Keep an Eye on anything from your Phone with DropCam + Giveaway

By Shannon Gosney
In Electronics Review
October 2, 2012
262 Comments
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There are some things you just need to get a pair of eyes on. Whether it is your backyard to keep an eye on the kids while you’re cooking dinner, your front entryway, the animals that keep getting into everything, or just about anything you can imagine that you would like to monitor, when you can’t be in two places at once.

DropCam is a cool new surveillance camera that allows you to monitor just about anything with ease. The DropCam device doesn’t require expensive hardware or knowledge to get started. It’s a super simple plug and play solution that connects to any Wifi connection. Just plug the DropCam into your computer and follow the onscreen directions to setup your account. Once you have completed that and connected it to your Wifi, your DropCam is ready to mount. Once your account is setup you no longer have to have the DropCam connected to a computer.

The device comes with a stand so you can put it just about anywhere but if you prefer to mount it to a wall the stand doubles as a wall mount. The camera comes with an ac adapter that simply plugs into a standard wall outlet with the included USB cable making the entire process as easy as can be. The features of the camera are amazing and what you would normally see in much higher priced solutions.

Let’s start with the camera itself. It is an HD quality camera that supports 720P resolution and provides crystal clear video. It has night vision, which allows you to see clearly in dark areas, and works quite well. It has 2-way audio giving you the ability to listen and talk to anyone that may be located where the camera resides, this is especially helpful when monitoring those dogs getting into stuff. It has digital zoom allowing you to get up close and personal and motion detection, which will immediately notify you when there is movement.

This is all accessible right from your smartphone or tablet device. The DropCam includes free access to an App that will let you view your DropCam from anywhere. This truly provides peace of mind and lets you keep an eye on things when you are away. The app will notify you if there is movement or if the device becomes unplugged. You can use the 2 way audio to talk and listen right from the App as well as zoom in on anything in view.

One of the really cool features is the DropCam’s recording functionality. The company includes a 30day trial of recording that allows you to view and rewind past events. Though there is a small fee for this service after the trial it truly is a great part of the solution to have. You can review recordings at anytime from the APP or from a computer, and all of the files are saved on the web securely for only you to access. Though recording capability isn’t required for use of the Dropcam in live viewing mode it definitely comes in handy when you would like to review any past occurrences.

DropCam comes with Apps for most iOS devices including iPhone, Ipod Touch, iPad, as well as android devices, and Kindle Fire. You can also access directly from a PC or Mac through DropCam’s website, so monitoring from anywhere is truly available.  The DropCam solution will give you peace of mind, help you feel safer, and give you an easy way to be in two places at once. For this I highly recommend a DropCam for every home!

www.DropCam.com

Retail $149

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– Tell me in a comment what you would use your DropCam for.

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I received a product from DropCam to facilitate this review.  The giveaway was sponsored by DropCam.
All opinions expressed in this post are 100% mine.

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Shannon Gurnee is the author of RedheadMom formerly "The Mommy-Files", a national blog with a loyal following. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Marriage, Family, and Human Development with a Minor in Business Management. Shannon and her husband, Frank, have a large family with 6 awesome kids and love living on the Central Coast near San Luis Obispo, California, as well as traveling around the world. A full-time Social Media and Professional Blogger, Shannon also serves as a National Brand Ambassador for many well-known companies. Her blog focuses on motherhood, family fun activities, traveling, fashion, beauty, technology, wedding ideas and recipes while providing professional opinions on products, performances, restaurants, and a variety of businesses.

262 Responses to “Keep an Eye on anything from your Phone with DropCam + Giveaway”

  1. Jennifer says:

    Oh how I would LOVE to have this I could be in the basement doing laundry and see the kids upstairs! The kids could be in the backyard getting fresh air and playing while I am in the house doing random chores or when sick (as I often am) I could keep an eye on them from wherever it is I need to be laid up at the time! With the few upcoming surgeries I have this would be great for all! The kids often need to come in my room and watch a movie until dad comes home when my illness hits hard! I think they would love this more than me!

  2. Ann Fantom says:

    I would use the DropCam to monitor my daughter while she is in playroom

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  5. Debbie m says:

    I would use it in my son’s room as an extra monitor.

  6. Debbie m says:

    I would use it in my son’s room

  7. Noreen says:

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  9. Carey says:

    I would use this to watch my daughter play in our fenced in backyard.

  10. Carey says:

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  12. sandra says:

    to check on the kids if i’m not home

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  14. Joseph Stowell says:

    I would use it at the office where it would be nice to see who is at the door when the administrative assistant is away from her desk.

