Vimtag is a popular brand when it comes to home security cameras, and if you’re in the market for a new one then check out our review of the latest model, the P1.
This WiFi-enabled camera doesn’t just livestream video to your smartphone, it can also send live audio feeds along with the video, allowing for two-way communication with your smartphone.
The P1 is a stylish little device, and quite a bit smaller than most other home security cameras. Although it is not exactly the size of a credit card, it is slightly thicker than most other models, which makes it feel more substantial. Its slenderness makes it easy to hide away, and its chamfered edges make it look as good as new regardless of where you put it.
The P1 has a wide-angled lens for capturing more video, and the front light ring makes it easy to see what’s going on at night. It has a high definition (HD) video capture of 1280 x 720 pixels at 30fps that can be stored on an microSD card for 2 hours of video, and it has a sleek silver metal construction. It also has an integrated digital remote that allows you to arm/disarm the camera, check the video and audio feed, and change the camera’s settings from anywhere using your smartphone. Additionally, the P1 can be connected to a wi-fi network and thus receives live video feeds from other devices on the network.
To use the P1, you will first need to download the free app from the Google Play Store or the App Store. After downloading and installing, open the app and log in with your Gmail account.
The next step is to set up the camera. After turning it on, you will see the HD screen as shown below. At this point, you will be prompted to set a name for the camera (this can be any string of characters, and it will not appear on any uploaded video) and choose a WiFi network (SSID) to connect to. Ensure that the network you choose is not password protected, and then click the blue button to continue to Setting.
Once in the settings, you will see a list of devices that are connected to the same WiFi network. At this point, you must ensure that your smartphone is also connected to the same network, and then click the blue button to continue to Connecting Cameras. On the next screen, you will see a list of all the cameras that have been connected to the network. To add the P1 to the list, simply tap on the image of the camera, and a blue dot will appear next to it. Once you have selected the P1, a message will appear at the top of the screen confirming that the camera has been added successfully.
To start monitoring, simply touch the screen, and a small video panel will appear at the top of the screen displaying the currently available cameras.
If you’ve ever used a security guard or monitoring service, then you will know that there is often a delay between the moment that an incident happens and the time that they are notified and/or respond to it. With traditional security cameras that are directly connected to a monitor, there is also the risk of a surfer seeing the display and learning the combination to the safe or losing sleep due to frequent false alarms.
The P1 aims to eliminate all of these risks by connecting your phone to the camera wirelessly via a 4G LTE modem, and thus ensuring that the video is always up-to-date and no two-way communication is required. This means that the video can be stored, securely uploaded to a server, and viewed at any time using the app.
One of the major advantages of the P1 is that it doesn’t require a direct connection to a monitor, which means that it can be removed from the wall and moved to a new location with ease. This reduces the chance of an alarm being triggered by a pet or child walking across the room, and it also allows for an improved viewing experience since you don’t have to worry about cords getting in the way. This feature is particularly useful if you are frequently moving housemates or guests, or if you want to be able to watch TV while the kids sleep.
Additionally, the P1 has a wide-angle lens that allows for more natural viewing, and it is also HD rated, which means that even the most detailed events stand out sharply and clearly. The video and recording quality is also impeccable, with no signs of pixelation or video lag.
The P1’s primary disadvantage is that it requires a strong WiFi signal in order for the connection to be made, and this can be problematic if you’re not situated in an area where you can get a strong WiFi signal. In addition, since the P1 transmits video and audio over the internet, there is always the risk of network congestion and dropped connections, particularly if you are attempting to connect multiple cameras and/or using a wireless router that is already being used by other devices. If you live in a fairly populated area then this could pose a serious problem, leading to missed videos and audio recordings due to overloads or errors.
Another disadvantage of the P1 is that since it is a WiFi-enabled device, it can be hacked relatively easily. Although there is no technical reason that this can’t be done, it would still be best to utilize a wired connection whenever possible.
Overall, the P1 is a great choice for home security applications and especially good if you are looking for a device that is both stylish and highly functional. If, however, you are looking for a device that can be connected to a monitor then consider one of the many other models that have been covered in this review, or if you want something that is completely free from risks then look towards a traditional security camera that is manually monitored.