The Sricam SP012 brings back memories with its casing introduced in 2008 by Foscam for their famous FI8908W and widely used since.
The camera setup through the Sricam mobile app is fool and fail proof. Additional instructions can be obtained from Sricam website. Other ways to access the camera are grouped on this page: http://download.sricam.com/rjxz.html
The Sricam app is the main user interface for the camera since it has no web server. The services available are UPnP/5000 and RTSP/554 only. Onvif compliant viewers can detect the SP012 on the port 5000.
Other software, like VLC, can use the RTSP stream:
rtsp://ipcam:554/onvif1 for HD (1280 x 738)
Note: Several users reported being unable to get the HD stream through RTSP. I'm puzzled as to why their camera gives different results than my sample, which streams in HD (bitrate up to 1200kbps) using fw v.14.00.00.52/HardwareId 2.1.
ONVIF support: Like the SP009, the SP012 is ONVIF compliant.
Synology's Surveillance Station 7.2 users will be limited to catch the video stream only through RTSP (no audio). The blame is on Synology here.
All other viewers tested where able to detect and use the device as an Onvif camera (HappyTime Onvif Client, Onvifer, IP Cam Viewer)
|Happycam Onvif Client|
|RTSP setup in IP Cam Viewer. with low res /onvif2 |
(HD stream /onvif1 does not work well)
|Onvif and RTSP streams from IP Cam Viewer|
|ONVIF Setup in IP Cam Viewer|
The GM8135S chipset (cheaper Hi3518 equivalent) is in charge of the picture quality and assisted with IR LED for the night vision.
Both the lack of IR-Cut feature, and the absence of IR LED manual control makes the camera a bad candidate for watching your driveway or garden by the window.
Two-way audio quality is adequate but I was expecting a stronger speaker in this larger model. In fact it compares with the SP009. There is no audio connector for an external speaker.
The Sricam SP012 is (at time of writing) the cheapest IP Camera with Pan & Tilt at Gearbest (26€/30$). Despite that, it does the job as advertised as an indoor camera.
For those valuing the size over the P&T feature, the tiny SP009A/B (IR-cut version) is a good alternative.
Nice:● Sricam provides a complete documentation.
● 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
|Thanks to David @ GearBest for providing the sample reviewed here.|