Friday, May 23, 2014

Dropcam Pro Camera {MCO's 2nd Birthday Bash!}

*Mommys Craft Obsession received a complimentary Dropcam Pro to review in exchange for her honest thoughts and opinions*

MCO's Birthday Bash is continuing our celebration with an amazing giveaway for a Dropcam Pro!
It's that time of year again and we're celebrating MCO's 2nd blog-birthday! Mommys Craft Obsession started in May 2012 and their birthday bash has become their most anticipated event of the year! We are so glad that you could join us for this event! We highly recommend that you bookmark the open giveaway page by clicking on the image below then adding it to your bookmarks bar! During the next week you will have the chance to enter to win some amazing prizes from items for YOU and things for your little one!



Dropcam was developed by co-founders Greg Duffy and Aamir Virani after Greg's father desperately wanted to figure out which local dog was making a mess of his yard. He began hooking up IP camera's but was having trouble getting the system to work just right and that storing video on his hard drive wasn't an easy or secure solution. Greg was immediately interested in solving his dads dilemma and called his friend Aamir to talk through the problem. They began throwing around the idea around soon connected with tech pioneer Mitch Kapor who decided to fun the initial development which resulted in the launch of Dropcam in 2009. Now Dropcam is widely used around the country to "drop in" on their babies, pets, and even to catch unsuspecting thieves. 


Photo Credits: Dropcam


To me, there is nothing more important than the security of my family and having peace of mind when we are away from our home. Although we live in a safe neighborhood, you just never know what may happen when you are out and about, and being able to check up on things while you're away is an luxury that I feel every family should have. With Dropcam Pro as one of the most versatile and affordable Wi-Fi Video Monitoring System, every family can have the peace of mind they deserve whether they're checking in on their home, business, or a specific room of the house that has precious tiny humans sleeping in it! 

The first time I worked with Dropcam was exactly a year ago, for our first birthday event! I fell in love with their Dropcam HD and it is an item that I still use in my home pretty much daily. When I received our Dropcam Pro for review this year, I was pleasantly surprised to see that their packaging had changed, and although I thought their presentation with the Dropcam HD was nice, I loved the simplicity of the packaging with the Dropcam Pro. 

When you receive your Dropcam Pro, it comes with the camera itself, power cord and adapter, a mounting frame, and the hardware necessary to mount your Dropcam. 



The Dropcam Pro is approximately 4.5" X 3.15" X 3.15" and weighs approximately 5.7 ounces, but don't let it's size fool you! This little camera is has a 130 degree field of view, high power IR night vision, and an 8X digital zoom. While the camera is designed for indoor use only, it vibrantly shows you what you are monitoring and looks as though you were standing in the room rather than looking at it through your smart phone, tablet, or computer.

One key feature of the Dropcam that I absolutely love is the set up. I like to consider myself "somewhat tech savy" but when it comes to things like wireless IP addresses and stuff like that, I am pretty much a deer in the headlights. The Dropcam Pro (as well as the HD model) are a BREEZE to set up, I'm talking so easy my two year old could do it. Literally all you need to do is plug the USB cable from your Dropcam into your computer or laptop, and the Dropcam pretty much sets itself up!


In just six easy steps, your Dropcam will be set up and ready to be used so if you're on your way out of town, in need of a quick security camera at your business, or if you just want to get it set up, you will be done and ready to use your Dropcam in about 5 minutes.

Step 1. Plug in the camera and your computer with the USB cord (included with your Dropcam).
Step 2. Select your wireless network.
Step 3. Connect to your Wi-Fi
Step 4. Pretty much goes with Step 3., confirm your wireless connection.
Step 5. Unplug your camera from the computer, plug it into the power adapter then into the outlet near where you want your camera to be placed!
Step 6. Verify that your camera is turned on and get ready to "Drop In On What You Love"!


Since I mentioned that I have both the Dropcam Pro and the Dropcam HD I thought I would include a little comparison for those of you who are wondering what the difference is!

In terms of dimensions, these two cameras are exactly alike, but they do vary by 0.2 ounces and in several technical functionalities! The Dropcam Pro offers a 8X digital zoom while the Dropcam HD offers a 4X digital zoom, and the Dropcam Pro offers a 130 degree field of zoom whereas the Dropcam HD offers a 107 degree field of zoom. The last noticeable difference between these two cameras is the quality and brightness of your viewing. The Dropcam Pro offers your view to be more true to color whereas the Dropcam HD is a little more muted in color, however they both offer comparable clarity, sound, and night vision. 


Mr. Hunky and I decided to place our Dropcam Pro on the bookshelf that we have in our living room so that when we are away from the home we can drop in on the dogs and make sure that they're not causing a ruckus. We also love having the Dropcam because it sends us text notifications directly to my cell phone letting us know when there has been motion detected in the house. I love being able to pull up the Dropcam app to see what exactly made the camera detect motion whether it be a doggy moving around the living room, or them barking at the door because they heard a noise! 


