Zmodo Outdoor Cameras – A Comprehensive Guide

Zmodo outdoor camera range review: 1080p/720p Wi-Fi Camera, Torch 360, N Channel Business Security System | Features | Specifications | Prices | comparisons | FAQ’s | Zmodo Cloud | Zmodo app/ Zsight
All Zmodo Outdoor Cameras
Updated: 8th Jan 2020
Published: 10th Dec 2019
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1) About Zmodo

2) Zmodo 1080p Indoor/Outdoor Wi-Fi Camera

          a) Zmodo 1080p Indoor/Outdoor Wi-Fi Camera Design 

          b) Zmodo 1080p Indoor/Outdoor Wi-Fi Camera Features 

          c) Zmodo 1080p Indoor/Outdoor Wi-Fi Camera Specifications 

          d) Zmodo 1080p Indoor/Outdoor Wi-Fi Camera Requirements 

          e) Zmodo 1080p Indoor/Outdoor Wi-Fi Camera Cost 

          f) Zmodo 1080p Indoor/Outdoor Wi-Fi Camera FAQs 

3) Zmodo 720p Indoor/Outdoor Wi-Fi Camera

          a) Zmodo 720p Indoor/Outdoor Wi-Fi Camera Design 

          b) Zmodo 720p Indoor/Outdoor Wi-Fi Camera Features 

          c) Zmodo 720p Indoor/Outdoor Wi-Fi Camera Specifications 

          d) Zmodo 720p Indoor/Outdoor Wi-Fi Camera Requirements 

          e) Zmodo 720p Indoor/Outdoor Wi-Fi Camera Cost 

          f) Zmodo 720p Indoor/Outdoor Wi-Fi Camera FAQs 

4) Zmodo Torch 360

          a) Zmodo Torch 360 Design 

          b) Zmodo Torch 360 Features 

          c) Zmodo Torch 360 Specifications 

          d) Zmodo Torch 360 Requirements 

          e) Zmodo Torch 360 Cost 

5) Zmodo N Channel Business Security System

          a) Zmodo N Channel Business Security System Design 

          b) Zmodo N Channel Business Security System Features 

          c) Zmodo N Channel Business Security System Specifications 

          d) Zmodo N Channel Business Security System Cost 

          e) Zmodo N Channel Business Security System FAQs 

6) Comparison of Zmodo Outdoor Cameras

7) Zmodo Cloud – Price & Packagest

8) Zmodo App

9) ZSight (Alternative Zmodo App)

10) Zmodo Camera Installation

          a) Zmodo Camera Setup for Android 

          b) Zmodo Camera Setup for iPhone 

          c) Zmodo Torch 360 Installation 

          d) Zmodo NVR Installation 

11) Zmodo Security

12) Zmodo Compatibility

          a) Are Zmodo cameras compatible with Amazon Alexa? 

          b) Are Zmodo cameras compatible with Amazon Alexa? 

          c) Are Zmodo cameras compatible with Siri? 

13) Zmodo Support

14) Zmodo FAQs

15) GOther Zmodo Devices

About Zmodo

Founded in 2009, Zmodo has established itself as one of the leaders in smart home security and surveillance devices. Its mission is to outfit all households around the world with smart surveillance systems to keep them safe.

Zmodo offers a wide range of security devices, including cameras, window and door sensors, Zmodo doorbells, and Zmodo Wi-Fi extender. In this article, however, we focus primarily on Zmodo security cameras – specifically Zmodo outdoor cameras.

Zmodo offers some of the most affordable outdoor surveillance systems, which come complete with night vision, smart alerts, voice assistance, and strong cloud storage.

What sets Zmodo apart from its competitors is that you don’t have to subscribe to their cloud storage plans. Sure, you get access to advanced features and better storage with the subscription plans. But you can use the devices perfectly and access stored video for up to 12 hours even with a basic plan.

In this article, we give you a detailed review of all the currently available Zmodo outdoor cameras – Zmodo N Channel Business Security System, Zmodo 1080p Indoor/Outdoor Wi-Fi Camera, Zmodo 720p Indoor/Outdoor Wi-Fi Camera, and Zmodo Torch 360. We also discuss some of the other features and qualities of Zmodo devices in general.

Please continue reading for the ultimate guide to Zmodo outdoor cameras.

Read also: Zmodo Indoor Cameras – A Comprehensive Guide 

Zmodo 1080p Indoor/Outdoor Wi-Fi Camera

Zmodo 1080p Indoor/Outdoor WiFi Camera is a bullet-style 1080p Wi-Fi camera with night vision, weatherproof IP65 rating, motion alerts, and optional cloud recording capability. It’s also compatible with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant for voice control. While this security camera can be installed both indoors or outdoors, its weatherproof quality and construction make it particularly suitable for the outdoors.

Zmodo 1080p Indoor/Outdoor Wi-Fi Camera Design

Zmodo 1080p Indoor/Outdoor Wi-Fi Camera is a bullet-style security camera that can be mounted on a wall or placed on a flat surface. It comes with a flat stand and the appropriate tools necessary for mounting. The camera itself is available in white or black and has an antenna attached on top for wireless connectivity. The camera lens is surrounded by infrared lenses to support night vision.

