Lorex 2K Pan-Tilt Indoor Security Camera Review: Eyes on the Wyze

in the new era CCTV cameras are very cheap Operating both indoors and out, selling specialized indoor cameras that cost more than $30 is increasingly difficult. But there is one feature that can set a file indoor camera Apart from cute competitors, the ability to move – to rotate or tilt to take the best possible picture of what is happening in your home.

I like pan and tilt cameras because they are so flexible: you can use them as pet cams, nanny cams, cover many indoor rooms by placing them in a corner or cover an indoor and outdoor area by placing them on a windowsill. In short, they are great tools.

And I was excited to try out Lorex’s $70,000 Pan-Tilt Indoor Security Camera because it brought some extra goodies to that equation, including a privacy mode where the camera is enclosed in its housing, virtually blocking feeding. But some performance issues plague this tilt-action camera, preventing it from outperforming the rest of the class.

Like

  • great value
  • Free local storage
  • Ease of use

You do not like

  • The following feature is not working well
  • No periodic survey

The good

Lorex’s pan-tilt camera is quick to set up and easy to use. The application is simple and straightforward and has a huge amount of information and control in an accessible user interface.

Much like other similar cameras, you can choose to manually control the pan and tilt, and guide the Lorex’s eye around the room while watching the live feed. From the app, you can also adjust the resolution, use two-way talk, and tweak a variety of other features, such as night vision and HDR.

When I tested the Lorex, everything worked as advertised: the bottom line is clear with little delay, two-way talk is fast and looks decent, and manually looking around the room using the camera’s pan and tilt functions is really intuitive and useful.

But most of this is not particularly revolutionary. In fact, you can get the same features as most of Lorex’s competitors – sometimes for a lower price.

Despite this, Lorex outperforms competitors in a few major categories. The largest is the local storage that is included. while the WiseCam Pan v2.0 Including a microSD card slot, Lorex includes a 64GB card with purchase, which means you get plenty of storage space on your camera. Sure, you can get one of these cards for Under 10 bucksbut I like the convenience and added value of the camera.

Another feature that I really like from Lorex is the privacy mode. Where some cameras move a hood over the viewfinder to achieve this, Lorex simply tilts his lens into the device’s body, blocking his view. Not many affordable cameras include privacy mode at all, and I appreciate the finesse on display at Lorex’s.

bad

While Lorex starts out strong, it’s not perfect.

My favorite feature with cameras like this is the automatic pan and tilt to follow people (or animals) entering or leaving the frame. This was the first problem I had with Lorex. You can activate this feature, which is currently in beta, but a person walking across the frame at a moderate distance (eg, 8 feet from the camera) and at a normal walking pace is obviously too fast for the camera to follow.

The Lorex Pan-Tilt can cover a much larger area than most indoor cameras thanks to its motion functions.

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I tested the feature a dozen times, and every time I entered the frame, the camera would turn towards where I entered—the opposite direction I was walking—and ignore my leaving the frame moments later. Raising the sensitivity of the camera helped the problem a bit, but it still didn’t track my movement most of the time, unless I was going slower than normal.

This feature may be useful for responding to motion directly at the edge of the frame, but it certainly won’t follow a subject’s path around the room.

Furthermore, you can’t set the camera to automatically pan back and forth (or patrol) across the room – counteracting some of the value of having a pan camera in the first place.

These two shortcomings seriously limit Lorex’s ability to compete with similar devices. The Wyze Cam Pan v2, for example, can smoothly and efficiently follow a subject around a room as well as scan the room periodically.

The final problem with the Lorex Pan-Tilt is how the movement zones work. Because the camera can move, the motion areas drawn don’t work quite as well as they do with still cameras. While I haven’t seen any cameras that do a great job of creating areas of motion across an entire panorama, it seems like a missed feature, due to how the areas you want the camera to turn change depending on where you point the camera.

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The Lorex is a solid value: you get a smart camera with fast feed and portability that outperforms most competitors, plus a built-in microSD card for local storage. This easily puts it within the impressive range of one of the best affordable pan tilt security cameras on the market: the Wyze Cam Pan v2.

What keeps it from dropping our favorite pan and pan camera is performance. Because the camera can’t constantly follow movement across the room – nor can it even scan the room periodically – a lot of pan/tilt functionality is wasted.

If you’re more interested in using your camera to manually check things in at home – and record them locally for later review – the Lorex Pan-Tilt would be a solid choice. If you are looking for a smart camera to automatically monitor movement around the house, you may want to look elsewhere.

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