The Samsung SmartCam HD Pro (SNH-P6410BN) was interestingly designed as a dual-purpose camera- it can be used either as a security camera or as a baby monitor. As such, it packs some useful features like 2-way audio and the ability to play personalized audio clips. It also comes prepackaged with a few classical music songs for putting the little ones to sleep. It’s not the most feature-packed security camera on the market, but it’s a reliable camera that will meet most homeowners’ needs. It provides a good, crisp picture in 1080p HD. For flexibility, it can be used on either a wireless or wired network. It does, however, lack power-over-Ethernet (POE), so you’ll need to use the included AC adapter to power it.
The SmartCam HD Pro’s lens gives you a wide 128-degree field of view utilizing a 1/2.8″ CMOS sensor. The 1920 X 1080 resolution results in a clear and detailed picture. The camera also supports wide dynamic range (WDR) for better contrast. It has an IR filter that provides night vision for up to 16 feet, with an option to turn it off. You can also turn off the camera’s LED to make it less conspicuous in the dark.
You can manually record or take pictures through the app. Using this method, you can either store the footage on your phone or on the SD card. Events that trigger automatic recordings can only be stored on the SD card. The SmartCam HD Pro supports motion and audio detection. You can use either to trigger a recording. You can also set up individual motion detection zones (up to 4 zones) if you have specific areas where you want to pay attention to motion, such as a door or window, but ignore the surrounding area.
The camera itself is lightweight and can be mounted (hardware included) or just set on a flat surface.
Setup is easily performed through the SmartCam app (I use the Android version). It’s a little clunky, but gets the job done. Since I use Blue Iris to record and view my security cameras, I only use the SmartCam app for setup. You also have the option of accessing the camera online through Samsung’s servers while away from home.
Additionally, this camera works with the SmartThings platform, providing a level of automation for your home security system.
There are some negative reviews on Amazon that complain about the realtime streaming protocol (RTSP) being disabled by Samsung. In two years of use, I have never encountered this situation. All cameras have always worked fine using 3rd party security camera software, such as Blue Iris. I’ve also tested these cameras in QNAP’s Surveillance Station without a problem.
I have 3 of these cameras, and they have been in use 24-7 for the past 2 years. I’ve never had much of a problem with these. They’ve been solid performers and work well with Blue Iris .
I paid $187 for these back in 2015. Amazon has the Samsung SmartCam HD Pro listed for $140 for Prime members at the time of this writing.
The SmartCam HD Pro is a great solution for a home security camera, if you're okay with the price tag. Full HD resolution results in stunning picture quality. It's compatible with SmartThings. It can also double as a baby monitor, with features such as 2-way audio, the ability to play music through the camera, and personalized audio clips. It's a simple, easy-to-use camera, and as such, it lacks features you'll find in other security cameras (profiles, exposure/gain/noise adjustments, etc.). If you are the market for a high quality camera that you plug in and works with minimal configuration, then this may be the camera for you.
Setting up and configuring the camera is a breeze. I’d recommend using an Ethernet cable to set it up, and then enabling the WiFi (as shown in the tutorial below). You’ll need to sign up for a Samsung account if you don’t have one.
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SmartCam app walkthrough
Follow the slideshow below to explore the SmartCam app. You’ll also find settings that weren’t available during setup, like enabling WDR or turning off the night vision.
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Final thoughts on the SmartCam HD Pro
The SmartCam HD Pro is a nice security camera, but a bit pricey. It’s designed to be simple and easy-to-use. It lacks granular picture adjustment options in favor of automatic hardware (you can adjust the brightness and reorient the picture, but that’s about it). Notwithstanding, it’s hard to argue with the superb picture quality this camera delivers.
The option to use Ethernet or WiFi is nice, but the addition of POE would have made this camera so much more competitive. You’re probably not going to want to mount this camera to your ceiling or wall with no way to hide the power cable.
It integrates well with Blue Iris, but the native software is good enough for everyday use. Event triggering on motion and audio, as well as SD card support, provide a decent means of archiving video clips for playback later.
I’d wouldn’t say these cameras are worth the price for the picture quality alone, but if you want a hassle-free setup and cameras that just work then I’d definitely recommend taking a look at the SmartCam HD Pro.
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