K & F Concept PTZ Outdoor Camera – Full Review
Thats. Incredibly easy to use now, as part of this overview, i always like to start with an unboxing of a product just to show you everything, thats included with the kit and then ill actually go through the specifications of the camera and the solar panel, because its important To understand how this stacks up against other products in the market ill take a closer look at the camera and the solar panel and explain the connections and buttons and indicators youll need to be aware of, and then finally ill come back once again and point out. Some key things that you can use to compare this to other security cameras in the market, so lets get started with the unboxing. When you first pop open the box, youll find everything you need to get started with this camera, the camera module itself and a really nice solar panel with a three meter cable on it. So its a nice long, cable that you can extend between the solar panel and the camera. You can mount this on the side of your house point it towards the sun and all the power youll need to charge the internal batteries on this camera. Come from that solar panel, the cool thing is, if you dont have sun for a couple of days, because the camera has an internal solar panel, itll run on its own until the sun shows up again and starts recharging. Those batteries also included is a mounting kit for the solar panels and a mounting kit for the camera, and, i think, thats, a really nice touch, because a lot of times, youll open up the box youll go outside to mount the camera and youll find out pretty Quickly, you dont have the hardware you need to actually mount it to a wall, so these kits include not only wood screws but also the sleeves you would use if youre going to drill this into some type of concrete or stone structure.
They also include a really nice charging cable. Now i thought this was an interesting touch as well, because its powered by the solar panel, but when you first connect it up, you need to charge the camera, so they include a usba to a micro, usb cable here that you can use with any standard wall Charger to initially charge the camera connect it up to your wi fi network and then, when you place it outside its ready to go also in the kit, youll find a full instruction manual thats in a few different languages. So it makes it really easy to understand how to use the product and all the specifications and connection diagrams youll need to understand, as well as a template. You can use for mounting the camera on the wall because a lot of times when youre trying to mount a camera like this, its really difficult to mark the holes. So with this you can peel the back of it off. Stick it on your wall, drill the two holes you need to mount the camera and then peel it off your wall and actually mount the camera. So i thought that was a really nice touch as well all right. As far as the camera goes, its jam packed with features, so the camera itself is a 1080p camera, and i know there are higher resolution cameras on the market, but they tend to be very expensive and honestly for a security.
Camera 1080p feed is perfect for keeping track of an area in your yard and detecting motion in that area. In case youve got kind of nefarious behavior going on in your backyard. The unit also has night vision, which is nice and its not standard night vision. Its got a couple of infrared indicators on the front that will light up an area but its also color night vision. So it gives you both sort of a black and white view which is a little brighter and it gives you color view to a certain extent about 15 or 20 meters away from the camera. The unit has motion detection on it. Now most of the outdoor security cameras have motion detection, but this one uses a technique called pir, which is passive infrared and what that technology does is actually look for differences in temperature between a warm body and a cold body, and it looks for the edge of That particular object and when something moves through its field of view – and you have motion, detection turned on itll, actually start recording the camera and capture that footage for you. So you can review it later on a lot of cameras, talk about having motion detection but theyre, not using that passive infrared and what that means is every time a tree branch sways or leave rolls through that that motion area its going to trigger a motion detect Alert youre going to get a notice on your phone and youre going to have to sort of pay attention to that so having pir really separates it from the others.
I also love the fact that the solar panel is sort of separate from the camera. Now, a lot of these systems have a solar panel that has a proprietary connection on it or, worse, its actually connected to the camera directly by having the solar panel separated from the camera. It gives you a lot of flexibility later on in case you want to power this directly. You can use this cable and plug it into an outlet with a usb charger on it or if the solar panel goes bad, say youre, going to keep the camera for four or five years, and this goes bad down the road. You can easily pick up. Another solar panel, with a micro usb connection on it and plug it into the camera, so everything you need to get started is included with the kit, like i said, but i love the flexibility of it. It operates on a 2.4 gigahertz frequency, so youll connect this up to your wi fi network. The fact that its got dual antennas means its going to give you a rock solid signal. Some of the problems with the other cameras on the market are that they have really small antennas or a single antenna or even internal antennas, which makes it difficult to sort of get that signal back to your wi fi network, especially if you put this camera way Out in your backyard, so thats pretty much it for the overview. Now, if you stay tuned next ill, take a closer look at the camera in the solar panel and then ill come back and re emphasize some of the things you should keep in mind if youre, comparing this camera to others that are on the market, now ill.