Mr. Hunky and I can both agree that having a Dropcam in our home is the perfect addition to the family. Whether we're dropping in on the dogs while we're away, or Mr. Hunky is dropping in on us while he works a night shift; having the peace of mind that things are safe and secure at home is, in my opinion, worth any amount of money! Dropcam also offers cloud recording which is fantastic for if you plan on being away from your house for an extended period of time, are using your Dropcam for your business, or if you just want to be able to go back and watch the footage that was caught while you weren't checking your app. We highly recommend Dropcam to anyone who wants to "Drop In On What They Love"!



To Purchase: Visit Dropcam's website and pick up a Dropcam Pro for your home or business for just $199.99!

To Win: Dropcam and Mommys Craft Obsession have teamed up to give one lucky person a Dropcam Pro of their own! Enter the giveaway form below for your chance to win!

Entry-Form

Congrats to Teresa Williams!

The Giveaway will close late on the evening of June 7th. The winner will be chosen at random through  Giveaway Tools.  The winner will be announced both on Giveaway Tools form as well as notified by email and announced on MCO’s Facebook. Winner will have 48 hours to claim their prize otherwise a new winner will be chosen. The winner will have their prize sent to them by Dropcam, Mommys Craft Obsession and other participating bloggers are not responsible for prize shipment. Must be 18 years and older. Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Google are in no way affiliated with this giveaway. No Purchase Necessary. Void where prohibited by law. US Only. This review is 100% original and in my own words. Everything written is from my own personal view point and opinions and I have not been influenced by any outside sources. What works for me, may not work for you. All photos have been taken by me unless stated otherwise. I have been provided with product to review by {INSERT COMPANY HERE} however I have not been compensated monetarily for this review. This disclosure is done in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 10 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.



27 comments:

  1. Right now, I would honestly use it to drop in on my dogs while we are gone. Being due with our first in October would eventually lead to uses with baby.

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  2. My favorite feature would be the ability to get a text when there is movement. I love that.

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  3. I love that it has night vision and such a wide range of vision. Makes it really useful!

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  4. Well, honestly we have people that keep messing with our cars....that would be great to find out who is doing it! hahahaha

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  5. I would give it as a Baby Shower Gift.

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  6. If I had a Dropcam, I would use it to "drop in" outside my front door. I spend most of my day upstairs in my home office and do not have any way of seeing if someone is coming up our driveway or if the UPS guy has left any packages. :)

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  7. One of my favorite feature is the Dropcam offers cloud recording. This would be great to keep a lot of content to look back. :)

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  8. I also like the idea of the night time recording and cloud recording possibilities for when I'm away from home on vacation. I think it could be a good security feature as well.

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  9. My favorite feature is that it is so easy to set up.

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  10. I would use it to view my front door/yard.

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  11. This is so cool. I wish I had one when the kids were young. They got into some stuff when I wasn't looking!

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  12. This is wonderful! I would use it on my grandson and get some real shots without him knowing it. He has become camera shy so to speak and doesn't want to pose!!! Rita Spratlen

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  13. My favorite feature is the entire camera. It is so neat you can just put it there. Wonderful in everyway that I can think of. Rita Spratlen

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  14. i would drop in on my house via internet during my workday
    anne hill
    calliope_123 at hotmail dot com

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  15. the dropcam has such a large degree of visibility, thats my favorite feature
    anne hill
    calliope_123 at hotmail dot com

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  16. I love that you get an alert when the camera detects motion. I also really like that it can record to the cloud. This is a fantastic gizmo.

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  17. I would drop in on my daughter when she is "supposed" to be sleeping.

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  18. Christina StrappJune 4, 2014 at 12:01 AM

    I would drop in on my daughter's nursery to see what she is doing.

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  19. Christina StrappJune 6, 2014 at 2:46 AM

    I like that it offers a 130 degree field of zoom so I can see just about everything going on.

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  20. I especially like that it will send text notifications when it detects motion ~ that is COOL!

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  21. I would drop in the baby we're expecting in September. :)

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  22. My favorite feature is the wifi connection capability.

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  23. My favorite features are that it's WiFi and that it sends us text notifications directly to your cell phone when there has been motion detected. Also that there is the option of cloud recording which is wonderful if you are using it for security purposes when you are not home.

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  24. The night vision is wonderful my son is diabetic and can go low at night so this allows you to keep an eye on a person who is ill nice cam great for new parents to watch the baby too.

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  25. My favorite feature is that it is easy to set up.

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  26. My favorite feature is text notifications.

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  27. My most loved gimmicks are that its WiFi and that it sends us message notices straightforwardly to your phone when there has been movement distinguished. aerial installation prices

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