Slick security cam watches your house like an owl


Keep an eye on your precious people, places and things with this great new monitor from Kodak.
Keep an eye on your precious people, places and things with this great new monitor from Kodak.
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Best List: CFH-V15 Video Monitor by Kodak

This new 350-degree pan and tilt home security camera from Kodak is the most amazing video monitor I’ve used, ever.

I’ve helped friends set up a few security cameras over the years, usually to keep an eye on their kids or pets, and the CFH-V15 blows all of them away with its ease of use, simple setup, and high-end video quality.

I sure wish I had one of these when my kids were young.

This sleek little nanny cam has everything you can possibly need, including two-way audio, full-color high resolution, and an almost full-circle range of motion that you can manage via your iPhone. It’s got a small footprint, so it’ll fit right in on any shelf or flat surface, and you can even mount it on the wall with the included base plate and screws.

I can’t overstate how incredibly easy it is to set this thing up – no drivers to download, no ports to open on your router, no computer, even. Set up was all done right on an iPhone with the iSecurity+ app.

It took all of five minutes to add the camera to my WiFi network, and once it was connected, I was impressed at how amazingly clear the video stream was; I could see every detail in the room, whether it was dark or well-lit.

I placed it in my son’s room to see how it worked, and was pretty excited when I realized I could hear what he was saying, and could hit a button in the iPhone app to talk back to him. I could zoom in to see his face up close, or zoom out to see almost the whole room in one shot. Panning around the room was easy, too; the only place I couldn’t see was directly behind the camera, which wasn’t a huge deal as it was next to a wall.

The price is right, as well – you’re getting similar functionality to the Nest Cam, which starts at $199, for half the price.

If you’re looking for an elegant little home video monitor with motion control, night vision, and a great app experience, and you don’t want to hassle with crazy installation and networking crap (I’m looking at you, iBaby), the CFH-V15 from Kodak is the one you want, right out of the box.

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