Samsung's $189 SmartCam HD Pro was designed to compete directly with the $199 . As far as IP cameras go, both offer straightforward setup, an impressive array of app-related features, and 1080p resolution, but the Dropcam Pro still feels like a more-complete camera. The Dropcam Pro's camera is durable yet streamlined; both its Web and mobile apps are thoughtfully designed, and the video quality is particularly crisp. The SmartCam HD Pro is still a very good camera that offers appealing extras such as local SD storage, but I would still spend the additional $10 for the Dropcam Pro's superior app interface and video quality. And if you're looking for a more security-focused, wireless networked camera, consider the $239 all-in-one security system.
Design and features
The SmartCam HD Pro looks much more like a mini smoke detector than an IP camera. Its 10.3 ounces is definitely bordering on clunky compared to the 5.7-ounce Dropcam Pro. And while the Samsung's design is bigger, it doesn't feel nearly as durable as the Dropcam Pro. That's probably because Samsung's camera has a lot of plastic components, while the Dropcam Pro is decked out in substantial-feeling metal parts. That also makes the $189 SmartCam HD Pro feel significantly cheaper than the $199 Dropcam Pro.
The SmartCam HD Pro is available in a glossy white finish that isn't exactly inconspicuous, but it isn't terribly offensive, either. Like the Dropcam Pro, you do have the option of mounting your camera on a wall or using the base to place it on a flat surface. Here's a comparison chart of major Samsung SmartCam HD Pro and Dropcam Pro features and capabilities:Samsung Dropcam Price $189 $199 Weight 10.3 ounces 5.7 ounces Dimensions
(HxWxD) 4.7 by 3.3 by
3.1 (inches) 4.5 by 3.15 by
3.15 (inches) Camera color White Black Field of view
(diagonal) 128 degrees 130 degrees Video H.264, 1, 920x1, 080
30 frames per second H.264, 1, 920x1, 080
30 frames per second Glass lens Yes Yes Night vision Yes Yes Mobile app Android: 2.3 or higher
iOS: iOS 5 or higher Android: 2.3 or higher
iOS: iOS 6 or higher Web app Yes Yes Zoom 4X (mobile), 10X (Web) 8X Bluetooth No Yes, BLE 2-way audio Yes Yes Alerts Yes Yes Local storage Yes, SD card No
While there are a lot of basic similarities between the two cameras, there are two glaring differences. Samsung's IP offers SD card storage (whereas the Dropcam Pro offers optional cloud-based recording starting at $9.95/month or $99/year) and the Dropcam Pro has additional home automation opportunities via Bluetooth low energy (BLE). Also, the SmartCam HD Pro's 128-degree field of view versus the Dropcam Pro's 130-degree field of view may not seem significant on paper, but there's a pretty noticeable difference between the two when you're watching live footage on the app.