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Brinno Motion Activated PeepHole Camera (PHV MAC) - Review by Examiner.com
Thursday, 31 March 2016 00:00

Product Review: Brinno Motion Activated PeepHole Camera (PHV MAC)

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Home delivery thefts were a recurrent problem over the holidays, with thieves snatching up packages left at doorsteps, sometimes bearing gifts for children. Yet regardless of the time of year, invariably some people will have their delivered packages stolen.

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Brinno's PHV MAC Digital Peephole Viewer

Although purchases of home security systems have seen enormous growth over the past few years, many consumers who are interested in protecting their home remain priced out of the market. One affordable alternative to pricey home security systems oftentimes with monthly premiums, is the latest generation Brinno motion activated peephole camera - PHV MAC.

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The Brinno PHV MAC is a battery operated electronic peephole with a built in sensor designed to alert people who’s at the front door. Activated when someone approaches, the device can snap an image that's time and date stamped and stored in a micro SD memory card. Other features include a three-inch LCD panel, photos in JPEG or videos in AVI formats and a low light enhancement function. Lastly, according to Brinno, the battery life of the PHV MAC with normal usage is greater than six months, based upon 10 “auto triggers” per day.

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If a peephole is already in place, installation can literally be done in minutes and is senior friendly. Moreover, this digital peephole is a vast improvement over the traditional peephole, whose range of vision is sorely limited even when using a fisheye lens.

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With the built in motion activated camera using the ambient light sensor and auto capture of images, the user can easily review daily guests with the push of a side button or can simply see who’s at the door via the LCD screen. One caveat is the PHV MAC did not not function well in a number low light tests. Nevertheless, this device can be especially helpful for people who prefer not to the answer the door for solicitors, unknown visitors or even uninvited guests. Yet perhaps the most important aspect of this device is the ability to capture images of individuals known as porch pirates, who come to the door to see if anyone’s home then steals delivered package or worse yet, can break into the home.

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Conclusion:
The Brinno PHV MAC is a vast improvement on the traditional peephole, especially for the visually impaired. With the built in motion senor, it’s also a nice improvement over previous models although retail prices are nearly identical. Resolution may be an issue for some consumers but the camera’s 1.3 MP CMOS seemed to work just fine and is more than adequate. Combined with the ease of use and installation, this reviewer gives the Brinno PHV MAC a five star rating, based upon what it’s advertised to do and definitely a nice alternative to pricier security systems.

 

For more product information, please visit http://www.aceperipherals.com/brands/brinno/phv-mac.

 

Credit: http://www.examiner.com/ by Randy Yagi

 

 

 

 

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