Cheap, bursting with features and some neat apps to control your camera remotely, the Annke Sparkle 1 is a tip-top indoor IP cam suitable for all manner of uses.
Interested in an indoor wifi camera to monitor your home, business or suspicious pet when you can’t be there?
The Annke Sparkle 1 has a plethora of features normally reserved for much more expensive cameras, and at £49.99 RRP the Sparkle 1 can be had for a price many people can afford.
But does this indoor security camera deliver on what it promises?
Annke Sparkle 1 Features Galore
Feature-wise, Annke have gone all-out and crammed pretty much everything you’d want in an indoor IP cam.
Resolution is 720p and you can set it to lower values to save on storage. Speaking of storage, the Annke Sparkle 1 has an onboard micro SD card slot, and supports memory card up to 32GB.
So there are no subscriptions or extra costs for NVRs. And you won’t need to spend hours trying to connect the Sparkle 1 to your NAS or network storage. Bung a card in and away you go. Or don’t use storage at all – you can just plug the Sparkle 1 in and start viewing your live stream.
The camera has decent night-vision, can work wirelessly or hard-wired to your network, and it does two-way audio. You can also Pan and Tilt the camera to scan wider areas using the app (see below).
A plastic mount for screwing the camera to a wall or ceiling is also included in the box.
Whether you want an indoor security camera to watch a pet, or need to keep an eye on your property when you’re out of the house, the Annke Sparkle 1 delivers.
Annke Sparkle 1 Remote Access
So how do you control your Annke Sparkle 1?
Well, download the MIPC app and away you go. Apps are available for iOS or Android, and there’s a web-based camera client too.
Each Annke Sparkle 1 comes with a unique ID on the camera. Install the app, scan the code and you can start remote viewing. Remember to change the default password, unless you want the world peeping through your device.
You can also login via www.myannke.com and manage multiple cameras.
Once you’re up and running you can configure wireless connectivity, view your streams, pan and tilt the camera, adjust motion detection – it all works. The interface might not be as snazzy as the competition, and you’re reliant on the Annke Cloud service but for £50, it’s a good-value remote access option.
Annke Sparkle 1 Competition
What can the competition offer that the Annke Sparkle 1?
Resolution good be better on the camera, as options like the Nest Cam are pushing 1080P now. However the bigger the resolution, the more bandwidth you gobble up streaming all that video data.
Other cameras offer onboard memory card storage and Cloud services. However you can’t point the Annke Sparkle 1 at a NAS or NVR and start recording a stream, and it’s not ONVIF compatible.
The optics are good enough, although if you want really great picture clarity and top-notch night-visio, you’ll have to spend a lot more than Annke are asking.
All in all, the Annke Sparkle 1 stacks up well against the competition. It’s missing some bells and whistles, and it’s not as flexible as other options.
For £50, and with all those features, Annke hits the right notes for an indoor security camera.
Packed with features, works well and represents really good value.
Annke Sparkle 1 Specifications
- 1/4 “color CMOS sensor
- Resolution 1280 x 720 pixels aka 720P
- Lens: 3.6mm
- Two-way audio (built-in microphone and speaker)
- Video Compression H.264 codec, 25fps, select from 1280×720, 640×360, 320×180, 160×90
- 12 infrared night-vision LEDs with 30ft range
- Pan and tilt by 350° & vertical 100°
- Works on WiFi networks (IEEE802.11b/g/n) includes external antenna, with WPS button
- Ethernet 10/100Mbps RJ-45 interface
- IP address: Static IP address and dynamic IP address
- Video storage: Micro SD card (max 32 GB)
- Work temperature: 0° ~ 55°C (32°F ~ 131°F)
- Product Size (LxWxH): 114(L) by 118(W) by 130(H)mm