HD PoE Outdoor Cloud Camera: Providing reassurance to the security paranoid!

When high levels of unemployment raises its ugly head an increase in crime usually follows. This depressing scenario can certainly be related to Britain at present, as according to the British Crime Survey report, in 2011 domestic burglaries were up 14%. As police warn homeowners to step up security due to the increasing number of house robberies across the country, demand for surveillance and security gadgets are naturally also on the rise.


For those who are tittering on the paranoid side concerning the safety of your home, you may be interested in the HD PoE Outdoor Cloud Camera (DCS-2310L), D-Link’s first home IP surveillance camera for outside use.

Coming equipped with mydlink Cloud Services, users are able to access live video feeds and manage their surveillance camera from smartphone, computer, Android or tablet running iOS that is connected to the internet.

Where the peripherals specialists, D-Link’s latest network-connected camera stands out over similar surveillance cameras that are designed to be used with power-over-Ethernet (PoE) connections, or just other surveillance cameras for that matter, is the fact that the camera includes an integrated camera and speaker allowing for half-duplex communication between the viewer and the viewed. In possessing two-way communication, the DCS-2310L is undoubtedly a great asset as an entry system.

This highly sophisticated surveillance camera records images in High Definition and up to 720dpi video clarity, as well as exploiting infra-red technology, which enables clear images to be produced even when there is no or little light available. Automatic PIR motion-sensing technology means that the HD PoE Outdoor Cloud Camera catches every movement and alerts the homeowner to such movements, regardless of the time of day – could perhaps be a little annoying being alerted to a cat stalking the outside of your house in the middle of the night but hey, it’s better to be safe than sorry!

If you are worried that the camera may suffice from working in the case of internet connection failure, the DCS-2310L posses local storage and/or back-up in case of network failure.

The DCS-2310L can be installed in any location and is able, D-Link assure us, to withstand all outdoor environments – reassuring given the Arctic conditions Britain is experiencing at present!

This ultra-sophisticated surveillance camera is available to purchase now and costs £246 and could be a reassuring but albeit expensive Christmas present for those bordering on the security conscious/paranoid.

Swann’s spy gadget range: Little brother is watching you!

Q would be proud. Those clever spy gadgets so beloved of 007 are now appearing on the consumer market – and here’s Swann’s first – a video camera and DVR concealed in a real, working ballpoint pen.

The Swann PenCam DVR-421 lets you shoot AVI 640 x 480 VGA colour footage, save it to a built-in 2GB memory and then upload it to the likes of MySpace, Facebook, YouTube and Photobucket. Swann reckons it will appeal to sales people, lawyers, mystery shoppers, law enforcers – or just anyone wanting a bit of web-based fun. Teachers beware, we say!


Just click the top of the pen to start recording. It can record more than an hour’s worth of film at a time, and the built-in battery can last for up to 90 minutes of recording. The PenCam can be recharged via USB.

The Swann PenCam DVR-421 costs £49.99 and is being sold at Screwfix, Maplins and Costco.

And if you’re out and about, when walking around with a pen might look a bit odd, how about the RemoteCam, designed to look like a car remote key fob?


Stealthily capture still images and full colour AVI files at a resolution of 720 x 480. Still images are saved as 1280 x 1024 JPGs. £49.99. Available from PC World and Screwfix.

And for action fans who are not interested in covert filming, but do want to capture their sporting achievements, Swann has released the ActionCam. The 60g camera is designed to capture footage easily at the push of a button, and is specifically designed for high-impact sports – cycling, jogging, rowing and skiing for instance. It can be attached to handlebars or a helmet with the bundled attachments, and also has a suction cup attachment. The ActionCam has been made to be rugged, has a weather-resistant case, built-in microphone and can capture the event despite vibrations and bumps. It costs £79.99.

The ThumbCam, meanwhile, is also built for recording on the move and comes complete with attachments to fix it to bike handles, helmets and so on. A protective silicon cover protects it from bumps and the elements. You’ll be recording onto its 2GB SD card, and have 40 minutes of recording time – but upgrade to an 8GB SD card to increase that to 160 minutes. You can back up your footage by inserting the card into your PC or connect directly via USB. The price? £49.99.