Zmodo 1080p Indoor/Outdoor Wi-Fi Camera Features

The following is a detailed overview of Zmodo 1080p Indoor/Outdoor Wi-Fi Camera’s features:

  • Remote Viewing: With the Zmodo app, you can view your Zmodo camera footage any time of the day or night and from anywhere in the world.
  • Full HD Video: Zmodo 1080p Indoor/Outdoor Wi-Fi Camera provides 1080p HD video recordings and footage with complete clarity. Unfortunately, however, the clarity of the video is coupled with a less-than-stellar lens angle of only 90°, which means you have a fairly limited field of vision. This means you’ll probably need to install several cameras in strategic locations to cover the entire area.
  • Night Vision: The camera has a large number of infrared lenses surrounding the central camera lens. As such, this camera has a stellar night vision of 65 feet. You can also remotely adjust the level of night vision for the perfect combination of clarity and sight.
  • Smart Motion Detection: You receive an alert on your phone whenever the camera detects motion and it saves a clip of the moment in the cloud storage for a minimum of 12 hours. This is enough time for you to review the footage and save it on your phone. You can set specific motion detection zones within the camera’s field of vision to limit false alarms, and you can also schedule motion detection according to time. You should use this feature to limit motion detection in areas of high traffic.
  • Central App Control: With the Zmodo app, you can control all of the camera’s features and combine it with other Zmodo devices like Zmodo window and door sensors and doorbells.

Zmodo 1080p Indoor/Outdoor Wi-Fi Camera Specifications

  • Camera: 1080p HD Colour Sensor, 90° Angle of View, 4x Digital Zoom, and 4.3mm Lens
  • Video: 1080p HD at 20fps
  • Night Vision: Up to 65 feet with adjustable sensitivity and automatic IR-cut
  • Alerts: Smart motion detection with schedules, motion zones, and mobile push notifications
  • Encryption: AES 256-bit encryption
  • Working Environment: Weatherproof 14°F-122°F
  • Power Consumption: 2W-4W
  • Power: DC 5V, 1A
  • Size: 2.2" × 2.1" × 3.4"
  • Compatibility: Amazon Alex and Google Assistant
  • Weight: 0.47lbs

Zmodo 1080p Indoor/Outdoor Wi-Fi Camera Requirements

  • Password-protected 2.4GHz WPA/WPA2 Wi-Fi connection
  • iOS version 9.0 or greater
  • Android version 4.0 or greater

Zmodo 1080p Indoor/Outdoor Wi-Fi Camera Cost

Zmodo 1080p Indoor/Outdoor Wi-Fi Camera costs $39.99 on the official website.

Zmodo 1080p Indoor/Outdoor Wi-Fi Camera FAQs

How is this camera powered?

This camera has to be connected to a power supply of DC 5V, 1A. It’s not solar-powered and does not have a battery.

Does this Zmodo wireless camera have an audio function?

No, this camera doesn’t have any audio – neither one-way nor two-way.

Can I connect this camera to a Zmodo NVR?

Yes, you can connect this camera to a Zmodo NVR for recording. In doing so, all of the recorded videos and motion alert footage will get stored on the NVR’s 1TB hard disk.

Zmodo 720p Indoor/Outdoor Wi-Fi Camera

Zmodo 720p Indoor/Outdoor WiFi Camera is a Zmodo wireless 720p Wi-Fi camera with a weatherproof IP65 rating, night vision, and smart motion detection, with free cloud storage up to a certain point. You can also combine it with a Zmodo NVR to store the recorded video directly on a hard drive.

Zmodo 720p Indoor/Outdoor Wi-Fi Camera Design

Zmodo 720p Indoor/Outdoor Wi-Fi Camera looks just like the aforementioned 1080p wireless camera. It’s a white bullet-style outdoor wireless camera that can be placed on a flat surface or mounted on a wall or ceiling. It comes with an antenna to catch the wireless receiver, and the central camera lens is surrounded by infrared lenses for night vision. You will need to connect it to a power source or a Zmodo repeater for it to work.

Zmodo 720p Indoor/Outdoor Wi-Fi Camera Features

The following are the primary features of the Zmodo 720p Indoor/Outdoor Wi-Fi Camera:

  • Remote Viewing: Using the Zmodo app, you can view the camera’s footage from anywhere in the world on your smartphone. The app gives you complete control, so you can start recording or access different Zmodo devices from anywhere.
  • 720p Video: This camera records videos in 720p quality. While it’s not as stellar as the 1080p, it’s still good enough to capture small details and the 4x digital zoom lets you focus on details like licence plate numbers. The biggest issue, as is the case for the 1080p counterpart as well, is the limited lens angle of 81°, which severely restricts the camera’s field of vision.
  • Night Vision: This outdoor security camera has a stellar night vision with a total range of 65 feet. It’s also adjustable through the app so you can choose how you view footage in low lighting.
  • Motion Alerts: Every time the camera detects motion, it sends a push notification to your phone and records a small video that’s saved in your cloud memory for at least 12 hours. You can then review the footage and save it to your phone or elsewhere.
  • Motion Zones: The motion detector is also extremely intelligent because you can set schedules and set motion zones. If there’s a particular area that registers high motion, for example, you can remove that from the motion zone so you don’t get false alarms. Instead, you can focus on relevant zones like your car or your front porch.
  • Easy Expansion: You can add more wireless or wired Zmodo cameras to the same network and connect them to a Zmodo NVR or repeater as well. In doing so, you can easily grow your camera into a full security system and protect your entire home.

