There are thousands of different security IP cameras online. Some of them are very expensive and some are ridiculously cheap. Choosing one can be tricky. That’s why many people just choose a popular IP camera. One of these cameras is Amcrest IP2M-841 ProHD (Amazon link). Today I will review it and also talk about some of it’s alternatives.
The Video Quality
The video quality of Amcrest ProHD is excellent. This IP camera records Full HD videos and uses Sony’s image sensor. The videos look very sharp and nice. The videos are also recorded locally (as long as you insert a MicroSD memory card), and there is an option to automatically transfer them to your FTP server (they are super cheap, and I personally use them as a backup). Most IP cameras out there (especially in this price range) use a generic image sensor. Amcrest decided to really make this camera great, and therefore Sony’s image sensor was used. It costs much more than a “generic” sensor made in china, and it provides amazing recording quality.
By the way, if you need an IP camera with above average night vision, check out Netgear’s Arlo Smart Home Camera (Amazon link).It’s really popular, and provides great value for the money. It also has some unique features (like motion detection notification via app or email).
Amcrest IP2M-841 ProHD comes in 2 colors (black and white). The black model is more popular, but many people will find the white one more discreet and better blending. This IP camera is relatively small so you can pretty much place it anywhere. I really like the design of it and I think Amcrest did a great job with this device – it’s small, looks premium (and made from great materials) but most importantly – works amazingly well. That’s why it’s so popular !
The ProHD IP camera has 12 IR LEDs – and they function really well. The video quality at night (even in total darkness) is fairly good, no complaints. The night vision feature works well, and that’s a good thing because an IP camera is useless (in my opinion) if it can’t record well in darkness. There are some IP cameras out there that have much more IR LEDs (and work better at night) – but for the average consumer – Amcrest IP2M-841 is just perfect.
Similar Smart IP Cameras
There are many IP cameras like Amcrest proHD, and surely not all of them are as good. But still – there are many great alternatives out there worth mentioning. One of them is Wansview’s NCM625GA (Amazon link) IP camera. It works really well and receives really good ratings and reviews online. It records in Full HD and can be also connected to smartphone apps. You should defiantly check it out.
The setup process of Amcrest IP2M-841 is really simple. The instructions manual is included, as long as you follow it (step by step) – you should be able to setup everything within 10 minutes.
Amcrest Mobile App
Amcrest’s official app can be installed on Android and iOS devices. It’s free and used by thousends around the world. The user interface is great and the app is very easy to use. All you have to do is connect Amcrest proHD to your WIFI network (takes few minutes, really easy) and pair your smartphone with it. The app will show you all the instructions. Do make sure you setup everything correctly so you will be able to use all the functions (like motion detection for example).
Some people prefer using different apps (like iSmartViewPro), but in some cases, not all the functions (for example – motion detection, alarm, etc.) will be supported. Also, not all apps will suport this camera. I always recommend using the original app, but it’s always good to know that in case you won’t like it – you can do something about it.
Since this IP camera is super popular, there are hundreds reviews of it online. Most customers are very satisfied with it (from what I read of course). If you are still not sure if this camera is the best one for your needs, I highly recommend reading more reviews online, as well as on Amazon. I can tell you right away that you won’t find many negative reviews of this camera. It really is good 🙂
That’s pretty much it. I really hope that you will find my Amcrest ProHD review helpful, feel free to ask any questions in the comment section below. On SecurityEver you can find many other Ip camera reviews. We update our website on daily basis, and post interesting reviews frequently.