Thanks for the Wyze recommendation. I've had a look and they look pretty good. I see they're available on TradeMe for about $80 if I want to get one quickly.
A few questions:
I'm heading off overseas for a month. I see people are recommending putting in an SD card. Will it store a months worth of motion detected footage on an SD card? - YES BUT DEPENDS ON HOW MUCH MOTION IS DETECTED
How good is the 14-day cloud storage? I assume I can log into it and view any clip and download any that I want to save for later use? Other than the 14-day limit, is there any size limit? - ONLY STORES THE FIRST 12 SEC IN THE CLOUD THEN A 5 MINUTE COOLDOWN, YES YOU CAN SAVE TO YOUR CAMERA ROLL
I see there's 2 USB ports on the back. I guess one is power and what's the other used for? - CONNECT TO A WYZE SENSE WHICH COMMS TO THE SENSOR AND OPEN/CLOSE UNITS OVER A FREQ THAT ISNT WIFI, JUST NEED 1 WYZE SENSE ON 1 CAMERA PER HOME GENERALLY
Can I have the app on two different phones (mine and my partners) and we can both control the camera and view video? EITHER JUST USE THE SAME WYZE ACCOUNT , OR ON DIFFERENT ACCOUNTS YOU CAN SHARE CAMERAS, NOT SURE ON CONTROL FROM THE SECOND ACCOUNT
How does the smoke detector work? - LISTENS FOR SMOKE DETECTOR SOUND
Is access to the cloud storage all through the app or can I use my PC (eg a website that I can log into to view my videos)? OFFICIALLY APP ONLY , BUT I USE CHROME AND ARC WELDER EXTENSION, THEN INSTALL THE ANDROID APK, SO EFFECTIVELY VIEW AND CONTROL THE ANDROID APP ON MY PC, WORKS WELL
@jonathan18 I see you had some problems with motion detection initially. Has it got any better? I'm thinking of having a camera in the corner of my lounge looking over the room and towards the front door which is a ranch-slider. There are trees outside that will blow in the wind, is this likely to set off the motion detection all the time? -YOU CAN SET DETECTION ZONES, BUT I THINK THE SENSOR YOU CAN BUY USES DIFFERENT TECH TO DETECT MOVEMENT, CAMERA IS PIXELS CHANGING , SENSOR MIGHT BE HEAT
Have a look on Reddit and the Wyze site has a support community also.
My only comment is , like all cameras of this type, HD isnt really similar to HD on a TV , check youtube out for examples.