An IP security camera with some unique features and Mac compatibility.
We recently reviewed the Logitech Alert 750e Outdoor Master System which is Logitech’s latest entry into the IP security camera world. The 750e system came with an outdoor-rated weatherproof camera and a pair of HomePlugAV-compatible Powerline Ethernet Adapters for network connectivity. Logitech sells an indoor version of the Alert master system, as well as individual add-on cameras of either the outdoor or indoor variety. Since we’ve already had a look at the outdoor camera in our last review, this review will focus on the indoor version.
Compared with the outdoor model, the indoor version is a completely different design. The indoor-only Logitech Alert 700n is extremely lightweight due to the fact that there is no need for weatherproof housing. What the 700n lacks in the weight and waterproof departments, it makes up for in available mounting options.
Most indoor camera makers offer basic wall and ceiling mounting options. Logitech goes a step further and adds something else: a forward-facing suction cup mounting option. This is by far my favorite feature offered by this camera.
The forward-facing suction cup lets you mount the camera on the inside of a window facing the outside world. It gives you the ability to monitor the outdoors, without requiring you to place the camera in harm’s way. For people who have side light windows next to their front doors, this is a near perfect mounting option for placing the camera where they can check to see who is at the front door.
The suction cup and lens are aligned in such a way that there is no glare present from the window glass, even when the night vision LEDs are on (a common problem for other night vision cameras).
Image quality on the Logitech indoor camera was solid in both daylight and nighttime conditions. The camera features an extremely wide viewing angle which allows it to monitor a large area. The one side effect of this wide viewing angle is that it gives the image a fish-eye lens look with the outer edges of the image becoming slightly distorted.