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AVTech’s is on a roll with their popular Push Video series cameras. Their latest camera, the AVN812, adds WiFi wireless access using the 802.11n protocol. The AVN812 retains many of the features of it’s hardwired brother the AVN80X.
You still get the great image quality, the Push Video alert, up to 40 second event video call, microphone for audio, speaker, led illuminator and the PIR motion detect. The only feature that the AVN80X has over the AVN812 is an SD card slot but has enough internal memory to capture the most current events and you can FTP events to any server at home or on the internet.
Since many of the features are the same as seen on the review for the AVN80X and AVN801, I want to review how push video works and some of the improvements made.
The idea behind the Push Video feature is to alert you as quickly as possible and provide you recorded video that occurred when the motion detect event was triggered. No other camera does this. The competing cameras may sent you an email or pictures, or an SMS via email, but none I’ve seen alert you within seconds nor do they provide an iPhone/iPad or Android app to let you see the recorded video as well as live video including 2 way audio. The PIR motion detector has been 100% accurate for me with no false alarms and has captured the video each time someone entered.
Here’s some images of how you set this up and how this works. First you configure the option and set a schedule if you only want it active during certain time frames.
You’ll need to setup remote access of the camera. You can see how to do this in my “accessing your camera from the internet” article in this blog.
Then on your iPhone, iPad or Android phone, install the EagleEyes app. Cameras don’t have to be in the same location. For example, you can have cameras at work and at home and view them from one app. Add your cameras one at a time by entering the address of the camera, port number and login information.
As you add cameras, it shows up on the devices list, from here you can turn Push Video ON/OFF or view the camera live
When your cameras are setup, you can view them live as shown below.
When someone passes in front of the camera, the PIR motion detector triggers the camera to send you an alert. In the case of my phone, I get a loud chirp and an alert on the Android alert bar
When you tap on the alert, the video that was recorded will start playing immediately showing you what happened.
AVtech continues to improve its product and here’s some of what I found that’s new over the original AVN80X.
Under the Camera-Adance option
– image mirroring on/off
– denoise from a scale of 0 to 10
– various white balance options including auto which worked well for me
– sharpness from 0 to 100
QoS – Quality of Service option which lets you control the data flow for real-time streaming
Bonjour – sames a UPnP feature before and allows you to find the camera using Apple’s Bonjour device discovery service
Video Configuration – allows you to adjust video-related settings in the different video formats
The street prices are expected to be similar to the AVN80X, or about $200 USD and represents a good value for the feature set. The closest competitor would be the Axis M1054 which is not wireless but offers the 2 way audio, LED illuminator and 1 MP resolution but is not WiFi. In comparison, the price on the M1054 is nearly double that of the AVTech, the image quality is not as good (gets grainy in low light) and does not offer the push video feature.
To me, what really sets this camera apart was its image quality for this price point. Although this in an indoor camera, I placed it out a window as many people have been using their cameras to capture events going on outside their homes without the expense of an outdoor camera.
You can click on the image to see the full 1.3MP image staight from the camera. The first image is a mid-day daytime of a busy urban street corner.
This image was taken just as it was getting dark.
And this image was taken later in the evening as you can tell from the black sky. This represents a typical urban lighting situation.
The AVTech AVN812 is a fantastic value for those that need the flexibility of wireless. It provides very good image quality, HD resolution, PIR motion detect, audio with built-in microphone and speaker as well as their Push Video feature including free iPhone and Android apps as well as free CMS software to record and view multiple cameras. A complete HD survaillance package that works well for home and business security.
It has a USB port, but currently it’s non-functional. New functionality may be added in the future. As new functionality comes out, it will added via a firmware upgrade.
The pluses for this camera are;
• Very good image quality with good low light performance
• Good build quality
• WiFi Wireless with 802.11n
• Push Video alerts
• EagleEyes powerful remote surveillance on multiple mobile platforms
• High quality, 1.3 Megapixel high performance image sensor (manufactured from a famous Japanese component supplier)
recommended for home or small business surveillance
Company website is – http://www.avtech.com.tw
The AVN812 will be available soon at WorldEyeCam