Sricam SP009 P2P HD IP Camera review

Apr 26, 2016

It's been a while since I used one of these mini IP cameras built around the Hi3518 chipset.

So what make this yet-another-cheaper-like-there's-so-many-out-there camera different?

The Sricam SP009 is the cheapest IP camera of its kind compared with the previous model tested, Xiaomi  XiaoYi, and EyeSight ES-IP810W.

For the price, I was almost expecting to receive it wrapped in a plastic bag but the packaging is actually very professional, with the power adapter type suited for my region and a manual in proper English.

It is impossible to miss the installation instructions: They are on the box, and in the printed manual, and repeated on the Sricam website. In addition, a setup video is available for those not willing to read at all!
This abundance of information is in striking contrast with most other brands!

The mobile app is simply called Sricam and is common to several other brands (like Sunluxy). Despite the below average user reviews found on Play store, I found it to work well once you format the SD card properly, bind an email to the alarm, and activate the surveillance mode.
The various ways to access the camera are grouped on this page:

The video stream can be intercepted in VLC using the URL: rtsp://ipcam:554/onvif1 for HD and
rtsp://ipcam:554/onvif2 for lower resolution.

With the recent versions of Synology Surveillance Station, such RTSP stream can be configured under [User Define]
with H.264 Video Format, using the suffix (/onvif1, /onvif2) as Source Path.

The picture quality compares to any Hi3518-based camera but lacks the IR-Cut feature to properly render the colors under daylight (e.g. your green plants will look purple).

Also there's no manual control over the IR LED so the camera could not be used behind a window at night without reflecting its own lights on the glass.

Two-way audio quality is adequate even if not exempt of faint internal camera noises in the background. The internal speaker here is loud enough which is rarely the case in these tiny devices.

The Sricam SP009 is a good surprise. Not only for it very low price (~21€/23$ @ Gearbest), but also for the overall quality of the product from packaging to the camera itself, and not forgetting the complete setup instructions.
It's a quasi-clone of the ES-IP810W reviewed earlier but with a better speaker and HD streamed through RTSP.
My only grief is the lack of IR-Cut and LED control, but that's because the SP009 is the cheapest variant. IR-Cut is available, for ~4€ extra with the SP009A and SP009B .

● Sricam provide a complete documentation including a video guide.
● Easy to setup.
● Up to 128GB microSD card supported.
● HD stream available through RTSP
 ONVIF compliant

Not so nice:
No LED mode control (Not suitable for use behind a window),
● No IR-Cut (consider SP009A or SP009B if you need this)

Special thanks to David @ GearBest for providing the sample reviewed here.


  1. Removed previous comment: internal fault appeared to be a conflict between local router and camera. All they need to add is a scheduled FTP/email of a screenshot, or better still, a web interface for a jpg snapshot.

    1. I've tried several of these tiny cameras and although they do differ slightly in their hardware, they all seem to follow the same implementation model: RTSP, uPnP, and no Web Interface.
      Cameras with best of both worlds (Mobile/Cloud and embedded web UI) like the Wanscam HW series are more difficult to find nowadays.

  2. Is it possible to get single image from the camera? All I can get is the RTPS stream. thanks.

    1. The only services available in this camera are RTSP/445 and uPnP/5000, so no way to get some sort of snapshot.jpg or anything from a web interface.
      Getting snapshot will depend on the client application used for intercepting the video stream. For instance, VLC has a "Take snapshot" action in the Video menu.

  3. Can a static ip be setup for this cam via a web interface ? Is it compatible with 3rd party apps such as TinyCam Pro?

    1. The ip address can be bet manually from the network settings of Sricam the mobile app (there's no web interface as such). TinyCam supports the rtsp protocol so it will likely work. I had it working with IP cam viewer, but for some reason it only worked with the lower resolution stream: rtsp://ipcam:554/onvif2

    2. Thanks. Did the audio features work with the app you tried?

    3. tinyCam Monitor supports this camera (rtsp/h264, 1-w audio).

    4. Has anyone got this to work over rtsp at full res? I installed iSpy and can see the camera but only at low resolution.

