Annke® SP5 H.264 720P 1.0 Mega-Pixel HD Wi-Fi Network IP Camera Review

Copyright belongs to Annke.

Image copyright belongs to Annke.

 

The Annke® SP5 H.264 720P 1.0 Mega-Pixel HD Wi-Fi Network IP Camera was kindly provided to me by Annke free of charge in exchange for a fair and unbiased review on Amazon.co.uk. No additional compensation was given in exchange for posting this article on my blog.

The Annke® SP5 H.264 720P 1.0 Mega-Pixel HD Wi-Fi Network IP Camera is available in the UK from SANNCE & ANNKE Fulfilled by Amazon.co.uk at a cost of £39.99 with free P&P. In the US the SP5 is available from Security Sannce & ANNKE Fulfilled by Amazon.com at a cost of $52.99 with free P&P (Prices correct at time of posting).

 

To enlarge an image and view its description, please click on the image

 

PACKAGE CONTENTS.

The Annke® SP5 H.264 720P 1.0 Mega-Pixel HD Wi-Fi Network IP Camera is supplied in a basic brown cardboard box packaging bearing product information. Inside the box you will find…

– The Annke® SP5 H.264 720P 1.0 Mega-Pixel HD Wi-Fi Network IP Camera.
– A white plastic wall mount + 2 screws and rawl plugs.
– A wall plug / power adaptor with a 117cm long power cable (excluding connectors).
– A very brief, quick starts guide.

The quick start guide is but five small pages long and checking the Annke website the SP5 has only recently been added to the product range and there is currently no additional documentation or software available.

 

Inside the box the contents are well protected on all sides  in a compartmentalised cellular foam surrounded with each component individually wrapped within a clear plastic bag.

It should be noted that there is no software included with the camera and despite the fact the second picture in the product listing states the camera works with Android, iOS and Windows I am unable to find any software on the Annke site for the camera.

 

MEASUREMENTS.

Some measurements of the Annke® SP5 H.264 720P 1.0 Mega-Pixel HD Wi-Fi Network IP Camera…

Height = 15.2cm
Width of the camera head at the greatest point = 81.85mm
Length of the camera head at the greatest point = 76.46mm
Width of the base at the greatest point = 118.89mm
Length of the base at the greatest point = 117.30mm excluding the protruding WiFI aerial or 138.5mm including.
The internal measurement of the mounting thread on the underside of the camera is 4.98mm.

The WiFi aerial measures 133.5mm long and can be articulated 90 degrees left right or backwards only.

 

Wall mount bracket measurements…
The section that comes into contact with the wall measures 28.17mm wide and 79.85mm tall at its greatest point and the support section for the camera measures 45.82mm in diameter. The articulation of the bracket arm is in the region of 180 degrees on a single axis only.

 

The power supply protrudes from the socket by 33.88mm and the following markings can be found on the plug…

 

Model: MX12W6-0502000BX
Input: 100-240V – 50/60Hz Max 0.35A
Output: 5v 2A
There are also a number of symbols indicating CE certification, designed for indoor use, double insulated and do not dispose of in household waste.

 

CAMERA FEATURES & SPECIFICATIONS.

– Image sensor: 1/4 “colour CMOS sensor
– Display resolution: 1280 x 720
– Lens: 3.6mm
– Minimum illumination: 0.5Lux
– Night Vision Distance: 10m
– Zoom: Unavailable
– Viewing Angle: 54 degrees (non wide angle).
– Input/output: Two-way audio (built-in microphone and speaker)
– Audio compression: G.711A
– Video compression: H.264
– Image frame rate: 25fps
– Image resolution: 1280 x 720
– Wireless networks: WiFi (IEEE802.11 b/g/n), external antenna
– Ethernet: 10/100Mbps RJ-45 interface
– Protocols: TCP/IP、UDP/IP、HTTP、DHCP、RTSP、RTMP、MUTP
– Alarm linkage: The product listing states “Motion detection Snapshot, audio/video record” page one of the manual shows an alarm interface on the rear of the camera which is actually not present on the SP5 (I suspect the manual covers different cameras). The manual also notes that “some” cameras can be used with wireless sensors, but sadly it does not state whether the SP5 can be. (Looking at the App I suspect not).
– Alarm notification: Real-time App push notifications, Capture photos and send by E-mail.
– Pan & tilt (degree): 355 degrees horizontal and 120 vertical
– Memory Slot: MicroSD (The product listing advises a max capacity of 32GB).

