D-Link Full HD Wi-Fi Camera DCS-8300LH Review.

OUR VERDICT

The small, obnoxious D-Link DCS-2530L produces great daylight video and one-way audio, but its night-vision video is just enough.

PROS

  • Sharp 1080p video.
  • Free cloud storage.
  • Local storage.
  • Motion and sound detection.
  • Supports Alexa and Google voice commands and IFTTT integrations.

CONS

  • Minor barrel distortion.

THE BOTTOM LINE

The D-Link Full HD Wi-Fi Camera DCS-007LH is a relatively affordable home security camera that features local storage, free cloud recording, speed and sound alert and integration with other connected devices.

Full Story

Sharp 1080p video, sound and motion recognition, local and free cloud storage, and a redesigned mobile app. It also works with Alexa and Google Assistant Voice Commands and supports If You Think That (IFTTT) applets that allow it to work with other smart home devices. For its combination of performance and features, the DCS-8300 achieves our Editors’ Choice for affordable home security cameras.

Design and Plans

The DCS-5D-Link 180-degree Wi-Fi camera uses the same basic design as the DCS-2630L that we reviewed a few years ago. It is a puck-shaped camera that sits on a horse-shaped stand with a circular base. The stand lets you lean the camera front and back, and can be used on a flat desktop surface or mounted on a wall or ceiling using the included screws and anchors. It comes with an AC power adapter with a 10 foot cord.

The camera captures 1080p video at up to 30pps and has a 130-degree viewing area. It uses up to 16 black-and-white video to connect to your home Wi-Fi and a pair of infrared LEDs to provide 802.11n (2.4GHz). In addition to motion and sound sensors, the DCS-1 has a microphone and speakers for two-way audio. The right-hand side holds a microSD card slot that can adjust media with up to 128 GB of storage capacity, and a power jack around the back, a res

D-Link provides a free cloud storage plan for up to three cameras, giving you access to the speed- and sound-triggered video recorded in the last 24 hours. If you need more storage, Basic Plan gives you access to 7 days of video (up to three cameras) for $ 49 2.49 a month or $ 24.99 a year. The premium plan gives you access to 14 days of video for five cameras for $ 4.99 per month or $ 49.99 per year, and the Pro plan offers 30 days of video per month.

App

DCS-1 uses the newly updated MyLink mobile app for Android and iOS devices. The app had a much cleaner look than before, and things like One-Tap have been added that allow you to create a single-tap view for multiple devices such as smart switches and sensors. The automation feature lets you link devices using rules. For example, when the camera detects sound or motion you are not one to launch a smart plug

The Midlink app opens on a Home screen that displays all installed cameras with their connection status. Tap the camera you want to see, then tap the View icon to launch a live stream. To watch the stream in full-screen mode, turn your phone over. At the bottom of the live screen there are buttons for starting a manual video recording and taking a snapshot. To select a resolution (1080p, 720p), mute the speaker and give controls to start a two-way conversation.

There is a gear icon at the top of the screen that takes you to the Settings screen where you can configure Wi-Fi settings, enable microphone and night vision settings, put the camera in privacy mode, and update firmware. Motion settings allow you to adjust sensitivity settings and select motion zones using action zone settings.

Back to the main screen are the controls, one-tap, events and video and settings buttons. The control button lets you control all the D-Link devices installed by the department (camera, plug, sensor), as well as install new devices, and the Event and Video button takes you to a timeline of all recorded event videos, including thumbnails and time stamps. As mentioned earlier, One-Tap is a new feature that allows you to control multiple devices with a single tap. On this screen

You can use the settings button to create automation rules and schedule when these rules are enabled. Here you can change account information, enable notifications, and access one-tap settings. In the top left corner of the main screen there is a three-bar icon that offers all the above mentioned settings as well as options for third party integration (Alexa, Google, IFTTT) and cloud subscription settings.

Installation and Performance

Installing the DCS-8300 couldn’t be easier. I downloaded the app and signed in using my email address and password (if you do not have an account you will need to create one before installation). I tapped the three-bar icon in the upper left corner, added a device, and scanned the QR code at the base when asked. I then plugged the camera in, waited a few seconds to flash the LED in orange and tap the next, which is a device profile image with the camera’s model number.

In my tests the DCS-8300 provided sharp day delivery video. The colors appeared well saturated and the image was bright. There was a hint of barreling around the edges, but it was slight and didn’t distort the video. The night vision video was also sharpened with good contrast and uniform lighting.

The two-way audio was clean with good volume and worked without the speed and sound detection issue, though I had to adjust the motion sensitivity and the active area to avoid alerts from the car and other external activity. The Push Alert immediately appeared as a recorded video, appearing sharp like a live video.

The consolidation worked without interruption. I had no difficulty adding a camera to my Alexa account and watching live video on an EcoShow device, and I had to switch to WeMo Insight to launch a lamp on my IFTTT applet while doing motion detection, such as camera detection.

Conclusions

If you are looking for a reasonably priced home security camera that delivers high-definition video and boast an impressive feature set, the D-Link Full HD Wi-Fi Camera DCS-8300LH is a strong choice. For just under $ 90 you get sharp 1080p video, pure night vision, motion and sound recognition and free cloud storage for event-triggered video. If you need access to videos over 24 hours old, you can pick up a microSD card and record it locally

In addition to Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant Voice support, the DCS-8300 will interact with other smart home devices via IFTTT applets, and you can create automation to turn it on and off with other D-Link devices. It earns our editors choice for affordable security cameras.

If you’re looking to spend less and integrate with other devices, then the WizCam V2 camera is also a great choice. It’s only $ 20 and offers sharp 1080p video, free cloud storage, and time-lapse recording, but it doesn’t work with other smart devices or support the IFTTT applet.

D-Link Full HD Wi-Fi Camera DCS-8300LH Specs

Connectivity Wi-Fi
Integration Amazon Alexa, IFTTT, Nest
Notifications Push
Field of View 130 degrees
Resolution 1080p
Storage Cloud, Local
Two-Way Audio Yes
Night Vision Yes
Alarm No

 

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