Hello @tkhkbn, the Duo WiFi battery-powered cameras are not shipped yet. I am sorry for the delay caused by the chip shortage and congestion at ports. Our team will send you an email with shipping details later. If there are any updates on the shipping of the Duo cameras, I will definitely share the latest news with you. Let me know if you have any additional questions or ideas.
I bought this camera to test if it really meets the expectations I had on it after reading about it and watching the promotion videos. And I'd say it actually does. First I must say that it was shipped in just a couple of days from Spain to my home in Sweden. Nice.
- The package included the camera, a really handy magnetic base for quick replacement of the camera, one outdoor security mount, 4 batteries, a reset needle which I hope I will never need ;-), only one single surveillance sticker (should have been at least three or four in my opinion), a mount hole template (really handy!), screws and a stick for opening the battery case in a safe way so you won't break it.
- Thanks to the quick start guide, it was really easy to install the camera (after it became clear to me that the camera only operates with WiFi 2.4 GHz...)
- I set it up to e-mail all family members currently living here, and in the 8 weeks we have been using it it has never failed reporting movement outside on our backyard. The app of course also warns whenever the camera has detected movement. Really nice.
- The quality of the video clips is quite good, even at night.
Now for the bad stuff - what product has no bad stuff? 😉
- The batteries needs to be replaced very soon, and that means that I would have to replace the batteries four times a year, which will be quite annoying actually. Especially since I have ordered a second Argus :-), so it will be some heavy battery consumption here...
- It is really hard to download the video clips of your choice, because the app has a really funny and difficult user interface when it comes to finding the video clips on a weird timeline. Not intuitive at all in my opinion, and actually hard to use even when you know how it works. This needs to be fixed.
Any news on this yet? I just want to be able to record stream to iSpyConnect. Is there a path that I can get the stream and audio from? It's currently plugged in via the USB port on the camera so no concerns about battery life.
I have made some measures of Argus camera consumption with an usb meter using a power bank as source.
When the camera is "awake" (that is when you use live view, you play video on the memory card or modify settings) the power consumption is about 1,05 W. This value is about twice when the IR leds are on. I noticed IR leds turns on in dark conditions even when you play video or access setting menu (with Android app). I think this is a bug that increases battery consumption.
When the camera is in stand by mode the power consumption is less then 0,05 W (I can't make a more exact measure cos is out of the range of my meter).
The consumption of PIR sensor is very low and I can't see differences when I switch it on and off.
I also noticed in the Android app that if you play a video on the memory card or access the settings menu, the camera remains in the awake mode even after you stop doing these tasks. You have to close the app to come back to stand by status. I think this is another bug that increases battery usage.
Anyway, with the above values everyone can make an estimate of the battery duration.
For example, if we consider an average use of 15 minutes/day in daylight conditions with the standard CR123 batteries, we should have:
1,05 W / 60 * 15 = 0,26 Wh/day (energy consumption when the camera is ON)
As I said in stand by mode the consumption is less then 0,05 W; lets take a value of 0,03 W:
0,03 W * 24 = 0,72 Wh/day (energy consumption when the camera is in stand by)
So the total consumption/day is:
0,26 + 0,72 = 0,98 Wh/day
The four standard GP 123 batteries have a capacity of 19,2 Wh (1,6 Ah * 3 V * 4).
The estimated duration of batteries is:
19,2 / 0,98 = 19,6 days
So, if the calculations are right, if you want your batteries last at least a couple of month you should use the camera no more then 5 minutes/day.
Hi Greg, I will forward this request to our R&D team. They will discuss those requests from users in routine meetings. Your request could probably be adopted and implemented in future products/software updates.
Problem: I get no alert notifications on my iPhone when I am not at home (neither push nor e-mail). When I am home and connected with my wifi, I get the push notification and also an e-mail when motion is detected.
I setup my Argus, the camera is in wifi, connection to internet is working and the PIR is on. Push notification is set on, also allowed in IOS settings for the app. E-Mail notification is also turned on, I get the test mail when I try if the settings work.
So, that is strange ...
It is definitely no problem with my internet connection, because when I am not at home I can connect to my Argus and few live picture or recorded events. The only thing is, I do not get any kind of notifications from my Argus when motion is recognized. There's also no problem recording the motion.