The NEW HooToo Security & Surveillance HD NannyCam
The HooToo Security & Surveillance HD camera is a new release and it already has pretty good reviews online. This is a very well priced and extremely affordable nanny cam (currently less than $30) with plenty of great features including IR night time vision, a wide viewing angle, 2-way audio and local SD storage.
- Micro SD card slot for local storage (up to 32 GB).
- Simple P2P (Peer to Peer) set up with your smartphone.
- WPS (Wi-Fi Protected Setup).
- IR-cut filter for enhanced night time vision (26 ft).
- Pan & Tilt: 355 degrees H x 90 degrees V.
- Motion detection email alerts.
- Two-way audio (built in mic and speaker).
- HD images 720P.
- Audio recording can be turned off.
When you want to use your security camera as a nanny cam you really need two way communication, as this allows you to talk with your children, partner of nanny when you are not at home.
You can chat to your partner and watch them when they are changing your baby, feeding or playing with them and not feel that you are missing out on these important times.
If you have a nanny cam in the family room as well as the nursery, you can also talk to your kids as they are completing their homework or eating dinner. A nanny cam is a much better way to keep in touch with your family than simply calling them on the phone, because you can see them as well as speak to them.
You also have an audio jack so you can connect your nanny cam to external speakers. One hiccup with the HooToo camera is that you can’t use the audio and the speaker function together, which is a bit weird.
So you have to listen to the other person using the speaker and then switch to the microphone so you can talk and then switch back to the speaker so you can hear the other person talking to you. This is not the best way they could have designed their 2-way communications and hopefully they will fix this in future models.
IR night time vision
Every nanny cam needs night time vision, so you can clearly see you baby or child at ni
ght and during low light levels. The HooToo nanny cam has a 26ft range (8 meters), so you can set the camera on the shelf in the nursery and still see your baby easily in the dark.
Pan & Tilt
Every good security camera needs a pan and tilt function and the HooToo has a wide 355 degrees horizontal range and a 90 degrees vertical range. This gives you the ability to pan the camera lens around the room and tilt it up or down to catch your little one who is scampering across the floor or just to take in the entire room, so you can watch your children.
MicroSD card storage
Local storage is a great way to save videos and snaps of your baby from the nanny cam. When motion is detected, a snapshot of the activity will be sent to your smartphone and saved to your SD card, but it is best to save any video recordings to your PC as you will quickly fill up your SD card if you keep receiving motion alerts.
With the new HooToo security camera and nanny cam you have 1280 x 720P HD resolution with H.264 compression for smoother video streaming. There is also minimal bandwidth consumption and as part of the H.264 compression the HooToo saves on disc space when recording video.
Whether you use your nanny cam to keep an eye on your baby or children at home or re-purpose it for home surveillance when they are grown, motion detection alerts can be a vital part of your home security.
You can make changes to the settings, but essentially, every time motion is detected by the nanny cam you will receive an email notification with a snapshot of the activity that set off the alarm. At this point you can access your nanny cam and watch what is happening in your home yourself.
FYI: The HooToo also has occlusion detection, so if someone covers up the camera, you are sent an alert – a great additional feature I haven’t seen before on other nanny cams.
HooToo have improved their set up process and now advertise this particular nanny cam as their first Plug & Play camera.
All you need to do is to connect the camera to your smartphone using the QR code on the underneath of the camera and this can easily be completed by anyone without any IT experience.
Reading the online reviews of this nanny cam, it appears that whilst most customers don’t have any problems setting up the HooToo camera, some people really have lots of problems, even using the QR code.
Some customers have stated that that this security camera can be accessed from any third party app without having to enter your password. If so, this is a big problem, so it will pay you to read the online reviews for yourself or to read some of my other nanny cam reviews.
To be fair, this security camera does have WEP/WPA/WPA2 security, and I find it difficult to believe that HooToo would design a security camera with such a glaring issue.
UPDATE: I contacted HooToo and they stated that some popular remote surveillance apps that connect using Onvif rather than P2P protocol could be a security issue. They have assured me that they are developing new firmware, so their customers can encrypt their live streams and prevent outsiders from accessing their cameras.
This new firmware should be available by the middle to the end of June 2016.
- WIFI: 2.4GHz, 802.11 b/g/n.
- Battery: No
- Power supply: 100 to 240 volts.
- Storage: MicroSD storage only.
- Two-way communication: Yes.
- Pan & Tilt: Yes and you have a wide 355 H x 90 V viewing angle.
- Infrared: Yes, 8 high power LEDs with an IR cut filter.
- Zoom: No.
- Live feeds/Remote monitoring: On WIndows PC, MAC or your smartphone.
- Alerts: Push email alerts for motion detection.
- Data encryption: WEP/WPA/WPA2 security.
- Lullabies: No.
- Warranty: 1 year limited warranty.
Images from this nanny cam are crystal clear and this is one of the best features of this security camera.
- Video resolution: 1280 x 720P HD, Dual stream encoding.
- Frames per second: 25.
- Color images: Yes during daylight, grey and black in low light conditions.
- Motion detector: Yes.
- Sound detection: No.
The HooToo security camera and nanny cam is compatible with Windows PC and Mac Web Browsers (IE, Chrome, Firefox and Safari), iOS and Android mobile devices.
Inclusions for the HooToo nanny cam
What’s in the box? When you receive the HooToo nanny cam in the mail you have the following inclusions:
- HT-IP211 HDP IP Camera.
- Resource CD.
- Mounting bracket.
- Power adapter.
- Quick start guide.
- Ethernet cable.
- WiFi antenna.
You will need to purchase your own 32G MicroSD card, as one is not supplied with the camera.
The one overwhelming positive comment about this nanny cam is that most of the customers love the crystal clear images form this camera. Other positive comments include the ease of set up (although this isn’t universal) and the low price of the nanny cam.
Many customers have problems setting up this camera and the instructions are not very clear. There is also a problem with using the pan and tilt function, which takes a little while to grasp on your mobile phone. One of the biggest complaints from customers is a problem with the firmware, which is difficult to negotiate, but once actually setup, the camera works well.
Of course, if there really is an issue with security for this camera (as suggested by a few customers) this is HUGE, and whilst only a few customers have mentioned this problem, HooToo are currently developing new firmware to address this problem.
The HooToo security camera and nanny cam is a very affordable unit with 2-way communication, pan & tilt, MicroSD card storage, motion alerts and HD images.
Online customer reviews are pretty good with most finding the setup of this camera fairly easy, some however, do have problems.
The overwhelming issue with the HooToo camera is one of security, a problem that has been raised by only one or two customers, but concerns access to the camera without needing a password.
I recommend that you read the online customer reviews yourself and I will update this review when the new HooToo firmware is available.