The outdoor F19900P is also wireless and plug-and-play, though it trades the bells and whistles of the R2 for compact ruggedness and simplicity. Setup is identical to that of the R2, though the F19900P doesn't do a little dance. It's an HD 1080P camera set in a hardened, weatherproof case that did very well on the splash test.
The camera is mounted on a built-in adjustable screw-in mount and stand that locks into position using an allen wrench. Like many outdoor cameras designed to screw to an outside wall, it would have been nice to have been able to wire it directly to a junction box rather than relying on a very vulnerable power cable and mains adaptor that is not designed for outside use. The camera connects to the local network using WiFi or Ethernet and the service flex also has a port for the mains plug and two external RCA jacks for two-way audio.
Like the R2, the F19900P has H.264 image compression and a resolution of 1080P. It has a glass lens with a 106° field of view, though a greater depth of field than the R2. For night vision there are 30 high-powered IR LEDs with a range of 65 ft (20 m). In testing, we found the fixed-focus camera had excellent day vision picture quality and was bright enough in infrared to cover a large grassy area at night. It was also very responsive to light changes, which meant setting the sensitivity to very low to avoid a barrage of alerts every time a car passed at night.
As far as the app is concerned, it made set up of both cameras very simple and the basic functions were easy. However, getting to the more advanced setting required some experimentation to figure out. The scanning controls required a lot of practice to use properly due to the video lag and made the presets a definite plus.
Along with each camera came a software CD-Rom install that allows for advanced setup or plug and play of cameras from a desktop computer. It provides direct link to cameras with enough screens to cover a small factory. It took some experimenting to get it set up and understand the controls and it seemed very promising, but every attempt to make the final connection to the video feeds crashed the software.
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