Rating = 4.0 Reviewed by Paul The Fujikam FI-361 HD (now known as Vimtag)is an affordable cloud camera that you can remotely control from your smartphone anywhere that you can connect to internet. You can record video, pan, tilt and digitally zoom to see what is happening in your home when you’re not there.
It works with your WiFi set up, so it can be placed anywhere that you can get a WiFi signal. It comes with a free App that you download to control the camera remotely.
In our review we look at just how the camera meets the requirements as surveillance and monitoring camera. There is some confusion about what it can and cannot do including video storage, what it can be used to record and how it sends notifications. This is all discussed and more
Our first step is looking at how easy it is to set it up and install it.
- 1 Installation
- 2 Contract
- 3 Support
- 4 Fujikam FI-361 HD Cameras
- 5 Video Storage
- 6 Alarms
- 7 Notification
- 8 Remote Monitoring
- 9 Battery
- 10 Sensors/Detection
- 11 Setting The Camera
- 12 The Unit
- 13 Protection against it being switched off
- 14 Coverage
- 15 Wireless or Wired
- 16 Dimensions
- 17 Features
- 18 Accessories
- 19 Pros
- 20 Cons
- 21 Fujikam FI-361 HD Consumer Ratings
- 22 Fujikam FI-361 HD Price
- 23 Review Summary
The actual process of the set up usually only takes a few minutes. It is straightforward and doesn’t require any specialist knowledge.
To set the camera it needs to plugged into your router using an Ethernet cable. Once connected you need to download the mipc app to your phone. You then follow the instructions on App to set up your account, the camera and WiFi connection. After set up is complete you can unplug it and place it where it can monitor the room you want it to.
It works with Apple (iOS 5.0 or later) and Android (OS 2.1 or later) devices but doesn’t work with Windows phones or blackberries. However you can operate it with a Mac or Pc by logging into your account through an internet browser.
The WiFi needs to be 802.11 b/g/n.
The camera can be put on a shelf or fixed to the wall or ceiling using the mounting bracket. If installed upside down you need to flip the image in the settings section of the App.
The installation and usage guides have not been properly translated in to English but this is more of a mild annoyance because the set up is so straightforward the poor translation doesn’t get in the way.
There is no long term contract needed to be signed to use the camera. Nor are there any monthly service fees to pay.
On the whole the support team is responsive and works well to sort out problems. There are some isolated incidents where they haven’t lived up to the expectations.
When I contacted them by email they were a little slow to respond and their answers were fine for what I needed.
Fujikam FI-361 HD Cameras
The camera is 720 HD but this can be changed to record at a lower spec to allow more video to be record and for it to be easier transmitted over the internet to your camera. The default resolution is 640 X 360 but you can change to 1280 X 760 for better quality but it takes up more bandwidth and storage.
For night vision it has 12 IR LEDS (which you can see on camera at night) that allow you to see up to 10 meters from the camera. The quality of the images is acceptable and you can see what is going on but you may struggle to recognize someone if they are moving fast.
THe vision during the day is clolor. At night is black and white. The switch between day and night works well with little delay or washed out recording as it swaps but it can sometimes result in a false alert being sent to your phone.
The cameras view is 60 – 70 degrees and it can pan to give you a 320 degree vision which means you can see most of the room if it is placed in the center of it and it can tilt 120 degrees. It does not have an actual zoom but a digital one where you can zoom by pinch the screen to increase the size but the image can become pixelated.
The 2 way microphone and speaker allows you to speak to anyone that is in your home from your phone. Most people only notice a slight lag and the quality is good enough to hold a conversation. It’s great to talk to your children or calm down your pets. It can also be easily used to talk to a nanny or service workers in your home.
The camera is designed to be used indoors and is not waterproof. If you are looking to cover the outdoors the company is shortly releasing a camera to do this.
Some people point the camera outdoors through a window which is okay during the day but at night the IR lights reflect back off the window so that video is useless. If you light the outside area you want to monitor you can turn off night vision and this can give you some coverage of the outdoors.
The image quality is clear but it isn’t crystal clear but you can see what is going on but you may find it difficult to identify someone from it unless you know the person but that is similar to the more expensive camera in this respect.
Unlike many cloud cameras available (Piper, Smartcam or Dropcam) the video recorded by the camera can only be stored locally on an SD card. This needs to be bought separately. The camera can take up to a 32 GB card.
The cloud refers to the fact that you monitor and control the camera on your phone via their servers not where the video is stored.
The slot for the card is at the back of the camera and it can be a bit awkward to get the card in fully and you may need something thing to push it in to click in to place.
