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Image Quality - Night

Now let's look at indoor night images, first the NetCam HD. Remember, the 8 IR LEDs are stated to illuminate 8 M (26 feet). My cue cards are set up at 5, 10, 15 and 20 feet.

Belkin NetCam HD Indoor Night Image

Belkin NetCam HD Indoor Night Image

Compare that to the TV-IP572PI.

TRENDnet TV-IP572PI Indoor Night Image

TRENDnet TV-IP572PI Indoor Night Image

I think it probably doesn't need to be said how unimpressive the NetCam HD image is, especially for having 8 IR LEDs. Just for fun, I decided to stand right at the 20 foot marker, 6 feet short of the 26 feet given for the IR LED specs. In the image that follows, I'm standing at 20 feet.

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Belkin NetCam HD night image with me standing at 20feet

It's very hard to see me there if you can at all. 8 meters is definitely a stretch for illumination specs for this camera. I then ran a night outdoor image. I never expect anything great here. The vast emptiness of the outdoors makes it very hard for the IR LEDs to reflect any light back at all. In this case the camera performed exactly as expected and was really no better or no worse than others I've tested.

Belkin NetCam HD Outdoor Night Image

Belkin NetCam HD Outdoor Night Image

The daylight outdoor image with this camera looks better though. It does pretty well during the daytime.

78° horizontal field of view of the NetCam HD

78° horizontal field of view of the NetCam HD

Compare that to the TV-IP572PI and remember that testing was done on different days, it's much cloudier on the day for the NetCam HD image.

51.8deg horizontal field of view of the TRENDnet TV-IP572PI

51.8deg horizontal field of view of the TRENDnet TV-IP572PI

Lastly, since I still have the TRENDnet TV-IP572PI, I decided to run both it and the Belkin NetCam HD to our main level to get some night comparisons. The main level is a big open space from the living room to the stairs to the dining room.

First the NetCam HD.

Belkin NetCam HD Main floor night image

Belkin NetCam HD Main floor night image
Now the TV-IP572PI

TRENDnet TV-IP572PI Main floor night image

TRENDnet TV-IP572PI Main floor night image
It's clear to see the "winner" here. The TV-IP572PI lights up the cabinets by the stairs and even the doors to the sunroom are visible. The NetCam HD hardly sees the stairs. For having 8 IR LEDs I was really disappointed with the night vision of this camera.

Closing Thoughts

There are some things this camera does well. Not needing a computer for setup is a big plus. The cloud functions also work very well, as does motion detection once you find your sweet spot. Daylight images are also great. It's also very inexpensive.

On the bad side, night vision is not good at all. In fact, it's so poor I wondered if something was wrong with the camera. Security is also a concern if someone can just flip the switch on the camera and reconfigure it. Not being able to use it with any other surveillance software is a real bummer as well.

To sum it all up, if you need a camera that works well in the cloud viewing from mobile devices, your viewing is going to be mostly during the daytime and you don't want to spend a lot, then this camera might be for you. If you need to use it at night or in a place where it could be tampered with, then you should look elsewhere.

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