Designed for indoor use, the Amaryllo Apollo ($ 199.99) is an expensive security camera that offers mechanical pan and tilt maneuverability, automatic motion tracking with heat mapping, smart alerts and options. to store recorded videos locally or in the cloud. It provides crisp 1080p video and precise motion detection, and it offers plenty of AI features, though many of them require a subscription. Moreover, it does not work with other smart devices. It’s a solid standalone camera, but the Arlo Pro 4 Spotlight camera, winner of our Editors’ Choice award, delivers stunning 2K video and a host of features with plenty of integration options, while the Eufy Indoor Cam 2K Pan & Tilt P24 also works with dozens of third-party devices, has higher resolution, and offers full pan and tilt with motion tracking, all for $ 51.99.
The Apollo is a 3.5 inch round camera with a flat base that allows you to place it on a desktop surface. Alternatively, you can use the included bracket to mount it on a wall or ceiling. The glossy white housing has a mechanical swivel mechanism built into the base that gives the camera 340-degree pan maneuverability, while the built-in glossy black camera assembly offers 30-degree tilt.
The base contains a mini USB power socket and a microSD card slot to store video of the event locally (you will need to provide your own media if you choose this option), as well as WPS and Reset buttons and a built-in speaker and microphone. The camera also has a siren to help scare away unwanted intruders. There are two sensors built into the upper rear of the case for rear motion detection, and there are two LED indicators on the lower front edge for Wi-Fi activity and power.
The Apollo bundle contains a 1080p camera with an 85 degree field of view and 4x digital zoom. It uses eight infrared LEDs for black and white night vision and has six white LEDs that serve as warning lights when motion is detected. The case also contains a motion sensor and an ambient light sensor. Connectivity is provided by a 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi radio. Amaryllo includes 6.8ft USB power cable, USB power adapter, mounting bracket and hardware, quick setup guide, and biometric features manual.
The camera sends push alerts and records video when it detects motion or sound, and offers automatic tracking that uses mechanical pan and tilt mechanisms to track movement in the room. It also supports facial recognition for up to four people and provides smart alerts that will identify movement of humans, pets, and vehicles, but you’ll need to subscribe to one of Amaryllo’s storage plans to take advantage of smart alerts and other features, including activity cards. which uses heat mapping technology to plot visitors’ path, sound recognition, which identifies the sound of broken glass and smoke detectors, and fire warning, which uses image analysis technology to identify and alert you to a potential fire. You will also need a subscription to view videos stored in the cloud, unless you decide to use an SD card or choose to allow the camera to use your Google cloud account to store videos.
For $ 2.99 per month or $ 29.90 per year, the Basic plan gives you seven days of video storage for one camera, while the Plus plan of $ 9.99 per month or $ 99.90 per year gets you. offers 30 days of video history, facial recognition for up to 10 people, smart alerts, activity cards, fire warning and sound recognition for a single camera. The multi-camera plan gives you the whole Plus plan with support for up to five cameras, and the Plus and multi-camera plans offer extended video history plans with 90-day, 180-day, and 365 storage options. days.
While the Apollo offers a lot of smart features, it doesn’t support the third-party smart home devices you get with many other security cameras. It does not work with Alexa or Google voice commands or routines, or with Apple’s HomeKit platform or IFTTT applets.
The camera is controlled using the Amaryllo mobile app for Android and iOS devices. It opens to a home screen with an arrow play button that launches a live stream that you can view in full screen mode by turning your phone sideways. Here you can pan, tilt and zoom using swipes and gestures, view a timeline of recorded events, tap Patrol to have the camera pan the room, tap Go Home to make the camera will return to its original home position, and press Set Home to set the camera’s home position. A microphone button at the bottom of the screen is used to initiate two-way audio.
There is a series of small buttons at the bottom of the home screen. The Account button takes you to a screen where you can view your existing storage plan and subscribe to a new plan, and the Daily Report button opens a web page that displays a graph with a timeline of different types of sensor alerts ( fire, vehicle, human, pet). Press the Activity Map button to view the heat map and trail tracking images, then press the Privacy button to put the camera in Privacy mode.
The Notifications button opens a screen with thumbnails for all saved event videos, and the Archives button lets you see a list of videos that have been saved to your Google account (if you have one). Press the Settings button to access the AI ââsettings for facial recognition and to enable smoke and glass break alarm detection options, as well as human, pet, vehicle and other detection. fire warning. Other settings allow you to adjust broadcast resolution, configure alert zones, save data and video to a NAS device, format an SD card, configure notifications, and enable tracking. Automatique. The Schedule button takes you to a screen where you can schedule the camera to enter privacy mode, and the Snapshot button is used to take a photo of the camera’s current view.
Installation and use of the Amaryllo Apollo
I had no problem installing the Apollo during testing. I started by downloading the mobile app and selecting the Apollo when asked which device I was installing. I turned on the camera and when the light started blinking blue I hit the Next arrow and then Setup using QR code. I selected my Wi-Fi SSID, entered my Wi-Fi password, and used the camera to scan the QR code that appeared on my phone. The Apollo was immediately recognized and added to the app and required a firmware update which took about five minutes. After updating the firmware, I gave the camera a name and the installation was complete.
The Apollo camera performed well in testing. The daytime video produced excellent color quality with no noticeable distortion, and the black and white night vision video showed good contrast and appeared crisp and well lit. The camera’s pan and tilt action was smooth and responsive, and motion tracking worked flawlessly.
Motion and audio alerts arrived quickly, and motion alerts were correctly identified as human, animal, or automotive activity. The facial recognition and activity tracking features worked as expected, and the two-way audio sounded clean and loud enough.
Pretty smart on his own, but doesn’t work well with others
With the Amaryllo Apollo security camera, you get a 360 degree view of the room you place it in thanks to responsive mechanical pan and tilt technology. The camera provided crisp 1080p video in testing and offers several welcome features including motion tracking, smart alerts, facial recognition, and activity tracking using heat mapping technology. That said, you’ll need to subscribe to a storage plan to use many of these features and to view event-triggered video that’s stored in the Amaryllo cloud, and you won’t be able to control the camera with your voice or the camera. have interact with other smart devices. If you can live without the features of heat mapping and facial recognition, our editor’s choice winner, the Arlo Pro 4 Spotlight camera, installs in minutes, delivers detailed 2K video with color night vision, and provides light detection. precise and intelligent movement, while the Eufy Indoor 2K Pan & Tilt P24 camera offers excellent 2K video as well as mechanical pan and tilt, motion tracking, Alexa, Google and HomeKit compatibility and interoperability with many many third-party devices for a fraction of the price.
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