It records the video on a loop where when the card is full it overwrites the oldest video and so on. It has room for about 60 hours of video and it then records over on a loop.
You can’t delete video form the card using the App or internet account. The video is recorded in MP4 format so can be viewed through other video players.
The recording has the advantage that your video is not stored online which does present privacy issues in the event of unauthorized access through someone hacking the storage. However, having it stored locally in the camera means that if someone does break in and the camera is stolen they take the recorded video with them.
If you don’t install an SD card you can store between 5 to 10 snapshots and you can set up motion detection.
You can’t delete files or download them to your phone when the card is in the camera but you can do this when you plug it in to your PC.
The camera does not have a siren to alert if it detects movement but it can be set to send you a push notification if motion is detected. It can be set to take a snapshot and start recording that can be viewed remotely.
This camera will work well with a DIY home security system where you are self-monitoring. If the security system detected a security event the camera(s) could then be used to see what is happening in your home before you contact emergency services.
2 of the best DIY systems that don’t have their own camera is Fortress GSM-B or PiSector GS08-M that can both alert you via the cellular network and/or landline, they continue to work even when internet is down or there is power outage.
It is possible to connect it to a siren via the Alarm I/O socket but you do need to buy it separately and configure it yourself. It is not plug and play. You do need to set it up and it does require some technical skills and knowledge.
It can be set up to notify as many people as you want when it detects movement by way of push notification only to the App. The App needs to be running on your phone. You can then look at a snapshot of the event or recorded video when you’ve set it up. it doesn’t send emails or text messages.
There are 2 types of passwords – there is the admin password and guest password. The admin password is used for changing the settings and viewing the cameras and the guest allows you to only monitor the video.
Your account is secured by bank security encryption to keep your data and access to your camera safe. Your video is stored on a SD card (if purchased separately). You do need to ensure you use secure passwords to prevent unauthorized access to your camera.
As standard you can run up to 8 cameras from one account which should be plenty for most uses around the home. You can contact the company if you want to have more on the account. However, you can only view one camera at a time. To choose the camera you click on its picture from the camera selection screen.
You can have multiple users set up on the account but only 3 people can view the camera at one time.
The cameras can be situated in multiple locations so you can have them at your vacation home as well as your home, there just needs to be WiFi.
The App is where you tailor the settings of the camera to meet your needs. The App is basic but gets the job done but it can take a little getting used to, but it is being improved all the time. Although the updates can sometimes make things worse initially when it has not been properly tested before release.
The App is where you set up the camera and add it to your account. It works through menus and tapping on them to navigate to where you go.
To view a live feed from a camera you tap on the photo or live feed of camera on monitoring camera screen. Once on the camera you view the live feed, record video, take snapshots, initiate a conversation or pan and tilt and zoom in and out.
You can also set the resolution for the camera with choices from 1280 X 720 (best resoltion but uses more data and storage space(, 640 X 360, 320 X 180 and 160 X 90. Using gear icon you can adjust the contrast, brightness and night and day settings too
Each camera has its own settings for passwords, network and motion sensitivity and whether it alerts you when it detects motion.
From this screen you can also see the status of SD card as to its capacity and how much of it has been used.
The final screen you’ll likely use is the message and playback screen. The Message screen lists all the motion alerts. You click on the image to view a snapshot of the event. The playback screen lists all the video recordings which you click on to view. To update the screen you click to refresh it.
The camera is powered by way of adaptor plug that you plug into your house supply. No batteries are required. If there is a power outage the camera will not work.
The location of the camera is limited to where you can plug it in to your house supply. If you want to have a camera in a place where you can’t run the power to then you may want to consider the Arlo camera although this does cost more but it runs off batteries so can be placed where you need it without regard to distance from a wall socket.
It can also be powered by a POE (power over Ethernet) by keeping the Ethernet cable plugged into the router.
It detects motion in the camera’s field of view and will continue to record as long as it detect movement. Once the motion stops it resets itself and is ready to record again within 8 seconds.
The motion sensitivity can be increased and decreased on a sliding scale. Setting it to the sensitivity you want will take a little playing around to get it right for you. too sensitive and you’ll end up with a number of false alerts and not enough sensitivity it may miss security events.
If you want to you can set it to ignore your pets but detect humans but it requires experimenting to get it right.
When it detects movement you can set the system to notify you by a push notification to your smartphone, takes a snaphot and/or a video.
The camera does not track the motion, it only moves when you move it using the phone.
