I have a fairly specific need for some in-home security cameras and I'm hoping someone might know of a product that would be a good fit. I have some strict requirements, and am not likely to "give" on any of these. So, if you have an item you like but it doesn't meet my requirements, I will not be able to consider it.
A couple of years ago, I purchased four Stem Izon cameras because they were fairly inexpensive. They supported WiFi, had a magnetic base that allowed for almost limitless positioning, could be accessed remotely with an app, and supported the ability to record content based on motion or sound detection.
They were so-so cameras overall, but they fit my needs pretty much perfectly. Unfortunately, Stem Innovations is shutting down. They didn't produce a quality product, put zero effort into improving what they had, and have run out of money and investors. While the cameras still function today, and will continue to function generically (no video capture anymore) for another two weeks, they will be doorstops after the end of the month.
I am looking for a camera that:
A) Supports WiFi connectivity
B) Is reasonably small an unobtrusive in terms of size
C) Operates off of 110 power (no battery operation required or desired)
D) Can record a short clip of video when it detects motion (and can be turned off)
E) Can be had for a very reasonable price (I'm probably willing to spend up to about $50 per camera, MAX)
F) Is accessible remotely through an app or similar, and I would absolutely prefer that it NOT be directly accessible via an IP address unless there is security that can be added to it
While I would absolutely prefer to NOT have the videos stored in the cloud, I will take what I can get here.
Pretty much everything I have looked at is at least $90 and set up to do WAY more than I need. I don't need PTZ (pan, tilt, zoom), IP connectivity, battery operation, integration with home automation, waterproof / outdoor capable, etc. This is for being able to do things like detect when the dogs are in a room where maybe they shouldn't be and record a clip of what they're doing. Additionally, being able to access the cameras remotely to see what the dogs are actively doing at any particular point in time would be a needed feature.
I don't need 4K video quality, I'm not trying to shoot content from a mile away, and would need only the most modest of ability to shoot in low/no light (no lights on in the room).