SimpliCam

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SimpliCam is the most user-friendly camera in our lineup. Like other equipment in SimpliSafe’s security system packages, this camera is lightweight, intuitive, and remarkably easy to install.

SimpliCam, in a word, is simple. You won’t find fancy accessories or future-tech here. What we did find in our tests, however, was a well-performing and well-made camera with smooth performance from its accompanying mobile app.

And, we couldn’t talk about anything in SimpliSafe’s lineup without mentioning its refreshing simplicity. For installation, all we had to do was plug in, power on, create an account in our app, and follow the steps to set up the camera. Within minutes, we were up and running with our SimpliCam.

From there, it was easy to jump into the setup process. The app guided us through syncing the camera, and then it was all up to us. We explored our SimpliCam’s settings, which let us adjust video resolution, schedule and manage our notifications, check the strength of our Wi-Fi, and even enable the camera’s privacy shutter.

We noted, then, that two options for video resolution are available on this camera: 480p or 720p. Switching back between those two options didn’t appear to affect the quality of the images. If your home Wi-Fi drops out or slows down at random times, you’ll appreciate the lower-resolution output. It pulls less bandwidth from your Wi-Fi, so you don’t have to deal with a slow-performing app. This is something SimpliCam’s users really love, and so did we!

Keep in mind that many other security cameras we’ve tested are built with higher resolution (1080p is the most common). With the SimpliCam, that meant it was slightly harder to make out specific objects in the camera’s view.

All told, we enjoyed getting to know SimpliCam and appreciate that “deceptively easy” theme that runs through all of its features. We do, however, want to note that this camera was not actually meant to be a standalone camera, but rather was intended for use as part of SimpliSafe’s overall system bundles. As long as you know that going in, we think you’ll be quite pleased with SimpliCam.

9.4Expert Score
SimpliCam is the most user-friendly camera in our lineup. Like other equipment in SimpliSafe’s security system packages, this camera is lightweight, intuitive, and remarkably easy to install.
PROS
  • Easy Installation and Everyday Use
  • Smartphone Controls
  • Fast Performance
  • Smart Motion detection
  • “Wetsuit” for Outdoor Use
  • 60-day Money-Back Guarantee
  • Three-year Warranty
  • Cloud Video Storage Available
CONS
  • Low (standard definition 720p) Video Resolution
  • Limited Features
  • No Dedicated Outdoor Camera
  • Comes in Black Finish Only
  • No Battery

Specification: SimpliCam

Customer Service 9.2
Value 7.2
Equipment 7.0
Features & Technology 7.1
Ease Of Use 9.0

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