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To provide peace of mind, an indoor security camera can be a valuable addition, particularly for small apartments or shops. It offers a range of benefits, whether you want to monitor pets or track employee movements in small business establishments. We recently had the opportunity to review the Philips Home Safety Camera HSP 3500, which boasts sound and motion detection features, along with robust app support. A standalone Wi-Fi camera can keep you informed about events like your children returning home from school or potential trespassers near your apartment.

Philips Home Camera

Effortless Installation:
Included with the Philips indoor 360-degree Wi-Fi camera are a power brick, a USB cable (though slightly short), screws, and a mounting sticker. Before installing the camera, ensure you have a stable Wi-Fi network, and your phone must be connected to the same network you intend to link your camera with. Next, download the Philips Home Safety app and begin the pairing process for your camera. Personally, I chose to sign in with the “Hide my Email ID” feature on iOS, a practice I’ve adopted based on past experiences with other brands. Once you’ve filled out the necessary details, select the camera for connection. As you switch on the camera, you’ll observe the LED on the device blinking red, turning green when successfully paired. When prompted to verify the QR code, simply point your security camera at the QR code displayed on the phone screen, and it takes hardly a minute to get the camera up and running.

Philips Home Camera

Impressive Technical Features:
During our trial of the Philips Home Safety Camera HSP 3500 over a few days, we noted the absence of any humming or whirring sounds when the camera rotated. The various tracking modes performed effectively, making it suitable for a small apartment. The well-designed app enhances the device’s usability. It includes a responsive trackpad, ensuring smooth camera movement. Standard functions such as capturing screenshots are available, along with a “siren” mode, although it could be louder. Notable features include full-HD resolution (I maintained a video output of 2,304 x 1,296), intelligent detection, two-way communication, and night vision. Captured video is stored on the SD card with encryption support for up to a 128GB micro SD slot, though a higher capacity would have been appreciated. What’s commendable is the camera’s ability to provide clear images even in low-light conditions, with IR visibility extending up to 10 meters. The two-way microphone functions flawlessly, and the camera’s motion detection capability is quite reliable. If you’re wondering about shared access, the camera accommodates up to 20 members.

Philips Home Camera

Noteworthy Aspects:
Another notable feature of the camera (priced at Rs 3,599, with a discounted rate available on the official website; otherwise Rs 5,295) is its wide field of view, allowing you to capture more of what’s in front of the device. However, one potential improvement could be enhanced smart-home compatibility.

Philips Home Camera
Philips Home Camera

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