• 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.

    22 of 23 people found this useful

  • 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.

    12 of 16 people found this useful

  • 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.

    4 of 4 people found this useful

  • 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?

    14 of 30 people found this useful

  • 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.

    16 of 18 people found this useful

  • 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.

    16 of 16 people found this useful

  • 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.

    10 of 25 people found this useful

  • 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.

    170 of 197 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    From Canary to D-Link

    I made the jump mainly for my HomeKit hobby. The setup is easy, UI is okay, took some figuring out for the notifications. I hope improvements and new features are added (i.e., Home-Away mode, viewable thumbnails from SD saves). It is kind of hard going from a Canary to the Omna as Canary had everything I wanted except for a monthly subscription and no HomeKit support. Here's to hoping the Omna gets some additional features, and soon!

    78 of 88 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Better start than all of the competition

    So I have been holding out for a HomeKit Camera. I have looked at all the existing products out there in the meantime.

    I just received my D-Link Omna today (ordered yesterday), set it up and finished playing with it and the Home app in iOS.

    1) The camera is small. The dimensions are listed but I didn't look at them and was blown away when I opened the box.
    Love it.

    2) I wish it were black instead of silver.

    3) It has a microSD slot with support for up to 128GB cards.
    Most competing products want a cloud based implementation.
    I wanted the opposite: built-in storage first and cloud, if available at all ( I don't care for it), second.

    3) Image quality is great. Haven't tested at night yet.

    4) Motion detection comes set at 90% by default in the app and so far I found that it's slightly delayed even when set to 99% (the max) in the app.

    5) The firmware is Rev. 1.0. And the App is also just brand new.
    There is NO way to save a recorded video onto the phone. Individual clips can be deleted but there is NO to save or share them (yet?)

    6) Integration with the Home app is seamless and works well.

    I want to see what D-Link does with updating the firmware and the App and I will be buying one of these for each room.

    Highly recommended because it's a great product off to a great start.

    79 of 89 people found this useful