Take a closer look at the two main components included with the kit. I have the solar panel here and the camera assembly here and ill start with the solar panel. This top surface is what you need to expose to the sun for most of the day to capture as much solar energy as possible, which the solar panel will then turn into a dc voltage and current that it sends to the batteries internally on the camera. To keep them charged through this included cable. Now the cable is attached to the solar panel here permanently and the other end of it has a micro usb plug on it, and youll connect that up to the port on the bottom of the camera, to deliver that dc. Current now, youll want to position this away from the camera as needed to capture as much of that sunlight as possible throughout the day, and the cable is a really nice heavy duty, three meter, cable. That gives you a lot of flexibility in where you position this and when you mount the solar panel, you want to make sure that you try and orient it. So the sun travels across the face of the solar panel through the day, and that way you capture as much sunlight as possible. Now, when this kit is first opened up, youll find that the shaft assembly and the mount are not connected. Youve got to assemblies and youll basically screw the shaft into the back of the solar panel and then youll attach it to the base with this knob right here.
The key thing is, i would recommend, mounting the base to your wall first using these three holes and the included screws and then attaching everything on top of the base, and this nut right down here is the adjustment nut for the angle of the solar panel. So when you loosen this youll notice, the solar panel is now free to move around and again you want to position this to get as much sunlight as possible and when youre happy with the angle of that solar panel, you can tighten this up and thatll actually Tighten everything up, so it tightens up this little joint up top here and its not going to move so once youve got it mounted to the wall and the position is correct. It should stay there for quite some time now. Well, take a look at the camera. Now the camera assembly again is modular as well. Its got an ip66 rating. The batteries internally are 14 400 milliampere hours, which is really a lot of battery energy inside the camera. A lot of the competing products have a smaller battery pack and the reason thats important is because having a large battery pack like this means, the camera can run for a couple of days without being charged from the solar panel. So if you have a couple of cloudy days or rainy days, theres no worry that the cameras not going to work now. The connection for the solar panel is right at the bottom, its a micro usb, and you can see that youve got to pop open this little door here and thats weather resistant, so youre not going to get water inside the camera.
Now the camera assembly itself is right here, its the ball, and it moves left and right. So you can pan left and right with it. You can also tilt up and down and thats all controlled through the software that you can use on your phone and its going to zoom digitally through the camera on the bottom of it now right above that is the pir sensor and thats that passive infrared thats. Looking for motion in the field of the view of the camera, when it sees a difference in temperature, move through that field of view, itll start recording, whatever activity is going on in that area, either side of that are two lights. Thatll come on and again through the software, you can say i only want to record stuff or when i see motion, i want to turn those lights on, and these two floodlights will illuminate that area and scare off anybody back there fooling around. You can also turn on a siren thatll stay on for a period of time that you can control through the software. So totally up to you on the top. You have an indicator light, letting you know, youre doing, recording and on the bottom. Youve got a microphone where you can have that two way: conversation if needed, with somebody out in the backyard on top. There are two antennas and again these are positioned. You want to keep them like this as best as possible, straight and parallel to each other, but again theyre flexible, so you can move them around as needed.
