Review: Samsung Smart Cam

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​With rapidly advancing technology, many people have been able to move from relying on locks and other manual security measures, along with basic alarm systems, to wireless recording systems that allow them to view their homes and other property from anywhere. These innovative devices offer peace of mind because users know that if something happens that impacts their houses, they will be alerted promptly and have a record of the incident. If you live in a high-crime area or are just worried about the safety of your house in general, then you should consider a wireless option such as a Samsung Smart Cam.Samsung is a legitimate technology leader in the area of high-tech, yet affordable, security cameras, and the Samsung Smart Cam is the perfect representation of that fact. In this article, we will review a current, popular Samsung Smart Cam model, assessing its features, specs, advantages and disadvantages, and pricing. We will also compare it with three other wireless security cameras available on the market today to see how it measures up.

Comparison Table

About the Samsung Smart Cam

A Samsung Smart Cam is a wireless security camera that allows you to keep a watchful eye on your house from anywhere. This category of cameras, also known as IP cameras, allows you to stream video of your house to your PC, phone, or tablet, send alerts if they detect loud noises or motion, and even provide motion-activated recording and night vision. With its compact design, excellent video quality and shooting range, and ease of setup and use, the Samsung Smart Cam is a great wireless camera for your home security needs.

​​Product Specs

Design

The Samsung Smart Cam we reviewed is small and compact with a plain black finish. It swivels on a simple, detachable base and can be placed either on a flat surface or mounted with wall anchors and the two included screws. The camera itself provides 1080p, full-HD video with a 130-degree field of view and built-in automatic lens distortion correction. The wide dynamic range automatically detects when the light needs balancing and adjusts accordingly to provide clear vision even in harsh lighting. It also has night vision up to 32 feet, accurately correcting low-light video to produce clear footage in dark conditions.


This camera also has an integrated speaker and mic for two-way talk, allowing communication with family members or for you to startle any potential intruders. Note that this camera must be plugged into an outlet to operate, and it has no built-in battery backup. It records up to 128GB of video locally to a microSD card, eliminating the need for Cloud subscription fees in most applications. This does, however, allow footage to be lost if the microSD card is corrupted, or if the camera or card is severely damaged or goes missing.

​Software

The main software feature available with the Samsung Smart Cam is the SmartCam app, which allows you to connect your camera to your network and obtain a panorama view of the area where your camera is installed. By means of Samsung HD Plus, the app will send notifications to your device when unusual motion or audio is detected. With Motion Zone Select, a feature of this app, you can readily and easily select up to three areas you would like to monitor. This gives you the flexibility to choose specific spots you would like to monitor and also exclude any pets’ activities from your alerts.

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The app allows you to connect more than one smart camera, and each will have its own menu that is accessible via an icon next to its name. This menu gives quick access to the time-stamped activity clips and logs, live feed, and settings for everything else pertaining camera operation and control. There is also a live-streaming page that allows you to take a screenshot of your camera feed, record a 30-second video clip to your phone, toggle resolution between low, medium, and high, and more. It also has the unique ability to trigger specific sounds such as a police siren, a high-volume alarm, or a dog barking.


By means of a learning algorithm that can distinguish between incidental events and a body entering the room, a Samsung Smart Cam mitigates the frequency of the false alerts that can occur. It also allows you to define detection areas to reduce false alarms even further. There is also a SmartCam web portal that provides the same services as the app does.

​Setup

The Samsung Smart Cam we evaluated is quick and easy to set up. The SmartCam app guides you smoothly through the process of connecting the camera to your wireless network and automatically recognizes your camera without the need for manual input or scanning of codes. Based on our experience, it takes about five minutes from start to finish to set your system up with basic settings. By adjusting sensitivity settings, you can control the amount and frequency of your audio and motion notifications.

​Packaging

The specific Samsung Smart Cam model we reviewed, the SNH-C6417BNB SmartCam HD Plus, comes with the camera itself, a power adapter, screws and anchors for mounting, a quick-start guide, and a warranty card.

Pricing

The Samsung Smart Cam can be purchased from Amazon or select other online sellers. This makes it an affordable and reasonable choice if you are in the market for a wireless security camera of its caliber.

​​How It Compares

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We picked a few similar products available on the market to see how they compare.

  • ​Amazon Cloud Cam Security Camera
  • ​Blink XT Home Security Camera System with Motion Detection
  • ​Arlo Wireless Home Security Camera System

​​Samsung SNH-C6417BNB SmartCam HD Plus

SNH-C6417BN - Samsung Wisenet SmartCam 1080p Full HD Wi-Fi Camera
  • 1 pack of SmartCam included, Quick Setup and Intuitive Operation
  • 1080p Full HD Video Quality, Two-Way Talk, Advanced Motion & Audio Detection
  • Motion Zone Select, Push Notification of Event Detection
  • Ease of Use
  • Setup Time
  • Design Quality
  • Durability & Warranty

The app has many features, but not all icons are intuitive. There will be a learning curve and adjustment period for novice users, but the benefits are there for putting in this effort.

Pros

  • ​Easy setup
  • ​Small and discreet
  • ​Definable detection areas
  • Customizable alerts
  • ​Excellent video quality and app features

Cons

  • ​No battery backup or Cloud storage option
  • ​Can only view one camera at a time
  • ​Some app functions and icons could be more intuitive

​​Amazon Cloud Cam Security Camera

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Amazon Cloud Cam Security Camera, Works with Alexa
  • Stay connected 24/7 - Catch activities as they happen in 1080p Full HD. Watch, download, and share the last 24 hours of...
  • Notifications – Get notified when Cloud Cam sees activity. Check in anytime or watch motion clips on the Cloud Cam...
  • See clearly in the dark - Night vision lets you detect what’s happening around the clock. Turn on/off night vision...