Zmodo 720p Indoor/Outdoor Wi-Fi Camera Specifications

  • Camera: 720p HD Colour Sensor, 81° Angle of View, 4x Digital Zoom, and 2.8mm Lens
  • Video: 720p HD at 25fps
  • Night Vision: Up to 65 feet with adjustable sensitivity and automatic IR-cut
  • Alerts: Smart motion detection with schedules, motion zones, and mobile push notifications
  • Encryption: AES 256-bit encryption
  • Working Environment: Weatherproof 14°F-122°F
  • Power Consumption: 2W-4W
  • Power: DC 5V, 1A
  • Size: 2.2" × 2.1" × 3.4"
  • Compatibility: Amazon Alex and Google Assistant
  • Weight: 0.26lbs

Zmodo 720p Indoor/Outdoor Wi-Fi Camera Requirements

  • Password-protected 2.4GHz WPA/WPA2 Wi-Fi connection
  • iOS version 9.0 or greater
  • Android version 4.0 or greater

Zmodo 720p Indoor/Outdoor Wi-Fi Camera Cost

Zmodo 720p Indoor/Outdoor Wi-Fi Camera costs $39.99 on Amazon and the official website.

Zmodo 720p Indoor/Outdoor Wi-Fi Camera FAQs

How long is the camera’s cord?

The cord’s length is 6’ and is designed like a micro USB charger with a plug-in transformer.

Can I view live footage from this camera?

Yes, you can view live footage from the camera and also record it when necessary from the Zmodo app.

Can this camera run on a battery?

No, the camera doesn’t have batteries and it will only run when it’s plugged into a power source.

Does this camera only record when motion is detected?

This camera records a short piece of footage when motion is detected but you can also manually record footage using the Zmodo app.

Zmodo Torch 360

Zmodo Torch 360 is a smart light that doubles as a security camera. This outdoor camera lets you monitor your entire home with 360° panning and it also provides ambient light. If installed within a lamp, this security camera can also be pretty discreet. Not only can you control the camera with your smartphone, but you can also control the light, set schedules, and change the colour of the light.

Zmodo Torch 360 Design

Zmodo Torch 360 is a sleek metallic smart light with a bulb fixture at the bottom and a light casement on top. The camera lens is located in the middle of the metallic body, just above the ‘Zmodo’ logo. The entire body is 6.46” high and 2.95” in diameter. You can attach this smart light in any location or housing but it is slightly larger than a standard light bulb, so you must ensure that it can fit in the desired location. This security camera should ideally be installed inside a clear glass enclosure. When you turn the light on, the top of the device starts glowing and you can choose between multiple colour shades and temperatures.

Zmodo Torch 360 Features

Zmodo Torch 360 has a wide range of impressive features. These include:

  • Complete 360° View: This Zmodo camera offers a 360° view of the surroundings because you can pan the camera around. As such, you should ideally install this camera in a location from which you can monitor the entire landscape with no obstructions.
  • HD Recording: This camera has a 720p HD camera that’s capable of capturing small details, especially when coupled with the 4x digital zoom. The angle of the lens is 132°, which is wide enough to cover a wide range of vision, even without panning the camera.
  • Remote Monitoring: You can use the Zmodo app to check in on your property from anywhere in the world and at any time of the day. You only need to ensure that the smart light has access to a steady Wi-Fi connection. You can even record and store the live footage on your phone.
  • Ambient Light: The light bulb is fairly strong and produces a bright adjustable light. As such, even though this camera doesn’t have infrared lenses for night vision, the ambient light illuminates the surroundings enough for you to monitor your property even at night.
  • Pre-existing Themes: Zmodo Torch 360 comes with a wide range of pre-existing themes in the Zmodo app. These include Breathing, Orange, Candle, Lemon, and many others. You can select a particular mood or aesthetic and the light will change accordingly.
  • Multiple Colours: You can change the light’s colour from white to yellow to cool blue to red or any other. In addition to changing the colour, you can also change the shade and brightness, giving you a wide range of options and moods.
  • Light Control: You can control the light remotely from your Zmodo app. You can even set schedules for when it should come on or go off. As such, you can have the light come on to dissuade potential burglars when you’re not around, or you can schedule it to come on when you’re about to reach home. You have complete flexibility.
  • Smart Motion Alerts: The camera sends alerts to your phone and starts recording a short video whenever it detects motion. You can also adjust the motion detection for specific times or specific motion zones to limit false alarms.

Zmodo Torch 360 Specifications

  • Camera: 720p HD Colour Sensor, 132° Angle of View, and 4x Digital Zoom
  • Video: 720p HD at 25fps
  • LED Light: 350 Lumens Brightness and 5000K Colour Temperature
  • Light Lifetime: 100,000 Hours
  • Night Vision: No – only Ambient Light
  • Alerts: Motion Alerts with 30-Second Video Recording and Scheduling
  • Encryption: AES 256-bit encryption
  • Working Environment: 14°F-122°F in a Covered Environment
  • Power: Standard E26 Socket Required
  • Size: 6.46” x 2.95”
  • Weight: 0.77lbs

Zmodo Torch 360 Requirements

  • 2.4GHz WPA/WPA2 Wi-Fi connection
  • iOS version 7.0 or greater
  • Android version 4.0 or greater

Zmodo Torch 360 Cost

Zmodo Torch 360 costs $129.99 on the official website.

