What it’s like to use the Vava Home Cam, a wireless security camera that has amassed over $300,000 in crowdfunding in a week

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A number of competitor home security cameras require you to pay an additional monthly fee in order to access your video recordings. That's not the case with Vava.
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  • The thought of someone breaking into your home is stressful enough, so ensuring that doesn't happen should be as stress-free as possible.
  • The new Vava Home Cam hopes to provide you with some peace of mind thanks to its clear recordings from its 140-degree wide-angle lens, 1080p high-def resolution, and super night vision with a 23-foot visibility range.
  • And because it boasts an IP66 water resistant rating, this is one smart home camera that will stay alert even in the nastiest of weather, so that you don't have to.
  • VAVA is currently seeking funding on Kickstarter, and while you should always exercise caution before backing a crowdfunding project, this certainly seems like one that will succeed.

Keeping your home and loved ones safe is a big job, but that doesn't mean it requires any big devices. Here to drive home the notion that good things come in small packages is the latest product from smart home company Vava. Meet the new Home Cam, a smart security camera that may just be one of the easiest cameras I've ever used.

You may know Vava best for a camera of another flavor — the company previously released its popular Dash Cam following an extremely successful Kickstarter campaign, whereupon the team managed to raise over $600,000. That camera has received rave reviews on Amazon, with customers applauding the quality of the camera, in spite of the small size of the lens. That appears to be a common theme among Vava products — like the Dash Cam, the new Home Cam also seems rather diminutive, but don't let that fool you. This is one security camera that won't miss a beat.

In developing its newest product, Vava took into consideration the feedback from hundreds of homeowners and existing security camera users. While I wasn't polled for my opinion (woe is me), had I been invited to give feedback, I would've noted that most smart cameras work well...when they work. Despite their promises of being wire-free and exclusively battery operated, I've found that several of these cameras don't last particularly long, especially when living outside and attempting to brave the elements. And of course, when you have a smart camera that only works part of the time, you're only part of the way protected — which is to say, not protected at all.

The Vava Home Cam, however, addresses this concern head on. To ensure that you don't end up with a defunct battery or a faulty wire, this smart camera actually comes with an optional solar panel, which entirely eliminates the need for recharging or new batteries. Moreover, the battery that the camera does come with lasts up to a year, and also features built-in encrypted local storage.

That, my friends, is noteworthy because a number of competitor cameras require you to pay an additional monthly fee in order to access your video recordings. That's not the case with Vava, as you can access the content your camera captures from anywhere at anytime from the companion iOS and Android app.

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The Vava Home Cam comes with an optional solar panel, which entirely eliminates the need for recharging or new batteries.
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I was particularly impressed with how easy it was to set up the Home Cam. There are actually three different mounts depending on where you'd like to set up your security system. Choose from a screw-in base (for say, a tree in your backyard), a desktop mount, or a touch-and-go magnetic mount. Regardless, the camera is cord-free, and small enough to avoid attracting unwanted attention. After all, nothing kills the mood of your housewarming party like an alarmingly conspicuous camera recording all the action.

But in moments when you do need a little help from your security system, Vava has you covered. The camera has a built-in alarm that you can trip should you notice anything fishy, as well as two-way audio so that you can communicate with the people you're seeing, even if you're not physically present. You can also set three levels of motion detection sensitivity, which I've found to be particularly useful for actually obtaining accurate alerts (because you don't, in fact, need to be notified every time your dog wags his tail).

Recorded content is extremely clear, as content is delivered in 1080p HD during both day and nighttime. I was impressed by the 23-foot night vision range, which really does allow you to see across quite an impressive radius even during the darkest part of the evening. You'll be getting a 140-degree view of your property, and while that's not necessarily the widest angle around, it does the trick (and if you opt for two Home Cams, you can cover more than enough ground).

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I was particularly impressed with how easy it was to set up the Home Cam.
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If you're in need of a bit more storage space, the Vava does offer support for up a 128 local microSD card. I don't think you'll actually need that much additional storage, though I suppose it could come in handy if you're away for a vacation or work trip, and will need to keep an eye on goings-on at home.

Should anything go wrong, the Home Cam comes with a 24-hour dedicated customer support team, as well as a 24-month warranty guarantee. While I've not yet had 24 months to spend with my Vava, it certainly seems like a keeper.

VAVA is currently seeking funding on Kickstarter, and while you should always exercise caution before backing a crowdfunding project, this certainly seems like one that will succeed.

Back the Vava Home Cam on Kickstarter now. Pledge $159 or more to secure your Home Cam for up tp $90 off its estimated MSRP of $249. Expected delivery is December 2018.

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