Y-cam HomeMonitor HD Wireless Video Camera with 7Days Free Cloud Recording - now £99.99 (£47 off normal price) @ Amazon
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Y-cam HomeMonitor HD Wireless Video Camera with 7Days Free Cloud Recording - now £99.99 (£47 off normal price) @ Amazon

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Found 23rd Feb 2015
Hi. I've had this product on 'price watch' for some time now and it hasn't been this cheap since last June (and even then it only stayed at this price for a day or so).

Hopefully this deal helps someone who's been burgled in the past to feel secure again

7 days free online recording included for that price.

Record what's going on in your home 24 hours a day. Receive email alarms when movement is detected and watch the video as it happens from your mobile phone or computer.

Gets great reviews.

- New & improved hardware - 720p HD video, smoother video quality, excellent low-light view.
- Fast and easy setup - Get setup & watching your camera online in under 60 seconds. No software installation or router setup needed.
- No Subscription - 7 days free unlimited storage for all your videos stored securely in your own cloud-based online account. - No monthly sign-up or ongoing payments required.
- Infrared night vision - Around the clock performance with built-in professional infrared night vision which lets you see up to 15m, even in complete darkness.
- Motion detection and alerts - Record video clips and get email notifications sent directly to your device when any movement is detected. Bandwidth friendly.

42 Comments

Good price.

Thanks! I've been also waiting for a good offer on Y-cam.

Can you add existing YCams to this service?

grahambeale

Can you add existing YCams to this service?



Yes, would appreciate any clarification if we can add multiple cameras to the same account or need to setup an individual online account for each camera please if anyone knows?

Original Poster

jmdcam

Yes, would appreciate any clarification if we can add multiple cameras to … Yes, would appreciate any clarification if we can add multiple cameras to the same account or need to setup an individual online account for each camera please if anyone knows?



Can I ask what your thoughts are on the Ycam? I am actually the deal poster but I would like to ask some people's opinions before buying this, particularly on image quality and speed of email notifications. Are these both good enough?

Many thanks

Thanks I wanted another one so have just ordered.

alexc100

Can I ask what your thoughts are on the Ycam? I am actually the deal … Can I ask what your thoughts are on the Ycam? I am actually the deal poster but I would like to ask some people's opinions before buying this, particularly on image quality and speed of email notifications. Are these both good enough?Many thanks



Did some more research on my original qn and it appears that you can connect up more than 1 (as per Amazon replies).

I actually don't own one and would be curious to know as well re your queries? Also, does anyone who owns one advise if it can record 7 days continuously or only where there is motion?

This is a great deal but I cancelled my order shortly after I ordered it. Reason being, this is great in theory if you want something simple. But then you're tied into its ecosystem and whilst all the functionality is there, there's no room for manual tweaking, expansion, creativity etc. I think I will plump for a standard hd ip camera like the foscam fi9831w which allows more fine tuning.

Hot deal nonetheless.

I have (and had many) Y-Cams (knight, bullet, bullet HD) and they're great though overpriced. They used to bring timely firmware updates with new features and fixes but now they've pretty much stopped.

I would buy the IP version not HomeMonitor - as above you're stuck with that service and if it gets discontinued the cam will be useless. The IP version can use any service or NAS or just record onto its own card.

alexc100

Can I ask what your thoughts are on the Ycam? I am actually the deal … Can I ask what your thoughts are on the Ycam? I am actually the deal poster but I would like to ask some people's opinions before buying this, particularly on image quality and speed of email notifications. Are these both good enough?Many thanks



The Cameras are fine - just overpriced as mentioned by opthers. I have had a number of issues with poor software and wifi reception in the past, but they both seem to be running fine now (it may have been my router/home network). Converse to what another poster has said, although the IP versions are more configurable I would much rather have one cloud service managing all my cameras. It soon becomes a headache managing multiple email notifications from various cameras all on separate IP addresses. It ain't easy to disarm/arm them all with one button (I'm assuming the Home Monitoring service has this functionality!).