Zmodo N Channel Business Security System

Zmodo N Channel Business Security System is a massive outdoor surveillance security system suitable for large properties. There are various combinations in which you can get this surveillance system:

  • 16 Wired Cameras
  • 24 Wired Cameras
  • 32 Wired Cameras
  • 8 Wired + 8 Wireless Cameras
  • 16 Wired + 8 Wireless Cameras
  • 24 Wired + 8 Wireless Cameras

Each Zmodo N Channel Business Security System comes with one 32-Channel NVR, two repeaters, and a specific number of wired and/or wireless cameras. With such a large number of cameras, you can position them all around your property so you can monitor every single angle of your property when you’re away, with no blind spots.

The NVR (Network Video Recorder) ensures you have access to live video in your Zmodo app wherever you may be in the world and you can also record the live footage. It has a 1TB hard drive, so you can automatically store the recorded footage on it. The power repeaters in the system connect up to eight wired cameras and you can add more as well. You have to hook the repeater to your router to power your wired cameras.

Zmodo N Channel Business Security System Design

Zmodo N Channel Business Security System is an industrial level system with different associated devices. The following is a brief description of the individual design elements:

  • Network Video Recorder (NVR): This is a small rectangular black box measuring 7.9" × 5.5" × 1.6”. The back of the device includes two USB slots and an HDMI port for connection to the router.
  • Power Repeater: The power repeater is a smaller black box measuring 4.65" × 3.33" × 1.46”. It includes eight ports for connection to the wired cameras and one for connection to the router.
  • sPoE (Wired) Camera: The wired cameras are designed in a traditional bullet-camera style. They are large black bullet-style cameras measuring 2.2" x 2.1" x 3.4”. The centre of the camera includes a camera lens and several IR lenses for night vision.
  • Wireless Camera: The wireless cameras are also designed in a similar bullet-style, measuring 2.2" × 2.1" × 3.4”. They look the same as the wired cameras, with a central camera lens and surrounding IR lenses, but they also include an antenna for wireless connection.

Zmodo N Channel Business Security System Features

The following are some of the most prominent features available in the Zmodo N Channel Business Security System:

  • Local and Remote Viewing: With the Zmodo app, you can view live footage and record videos of your property from anywhere in the world. It also comes with an HDMI connection, so you can view it locally on a monitor.
  • Flexible Connection: The Zmodo N Channel Business Security System is an extremely flexible setup because it includes a combination of wired and wireless cameras with repeaters and an NVR. The power repeaters connect up to eight wired cameras each, so you can extend the router’s connection to a wider area. Thanks to the repeater, you don’t have to worry about finding power outlets wherever you install the cameras. Meanwhile, the NVR also supports wireless cameras. As such, the entire setup is extremely flexible.
  • HD Video Quality: Both the wired and wireless cameras record in 720p quality using digital signal transmission – this prevents a loss of quality in transmission. The Zmodo app also gives you access to 4x digital zoom so you can focus on small details like licence plate numbers and read them without obscurity.
  • Night Vision: The cameras come with infrared lenses that provide up to 65 feet of vision in complete darkness. As such, the camera’s night vision is extremely powerful.
  • Smart Motion Detection: These cameras have an extremely advanced motion detection system. The moment they detect motion, they start recording videos in the regular 25fps and also send a push notification to your phone. You can then view the footage or download it onto your phone. You can also set up specific schedules for motion detection and focus on specific areas like a specific part of the street, or your car, or avoid the neighbour’s house. Doing this helps minimise false alarms.
  • Intelligent Recording: This is a feature that helps you save considerable storage space. If you use this feature, your Zmodo NVR will only record in full 25fps when motion is detected so you can view everything in detail. However, when there’s no motion, the NVR will record videos in 0.2fps to compress the videos and save space on the HDD.
  • Weatherproof: This entire system has an IP65 weatherproof rating. This indicates the cameras are completely dust-tight and have full protection from dust and other hard particles. The ‘5’ in the rating indicates the cameras are protected from low-pressure jets from any angle, which means they can undergo rain showers. As such, you can install the cameras outdoors even if your area faces extreme weather conditions.
  • Multiple Devices: You can view the footage from various devices and accounts. Using the HDMI cable, you can view the footage on your monitor or TV locally. You can also view the footage on multiple smartphones via the Zmodo app. Alternatively, you can use the NVR footage to view the footage on your computer by logging into the Zmodo website.

