Soliom Solar Wirefree Camera REVIEW

The Soliom S60 solar camera is an easy-to-use way to keep an eye on your surroundings. Setting it up doesn’t require a lot of technical expertise, and it doesn’t require regular upkeep like changing batteries or charging due to its solar panels. In addition to being easy to use, it also has useful features like two-way audio, PIR motion detection, free cloud storage and customizable in-app settings that make it a solid security camera no matter your skill level.

Packaging and First Impressions

Both cameras were shipped in sturdy boxes. The cameras themselves were snugly fit into the packaging with thick foam for protection. Included with the camera are a metal mount, USB to Micro USB charging cord, a reset pin, a second silica port cover, a user manual, mounting screws, tiny solar panel screws, a “Protected by Soliom” sticker, and a small screwdriver for removing the solar panel.

The camera itself looks kind of like a bird. It has an oblong white body with an oval face that houses the camera lens, infrared light, light sensor, motion sensor, and indicator LED. At the bottom of the body, there is the speaker/microphone, mount input, power button, micro SD card slot, reset button and micro USB power input. The last three are covered with a silica gel flap. The camera’s solar panel wings are removable, if you want to use it indoors. In the course of my testing, I did notice that the solar panels did charge a little from artificial light. The camera has a 4000 mAh battery and can continuously record for up to 12 hours during the day or eight hours using infrared night mode. On standby, the camera can last for up to six months on a charge, according to the user manual.

Setup and Installation

Once paired, you can place your camera in its permanent location, though it needs to be somewhat close to your Wi-Fi router. Other considerations to keep in mind when placing your camera include sun exposure and exposure to the elements. The Soliom camera is IP66 rated, which means it’s fine against dust and particulate ingress, as well as water spray. It is made to be outdoors and feels sturdy, but I’d make sure that it’s not in a location that could get too wet, just in case.

Performance

The PIR motion detection worked and sent a notification to my phone every time the camera detected significant movement. You can set the PIR sensor’s sensitivity or disable the function in the Soliom app. One complaint I have here is that sometimes it would take the app a few seconds to notify me of the moment after the camera sensed it, and then it would take a further few seconds for the feed to load, meaning that I sometimes entirely missed the cause of the alert. Reviewing the cloud recordings, I noticed that several of the clips showed absolutely no movement, meaning that the camera missed the motion trigger in the recording as well. The motion recordings are only eight seconds long, regardless of how long the motion lasts. You can, however, manually record video in the app after receiving a motion alert if you need more footage.

In order to use an SD card with the Soliom camera, it must be between eight and 64GB, and you must first format it through the app. I used the cloud storage option, which allows you to save up to 20 recordings for free.

Summary

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Originally published at macsources.com on April 10, 2019.

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