Using the Dropcam Pro camera, Dropcam's cloud-based Wi-Fi video monitoring service, and the free app on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, you can keep an eye on your home, baby, pets, and business. Plug your camera in, connect securely to your Wi-Fi network, and start streaming in under a minute. You can also receive activity alerts on your iOS device or Mac so you know when anything significant happens. There's even an optional Cloud Video Recording (CVR) feature that lets you access video from the past week or month.
With an unmatched 130 degree field of view and 8x zoom, the Dropcam Pro camera delivers a remarkable video experience. Combined with iOS mobile setup capabilities, it helps you stay in touch easily from wherever you are.
- New optics and a new image sensor that provide video that's two times sharper than before
- Dropcam Pro supports an expansive 130-degree field of view
- Zero in with pinch-to-zoom with up to 8X zoom
- Use your iOS device or Mac to find a Wi-Fi network and complete setup within 60 seconds
- New microphone with double the sampling rate and a larger speaker for two-way talk that's louder and clearer
- Dual-band Wi-Fi support—both 2.4GHz and 5GHz—provides improved wireless connectivity
- Intelligent Alerts sent to your iOS device in response to motion and sound
- Optional Cloud Video Recording saves up to 30 days of video; lets you review footage and make clips
Did you notice?You can set up Dropcam in minutes from your iOS device.
Apple Recommends ForKeep a close watch on your children, home, pets, or business via iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.
What's in the Box?
- Dropcam Pro HD camera
- Aluminum stand
- Wall mounting hardware
- USB cable (10-foot/3.05 m)
- USB power adapter
- Quick start guide
- Material: Aluminum
- Height: 4.5 in./11.4 cm
- Width: 3.15 in./8 cm
- Weight: 5.5 oz./156 g
- Length: 3.15 in./8 cm
- Mfr. Part Number: DCAM-002-0AP
- UPC or EAN No.: 856568003065
- Note: Products sold through this website that do not bear the Apple Brand name are serviced and supported exclusively by their manufacturers in accordance with terms and conditions packaged with the products. Apple's Limited Warranty does not apply to products that are not Apple-branded, even if packaged or sold with Apple products. Please contact the manufacturer directly for technical support and customer service.
- Warranty: One-year for parts
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What is Dropcam?
Dropcam is a cloud-based Wi-Fi video monitoring service that makes it easy to stay connected with places, people and pets. After your camera is activated, you can drop in live using our mobile and web apps and receive alerts when motion or sound is detected.
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Ratings & Reviews
The Good and The Bad...honestly.
First, the bad...which is the most important.
Does it work reliably?
The answer is NO. As of this date, it doesn't matter who First, the bad...which is the most important.
Does it work reliably?
The answer is NO. As of this date, it doesn't matter who else has posted reviews, the DropCam is NOT 100% reliable! I can say this with confidence because of others' experience whom I'm working through the same issues. The DropCam CVR servers/network causes multiple drop-outs. This knocks the camera AND recording offline. These drop-outs can range from 30 seconds to permanent.
There's no mechanical Pan/Tilt/Zoom; any adjustment is done digitally, and must be within the current frame. Artifact become pretty severe at full zoom which is around 8x by their claim.
The microphone (for talking through the camera) function is virtually worthless due to extreme network lag of at least 10 seconds. Recording is fine, however, since it's synced with the video.
This is a SINGLE CAMERA monitoring system; one at a time. So, even if you have multiple cams, and use the iPad, you'll only be watch LIVE on one camera. Plus, at $200 each, I don't know how many people would want to install 4 or 5 of these.
As for the good...
The technical support staff seems to be very busy, probably handling all the latency issues, but is very courteous and fairly responsive. They seem to want to address the network issues as hardware, but...we'll see.
This is a very nice camera with a very good picture, wide angle, and REALLY GOOD IR for night-vision!
The motion-sensing works very well as does the sound-triggers.
The software-both iOS and MAC-is decent albeit very basic. The UI is pretty and ormal and takes some getting used to in order to navigate.
The setup is near perfect; about as simple as you can get.
Range is "ok"; not quite as strong of a receiver as an iOS or Laptop, but not too bad.
It's powered by a USB cable, which is kind of good. It means a fatter cable than necessary for just power, but it serves as the setup cable as well...which isn't needed except for setup. You can use their power adapter...or, you could use any other USB source such as a battery-pack, laptop, etc. This is useful for locations that don't have a plug, but limited to battery life. This little camera gets pretty warm, so I'm guessing the current draw is pretty heavy.