  4. ATTENTION!!!! SECURITY PROBLEM, I received my camera and update it to the latest firmware,
    I can access the camera from WEB! using IP cam viewer or other apps WITHOUT USING PASSWORD!, I input random password to the ip cam viewer and I still got the live image from camera

    1. forgive my typos, I am really disappointed.. for this serious security issue

    2. I have both SP009 and SP012 with for some time and don't see that problem. I have to provide a password to access How do you exactly connect to your camera from the web?

    3. using IP Cam Viewer from my android phone, from another network
      settings Generic RTSP over UDP, myip:554/onvif2
      and typing ANY RANDOM username/password

    4. ok, that makes sense. The rtsp protocol is not secure and does not use authentication, that's true for any IP camera.
      In my other review for the SP012 (, I also show a way to access the camera using the port 5000. Same story anyway, no authentication supported. The "less unsecure" way to access these cameras is to use the Sricam app from playstore, but the only secure way is to have an Ip camera manager that relays all this through a https connection like Synology Surveillance Station. Personally I block the outside access to rtsp and upnp ports on my firewall.

  5. Hi Bubbah, this is a nice review. It's worth noting that as of July there is now a IR cut filter included and I can confirm it works great.

    I wonder if you can help with something that puzzles me about the camera. When turning on the camera for the very first time it obviously is not connected to my home WiFi. I install the app and send the WiFi SSID and password to the camera. HOW does the app transfer this data to the camera wireless?

    For extra information, I have been informed that the WiFi SSID and password can be passed to the camera by using a text file on the SD card. This is quite nice for people that don't want to use the app at all (I use Blue Iris for remote access).

    Let me know if you have the answer! :)


  6. Hi Richard, thanks for the info about the text file.
    As you have to enter unique camera ID as the first step in adding a camera, I believe the app just queries the LAN for that unique ID using the unsecure Upnp/5000, not yet needing authentication just for doing that. Only if detected, it then asks for the SSID login to finish the process.

    Personally I block the upnp outside my LAN and only use the Ip camera through a secured connection (Synology Surveillance Station acting as the DVR server)

    While it make setup easy, upnp should not be allowed to reach the www:

    I'm preparing an article on IP cameras and security but it's still in draft and I've been a bit lazy/busy lately.


    1. Hi Bubbah, can the app query the LAN for the ID even if the camera is not yet on the LAN and multiple SSID's are broadcasting?

      I've seen that some cameras listen to a sound from the phone to pass the data and I've seen some cameras look at a QR code displayed on the phone to get the credentials (I believe this camera can use the QR route if the Smart WiFi fails).

      I'd be interested in your security post. This is my general setup (a bit outdated now).


  7. I'd have to repeat an installation process with some network sniffer (like "Wi-Fi PCAP Capture"), I was also under the impression that somehow the camera was detected before being given any AP password, but the tutorial video ( shows that the camera is searched only after receiving the AP name and pwd (entered by hand or by showing the QR code generated by the app, it does work nicely), which makes more sense to me. The rest should be just a matter of using a multicast SSDP packet.

    I hope to find time to complete my research and finish this article soon. It will be an updated version of this older one:

    I like your blog! I think I'll stick around the tech and beer (and no especially in that order) for a while (-:


  8. Hello,
    i have a problem with vlc stream ... the camera only shows the 1st frame of the stream in vlc and than stands still ... Any ideas on how to fix this?
    Thank you.

    1. during my tests the HD rtsp stream (/onvif1) only worked fine within my LAN, but not from outside. The low res. /onvif2 always worked but is not an acceptable resolution. I've been using the onvif access (port 5000) instead with IP Camera Viewer (from Robert Chou). That give a stable HD stream. There's a screenshot with the settings in my review for the SP012 (same hardware but in a Pan-and-Tilt casing)


  9. The motion detection alarm is completely erratic in this model, so much that is useless. There is a solution to that problem?

    1. Ariel, it's not only with this camera but most in that range have a unreliable motion detection, often reacting to daylight changes, and the software has no option to control this.
      A NVR server can be used to process the motion detection instead of the camera. It's like a hub that manage all the IP Cameras, like Foscam FN3004H NVR. Personally I use the Surveillance software included in my Synology NAS, and takes over the motion detection, with zone definition and other more intelligent functions that the camera does not have.

  10. How many mobile devices are allowed to view one camera?