it when I am at home, and I only want to catch the are in front of the door or windows.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    High hopes cruelly dashed

    It was with great excitement that I read about this first camera to be compatible with Apple's HomeKit. The long and the short of it is - don't buy this camera, it simply does not work, either as a camera in its own right (frequent episodes of the camera becoming non-responsive whilst I was in the house and near the camera) or a piece of kit on the HomeKit network (I could not get it recognised and view it remotely despite many hours of troubleshooting and following guidance from Apple and other sites). I suspect Apple have a long way to go to get remote access via HomeKit working for this and many other products. Hopefully, in time, it will just work; that time is not now.

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Needs work

    This camera, and HomeKit itself, need a lot of work.

    The wide angle lens is just too wide. The screenshots in the D-Link datasheet are completely misleading. The fisheye effect is extremely pronounced. Items 5 feet away on the sides are unrecognizable. And if the camera is at anything but eye level you waste a lot of viewing area on ceilings or floors. It would be nice to have a manual adjustment for the lens to let you zoom in and out. And it would be nice to be able to tilt the base manually. I don't expect a full PTZ camera but some manual adjustments would be helpful.

    However, the biggest problem is that HomeKit does not support multiple steps, or conditions, in automations. I want to have recording and motion detection enabled only when I am away from home. The lack of this most basic piece of functionality make this camera almost unusable. It will be constantly recording and triggering the motion detector. Ridiculous.

    I hate to be ragging on HomeKit and D-Link. I love Apple stuff and applaud D-Link for shipping the first HomeKit camera. But, as it is, I will not be buying another HomeKit accessory or camera until they add features that make it somewhat comparable to what else is already on the market.

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