The design is cool, efficient, and the quality looks near perfect. …
- Written by Steve V from Glendora
347 of 384 people found this useful
huge disappointment - definitely a very limiting love/hate product
This product gets a lot of positive reviews, and within a very narrow set of requirements, it can be great. For me it is the most This product gets a lot of positive reviews, and within a very narrow set of requirements, it can be great. For me it is the most disappointing product I have purchased in a long time.
First the good.
1) The image quality is very good in various lighting.
That's it. No more good.
1) ALL video gets sent out through the internet before coming back to your house. Besides the creepy factor of not being able to disable this, is creates huge delays, and lowers the video quality you can actually see in the end. I have a very fast low latency internet connection, and yet standing right there in the same room with the dropcam, I timed up to a 10 second delay in the so called "live" image. Yes, even if your viewing device is connected to your same home network as the camera, it still sends the video/audio out to the internet and back again. This is entirely inexcusable IMO. Checking on the support website this is the most requested feature yet dropcam by their replies seems to place little priority on it.
Thinking of using this as a baby monitor? Better think again.
2) Even though they use public licensed pieces of software to operate the camera, they connection is completely proprietary. That means you can only use their software to view the camera and their software is quite lacking. Other cameras can be used with a wide variety of 3rd party viewing software.
Hmm. If you could use the dropcam with any standard software, you could choose any number of video recording options should you want such a service. Something is beginning to smell very rotten here.
3) Dropcam claims you can view the camera through any web browser on a computer. This is not exactly true. The computer viewing experience requires flash which is an ADD ON to browsers, not part of the browser. Flash is such a poor technology that Apple for years now has refused to install it on their computers. You have to add it yourself. If is full of bugs, security holes, slows down your computer. There is a built in browser standard called HTML 5 that all newer browsers support, but forget about that with dropcam.
4) Want to share you camera video with relatives? Forget about it. Seems you can either share it publicly with the world, or give away the farm by providing your full access login credentials.
I can't help but come away with the feeling this camera for dropcam is all about continuing to extract money from customers after the sale. It seems the reason for such a poor experience and software design is to lock you in to their "cloud recording" as your only option should you want to record any of your video stream.
I am returning mine, frustrated that my valuable time, was wasted. Dropcam leaves a bad taste in mouth as to me it seems they are more interested in locking customers into a shoddy proprietary experience in the hopes of ongoing revenue, rather than providing a decent customer product and experience. …
- Written by Dave K from TORONTO
231 of 265 people found this useful
Dropcam exceeds expectations!
Better than advertised/ Exceptional audio detection, two way microphone, exceptional night vision automatically as it gets dark, a Better than advertised/ Exceptional audio detection, two way microphone, exceptional night vision automatically as it gets dark, alerts for motion and/or audio as desired, allows multiple private viewers anywhere in the world with login and password on the internet, make video clips and e-mail, tweet or put them on YouTube, wide view, crystal clear picture, move it around the house as needed, remote storage of video by Dropcam and even if they steal the cameras you still have access to the video. Much more than meets the eye. …
- Written by Richard B from Massapequa Park
138 of 180 people found this useful
Putting the "Drop" in "Cam"
2 cameras @ $200 = $400 + 1 CVR plan @ $150 = $550. Distance from router = 14'. Walls in between = 0. Disconnected from Wifi = eve 2 cameras @ $200 = $400 + 1 CVR plan @ $150 = $550. Distance from router = 14'. Walls in between = 0. Disconnected from Wifi = every day. Wifi speed is 21.42 download and 2.14 upload = no excuse.
