Y-Cam Bullet HD £395

22nd Feb 2012 | 09:30

Y-Cam Bullet HD

Is this the ultimate in home protection?

TechRadar rating:

3.5 stars

Like:

Good quality picture; Weather-proofing; Night-vision mode; Good quality accessories;

Dislike:

Live stream not the smoothest; Quite pricey for a home CCTV camera

We've looked at various network cameras in the past. As with most technologies, prices can vary drastically, but the gulf in quality between budget cameras and high-end ones is particularly wide.

Low cost devices like the Jabbakam can be bought for well under £100, but lack features like night vision and weather-proofing. Low resolutions and a slow frame rate can also reduce these cameras' usefulness.

The Y-Cam Bullet HD network camera suffers from none of these problems, but this versatility comes at a price - £395 to be precise.

There's no denying that this is an expensive device, but on testing we found it to be such a fully-featured, high quality camera that its price tag is mostly justified. With night vision, weather-proofing and a choice of wireless or Ethernet connections, this camera - unlike its cheaper rivals - can be used indoors or out.

The name refers to the projectile-like shape of the chassis, but once mounted on its stand (which can be easily attached to a wall or ceiling via screws) and with a drip-proof shield installed, the Y-Cam Bullet HD begins to look more like a CCTV camera. This means that you'd probably rather have it outdoors, unless you're going for a high street car park look in your living room.

Looks aside - perhaps so far aside that they're out of sight - this is a very accomplished network camera with extensive features to help you keep an eye on your property when you're away.

A handy and easy to navigate web interface lets you access the video stream from the camera remotely. There's also a smartphone-friendly version, and email alerts and motion detection work well together to keep you in the loop should anything happen.

The 'HD' of the product name refers to the 1,280 x 720 resolution. Running at 30 frames per second it's clear and detailed, though not the smoothest stream.

Still, detail in camera footage is essential when reporting a crime, and the Y-Cam Bullet HD offers that as well as some excellent features.

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