Updated July 2014
I’ve always wanted a webcam – one with pan and tilt – and now they are very affordable and literally pennies to purchase.
This is my review of te F3-M166, and this is made by (or a clone of) an ‘EasyN’ product.
So the unboxing,
The webcam has a RJ-45 network connection on the rear, and the aerial is not removable.
The camera head rotates horizontally 270° and vertically 90° through motor control. There is also a manual focus-ring for the lens.
There is a built in microphone and speaker, though these don’t seem to work with the WebUI.
There is an iPhone App and Android App available. I’ve tested both apps and they are great, and you also have full control of the cam through the app on both WiFi and 4G data.
Pretty neat package for the money, there are two minor flaws that do detract from the operation. The first flaw is the green flashing led on the top of camera, it is very bright and cannot be switched off. The other flaw is with the nightvision infra-red LEDs. The IR LEDs are hardware controlled on a photoresistor, so aiming the cam outside through a glass window doesn’t work as the IR LEDs reflect back.
The web panel although looks clunky, also works well. Some of the UI buttons do not do anything, and there is no built in way of recording footage via the WebUI.
This camera is available from Amazon.co.uk and prices vary from £25 to £40.
Update July 2014: The webcam has been plugged in since the review – and is working flawlessly. I found the setting to turn off the bright-green LED on the top of the unit, sadly there is still no way to disable the built in Infra-red LEDs which means that the unit cannot be used through an external window at night.
Updates August 2015: Webcam is still working perfectly, no problems at all. This is despite due to my clumsiness and dropping it from a 8 foot height, it still works perfectly.