This is part of our continuing series of IP camera reviews. The reviews focus on cameras that work with Camcloud's IP camera cloud services. Hopefully this will help customers pick the camera that's right for them.
For this post I will review the Tenvis JPT3815W. Tenvis is a low-cost provider of IP cameras. I was eager to try this camera to see how it stacks-up against other low-cost MJPEG cameras, in particular from Foscam. The price certainly is right -- I bought it for $47.99 USD. Amazon.com stocks plenty of Tenvis cameras, but once you get outside the US the options become a bit more limited but they are sold in many major markets -- here's the Tenvis list of distributors.
I'll review the camera's Hardware, Network Setup, Video Quality, and Monitoring Features.
The contents of the box are pretty standard -- you're provided with the camera itself, a software CD, install guide and a small mounting bracket. The quality of the camera hardware is pretty low -- it feels like a budget camera, but for sub-$50, I didn't expect much more. The plastic mold isn't very rugged and wouldn't stand-up to much impact. None of this is a showstopper, but just expect a light, toy-feel to the camera. Ok, let's move on to what's important -- the camera functions.
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