4.0 out of 5 stars | A Pretty Good Camera & Good Value - But...
The media could not be loaded. I purchased four of these K5 cameras and have installed them in various locations around my home. I have purchased, over the past 4-5 years, numerous other WiFi cameras of various brands including Wansview. In general the Wansview cameras are my favorites though I was much happier with the older non-Cloud version – cameras (Q5s, etc.) and non-cloud Wansview APP. I wanted to rate this camera higher, but lack of response from the Wansview Support group prevented that. I waited more than a week since sending an email to the Wansview US/CA support address on the Wansview K5 Installation Guide. If they had responded and answered a few questions and concerns, perhaps this rating could be higher. Things I liked: Cost-effective. Good value. The camera was very easy to install and connect to the Wansview Cloud APP – following their instructions (see my video). Pay attention to their instructions about using only 2.4G WiFi and make sure your smart device or phone are connected to the same 2.4G WiFi as you will use for the camera for setup. Video quality is good with noticeable fisheye or fishbowl effect around edges (see pic). Noticeable but not particularly objectionable. Does not interfere with my use for my purposes. I really liked the ability to turn off the microphone when recording – not just mute. This can be very important relative to certain privacy laws! Low-light performance is good for a camera in this price range. There are two very bright infrared LEDs for night lighting. They were not noticeable to my naked eye. IR lighting from the camera in my garage provides adequate night vision to cover the entire garage – about 22 x 25 Ft (see pic). The motion sensitivity is adequate and adjustable. Motion sensing is not provided by a passive infrared sensor, so is more susceptible to false triggering from changes in lighting in front of the camera. Still – it works pretty well within about 12-15 Ft. of the camera, out to 25 Ft. in certain instances. I liked the Motion Alerts to my smart-phone. Parameters are adjustable. The Wansview Cloud APP is fair-to-good – see below. It was easy to install and use. While I’m not a Cloud fan and don’t subscribe to Wansview Cloud, it still works to retain a brief clip in the event of a motion alert – even if you don’t have an SD card installed, or someone removes it. There are limits for non-subscribers, still it is helpful. Things I didn’t like so much: The Cloud – and ongoing reminders to subscribe to it. If you check the rates, it’s very expensive. No way to record continuously – absent motion – to the SD card. Earlier non-Cloud versions of Wansview cameras allowed for continuous recording OR motion-triggered recording OR continuous recording with motion alerts. I don’t, and won’t ever, use the Cloud to store my video. I prefer to use just the SD card in the camera or screen-recording from my phone. So why should cameras with the cloud feature NOT allow continuous recording to the SD card? UNACCEPTABLE to me! The Windows PC Wansview Cloud APP is VERY limited. It doesn’t have to be because the non-cloud Wansview Windows APP is much more capable. I see no reason why the Windows APP must be dummed-down. Did they limit the non-Cloud functionality to drive subscriptions to the high-priced Cloud? Another item I asked for clarification on in my unanswered support email. The ability to replay just a few, specific minutes of a recorded video is very limited. There is a timeline on REPLAY which supposedly allows you to pick just a couple minutes out of say a 15-minute recording, but each time I tried to select just a certain couple minutes, the playback kept defaulting back to the beginning of the clip. This was one of the issues I raised to Wansview in my support request – which they failed to respond to. Minor – but it would be nice if the base could be a bit heavier so the camera doesn’t move around so easily.
Reviewed in the United States on November 17, 2021 by DaveTheGeek
3.0 out of 5 stars | SD Card recording limited to motion detection without Cloud purchase!
I own 5 Wansview cameras and all can record continuously on my own SD card without any issue. With this camera (and their app), they now force you to subscribe to their Cloud Basic + plan ($129.99/yr) to unlock continuous record on your own SD Card. Without it, it will only record clips when motion is detected. This is an artificial limitation to get more money from you and it is so disappointing. I do not need Cloud and shouldn't have to pay for a plan to use my SD card fully. It's a shame because the camera is otherwise very good and easy to use.
Reviewed in the United States on December 28, 2021 by Jujuinla
5.0 out of 5 stars | Great Camera for inside the home.
The cameras are of great quality and product HD video. They have the option of storing video remotely via a cloud service or locally using a micro-SD card. I found that they motion detection is very good and the relevant app works very well. It provides a very convenient timeline that can be scrolled easily to area where motion was detected, and then the video can be viewed through the paid cloud service or from the micro SD card. Note, the cloud service is optional. The cameras work perfectly fine with a micro SD card for the recordings. Note that the cameras are unidirectional, so once you set them up you cannot get the lens to pan left/right or up/down. Since the lenses are wide angle, there may not be a need to pan for most applications. I have four of the cameras and have some of them pointing out to view the yard - so it's an indoor camera, but you can have it viewing the yard out the house window, of course. The picture quality is great even in this scenario and the motion detection works. However, for viewing the yard through the house window in the evening it's important to turn off the automatic night vision because this turns off the infrared light, which if on just reflects off of the house window and you can't see anything outside. The night vision is not as great as it was on a earlier and different model camera that I have from Wansview, but it is still possible to see a little in low light conditions with the infrared lamp off. For viewing a room inside the house and with night vision set to auto, the night vision is very clear. The cameras also have speakers and microphones, so you can communicate with anyone at home from anywhere in the world, as long as you have access wifi or cell phone data. I've found it very useful to check in at home for a quick way to get in touch. Overall, great little cameras for indoor purposes.
Reviewed in the United States on January 1, 2022 by Joey
5.0 out of 5 stars | Great value for money
I've been buying Wansview products for years now and these definitely did not disappoint. I have them set up in various locations around the house. The base allows for sharp-angled installations. I have one above my stove and it lays so flat you can't even see it underneath the cupboard. Makes it easy to watch things that are cooking! I also have one facing outside looking through a window. My biggest complaint is that you cannot control the IR light independently from the nightvision mode (black and white). When looking through a window at night, if the IR is turned on it reflects on the window and blocks the view from the outside. I have external IR lights mounted outside so there is no problem with having enough IR light, the problem is that the camera won't go into IR mode (black and white) unless the IR light is on. Not a dealbreaker, I just wish this camera had that functionality because other cameras they sell do.
Reviewed in the United States on December 6, 2021 by J. S.