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REVIEW: D Link $199 DCS-8100LH HD720p camera Stacks Up

D Link has launched two new security cameras that are significantly cheaper than what’s on offer from Netgear’s Arlo range, despite them performing equally as well.

The all-new $199 DCS-8100LH camera is a simple but cleverly designed HD720p camera that has 180-degree field of view and a 4X digital zoom.

This camera delivers almost everything you need, missing is facial recognition but it does have triggered event recording via the MyDlink app  the camera can also be easily hooked up to D Links Connected Home network where other devices can be attached.

One feature that I found useful was that it can be controlled using Google Assistant, and Amazon Alexa with the Amazon and Google offering the camera was able to be set up using voice.

It also has a built-in IR LED to provide 5m of night vision in complete darkness.

I initially set this camera up in the foyer of our office this allowed me to set it up and get push notifications when the office was not occupied.

Users can receive automatic push alert notifications, so they are always aware of what’s going on in their home or office.

I Set-up of the Mini HD Wi-Fi camera quickly though I did have an initial problem getting it to recognise a network. When this issue was resolved the image was clear even in low light.

I also liked the mount that came with this camera. The design allowed one to configure the camera to a set position.

High quality 720p HD resolution
180-degree viewing angle
Bluetooth setup
Built-in IR LEDs to capture video in up to 5m of complete darkness
Motion and sound detection
4x Digital Zoom
H.264 support for the best video streaming performance
mydlink app lets you remotely view, receive notifications, save snapshots and video clips to your mobile device
microSD card slot lets you backup video and images to a flash card
Works with the Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa and IFTTT

If all you want is a camera that delivers clear images and can be managed via a smartphone, this is an excellent offering. It offers motion and sound detection and delivers crisp 720p video and good night vision.