Zmodo N Channel Business Security System Specifications

Zmodo NVR Specifications:

  • Video: 32 Channel IP Camera Inputs, HDMI Video Output, HD (720p)
  • Recording: Normal, Intelligent, and Motion Detection Modes
  • Playback: Fast forward, Rewind, Slow Play, and Digital Zoom
  • Storage: Works with 3.5" SATA II or SATA III Hard Drive, and Supports up to 6TB Storage (No Hard Drive Included)
  • External Interface: 1 RJ45 10/100/1000Mbps Self-Adaption Ethernet Port, 2 USB 2.0 Interfaces, and 1 HDMI Port
  • Alerts & Notifications: Smart Motion Detection, Mobile Push Alerts, Supports On/Off and Setting by Schedules
  • Working Environment: 32°F-104°F
  • Power Consumption: 19W
  • Power: DC 12V, 2A
  • Size: 7.9" × 5.5" × 1.6”

Zmodo Power Repeater Specifications:

  • Working Environment: 32°F-104°F
  • Power Consumption: 1W
  • Power: DC 12V, 1.5A
  • Size: 4.65" × 3.33" × 1.46”

Zmodo sPoE Camera Specifications:

  • Camera: 720p HD Colour Sensor, 81° Angle of View, 2.8mm Lens, and 4x Digital Zoom
  • Video: HD (720P) at 20fps
  • Smart Night Vision: Up to 65ft with Automatic IR-cut adjustable in the app
  • Alerts & Notifications: Smart Motion Detection, Mobile Push Alerts, and Supports On/Off and Setting by Schedules
  • Working Environment: Weatherproof 14°F-122°F
  • Power Consumption: 2W-4W
  • Power: Simplified Power over Ethernet (sPoE)
  • Size: 2.2" x 2.1" x 3.4”

Zmodo Wireless Camera Specifications:

  • Camera: 720p HD Colour Sensor, 81° Angle of View, 2.8mm Lens, and 4x Digital Zoom
  • Video: HD (720P) at 25fps
  • Smart Night Vision: Up to 65ft with Automatic IR-cut adjustable in the app
  • Alerts & Notifications: Smart Motion Detection, Mobile Push Alerts, and Supports On/Off and Setting by Schedules
  • Working Environment: Weatherproof 14°F-122°F
  • Power Consumption: 2W-4W
  • Power: DC 5V, 1A
  • Size: 2.2" × 2.1" × 3.4”
  • Weight: 0.26lbs

Zmodo N Channel Business Security System Requirements

  • 2.4GHz WPA/WPA2 Wi-Fi Network with an upload speed greater than 2Mbps
  • iOS version 9.0 or greater
  • Android version 4.0 or greater

Zmodo N Channel Business Security System Cost

The cost of the Zmodo N Channel Business Security System depends on the combination of wired and wireless cameras you choose. You can purchase it from the official website or from Amazon. You can also purchase the NVR individually.

Zmodo N Channel Business Security System FAQs

Do I need to have a Zmodo account for remote viewing?

Yes, it’s necessary to have a Zmodo account to view the footage remotely. Alternatively, you can view the footage locally using an HDMI cable.

How do you access the Zmodo NVR to play back footage?

You can access the Zmodo NVR footage from the official Zmodo website as long as you have Internet connectivity in the NVR. You can go to https://user-zmodo.meshare.com/login and enter your login details to access the footage. You can also view the NVR footage from your Zmodo app.

Can this security system work with my Zmodo Greet doorbell camera and indoor cameras?

Yes, this entire Zmodo N Channel Business Security System is compatible with all other Zmodo devices and cameras. You can even connect the NVR to the Greet doorbell to save videos on the hard drive.

Comparison of Zmodo Outdoor Cameras

If you’re in a bit of a rush, the following table will show you exactly how the different Zmodo outdoor cameras stack up against each other so you can figure out which ones to outfit your home with.

 

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Zmodo 1080p Indoor/Outdoor Wi-Fi Camera Zmodo 720p Indoor/Outdoor Wi-Fi Camera Zmodo Torch 360
Price (Amazon, at time of review) 1 pack: $39.99  & 2 pack $80.99 1 pack $39.99 & 2 pack $49.99 $99.99
Resolution  1080p HD 720p HD 720p HD
Zoom 4x Digital Zoom 4x Digital Zoom 4x Digital Zoom
Video 1080p / 20fps 720p / 25fps 720p / 25fps
Viewing Angle 90° 81° 132°
Pan N/A N/A 360°
Audio No No No
Night Vision Up to 65ft Infrared Up to 65ft Infrared No Infrared – Only Ambient Light
Smart light N/A N/A 350 Lumens Brightness/ 5000K Temperature
Alerts Smart Motion Detection with Video Clips Smart Motion Detection with Video Clips Smart Motion Detection with Video Clips
Voice Control Compatibility Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant N/A
Power DC 5V, 1A DC 5V, 1A Standard E26 Socket
Size 2.2" × 2.1" × 3.4" 2.2" × 2.1" × 3.4" 6.46” x 2.95”

 

Zmodo Cloud – Price & Packages

The best part about owning a Zmodo camera is that you’re not forced to subscribe to a cloud plan; even without Zmodo cloud subscription, you can still access most of the security features. However, advanced features like smart motion alerts and time-lapse videos won’t be available. Furthermore, even without a subscription, the recorded footage will be stored in the cloud for 12 hours, which is ample time for you to view it and save it to another hard drive or your phone.

However, if you want to access advanced features, the following are some of the primary benefits of a Zmodo cloud subscription:

  • 24/7 Recording for 7 Days or 30 Days: There are two types of Zmodo subscription plans – 7-Day Plan and 30-Day Plan. Depending on which one you opt for, the Zmodo camera will store the recorded footage in the cloud for 7 days or 30 days.
  • Smart Motion Zones: Without a subscription, the Zmodo cameras will provide alerts when motion is detected without the option of setting schedules or motion zones – this increases the chance of false alerts. However, with the subscription, you can set up schedules and motion zones, so you only get alerts at specific times and from specific areas of the camera’s field of vision. This will drastically limit false alerts.
  • Time-lapse: Going through hours of footage is annoying, which is why the cloud subscription automatically creates time-lapse videos so you can monitor hours of footage in a few minutes.
  • Video Editing and Sharing: With the Zmodo cloud subscription, you can also edit the recorded footage in the Zmodo app before sharing it with the relevant people.