I've had one of these connected 24/7 for around 6 months now and it works perfectly. The image quality is fine at 720p and you have the option to upgrade to 30days recording for £30 a year I think. I've been able. To view the live view and recordings from my iPhone, iPad and PC.

I also have the outdoor version connection at another location. However, been experiencing a few intermittent issues with the connection and recording , so may require a reset or firmware update.

I am not convinced,there are a few apps out there that turn your smart mobile phone into a home monitor cam. My old phone acts the cam and i can access the feed from any device all for free.

I have two of the home monitor outdoor cameras that I bought for £130 each as part of Amazon's Black Friday deals.

They've been flawless so far although they get triggered by rain quite a bit - but you can tweak the movement sensitivity.

To answer questions, Y-cam is a different system to home monitor so you can't add those cameras to this.

Please be aware these cameras only record when motion is triggered (you set the trigger zones) so you don't get 24/7 footage recorded.

It's a very clever system in my opinion. No need for shed loads of storage space at home or an expensive NAS. That's a huge advantage in my opinion.

I really like the alert system, you get an iOS / android notification as well as email (you can configure this). The email shows you a still image of the motion event e.g. Someone at your front door. You can then go into the app or in your web browser to view a 30 second clip of the whole event which starts about 7 seconds before the trigger so that you get the full picture.

Just to add, the quality is exceptional, day and night. Fantastic quality image! Friends have been surprised by the quality of the image.

why pick this over cheaper ip camera's?>
not being funny but just asking...

will the night vision work with it pointed out side a window or does it reflect on the glass???

cigbunt

will the night vision work with it pointed out side a window or does it … will the night vision work with it pointed out side a window or does it reflect on the glass???


IR will reflect, rendering image useless.

Would other kindly recommend a good quality wifi HD Camera available as a cheaper alternative? I'm looking for something do my shop and have spent says reading about it but don't seem to be any further forward. Thanks

cigbunt

why pick this over cheaper ip camera's?>not being funny but just asking...


I was just reading the comments hoping to find an answer to that very same question!

hulse2k

I was just reading the comments hoping to find an answer to that very … I was just reading the comments hoping to find an answer to that very same question!



Key feature for me is the 7day free cloud storage. You dont want to backup your video locally, incase the burglar steal your computer/backup.

HD(ish) image quality is also a plus.

hulse2k

I was just reading the comments hoping to find an answer to that very … I was just reading the comments hoping to find an answer to that very same question!



It's supposedly very easy to setup. Standard ones are very flexible but can be a real pain to setup at times. This one just requires you to sign up to their cloud service and off you go. Unfortunately that means you're tied in with them so if you want to add more cameras, you have to get compatible ycam ones. If they stop providing the service for whatever reason, the camera becomes useless.

So its a bit of a tradeoff. These aren't better than standard IP cameras, just different and you're paying for ease of use.

fort

Key feature for me is the 7day free cloud storage. You dont want to … Key feature for me is the 7day free cloud storage. You dont want to backup your video locally, incase the burglar steal your computer/backup.HD(ish) image quality is also a plus.



You could always backup videos to a local dropbox directory which will then get sync'd to the cloud.

better option is Raspberry Pi 2 with cam +case(multicomp) =50gpb image on sd card motionpie Max video resolution: 1080p
Edited by: "marcins" 23rd Feb 2015

fort

Key feature for me is the 7day free cloud storage. You dont want to … Key feature for me is the 7day free cloud storage. You dont want to backup your video locally, incase the burglar steal your computer/backup.HD(ish) image quality is also a plus.



thats not worth the extra £££

cigbunt

You could always backup videos to a local dropbox directory which will … You could always backup videos to a local dropbox directory which will then get sync'd to the cloud.



