Out of the box you get a free 14-day free trial to Dropcam’s 7-day cloud recording service, but after that you have to go with its 7- or 30-day plans, which run .95 and .95 a month, or and 9 a year, respectively.You don’t have to buy this to use the Dropcam — free users can still get motion alerts and can watch the live video stream — but without a recording plan, you miss out on activity zones and people alerts.And when set to record HD footage, each one of those uploads about 60 to 90GB of data a month.This is something worth considering if you have a strict monthly limit from your ISP.That will be an issue if you plan to do anything other than screw it into the wall (it comes with a mount).You also get a much narrower, fuzzier view on the Simplicam than with Dropcam Pro’s glass lens. That might not seem like much, but when I had the two models set up side-by-side in my kitchen, for instance, Dropcam let me see an entire countertop, window, and door that Simplicam didn’t.Its main advantage is its facial recognition, which cuts down on noisy alerts, plus a cheaper one-day recording plan.
You can do the same thing for alerts, which can be tweaked for when the camera sees motion, hears sound, or when it goes offline.You can do just about all of this, including setting up the Dropcam, from Dropcam’s mobile app.You can very quickly and easily setup "activity zones" like doors, windows, and entryways, just by drawing boxes around them.Unless you’re going on vacation somewhere for a week, this is more than enough to keep an eye on things.Instead of using motion to figure out whether something is a human (like Dropcam does), Simplicam scans for faces.
I’ve been living with some of the top home-monitoring cameras in my home and office for the past few weeks to find out which one of them is the best. The Dropcam Pro is the clear winner among the cameras I tested.