 

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Zmodo Basic Zmodo 7-Day Plan Zmodo 30-Day Plan
$0.00/month $4.99/month $9.99/month
Alert Clips of only 12 Hours Alert Clips of 7 Days Alert Clips of 30 Days
7 Days of Continuous Cloud Recording 30 Days of Continuous Cloud Recording
Motion Zones and Schedules Motion Zones and Schedules
Time-Lapse Videos Time-Lapse Videos
Video Editing and Sharing Video Editing and Sharing

 

Zmodo App

Zmodo App is a highly intuitive and user-friendly mobile application with which you can monitor all of your outdoor cameras, control their features, and monitor your home from anywhere in the world. The Zmodo app allows the following:

  • Setting modes of action like Away, Home, Sleep, and other custom modes.
  • Controlling all Zmodo devices from a central location.
  • Viewing camera footage with digital zoom.
  • Recording videos.
  • Accessing motion alert videos.
  • Accessing time-lapse videos (for cloud subscriptions only).
  • Accessing the video editor (for cloud subscriptions only).

Creating different modes is simple – just follow these steps:

  • You can change modes by going through the different icons under ‘My Modes’.
  • The ‘Edit’ feature lets you change their settings – you can control when a camera starts recording or stops recording, when a smart light turns on, etc.
  • ‘Add New Mode’ lets you create a custom mode.

ZSight (Alternative Zmodo App)

An alternative to the official Zmodo app is ZSight for iPhone and ZSight for Android. With this third-party mobile application, you can record videos and snapshots, watch live videos, and play videos from your camera’s memory. However, this application isn’t a suitable replacement for the official Zmodo app because it doesn’t let you set up different modes, schedules, or motion zones, or access time-lapse videos.

Zmodo Camera Installation

Zmodo Camera Setup for Android:

  • Connect the Zmodo camera to a power source.
  • Make sure the Wi-Fi router is within range.
  • Download the Zmodo app from the Google Play Store.
  • Create an account with your email and phone number.
  • Connect to your Wi-Fi network – it has to be the same as the one your camera is using.
  • Add the camera to your smartphone.
  • Start viewing live footage.

Zmodo Camera Setup for iPhone:

  • Connect the Zmodo camera to a power source.
  • Make sure the Wi-Fi router is within range.
  • Download the Zmodo app from the Apple Store.
  • Create an account with your email and phone number.
  • Connect to your Wi-Fi network – it has to be the same as the one your camera is using.
  • Add the camera to your iPhone and start viewing live footage.

Zmodo Torch 360 Installation

  • Replace your existing bulb with the Torch 360 camera bulb. You can install it pointed upwards or downwards (the latter will require that you later invert the video through the Zmodo app).
  • It needs to be connected to an E26 Socket.
  • Download the Zmodo app on your Android or iPhone and follow the steps given above.

Zmodo NVR Installation

  • If your NVR doesn’t come with a pre-installed hard disk drive, you’ll have to first install a SATA HDD between 250GB and 2TB. To do so, you’ll have to unplug the NVR from the power source, connect the relevant cables to the ports on your HDD and place it within the NVR. After fastening the HDD to the NVR with screws, you can reapply the cover. The exact steps will be outlined in detail in the installation manual.
  • Plug in your NVR and all your wired and wireless cameras.
  • Connect your Android or iOS smartphone to the same 2.4GHz WPA/WPA2 Wi-Fi network that your NVR will connect to.
  • Download and install the Zmodo app from Google Play or App Store.
  • Click on the Add ‘+’ option and select ‘Add Device’.
  • Go to ‘Zink’ to add your Zmodo NVR.
  • Make sure your cameras are powered on and click on ‘+’ to select how many devices you’re adding to the network, including all the cameras and the NVR.
  • Select the Wi-Fi network that all your devices will connect to and add a password. All your devices will connect to the relevant Wi-Fi network.
  • Set up a name and password for your NVR and cameras.
  • Your NVR is configured and you can view it from the Device List in your Zmodo app!
  • You can now view live footage from any of the cameras connected to your NVR. When motion alerts are triggered, the footage will be saved directly to your NVR HDD so you don’t lose it.

Zmodo Security

Zmodo is extremely safe and the company takes the following industry-leading practices to safeguard your devices and footage:

  • All the devices are connected to US-based servers with AES 256-bit encryption and a Transport Layer Security (TLS).
  • All footage is safeguarded with AES 256-bit symmetric-key encryption.

Both of these measures ensure that no one else can intercept your live footage and access your data.

Zmodo Compatibility

Are Zmodo cameras compatible with Amazon Alexa?

Yes, the Zmodo cameras are compatible with Amazon Alexa. You can set them up by following these steps:

  • After setting up the Zmodo cameras, go to Amazon Alexa’s Skills and choose Zmodo.
  • Follow the on-screen prompts to configure the Zmodo Skill.
  • In Alexa, go to Add Device and add all the Zmodo cameras. You can also command ‘Alexa, discover my devices.’
  • Now you can view all the Zmodo footage from your Alexa devices and control the cameras with voice commands.

