D-Link recently announced the availability of the Omna 180 Cam HD in the Australian and New Zealand markets. We were fortunate enough to have early access to one to take for a test drive. Before we dive into that, let’s cover off some of the key features that were discussed in the announcement:
- 360 degree deign with a 180 degree perspective of the area being monitored
- Supports motion detection
- Built-in microphone and speaker for 2-way communication
- IR LEDs for night vision
- Micro SD support
|Indoor / Outdoor :||Indoor|
|Camera Type :||180 degree wide view|
|Maximum Video Resolution :||1920 x 1080 @30fps|
|Night Vision :||Yes|
|Night Vision Range :||B&W 5m|
|Motorised Pan / Tilt :||No|
|MicroSD Card Slot :||Yes|
|Two-way Audio :||Yes|
|Ethernet Port :||No|
|Wireless Range Extender Built In :||No|
|Built-in Speaker :||Yes|
|Motion Detection :||Yes|
|Built-in Microphone :||Yes|
|Warranty :||1-Year Limited Warranty|
Sporting a brushed aluminium finish, the D-Link Omna 180 Cam HD not only looks elegant but also lends itself well to any modern design home. The aluminium casing gives it a solid feel and when you pick it up you know you are holding something of quality. I tried but couldn’t really find anything I didn’t like with respect to its look and feel.
On the back of the unit is the micro USB slot to use with the supplied power adapter. One thing I did notice was that there were no mounting options, the camera appears to be designed as a “table top” style camera only. Under the base of the camera is the micro SD slot.
If you are a minimalist, you will like the Omna 180 Cam HD’s design.
Setting up the Omna 180 Cam
Installing the D-Link Omna 180 Cam HD was very easy, just 4 simple steps:
- Power up the camera
- Wait for flashing red light
- Download the Omna app
- Pair the device
Motion detection and notification was configured in the Apple Home application. Like everything else with the D-Link Omna 180 Cam HD, this was a fairly easy process. One limitation we found with the Omna/Home solution was the lack of recording options. For example, we were not able to configure the camera to only record on motion detection.
The notifications worked as expected on the iPhone:
Whilst not as good as the image quality we are used to from the D-Link dome security cameras, the quality was still fairly respectful:
We’ve looked at a lot of cameras here and even managed to find time to write reviews on some of them. The D-Link Omna 180 Cam HD wouldn’t be at the top of our list, nor would it be at the bottom. We found that the combination of quality, convenience and features placed it somewhere in the middle.
For example, whilst the Omna 180 Cam HD has a lot of potential, the lack of features such as greater control over recordings or zooming capabilities let it down. Furthermore, not having any wall or ceiling mount options and no PoE limits where you can install it.
That said, it is still a very cool camera and D-Link can be forgiven for not having all the nice to have features in this first model. The picture quality was still reasonable and the camera performed well in low light. Apple’s HomeKit certainly has some great potential in the area of home automation and D-Link are definitely on the right track here with the Omna 180 Cam HD.