Updated 24 Aug 2016

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NC250

Snapshot: This indoor wireless IP camera can be bought individually and has HD image quality. It detects motion and can be remotely accessed on iOS and Android devices and from the internet. But how good is the picture?

NC250
Consumer score
SCORE
Avg price

$128

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Test results

Overall score
63
Image quality
?/10
Ease of use
?/10

Good points

  • OK image quality.
  • Easy to use.
  • Sends emails with images.
  • Remote access via iOS, Android and web.
  • Motion detection.
  • Has an HD camera.

But

  • No cloud storage.
  • Had to log in to camera's web management page to enable motion settings.
  • No instructions given on how to log in to web management page.

How we test

Overall score includes:

Image quality (60%), Ease of use (40%)

Image quality
When assessing how well an IP camera performs we look at its image quality in daylight and low-light conditions. We look at the clarity of the images, the contrast at close range (2m) and a moderate distance (4m). We look at how well they show a person, objects and graphics/text for reading any signage on vehicles or name badges.

Ease of use
Assesses the set-up and use of the camera, including installation, ease of recording and motion detection. We also look at how easy it is to receive alerts when motion is detected. A camera scored higher if it sent an email with a screenshot, but any email or push notification to a mobile was considered good. We also scored cameras on how easy it is to automatically and manually take photos or recordings, irrespective of whether a notification was sent, and how easy it is to store footage to cloud storage.

Full specs

Model

Avg price
$128

Specifications

Kit or camera only
Camera only
Kit required
×
Model or kit description
HD Day/Night Cloud Camera, 300Mbps Wi-Fi
Camera type
Indoor
Resolution
1280 x 720
Wireless connection or WiFi band (GHz)
2.4

Features

Weatherproof rating
n/a
Night vision
Yes, 5m
Pan
No
Tilt
No
Zoom
4x, digital
Microphone
Speaker
×
Motion detection
Yes
Motion detection scheduler
×
Notification method
Email with images
Email alert with picture attached
Local storage
None
FTP storage
×
Cloud storage
No
Remote access
Automatic
Remote access via Android app
Remote access via iOS app
Remote access via web browser
Ethernet