Are Zmodo cameras compatible with Google Assistant?

Yes, the Zmodo cameras are compatible with Google Assistant. You can set them up by following these steps:

  • After setting up the Zmodo cameras, download and access to Google Home app.
  • Go to Home Control > +.
  • Connect the app to your Zmodo account to automatically sync all your Zmodo cameras.
  • Now you can view all your cameras’ footage through your Google devices.

Are Zmodo cameras compatible with Siri?

No, Zmodo cameras are not compatible with Siri or Apple products yet.

Zmodo Support

Zmodo has offices across the globe in countries within Europe, the United States, Australia, and China. You can generally reach out to representatives within your country when you contact Zmodo support. However, Zmodo has a wide range of devices and applications so the representative may not be able to help you with technical support for your specific device. You can, however, contact them through email, live chat, or phone regarding any issues.

However, the best resource to find information is to go through Zmodo’s online FAQs and knowledge base. This is an extremely exhaustive portal with in-depth information on all troubleshooting issues and problems. However, the following is a brief overview of some of the most common Zmodo problems and solutions:

How do I reset a Zmodo camera?

To reset a Zmodo camera, you have to find the reset button on your specific device. Each device is designed differently so the reset button may be in different locations. Go through the device’s manual to find the reset button and hold it for 15 seconds.

What does it mean if a Zmodo device is blinking green?

If your Zmodo camera is blinking green, it indicates that it’s ready for a connection. This means you can go ahead and connect it to your Wi-Fi.

Why does my Zmodo camera go offline?

Your Zmodo camera may lose the Internet connection is there’s a problem with your Wi-Fi connection or if the camera is connected to the wrong wireless signal name. Checking whether your Wi-Fi connection is stable is simple enough.

However, if your Zmodo camera is connected to the wrong SSID (wireless signal name), you’ll have to follow these steps:

  • Go to the wireless router settings.
  • Find the wireless signal name (SSID).
  • You may be using the same name for your 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz SSIDs. Set up different names for both of them.
  • Most Zmodo outdoor cameras are compatible with 2.4Ghz WPA/WPA2 Wi-Fi connection. Connect your Zmodo camera to the correct 2.4Ghz SSID.

Zmodo FAQs

How are Zmodo cameras powered?

Zmodo outdoor cameras don’t have batteries so you have to connect them to a DC 5V, 1A power source. The Zmodo Torch 360 needs to be connected to a standard E26 Socket.

Are Zmodo cameras wireless or wired?

Zmodo outdoor cameras may be wired or wireless. The wired (sPoE) cameras have to be connected to the router or the Zmodo repeater through an ethernet. Wireless cameras come with antennas for wireless reception. However, all Zmodo cameras have to be connected to a power source since they’re not battery-operated.

Can Zmodo cameras be hacked?

Zmodo cameras cannot be hacked because they use industry-leading security protocol in the form of AES 256-bit encryption and Transport Layer Security (TLS).

How do I connect my Zmodo device to the Internet?

The following steps highlight how to connect your Zmodo cameras to the Internet:

  • Connect the Zmodo cameras to a power source.
  • Turn the cameras on.
  • Install the Zmodo app on your smartphone, add the cameras to your smartphone, and connect them to the same Wi-Fi network.

How do I save my Zmodo videos?

While viewing the live footage of any camera, you’ll see two icons at the bottom of the screen – a video camera icon and a camera icon. Tap the camera icon to take a snapshot. Tap the video camera icon to start recording a video and then tap the icon again to stop recording the video. Motion alert videos are recorded automatically and saved to the cloud.

How do I connect Zmodo devices to Alexa?

The following steps highlight how to connect Zmodo devices to Alexa:

  • Install the Zmodo cameras and go to Amazon Alexa’s Skills.
  • Choose Zmodo from the Skills.
  • Follow the on-screen prompts.
  • Go to Add Device and add all the Zmodo cameras.
  • View footage and control Zmodo from Alexa devices.

How many Zmodo cameras can I have?

You can add as many Zmodo cameras as you want to the same network.

Who makes Zmodo cameras?

Zmodo cameras are a product designed and made by Zmodo Technology (China) Ltd Corp.

Do Zmodo cameras have audio?

Zmodo outdoor cameras don’t have any audio features, not even one-way audio. However, Zmodo indoor cameras are equipped with two-way full-duplex audio and they act like intercoms.

What is NVR camera?

Zmodo NVR (network video recorder) is a device used to support wired and wireless surveillance cameras. Generally speaking, all Zmodo camera videos are uploaded to the Zmodo cloud for a certain period, depending on the type of subscription you have or don’t have. With a Zmodo NVR, the recorded footage will be stored directly to a hard drive, so you can connect it to a monitor for local viewing and access it anytime.

Do NVR cameras need the Internet?

Yes, your Zmodo NVR needs to be connected to the same Internet connection as your Zmodo cameras.

How much is Zmodo cloud service?

