Reviewing Vacron VIG-UM723 - An Affordable Surveillance Camera
Do you need to build your own surveillance system for your home or office? Do you need a camera with infrared that can record video during the night? Do you need it to have motion sensors and alarm triggers? If you do, then you will surely stumble upon the Vacron VIG-UM723 IP camera in your searches. We have used this camera for about two weeks and we are ready to share our conclusions in this review. Read on to learn what you get when you purchase it.
Unboxing The Vacron VIG-UM723 IP Camera
The packaging for the Vacron VIG-UM723 IP camera is very simple and straightforward. On the box you will only find the manufacturer's name. No information is shared about the specifications of the camera.
As soon as you open the box, you will find the IP camera. Below it, there are several other items.
Inside the box, you will find the following elements: the IP camera, a disc with applications and drivers and a system for mounting it on walls which includes screws and other things you may need.
Unfortunately, the packaging doesn't include a network cable or a power cable. You will have to purchase those separately.
The Vacron VIG-UM723 IP camera is a 5 MegaPixel camera with a 3.2" CMOS Image Sensor and 42 infrared leds, which allow it to record video at night, to a range of up to 40 meters (131 feet).
The camera has a motion detection sensor which can be used to trigger alarms. According to it's official specs, this camera can record video at at the following resolutions and framerates: 2560x1920 at 10fps, 1920x1080 at 25fps, 1280x720 at 30fps and 640x480 at 30fps. You can connect it to the network only by cable as it doesn't offer any wireless connectivity. In terms of size, you can view below a drawing which specifies its dimensions in millimeters. Vacron VIG-UM723 weighs a total of 450 grams (15.87 ounces).
The complete list of specifications for this camera, can be found here: 5 Megapixel IR Bullet IP camera / VIG-UM723.
Setting Up & Using The Vacron VIG-UM723 IP Camera
Unfortunately, setting up the Vacron VIG-UM723 IP camera is a bit difficult. One of the reasons for this is the fact that the manuals provided on the installation disc are made for other cameras and not for this model. Therefore, you have to figure things out on your own. First, of all, you need to mount the camera where you want to have it for surveillance. Then, connect it to a power plug and then to the network, using a standard network cable. As mentioned earlier in this review, these cables are not found in the package and you need to purchase them separately.
Then, you need to install the software found on the disc, in order to connect to this camera and set it up. Do this on the main computer that you want to use for connecting to the camera and then on other computers that you may want to connect to it. Alternatively, you can also use a web browser, connect to it and configure it from there. However, you will have to know its IP Address in order to do that. You can find a newer version of the software for this camera, on its manufacturer's website, here. In order to fully utilize its software, you will need to download and apply the license keys that are available alongside the latest versions of the software.
When you connect the camera, you are asked for a username and password. The defaults are "admin/admin". We strongly recommend that you change the password for this user, as soon as you log in.
The web interface for administering this camera is a bit spartan. It does offer everything you need in terms of customization options, but it isn't very friendly to use and some configuration options are not explained at all. Therefore, you have to experiment with those settings and see what they do for yourself. We felt that there's too much trial-and-error involved.
One of the things we learned when using the Vacron VIG-UM723 IP camera is that it doesn't offer recordings at 2560x1920 at 10fps or at 1920x1080 at 25fps. The maximum we could obtain was 1920x1080 at 15fps. Hopefully, future firmware updates will fix this problem and allow this camera to offer what it promised.
The general feeling that you get when configuring this camera is that you are left on your own. The manufacturer of this device doesn't provide any help at all, so you have to figure things out by experimenting with all the available tools and settings. Once that is out of they way and you configure how you want this camera to work, things are very straightforward. Vacron VIG-UM723 worked well and did what we expected of it. Also, we were able to easily set up alarms based on motion detection and the camera was quite accurate at detecting movement, at least in closed spaces.
The most difficult part about using the Vacron VIG-UM723 IP camera is setting it up. The manual provided on the installation disc is for another model, not this one, so it won't be of any use to you. Also, there is no help documentation that you can use. Once you figure things out, you can finally use this IP camera. And, from our test experience, the camera works well and does a good job at recording video both during the day and night.
Vacron bundles the following applications for this surveillance camera:
- NetMonitorClient - A very complex tool that allows you to connect to several cameras at once. It offers many customization options but you have to figure things out on your own. Most configuration options are not explained at all. Also, the discovery process for the network camera did not work very well and we had to manually add the Vacron VIG-UM723 to its list of devices.
- NetMonitorServer - A server application which must be installed on at least one computer in your network. This application allows other computers to connect to it, using the NetMonitorClient.
- ServerWatchDog - A small application which gives you a quick status about the camera, its server software and its functioning.
- NetTransfServer - We couldn't figure out what this application does. It has no user interface for interacting with it. It just runs in the background and things fail when you remove it from your computer.
Unfortunately, there are no mobile apps available that you can use to connect to the Vacron VIG-UM723 IP camera and monitor what is going on in the surveyed area. Vacron bundles several applications that are useful in your work with the Vacron VIG-UM723 IP camera. The problem is that they don't include any help documentation with them and working with them is a bit difficult. There's a lot of trial-and-error involved in figuring things out.
Vacron VIG-UM723 is an affordable IP camera that you can use to build your own surveillance system at home or in the office. It's a very simple product, which works well once you understand how to configure it. It's most important downside is that it doesn't offer any useful help documentation and there's a lot of trial-and-error involved in setting it up. Also, its official specifications are misleading. This camera doesn't offer recordings at 2560x1920 pixels and 10fps but at 1920x1080 and 15fps. This problem will have to be fixed in a future firmware update. Vacron VIG-UM723 is a good choice for budget conscious users who are not willing to spend a lot of money on building a simple surveillance system and who are tech-savvy enough to figure this device and its connections out on their own.