  15. Joseph Stowell says:

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  16. Joseph Stowell says:

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  17. Joseph Stowell says:

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  18. Monique Rizzo says:

    I would see how my dog escapes her crate each time I leave.
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  19. Michael Mabry says:

    I would use the Dropcam to monitor my front door while I am at work, at the store, and on vacation. Then, sine it is easily moved, use it in the kids room to see who hit whom.

  20. Anne N. says:

    To keep an eye in my baby while sleeping.

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  23. Schmidty says:

    I would use it to monitor my entry door that worries me at night.

  24. Schmidty says:

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  25. Schmidty says:

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  29. Anne N. says:

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  31. I’d love to use it to watch what happens out side at night, also when i’m a work.. wonder what goes on !

  32. Nancy says:

    Hello, my sister had a real scary incident about two months ago. We live in cottages and she has a nice little yard with a small gated fence ( I could jump over the fence if I needed to). She was just getting into bed when she heard a noise coming from her window (her bed is right up against the window wall). She jumped up and looked at the window and saw something and heard her gate open and shut. She freaked out of course and shes having trouble letting the incident go. Nothing happened but the fact that someone came into her yard, climbed up on her stone wall garden to look into her window without her hearing it was enough to bring up some past stuff I didn’t know about. Since then she double checks her locks and stops everything (tv radio talking whatever) to listen when she thinks someone is lurking outside. We live right on the outskirts of a shady neighborhoood so I’ve looked into security cameras just to give her some peace of mind but they are expensive and I am one broke sister. It would be awesome if I could gift that for her. It’s not going to solve her past but since her boyfriend moved out I think it would help her sleep better. Thanks for such a cool giveaway 🙂

  33. Devon F says:

    I would love to keep an yey on my daughter when she is playing in her room at my MIL’s place. We always feel like she’s so far away in there -__-

  34. Devon F says:

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  35. Devon F says:

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  36. Devon F says:

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  38. ELIZABETH C. says:

    I would use it at work. After 4 pm, I’m the only one working so this would one in handy.

  39. ELIZABETH C. says:

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  41. Kimberly Schotz says:

    I would like to keep an eye on our front door
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  44. Julianna says:

    I would love this to check on my 3 month old baby when I am at work.

  45. Julianna says:

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  47. Julianna says:

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  50. Daniel M says:

    to keep an eye on the babysitter/kids

  51. Marci says:

    It would be great for our front entrance.

  52. Marci says:

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  55. mrsshukra says:

    The dropcam would be great facing our front door especially after a bad experience we had this past summer!

  56. mrsshukra says:

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  58. susan varney says:

    to keep an eye on my grandchildren when they visit

  59. susan varney says:

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  61. Steve Stone says:

    to watch our puppies when we have litters

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  63. Stephanie Larison says:

    Keep a eye in my daughters room

  64. Cathi says:

    We’ve had some vandalism in our yard and I’d like to see the culprit for myself. Hmmm… Does this paranoid answer disqualify me? LOL

  65. Cathi says:

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  66. Cathi says:

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  68. Kelly L Commerford says:

    I would use this for home security (front door)if I won. I’m a single woman living alone in the country & it can get pretty creepy.

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  73. Adrienne gordon says:

    spy on my dog

  74. Jacob LaFountaine says:

    Put it in the living room pointing at the main entrance

  75. Valerie Taylor Mabrey says:

    to watch the front door
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  78. jeannine s says:

    i would use it in the kids playroom upstairs to keep a eye on them

  79. jeannine s says:

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  81. jeannine s says:

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  82. Betsy says:

    I would use it as a baby monitor for my son

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  86. Diana M says:

    I have to go back to work to help my husband with our bills. It terrifies me to leave my 2 babygirls with a nanny (a stranger) …. i have no family near me.

  87. Deb C says:

    I would use a DropCam to monitor my entry area and probably get an extra one to monitor both front and back.

  88. Deb C says:

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  89. Deb C says:

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  91. Deb C says:

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  92. Sabrina says:

    I would use it for the basement. I am always scared when the kids are down there by themself yes they are ten and twelve but its the basement. I know I am a worry wort but there is a way in and out down there and it will make me feel safter for my kids !!!

  93. Brad says:

    I would use it to watch my kids when I am away.

  94. EDRIE says:

    I would use it to monitor my dogs. We have a new dog and he’s just getting used to things around the house and being left along sometimes so this would be helpful. I’m following themommyfiles on twitter and liked on fb. also following dropcam on twitter.
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  95. Jim W. says:

    Home security

  96. Annette D says:

    I would use it to check up on my dog.

  97. Annette D says:

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  98. Annette D says:

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  99. Kyl Neusch says:

    watch my house

  100. Kyl Neusch says:

    Follow The Mommy-Files on Twitter: bleush

  101. Kyl Neusch says:

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  102. Stephanie Brown Eversole says:

    I would spy on my toddler, of course!