Setting The Camera
The camera can be set up to work in 4 ways:
1. Live stream – where you log in to your App and view what is happening now
2. The camera can be set to record continuously and it will record in a loop on to the SD Card with the oldest file recorded over once the card is full.
3. It can be set to record when motion is detected and the length of recording is determined by you in the App when motion is detected.
4. The 4th way it can programmed is to work on a schedule of when it is recording and when it is off. You can set it to record when you expected to be at work and then turn off when you come home. You set up to 4 schedules for each day of the week with a start and finish time.
At the top of the camera is the photosensitive sensor and a ring of IR LED lights for night vision. In the middle of this is lens. Below this is the microphone and at the side of the camera is the speaker for two way communication.
At the base is the status lights which indicate whether the camera is online or it has lost connection or the password has been changed.
At the back of the camera in the base is the WiFi antenna is plugged in. Under that is audio in/out jack point where external speakers and microphones can be plugged in.
Next to that is the Micro SD slot where you put in your SD card for recording video to. Next to is an External I/O interface for adding an external siren and/or motion sensor.
Moving further along is Ethernet cable slot for set up or you can use it permanently instead of WiFi for viewing and control your camera. Next to that is where you plug in the external power supply.
Protection against it being switched off
There is no protection built into the camera for it to work when the power is turned off. If the internet goes down it will continue to record to SD card and it will be available remotely once the internet is back up.
The distance the camera can work from your router is dependent to the strength of the signal that your router has. From reports most people have found it works well in their homes. If you have a larger home and have problems with your signal you may need to purchase a range extender and you will need to check with your router supplier as to the requirements for this.
Wireless or Wired
You need to plug the camera into your router using an Ethernet cable to set up. After set up the camera can be unplugged and it works with your WiFi system to be controlled remotely by your phone or PC.
It does need to be plugged into the house supply with the supplied power cable or you can use the Ethernet cable for power.
The dimensions of the camera are:
Length 112 mm
Width 114 mm
Height 157 mm
The box includes
1 Cloud Camera
1 Ethernet cable (needed for set up only)
1 5V Adaptor and 80 – 82 inch Power cord
Installation hardware with mounting kit
Quick Start Guide
There are no accessories for the camera.
No monthly fees to pay to control and monitor the camera remotely by your smartphone or PC/MAC /Linux using a browser.
An excellent price for the camera
Can control up to 8 camera from one App
The motion detection sensitivity is on a sliding scale and can be set to ignore as much or as little as you want to prevent false alerts.
You can pan/tilt camera to get a 320 degree view
View the camera and get alerts to your phone from anywhere you can get internet access
No monthly fees to use the camera or for recordings
Video is stored locally on a SD card so will be lost if the camera is stolen. There is no facility for remote storage.
Does require to be plugged in to house supply for power so needs to be located close to the supply.
It is not a full home security system
It doesn’t work with Zigbee or Z-wave home automation hubs
You can only view one camera at a time
If there is a power outage or the internet is down you can’t view your camera or receive notifications
You are dependent on the company’s servers to be up to view camera and get notifications to your phone
Short power cord is included which restricts where you locate the camera
No option to set up text and email notifications
The switch between day and night vision can cause a false alert and start a recording of the event no matter the sensitivity level you set
The App can be buggy at times and in particular after an update
Fujikam FI-361 HD Consumer Ratings
There are over 1200 customer reviews online for the camera. The majority of them are positive. They like the ease of set up and use, the night vision, 2 way speaker and motion detection.
There are concerns about where the video is stored and the difficulty in being able to fast forward and rewind on the recorded video on your phone and that the video files can be up to half an hour long.
However, overall in the reviews people are more than happy with the quality of the camera especially when the price of the camera is factored in.
Fujikam FI-361 HD Price
The price of the camera compares very well with other similar cameras, although it doesn’t offer as many features as the simplicam or dropcam pro but you don’t have to pay a monthly fee as you do with those cameras.
Priced at just under $100 (depending on deals at the time) makes this good value for money and that is something that comes out in a number of customer reviews
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This is a very good camera for the price. It does have a limited view when compared to other cameras but you can pan and tilt to see up to 320 degrees. When setting it to detect motion you need to ensure you’ve left it pointing in that direction after using the pan feature.
The video image is clear. It is a bit blurry when people are moving but you can see what is going on but it can make it difficult to clearly identify someone you don’t know.
There are no fees to use the remote viewing and receiving notifications to your phone.
The speaker and microphone mean you can speak to anyone in your home which is good for talking to your pets, children, nannies or other people in your home as needed.
This all makes it good value for monitoring your home while you are away.
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