Published on August 22nd, 2014 | by Greg0
DXG See.ing SmartCam: Cute, Wireless Cloud Camera
Wireless video cameras make a lot of sense- they have applications in security, home monitoring, and simply watching over your kids and family. We’ve checked out many a model over the years, some with very specific purposes in mind, outdoor-ready and weather-resistant or the latest fad in wearables that takes action cameras and puts them into everyday life. Today’s product is a little harder to pin down, though it’s certainly a multi-purpose, somewhat-unusual take on the IP camera.
The DXG See.ing SmartCam also appears to go by a few other names- our box also called it the Cloud SmartCam, and we’ve seen it called the iCloud HD Video SmartCam as well. Technically model DXG105, it’s part of their new family: a lineup that boasts 802.11 wi-fi, smartphone apps and connectivity, and cloud storage options. Thankfully, this model also comes with the ability to save locally to an SD card. We liked the wide-angle lens (128 degree field of view), and the audio was pretty good in both directions, better than many competitors. As with most similar models, it offers 720p resolution, as well as limited night vision.
While most cameras offer a traditional form factor, this one shakes it up a bit, standing a bit taller than many with an adjustable base. The brother and sister models offering controllable rotation, but this one is static, with a fairly heavy base that ensures it won’t get so easily bumped from it’s viewpoint. We’ve seen many DXG products before- starting with old-school digital video cameras, if you remember those, and continuing on through an unusual dual-lens camera that could capture 3D. It’s a sensible shift to try and use your imaging background to move into personal wireless cameras, but there is definitely some room to improve- the setup process was a little awkward, and if you don’t pay careful attention, you’ll wind up with the wrong app installed (you want SeeingCloud, not See.ing). They advertise the 10x digital zoom, but it’s of very limited use as with most digital amplification- the picture gets grainy very fast. Also, if you want to use many of the cloud-based features- like push notifications or motion sensing alerts- you’ll need to get a subscription (a free 7-day trial is included).
The DXG105 See.ing SmartCam is an interesting twist- not portable, really, and not seemingly intended as a baby monitor (see D-Link’s latest model for how to target a market). In many areas of the home, it’d be too big, obvious, or bulky (so it’s not a nannycam, and not really a good security camera either). The app is a little wonky and slow to respond, but as a first generation product, it’s a clear step in the right direction for DXG. Available now, online and in stores, for around $120.