iZON view Review

iZON view Review
iZON view Review
iZON view Review
iZON view Review
iZON view Review
Introduction


The connected home, it’s seeing an increase in coverage from all angles. One of them in particular centers around security, as a host of products have been made to keep home owners at ease by allowing them to take a quick peek at what’s going on at home through the eyes of a camera. Back a while ago, we got the chance to review the iZON Remote Room Monitor – a remote camera that’s accessible through the iPhone. Well, we’re now getting the opportunity to check out the latest model, the iZON view, which sees the added benefit of wider device support and night vision.

Packaging contains:

  • Base
  • Mounting hardware
  • 9’ power cable
  • AC power supply
  • Power adapter
  • Quick start guide

Design

No major changes here, but it’s still a discrete looking design.

iZON didn’t deviate from the clean aesthetics of its first camera, as the iZON view nearly mimics its predecessor’s looks to the teeth. Quite simply, the same simple design is in play here, since the iZON view is essentially a glossy plastic cylindrical shaped thing – and that’s all. Needless to say, its design doesn’t evoke your typical camera, which is great and all, but better yet, it’s something that can discretely blend into wherever it’s placed.

The main unit is attached via the magnetic base, which gives it some room for articulating – so we can prop it at different angles. At the same time, that magnetic base can be wall mounted, allowing the iZON view to stand freely on the ceiling or wall.

On the main façade of the unit, it houses a camera lens that captures video at the resolution of 640 x 480 – though, the actual result through its mobile app is more like 320 x 240 at 10 FPS when the camera is accessed live. However, when previously recorded footage is played back through the app, it’s done at VGA 30FS. Below that is a tiny LED light that turns on to indicate its status, or alternatively, we can turn it off for that inconspicuous look. Around the back, there’s a pinhole sized manual reset button and the unit’s miniUSB port connection for its power.

Overall, the design of the iZON view is undoubtedly unique amongst remote accessed security cameras. Unlike some other substantial models, this one is compact, discrete, and bears a slight modernized appeal to its design. However, its specs reflect its capacity, as it’s nowhere quite as generous with its features set.

 

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iZON view Review

iZON view Review
iZON view Review
iZON view Review
iZON view Review
iZON view Review
Introduction


The connected home, it’s seeing an increase in coverage from all angles. One of them in particular centers around security, as a host of products have been made to keep home owners at ease by allowing them to take a quick peek at what’s going on at home through the eyes of a camera. Back a while ago, we got the chance to review the iZON Remote Room Monitor – a remote camera that’s accessible through the iPhone. Well, we’re now getting the opportunity to check out the latest model, the iZON view, which sees the added benefit of wider device support and night vision.

Packaging contains:

  • Base
  • Mounting hardware
  • 9’ power cable
  • AC power supply
  • Power adapter
  • Quick start guide

Design

No major changes here, but it’s still a discrete looking design.

iZON didn’t deviate from the clean aesthetics of its first camera, as the iZON view nearly mimics its predecessor’s looks to the teeth. Quite simply, the same simple design is in play here, since the iZON view is essentially a glossy plastic cylindrical shaped thing – and that’s all. Needless to say, its design doesn’t evoke your typical camera, which is great and all, but better yet, it’s something that can discretely blend into wherever it’s placed.

The main unit is attached via the magnetic base, which gives it some room for articulating – so we can prop it at different angles. At the same time, that magnetic base can be wall mounted, allowing the iZON view to stand freely on the ceiling or wall.

On the main façade of the unit, it houses a camera lens that captures video at the resolution of 640 x 480 – though, the actual result through its mobile app is more like 320 x 240 at 10 FPS when the camera is accessed live. However, when previously recorded footage is played back through the app, it’s done at VGA 30FS. Below that is a tiny LED light that turns on to indicate its status, or alternatively, we can turn it off for that inconspicuous look. Around the back, there’s a pinhole sized manual reset button and the unit’s miniUSB port connection for its power.

Overall, the design of the iZON view is undoubtedly unique amongst remote accessed security cameras. Unlike some other substantial models, this one is compact, discrete, and bears a slight modernized appeal to its design. However, its specs reflect its capacity, as it’s nowhere quite as generous with its features set.



Connectivity


iZON view Review
iZON view Review
iZON view Review
Setting up the iZON view for the first time requires a little bit of work, but the end result is having it connected to our home network. Using the appropriate app, available for Android and iOS, the setup process involves us displaying a QR on our phone’s display, which is then read by the unit’s camera for automatic setup. After a few steps of searching for our home network, and registering the iZON view to our account, the process is complete.

Since the connection is established via Wi-Fi, we’re able to place the iZON view at the most 50 feet away from the router before experiencing degrading connections. Now, we should not that it’s not something that’s meant to be used outoors, seeing that it’s meant to work ideally in temperatures between 14º to 131º F.

iZON app


Compared to the original iZON camera, support has been expanded to devices other than those running iOS. In fact, the maker of the camera, Stem Innovations, has added support for Android devices with its latest models – including the iZON view. Both the Android and iOS apps function in the same manner, but we’ve been using a Samsung Galaxy Note 4 for our review.

Once it’s running, we’re given a preview window of what the iZON view is capturing with its camera. Naturally, there are guides to enable noise and motion detection, which we can adjust its sensitivity so that it’s not constantly sending us notifications. In addition, we can select an area in the video for the camera to detect motion – in order to further reduce false movement.

We can access the live stream at a moment’s notice, and from here, we can manually hit the on-screen record button to capture footage. Other options with the app include the ability to manually turn on/off the LED light, flip the image of the view, view all notifications, and to select its night mode. The latter can be turned on to auto if we choose, so it automatically with turn on night mode when lighting is non-existent.

Performance

Muddy, murky, and indistinct, that best describes its video quality. Oh yeah, there’s also a 30-second delay with its feed.

Sadly, though, the overall video quality of the iZON view hasn’t improved whatsoever from the first camera reviewed a while ago. With a viewing angle of only 60-degrees, its field of view is severely limited in comparison to other remote cameras. Furthermore, the live stream video quality is too murky and indistinct to try and decipher details in the video. Speaking of colors, it’s pretty bland to the point that it appears more monotone than actual color.

Sure, the night mode feature is a great addition to the camera, the only major upgrade in fact, but again, its quality is too poor and fuzzy to make it a usable security camera. Worst yet, the live stream footage crawls at a very slow frame rate – causing it to appear super choppy. You’d think that there would be low latency with its low video resolution, but in our experience using the mobile apps, there’s a delay of approximately 30 seconds. That’s quite substantial quite honestly!

Conclusion


Most of today’s renowned in-home security camera solutions, like the Dropcam and Piper, sell for the price of $200 – a serious investment, naturally, but one that’s accompanied with solid results. As for the iZON view, its $100 cost undercuts its highly esteemed rivals, but there are profound compromises that come along with it.

First and foremost, it’s just a simple, compact security camera that offers us the bare essentials in monitoring our home. Secondly, its video quality is just too much a disappointment to accept. Sure, the addition of a night mode is great, but when the video quality itself is too murky and bland, we really can’t afford to rely on it watching our home when we’re away – there’s just too much at risk in doing so.

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