Amazon.com.au:Customer reviews: Outdoor Security Camera with Spotlight, Reolink Lumus 1080P HD WiFi Camera for Home Security System, PIR Motion Detection, Two-Way Talk and Siren Alarm, IP65 Waterproof, Cloud/Micro SD Card Storage
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I have 5 reolink cameras and I have to admit, for the price you pay, the quality and functionaility is excellent. The Reolink Lumus is no different. I've got mine connected at my front door and having a spot light is very useful when fumbling for the house keys. The app is also well designed and fairly intuitive. I have to mention though that the Lumus doesn't allow you to rotate the camera using the app, so need to do that manually. My biggest issue with reolink cameras including the Lumus is that it sensors all the bugs flying around the camera, light changes due to cloud movement in the sky, spiderwebs blowing in the wind etc. It doesn't have heat detection like some other cameras which would elimitate all the above false alarms. You can however change the sensitivity of the camera on the app. Overall very happy with the camera, wish though it had heat detection.
If you are looking for an affordable camera which does not require a pricey subscription this little camera will do the job. For residential settings this is adequate and great for someone just starting out with CCTV in their home this is a good introductory option that does not require extensive cabling and electrical work.
Pros: Great Price, Easy setup and use through Reo App. Low profile so people will hardly realise they are on Camera.
Cons: Installation bracket is small so maybe hard getting the desired angle if mounted on ceiling will require some adjustment or use of a different bracket. Shorter power cable so power point will need to be close by.
Very Nice camera , bought 2 of these , one for front yard and one for backyard. Got both of them working in few mins. You should order micro sd cards as reolink will only let you upload to cloud for one camera for free . If you have more than one camera you will need to subscribe. So I also bought 2 of 32gb micro sd cards as well. Earlier I had ordered other expensive brand with 3 times the cost till I found these . I am very happy with my purchase.
I encountered an issue with connecting the Lumus camera to my Mesh WiFi network in AP mode. Ended up using a seperate WiFi router which ended up working out just fine, while keeping the camera network traffic off of my Mesh network.
Is dealing with a cord worth the effort? For motion detection zones, spotlight & colour Night Vision…Definitely!
All my exterior cameras are battery operated, so I wasn’t sure if I was going to like this camera, or if it would be worth the hassle of routing the power cord. However, I must say that I’m impressed, particularly with the performance and quality of its night video. It’s a night and day difference. Was well worth the effort and wasn’t hard. The camera also allows you to record and access the footage from the App without a subscription fee. All you need is a micro SD card (not included & supports up to 64GB). You can also purchase a reolink subscription which will allow the camera to record to the cloud. This isn’t necessary but affords some extra security if desired, in case you are worried about someone taking off with the camera and not knowing who.
Included in the Box: camera, power adapter, quick start guide, camera mounting bracket, mounting hole template, surveillance sign, warranty card, reset needle and screw kit. The mounting bracket will also accommodate a strap for going around trees, but a strap is not included.
Installation & Application: Was easy and only took about 2 minutes to setup the camera to the app. Routing the power cord was a little more labour intensive. Two screws to install the mount, and then I routed the power cord under the roof soffit into the attic and ran a power cord up to it. Pairing it to the app was very easy and quick. You download the reolink app, plug the camera in, wait for the voice prompt on the camera, then initiate the install on the application. If you already have a reolink camera, then you’ll need to press the little chevron in the upper right corner of the application to add a device. You then scan the QR code on the back of the camera, then the camera will scan a QR code on your app, enter a password for the new camera, and it’s up and running. The app guides you through the install, and the camera gives you voice prompts to confirm each stage is completed. Very easy, and no issues installing. Would recommend you pair/set it up first before you physically install it.
The app is simple and well laid out and allows easy access to historical video footage. The camera records to a micro sd card (purchased separately) or can record to the cloud if you have a Reolink subscription. I have it recording to the SD card and don’t have a Reolink subscription. I have no issues accessing the sd card footage from the app and can do so anywhere I have an internet connection. You can also have the app send you push notifications when it detects motion, and you can also have the siren or custom message when it detects motion. The siren isn’t very loud – on par with an alarm clock but is enough to alert someone that they’ve been detected.
Motion Detection: Its equipped with a PIR (passive infrared) sensor that’s capable of detecting motion up to 21 feet away and the sensitivity is adjustable. The manual recommends placing the camera 2-3 meters (7-10 ft) above ground to maximize the detection range of the sensor and placing it off axis to anticipated approaching objects/people. That is to say that if you placed it right over your door, as opposed to off to the side by at least 10 degrees, it may have difficulties detecting persons as they walk directly towards the camera/door (see pictures). This is common with PIR sensors.
You can also set up Motion zones, which is very handy, and often a feature that is often not available on battery operated cameras. This allows me to specify the areas that I want it to detect motion, and ignore areas where I don’t, such as foliage that moves on windy days. It also has Privacy Mask feature too, that allows you to block out certain areas that you do not what to record – they’ll appear redacted in the recorded footage.
Performance: Video footage is 1080p @ 15 frames a second. It’s good but a little choppy at 15 frames but more than sufficient for a security camera. Daylight footage was clear and crisp, as was the video taken at night. This is where this camera really excels. With the LED light on, it had no issues picking up full colour and lots of detail up to 12-15 feet away. Thereafter it starts dropping off but was still impressive. The unit also allows for two-way communication. However, as often the case, the camera’s speaker is very quiet and is only suitable for use in a quiet environment. The app, as previously mentioned, is well laid out and easy to use.
Operating Temperature: -10 to 55C (food for thought depending on your needs/climate)
Weather Resistance: IP65
Weight: 185g (6.5 oz)
Noteworthy features: Corded Operation, two-way communication, siren or custom voice alert, Motion Zones, Privacy Mask, push notifications, record to micro sd, no subscription fee required, and LED spotlight allowing for colour video at night. Vastly improved detail compared to regular night IR aided video.
Final Thoughts: Really like this camera. Little underwhelmed by the camera’s speaker re two-way communication, but that not uncommon. However, the LED spotlight and colour night video are excellent features, work well, and making the camera standout and is a worthy consideration.