Meet the Samsung SmartCam HD Plus (SNH-V6414BN). It’s a full HD SmartThings-compatible camera with just enough features sure to satisfy most homeowners’ security camera needs. If you’re looking for an indoor wireless camera with hassle-free setup and local recording features, then this might be the camera for you.
It sports a 130° wide-angle lens, which is pretty much the de facto standard with higher-end home security cameras (like Nest DropCam and Netgear Arlo Q). This allows you to get more in the picture and cover a wider area of your home without distorting the picture too much. The true day/night IR cut filter gives you 32 feet of night vision and it can automatically switch to a black & white picture for crisp images in total darkness. The 2 megapixel imaging processor results in a full HD experience, so it’s easy to make out details in a recording.
There isn’t an RJ-45 Ethernet port on the camera. It’s WiFi only, and it’s only compatible with the 2.4 Ghz band.
The Samsung SmartCam HD Plus features two-way audio, which makes it useful as a baby monitor or to monitor play areas for older children. The audio capabilities also make this an ideal camera to keep an eye on and communicate with pets when you’re away from home.
The camera supports motion and audio event-based recording. You can choose which type of detection will start a recording, or you can use both! You can also select whether or not you want to receive instant notifications from the SmartCam app!
Unlike the Nest Dropcam, Samsung SmartCams don’t rely on just cloud storage. The Samsung SmartCam HD Plus (SNH-V6414BN) ships with a 16GB microSD card. The SmartCam app gives you flexibility as to how to use the microSD card. You can choose from various options, such as recording resolution (720p or 1080p), whether or not you want to continuously record, and overwriting the microSD card when it’s full. You can also deactivate the microSD card altogether.
Even though it doesn't have as many features as its big brother, the (also awesome) SmartCam HD Pro, the Samsung SmartCam HD Plus still packs enough to make it worth it. For one, the image quality is the same between the two cameras. They both have two-way audio. Both cameras have the same motion- and audio-based event triggers. The SmartCam HD Pro is more flexible due to its wired networking option and 5 Ghz wireless radio, but other than that, both cameras seem very similar. Setup is a breeze, the SmartCam app is good enough, and the price is 30% cheaper than a Nest Dropcam or Netgear Arlo Q!
Samsung SmartCam HD Plus vs. Samsung SmartCam HD Pro
Samsung has a terribly confusing naming convention for their entire line of home security cameras. They have a broad range of products that are sold under the SmartCam name. Within the SmartCam brand, there are HD Pro, HD Plus, HD, and Wisenet models. To make matters more confusing, many cameras have similar model numbers but differ significantly in what they have to offer. Oftentimes, it’s best to discuss each camera in terms of model numbers for accuracy, just make sure you have the correct model number!
Here, we’re going to compare the differences between the SmartCam HD Plus (SNH-V6414BN) and the SmartCam HD Pro (SNH-P6410BN).
The biggest difference is the Pro model has extra network features not included in the Plus. It has an RJ-45 Ethernet port, which gives you the ability connect the camera to a wired network. You can use the Pro version over WiFi too, but you also have the option to connect it to the 5 Ghz band, in addition to the 2.4 Ghz band. Furthermore, the Pro has a WPS button that simplifies wireless setup.
You get a marginally wider viewing angle with the Plus, but the image quality is virtually identical. The Pro has an audio out connection that the Plus doesn’t have.
Both work with SmartThings and Blue Iris. Optionally, Samsung also offers it’s own PC recording solution, Net-i Ware, which is free for up to 32 channels.
Although both cameras are selling at roughly the same price on Amazon ($114 for the Plus model vs. $119 for the Pro model), the Pro model doesn’t come with a microSD card.
The included instruction pamphlet is actually decent, but more than likely you’ll simply be able to follow the on-screen instructions in the SmartCam app.
If you don’t have the Samsung SmartCam app, you’ll need to download it from the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store. If you don’t have a Samsung account, you will need to create one before you begin.
Follow the slideshow below to setup your Samsung SmartCam HD Plus camera:
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Adding the Samsung SmartCam HD Plus to SmartThings
The SNH-V6414BN is compatible with SmartThings, which means you can pull the video feed up right from the SmartThings app. This is a feature that I find is nice to have while I’m away on vacation (it’s handy to view all motion and contact sensors, as well as cameras in one app), but I don’t really use it that much on a day-to-day basis.
Adding the Samsung SmartCam HD Plus to SmartThings is simple:
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Blue Iris Settings
The Samsung SmartCam HD Plus works well with Blue Iris. If you’re already familiar with Blue Iris, you can set your camera up based on the screenshot below. If you’re just getting started with the software, or you just want to learn more about it, visit the Blue Iris page here.
After you set up your Samsung SmartCam HD Plus and open the stream in the SmartCam app, you might notice it looks a little grainy. That’s because the SmartCam app always defaults to low resolution when you’re viewing the video. You can change the camera’s playback resolution in the app, but you’ll have to do it every time you use it.
Luckily, you can easily change this behavior as shown below:
Here is a comparison of the different resolutions:
The Samsung SmartCam HD Plus is equipped with decent night vision. The maximum range for this camera is 32 feet, and it performs quite well in total darkness. Like most other cameras, night vision is achieved through the use of infrared LEDs.
SmartCam App Walkthrough
The SmartCam app isn’t the best app out there, but it’s definitely usable. The screenshots in the slide below are from the Android app, but the iPhone app should be similar.
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The Samsung SmartCam HD Plus (SNH-V6414BN) is a great wireless camera at a bargain price. It boasts more features than its main competitors, Nest Dropcam and Netgear Arlo…and it does it at a far cheaper price point ($114 vs. $160+). Much like its big brother, the SmartCam HD Pro, it’s a reliable camera that puts out a good, quality image. Two-way audio is a nice perk.
Event triggering based on both motion and audio, combined with realtime app notifications, as well as microSD card support for local recording, and Blue Iris support…what’s not to like?
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