Nowadays more and more people are buying cameras for their homes, it is like a trend (a very useful one). You don’t need to live in a rough neighborhood to have an indoor camera; these type of devices are convenient if you travel and need to keep an eye on things, or if you are expecting a package it is great to know when it arrives, or you just want to know who is ringing your doorbell. The D-Link DCS-8525LH is part of this trend. It is easy to use (after practicing), has a motion and sound detection function, allows you to record in high definition, comes with Alexa voice service and the most important: it comes at a good price. So if you are looking for an indoor Wi-Fi camera, you should check out the D-Link DCS-8525LH because nothing can hide from this camera.
- 1080p HD quality video
- Built-in mic and speaker
- 73 lbs
- Two-way audio
- Pan and tilt
- Sound and motion detection
- Wide angle viewing
- Night vision
The design of the D-Link DCS-8525LH is conventional and straightforward. This camera has a round shape and it is mounted on a gimbal. The camera pans 340 degrees and tilts 110 degrees, ensuring full coverage front to back and up and down. The D-Link DCS-8525LH has in addition to the lens 10 IR lights for 16 feet of night vision.
On the base of the camera, you will see the D-Link logo on the front, an Ethernet port, micro SD slot, a WPS button, a micro USB port and a reset button on the back. The microphone and speaker are located on the base, and mounting options are located under the base.
The D-Link DCS-8525LH looks like a cute robot from a Star Wars movie. It is almost entirely white with black accents and rounded in shape. Overall it is what you would expect from a camera, nothing unconventional with this design. The included power cord is almost 10 feet long; which is good if you have to position the camera far from an electrical outlet.
HOW TO USE THE D-Link DCS-8525LH HD camera
Setting up the D-Link DCS-8525LH is very easy. After installation, you have to download the app, sign into you D-Link account (or Login) and scan the QR code on the bottom of the camera. Then name your camera and start using it straight away.
This camera also has a manual option. To use it manually you have to press “view” and once the camera is live, you touch the screen and an icon will pop up with a red rectangle indicating where the camera is looking. Move your finger to move the camera in the direction you wish. When using the camera under this mode, there is about one second lag between telling the camera to move and when it actually does move, but it is not a major issue.
This camera allows you to take a photo or video in 1080p or 720p of the live picture by pressing the corresponding icon on the screen. Using the camera, recording, accessing recorded video and photos is simple but it takes some practice to take full advantage of all features on the D-Link DCS-8525LH. The videos or pictures can be uploaded to the cloud, a micro SD or to your device.
The incorporated microphone and speaker on the D-Link DCS-8525LH allows a two-way communication between your device and the camera. Although there is a bit of lag, the speaker sounds very good, the sound is clear and voices are easily understood. Another cool feature about this camera is that it has a Google Assistant and Alexa voice service integrated.
The app is practically intuitive and simple to use once you get used to it, you just have to explore it first to get the most out of it.
Having the app downloaded for the D-Link DCS-8525LH, on the first page of the app you will find any device you have linked available, from here you can pick the device you want to use. The next page is the event page, here you will find recordings and notifications. Here you can also view the items, save them or delete them from here. The next page is for the setting of different devices, your account, and schedules. And on the last page, you can set automation for home, aways, bedtime, wake up and panic. This camera has a motion and sound detection function so if any of these is detected it will send you a notification. The notifications are almost instant, usually within a second of detecting something the notification arrives.
The notifications seem like a great feature but sometimes it could be really annoying. It is obvious that you want to be notified when the camera picks up something so you need to have notifications on if you want to take advantage of the motion and sound detecting system. But sometimes you will receive a software update notification at 2 am and three minutes later a reminder that the software is going to update and then another notification that the updating is starting. That is completely unnecessary and it is really sad that it is not possible to filter the type of notifications you want to receive. This must be the next improvement for this application because nobody wants to know this kind of thing in the middle of the night, just update and that is it!
WHAT’S IN THE BOX
- DCS-8525LH camera
- Micro USB power adapter
- Mounting kit
- Ethernet cable
- Quick install guide
- Excellent pan and tilt capabilities
- Easy to set up
- Quick notifications
- 1080p video
- Lag on video and camera movement
- Unnecessary notifications
- Need to practice before taking all the advantage of this device
Price and Availability
The D-Link DCS-8525LH is available on Amazon for $99.99 USD. Compared to other devices, this is a great price for an indoor camera that has motion and sound detection, the ability to record in 1080p, have two-way communication, various options to store video and night vision.