Alfawise JD – T8610 IP Camera Bulb

Alfawise JD T8610 WiFi camera

Is it a camera? Is it a lamp? It is… a camera lamp? So you might be thinking, what the heck is that? Well, we had the same thoughts as you. However, this little Alfawise camera surprisingly is more useful than you might think. The IP camera is “hidden” in a lamp and therefore you can easily place it in places where you would normally not able to put a camera or you don’t want to put a camera.  The security camera has a fish-eye lens so you can look around and through the app you can easily operate it.  It even has some options for security because surveillance sensors are also present.

Specifications

Network

  • Protocol: DHCP,IP,RTSP,TCP 
  • Wireless: WiFi 802.11 b/g/n 
  • WiFi Distance : 10m 
  • IP Mode : Dynamic IP address 
  • Safety: WEP, WPA, WPA2 encryption

System and Hardware Info

  • Operating system: Microsoft Windows 7,Microsoft Windows XP 
  • Local-storage: Micro SD card up to 64GB 
  • Language: English 
  • Maximum Monitoring Range: 6m 
  • FOV: 360 Degree

Video Image Audio

  • Video Compression Format: H.264 
  • Sensor: CMOS 
  • Video format: AVI 
  • Video Resolution: 960P 
  • Frame Rate (FPS): 20fps 
  • Resolution: 960 x 960 
  • Audio Input: Built-in mic. 
  • Audio Output: Built-in speaker
  • Night Vision
  • Infrared LED: 3 
  • Infrared Distance: 8m

Physical Environment

  • Environment: Indoor 
  • Waterproof: No 
  • Operate Temperature (℃): -10 – 40 Deg.C 
  • Working Humidity (%) RH: less than 95pct

Network

  • Protocol: DHCP,IP,RTSP,TCP 
  • Wireless: WiFi 802.11 b/g/n 
  • WiFi Distance : 10m 
  • IP Mode : Dynamic IP address 
  • Safety: WEP, WPA, WPA2 encryption

System and Hardware Info

  • Operating system: Microsoft Windows 7,Microsoft Windows XP 
  • Local-storage: Micro SD card up to 64GB 
  • Language: English 
  • Maximum Monitoring Range: 6m 
  • FOV: 360 Degree

Video Image Audio

  • Video Compression Format: H.264 
  • Sensor: CMOS 
  • Video format: AVI 
  • Video Resolution: 960P 
  • Frame Rate (FPS): 20fps 
  • Resolution: 960 x 960 
  • Audio Input: Built-in mic. 
  • Audio Output: Built-in speaker
  • Night Vision
  • Infrared LED: 3 
  • Infrared Distance: 8m

Physical Environment

  • Environment: Indoor 
  • Waterproof: No 
  • Operate Temperature (℃): -10 – 40 Deg.C 
  • Working Humidity (%) RH: less than 95pct

Packaging

Product weight: 0.1360 kg  
Package weight: 0.3160 kg  
Product size (L x W x H): 14.50 x 6.80 x 6.80 cm / 5.71 x 2.68 x 2.68 inches  
Package size (L x W x H): 16.00 x 10.40 x 8.40 cm / 6.3 x 4.09 x 3.31 inches

Does it fit your mailbox?

It’s a pretty big lamp so it does not seem like it would fit in your mailbox.

What’s in the box

1 x IP Camera, 1 x Base, 1 x English User Manual

The Review

The camera…lamp

The Alfawise JD T8610 WiFi camera is, as the name indicates, a camera in the first place. But what makes this camera special is that the camera itself is “hidden” in a lamp and therefore you can easily place it in a fitting. The security camera has a fisheye lens so you can look around and through the app you can easily control the camera.

Installation of the camera is very easy. You screw the lamp into a standard fitting and that’s it. The camera will tell you through it’s speakers when it’s ready to go. You download the app, connect it via WiFi and the software will do the rest.

One of the flaws of the camera for me was that it’s not waterproof. Now I hear you thinking, a waterproof lamp? Why would I need that. well first of all, you cannot use it outside. It is however able to handle temperature fluctuations from -10 to 40 degrees, so if your porch is protected from the elements, it will survive the cold winter and burning summer.

Image Quality

First of all, the image quality of the camera is very decent. You certainly don’t have to  expect DSLR sharpens, but that’s also not something that you want on a security camera. The quality is decent enough that you can recognise individuals. The fish-eye lens certainly offers a big view angle and that makes it very useful in multiple places.  

The App

In this review we have tested the iOS app, however the Android app should work exactly the same. The app itself does not feel cheap at all and offers proper security functionalities. You can add multiple camera’s and watch the live streams. You can watch the recordings and change video quality and audio settings. We recommend to turn of the recording audio simply for the reason that the sound quality of the camera is not very good.

Security

The most noteworthy features of this camera is that it has advanced features for security. One of the most awesome features is the motion detection alarm. You can select a alarm area as shown in the picture below. When the camera detects motion in the alarm area it will send you a alarm notification. We have tested this and it works pretty well.

The camera offers a possibility to put in a SD card so you can save your recordings. We recommend you to put one in because you will need! The camera will automatically remove old recordings so you will never run out of storage.  You will however lose those old recordings so make sure you don’t have a sd card with a small amount of storage. 

Home automation compatible?

Until now we haven’t found a way to connect it to domoticz of home-assistant. It seems like there is no weblink to connect it but if you find a good way, please let us know.

pro / cons

pros

  • Cheap
  • Offers a lot of features
  • you don’t have to drill new holes. 

Cons

  • Plastic
  • Not very useful as a lamp 
  • Camera quality could be better
  • Bad microphone and Speaker quality
  • Not waterproof

Verdict

The Alfawise JD T8610 WiFi camera is an easy and average security camera. In contrast to normal IP camera’s you can but it in a lamp fitting so you don’t have to drill new holes into your walls.  The camera is easy in use and a result you will be able to watch the camera stream and also speak and listen to people at the camera. The images quality is decent and above all the fisheye lens ensures that you can film a full space with the camera. We wish however it was waterproof so it could be used outside, but nonetheless it’s a good product.

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3.6