When choosing a security camera, there are a lot of different factors to consider. Don’t let that worry you; we’ve done the research. Here’s what you need to know.
The ADT Self Setup Outdoor Wireless Camera’s video quality isn’t as good as it should be. The primary purpose of having a home security camera is to identify and record people who approach your home. If someone steals something out of your yard, and the video of their face is pixelated, that won’t help you much.
This ADT Self Setup device has the standard 1080p HD resolution found on many security cameras today. Its images tend to have great color, but they’re a bit fuzzier than we’d like. There isn’t much lens distortion that gives videos that fishbowl look, though.
Let’s talk night vision. The ADT Self Setup Outdoor Wireless Camera can “see” at night objects that are around 15 to 20 feet from the lens. The footage tends to be washed out and somewhat blurry, unfortunately. The images are also in black and white. You may be hard-pressed to identify intruders caught at night with this camera.
With a 130° field of view, you see a decent amount of your yard in the video footage, but it could be better. Several other great cameras in the same price range have a wider field of view, like the Arlo Pro 3 or the Ring Spotlight Cam. To add a little more yard coverage, we would probably pair ADT Self Setup with a doorbell camera like the Ring Video Doorbell.
Pairing cameras and other security devices that are from different brands can be a hassle, though. The Ring and Arlo cameras, for example, must be linked to the ADT Self Setup camera through Alexa, Google, or IFTTT for home automation, since you wouldn’t be able to use the ADT+ app to control them. You’ll also need to use separate apps to view video footage.
Essentially, this ADT Self Setup camera doesn’t cut it for us on its own, and supplementing it with other camera brands might not be worth the hassle.
The ADT Self Setup Outdoor Wireless Camera stores its footage in the cloud for 24 hours. If you’d like a little more storage time, you can get an ADT cloud subscription for $2.99 per month. This will get you 60 days of cloud storage.
The camera also has an SD card slot for local storage, which we think is ideal. With local storage, you can decide how long you want to keep footage without paying any fees. It supports a micro-SD card of up to 128 GB. That’s about four days worth of videos. You can always switch out SD cards as they fill up if you need to.
Like Ring cameras, the ADT Self Setup Outdoor Wireless Camera uses a noise-cancelation feature to make two-way talk much easier to understand on both sides.