Zmodo Camera Review

"Indoor and outdoor home security cameras from Zmodo."

Zmodo
Overall Score: 7.2/10
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7.2 Overall Score
Customer Service
6.4
Value
8.1
Equipment
7.4
Features & Technology
6.8
Ease Of Use
7.2

Zmodo Security Camera Ratings

Zmodo’s home security cameras are affordable and have many features such as smart motion detection and free cloud storage that make them desirable. Zmodo is a well-established company in the video industry, and that comes through with the careful thought that goes into each of the product designs.

PROS
  • No paid plans are needed for basic features
  • Variety of camera options
  • Smart home integration
  • Affordable pricing

CONS
  • Advanced features require a paid plan
  • You have to read the camera features carefully, as many products have similar names with slight differences

Overview

Zmodo got its start in 2009 and positioned itself as an excellent contender in the video hardware market. They have sold almost 8 million devices, and they’ve turned their attention to the smart home and home security market. This global company focuses on combining innovation with affordability, which they’ve achieved with this product line.

Features & Technology

Voice Assistant Support

You can control selected models of Zmodo cameras with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.

Night Vision

See up to 98 feet in the dark with selected camera models.

Pan and Tilt

Move your field of vision around so you can record important events.

Free Cloud Storage

Review clips for 12 hours or longer with the free cloud storage offered by Zmodo. Paid plans are also available.

Smart Motion Alerts

Set the detection fields so you’re not getting notifications for false alarms on a regular basis.

Timelapse Videos

Review an entire day in only a few minutes.

Edit and Share Clips

Catch a great video of your pets, friends or family? You can edit the video and share it with everyone.

Two-Way Audio

Have a conversation with everyone like you’re right at the door or in the house, rather than on your smartphone many miles away.

Multi-User Support

Allow your entire family access to the live video feed so they stay up to date on alerts.

Zmodo Mobile App

This user-friendly app makes it simply to check out the live video view, manage the cameras in your home security system, review alerts, playback videos and create schedules for every device.

Ease of Use

Zmodo created home security cameras that are incredibly simple to install. In some cases you’re simply turning it on and waiting for the smart home hub to detect it. The supporting application walks you through all the functionality of the devices so you are safe and protected.

Customer Service

Zmodo has offices throughout the world in the United States, China, Europe, and Australia. When you contact customer service, you reach a team that’s based in your home country. The self-help portal has an extensive knowledge base covering the installation, configuration, and usage of the home security cameras. You can frequently find the answers to your questions here before you need to reach out to the company itself.

If you do need additional help, you can get in touch via email, phone, and live chat. The business does have many smart home products, so you may not necessarily get a subject matter expert in the product that you’re calling about.

Value

Zmodo stands behind their products with a 60-day money back guarantee, which is one of the best guarantees in the home security market. Most companies either offer no guarantee or a 30 day one. They also lead in warranty length at three years. You’re entitled to free lifetime support for the products you purchase from the company.

The home security equipment is priced extremely well, especially if you’re starting from scratch and you want to get cameras without breaking your budget.

You don’t need to purchase a paid Zmodo Cloud plan if you only need basic camera functionality. The free plan saves clips over the previous 12 hours. If you pay $4.99 per month or $49.90 per year, you extend this to seven days. Intelligent, continuous recording, user designated motion detection zones, time lapse clips and the video editor are also enabled for paid users. If you need to keep clips around for a longer period, $9.99 per month or $99.90 per year gets you a 30-day window.

You purchase the plan on a per camera basis, although any camera past the first one gets a 50 percent discount on the monthly price. Your first 30 days are free.

Equipment

Zmodo Beam Wi-Fi Extender $39

Zmodo cameras can use Wi-Fi to send their signals, but sometimes your home network isn’t strong enough to support that. This double antenna extender can increase the range to 656 feet and the wireless speed to 300 Mbps. It also functions as a hub for Zmodo smart home devices. It auto-detects these devices for easy setup and installation.

Zmodo Pivot Door / Window Sensors (2 Pack) $35.99

You can monitor whether a door or window opens or closes. These sensors talk to the Zmodo Pivot camera. If they’re triggered, then you get alerted on your phone and the Pivot camera moves to face that direction. Up to 32 sensors can be paired with a single Pivot camera.

Greet HD and Pro $149 – $179

This smart doorbell has 1080P video and smart motion detection. It creates 10-second clips when it senses motion and you receive a real-time alert. Communicate with the person at the door through two-way audio, or you can record a message. Clips get stored in the cloud for 12 hours and are accessible via the Zmodo app. Multiple people can get alerted and answer the doorbell calls.

Zmodo 720p Indoor/Outdoor Wi-Fi Camera $39

This basic indoor/outdoor home security camera has 720p quality video and 65-foot night vision. It also sends motion detection alerts.

1080p Outdoor Wi-Fi Camera with Extended Night Vision $79

Get higher quality video with your home security camera and extend your night vision up to 98 feet. Any alerts automatically generate a clip, which you can view for free for three days afterward. You can define the areas for motion detection so you don’t receive frequent false alarms.

1080p Outdoor Wi-Fi Camera $49

This is a budget-friendly version of the outdoor security camera with 65 feet of night vision.

Zmodo Sight 180 Outdoor Camera $69

Get 1080p video presented with a 180-degree wide angle lens. You can tilt your smartphone to adjust the viewing angle when you’re on the live stream in the app.

Zmodo Sight 180 $55

The indoor version of this home security camera also includes two-way audio and Alexa compatibility.

Zmodo EZCam $29

This basic home security camera has a 115-degree viewing angle, two-way audio, Wi-Fi support, night vision and 720p video quality.

Zmodo 720p Mini Camera $35

This camera is small, unobtrusive, offers 720p video, two-way audio, night vision, motion detection and works with Alexa.

Zmodo 1080p HD Pan and Tilt Camera

You get 350-degree panning and 70-degree tilting, which shows you everything that’s going on in the room. It has night vision, 1080P video quality, two-way audio and 32-foot night vision.

Zmodo Pivot Cloud $149

The Pivot is an all-in-one home security camera and smart home hub. It comes with a 4-pack of the door and window sensors as well. You can rotate the camera 350 degrees for full visibility in a room, talk to everyone with two-way audio, get information about the room’s environmental conditions, and offers 30 feet of night vision. It also supports Bluetooth speaker functionality.

Snap Pro $169

Zmodo recently Kickstarted this product, with a projected ship date of January 2019. It’s a wire free security camera that is tiny, minimalistic and can mount to practically any location. This 1080p camera is outdoor ready, has 180-degree coverage, and the battery lasts for a full season. Any alerts stay in the cloud for seven days.

Summary

Zmodo does an excellent job at balancing the price and feature set of their products. When you want a flexible and powerful home security system with smart home extendibility, this is a good choice.

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