Don't read another review. This product is unreliable junk. …
- Written by John B from Glendale
Liked at first, now I cannot recommend
I bought this camera for my house to monitor my dogs from my office. The younger of the two dogs had gotten to be a little destru I bought this camera for my house to monitor my dogs from my office. The younger of the two dogs had gotten to be a little destructive so with the microphone and speakers, easy set up and price it sounded like a no brainer. After a week I liked it so much I bought a second one to have more coverage of the house. All worked pretty well at first with a few connection problems here and there. The dog got yelled at from work, stop destroying completely plus it's just cool to see what they are up to during the day as well as the coming and goings of the dog walkers, cleaning people etc... I have had them for over a month now and the connection issues are really wearing on me. I mainly use the ipad app on my ipad air. I have a smaller 2500 sq ft house with a very strong internet signal in every room. Both cameras are one room away from my newer Apple router and I have the fastest internet available from my cable company. My work internet is the fastest possible connection available due to job requirements. With all that, there is never a period longer than 5 minutes or so where I don't lose a connection. I either get the spinner saying "loading" or the blank "lost connection" screen. Most times it comes back but it takes a while or I switch cameras or close and reopen. They should have had time to work the bugs out of this by now. Yes it's a lot less than installing full home security system and easy to use and set up but what's the point if it can't keep the video rolling for more than a few minutes. I'm past the return period so will probably sell on ebay and look for higher quality. …
- Written by BRIAN H from MILWAUKEE
1 of 1 people found this useful
Sorry Apple not what I need
My daughter’s car was involved in a hit and run in front of my house. I bought the cam to record cars driving by so that I can see My daughter’s car was involved in a hit and run in front of my house. I bought the cam to record cars driving by so that I can see if the perpetrator drives by again and then get the license plate number. I hooked it to the 12 volt power in my car and the camera worked. However, not only does the camera drop out often, the picture is not clear enough to distinguish a plate number. In my research I read where it is supposed to have enough resolution to see a license plate number. I suppose if the car is not moving that works. On another note. I’m forced to use ICLOUD. I wanted to record right to my computers hard drive and review my video from there to reduce the amount of bandwidth that ends up bogging done my wifi network. Doesn’t look like that’s possible. On another note I want to zoom in on the picture or scroll threw frame by frame so that I could try and make out at least one number on the license plate. However the software is very basic so there is no way to do that. Basically, it is a web cam but you can’t stream to your computer either. Why? It only works on the Wi Fi even if you plug it into your USB port. On another note. My I cloud doesn’t know I have this DROP CAM and I only have a few days left to sign up for I cloud. Yes I’m logged into to apple and I’m logged into Drop cam. I’ll have to come up with another way to catch the guy who drove by and smashed my daughter’s car but this DROP Cam won’t do it. …
- Written by Terrence K from Virginia Beach
2 of 7 people found this useful
Questions & Answers
Answers from the community
can I use a dropcam instead of the camera on my MacBook Pro to Skype or FaceTime.
- Asked by Stephanie B from Newhall
Will this run on 12v Looks like it could be a great rear window camera?
- Asked by Philip S from Tucson
It uses a standard 120 VAC -> 5 VDC 2A power adaptor - the same type that is provided with an iPad, It uses a standard 120 VAC -> 5 VDC 2A power adaptor - the same type that is provided with an iPad, or similar larger mobile device. Do you mean for use in a car? You could easily get a 12 VDC -> 5 VDC USB "car phone charger", as long as it provides at least 2 amps - but this device requires a constant internet connection to operate. It uses about 60GB internet bandwidth a month (and I read this is true even without the optional cloud recording option) so a decent internet package is required. Use at home or in the office are really the only places this will work. …
- Answered by Thomas C from Toronto
The Dropcam app is available for iPhone, iPad & iPod. Is it available for Macbook Pro? If not, can the live feed be viewed another way using the Mac?
- Asked by Kami R from Burnsville
You can view the live feed from any computer through their secure website.
- Answered by Tom L from Edmonton
Can the dropcam connect via an iphone 5 hotspot in an rv?
- Asked by Deborah B from Littleton
Technically - yes, recommended - no. This devices uses about 60 GB of internet bandwidth a month, s Technically - yes, recommended - no. This devices uses about 60 GB of internet bandwidth a month, so a decent home or office internet package is required (even without the optional cloud recording service). Though there's an option to turn it off, it streams in HD quality, which requires decent network throughput (again, found in home or office networking setups - not so much mobile hotspots). Don't attempt for long periods of time unless you have an unlimited mobile data plan. …
- Answered by Thomas C from Toronto
if i dont have wifi at the location of recording, dose it still record and save data on the camrea itself? does it take batterys OR need electricity?
- Asked by Brandon A from Kimper
It's a network only connected device, meaning it does require a continuous network (WiFi only in thi It's a network only connected device, meaning it does require a continuous network (WiFi only in this case) connection to function at all. The live viewing and optional cloud storage of the camera images are only possible with an internet connection. It's powered through a standard USB cable and 5V USB power adapter (both included). There is no battery option. …
- Answered by Thomas C from Toronto