The following is a brief overview of the Zmodo cloud service:

  • Basic Plan – Free – Cloud storage for 12 hours with no access to additional features like smart motion zones, time-lapse videos, or video recording.
  • 7-Day Plan – $4.99/month – Cloud storage for 7 days with access to features like smart motion zones, time-lapse videos, and video recording.
  • 30-Day Plan – $9.99/month – Cloud storage for 30 days with access to features like smart motion zones, time-lapse videos, and video recording.

Other Zmodo Devices

In addition to Zmodo outdoor cameras, the company also offers a wide array of other surveillance devices. These include Zmodo indoor cameras, Zmodo doorbells, and Zmodo window and door sensors.

Zmodo Indoor Cameras

Read also: Zmodo Indoor Cameras – A Comprehensive Guide 

Zmodo indoor cameras are advanced security cameras that you can use to monitor the inside of your home and keep an eye on your children and pets when you’re away. While they don’t have the same weatherproof rating as outdoor cameras, they have other features like two-way audio, so they function as an intercom as well.

  • Zmodo Sight 180: These indoor cameras record videos in 1080p with a wide 180° lens angle.
  • Zmodo Sight 180 C: These indoor cameras come with wall and ceiling mounting gear and record videos in 1080p with a 180° lens, advanced night vision, and two-way audio.
  • Zmodo Snap PT: These are 360° wireless cameras with pan and tilt features that can also be paired with Zmodo window and door sensors to provide heightened security.

Zmodo Doorbells

Zmodo doorbells, also known as Zmodo Video Doorbells, are attached to your door so you get visual confirmation of whoever approaches your home. They come with an intercom system, so you can also communicate with those approaching your home.

  • Zmodo Greet Pro: Zmodo Doorbell with 1080p Video Quality, 180 Degree Wide Viewing Angle, and Two-Way Audio.
  • Zmodo Greet HD: Zmodo Doorbell with 1080p Video Quality, Smart Motion Detection, and an Intercom.

Zmodo Window and Door Sensors

Zmodo Window and Door Sensors are attached to windows and doors and provide a motion alert if someone tries to break into your home through any point of entry. They can be paired with your Zmodo Snap PT so that the camera turns towards the triggered sensors to capture video footage of the break-in.

Zmodo Beam Wi-Fi Extender

Zmodo Beam WiFi Extender is a double-antenna extender that helps you increase the range of your Wi-Fi connection so all of your Zmodo devices can be connected to the same network. These are only necessary for large homes in which the Zmodo cameras are distributed across a wide area. A single Wi-Fi extender can increase the range to 656 feet with a speed of 300 Mbps.

Conclusion

Zmodo outdoor cameras are some of the best value outdoor surveillance cameras on the market because they’re affordable, don’t require a cloud subscription, and they can be connected to a single network with Zmodo repeaters and a Zmodo NVR for flexible installation. Furthermore, Zmodo outdoor cameras carry a strong weatherproof rating so they can withstand all the external elements. Most importantly, Zmodo also offers a wide range of other security devices so you can create a comprehensive security system for your home.

Zmodo Outdoor Camera Alternatives and Comparisons

Zmodo outdoor cameras are some of the most affordable and flexible outdoor security cameras on the market — but they’re not the only ones. The following is a brief overview and comparison of some of the best Zmodo outdoor cameras alternatives.

Arlo Pro 3

Arlo Pro 3 is an extremely user-friendly and sleek wireless outdoor security camera with brilliant 2K HDR video recording capabilities, color night vision, integrated spotlight, and smart motion detection. This security camera can also run on batteries — the only issue is that it’s quite expensive and you have to get a central hub as well.

EZVIZ C3W ezGuard

EZVIZ C3W ezGuard is an affordable bullet-style outdoor security camera with sharp 1080p video recording, local and cloud-based video storage, inbuilt strobe light, and smart motion detection. However, this security camera doesn’t interact very well with other smart home devices so it’s not ideal for integrated smart homes.

Nest Cam Outdoor

Nest Cam Outdoor has a 4K sensor that provides 24/7 live video, motion detection, and close-up tracking. Its best and most advance features include facial recognition, person alerts, and an incredibly high weatherproof rating of IP66. The biggest issue is that you need a subscription to access some of the advanced features, including receiving alerts.

Hive View Outdoor

Hive View Outdoor is an advanced and sleek outdoor security camera with 1080p video quality that also comes with smart motion detection, person detection, and sound detection. However, it’s also fairly expensive and you need a smart hub to interact with other devices.

Reolink Argus 2

Reolink Argus 2 is an affordable and fairly basic outdoor security camera that provides 1080p video recording with motion detection, is weatherproof, and is completely wireless. However, this camera only has a local storage option so there can be no cloud storage and its siren isn’t very loud either.

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  Zmodo 1080p Zmodo 720p Zmodo Torch 360 Arlo Pro 3 EZVIZ C3W ezGuard Nest Cam Outdoor Hive View Outdoor Reolink Argus 2
Photo Resolution 1080p 720p 720p 2K 1080p 2160p 1080p 1080p
Video Resolution 1080p 720p 720p 2K 1080p 2160p 1080p 1080p
Digital Zoom YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES
Viewing Angle 90° 81° 132° 160° 118° 130° 130° 130°
Pan/tilt NO NO 360° NO NO NO NO NO
Two-Way Audio NO NO NO YES YES YES YES YES
Night Vision YES YES Only Ambient Light YES YES YES YES YES
Voice Control Compatibility Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant NO Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant NO

 

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