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
409 of 455 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
299 of 347 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
162 of 215 people found this useful
Great, and then really frustrating - would not recommend buying right now.
I've owned two Dropcam Pro cameras since July 2014. The cameras were easy to set up in just a few minutes and worked well. The c I've owned two Dropcam Pro cameras since July 2014. The cameras were easy to set up in just a few minutes and worked well. The cameras themselves are of high quality and work reliably 99% of the time. The only issue I had with the cameras was that the alert algorithm seems to work based upon lightness and darkness. So, when the sun comes out from behind a cloud and lights up a room significantly, it is counted as motion and an alert is created. It was a 4 or 5 star experience at the time. However, as most people, like myself, are likely using these cameras in conjunction with a smart phone app (in my case, an iPhone5&6), the combined experience has become extremely frustrating since about mid-August 2014 (shortly after Dropcam was acquired by Nest). Geolocation in the app is not as good as it used to be. Often I have to open the app for it to figure out that I've returned home or have left home. Often when an alert comes up, I swipe the lock screen alert, then the app opens, freezes, crashes, and then restarts. I'm getting lots of false positives for Loud Noise when there is no loud noise, and not getting notifications for movement when there is very clear and obvious movement on the cameras. Also, the app notifies me that the cameras are off when they are on - as in, I leave the house and it says "cameras are still off", when they are on, and arrive home to see "cameras are still on" when they are off. Lots of weird functionality problems. For this reason, I cannot recommend Dropcam to anyone at this time until these problems are fixed with the app. Check the App Store - you will see lots of other frustrated people complaining about these issues. It's been three months since the problems started and the developers don't seem to be on the ball with fixing the problems. …
- Written by Scott C from Toronto
1 of 1 people found this useful
Beautiful but crippled
Beautiful hardware, great image quality but its functions are completely crippled. To make use of its most important features, you Beautiful hardware, great image quality but its functions are completely crippled. To make use of its most important features, you need to pay a monthly fee, and all data must go through their servers. …
- Written by Levente O from Gatineau
3 of 4 people found this useful
Very Happy; Meets my expectation.
I decided to get a Dropcam despite all the negative reviews on here. I've had the Dropcam for about 2 weeks now and I can say it d I decided to get a Dropcam despite all the negative reviews on here. I've had the Dropcam for about 2 weeks now and I can say it definitely has it's flaws but it meets my expectation and I'm very happy with this purchase. You may be really bothered by the flaws so this may not be the camera for you.
This meets my expectation because it serves its main purpose very well: it allows you to see a live feed of your camera from anywhere (assuming you have an Internet connection). The second thing it does very well is recording your live feed for review later. Dropcam has taken into consideration reviewing live feed may be very tedious so it will sum up all the feed where there's been activity and you can jump to the interesting moments easily.
The bad is there are some bugs, like with any software company. Their mobile app on iOS sometime crashes and is non-responsive. I've notice this mainly when interacting with notifications, i.e. opening the app via a notification. As some other's have mentioned that sometimes the camera loses connection and there is a slight delay on the live feed. I do see it lose connection when I'm viewing it on my mobile for long periods of time; anything longer than a few minutes results in the "Connecting..." screen for about a second. To me, this is no big deal. I haven't noticed anything problems/latency when viewing from their web portal. Someone mentioned that they've time the delay to be as much as 10 seconds. I have not experienced anywhere close to this. The delay has never been any more than 1 second max. The other bad thing is the mobile app features is not on par with their web portal. There is nothing special with my set up either. I'm using an Airport Extreme (latest gen) and I have a 30/1 Mbps service. The camera usually sits right next to the router but I've moved it as far as 10 ft. I haven't tried anything else. I do, however, have my network split into 2.4 and 5 ghz frequencies.
Overall, I think Dropcam is very good value overall. What I mean by this is I think the camera is kind of expensive at $200 but the recording service is pretty good. I'm going to definitely get the year's subscription at $99 after my 2-week trial is up. …
- Written by Wai T from Markham
7 of 10 people found this useful
Questions & Answers
Answers from the community
What kind of a range does this camera have? I'm thinking about getting it to set up in my chicken house, but not sure how the range would work.
- Asked by Elizabeth W from Sylacauga
- Sep 15, 2014
What's the warranty period from Apple on the Dropcam Pro product?
- Asked by Alexander H from Boulder
- Aug 19, 2014
There is a one year warranty for parts. However the warranty is not through apple its threw the drop There is a one year warranty for parts. However the warranty is not through apple its threw the drop cam company. …
- Answered by Alexis S from Columbus
- Oct 27, 2014
how many cams can you use at the same time
- Asked by Thomas M from St James
- Sep 13, 2014
Dropcam reccome at least 0.5 Mb of bandwidth per camera, so your internet provider would be the lim Dropcam reccome at least 0.5 Mb of bandwidth per camera, so your internet provider would be the limiting factor. …
- Answered by David K from Santa Clara
- Sep 19, 2014
Is this camera able to be hidden easily, as 4 child care worries? If so, can U please suggest some ideas as 2 how in a small room, thank you.
- Asked by Cathy H from Eutawville
- May 22, 2014
The camera is in a black housing, so hiding in a bookcase or other dark enclosure that has a good vi The camera is in a black housing, so hiding in a bookcase or other dark enclosure that has a good view of the room is best. If you have glass enclosed cabinet, that may work even better if you only need to record well lit scenes. (night vision does not work through glass) …
- Answered by David K from Santa Clara
- Aug 12, 2014
Is it possible to extend the power cord on the Dropcam Pro? AND is a black power cord available (so less visible for security applications)?
- Asked by John B from Roscoe
- Jun 13, 2014
The power cord is a standard USB cord. So you can purchase any black or extension cord you like and The power cord is a standard USB cord. So you can purchase any black or extension cord you like and use that instead.
I added an extension at my old place to reach the nearest outlets and it worked just fine. DropCam only uses USB for power, not data, so thick cables are better, but high data transfer is not important. USB cables are not normally rated for power transfer so your milage may vary. …
- Answered by David K from Santa Clara
- Aug 12, 2014