There are two mounting holes in the back that actually mount this to your house and then underneath the camera are a couple of hidden controls: theres a micro sd card slot right there, where you can put a micro sd card in and record right to the camera And you can pull that out and review that footage. If you want, you have a power button to the right that turns the camera on youll hold that for a couple of seconds, camera comes to life and then theres a reset button. On the left hand, side in case you have to reset the camera to go through the configuration procedures again at a later date, when youre done using that make sure you close this little door up and that ensures that the camera stays weatherproof and youre not going To have any issues down the road, i hope you found that closer look helpful. Now. Here are a few things to keep in mind when youre, comparing this k, f concept, outdoor ptz camera to others, you may be considering. The first thing is its a ptz camera, which means its pan tilt and zoom. So you can control exactly what youre looking at you can pan left and right. You can go up and down, you can tilt and you can actually zoom in and objects and thats really handy, because, if theres motion in your backyard or you want to kind of look at a different area in your backyard, if you have a fixed camera, youre Limited to how much you can see in that field of view, so pan tilt zoom is really a type of camera that youd want to put outside your home.
To give you the most flexibility, i love the fact that its got internal batteries and a solar panel with it, because a lot of times outdoor cameras talk about being wireless, but theyre. Only talking about the connection to the wi fi network for the video feed. You still have to mount a camera outside near an outlet or run electric over to that camera location to power the camera. This one is truly wireless because it communicates the video feed over the wi fi network and it uses the solar panel to actually charge the camera. So you can mount this virtually anywhere. You need to in your backyard, not have to worry about. You know connecting power up and sort of running electricity out there, its a 2.4 gigahertz reception which most wi fi networks will handle. Today it has motion detection on the front of it and you can define exactly what that motion zone looks like and thats important, because, again, using pir motion, detection youre going to get a lot less false alarms. A lot of the other cameras on the market. Talk about having motion detection but theyre, using an older version of it, which pretty much anything moves in that field of view its going to trigger an alarm which means youre wasting space in your cloud or on the sd card internally and youre. Getting a lot more false alarms. This unit also has night vision. So itll give you a really nice view of the backyard and im showing you a view of it here, both in the daytime and in the night time, and you can see that that night vision is really nice.
Its crystal clear. It also has color night vision. So when its recording itll actually record night vision with color, if you decide to do that, the unit has an internal sd card for storage locally. It also has cloud storage available, and initially you get seven days of free cloud storage with the unit and if you want to continue using the cloud storage theres a small fee per month, pretty much every security camera out. There now has some monthly fee for storage up in the cloud. Another cool feature this unit has is a flashlight on the front which will actually turn on when it detects motion, and it has an alarm in it as well. So if youve got an area of your yard, you want to protect, maybe a backyard shed thats way off in the distance. You can mount this outside the shed. When it detects motion you can either have it turn the spotlight on which illuminates the area which will scare off anybody thats there and if youre really concerned, you can turn on the light and actually turn on an alarm which makes a really loud noise and itll Scare somebody out of that location, the unit also has two way audio. So if you lets say somebodys intruding in your backyard and theyre near the shed, it can detect that motion. Itll turn on the lights, itll turn on the alarm and if theyre still not leaving, you can actually have a conversation with them to say: hey get out of my backyard youre near my shed.
You shouldnt be there, so i like that aspect of it as well. The dual antennas are nice again. I pointed that out earlier. A lot of these come with an internal antenna which is really not that great for reception and limits how far away from your router the product can be located. This has dual antennas, which gives you rock solid connection even very far away from your house, so this works great ive. Had it way out in my backyard monitoring a patio area we have out there, ive had no problems whatsoever with the reception. The unit also works with an application. You can download that the applications free itll give you notifications of movement in the area alerts that type of thing itll. Also, let you view the camera control the pill, pan tilt and zoom through that application and also review any footage that was recorded, which i think is great. So overall, the product is really pretty complete. Again. There arent many features. Actually, i cant think of a single feature. This product doesnt have except maybe higher resolution, but i mentioned that in the overview, 1080p is fine for me with home security cameras i think 2k and 4k is better, but it tends to be a much more expensive camera. So when you consider all the features this product has built in and then weigh that against the price, i think its a phenomenal value and thats pretty much all i had for you today.