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Ranger IQ from IMOU 

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This is an indoor security camera, the colour option works in lower light than a lot of others and while easy to setup once you have decided what ‘password’ it wants you to enter to link, then it offers a great deal more options in the settings than almost any other such camera and for those who want them it can provide so many choices over the basics.

Imou 1080P Indoor Security Camera
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It is a round offering on a flat base 9x9x11cm the latter is with the supplied micro USB to USB lead inserted in the back of flat base. It can also be hung via screws and an attachment to the base.

The camera rotates to any position so via a setting it can then follow whatever moves and another setting allows this to be human, to explain the last part this can stop it following your pet such as a cat and then avoid false positive notifications.

So having found a suitable location within the length of the supplied lead you download an App from the IOS or Android store. Then setup an account and try to link to the camera. What it wants is for you to scan the small QR code on the base of the camera and then ‘enter password’ at this point it has created a holding Wi-Fi so I wrongly assumed it wanted either my IMOU account password or my Wi-Fi password what after several unsuccessful tries I realised it wanted is the even smaller serial number on the base of camera, once entered it connected and the holding Wi-Fi disappeared from the Android Settings choices and you are returned to using your own Wi-Fi.

Before writing this initial review I reread the 9x9cm ten side fold out Quick Start Guide in case I had missed something that could have saved several aborted attempts, I had not. If it has said enter ‘camera serial number’ in the password field then all would have been clear immediately.

The base of the camera allows you to insert a micro SD card as a storage method. Images both still, sound or video can also be stored in the Cloud, there is a seven day trial offered, after that it becomes chargeable.

There is a full screen landscape mode, however in order to change the default settings you need to be in portrait mode and then press the small yellow six sided spot top right.

To best summarise the possible options I list the features, 1080P, and connection by USB or Ethernet. Motion Detection, Privacy Mode, Local or Cloud recording, Person Detection, Abnormal Sound Detection, Customised Alarm tone, this something most other units do not have, Smart Tracking, Panorama view and more all available either from a list in Device Details or an on/off toggle choice.

Images both still and moving and sound capture were excellent. I myself like the option to turn the green LED on the unit off so the camera shows no visible sign of working.

At the time of publication the IMOU Ranger IQ is available from Amazon for £85.99 including free delivery.

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