I thought about this but its just an extra dependency i rather not have. Yes im paying for the convenience.

cigbunt

why pick this over cheaper ip camera's?>not being funny but just asking...



How much will it cost to have your own storage? Bear in mind they are 720p so will take up a lot of space. You're looking at a few hundred to get 1TB or so in a NAS at least. Unless you do something cheapy with SD cards etc. which isn't very professional.

The advantages are:
- no need for your own storage media (save money)
- if someone was going to seriously burgle and saw cameras they would probably try to destroy your storage. With them being online this isn't possible unless they cut the BT/fibre connection first! You've already had the alert and footage is safely stored off site.
- IP cameras are not that much cheaper. I have the outdoor ones which are fully weather proof, PoE, full IR etc.
- pretty much zero configuration, just login to a website or load the app on your device to view all historical footage and live stream your cameras
Edited by: "norbie" 23rd Feb 2015

fort

Key feature for me is the 7day free cloud storage. You dont want to … Key feature for me is the 7day free cloud storage. You dont want to backup your video locally, incase the burglar steal your computer/backup.HD(ish) image quality is also a plus.



I have the standard IP YCams attached to a NAS drive to backup video. I don't really see the cloud backup as a benfit. Always assumed that the Home monitor service would make it easier to manage...but it doesn't seem to add any benefits.

The YCam IPs have extensive configuration, but in no way intuitive or convenient.

i think cloud is the future. My worry would be someone coming in and taking the dvr or nas with them.

DE4L3R

i think cloud is the future. My worry would be someone coming in and … i think cloud is the future. My worry would be someone coming in and taking the dvr or nas with them.



There are other ways to backup on the IP version, including FTP. The beauty is you can choose.

grahambeale

There are other ways to backup on the IP version, including FTP. The … There are other ways to backup on the IP version, including FTP. The beauty is you can choose.



i bought the ebuyer d-link 932 ip cameras ok for monitoring. any idea how i would record those to a hard drive or cloud?

DE4L3R

i bought the ebuyer d-link 932 ip cameras ok for monitoring. any idea how … i bought the ebuyer d-link 932 ip cameras ok for monitoring. any idea how i would record those to a hard drive or cloud?



No idea I'm afraid. I don't have that camera.

marcins

better option is Raspberry Pi 2 with cam +case(multicomp) =50gpb image … better option is Raspberry Pi 2 with cam +case(multicomp) =50gpb image on sd card motionpie Max video resolution: 1080p


looking in to this... do you think the pi 2 is over kill?

I have two of these and find the service easy to use and efficient. The image quality is pretty good; night vision is much better quality than I expected.

All the zone/motion recording options and notifications offer enough flexibility for my needs.

The issue I've had is that one of the cameras stopped working after one year and another had poor image /sound straight out of the box. The support team are easy to talk to and replaced both without any hassle. Free returns and free postage back.

d link is much better

personally I've bought several hikvisions on aliexpress and have been very happy, am about to buy another 2. in terms of spec reliability and support for the price I don't think they can be beaten

Cool, I think I'll get one to see if the cat really does just sleep all day while I'm at work.

why do you want the cloud or BB to spy on you?

These are ok only. I have three and all three have developed problems and have been replaced by Ycam (their customer service is fairly good so if there is a problem, they do replace it). Imagine quality is not HD as it depends largely on their cloud service. Sometimes the picture is great, other's is below SD as it struggles with bandwidth. IR can be great if you don't have any reflective things in the room. Mirror's, Shiny metal lamps etc do make it bouce and you are left with spots.

Why use it? It's easier to setup than the cheaper DIY solutions. That's about it. If you are a bit savy, get a regular IP camera, download your own apps and have it save to your NAS/Cloud. It's the same thing.

Where would one look to go down the ip NAS/cloud diy route?

And what sort of a budget would you be looking at for a 2 cam set up?

N3RO

d link is much better


Write at least one better point will be better to help readers.
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