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: http://download.sricam.com/rjxz.html
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 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.|