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1627878781 the Big Brother for our home now has an alarm

the ‘Big Brother’ for our home now has an alarm, metal body and is waterproof

The Asian manufacturer, winner of the CES 2020 award for the best camera for the home, continues to expand its huge catalog of home automation. On this occasion we have been able to test the Imou Bullet 2 4MP, an IP camera that stands out for its metal body and water resistance.


IP cameras have become commonplace in electronics store catalogs. And though the low range sweeps sales (TP-Link or Xiaomi are the best sellers on Amazon), if we go up a step we find products as interesting as this Imou Bullet 2 4MP.

But is it worth the difference in price? In this analysis we will try to find out.

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Imou Bullet 2 4MP datasheet

Camera

1 / 2.7 “4MP CMOS 2560 x 1440 pixels

Night vision

30 meters

Field of view

104º (H), 56º (V), 124º (D)

Motion detection

Yes, with configurable zones

Ethernet

Yes

Wifi

IEEE 802.11b / g / n, Dual Antenna

Microphone and speaker

Yes

Memory card

MicroSD (up to 256GB)

Waterproof

IP67

Others

Metal chassis, spotlight and 110 dB siren

Imou Bullet 2 4MP WiFi IP Camera with Spotlight / Sound Alarm

Imou Bullet 2 4MP WiFi IP Camera with Spotlight / Sound Alarm

Assembly for beginners

The installation of this Imou Bullet 2 4MP it is something very simple. Both when placing it on a wall and when starting it up.

Next to the camera, made of metal, we will receive a template with which it will be very easy to make the 3 holes necessary for its placement. In addition, it includes a waterproof connector that will prevent damage to the ethernet cable.

Imou camera

Once installed, it will be enough to connect it to the electrical network and download the app Imou life, available for both Android and iPhone devices.

And how do we link our camera? Well, just click on add device and scan the QR code that it includes. That easy.

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How is the application

During my analysis of the Imou Bullet 2 4MP I have been using Imou Life app version 5.7.2 and it is one of the applications with which I have felt most comfortable.

And that app is all simplicity. It is true that not at the level of the TP-Link Kasa app, for example, but infinitely easier to use than Mi Home (Xiaomi) or Smart Life (Teckin).

As soon as we access, we will see, live, the broadcast of the camera. Even with sound. Vision is clear and fluid even though, in this test, the camera is connected by WiFi and not through an Ethernet cable.

Camera App

Also, if you have a MicroSD, you can check the recording history of the camera. And it is that, automatically, it will record continuously (in videos of 5 minutes) until the storage is exhausted. At that time it will start to overwrite the old recordings.

In my case, the card used was a 32GB Kingston Canvas Select Plus (the camera supports up to 256GB) and I can review approximately 36 hours of recording.


Kingston Canvas Select Plus microSD Card, SDCS2 / 32GB-3P1A Class 10 (3X Cards, SD with SD Adapter)

Kingston Canvas Select Plus microSD Card, SDCS2 / 32GB-3P1A Class 10 (3X Cards, SD with SD Adapter)

Notifications, alarm and virtual cloud

The time to activate the camera is usually when we are away from home. And, in this Imou Bullet 2 4MP, the most forgetful have the ideal option: Geofence.

This option will allow us to deactivate notifications, automatically, while we remain in a virtual perimeter that would correspond to our address.

Once we leave the area, also automatically, we will receive notifications again if there is movement in front of the camera. A movement detector, by the way, that can be accompanied by a noisy sound alarm or activated only in a certain area.

Imou App

Another interesting option is the virtual storage cloud. This allows us to have a backup of the recordings, outside the MicroSD, of up to 30 days. Of course, it is a payment option that we can hire from € 1.99 / month.

Cloud

Storage days

Monthly price

Annual Price

3 days

€ 1.99

€ 19.99

7 days

€ 2.99

€ 29.99

30 days

€ 6.99

€ 69.99

Prices, perhaps, far from what the competition offers. For example, Kasa Care has 30-day plans for € 3.99 / month.

Imou Bullet 2 4MP, the opinion of Compradicción

Surveillance cameras are the order of the day. And it is that, for better or for worse, we have become used to living in an episode of Black Mirror. Surveillance of pets, of a second residence or, as in this case, also as a deterrent method thanks to the built-in audible alarm.

The Imou Bullet 2 4MP It means going up a notch (in price, but also in quality) if we compare it with the TP-Link Tapo or the Xiaomi Home Security Camera, to name two of the best sellers.


TP-Link TAPO - 1296Px Outdoor / Indoor Wi-Fi Surveillance Camera, IP66 with Night Vision, Motion Detection and Instant Alarm, IOS / ANDROID APP (TAPO C310)

TP-Link TAPO – 1296Px Outdoor / Indoor Wi-Fi Surveillance Camera, IP66 with Night Vision, Motion Detection and Instant Alarm, IOS / ANDROID APP (TAPO C310)

Its metal body makes cheaper cameras look like a toy, and it also promises to withstand inclement weather for a long time. Something to which the IP67 water resistance will also help.

The application is simple and intuitive, which is appreciated. Yes indeed, a MicroSD is essential if we do not want to checkout with virtual storage.

And it is at this point, where we find his greatest handicap: the price of the cloud. It is true that the most basic option is less than 20 euros a year (€ 1.66 / month) but, in the 30-day option, it is 45% more expensive than the competition.

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