The D-Link DCS-P6000LH Mini HD Wi-Fi Camera is a solid, powerful, and robust security and surveillance camera that makes for a great little addition to your home security needs. Unfortunately, it ships with two major shortcomings due to which it only comes with a “Suggested” verdict from us.
D-Link is one of the most popular names in the networking market today and over the last decade, it has carved a name for itself when it comes to solid home networking products. D-Link routers and switches are some of the best in the industry and the company has consistently delivered rock-solid products year after year.
In the last few years, D-Link has also released camera products, primarily targeted towards the security & surveillance market. Earlier this year, D-Link introduced its Mini HD Wi-Fi Camera in India with a mouthful model name as DCS-P6000LH. This Mini HD Wi-Fi Camera from D-Link is a slim, compact, and robust Wi-Fi camera that offers an easy, no-frills way to set up affordable surveillance in your home or office.
The folks at D-Link were kind enough to send us a review unit of the device and we have been using it over the last three months. Read on to know what we think.
D-Link Mini HD Wi-Fi Camera Specifications
The D-Link Mini HD Wi-Fi camera is backed by a 1/4″ progressive CMOS sensor and the lens features a 2.45mm ± 3% focal length (120 degrees of view) with an f2.4 aperture. It records video at 1280×720 resolution at up to 30fps. To be able to see and record in the night, the D-Link Mini HD Wi-Fi camera has an integrated IR light with a maximum distance of 16 feet.
In the front of the camera, you’ll see the IR LED at the top, followed by the built-in microphone, the 720p camera, a light sensor, and the status LED. The back of the camera is clean, with just a Micro-USB port at the bottom. Unfortunately, the port is recessed, so only a few cables will work with it.
The D-Link Mini HD Wi-Fi Camera connects to your home Wi-Fi using 2.4GHz 802.11g/n wireless antennas and supports WPA/WPA2 encryption.
D-Link Mini HD Wi-Fi Camera Design & Build Quality
The D-Link Mini HD Wi-Fi Camera is small and compact. In fact, you can simply call it tiny. Unlike most security and surveillance cameras, it features a thin and tall profile and stands perpendicularly. It is merely 1.46 inches wide and 3.74 inches tall. You can easily hold it as we have in the photo shown above.
A small form factor means that it blends in easily wherever you place it, without standing out to an observer. The Mini HD Wi-Fi Camera is available in two colors — an all-black model and an all-white model. Depending on the decor of your home or office, you can pick the color that fits best.
D-Link Mini HD Wi-Fi Camera Features
The D-Link Mini HD Wi-Fi Camera is a fantastic security and surveillance camera, packaged in a compact size. The ability to shoot and record in 720p means that it is able to cover most scenes sufficiently well. 1080p Full HD would have been nicer, but the quality that the camera outputs isn’t bad at all.
With the integrated IR LED, the camera can see up to 16 feet in the dark, and this worked quite well in our testing. Here are some snapshots of the night vision in action.
One of the most notable features of the D-Link Mini HD Wi-Fi Camera is its Sound and Motion Detection feature. Unlike most security cameras that only have motion detection, the D-Link Home camera also bundles sound detection — a vital tool to have in a security system. You can utilize this feature to configure instant alerts on your mobile device, as soon as it detects an activity.
In our testing, it took us a while to figure out how to set up the alerts using the mydlink app, but once we found out, the actual setup was easy. The alerts are instant, as fast as your phone can deliver notifications.
Unfortunately, the mydlink app that is required with the camera is very poorly coded. It isn’t a native app, so the transitions between screens and loading times are terrible. Options are also difficult to find in the app, and we’d love to see an updated, simplified version of the app.
For the most parts, the app just works and that’s important. It allows you to view a live feed from the camera, and manually take photos or record videos. All this data is stored directly on your mobile device, so there’s no additional process of fetching it from the camera later. You can log in and view this feed from anywhere, as long as your camera is connected to the Wi-Fi and your internet is working.
D-Link Mini HD Wi-Fi Camera Notable Shortcoming
The D-Link Mini HD Wi-Fi Camera is a fantastic camera, but it has a major shortcoming. There’s no memory card slot anywhere on the camera, and thus, it doesn’t have a way to record data on its own. To be able to record the surveillance data, you must subscribe to D-Link’s Cloud Recording service, which requires a recurring subscription and is priced starting at about $2.5 per month.
Without this, you have to manually launch the mydlink app and save photos and videos from the camera to your mobile device. This is far from ideal, and wholly defeats the purpose of a surveillance system. In effect, to fully utilize the power and features of the D-Link Mini HD Wi-Fi Camera, you need to subscribe to the Cloud Recording features.
On a positive side, the subscription plans allow you to use the same account with multiple cameras, so you don’t have to purchase a separate subscription for each new camera you purchase.
The D-Link Mini HD Wi-Fi Camera is a fantastic product with a great set of features. It’s sleek, fits well into any home or office environment, and offers an excellent mix of security and comfort. Unfortunately, the lack of local recording is a major bummer. That said, D-Link has priced the camera at a really affordable Rs. 2995 in India, which makes it a really good buy even to use as an on-demand “drop-in” camera.
We’ve suggested and recommended the D-Link Mini HD Wi-Fi Camera for a couple of homes to have as a baby monitor or even a dog monitor.
A Vital Home Security Addition
The D-Link Mini HD Wi-fi Camera [DCS-P6000LH] is a small, powerful, and robust surveillance camera that makes for a great little addition to your home security needs. It works well and delivers great results, and it's only shortcomings are the terrible app you need to use it with, and the recurring subscription required for recordings.
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