 

SETUP.

The camera can be setup wirelessly on your network or wired using an Ethernet cable. A QR code is located within the quick start guide and also on the product box to obtain the App required. It should be noted that these QR codes link to an APK download that are not on the iTunes or Play store. The App (or rather an App) is however available on these stores and is called Yoosee by xxx as stated within the manual.

 

Checking the play store my Note 10.1″ running Android 4.1.2 was listed as not being compatible thankfully my Moto G 2nd Gen running 5.1.1 is. However, when trying to download the App I twice received a 963 error message from the Play store something never personally before encountered.

 

Following a guide found on the web I cleared the Play Store App cache & data and then rebooted, sadly to the same avail. The second step advised to unmount the MicroSD card installed on the phone and then try installing the App, this worked and the memory card was then remounted after installation. I’m not sure if this is a quirk of the App or something to do with the Play Store, but the App was installed in the end.

 

With the App installed, you are instantly greeted with a registration screen that you cannot move past without first either registering with your phone number or an email address. Considering the SP5 does not support cloud based storage or offer browser access, this is rather intrusive and the lack of any privacy policy on offer is a bit of a concern and I would strongly advise against registering with a phone number or primary email account.

 

To register, you only need an email address and a password (don’t use your email address, password this is the password for the Yoosee account not your email account) once input it takes about 2 or 3 minutes for the account to be created. Once done simply login with your email and password and you will be greeted with a device list.

To connect the camera on a wired network, simply connect the power cable to the camera and an RJ45 cable between the camera and your router. Load the Yoosee App and login, on the device list you will see “discover 1 new device” tap this and the camera hardwired to your network will be displayed. The information displayed will be the cameras ID that is a unique identifier shown on a label on the base of the camera and its IP address on your network.

 

Click the green “+” icon next to the camera details and an add device menu will show where you can give the camera a specific name (useful for operating multiple cameras at once) and also assign a password to the camera… which is required. Click save and the camera has now successfully been added to your network.

To connect the camera to a wireless network power up the camera then load up the App and login. When at the device list, click the “+” icon in the top right corner of the screen and select smart link to begin the wireless connection process. Click next and input your routers ID and password, a few further prompts and the camera will be successfully added to your network. (There is no WPS button on the camera and the App handles the entire wireless setup process).

 

THE APP.

From near two hours worth of endless tinkering and exploring… due to the lack of any documentation I offer the following insight.

Before I go on I have to admit to being massively confused by the App, in my first draft of this review I made the claim that the camera was a still camera and not a video camera. No matter what I tried I could not get the camera to record video I could only get it to take still images.

 

With record mode set to manual and with the record switch on or off in live view mode, there appeared to be no actual record button. There is a camera icon, but when it was pressed or held it just said picture taken.

I then setup a schedule to record for 5 minutes at a specific time and nothing appeared to happen. Then I tried the alarm record setting and set it to email me and record when motion was detected… again nothing happened.

 

Based on that I made the assumption that the following functions on the App were not compatible with the SP5…

– Alarm functions: These include alarm message, email notification, motion detection or buzzer.
– Manual, alarm or scheduled recording modes. None of these functions work the only option is to take stills when in live view.

So I assumed that basically you are limited to, the following functions within the App…

Adding cameras, switching between cameras, renaming cameras, formatting the installed MicroSD card, viewing stills on the MicroSD card, App update, change account password or camera access password

 

In live view mode the following functions are available…

Pan and tilt the camera in live view (by swiping the screen), taking stills in live view, muting the microphone on the camera, speaking through your phone or tablet which then plays through the speakers on the camera, change the picture quality between low, standard or high (by default it always starts at standard which is a little annoying) and finally a lock button that when pressed prevents any changes being made until the lock button is pressed once more.

