• 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Remote Access Away From Home

    • Written by Ian M from LONDON

    Good camera ... but ... if you don't have Apple TV & you want to access your camera remotely while you're away on holiday you cannot take your iPad away with you too.
    In other words, you can use your iPad as a Home Hub (instead of Apple TV) but then the iPad has to stay in your property ... see Apple support article support.apple.com ref. HT207057, which states "The device that you set up as a home hub must remain in your home, connected to your home Wi-Fi network, and powered on.".
    When I'm away for a few days I typically take my phone & also my iPad with me ... if you don't have Apple TV then taking both your phone + iPad with you means you cannot access your camera remotely ...
    You'd either need to a) leave your iPad at home, b) buy Apple TV, or c) buy / use another iPad as a home hub, in order to access the camera remotely.
    At least, that's what I'm finding so far ... you cannot simply triangulate phone to Omna Cloud to Camera over the Internet.

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Not good enough yet with so much potential

    • Written by Ben W from Greenhithe, Kent

    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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