The VAVA Home Cam is a wireless home camera system with lots of interesting features.
But, is it really worth it?
The chatters on the main features
One of the best features is that it has a battery that they say will last for an entire 365 days (one whole year). It has a tough, weatherproof exterior that the company is saying will stand up to rain, snow and extreme temperatures.
There are no monthly service fees to use it, which is great because most security companies charge one.
And, there’s an app that you can download to your phone to view the cameras from anywhere.
They also now offer a cloud storage system to store the video recordings, which is great because security camera footage can really hog a hard drive: so much that you usually end up having to buy a separate hard drive just for your security system.
But, even with all of these features, is it worth your time and money to back this product?
The review and honest opinion – Do you really need this home cam?
The first thing you need to know is that this camera system does not record continuously. In fact, you can’t even set it to record at certain times or anything.
The only time that it records is when it detects movement, or if someone moves the camera. So, it’s motion-activated. This means that you’ll likely miss a lot of action, which could be crucial in the event that you really need to record something that it doesn’t pick up.
There’s also no geo-fencing with this system. This means that you can’t set it to record when you leave and stop when you come home.
You should know that you’re limited on the number of cameras you can attach to the system. You can only attach four cameras to each base station. Depending on how many bases you buy, that could allow for lots of cameras, but not if you only buy one. Each camera only records around a 200-foot area, as well. So, if you have a large property to watch, or lots of areas or rooms, you’re going to need several bases to accommodate all of the cameras.
It seems like a really great benefit that the system is advertised as being wireless, doesn’t it?
But it isn’t totally wireless. It requires a wired connection between the base station and a router. Considering the campaign page clearly says that it’s 100% wireless, this seems like a bit of false advertisement, and a pretty big oversight.
There are a couple of security concerns with the camera system, as well.
First, there is a built-in security feature on the system. But, it’s pretty faulty. What it does is send an alert to the app on your phone whenever it detects that it’s being moved. You can then click a button from the app that enables an alarm on the system. However, if you don’t notice the alert and therefore don’t click the button to enable the alarm, your camera has just been stolen or vandalized.
Also, the system is pretty open to hacking.
The base station itself has its own IP address. However, there isn’t an IP address for each camera. This means that if someone hacks the base, they have access to each camera you have installed on the base, with no real defense against it.
The cloud storage is an awesome feature to incorporate into a camera system. However, this system only records 600 minutes per charge. So, if their claim is that one charge lasts one year, 600 minutes of recording isn’t a lot for a whole year.
Also, you can store your recordings on a micro SD card, up to 128 GB. That’s really not a lot considering that there are SD cards up to 512 GB on the market today, and you can’t use them on this system, apparently.
There’s no facial recognition software on this system. Lots of security systems don’t have advanced facial recognition, so that’s not terribly surprising. But, there are many on the market that can at least detect a face and track it like this one cheaper option I found on Amazon. This system doesn’t even do that.
Our thoughts on some of the claims
Interestingly, VAVA Home Cam rechargeable up to 500 times.
If it really lasts up to a year on one charge, I’m not sure why you would need to recharge it 500 times. I’m also pretty sure that they haven’t been able to test the fact that it would recharge 500 times because it hasn’t been in existence for 500 years. Also, why on earth would you need the camera system for 500 years if you won’t even live that long? When you think about it that way, it seems like a pretty ridiculous claim.
Also, they sell a solar panel separately. You can add it on to any order for $45. The wiring for the solar panel is also water and weatherproof.
They claim that if you use the camera system with the solar panel, you won’t have to ever charge your system because it will harness the power of the sun. What this makes me wonder is whether it really lasts for a year on one charge, because otherwise, you wouldn’t need the solar panel.
The good news is that the company does ship this item to Europe, and you don’t have to pay the pesky customs and taxes.
However, they don’t ship globally and finding out where they ship is kind of hard. They say they provide “limited shipping” to North America, EU, Australia, and Asia. If you live anywhere else, you should probably ask if they’ll ship to you before you back them.
The VAVA Home Cam system has some pretty promising features. But, for the price (+shipping), you can purchase other popular (and cheaper) systems like this one that has better features.
Even if you have to pay more for a system that has wires, it’s sometimes better to not have to worry about whether or not you’ll miss something important on your cameras. It’s probably better to wait and see if they have campaigns in the future with different features, like geo-fencing or continuous recordings.
Anyway, if you would like to give VAVA cam a try, feel free to grab a discounted one now. The link is below.
This project is now funding on Kickstarter until Sat, October 6 2018.