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.: 856568003072
- 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
430 of 485 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
328 of 383 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
175 of 233 people found this useful
Very easy to setup, good video and 2-way audio
I can't comment on how well the notifications work with Dropcam Pro (since I don't use them), but the video clarity is significant I can't comment on how well the notifications work with Dropcam Pro (since I don't use them), but the video clarity is significantly better than my last Panasonic webcam (BL-C131a). The walkie-talkie feature has a lag of about 1 second, so that takes getting used to, but it's clear enough to carry on a conversation. Also the initial setup using the iPhone app was extremely simple. Just launch the app before you turn on the power to the Dropcam Pro and then follow the very simple instructions. You just need to know how to turn on your phone's wifi and bluetooth, and know the wifi name and password. …
- Written by YIU WAI C from Brooklyn
Don't buy - notifications of movement has become not trustworthy
APRIL 2015 .. I've had Dropcam PRO for almost 2 years. Over the past couple of months, I am not consistently getting text messag APRIL 2015 .. I've had Dropcam PRO for almost 2 years. Over the past couple of months, I am not consistently getting text messages of activity. Yes, I have fast WIFI and internet service at the house. No issues with other devices using internet.
I've not changed anything other than Dropcam forcing me (and all others) to create a NEST account for the Dropcam. Dropcam company was bought by NEST, then NEST was bought by Google. Ever since the acquisition of NEST by Google, the notifications that movement has occurred within the field of vision of the camera is VERY inconsistent.
This week I turned on Dropcam 3 times for about 1 hour each time. Two out of the 3 times no notifications of movement were sent to my cell phone. It also happened last week, and several times before that also. It has gotten to the point I can not trust this. The activity is clearly shown on the video stored at the Dropcam site so it is not the camera or my internet connection sending video to their site.
TERRIBLE, UNTRUSTWORTHY !! …
- Written by Michael F from Middleton
Great low light and easy to configure out of the box
Two good things about the dropcam are that it works great in low light and is easy to configure.
The bad things about the drop Two good things about the dropcam are that it works great in low light and is easy to configure.
The bad things about the drop cam?
Notifications sort of work for sound detection and alerts only work via email after an email delay.
Motion detection does not work at any level of change.
App notification has yet to work to my iphone.
It does tie through the Wink interface, but since the notifications don't really work, programmed events don't trigger.
Tech support seems fairly slow. I can't rate their response time or quality of support yet because it's been 2 days and I haven't heard from them on any of my issues. Website support items seem old?
I'm not sure if any of this is tied to the Nest acquisition?
Hopefully it's a growing pain issue. …
- Written by Alan G from Fresno
Questions & Answers
Answers from the community
Does drop cam work with 220 V 60 Hz ?
- Asked by Engelbert B from Weggis
- Feb 28, 2015
Yes, it uses a USB charger to power the camera, so if the one in the box is not auto-switching, you Yes, it uses a USB charger to power the camera, so if the one in the box is not auto-switching, you can pick one up pretty cheap at almost any store. …
- Answered by David K from Santa Clara
- Mar 1, 2015
is it discreet? Can it be set up in such a way that it can not be seen?
- Asked by Karen H from Magee
- Feb 26, 2015
Out of the box it is not designed to be hidden, but because it is relatively small, someone with bas Out of the box it is not designed to be hidden, but because it is relatively small, someone with basic crafting skills can easily hide it. This is often much better than ones that are pre-hidden into devices, and often those things look out of place in most houses.
A simple Internet search for "diy hidden dropcam" will get you started. …
- Answered by David K from Santa Clara
- Mar 1, 2015
Can DropCam connect directly stream to a monitor instead of using WiFi?
- Asked by Richard C from Ridgefield
- Mar 10, 2015
does it have its own wifi signal or do i have to connect it to my home wifi
- Asked by Steven W from Vancouver
- Nov 12, 2013
Yes you need to connect to your home/office wi-fi network.
- Answered by Pranay J from North York
- Nov 14, 2013
Can I use this Camra over the Internet?
- Asked by Mohd A from New Delhi
- Mar 20, 2014
Can I install the camera in my upstate house and pick up video downstate on my IPhone 5.. What are the requirements?
- Asked by Joan D. A from Rockville Centre
- Jan 2, 2014
Yes. All you need is a wifi connection at the location of the camera and the Dropcam app on your iP Yes. All you need is a wifi connection at the location of the camera and the Dropcam app on your iPhone. …
- Answered by Tom L from Edmonton
- Feb 28, 2014