From watching for package thieves to checking up on your kids coming home from school, you need a security camera you can rely on. The Netvue Vigil Pro Outdoor Security Camera provides you with all the features you need to monitor what’s going on right outside your front door or in your yard. I had the chance to try this camera out for myself, and I’ll admit I was immediately impressed with the video clarity.
Overview of Features
The Netvue Vigil Pro Outdoor Security Camera packs some impressive features in a small, but highly durable, package. The Wi-Fi-enabled camera does require a wired power connection, but as long as you have a power outlet available, that’s not a problem.
It’s designed to offer superior video quality over the traditional 1080P cameras, and in my tests, it did. Even at night, you can see amazing details, and if there’s any real light, you still get color images at night.
Some of the main features that help set the Netvue Vigil Pro apart include:
- Easy installation process
- 2K 3MP Super HD video quality
- 850mm infrared LEDs for night vision (see up to 60 feet at night or with low light conditions)
- H.265 high efficiency video encoding for smoother videos (yes, it does work)
- Two-way audio
- 110-degree viewing angle
- AI-powered motion detection
- IP66 weatherproof rated
- 8X digital zoom
- Video and images take up significantly less space, letting you store more on an SD card
- Supports both microSD card (up to 128 GB) and cloud storage (subscription required)
- Reduced energy consumption by 30 percent over other models
- Amazon Alexa-compatible, and you can view videos on Echo Show devices
The only downside I see is that the lowest temperature is 14 degrees Fahrenheit (-10 degrees Celsius), which may not be low enough for colder areas.
A Look at the Camera
The camera itself feels very sturdy and doesn’t have any trouble in bad weather. Between heavy rain, winds, and some icing, the camera never faltered. I also had clear images even in the rain.
The camera has three adapters attached, which include a power port, Ethernet port (for wired connection if you’d prefer), and a closed reset button. If you’re using an Ethernet cable, there’s also a weather-proof tube to protect the connection.
The power adapter features a long cord that makes it easy to place the camera. While I might prefer it to be slightly longer, I didn’t have any issues installing it where I wanted.
You can adjust the attached antennae to get a better signal. As long as you have a strong Wi-Fi signal, you’re good to go. If you can’t get a good signal, consider using a wired Ethernet connection.
There are two parts to the installation. First, you’ll need to scan the QR code in the instruction manual to download the Netvue app for iOS or Android. For best results, connect your Netvue Vigil Pro Outdoor Security Camera to your network indoors. It’s only compatible with 2.4 GHz networks.
Follow the prompts in the Netvue app to connect your camera to your home network. The process only takes a few minutes. Once you’re successfully connected, it’s time to install it outside.
You’ll need a drill to attach the camera to your outside wall, deck, or other surface. Measure the distance between your power outlet (can be indoors if you run the cable through your wall or outdoors) before you drill anything.
Then, use the template provided to pre-drill holes. The camera itself removes partially from the base to make it easier to get the screws in.
The camera does adjust a little once you’ve installed it to get the perfect angle. However, it doesn’t move easily, which is a good thing.
Monitoring the Area
Now, for what you’ve been wondering about: how well does the Netvue Vigil Pro Outdoor Security Camera monitor your home? It worked much better than I expected. I’ve used other security cameras and was impressed at how clear the footage really is. Plus, even if there’s some light around, the footage is in color, even at night.
The Netvue app gives you full access to your camera at all times as long as your camera’s connected to your home network and you have a signal. (Cellular data works well, too.)
You can change your camera’s settings at any time by tapping the Settings (gear) icon on the camera within the app. One thing you’ll want to set up immediately is your motion sensor settings. The general settings allow you to format your SD card, which you’ll need to do, too.
With the motion sensor settings, you’re able to choose a sensor area, time range (which can be all the time if you want), and sensitivity level. Set this to medium or less, or you’ll be bombarded with notifications over every little bug that files by. If you have a Netvue Protect subscription, you can also set up human-only motion alerts ($2.99/month). I did have some trouble with the app saving my settings, but after a few days, everything was working fine.
When it comes to monitoring, you can view a live feed at any time. You can also take pictures from the footage. Easily view stored history from the cloud (Netvue Protect subscription for $5.99/month) or your SD card (depends on size of card) up to 10 days in the past.
You can also check out alerts. If you have Netvue Protect Event Video Recording ($1.99/month), you’ll get access to video clip alerts in addition to the free images. These are stored up to 60 days on Netvue’s servers.
Footage is amazingly clear both day and night as you can tell.
If your signal weakens at all, you may get slightly blurry alert photos, but that’s to be expected.
If you want something that’s easy to install and doesn’t have complicated settings, the Netvue Vigil 2 is perfect for monitoring your home. The two-way audio makes it easy to speak to delivery drivers and visitors while also helping scare away intruders.
I was able to store more footage on an SD card with this security camera than I was with others. So, if you don’t want a cloud subscription, you’ll be able to store a lot more footage before you need to erase anything on your SD card.
Overall, it’s a worthy addition to any home. Plus, you can pick up the Netvue Vigil Pro Outdoor Security Camera for just $59.99, which makes it a highly affordable security solution.