The Amazon Cloud Cam security camera is small and white in appearance. It is a 1080p, full-HD camera with a 120-degree field of view, and it records footage at a rate of up to 30 frames per second. This product features one RGB LED for camera status plus eight IR LEDs for night vision as well as ambient light sensors. It also has a green LED status light to indicate when the camera is on or off, and it packs two-way audio capabilities. You can download, watch, or share the last 24 hours of motion alert video clips at no charge.


This camera comes with the Cloud Cam mobile app and PC access via the Web, allowing you to watch motion clips or check live footage at any time. Because it is a certified Amazon camera, it works with Alexa and can display your live feed on any Amazon Fire tablet, Fire TV, Echo Spot, or Echo Show device. The Cloud Cam provides excellent detection capabilities, notifications, and features, with the ability to choose what types of sounds you want to be notified about.

This Amazon camera comes packaged with a 10-foot long USB power cable, a mounting kit, a 5W power adapter, and a quick-start guide.

  • Ease of Use
  • Setup Time
  • Design Quality
  • Durability & Warranty

This camera comes with a one-year limited warranty and it has earned good reviews regarding durability.

Pros

  • ​Excellent daytime video quality
  • ​Easy to set up and use
  • ​Constant software upgrades from Amazon

Cons

  • ​Video recording is motion-activated only; no 24/7 recording
  • ​Night vision is not ultra-impressive
  • ​Navigation through recordings could be improved

​​Blink XT Home Security Camera System with Motion Detection

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Blink XT Home Security Camera System - 1 Camera Kit - 1st Gen
  • WEATHERPROOF FOR OUTDOOR OR INDOOR USE: Place and move your wireless Blink camera anywhere around your home both inside...
  • MOTION DETECTOR: Built-in motion sensor alarm, when motion detector is triggered, Wi-Fi cameras will send an alert to...
  • BATTERY POWERED SECURITY SYSTEM: Wireless home camera with 2-year battery life, powered by 2 Lithium AA 1.5v...

This Blink XT security camera is small, black, and square in design, and it offers 1080p, full-HD resolution recording with a 110-degree viewing range. It includes Blink XT infrared night vision and LED illumination for nighttime recording. The Blink Home Monitor app allows you to control all wireless cameras from one location. This unit is powered by two 1.5-volt, non-rechargeable, lithium batteries that are rated to last up to two years with standard use.


One fairly unique feature of this camera is that it is weatherproof, making it adaptable for indoor or outdoor use. It has a Blink Sync module that allows you to expand your camera system to include up to ten cameras. It comes with a built-in motion sensor alarm that records short clips of certain events, sends those clips to the Cloud, and also sends an alert to your smartphone. Cloud storage for this system is free, and this device is fully integrated with Amazon Echo and Alexa. It also includes temperature monitoring.

  • Ease of Use
  • Setup Time
  • Design Quality
  • Durability & Warranty

It typically takes around five minutes to link this camera with the app, and we found it exceptionally easy to install.

Pros

  • ​Affordable security option
  • ​Free Cloud storage
  • ​Long-lasting batteries
  • Weatherproof
  • ​Amazon Echo integration

Cons

  • ​Cameras must be positioned within a certain range of the sync module
  • ​Delayed notifications have been occasionally reported
  • ​No two-way audio recording or manually triggered sirens/alarms

​​Arlo Wireless Home Security Camera System

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Arlo - Wireless Home Security Camera System | Night vision,...
  • Works with Alexa for voice control (Alexa device sold separately); Audio not supported
  • Patented 100 percent Wire Free design for easy placement anywhere and field of view 110 degree
  • Night vision cameras work even in the dark

This Arlo wireless security camera is small, white, and oval-shaped. It provides up to 720p video resolution with a 110-degree field of view. The camera is powered by two lithium batteries, eliminating the need for wires, and it is weather-resistant for outdoor use. It has night-vision cameras as well as motion-activated cameras that will send real-time notifications as they are triggered.  To save battery power, this system only records activity and issues alerts only when motion is detected. It is easy to wall-mount this camera if you choose.


The Arlo smart app for this device allows you to view live video securely from any location. It also allows you to customize your camera alerts to detect specific zones and people. It can also allow you to contact emergency responders from the smartphone’s lock screen, although this is an optional service that comes at an additional charge after the first month. All captured video footage is stored for a week, automatically, on the Cloud.

  • Ease of Use
  • Setup Time
  • Design Quality
  • Durability & Warranty

This camera comes with a one-year warranty.

Pros

  • ​Easy setup
  • ​Weather-resistant
  • ​Night vision
  • Customizable alerts

Cons

  • ​Batteries are non-rechargeable and can drain quickly
  • ​May experience motion recording lag
  • ​Connectivity issues without a strong internet signal

​​Conclusion

After reviewing all aspects of our featured Samsung Smart Cam and comparing it to other wireless security cameras, we definitely feel like it is a great, highly affordable choice for anyone who is seeking reliable recording devices for maximum home security. Its excellent video quality, advanced app features, discreet design, and ease of use make it stand out from many contenders in this high-tech product category. Because of these great features and its affordability, we awarded the Samsung Smart Cam 4 out of 5 stars overall.

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