Amcrest offers a wide range of cameras:
Most Amcrest cameras are affordable compared to others the best brands for security cameras. They also have comparable video quality. Where they fall short is a narrow field of view. The industry standard is around 120 ° to 140 °, and many Amcest cameras are well below this range. Some also do not have two-way speech features, another industry standard.
Amcrest security cameras offer local storage using SD card, micro SD card, your computer, DVR, NAS or NVR. There is also a cloud storage option with three membership options.
You get a 24/7 live video view, camera health check, multi-view video timelines, intelligent alarms and motion activity zones with all three levels. An app on your mobile device or computer controls all of these features.
With the free plan, that’s all you get. The upgraded plans offer a few more features (like downloading video recordings and playing back recorded recordings).
You may notice that the prices on these plans say “start at.” This is because Amcrest charges more depending on how long you want to store your videos. There is no cost if you just want to watch your videos through live view with the app without saving them.
Let’s take a closer look at the prices.
For Monitoring of recording plan, you pay $ 6 for seven days of storage per. camera pr. month. From there, it goes up depending on how many days you want your footage saved before the cloud deletes it:
- $ 10 pr. Camera for 14 days
- $ 15 pr. Camera for 30 days
- $ 23 pr. Camera for 60 days
- $ 27.50 pr. Camera for 90 days
That Continuous recording the plan has the same type of differentiated pricing. You start at $ 9 for seven days of storage per day. Camera pr. Month. It rises from there:
- $ 15 pr. Camera for 14 days
- $ 20 pr. Camera for 30 days
- $ 27.50 pr. Camera for 60 days
- $ 35 pr. Camera for 90 days
Honestly, Amcrest’s prices for cloud storage gave us headaches. It’s one of the most complicated pricing schemes we’ve ever seen. Plus, it’s one of the most expensive.
Usually, cloud storage for a single camera costs around $ 10 or less per day. Camera with a set time limit on how long a recording is stored. Or the brand offers an upgraded package that covers multiple cameras (usually five to ten) with upgraded features. The upgraded package also has a certain number of days in which the recordings are stored. No hassle, no mouse. We have no idea why Amcrest is so complicated.
Amcrest has you covered:
- 1 year product warranty
- No contracts
- 30-day money-back guarantee on subscriptions and equipment
Amcrest also provides a great customer support department. We were impressed with how quickly its on-site chat service connected us and the agent who helped with our questions was prompt and friendly. Amcrest also offers one online support site and a call center to help with questions.
Amcrest has five different apps, including the Amcrest View Pro App and Amcrest Cloud. Each one works with a different Amcrest camera or storage option. So for example, there is an app you can use if you subscribe to the Amcrest Cloud service, one for cameras that use DVR, and one for wireless cameras.
As with the cloud subscription packages, this is confusing. If you have different cameras, you probably use different apps to access recordings and features.
If you have dreams of total smart home integration dominance with all your devices, Amcrest is probably not for you. Its cameras only work with Amazon Alexa. And it only works with Alexa if you use the cloud service.
Are there a lot of smart voice commands you can use with the Alexa-compatible cameras? So no. The only thing you can do is watch camera footage on Alexa devices like Echo Show, Echo Spot, Fire TV, Fire TV Stickand the newer Fire tablet by saying something like: “Alexa, show the doorbell camera on the Echo Show.”