Godrej is one of the most established names in the Indian home security business with a wide range of products including door locks, personal lockers, video telephones, alarm systems and CCTV camera systems. One of the company’s latest introductions is the Spotlight range of home security cameras, which include access to the Internet-of-Things space. This means that Godrej will have to compete against well-known tech brands like Xiaomi and Realme. I’m reviewing the Godrej Spotlight Pan-Tilt home security camera, a compact Wi-Fi enabled device that works with an app on your phone.
Price of Rs. 3,499, Godrej Spotlight Pan-Tilt home security camera does as its name suggests; In addition to viewing the camera’s feed from a distance, you can also adjust the field of view by panning or tilting using the camera application. I was able to use this new IoT home security camera from Godrej, and here is my opinion.
Godrej Spotlight Pan-Tilt Home Security Camera design and build quality
Godrej currently has two Wi-Fi-enabled home security cameras in the Spotlight range – a fixed version, and as the name suggests, it is mechanically pan and tilt when controlled via the app. The cylindrical camera is attached to a vertical “stem” on one side and is connected to a circular base that holds the electrical components and the Micro-USB power port. The entire base rotates left or right, and the stem allows the camera module to tilt up and down.
The camera can be placed on a table or mounted on a ceiling on an attached plate (which fits into the box). A long USB cable and power adapter are also included, giving the Godrej Spotlight Pan-Tilt camera some flexibility. Interestingly, Godrej says the camera can also be powered by a power bank, so it can be used anywhere or far from an outlet.
The device has a microSD card slot at the bottom of the camera unit, which supports 128 GB cards for continuous video recording. At about 400 g, the camera is quite heavy for a device of its size. It is not rated for water or dust resistance, so you should be careful if you mount it in a half-hand, dusty, or damp area.
With a 2 megapixel sensor, this camera is capable of recording videos in full HD (1920×1080 pixels). The field of view is 110 degrees, and the camera can be tilted up to 350 degrees and 90 degrees. This gives him the ability to look around himself. There is also night vision through an IR filter that allows it to operate in the dark. You can use built-in microphones and speakers for two-way communication.
Godrej Spotlight Pan-Tilt Home Security Camera App and Features
The Godrej Spotlight app (available for iOS and Android) is used to set up and control the Godrej Spotlight Pan-Tilt home security camera. The setup process was fairly straightforward and took about 10 minutes to complete, following the on-screen steps. When I was done, I was able to view the camera video feed and configure other settings. The app can be used to view and control various Godrej Spotlight cameras.
By jumping directly into the camera view, it takes four to five seconds to activate the camera in standby mode and to show a live stream with the date and time superimposed. You can switch between SD and HD resolutions for streaming, view in full screen on your phone, and turn on the camera microphone to receive live audio streams along with video.
The app has a D-pad on the screen to move and tilt the camera, and you can save angles to quickly jump. You can also take screenshots, record videos to save to your phone, turn on two-way communication to talk to someone next to the camera, set motion detection settings (when motion pictures or video clips are detected), and set up continuous recording. settings (if a microSD card is inserted in the camera).
You can also set up cloud storage with Godrej Spotlight. This allows you to access the recordings even if your device and storage card are stolen or damaged. Cloud storage is a premium feature, and you will need to subscribe to Rs every month. 99 plan for unlimited space. Godrej offers a free seven-day trial. It’s worth noting that this doesn’t mean you can constantly record and save everything; the cloud plan can only be used to store recorded clips for motion detection.
You can sign in to your Spotlight account to access your camera video feed and settings from a desktop browser if you prefer. During this review, the app froze and refused to charge anything despite restarting the phone. Just uninstalling and reinstalling the app has fixed this issue.
Godrej Spotlight Pan-Tilt Home Security Camera Performance
As with any home security camera, the hope is that you shouldn’t use it at all. However, if this need arises, Godrej Spotlight Pan-Tilt Camera gives you fast and reliable access to its video and audio feeds. This is, of course, a Wi-Fi enabled camera, and you’ll need a stable and fairly fast internet connection for everything to work properly. Godrej says the Spotlight camera is only compatible with 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi networks and I had no problem connecting to my home network.
The Godrej Spotlight Pan-Tilt home security camera provides color video streaming in well-lit conditions, and automatically switches to a monochrome night vision stream when needed. The video stream is clear and accurate in HD and SD resolution, both in daylight and in the dark. It is useful to be able to save screenshots or video recordings to your phone if you do not want to use the microSD card for continuous recording.
Although there was a bit of blurring in the feed when zooming in or out, the photo was just as good as you might expect for a home security camera. He is strict enough to recognize faces and objects, or even to read the text. Overall, the Godrej Spotlight Pan-Tilt camera worked as expected in terms of its basic functionality.
The panorama and tilt movement was easy, but there was a noticeable delay of a second between giving a command and the camera responding and moving in the right direction. Two-way communication is a useful touch, even if there is a slight delay in audio transmission on both sides. This isn’t something you should use as a video call replacement; instead, use it only occasionally as a door phone or intercom.
The Godrej Spotlight Pan-Tilt camera speaker is quite loud, and there is also an alarm function that should repel intrusions once it is set up and activated. The camera plays loudly when the Wi-Fi is turned on and connected, even in the setup phase, which can be very annoying. The quality of the microphone is decent, but there was always a slight noise from household appliances, such as ceiling fans, or sounds coming in through an open window.
Godrej Spotlight Pan-Tilt is a simple but effective home security camera in its basic functionality, and offers everything you would expect from a device like this. The wide range of motion means you can look at the camera wherever you place it, which is a nice bonus. Stable network connectivity and application support allow you to access your camera from anywhere, and additional features like microSD and cloud support give you the flexibility to store your footage.
Although there are small delays in both video and audio transmission, these issues are relatively small compared to the positive experience I had with the Godrej Spotlight Pan-Tilt camera. There are cheaper options with similar features, such as Mi Home Security Camera 360 and Realme Smart Cam 360, but the quality of this product and Godrej’s reputation as a provider of security solutions make it a worthwhile device.
Price: Rs. 3,499
The good sides:
- Wide range of motion and vision
- microSD and cloud storage are supported
- Clear the video in a well-lit and dark environment
- The app is well designed, the camera also works through the desktop browser
- Slight delay in streaming audio and video