Have you ever wondered what your kids or pets do when you aren’t home or needed to monitor your home’s surroundings and spot any potential intruders? You can use the Reolink E1, a PTZ security camera that offers fantastic security features. This device has motion sensor lights and sirens and provides smooth video playback to monitor the activities you may have missed.
The video quality of the Reolink E1 outdoor camera is clear, with a super HD resolution of 2560 x 1920 and a 5-megapixel shooter. One of the reasons the camera is unique is its f=2.8-8mm autofocus lens, with a focal length of F1.6 and an IR cut. It shows that the camera can capture images and sense quick movements under any lighting condition.
After having the Reolink E1 outdoor installation done, it captured the house's left and right sides from a still position. This security camera has impressive panning, tilting, and zooming angles; it can tilt and pan up to 55 and 355 degrees. So, even if your building is large, the quick panning will ensure you can see what’s happening around your home, office, or store.
I should also add that the Super HD format of the Reolink E1 zoom security camera is similar to the video quality that Netflix offers. The device’s 3x optical zoom ensures that you see up to 40ft away from where you installed it during the day and at night. Before approving this camera’s sturdiness, I checked its waterproof ability, and it can survive the rain and sunshine, thanks to its metal outer shell.
The Reolink E1 supports a wireless connection. It has a dual WiFi band connection of 2.4GHz and 5.8GHz, so you don’t have to bother about video upload and playback performance and speed. The dual WiFi band leads to less interference and better connectivity.
I appreciate the camera’s versatility and attempt to ensure user convenience by providing two connection options. Setting it up requires a Reolink E1 outdoor PoE. The other option is to use wires. It’s a tedious process because you have to install a mounting bracket. You have to wait for a five-minute-long software upgrade on first use.
This Reolink E1 zoom review would be incomplete without a guide on installation. The device is easy to install; you can place it on flat surfaces if you don't want to mount it on a wall. I was impressed when I unboxed the camera because it came with a mount, screws, two Ethernet ports, a strap (if you want a screwless connection), and a power adapter. It also came with an Ethernet and power extension cable.
After mounting your device, follow the next steps for the Reolink E1 installation:
Download the Reolink mobile app.
Plug the camera into a power source using the PoE or power brick out of the box.
Connect the camera to your device's network by scanning the QR code underneath it.
Follow the camera's voice prompt.
A barcode will appear on your screen, which you should scan with the camera.
Afterward, the camera will start streaming what's happening around to your phone.
With those steps, you have successfully set up the camera and can start monitoring your home and surroundings.
After my Reolink E1 review, I recommend this waterproof, motion-detecting camera for houses and offices. You can control the camera's movements and zoom without digital graining. Though the device doesn't have built-in storage, it supports external SD cards. The Reolink E1 is worth every penny you spend.