  103. laura ari says:

    I’d use the drop cam to monitor what the kids are doing in the playroom.

  104. Denise says:

    I’d use this to keep tabs on our cats while I’m at work.

  105. Denise says:

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  106. Tamar says:

    The front of my house area.

  107. Karen Gonyea says:

    To keep an eye on the kids 🙂

  108. victoria says:

    Nanny cam oh yeah thats what I would use it for!

  109. Daniel M says:

    to keep an eye on the kiddies

  110. Diane Baum says:

    I’d use it for watching my pets, when I’m at work

  111. james collins says:

    Because of it’s portability, and the option to record to the web, I’d have several uses for it.
    Security of my car – mounted inside, aiming outside. Just had 3 tires slashed and within a month, a car stolen. Known responsible, but no proof. This would have solved that problem.

  112. Brittney House says:

    To keep an eye on my kids while i’m away

  113. Brittney House says:

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  115. Deb C says:

    I would use the DropCam to monitor the back door area and maybe get a second one for the front door.

  116. Deb C says:

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  117. Deb C says:

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  119. chadro says:

    TO keep an eye on an ailing senior family member

  120. Erica C. says:

    We’d use it for home security.

  121. I’d put one in my living room for when my husband and I are not home.

  122. Richard Hicks says:

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  134. Jennifer Reed says:

    I would use the DropCam for monitoring my basement.
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  136. on my back porch to watch my son

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  138. Mya Murphy says:

    husband on internet when I’;m gone

  139. harold d says:

    We would use it in our grandson’s room at our house when he sleeps over, he’s only 4 months old and it would help us keep an eye on him while he sleeps and naps.

  140. david basile says:

    i would use it to monitor the front of the house

  141. amy deeter says:

    for my home security

  142. amy deeter says:

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  144. Heather S says:

    home security to see what is going on

  145. Heather S says:

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  146. Chrissy Nestor says:

    To keep an eye out for the safety of my family.

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  147. susan smoaks says:

    i would use it to monitor the baby!

  148. Sonya says:

    I’d use it to watch the front of the house!

  149. Sonya says:

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  151. Sonya says:

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  153. Dawn S. says:

    I’d use it by the front door of my house – I always hear creepy noises while my husband is deployed and this would help me sleep better!

  154. Dawn S. says:

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  155. Jodi J says:

    I would use it to watch for deliveries at my door.

  156. Jodi J says:

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  157. Jodi J says:

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  158. kathy pease says:

    id use this to keep an eye on our house when we are away

  159. kathy pease says:

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  161. heather says:

    I would use it for home protection.

  162. Jaclyn Reynolds says:

    I’d use it for our home while we are on vacation!

  163. Beth Palacios says:

    I need this!!! Not only do I live on a busy street and would love to monitor my front entry way for security, but to also keep on eye on my two daughters. The fact that we can access it from our phones is AWESOME!! My hubby and I were looking into security cameras lately, but I’m really excited about the phone feature.

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  168. Jackee says:

    I’d use it so monitor my front door when home alone.

  169. Tabathia says:

    for security in the front yard especially at night because of a rash of car break ins

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  170. Jackee says:

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  172. Jackee says:

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  173. Tabathia says:

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  177. carol lewis says:

    To watch our puppy so we could potect him him he goes out in the yard. Too many coyote here.

  178. carol lewis says:

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  179. Gaines Simmons says:

    Hello, how are you? Thank you for this opportunity. I will use the drop cam for home security.

  180. Caleb P says:

    I have a 1 1/2 year old daughter that gets into everything! She recently started climbing on EVERYTHING and the other day while I was doing laundry she climbed on the couch and fell! If I had the dropcam I would use it for my wife and I to keep a better eye on our daughter while getting chores done! PLEASE pick us we NEED the dropcam!! Thanks

  181. Steve Hoskins says:

    We would use this to keep an eye on the grand kids when they are sleeping .

  182. Bryan E. says:

    Thanks for the giveaway… use to keep an eye on a detached garage.

  183. Bryan E. says:

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  186. Patrice says:

    I would use the drop cam to keep the cars safe.

  187. Danielle Fehring says:

    I’d use it to moniter the sitter when they are watching my kiddos!

  188. janet says:

    I would use this to keep an eye on our house when we were away 🙂

  189. Dawn Reid says:

    I would use it to watch the front of our house

  190. janet says:

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  195. heather c says:

    I’d use it for the front door area.

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  198. Veronica Garrett says:

    I would use it for the entry way when we are gone.

  199. Veronica Garrett says:

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  200. Lily Kwan says:

    I would choose the DropCam for security surveillance.

  201. Lily Kwan says:

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  203. Lily Kwan says:

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  206. Sandy VanHoey says:

    I would use it to keep an eye on my grandson when he is playing in his room

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