D-Link announced at CES 2017 that it's releasing four new security cameras as part of its connected home ecosystem. The new cameras include one outdoor model, the DCS-8700LH, and two indoor models, the DCS-8100LH and DCS-8000LH. These models will be available in Q2 2017. Also, D-Link will release its first Apple HomeKit-enabled camera, the D-Link Omna.
Each of the four home security cameras uses microphones and motion detectors as recording triggers. This means the cameras record a short clip whenever there's motion or sound nearby. This can be a very useful way to save space on the microSD cards that each camera uses. You can connect the cameras to your Wi-Fi network to view live video remotely using the mydlink Home app.
Three of the cameras – the D-Link Omna, the DCS-8700LH and the DCS-8100LH – also have two-way audio that lets you speak with anyone near the camera. This can be helpful if you'd like to tell the family that you're working late or let an intruder know they're being filmed.
This latest round of wireless cameras continues D-Link's use of wide-angle lenses on its security cameras. The Omna, DCS-8700LH and DCS-8100LH have 180-degree lenses that allow you to see everything in front of the camera. This is a great advantage over most other brands, which often use a 130-degree lens.
The DCS-8700LH is the latest 1080p outdoor security camera from D-Link. It uses powerful infrared LEDs to illuminate objects in total darkness up to 25 feet from the camera. The camera will be available for less than $250, which is average for outdoor security cameras. It will only be available in Canada, though D-Link is open to the possibility of releasing it or a similar model in the U.S.
You can install the DCS-8100LH indoors. This camera has many of the same features as the outdoor model but a lower video resolution of 720p and a shorter night vision range of 16 feet. The camera will be available for around $120 when it's released.
The DCS-8000LH only has a 120-degree viewing angle, but you'll be able to purchase it for less than $70. Most cameras under $100 usually have a narrow field of view at less than 100 degrees. This camera has 720p video and can record nighttime video up to 16 feet away. This camera looks like a small black cylinder, not unlike the original Amazon Echo. It is only about 4 inches tall, which helps it blend in with your home's decor.
Along with the new cameras, D-Link is releasing a redesigned mydlink Home app for Android and iOS. The app has a new user interface that D-Link hopes will make its cameras easier to use. You can also use this app to control other connected home products from D-Link such as smart plugs, sensors and sirens. To connect D-Link products to third-party DIY home automation systems, you can use IFTTT, a task automation service. IFTTT is compatible with hundreds of other services and devices.
The final security camera product that the company showcased was the ¬¬D-Link Omna, which is one of the first security cameras to support Apple HomeKit. It will cost around $230 when it's released in Q1. You can control the camera with your Apple Home app as well as the Omna companion app, which enables advanced features that HomeKit doesn't support.
When we tested an older D-Link model, the D-Link DCS-2630L, for our security camera review in early 2016, the daytime image quality was some of the best we saw. At night, the camera had a few issues, washing out the nearby objects because its infrared LEDs were very bright. We look forward to testing these new models to see how they compare with the best security cameras.