 

When I was done with my written review I started compiling my phone screen captures and image from the MicroSD card from the camera. When I was using the App I noted before switching it off that there were no recordings in the recordings tab and about 20+ images in the images tab. To my surprise when I put the memory card into my laptop there were no pictures to be found just five .av files.

Checking these files none of them were made during my alarm recording testing… otherwise I would have been the star of the show. They were also not the scheduled recording test as that was set to record for 5 minutes and the longest file isn’t even 1 minute long.

I have no idea when or more importantly, how these recordings were made, looking at the content it must have been during my first hour of playing around with the App before I even started trying to actually make a recording. Finally, where on earth are the 20+ pictures taken that showed in the images folder on the App…

 

Some additional notes.
– Pan and tilt functions are operated by swiping the screen and it is unbelievably slow to function. To rotate the camera the full spectrum of 355 degrees available on the horizontal plane took 51 seconds.
– To talk through the your phone / tablet to the camera you must hold the microphone icon down, it is not tap to activate, tap again to deactivate.
– The App uses between 62 and 64MB ram (on Android 5.1.1) and takes up just under 15MB of space.
– Testing with a Moto G 2nd Gen after 50 minutes of near constant use the App had consumed 2% of my phones 2070mAh battery. (That 2% is just what was drained by the App).

 

RANGE.

When the camera is used with a wired connection the maximum range is via a 100m cable.

The camera uses the wireless b/g/n protocol, trying to advise on the wireless range is a minefield fraught with near infinite variables. The key things that will have an effect on the range of the camera are your router and the structure of the building that the camera is used within.

Paired with a rather basic and old “G” router 10m with line of sight is fine and the room above and to the right of the router at a distance of about 8m is also fine. In the room below the router, however and the signal cuts in and out quite often.

If you have a wireless device that uses the N protocol this should prove to be a reasonable guide as to the range of the camera. Should you discover that the camera does not have a sufficient range for your needs there are a wide variety of wireless range extenders and repeaters available that will help solve this problem.

 

INGRESS PROTECTION.

The short answer is… none, this is an indoor camera and is not suitable for use outdoors even in a sheltered location.

 

NIGHT VISION.

I usually do an extensive night vision mode test with CCTV cameras, but given the fact this isn’t a “security camera” notably less effort was made with this particular camera.

First issue to address are a few discrepancies, the Annke website claims the camera has 11 IR LEDs and has a night vision range of up to 30ft. The product listing states it has 10 IR LEDs and a night vision range of up to 10m (just over 32ft). In reality it has 10 LEDs and the night vision range is about 9 to 10m although beyond 5 m to 6m you can only work out objects / shapes and not features.

In a dark room, turning the lights on or visa versa the camera takes less than 3 seconds to switch between night vision and standard lighting modes. There is an audible click when this happens which I will go into shortly.

 

NOISE.

When the camera is still it makes no sound.
When the camera turns night vision mode on or off there is an audible click which registers as 48dBa @ 12″.
When panning the camera the motor noise registers as 25dBa to 26dBa @ 12″.

The above testing was conducted using a smartphone and a cheap App in a room with a background sound level of 24dBa.

 

POWER CONSUMPTION TESTING.

Testing with a Brennensthul PM231-E power monitor the camera uses 2.8w in standard lighting mode, 3.6w in night vision mode. When it is being manipulated in night vision mode is uses 4.2w and in standard lighting mode it uses 3.5w. (These figures are not a constant and there is a slight degree of fluctuation).

 

FINAL NOTE.

On the underside of the camera there is a recessed reset button, this button resets the camera to factory default and removes any set passwords, etc. On the rear of the camera alongside the ports there are two small pinholes, one labelled P and one N, sadly I have no idea what these are for and as previously stated the paperwork is lacking (it’s not Alarm integration connections I know what they look like as I have used them previously).

 

Thank you for taking the time to read this review, I hope it has been helpful to you. If you have any questions or comments regarding this review, please post a comment below and I will do my best to answer them.

Annke is a registered trademark of Annke Security Ltd

Copyright © 2014-2016 EunoiaReviews. All rights reserved. Reproduction of any part of this site including images and video files is strictly forbidden without prior written consent.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s