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Decent 3-4 Star Cameras But With issues
Reviewed in Canada on October 6, 2021
I Tested these Rbcior LF-C2t Wifi Smart Cameras with a SanDisk Extreme 128B MicroSD cards and my Samsung A8 phone. I tested recording video in both continuous mode and event mode
As with most cameras, it only supports 2.4ghz Wifi (not 5ghz). Make sure that the Smart phone you’re using for configuration is on your 2.4ghz network before starting. Note: Like all Wifi cameras, you have to be on the same local network only to perform the initial one-time setup. After that you can access the device from anywhere in the world using the app (as long as you have an internet connection).
During the setup I received a warning message that my Wifi name or password was too long and that it “may” cause the device to not recognize the QR code (my Wifi name is 9 characters long and my password is 32). It then says if it doesn’t work to change your Wifi name or password. Geez, the camera should accept up to any “acceptable” length of characters for these fields and not issue a warning message like this. People are not going to be happy if they’re forced to change their network settings and having to reconfigure all their devices just to use this camera. Despite this warning the Wifi setup completed OK for me.
Can be mounted standing up, on the wall, or upside down from the ceiling (there’s a “Flip Screen” option for the latter). There’s no PTZ functionality but the camera can be angled quite a bit on its base at installation time (see pic) if required.
The camera’s app for Android and iOS is called “Littlelf Smart”.
For recordings it supports a MicroSD card up to 128GB, or you could choose their cloud storage for an addition monthly/annual cost.
Each camera comes with a 5’ power cord and adapter
It has 1080P resolution with pretty good picture quality (day & night) including zoom, and a nice wide-angle lens.
It’s Alexa & Google Home compatible
The Alexa setup worked without any problems
Motion sensitivity can be set to low/med/high
The camera has a microphone and speaker for two-way conversations
With a MicroSD card, you can choose either continuous recording or 20-30 second event clips
You have the ability to limit/filter motion detections for only when a human is sensed. You can also choose to create a flexible schedule (time range and days of the week) if you want to limit the times detection is to be active.
The app also lets you define a “Surveillance Area” to limit the area you want the camera to track for motion/activity which is nice.
I was also able to configure my Fitbit Charge 4 watch to receive the alerts
Turning on “Offline Notification” will alert you if the camera is offline for more than 30 minutes (e.g. power failure, someone breaks it or unplugs it…)
From the Littlelf app’s device menu you can add multiple devices AND open them up in split screen mode to view them concurrently (which is nice). BUT, when viewing a device from the multiple screen mode, the image resolution is lower and you cannot zoom. To do this you have to back out and select the specific device from the list.
It has a “Face Recognition” option but I did not test it
The enclosed instructions only include a Quick Start Guide, and that’s it. Aside from the Wifi configuration, there is no documentation of the features and options within the app whatsoever. I guess they assume that it’s self intuitive, but that’s not the case for a lot of people. Most other cameras I’ve seen have a lot more “meat” to their guides.
Two-way conversations are a problem. There are two settings for having conversations. “One-Way Communication” and “Two-Way Talk”. With both settings the microphone is OK if the person is right in front of the camera and talks loud enough. But if they are a little further away or behind the camera, the sound is too faint to make out. And with both settings the camera’s speaker is loud enough but in “One-Way Communication” it keeps cutting off what the person is saying from the smart phone. I suggest using the ‘Two-Way Talk” option.
For conversations the audio is not in sync with the video. There is a 4-6 second lag between what you hear and what you see. E.g. when talking to a person on camera, you’ll see their lips moving 4-6 seconds after you’ve heard what they’ve said. For a baby monitor it might not matter but otherwise that’s a pretty big lag and pretty annoying.
There is no “app” per se for Windows PC, but they provide a web URL that allows you to connect to the camera from a browser (https://ipc.ismartlife.me/login). Through this URL you can view the live picture and have conversations but that’s it. You can’t view any recordings on the MicroSD or access any of the camera’s options. If full control from a PC is a must for you though, you can install an Android emulator (like MEmu) and then install the Littlelf app there. It’s not a pretty work around, but it works.
The video playback screen has a nice scrollable timeline to be able to see when recordings were taken. In event mode, this is fine as a recording indicates a motion detection. But in continuous mode it doesn’t indicate detection points in red when they occurred (like some other cameras do). So all you see is a solid bar for the entire time it was recording, and there’s no way to of knowing when motion was detected.
Despite having a microphone, there’s no option for sound alerts (e.g. for a baby crying, a smoke alarm or the sound of breaking glass). This would have been a nice option, especially since this is an indoor camera.
In summary, this is a set of decent cameras. At the current price of $59 for two 1080P cameras, the price is pretty good. Depending on your requirements, the shortcomings may or may not bother you. Although I wanted to give them more, with my expectations I can only give them 3 stars.